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24th Aug '16 12:16:44 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''WebOriginal/DasSporking'' loves pointing them out in works they review.
** Mervin notes in her ''Literature/Twilight'' reviews that the Volturi come off as [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable rulers]] whose only rules are 'uphold TheMasquerade' and 'don't eat babies'.
** [=ZeldaQueen=] and Raxistaicho's review of ''Harry Potter and the Girl Who Lived'' points out that Dumbledore comes off as less manipulative and more worried for Rose.
** In ''The Real Us'', they point out that the Weasleys come off as less 'horrible people' and more 'normal folk manipulated and taken advantage of by [[DesignatedHero the heroes]]'.
18th Aug '16 3:50:23 AM MGD107
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* Basically every member of the legal system in ''Film/MyCousinVinny'', but the prosecutor, especially. He's doing his best to get the defendants convicted on murder charges, but only because he truly believes, based on the evidence, that they did it. Not only is all of his conduct completely legal and ethical, but he is also a genuinely nice person who left a much more lucrative private practice because he believed public service was more important. [[spoiler: When Vinnie finds evidence proving the defendants are innocent, he dismisses the charges immediately and without rancor.]]
15th Aug '16 8:39:50 AM gophergiggles
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*** And finally discussed and deconstructed in "No Second Prances" where Twilight Sparkle was willing to give the dangerous and possibly psychotic Starlight Glimmer a chance at redemption but rigidly refuses to drop her personal grudge with the decidedly less villainous Trixie. The episode features Twilight being called out for it several times and gives her a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment when it hits her just how badly she's harming Trixie.
12th Aug '16 1:32:18 PM Shadowgazer
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Naturally, this can boomerang back onto the protagonist: in-story, a DesignatedHero is regarded as 'good' despite having no significant virtues. Conversely, ProtagonistCenteredMorality isn't a case of a having weaksauce villains; it's a personification of being an ass for its own sake, and being lauded for it.

Please note that TropesAreNotBad, as this can sometimes be done on purpose to add more shades of grey to a story, or to show that the heroes are not completely perfect. (See HeroAntagonist.) Keep in mind that antagonists and villains are ''very'' different things.

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Naturally, this can boomerang back onto the protagonist: in-story, a DesignatedHero is regarded as 'good' despite having no significant virtues. Conversely, ProtagonistCenteredMorality isn't a case of a having weaksauce villains; it's a personification of being an ass for its own sake, and being lauded for it.

it. In both cases one has to be certain about the creator's intentions about who's sympathetic and who is right.

Please note that TropesAreNotBad, as this can sometimes be appear to happen, but its actually done on purpose to add more shades of grey to a story, or to show that the heroes are not completely perfect. (See HeroAntagonist.) Keep in mind that antagonists and villains are ''very'' different things.
4th Aug '16 7:41:39 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Creator/KarenTraviss seems determined to do this to Dr. Catherine Halsey in her ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' novels ''[[Literature/HaloGlasslands Glasslands]]'', ''[[Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar The Thursday War]]'', and ''[[Literature/HaloMortalDictata Mortal Dictata]]'' (prequels to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''), putting the blame for the SPARTAN-II program's shadier aspects (primarily the kidnapping of six year old children) squarely on Halsey's shoulders. Almost everyone suddenly starts seeing Halsey as a monster who shouldn't be allowed to live. The specific act that earns the hate is the flash-cloning of the kidnapped children in order to convince the parents that the kids aren't really missing. The clones fall ill and die a few months later. The head of [[StateSec ONI]], Admiral Margaret Parangosky, personally blames Halsey for this. The kicker is, nothing happens in ONI without Parangosky's say-so, so there's no way she could not have known about the flash-cloning beforehand, especially since it hardly could have been accomplished by Halsey alone (indeed, previous sources implied that the flash-cloning was done with ONI's full approval). Nobody seems to consider that making parents think their kids are dead may be more ''merciful'' than living with the constant fear that their child was kidnapped (and additionally, Traviss even conveniently forgets that the flash-cloning was done precisely to stop people from asking further questions). Another argument is that the SPARTAN-II program was started many years before the war with the Covenant, so there's no justification for it. However, the Insurrectionists who plagued UNSC for years did so using terrorist tactics far beyond anything we've seen so far in real life, like using suicide bombers armed with ''nukes'' (the Insurrectionist nuking of the Haven arcology, mentioned in [[VideoGame/HaloReach Halsey's own journal]], killed ''two million'' civilians and injured 8.3 million more). While Halsey's actions may be seen as deplorable, there were reasons why she took them, and it's fairly clear that the moral culpability rests on ONI as a whole (which, to its credit, ''Mortal Dictata'' does touch a tiny bit on). Worse, the author shows no sympathy for Halsey, even when it's revealed that she cries herself to sleep every night with the name of her dead daughter ([[spoiler:Miranda Keyes]]) on her lips.

