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10th Jan '17 3:48:45 PM Blazer
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* The Gorgonites in ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' is actually a JustifiedTrope InUniverse The Gorgonites were originally meant for an environmental-friendly toyline, but it was cancelled and folded into the Commando Elite as the bad guys. However, their creator was angry at that and, instead of turning the Gorgonites into the enemy, [[WriterRevolt their friendly nature was left in]]. Thus, the supposed-to-be heroic Commando Elite turn into genocidal monsters because they are "the good guys" and the Gorgonites are "the bad guys".
7th Jan '17 12:22:35 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Queen Odette from ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' acts cruel and sadistic most of the time, but when it comes down to it, she just wants for everyone to stop breaking into the Netherworld to bring people back to life, and stealing her jewels to create Psyphers to kill more people while corrupting the natural flow of life. The only really villainous things she does revolve around Oswald and his MagicallyBindingContract with her (granted, he wasn't aware of the conditions when the contract was made, but that was because the contract was made by somebody else who didn't have his best interests at heart.) [[spoiler:In fact, when she's finally KilledOffForReal, King Gallon is able to take control of the Netherworld's forces and help trigger Armageddon.]]

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* Queen Odette from ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' acts cruel and sadistic most of the time, but when it comes down to it, she just wants for everyone to stop breaking into the Netherworld to bring people back to life, and stealing her jewels to create Psyphers to kill more people while corrupting the natural flow of life. The only really villainous things she does revolve around Oswald and his MagicallyBindingContract with her (granted, he wasn't aware of the conditions when the contract was made, but that was because the contract was made by somebody else who didn't have his best interests at heart.) heart). [[spoiler:In fact, when she's finally KilledOffForReal, King Gallon is able to take control of the Netherworld's forces and help trigger Armageddon.]]
7th Jan '17 12:16:20 PM Sammettik
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** The anime series not only does this to Medlock, but [[spoiler: creates a character for this: Max Hawkins. He actually turns out to be a decent person once we get to know him, but he ''was'' badly broken in the past and thus he can't forgive Archibald Craven for his BreakTheCutie experiences]].



* Laura Barnes in ''Film/Unfriended''. The entire movie is about her coming back from the dead as a ghost to torment and kill her former classmates via Skype because [[spoiler: they drove her to suicide via, not only an embarrassing video they filmed of her passed out drunk after a party, but also by cyberbullying her through anonymous videos and harsh Facebook posts telling her to kill herself. While one of the teens tries to justify these actions by saying Laura was allegedly a bully in school, the fact that we never learn much about her as a character at all from before her death put this claim into question and it thus could easily be assumed that they drove Laura to suicide because they were jealous of her popularity and maybe wanted the spotlight for themselves (as it would make more sense than a baseless bullying accusation).]]

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* Laura Barnes in ''Film/Unfriended''.''Film/{{Unfriended}}''. The entire movie is about her coming back from the dead as a ghost to torment and kill her former classmates via Skype because [[spoiler: they drove her to suicide via, not only an embarrassing video they filmed of her passed out drunk after a party, but also by cyberbullying her through anonymous videos and harsh Facebook posts telling her to kill herself. While one of the teens tries to justify these actions by saying Laura was allegedly a bully in school, the fact that we never learn much about her as a character at all from before her death put this claim into question and it thus could easily be assumed that they drove Laura to suicide because they were jealous of her popularity and maybe wanted the spotlight for themselves (as it would make more sense than a baseless bullying accusation).]]
2nd Jan '17 8:41:35 AM Adept
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* Generally common in Literature/HarryPotter fics that try to portray Dumbledore as a cruel, manipulative man (as opposed to [[EccentricMentor the benevolent, manipulative man he is in canon]]). Often times, the author cannot be bothered to figure out what Dumbledore's big plan is, resulting in him coming across as manipulating the main characters purely for the sake of manipulating them. Or at least trying to, since, invariably, despite Harry having no clue of Dumbledore's malevolent intentions for however far into the series the fic takes place, he is suddenly painfully transparent and Harry or our new MarySue can avoid his manipulations with ease.
1st Jan '17 11:03:56 AM jmic417
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*** Given that the UED has Ghosts (who are explicitly stated in the lore to be psychics) and Science Vessels (whose character portrait is of a cyborg) it would seem likely that when the UPL became the UED there was indeed some internal reformation.
1st Jan '17 8:24:20 AM MovieLord101
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* From the standpoint of the protagonists in ''Film/FastFive'', Hernan Reyes is this. While he's a drug dealer and murderer to be sure, they only ran afoul of him because he'd hired them to steal some cars and they broke the deal because they realized his people were only really interested in one of the cars which turned out to have important information regarding his business. They really had no reason to do this as they were just hired to steal the cars. This ulitmately results in a high speed chase dragging a ten ton vault through the streets of Rio where the "heroes" cause untold damage. The police in the film are absolutely this unless we are to believe EVERY SINGLE copy in Rio is on the drug dealer's payroll.

