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15th Mar '17 11:28:39 PM Pichu-kun
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* King Gurumes, the villain of the first ''Manga/DragonBall'' movie. He ruled his land with tyranny because he became addicted to blood rubies. So Goku and his friends try to stop the evil king from gathering the Dragon Balls and making his "terrible wish" of wishing himself free of the blood ruby hunger... ''which would solve the problem itself!''
** Averted in the Japanese version, where he wanted to [[VillainousGlutton wish for finer foods]].

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* King Gurumes, the villain of the first ''Manga/DragonBall'' movie. He ruled his land with tyranny because he became addicted to blood rubies. So Goku and his friends try to stop the evil king from gathering the Dragon Balls and making his "terrible wish" of wishing himself free of the blood ruby hunger... ''which would solve the problem itself!''
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itself!' Averted in the Japanese version, where he wanted to [[VillainousGlutton wish for finer foods]].



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash is banned from Erika's gym and later kicked out and ostracized by his companions and the entirety of Celadon City [[DisproportionateRetribution just for insulting Erika's perfume.]]

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''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Ash is banned from Erika's gym and later kicked out and ostracized by his companions and the entirety of Celadon City [[DisproportionateRetribution just for insulting Erika's perfume.]]



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* ''WesternAnimation/WabbitALooneyTunesProduction''
** In "For the Love of Acorns", a kind of conceited baseball player is treated as a villain for wanting Bugs and Squeaks to stop vandalizing the field looking for an acorn and disrupting the game.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WabbitALooneyTunesProduction''
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''WesternAnimation/WabbitALooneyTunesProduction'': In "For the Love of Acorns", a kind of conceited baseball player is treated as a villain for wanting Bugs and Squeaks to stop vandalizing the field looking for an acorn and disrupting the game.game.
* Minx from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' usually averts this, clearly being a villain in most episodes. In one episode however, Minx [[IOweYouMyLife becomes indebted to Rio]] after he saves her from drowning and undergoes a HeelFaceTurn. She ends up becoming UnwantedAssistance to Rio and his friends, however she really didn't do much wrong. She gave some of the Starlight Girls toys and sweets, which causes Jerrica to get mad at ''Minx'' when the kids get stomach aches from eating too much candy or make a mess with their squirt guns. This is despite the fact that Jerrica is their guardian, not Minx, and Minx didn't make the girls do anything. She also installed an alarm for them and then they got mad at her when Kimber forgot the alarm's code. It wasn't her fault that none of them remembered the password. Minx was being overbearing, but she didn't need to take the blunt of their anger and isn't wrong for getting angry at the end.
8th Mar '17 6:47:42 AM TheDapperArsonist
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* In-Universe in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. [[AntiHero Skitter and the Undersiders]] probably do more good for Brockton Bay over the course of the story than any other faction, including the [[HeroesRUs PRT.]] By the time[[spoiler: they decide to publicly unmask Taylor, breaking the unwritten rules]] the public ain't havin' ''that'' shit anymore.
3rd Mar '17 9:21:59 PM merotoker
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** Cyclops reenters this post-''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' where we find out that, despite uniting the mutant populace and bringing up a level of peace by his (rather unorthodox) actions, the time skip has somehow made him a monster on the level of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler (and yes, he was actually called that). For over a year, readers wanted to know just what exactly he did (especially since an early story seemed to paint the mutant Sunfire as just as bad), only for ''ComicBook/DeathOfX'' to reveal that [[spoiler:Cyclops [[DeadAllAlong wasn't even alive when he acted!]] It was Emma Frost, who somehow convinced the world that he lead a group of mutants to alter the Terrigen Mists so that they would be safe for all! And he was disintegrated by Black Bolt for his actions!]]