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* Creator/KarenTraviss seems determined to do this to Dr. Catherine Halsey in her ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' novels ''[[Literature/HaloGlasslands Glasslands]]'', ''[[Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar The Thursday War]]'', and ''[[Literature/HaloMortalDictata Mortal Dictata]]'' (prequels to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''), putting the blame for the SPARTAN-II program's shadier aspects (primarily the kidnapping of six year old children) squarely on Halsey's shoulders. Almost everyone suddenly starts seeing Halsey as a monster who shouldn't be allowed to live. The specific act that earns the hate is the flash-cloning of the kidnapped children in order to convince the parents that the kids aren't really missing. The clones fall ill and die ill, with most dying a few months later. The head of [[StateSec ONI]], Admiral Margaret Parangosky, personally blames Halsey for this. The kicker is, nothing happens in ONI without Parangosky's say-so, so there's no way she could not have known about the flash-cloning beforehand, especially since it hardly could have been accomplished by Halsey alone (indeed, previous sources implied that the flash-cloning was done with ONI's full approval). Nobody seems to consider that making parents think their kids are dead may be more ''merciful'' than living with the constant fear that their child was kidnapped (and additionally, Traviss even conveniently forgets that the flash-cloning was done precisely to stop people from asking further questions). Another argument is that the SPARTAN-II program was started many years before the war with the Covenant, so there's no justification for it. However, the Insurrectionists who plagued UNSC for years did so using terrorist tactics far beyond anything we've seen so far in real life, like using suicide bombers armed with ''nukes'' (the Insurrectionist nuking of the Haven arcology, mentioned in [[VideoGame/HaloReach Halsey's own journal]], killed ''two million'' civilians and injured 8.3 million more). While Halsey's actions may be seen as deplorable, there were reasons why she took them, and it's fairly clear that the moral culpability rests on ONI as a whole (which, to its credit, ''Mortal Dictata'' does touch a tiny bit on). Worse, the author shows no sympathy for Halsey, even when it's revealed that she cries herself to sleep every night with the name of her dead daughter ([[spoiler:Miranda Keyes]]) on her lips.
20th Jul '16 9:24:25 AM ChronoLegion
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* Walt Ferris, the inspector, from WeBoughtAZoo. The most 'evil' thing he does is give as surprise, unofficial inspection a few weeks early... allowing the family to fix the problems he points out, so they can pass the REAL inspection.

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* Walt Ferris, the inspector, from WeBoughtAZoo.''Film/WeBoughtAZoo''. The most 'evil' thing he does is give as surprise, unofficial inspection a few weeks early... allowing the family to fix the problems he points out, so they can pass the REAL inspection.inspection (he also warns them of an impending regulation change, something he didn't really have to do; they treat this as a dick move, for some reason, as if he's the one changing the regulation). He is stated to have stolen some of their innovations for himself, but there's no actual evidence of that. In fact, he acts downright civil towards his supposed enemy, as long as the latter doesn't try to kill him.
20th Jul '16 9:20:41 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Cameron's Avatar, the evil corporation is evil because they want to mine some minerals, and aren't above rolling over the native population to do it. The difficulty is that not only is the latter an InformedAttribute, it's directly contradicted by the basic premise of the story: the immensely expensive titular avatar project, so resource-intensive that the company would rather ship an untrained man across light-years than just grow a new unit for an actual trained person, represents the company putting a historically unprecedented effort into establishing peaceful communication with a native population in order to find out what they want in exchange for the company's goals and what they value so that the company can find a way to get what it wants without annoying anyone. Had Jake just done his most basic job of getting the actual information he was explicitly asked to obtain, instead of reporting back largely irrelevant troop positions and so on, the entire conflict could have been avoided.

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* In Cameron's Avatar, ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the evil corporation is evil because they want to mine some minerals, and aren't above rolling over the native population to do it. The difficulty is that not only is the latter an InformedAttribute, it's directly contradicted by the basic premise of the story: the immensely expensive titular avatar project, so resource-intensive that the company would rather ship an untrained man across light-years than just grow a new unit for an actual trained person, represents the company putting a historically unprecedented effort into establishing peaceful communication with a native population in order to find out what they want in exchange for the company's goals and what they value so that the company can find a way to get what it wants without annoying anyone. Had Jake just done his most basic job of getting the actual information he was explicitly asked to obtain, instead of reporting back largely irrelevant troop positions and so on, the entire conflict could have been avoided.
20th Jul '16 9:16:00 AM ChronoLegion
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** To round it off, [[spoiler:the insurance company can hardly be faulted for refusing to pay out for the death of a man, whose reckless actions directly caused it. Being a magician doesn't absolve one from responsibility. Many people would call Shrike's behavior suicidal (and no insurance company will pay for a suicide), and they wouldn't be necessarily wrong]].
20th Jul '16 9:12:08 AM ChronoLegion
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* The hotel concierge in ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'' is depicted as a bad guy from the get-go just for being suspicious of Kevin when, in fact, he and the rest of the hotel staff have every right to be wary of a ten-year-old checking into a four-star hotel by himself.

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* The hotel concierge in ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'' is depicted as a bad guy from the get-go just for being suspicious of Kevin when, in fact, he and the rest of the hotel staff have every right to be wary of a ten-year-old checking into a four-star hotel by himself. He also gets slapped for daring to warn an out-of-town woman that it's dangerous for her to wander the streets of Big Apple at night alone.
12th Jul '16 2:01:10 AM MrThorfan64
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* In the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', it's somewhat unclear whether Tom Zarek is meant to be a villain for most of the series, or merely yet another faction leader with [[GreyAndGrayMorality understandable goals diverging from those of the protagonists]]. If the first, he's definitely veering into Designated Villain territory since his methods are not much more questionable than those of the main characters. That is, until he [[spoiler:massacres the government officials during his mutiny, which [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope puts him fairly solidly in the villain camp]]]].