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* From the standpoint of the protagonists in ''Film/FastFive'', Hernan Reyes is this. While he's a drug dealer and murderer to be sure, they only ran afoul of him because he'd hired them to steal some cars and they broke the deal because they realized his people were only really interested in one of the cars which turned out to have important information regarding his business. They really had no reason to do this as they were just hired to steal the cars. This ulitmately results in a high speed chase dragging a ten ton vault through the streets of Rio where the "heroes" cause untold damage. The police in the film are absolutely this unless we are to believe EVERY SINGLE copy cop in Rio is on the drug dealer's payroll.payroll.
* Laura Barnes in ''Film/Unfriended''. The entire movie is about her coming back from the dead as a ghost to torment and kill her former classmates via Skype because [[spoiler: they drove her to suicide via, not only an embarrassing video they filmed of her passed out drunk after a party, but also by cyberbullying her through anonymous videos and harsh Facebook posts telling her to kill herself. While one of the teens tries to justify these actions by saying Laura was allegedly a bully in school, the fact that we never learn much about her as a character at all from before her death put this claim into question and it thus could easily be assumed that they drove Laura to suicide because they were jealous of her popularity and maybe wanted the spotlight for themselves (as it would make more sense than a baseless bullying accusation).]]
31st Dec '16 8:49:13 AM KingLyger
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* Queen Odette from VideoGame/OdinSphere acts cruel and sadistic most of the time, but when it comes down to it, she just wants for everyone to stop breaking into the Netherworld to bring people back to life, and stealing her jewels to create Psyphers to kill more people while corrupting the natural flow of life. The only really villainous things she does revolve around Oswald and his MagicallyBindingContract with her (granted, he wasn't aware of the conditions when the contract was made, but that was because the contract was made by somebody else who didn't have his best interests at heart.) [[spoiler:In fact, when she's finally KilledOffForReal, King Gallon is able to take control of the Netherworld's forces and help trigger Armageddon.]]

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* Queen Odette from VideoGame/OdinSphere ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' acts cruel and sadistic most of the time, but when it comes down to it, she just wants for everyone to stop breaking into the Netherworld to bring people back to life, and stealing her jewels to create Psyphers to kill more people while corrupting the natural flow of life. The only really villainous things she does revolve around Oswald and his MagicallyBindingContract with her (granted, he wasn't aware of the conditions when the contract was made, but that was because the contract was made by somebody else who didn't have his best interests at heart.) [[spoiler:In fact, when she's finally KilledOffForReal, King Gallon is able to take control of the Netherworld's forces and help trigger Armageddon.]]