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** Cyclops reenters this post-''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' where we find out that, despite uniting the mutant populace and bringing up a level of peace by his (rather unorthodox) actions, the time skip has somehow made him a monster on the level of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler (and yes, he was actually called that). For over a year, readers wanted to know just what exactly he did (especially since an early story seemed to paint the mutant Sunfire as just as bad), only for ''ComicBook/DeathOfX'' to reveal that [[spoiler:Cyclops [[DeadAllAlong wasn't even alive when he acted!]] It was Emma Frost, who somehow convinced the world that he lead a group of mutants to alter the Terrigen Mists so that they would be safe for all! And he was disintegrated by Black Bolt for his actions!]]actions]]!



* Vincent the bear in ''Film/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 homeowner's 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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* Vincent the bear in ''Film/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.
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survive. Inverted with Gladys Sharp and the Verminator. On the surface, they seem like the leader of a homeowner's 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.



* The ''Series/HannahMontana'' movie's villain was a land-developer who wanted to pave an empty field to build a mall. ToddInTheShadows pointed out that a mall would actually have greatly boosted the economy of the town, attracted more people (such as tourists or prospective home-buyers, which would have ''also'' improved economy) and that the guy wants to pave an ''empty field that has no real use.'' Yet we're supposed to think that the guy is scum just because he's a land developer in a kid's movie.

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* The ''Series/HannahMontana'' movie's villain was a land-developer who wanted to pave an empty field to build a mall. ToddInTheShadows WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows pointed out that a mall would actually have greatly boosted the economy of the town, attracted more people (such as tourists or prospective home-buyers, which would have ''also'' improved economy) and that the guy wants to pave an ''empty field that has no real use.'' Yet we're supposed to think that the guy is scum just because he's a land developer in a kid's movie.



* 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 cop in Rio is on the drug dealer's 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).]]

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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 ultimately 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 cop in Rio is on the drug dealer's 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, [[TakeOurWordForIt the fact that we never learn much about her as a character at all from before her death put this claim into question 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).]]accusation)]].



** 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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** And yet another similar situation occurs in "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne.Music/AvrilLavigne. 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 [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing doing this is wrong]], which is not the message most viewers receive.



The keyword in the above paragraph is "current", however. Delving into the [[NoExportForYou Japanese-only]] [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]] will reveal that prior to the events of the game, [[spoiler:Nessiah had spent a good thousand years manipulating the nations of Ancardia into repeated, senseless wars, ensuring as much loss of life as possible to enable said revenge plan. Nessiah is only taking Gulcasa's loss so hard because he inserted himself beside him to repeat the cycle one more time and got attached.]] The Royal Army can be forgiven for not thinking a handful of short-term, traumatized, and/or mind-controlled character witnesses absolve [[spoiler:a millennium of pointless wars caused for entirely selfish reasons]].

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The keyword in the above paragraph is "current", however. Delving into the [[NoExportForYou Japanese-only]] [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]] will reveal that prior to the events of the game, [[spoiler:Nessiah had spent a good thousand years manipulating the nations of Ancardia into repeated, senseless wars, ensuring as much loss of life as possible to enable said revenge plan. Nessiah is only taking Gulcasa's loss so hard because he inserted himself beside him to repeat the cycle one more time and got attached.]] attached]]. The Royal Army can be forgiven for not thinking a handful of short-term, traumatized, and/or mind-controlled character witnesses absolve [[spoiler:a millennium of pointless wars caused for entirely selfish reasons]].



* Invoked during TheSharkasmCrew's Mario Party "Let's Play"s. One player tends to get shunned by the others, usually for having a lucky start to their game.

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* Invoked during TheSharkasmCrew's WebOriginal/TheSharkasmCrew's Mario Party "Let's Play"s. One player tends to get shunned by the others, usually for having a lucky start to their game.



* There's a few cases on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' when characters are designated villains as the result of a wish (Jorgen in "Action Packed", the popular kids in "[[HalloweenEpisode Scary Godparents]]", as well as Timmy himself in "Nega Timmy") or the circumstances, as Tootie in "Dread and Breakfast".
** Oddly enough, Timmy is this in "The Masked Magician". Bickles came dangerously close to destroying Dimmsdale simply because Timmy (unknowingly!) showed up his own magic show, and yet its Timmy that's presented as being in the wrong and the one who has to apologize in the end!