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Bates, Kavanaugh, and Ellis tend to end up in this role. [[StrawmanHasAPoint They usually have legitimate concerns or complaints]], but because these are against the main cast of characters (Bates seeing Teyla as a security risk, Kavanaugh complaining to Weir about Weir degrading him in public, Ellis wanting [=McKay=] to cut the exposition and get to the point), the characters are presented as reactionary jerkasses. There is also a trend of portraying Kavanaugh, in his few appearances, as a coward, even though, every time, he is up against a situation in which his fear is perfectly understandable.
** In his initial appearance, Kavanaugh's supposed "cowardice" was due to his pointing out his concern that [=McKay=] mucking around with the Jumper's drive-pods while the cockpit was demolecularised, could cause a feedback surge that would cause the entire Jumper to explode, sending the fragments back through the gate with the force of a ''bomb!'' He's treated as being [[InformedWrongness in the wrong]] despite his entire team, Zelenka and [=McKay=] himself admitting that this was a very ''real'' possibility and if it did, they'd only have a few seconds of warning to raise the shield before it took out the gate room!
* In ''Series/TheOffice'':
** Charles was brought in to act as a buffer between [[PointyHairedBoss Michael Scott]] and upper management, which was a valid action given that Michael really should have been fired for lying about a risky sales scheme he engaged in (or kidnapping a pizza-boy, or any number of others). When Michael quit, Charles took his place and took a hard line with the office, cutting a number of activities to save money and asking the employees to actually sit down and do their work.
** Then again, Charles isn't much of a nice guy to work with the employees and portrays a NeverMyFault trait, especially when [[spoiler:he hits Phyliss in the face with a soccer ball and blames Jim for it]].
** This can also be the case for the conflict between Andy and Dwight: both were trying to get each other fired, but we're supposed to side with Dwight.
** In other episodes, particularly when it comes to clashes with Dwight and Jim, we are always to see Dwight as a villain and Jim as sympathetic, despite the fact that it's been made pretty clear that Jim has made Dwight's life hell for many years without ever being punished or discouraged. In season two it's revealed that Dwight has made at least ''three hundred'' complaints against Jim, exactly ''none'' of which were taken seriously. While Dwight's demeanor doesn't do him any favors, Jim's pranks really do come across as distracting and childish at best and borderline bullying at worst. This is lampshaded by Jim when he realizes that [[WhatTheHellHero his pranks don't really sound funny when listed in rapid-succession]].
** The UK version of ''The Office'' features this trope in regards to Neil Godwin (Brent's boss) who, according to WordOfGod, we are not supposed to like. His crimes are neatly summed up in [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] as "He is dismissive towards David's dog and shared a joke with Chris Finch at the expense of David's Christmas party date, Carol." That Christmas Party doesn't happen until the very last episode.
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Nevel starts out this way by [[FelonyMisdemeanor trying to steal a kiss]] from Carly (which is apparently pretty bad if youíre not into {{gonk}} nerds). Then, he [[TookALevelInJerkass unbecame this trope]] when he decided that revenge was in order (though even then, he comes across as more of a {{Jerkass}} than a true villain, as much as [[SmugSnake he may think otherwise]].)
** In some episodes, Freddie comes across as this, most jarringly in "iMeet Fred" where he is ostracized and nearly killed for saying he didn't think Fred was that funny, and no one seems to have a problem with it.
* ''In The House'': While Maxwell is a jerk with a heart of gold many of the antics of Marion and Tonia put him into this role. Not only does he not get any say in the clinic that heís a partner of because they work against him, but many of the pranks they play on him are incredibly cruel. When Mercedes proposes to Maxwell is a perfect example. At first Max was perfectly content with this development; however Marions repeated shots at his manhood eventually caused him to think up some ridicules scheme to redo the proposal, which almost ruined their relationship. However in the end Maxwell was the only one who had to apologize.
** Marion and Maxwell are this with respect to Tonia. Like [=SpongeBob=] Tonia can be incredibly destructive and annoying yet Marion and Maxwell wanting to spend sometime away from her is depicted as incredibly selfish.
* In the early ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Survivors", Leanna Kemmer is the Designated Villain for most of the episode...because, after a witness names Garibaldi as a saboteur, and plans for a bomb are found in his quarters along with a whole lot of alien money, Ms. Kemmer (who is in charge of security for an impending ''visit by the President of Earth'') wants to lock him up. Yes, she has a personal grudge against him, but ''anyone'' in her position would want to lock Garibaldi up and would be right in doing so. Seriously, Garibaldi, Ivanova, and Sinclair should all have been court-martialed for their efforts to obstruct her.
* ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'':
** In the episode "Sounds and Silences" centered around a LargeHam owner of a model ship making company. His meets a cruel fate in the end because he commits the sin of...making too much noise.
** In a particularly famous episode, "Time Enough at Last", Burgess Meredith plays a bookworm type who spends the whole episode being abused by every person he meets, and only wants to be alone with his books. Then a nuke wipes out the entire city while he's safe in a bank vault, and he's finally free to read his books in peace...until his reading glasses break. Unfair CruelTwistEnding? No, WordOfGod says that this was his just punishment for [[LonersAreFreaks his misanthropy]].