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Rufus Shinra, who the group actively oppose for the simple fact the he's the ex-president's son. Though his father was a tyrant responsible for the deaths of everyone in sector 7, Rufus never actually kills anyone. In fact, he turns out to be a pretty fair ruler, who's only act of antagonism is preparing to have Tifa and Barrett executed. Justified in that they're terrorists, and he's hoping to quell public fears by having them killed. He also launches an attack against Sapphire weapon, successfully destroying it, then plans to use the Giant Materia to destroy meteor. Cloud and the gang deliberately intercept his attempts by grabbing the materia for themselves, making them seem like glory hogging jerks in comparison. Granted, Rufus' plan wouldn't have worked anyway, but Cloud didn't know that at the time.
* David Madsen from ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is depicted as a paranoid lunatic who wants to put Max's school under heavy surveillance. However, this is because of a series of incidents where [[spoiler: students were getting drugged and photographed against their wills]], with one of the victims disappearing and [[spoiler: turning up dead]]. Said victim is his step daughter's best friend, [[AdultFear so his paranoia are justified]]. Another Designated Villain point is his relationship with Chloe. He's painted as an abusive hardass for how he treats her, but more often than not, Chloe instigates the arguments between them. One particular incident was when one of his guns got stolen, and when he confronted Chloe about it, he scolded her for having a joint out in the open. It's later revealed that Chloe did steal his gun, so his confrontation was entirely justified since drug possession and stealing firearms are both illegal. The only points that justify him being a villain is how he handles situations, like his abrasive way of confronting Kate (which ended up being [[spoiler: one of the driving forces in her suicide attempt]]) and slapping Chloe when she gets fresh with him.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Rufus Shinra, who the group actively oppose for the simple fact the he's the ex-president's son. Though his father was a tyrant responsible for the deaths of everyone in sector Sector 7, Rufus never actually kills anyone. In fact, he turns out to be a pretty fair ruler, who's only act of antagonism is preparing to have Tifa and Barrett executed.executed to throw off all the blame. Justified in that they're terrorists, and he's hoping to quell public fears by having them killed. He Rufus also launches an attack against Sapphire weapon, Weapon, successfully destroying it, then plans to use the Giant Materia to destroy meteor.Meteor. Cloud and the gang deliberately intercept his attempts by grabbing the materia for themselves, making them seem like glory hogging jerks in comparison. Granted, Rufus' plan wouldn't have worked anyway, worked, but Cloud didn't know that at the time.
* David Madsen from ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is depicted as a paranoid lunatic who wants to put Max's school under heavy surveillance. However, this is because of a series of incidents where [[spoiler: students were getting drugged and photographed against their wills]], with one of the victims disappearing and [[spoiler: later turning up dead]]. Said victim is his step daughter's step-daughter's best friend, [[AdultFear so his paranoia are justified]]. looks pretty understandable]].
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Another Designated Villain point is his David's relationship with Chloe. He's painted as an abusive hardass for how he treats her, but more often than not, Chloe instigates is the arguments between them. one starting the fights. One particular incident was when one of his David's guns got stolen, and when he confronted Chloe about it, he scolded her for having a joint out in the open. It's later revealed that Chloe did steal his gun, so his confrontation was entirely justified since drug possession and stealing firearms are both illegal. justified. The only points that justify make him being a villain is how are when he handles situations, goes too far in trying to fix things, like his abrasive way of confronting Kate (which ([[spoiler:which ended up being [[spoiler: one of the driving forces in her suicide attempt]]) attempt]]), and slapping Chloe when she gets fresh with him.
30th Dec '16 4:51:27 PM Animeking1108
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* The Department of Homeland Security from ''Literature/LittleBrother'' are depicted as tyrants trying to infringe on privacy. They started enforcing strict security measures after a major terrorist attack occurred in TheHero, Marcus's DoomedHometown, and the only person they're outright said to be spying on is Marcus. However, Marcus has done nothing but make himself look suspicious, such as using his hacking skills to play hooky and refusing to hand over his phone to [[BigBad The Severe Haircut Woman]] on the [[HonorBeforeReason principle of privacy]], and yet [[NeverMyFault acts like he's a victim]]. The only DHS member that acts legitimately villainous is the Severe Haircut Woman, enforcing strict security measures, [[spoiler: detaining Marcus's friend Daryl, and waterboarding Marcus]] just ForTheEvulz.


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* David Madsen from ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is depicted as a paranoid lunatic who wants to put Max's school under heavy surveillance. However, this is because of a series of incidents where [[spoiler: students were getting drugged and photographed against their wills]], with one of the victims disappearing and [[spoiler: turning up dead]]. Said victim is his step daughter's best friend, [[AdultFear so his paranoia are justified]]. Another Designated Villain point is his relationship with Chloe. He's painted as an abusive hardass for how he treats her, but more often than not, Chloe instigates the arguments between them. One particular incident was when one of his guns got stolen, and when he confronted Chloe about it, he scolded her for having a joint out in the open. It's later revealed that Chloe did steal his gun, so his confrontation was entirely justified since drug possession and stealing firearms are both illegal. The only points that justify him being a villain is how he handles situations, like his abrasive way of confronting Kate (which ended up being [[spoiler: one of the driving forces in her suicide attempt]]) and slapping Chloe when she gets fresh with him.
26th Dec '16 12:55:58 PM Mooncalf
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** And yet another similar situation occurs in "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne. The song's lyrics ''outright state'' that the narrator wants to break up her crush and his current girlfriend because "I don't like her"; she also states that the boy clearly likes her better, even though we never get ''his'' opinion on the matter.

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** And yet another similar situation occurs in "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne. The song's lyrics ''outright state'' that the narrator wants to break up her crush and his current girlfriend because "I don't like her"; she also states that the boy clearly likes her better, even though we never get ''his'' opinion on the matter. (Though he's grinning like an idiot over having a hot girl try to steal him, and doesn't seem to care about his initial girlfriend getting abused by a stranger.) Lavigne has stated that the message of the song that [[DontDoThisCoolThing doing this is wrong]], which is not the message most viewers receive.
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