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* There's a few cases on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' when characters are designated villains as the result of a wish (Jorgen in "Action Packed", the popular kids in "[[HalloweenEpisode Scary Godparents]]", as well as Timmy himself in "Nega Timmy") or the circumstances, as Tootie in "Dread and Breakfast".
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Breakfast". Oddly enough, Timmy is this in "The Masked Magician". Bickles came dangerously close to destroying Dimmsdale simply because Timmy (unknowingly!) showed up his own magic show, and yet its Timmy that's presented as being in the wrong and the one who has to apologize in the end!



* Tom from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' is usually attacked by Jerry unprovoked. Jerry is portrayed as the hero. No matter what happens, Jerry is viewed as being right and Tom is always punished. The worst examples are when Tom is, in an episode set in the past, ''executed'' when he was ''just doing his job.'' Tom's job in this short was simply defending his home's supplies and nothing malicious.
** Hanna-Barbera did seem to wise up to this in many of their later shorts, which often made Jerry more altrustic and Tom more sadistic and deserving of his abuse. The majority of times Jerry drawn the first blow or got a bit too vindictive in his retribution, [[TeamRocketWins Tom actually claimed a victory]].

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* Tom from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' is usually attacked by Jerry unprovoked. Jerry is portrayed as the hero. No matter what happens, Jerry is viewed as being right and Tom is always punished. The worst examples are when Tom is, in an episode set in the past, ''executed'' when he was ''just doing his job.'' Tom's job in this short was simply defending his home's supplies and nothing malicious.
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malicious. Hanna-Barbera did seem to wise up to this in many of their later shorts, which often made Jerry more altrustic and Tom more sadistic and deserving of his abuse. The majority of times Jerry drawn drew the first blow or got a bit too vindictive in his retribution, [[TeamRocketWins Tom actually claimed a victory]].
4th Feb '17 4:14:12 PM Eddy1215
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** Inverted with Gladys Sharp and the Verminator. On the surface, they seem like the leader of a homeowner's 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 control freak 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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** Inverted with Gladys Sharp and the Verminator. On the surface, they seem like the leader of a homeowner's 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 control freak 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.
4th Feb '17 3:49:23 PM akaun6899
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* The title character of ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' becomes this to an extent in [[Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the film adaptation]], due to his sympathetic portrayal compared with the commercialistic Whos, who are almost ObliviouslyEvil. Subverted when he decides to, well, steal Christmas solely based on something only ''one'' Who (the Mayor) does.