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'':
** In the episode "Broken", Cara is on trial for the atrocities she committed as a Mord'Sith. To her defense, it is revealed that Mord'Sith are actually abducted as young girls, [[BreakTheCutie then horribly tortured and brainwashed]] [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil until they become heartless killing machines]]. They were unwilling victims of the D'Haran more than anything else. Cara is ultimately forgiven for this reason. However, during the trial, they arrest another Mord'Sith hiding in the audience: Cara's mentor, the one who abducted and trained her. They then proceed to condemn this woman to what is described as [[ColdBloodedTorture the most painful death in existence]]. [[ValuesDissonance Everybody seems oblivious that, as a Mord'Sith, this woman endured the same fate as Cara, and so is every bit as much of a victim...]] (It could be argued that Cara was forgiven because she was a victim AND repented, while the other Mord'Sith did not repent and would have gone on killing. This does not make the Mord'Sith any less of a Designated Villain, but the death of Cara's mentor is at least somewhat justified.)
** Cara also helped overthrow the evil overlord who was in charge of the brainwashing. So, it could be argued that she had broken her brainwashing and was already helping people without anyone forcing her to. Cara was also happy for them to kill her.
** Panis Rahl is also treated as a big villain in the episode where he appears. Why? Because Zedd's brother reveals that Panis murdered their father while disguising himself as Zedd. The problem? Their father admitted to Panis (thinking it was his son) that he was trying to murder Panis's infant son. Yes, said boy would grow up to become the BigBad Darken Rahl, but what father wouldn't do anything he could to protect his child? And he definitely felt remorse for the act, especially since Panis and Zedd were good friends back in the day. Of course, there's also the business of seducing Zedd's daughter while also in disguise, resulting in [[spoiler:Richard]]. The series clearly paints him as a villain in such a way as to make RedemptionEqualsDeath the only way out.
* Mr. Moseby in ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' is the hotel manager who is often viewed as the antagonist for scolding the titular twins when the latter two treat the hotel as a playground when he is only doing his job to keep the hotel under control. This gets even more egregious in the episode where Zack and Cody turn into superheroes and Moseby is the villain who uses a ray that turns children into adults.
* Possibly used in ''Series/{{Survivor}}: Heroes vs. Villains'', where people like Sandra and Coach could hardly be considered villains ({{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Jeff asks if anyone thinks they were put on the wrong team); and Rob, who (shockingly) played the game more heroically than most of the Heroes. The episode where [[spoiler: he gets voted off]] is even titled "I guess I'm not really a good villain". Also subverted with Parvarti and Russel, who said "what did I do that was so bad?" and ended up being the primary antagonists season after season.
* Diana Marshall (played by Jane Badler of ''Series/{{V}}'') was heavily publicized as a villain prior to her introduction on ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', on the basis of her ruthlessness in her quest to bring down Paul and Rosemary. But given that Paul was responsible for embezzling thousands of dollars from his business and Rosemary's willingness to let her nephew get away with it, it's not hard to see Diana as justified in her actions and to want her to win.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': The pro-registration side in Season 10's "vigilante registration" storyline is portrayed as a bunch of political strawmen (perhaps the most blatant moment is when one registration supporter refers to the superheroes as a "hero menace", a phrase that doesn't even make sense, rather than as vigilantes. It was as if they showrunners were trying to make him as unconvincing and easy to lampoon as possible rather than formulating a credible opposing argument).
* A particularly controversial character in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' fandom is Captain Edward Jellico from the two-part episode "Chain of Command". Commanding the ''Enterprise''-D when Captain Picard was off on an espionage mission, he apparently was supposed to come off as a martinet, as evidenced by his [[TyrantTakesTheHelm changing everything for no good reason other than because he could]], disregarding perfectly valid advice, and generally acting like a jerk. However, when the chips were down, he proved an outstanding commanding officer who singlehandedly stopped a war, recovered the captured Picard (who, caught red-handed as a spy, had no expectation of being returned), and refrained from tossing Riker out the nearest airlock which the character badly deserved it for his childish petulance during the two-part episode. He could certainly be seen as a {{Jerkass}}, but when a guy who can at worst be said to be a jerk, successfully defeats an enemy who has no problem [[spoiler: setting up a trap so that they could capture Picard and brutally torture him for information necessary to invade the Federation]] it seems rather petty to complain about how he changed the schedule around.
** The entire Vulcan race suffers from this in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. One problem is that the writers would often try to make the Humans look good by making the Vulcans look bad; which unfortunately falls flat as the ''Enterprise'' crew often come across as so [[LethallyStupid reckless and foolish]] in the first two seasons, the Vulcans honestly seem ''[[JerkassHasAPoint right]]'' in their belief that their species shouldn't have left the cradle yet.
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':
** Mordred, who, in this version, is played by a child. We're supposed to view Mordred as a CreepyChild because the show plays ominous music over extreme close-ups of his large blue eyes, but all that's played out on screen is a kid who's been hunted, persecuted, and had everyone he's ever loved killed by the people who are generally considered "the good team". He uses his magical powers to kill a group of knights advancing on him with swords drawn, clearly preparing to kill him - this was apparently meant to prove to the audience that he's evil incarnate, even though the good guys make self-defensive kills all the time.
