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15th Dec '17 5:24:30 AM Eddy1215
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* Vincent the bear in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge''. On screen, the only thing he does is make RJ replace the food that he lost because he was stealing it. He makes a monologue about a bunch of OffscreenVillainy, but without that, he's really just trying to survive. Inverted with Gladys Sharp and the Verminator. On the surface, they seem like the leader of a homeowners' association who just wants her town rid of bothersome pests and an exterminator [[JustFollowingOrders just doing his job]], if it weren't for the fact that she's clearly a pompous, arrogant ControlFreak who willingly buys an illegal pest control device and demand that said pests by eliminated inhumanely as possible and he was someone who clearly enjoyed hunting down animals and setting up dangerous traps.

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* Played straight and inverted in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' with all three antagonists:
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Vincent the bear in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge''.bear. On screen, the only thing he does is make RJ replace the food that he lost because he was stealing it. He makes a monologue about a bunch of OffscreenVillainy, but without that, he's really just trying to survive.
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Inverted with Gladys Sharp and the Verminator. On the surface, they seem like the leader of a homeowners' association who just wants her town rid of bothersome pests and an exterminator [[JustFollowingOrders just doing his job]], if it weren't for the fact that she's clearly a pompous, arrogant ControlFreak who willingly buys an illegal pest control device and demand that said pests by eliminated inhumanely as possible and he was someone who clearly enjoyed hunting down animals and setting up dangerous traps.
14th Dec '17 6:41:48 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Even if Mr. Cat hasn't done anything wrong in the episode (yet), he still gets tortured and the audience is supposed to find this funny. In episodes like "Let's Play Cops and Robbers", he even gets punished for things he didn't do.
26th Nov '17 3:37:44 PM gophergiggles
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* The Sirens in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic''. The way the issue is told, they don't come off as much as a threat as the legends told in ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'' implied. Particularly, their singing doesn't cause strife or arguing between other ponies, it makes ponies adore them, and it's implied the Sirens do this as a way to get fame and attention, not to purposefully create trouble. If any harm was caused, it was {{Offscreen|Villainy}}. Enter Star Swirl who, after repeatedly failing to best them in music to stop their spells, just banishes them to another world to get rid of them. At the very best it makes Star Swirl look like a petty jerk who hurled them into another world because he [[FelonyMisdemeanor lost a music contest]], and some fans go so far as to say ''Star Swirl'' is the villain of the comic and the Sirens were victims DrivenToVillainy after their banishment.

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* The Sirens in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic''. The way the issue is told, they don't come off as much as a threat as the legends told in ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'' implied. Particularly, their singing doesn't cause strife or arguing between other ponies, it makes ponies adore them, and it's implied the Sirens do this as a way to get fame and attention, not to purposefully create trouble. If any harm was caused, it was {{Offscreen|Villainy}}. Enter Star Swirl who, after repeatedly failing to best them in music to stop their spells, just banishes them to another world to get rid of them. At the very best it makes Star Swirl look like a petty jerk who hurled them into another world because he [[FelonyMisdemeanor lost a music contest]], and some fans go so far as to say ''Star Swirl'' is the villain of the comic and the Sirens were victims DrivenToVillainy after their banishment. Worth noting this ''only'' applies in the comics canon; their appearance and subsequent banishment in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E25ShadowPlayPart1 Shadow]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E26ShadowPlayPart2 Play]]'' clearly depicts them as villains spreading a HatePlague that compels victims to ''violently beat the crap out of each other'' as they engage the Pillars of Equestria with FrickingLaserBeams.
25th Nov '17 3:30:22 PM MBG
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* Invoked and parodied in ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer''. If the Evil Rate Gamer didn't [[CardCarryingVillain point out that he's evil]] at every opportunity we wouldn't know. This is a parody of [[WebVideo/TheIrateGamer "the Evil Irate Gamer"]], who kinda fell flat because

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* Invoked and parodied in ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer''. If the Evil Rate Gamer didn't [[CardCarryingVillain point out that he's evil]] at every opportunity we wouldn't know. This is a parody of [[WebVideo/TheIrateGamer "the Evil Irate Gamer"]], who kinda fell flat because the standard-issue Irate Gamer was already a bit of a ComedicSociopath.
25th Nov '17 3:29:40 PM MBG
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** At the same time, though, some people have taken [[http://josswhedonisnotafeminist.tumblr.com/post/118724889670/i-sent-an-angry-email-about-dr-horrible-to-my the opposite view.]] He's a SmugSuper, sure, but Doctor Horrible is every bit as arrogant, if not moreso, and treated much more sympathetically. Hammer's only intentional dickish actions in the story are taken against a villain who wants to destroy the city - an incompetent villain, sure, but still. He also actually pays attention to what Penny wants, even if he doesn't care that much about it, and they seem to enjoy each other's company. Hell, he opens a homeless shelter for her, in comparison to Doctor Horrible, who actively dismisses the idea of trying something like that. As crude as he could be, he does very little to deserve the derision he's given.



* Invoked and parodied in ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer''. If the Evil Rate Gamer didn't [[CardCarryingVillain point out that he's evil]] at every opportunity we wouldn't know.

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* Invoked and parodied in ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer''. If the Evil Rate Gamer didn't [[CardCarryingVillain point out that he's evil]] at every opportunity we wouldn't know. This is a parody of [[WebVideo/TheIrateGamer "the Evil Irate Gamer"]], who kinda fell flat because
24th Nov '17 5:11:45 PM MasterN
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(As an aside, it's worth noting the origin of the word 'villain'. It comes from ''villein''. The villeins were pretty much the lowest of the low in feudal Europe. The scum of the earth. [[ValuesDissonance The serfs. Peasants, tied to the land.]] ([[TorchesAndPitchforks And they were in the majority.]]) In effect, this trope is OlderThanFeudalism: the oppressed and persecuted were often depicted as baser and nastier than anyone else and were held to a higher moral standard.)