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* The title character of ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' becomes this to an extent in [[Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the live-action film adaptation]], due to his sympathetic portrayal compared with the commercialistic Whos, who are almost ObliviouslyEvil. Subverted when he decides to, well, steal Christmas solely based on something only ''one'' Who (the Mayor) does.
3rd Feb '17 3:02:55 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'': In "The Grapes of Wrath", the eponymous grapes are supposed to be a [[{{Pun}} bunch]] of jerks, but the only ones among them actively causing trouble are [[KidsAreCruel the children, Tom and Rosie Grape]]. Their parents, on the other hand, are shown to be quite a bit saner, especially Ma Grape, who gets on her children's case after Junior Asparagus gets humiliated trying to get back at them for their latest prank. This is pretty much justified considering the story is intended to teach the value of forgiveness[[note]]On a side note, the "70 times 7" thing from Matthew 18:22, a Biblical verse taught in the middle of the story, is taken literally, with the characters trying to figure out what 70 times 7 equaled as Junior tried to find it in himself to forgive them again, which he ends up doing after that multiplication problem is solved[[/note]].
2nd Feb '17 8:42:46 PM ChrisX
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Symmetra is working for the corrupt [[MegaCorp Vishkar corporation]]. She's in fact an altruistic, autistic person who wants to genuinely improve other people's lives instead of just in it for more profit, [[TechnicalPacifist prefers not killing others]] and does doubt about whether Vishkar was really living up to their words that they are trying to make the world a better place, her worst crime is 'doing corporate espionage' on Vishkar's orders. But since the narrative designated Vishkar as one of the bad guys (the corrupt corporate type, and unlike Symmetra, they rightfully earned it) and the one who opposes them, Lucio, is genuinely good and friendly, averting the DesignatedHero, and the new Overwatch saw him as the picture of a hero after his opposition, the narrative lumps Symmetra as a villain character with her company, while she is an AntiVillain, sometimes the narrative and the fandom kind of like to omit the 'Anti' part.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Symmetra is working for the corrupt [[MegaCorp Vishkar corporation]]. She's in fact an altruistic, autistic person who wants to genuinely improve other people's lives instead of just in it for more profit, [[TechnicalPacifist prefers not killing others]] and does doubt about whether Vishkar was really living up to their words that they are trying to make the world a better place, her worst crime is 'doing corporate espionage' on Vishkar's orders.orders (compare with some who murder at their own will). But since the narrative designated Vishkar as one of the bad guys (the corrupt corporate type, and unlike Symmetra, they rightfully earned it) and the one who opposes them, Lucio, is genuinely good and friendly, averting the DesignatedHero, and the new Overwatch saw him as the picture of a hero after his opposition, the narrative lumps Symmetra as a villain character with her company, while she is an AntiVillain, sometimes the narrative and the fandom kind of like to omit the 'Anti' part.
2nd Feb '17 8:42:03 PM ChrisX
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Symmetra is working for the corrupt [[MegaCorp Vishkar corporation]]. She's in fact an altruistic, autistic person who wants to genuinely improve other people's lives instead of just in it for more profit, [[TechnicalPacifist prefers not killing others]] and does doubt about whether Vishkar was really living up to their words that they are trying to make the world a better place. But since the narrative designated Vishkar as one of the bad guys (the corrupt corporate type) and the one who opposes them, Lucio, is genuinely good and friendly, averting the DesignatedHero, and the new Overwatch saw him as the picture of a hero after his opposition, the narrative lumps Symmetra as a villain character with her company, while she is an AntiVillain, sometimes the narrative and the fandom kind of like to omit the 'Anti' part.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Symmetra is working for the corrupt [[MegaCorp Vishkar corporation]]. She's in fact an altruistic, autistic person who wants to genuinely improve other people's lives instead of just in it for more profit, [[TechnicalPacifist prefers not killing others]] and does doubt about whether Vishkar was really living up to their words that they are trying to make the world a better place. place, her worst crime is 'doing corporate espionage' on Vishkar's orders. But since the narrative designated Vishkar as one of the bad guys (the corrupt corporate type) type, and unlike Symmetra, they rightfully earned it) and the one who opposes them, Lucio, is genuinely good and friendly, averting the DesignatedHero, and the new Overwatch saw him as the picture of a hero after his opposition, the narrative lumps Symmetra as a villain character with her company, while she is an AntiVillain, sometimes the narrative and the fandom kind of like to omit the 'Anti' part.
2nd Feb '17 8:38:06 PM ChrisX
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Symmetra is working for the corrupt [[MegaCorp Vishkar corporation]]. She's in fact an altruistic, autistic person who wants to genuinely improve other people's lives instead of just in it for more profit, [[TechnicalPacifist prefers not killing others]] and does doubt about whether Vishkar was really living up to their words that they are trying to make the world a better place. But since the narrative designated Vishkar as one of the bad guys (the corrupt corporate type) and the one who opposes them, Lucio, is genuinely good and friendly, averting the DesignatedHero, and the new Overwatch saw him as the picture of a hero after his opposition, the narrative lumps Symmetra as a villain character with her company, while she is an AntiVillain, sometimes the narrative and the fandom kind of like to omit the 'Anti' part.
24th Jan '17 8:46:45 PM Animeking1108
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* Jillian in the Lifetime TV Movie, ''Dear Santa,'' is supposed to be seen as the bad guy because... she has a loving relationship with Derek. Her attempts at thwarting Crystal are completely justified because she has stalked Derek and tried to sabotage their relationship.
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