*** When Mordred reappears as a young adult in series 5, the results are...muddled. At first, he very much fits this trope: He saves Merlin and Arthur's lives more than once and proves his loyalty to them, yet Merlin insists on seeing him as evil to the point of twice leaving him to die (even choosing to encourage Arthur to continue persecuting magic users rather than save Mordred). When Mordred's FaceHeelTurn finally comes, it's because Arthur has the woman he loved executed. Understandable but perhaps unfair, since she had tried to murder Arthur and he was prepared to show her mercy if she had shown any sign of wanting peace. (Although [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Merlin]] didn't help by abruptly deciding the best way to reconcile Arthur and Mordred was to foil Mordred's attempts to take her away from the area peacefully.) In the end, Mordred dies after less than two episodes as a Type II AntiVillain, during which he only really qualifies as a villain because he's on Morgana's side and shows [[EvenEvilHasStandards clear distaste]] at her more ruthless acts.
** Morgana in the first two series. What she has done is no worse than what Merlin has done to his own kind, including her, yet he is viewed as the hero and she the villain. Like Mordred, at first she is only a villain because Merlin believed the dragon when he said she was.
* Sheriff Don Lamb on ''Series/VeronicaMars'' can come across like this. While certainly a deeply unpleasant man who has done some shocking things (dismissing Veronica's rape in the pilot may as well have been stabbing a puppy), he is not the type the writers are clearly trying to show him as. The fact that people seem far more comfortable putting their trust in a teenage girl and rarely, if ever, actually report crimes kind of makes the argument for incompetence difficult. He never really asked for the job but came into it when Keith was forced to resign for chasing a lead (which later turned out to be wrong anyway) and that he is likely just trying to keep his job (seeing Keith fired was probably a sobering lesson in the virtues of not upsetting the apple cart). This, combined with his backstory of parental abuse, as well as the fact that he seems to be at least somewhat liked and a good boss to his men, can make one far more sympathetic to him than the writers had probably intended. The [[Film/VeronicaMars 2014 movie]] remedied this by replacing him with his older brother [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Dan Lamb]], who was noticeably more venal and corrupt.
* A cafe owner in the incredibly {{Anvilicious}} ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "The Bare Witch Project" gets a verbal putdown from Phoebe at the end in public while dressed as Lady Godiva, claiming that "he wants women to be barefoot and pregnant". His crime? Asking Piper politely to not breast feed her son in his cafe after customers had complained about it. That's right, the '''customers''' complained yet Phoebe shoots the messenger instead.
** She specifically puts him down as a sexist pig. However, there were many customers in the cafe, and a good number of women. It's just as likely that some of the women complained about it than only men. However, the owner does get labeled as the bad guy when he points to the sign warning that they can refuse service to anyone, which is a more generic phrasing than "no shoes, no shirt, no service".
** Cole in Season 5 got hit with this especially hard after he came back from the dead. For most of the season the sisters, Phoebe especially, felt that he was evil and planning on killing the sisters. The problem is that most of the time Cole never did anything wrong and if he did to something morally dubious it was usually to help the Charmed Ones in some way. Yet despite saving their asses time and time again he would continually get shit on by everyone around him. It's especially {{Anvilicious}} when the show tried to justify their behaviour by saying that Cole became the Source, despite the fact that he unwillingly became the source due to the Seers BatmanGambit and Phoebe willingly joined evil but is [[KarmaHoudini never called up on it]]. ObscurusLupa more or less pointed out that it seems when Cole finally did become evil it was more because he was brow beaten into doing it rather then actually being evil. Yeah there's a reason that Phoebe became TheScrappy to a lot of fans.
*** Cole never explains that he became [[BigBad the Source]] unwillingly to any of the sisters, and pushes Phoebe hard to restart their relationship despite her going through a traumatic MindRape and magical miscarriage prior to his death. Plus he was some form of immortal jacked up on the power of numerous demons who was ''not'' emotionally stable. The sisters wanting to keep him away from Phoebe is well justified, but a few mediation sessions might have worked better than repeatedly trying to kill him.
* Former Vice President John Hoynes on ''Series/TheWestWing''. The writers obviously want us to view him as a sleazy backstabber desperately clinging his way back to the top. Instead he comes across as a broken man venting his anger at years of disrespect and mistreatment at the hands of the President and White House staff. The fact that Hoynes was almost a lock for the nomination before Bartlet came along (only at the pestering of Leo and others) and swept the primaries goes without mention, as does the work Hoynes put in to help the House get bills passed (using methods far less devious than what Josh had employed). He even resigned as Vice President to spare the office and his family any more bad publicity. Not exactly the devious ''SmugSnake'' he's constantly painted as.
** Admittedly, this often [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the episode]]. Josh and Leo like or at least respect Hoynes, and several episodes give him acknowledged PetTheDog moments, like inviting Leo to his AA meeting or taking his name off an education bill he sponsored to ensure its passage. Leo himself says that the staff respects Hoynes, they just don't trust him.