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(As an aside, it's worth noting the origin of the word 'villain'. It comes from ''villein''. The villeins were pretty much the lowest of the low in feudal Europe. The scum of the earth. [[ValuesDissonance The serfs. Peasants, tied to the land.]] ([[TorchesAndPitchforks And they were in the majority.]]) In effect, this trope is OlderThanFeudalism: [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming the oppressed and persecuted were often depicted as baser and nastier than anyone else and were held to a higher moral standard.)
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24th Nov '17 5:09:07 PM MasterN
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(As an aside, it's worth noting the origin of the word 'villain'. It comes from ''villein''. The villeins were pretty much the lowest of the low in feudal Europe. The scum of the earth. The serfs. Peasants, tied to the land. ([[TorchesAndPitchforks And they were in the majority.]]) In effect, this trope is OlderThanFeudalism: the oppressed and persecuted were often depicted as baser and nastier than anyone else and were held to a higher moral standard.)

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(As an aside, it's worth noting the origin of the word 'villain'. It comes from ''villein''. The villeins were pretty much the lowest of the low in feudal Europe. The scum of the earth. [[ValuesDissonance The serfs. Peasants, tied to the land. ]] ([[TorchesAndPitchforks And they were in the majority.]]) In effect, this trope is OlderThanFeudalism: the oppressed and persecuted were often depicted as baser and nastier than anyone else and were held to a higher moral standard.)
21st Nov '17 8:54:07 AM catmuto
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** Leah Clearwater would be a protagonist in any other series, but is treated as a villain by most of the vampires and even her own werewolf brethren. She is the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only female werewolf]] in their pack and her first transformation shocked her father so much that he died of heart failure. There's also her background as having been engaged to Sam, who ended up [[LoveAtFirstSight imprinting]] on her cousin and ditching her because one's imprint is the most important thing to a werewolf and her pack ''hates'' her for being hurt over this betrayal. She also voices a dislike of the HiveMind the pack shares, as it results in her sharing in Jacob's unrequited love fantasies about Bella. Speaking of Bella, in ''Breaking Dawn'', Leah actually [[StrawmanHasAPoint tells her off for stringing Jacob along, despite Bella having already chosen to marry Edward and become a vampire]]. Everybody hates her for [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality that last part]], even [[UngratefulBastard Jacob]].



* 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 best friend, [[AdultFear so his paranoia looks pretty understandable]].

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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: later turning up dead]]. Said victim is his step-daughter's best friend, [[AdultFear so his paranoia looks pretty understandable]].
21st Nov '17 8:51:37 AM catmuto
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** Leah Clearwater would be a protagonist in any other series, but is treated as a villain by most of the vampires and even her own werewolf brethren. She is the [[TheSmurfetteSyndrome only female werewolf]] in their pack and her first transformation shocked her father so much that he died of heart failure. There's also her background as having been engaged to Sam, who ended up [[LovedAtFirstSight imprinting]] on her cousin and ditching her because one's imprint is the most important thing to a werewolf and her pack ''hates'' her for being hurt over this betrayal. She also voices a dislike of the HiveMind the pack shares, as it results in her sharing in Jacob's unrequited love fantasies about Bella. Speaking of Bella, in ''Breaking Dawn'', Leah actually [[StrawmanHasAPoint tells her off for stringing Jacob along, despite Bella having already chosen to marry Edward and become a vampire]]. Everybody hates her for [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality that last part]], even [[UngratefulBastard Jacob]].

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** Leah Clearwater would be a protagonist in any other series, but is treated as a villain by most of the vampires and even her own werewolf brethren. She is the [[TheSmurfetteSyndrome [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only female werewolf]] in their pack and her first transformation shocked her father so much that he died of heart failure. There's also her background as having been engaged to Sam, who ended up [[LovedAtFirstSight [[LoveAtFirstSight imprinting]] on her cousin and ditching her because one's imprint is the most important thing to a werewolf and her pack ''hates'' her for being hurt over this betrayal. She also voices a dislike of the HiveMind the pack shares, as it results in her sharing in Jacob's unrequited love fantasies about Bella. Speaking of Bella, in ''Breaking Dawn'', Leah actually [[StrawmanHasAPoint tells her off for stringing Jacob along, despite Bella having already chosen to marry Edward and become a vampire]]. Everybody hates her for [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality that last part]], even [[UngratefulBastard Jacob]].
21st Nov '17 8:50:27 AM catmuto
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** Leah Clearwater would be a protagonist in any other series, but is treated as a villain by most of the vampires and even her own werewolf brethren. She is the [[TheSmurfetteSyndrome only female werewolf]] in their pack and her first transformation shocked her father so much that he died of heart failure. There's also her background as having been engaged to Sam, who ended up [[LovedAtFirstSight imprinting]] on her cousin and ditching her because one's imprint is the most important thing to a werewolf and her pack ''hates'' her for being hurt over this betrayal. She also voices a dislike of the HiveMind the pack shares, as it results in her sharing in Jacob's unrequited love fantasies about Bella. Speaking of Bella, in ''Breaking Dawn'', Leah actually [[StrawmanHasAPoint tells her off for stringing Jacob along, despite Bella having already chosen to marry Edward and become a vampire]]. Everybody hates her for [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality that last part]], even [[UngratefulBastard Jacob]].
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