** His successor, "Bingo Bob" Russell, fares no better and for even less cause. At least Hoynes caused a sex scandal (that is, he did something wrong) which could justify the main cast's hatred of him (if they'd known about it before it was exposed). Russell didn't even have that much. He was a choice forced on the West Wing by other Democrats because he had a reputation as a lightweight, and it was hoped he wouldn't be much competition to Democrats wanting to run for President in the next election. Russell is aware of his bad reputation and is determined to rise above it, but the rest of the cast doesn't care. While trying to write the speech announcing his Vice Presidency, Toby rants a mock speech on how much they all genuinely despise him that [[IrrevocableMessage accidentally winds up on the teleprompter]]. Russell sees it, but is remarkably good-humored about it. Russell does manage to rise above expectations and be an effective Vice President, and (to the dismay of those Democrats who selected him) is able to become the front runner for most of the campaign to be the presidential nominee... and the rest of the cast ''still'' hates his guts. The worst thing we ever see him do is give a speech in the Iowa caucus praising ethanol, even though [[InformedWrongness he and everyone else in-universe "knows" ethanol is crap]]. But you know Josh's candidate for President, Santos, the man who, according to Josh, is "twice the man Russell is on his best days, ten times, and Russell doesn't have very many best days," that Santos? [[DesignatedHero He did the exact same damn thing.]] Because praising ethanol is one of the things you ''do'' if you're trying to win in Iowa, regardless of whether you believe it. Really, it seemed like the office of Vice President on this show was the place to put [[TheFriendNobodyLikes the guy who was on the same side as the main cast whom the main cast could despise,]] even if the reason why they despised him was always left a little vague.
** Though 'villain' is a little harsh. None of the main cast seem to have much against him personally, they just think he's unqualified for his position, and are frustrated at the political realities that put him there. There's a difference between hating someone and not thinking they should be President.
** Also it is strongly implied Russell was involved in leaking information regarding the President's daughter controversially lab research as a means to distance himself from Bartlett politically, not only causing a minor media frenzy, but also subjecting the President's family to attacks.
* The treatment of InternalAffairs (aka "The Rat Squad") in ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'', especially ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', often veers into this, presenting the officers of the division as little more than self-important, vindictive assholes targeting the main characters purely out of spite, despite their usually deserving far more censure than they inevitably end up getting. The audience is often expected to dislike them for investigating cops for crimes we the audience know they didn't commit, even though they have sufficient evidence to look into it (in spite of the fact that the detectives often investigate the lives of innocent people all the time- it's just part of the job). And the fact that the police on the show have a tendency to do [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique not-entirely-legal things]] doesn't help.
** Defense attorneys, too. In RealLife their job is to make sure the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt, whereas ''Law and Order'' would have you believe they're all {{smug|Snake}} [[GloryHound social-climbers]] who'll do anything up to and including knowingly let murderers go free for a bit of publicity. The bad guy's lawyer in the ''SVU'' episode "Hate" is a particularly striking example: he's perfectly okay - happy, even - with letting a serial hate-murderer walk if it means his ChewbaccaDefense that racism is genetic gets on the books.
* Several guest characters on ''SVU'' qualify for this, often of the ThereShouldBeALaw variety. One guy was the normal-looking boyfriend of a young woman with Turner Syndrome, who thus looked like a young child despite being legal. The detectives spend most of the episode trying to find ''something'' to nail the guy on, even hauling him into court several times, only to have all their attempts turned down by judges. We're supposed to side with them. Making it even worse is the fact that it's stated the young woman's condition will almost certainly kill her before she turns thirty, meaning this may well be the only romantic relationship she'll ever have, and our heroes are trying to ruin is simply because they, personally, are grossed out.
* Before her FaceHeelTurn, Faith from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was treated as this. She was rightfully the Slayer and she was shown to be rather effective, nice, funny, and friendly. However, she's evidently supposed to be viewed as psychotic, lacking in morality and someone to avoid. Many of Faith's actions have been blamed on Buffy, from Buffy's initial cold shoulder to Faith almost causing a fight between them, to Faith's attempt to kill Angel (since Faith was scared of the horrors he might cause and Buffy didn't tell her he was supposedly reformed.) After the FaceHeelTurn, she becomes a case of NeverLiveItDown, [[note]](at least to the Scoobies, the Fang Gang members that know her are okay with her)[[/note]] and later in the series, some of Buffy's hatred of her stems from jealousy.
* Logan on one episode of ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. After screaming at Dustin over the phone because Dustin made a mistake, Logan was enrolled in anger management classes. He gets out of them early, but needs to be monitored by his teacher. If he can go a day without getting angry, he gets to be out of the classes. So what do the main characters do? Play tons of cruel tricks on him to get him to snap, tricks that anyone would rightfully get mad at (such as attacking him with paint-filled balloons). Logan manages to go the entire day without getting angry at anyone, until the teacher finally leaves. He then, of course, yells at the others, and is taken back to anger management.
* The fact that {{mutants}} are pretty plainly second-class citizens in the future of ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' means you get a lot of fans rooting for [[BigBad Ransik]], even though his [[KillAllHumans methods]] are [[WellIntentionedExtremist rather extreme]]. Even fans who don't side with him tend to see him as the most sympathetic ''Power Rangers'' BigBad, [[spoiler:which might be why he's the only one to redeem himself completely of his own volition]].
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'':
** Adam Chandler frequently got this treatment. Granted he wasn't exactly a saint and did do some pretty horrible stuff, but a lot of people in Pine Valley (particularly Tad Martin) equally did terrible things to Adam. It more or less became an unofficial rule amongst Pine Valley residents that Adam wasn't allowed to have children, and that if he did then he wasn't allowed to raise them because they didn't want the children tainted by the "Chandler Influence". So when he fathered both JR and Colby on separate occasions, he was barred from having a relationship with either one of them. Colby was even kidnapped by Liza and spirited away, and Adam never met her until she was a teenager!! But all of these actions were shown as justified because of the fact they happened to Adam. More poignantly is the fact that the show somehow managed to blame ''Adam'' for the switching baby fiasco with JR and Bianca's babies, just for the mere fact that he threatened Paul Cramer--the ''actual kidnapper''--to tell him where his grandchild was!!
*** Or when he sues ex-wife Dixie for custody of JR, after discovering that Dixie has been sleeping around and that her latest conquest is a barely-legal teenage boy (his daughter Hayley's ex)--and ''he'' is the one vilified in the whole thing, to the point where even ''Hayley'' eventually takes Dixie's side, while Dixie's promiscuous, irresponsible behavior is glossed over. This borders on TheUnfairSex if not outright hypocrisy, as Dixie frequently tried to wrest custody from Adam over far lesser issues, including ''his'' multiple wives and girlfriends.
** True to Chandler fashion, JR also received this treatment after he married Babe Carey. Babe, a young woman who'd committed bigamy, was found to have slept through high school to get her diploma, and had an affair with JR's own brother Jamie ''the night of their wedding''. The stress of his marriage to Babe had JR turning to alcohol and he became an alcoholic--ironically used by the other characters to "prove" what a monster he'd become. Granted both JR and Babe were also victims of the baby-switch (they didn't know initially that their daughter Bess was actually Bianca's daughter Miranda), but Babe found out eventually and kept the secret from both JR and Bianca for well over a year--until she found out their son was actually alive. However she kept the lies rolling, telling JR their son was dead and Miranda was ripped from his arms by the citizens of Pine Valley to be returned to Bianca. And when ''all'' the truths came out--that his son was really alive and Babe had started most of the lies--most of the residents in Pine Valley didn't see a problem with it. They felt Babe was perfectly justified in lying to JR in such a way and denying him his son for the ''exact same reason'' they'd denied Adam his children. And when JR started fighting for custody of his son, he was vilified by the town and the show for ''daring'' to go after Babe and separate their child from his mother. The ''only'' people who sided with JR in any of this were Adam, Bianca's mother Erica, and Bianca's sister Kendall. Even Kevin Buchanen, the man who'd been raising the baby as his son and whom Babe kidnapped him from, ''sided with Babe'' against JR!! Even Bianca, the one person more victimized by Babe's lies than JR, inexplicably sided with Babe against JR!! The show even expected viewers to be outraged when JR ''did'' win full custody and Babe only got minor visitation rights!!
* Used in an unfortunate manner with Holly Lindsay in ''Series/GuidingLight'', during her feud with her daughter Blake. Blake decided to steal Holly's boyfriend Ross just to spite her, though it's quickly rewritten that Blake loved Ross all along. Holly is then vilified for being angry about it, and she's told repeatedly by Ross and other people that she didn't deserve to be angry because Ross "never made her any promises". They were boyfriend and girlfriend and had been longtime friends--one would think promises didn't ''need'' to be made. Furthermore she is emotionally blackmailed by both Ross and Blake to keep their affair a secret from Holly's ex-husband and Blake's father, Roger Thorpe, because Ross was Roger's bitter rival and because of the substantial age difference between Ross and Blake. The stress of the situation has Holly turning to alcohol, and she's written as a drunk lunatic--any confrontational scenes she has with Blake makes Blake look like an innocent victim of her raving drunk mother. Even though Blake up to that point had already made history by breaking up marriages and sleeping her way through the Spaulding family, the viewers were expected to believe that Holly had always been emotionally abusive to Blake and ''that'' was why Blake turned out the way she did and deserved to be happy. Longtime friends of Holly, and people who'd been victims of Blake's manipulations in the past, championed for Blake's happiness. Granted, Blake finally ''did'' make her peace with Holly and Ross and Blake became a supercouple of the show, but their beginnings were at the expense of Holly's happiness, much to the indifference of Springfield and the writers.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** Oliver Wells is a perfect example of this trope the audience is supposes to dislike him because everyone in the cast does even Dr. Brennan. He is portrayed as having a wide range of interests, ranging from Physics to Psychology, and considers himself to be very open-minded, even on subjects like time travel or if there is life after death. In fact the only reason Dr Brennan doesnít like him is because heís smarter than her. Not only does he repeatedly correct her mistakes but he doesnít let her derail a conversation with him by introducing unrelated topics. In the end she proves herself by finally stumping him.
*** The writers stressed his social awkwardness during his second appearance focusing on all of his negative traits and repeatedly stating he had no friends even though he and Dr. Hodgins got along really well last time. However in the end it showed the same thing the cast donít like him because he treats them the same way they treat everyone else they meet. Talking down to then, correcting their mistakes, congratulating them when they get something correct, and refusing to dumb himself down. It takes MoralMyopia to the extreme and doesnít place Dr. Brennan and the others in a good light.
* ''Series/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'' has one of the better examples of this trope in Senator Mondale in the episode ''Apollo 1''. At first, Mondale seems like someone who wants to stop the space program and focus on things other than landing a man on the moon simply as a political maneuver, but as the episode progresses, it becomes clear that he isn't doing this just to for political ends and that he seriously believes the money NASA receives could be put to better use by feeding and educating those less fortunate.
* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'':
** In The Saga of Annie O'Toole, Gregory Spain is this. When he comes to claim a piece of land that the eponymous Annie is illegally squatting on, he is immediately made out to be the villain by everyone involved, particularly Annie, who recounts how Spain scammed her father out of profits in the bar they worked in. Unfortunately, the events of the episode suggest that Annie is far more dishonest than Gregory: Spain provides proof of ownership, and various pieces of circumstantial evidence point to Spain's ownership of the plot. When the matter is brought to Miner's Court, Spain obeys every command the judge gives without question. Even when he goes to attempt to take the claim by force, he does so within the bounds of the law, and only uses the required force needed to take the claim (as he can by rights have everyone on the claim shot, but he merely holds them up). For Annie's part, she forges papers to confuse the issue, destroys the circumstantial evidence to remove any corroborating proof, and in Miner's Court, shows contempt for the judge at every turn. Also, when cooking meals for the miners, she raises the prices for meals like ham and eggs from a reasonable 1.50 in 1860's money (about 25 bucks today), to over 15 dollars by episode's end (over 350 bucks in today's currency). But somehow, we're supposed to think that Spain is the crook...
* Elvin on ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' was this when he was first introduced as a StrawMisogynist. Sure, he did and said a few stupid things (like forgetting he had a date with Sondra, or claiming that baking and cooking was a "women's job"). But really, the guy was a harmless doofus, who never would have hurt Sondra on purpose. And yet, her parents treated him as if he was the biggest scum on Earth. [[spoiler: But it later got better, and Elvin got married to Sondra.]]
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' had RecurringCharacter Roger [=McGrath=], stepfather to Peter Benton's son Reese. When Carla, Peter's ex and Roger's wife, dies in a car accident, Roger sues Peter for custody. We're supposed to side with Peter, despite the fact that he has very few arguments as to why he would be a better father beyond FirstFatherWins, and at one point forces his current girlfriend, Dr. Cleo Finch, to commit perjury to help his case. Even stranger is the fact that Roger's actor was also one of the shows producers, so you'd think he could've changed things to make the playing field a bit more even.
* The Christmas special in the Norwegian sitcom ''Mot i Brøstet'' has [[ControlFreak Karl]] set up as the bad guy since he insists that they should celebrate Christmas in the old fashioned way, much to the other's displeasure, but even before that the rest were shamelessly [[GoldDigger wishing expensive gifts]] from him since he earned a lot of money on the stock market.
* The security guard in the Muppet special ''The Muppets at Walt Disney World'' is already on his last chance after a number of past mistakes (including losing many of the keys to the park). When the Muppets break in without paying, he sets out to capture them. Eventually, he does capture them all, but [[KarmaHoudini it turns out Kermit and Mickey Mouse are old friends, so the Muppets don't get in trouble]], while in his last scene the guard is shown scraping gum off the bottom of a bench, presumably demoted for his actions, even though he did capture characters who broke in without paying (and had no idea his boss was friends with one of them).
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Roderick from the episode "Bad Wolf", the winner of the deadly future version of the Weakest Link. While he is a bit of a jerk he is, like all the other players, just trying to survive the game. And while Rose treats him as horrible because of the way he is voting he points out he wants to go against her at the end so he doesn't get disintegrated. Bear in mind it's very likely all the contestants were forced into this game. Slightly justified, however, since he doesn't show any regret about killing other participants, but is actually quite gleeful about it. Every other participants we see is stressed and scared of the situation, and we even see them being supportive to each other, while Roderick only thinks about how many money he's going to win. It could be argued that he is basically just a PragmaticVillain.
** The Metacrisis Doctor from "Journey's End". The Doctor treats them as wrong for wiping out the AlwaysChaoticEvil Daleks after he had temporarily incapacitated them just after they attempted to destroy the Universe. Bear in mind, it's never made clear exactly how the Doctor intended to deal with the Daleks, and the Metacrisis Doctor says this Dalek army has the capacity to slaughter the cosmos.
* ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless''. When Carmen Mesta came to town, she quickly took up with Neil Winters, who was estranged from his wife Dru, having just discovered that she cheated on him with his brother and that he's actually the uncle of the daughter he's raised for 15 years. When Dru returned to town, she was enraged to discover Neil and Carmen's fling and promptly broke into Carmen's apartment and trashed it. When Carmen filed charges and a restraining order against Dru. . .all of sudden SHE was made into the bad guy. Her and Neil's mutual relationship was suddenly spun as her being TheVamp out to wreck a blissfully happy marriage and her filing a complaint against Dru was made to look like the vindictive act of a WomanScorned. When Dru put her in a headlock following another argument and she filed new charges regarding the physical assault and violation of the restraining order, this attitude was ramped up even more until Carmen became the AssholeVictim in a murder mystery that had every member of the Winters' family as a suspect. No one ever thought to call Dru out for her crazed--and hypocritical--behavior and Carmen was made out to be a vengeful bitch out to ruin Dru's life rather than someone who had every right to do what she did, given Dru's actions.
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