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21st Sep '16 10:41:02 AM flodoris
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** Sasuke is an even more literal example, as from a certain point of view his entire life has been orchestrated by at least two major villains for the purpose of making him evil, for their own ends, [[spoiler: namely, Orochimaru and Madara; Itachi is either an anti-hero or a third major villain, depending on your POV and to what degree Madara is telling the truth; Danzou might qualify as yet another villain guilty of this, except that he didn't really care about Sasuke and saw him as collateral damage at best for his plans]]. The massacre of his entire family and clan by his beloved older brother (who brutalized him, and told him to hate more and murder his best friend), at the age of 8, was only the beginning of that. At present, [[spoiler: the plan is working quite well indeed]].

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** Sasuke is an even more literal example, as from a certain point of view his entire life has been orchestrated by at least two major villains for the purpose of making him evil, for their own ends, [[spoiler: namely, Orochimaru and Madara; Tobi; Itachi is either an anti-hero or a third major villain, depending on your POV and to what degree Madara Tobi is telling the truth; Danzou Danzo might qualify as yet another villain guilty of this, except that he didn't really care about Sasuke and saw him as collateral damage at best for his plans]]. The massacre of his entire family and clan by his beloved older brother (who brutalized him, and told him to hate more and murder his best friend), at the age of 8, was only the beginning of that. At present, [[spoiler: the plan is working quite well indeed]].
24th Jul '16 4:40:10 PM nombretomado
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* Aion in the manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'' was badly psychologically damaged after discovering the AwfulTruth--so badly that it even had a [[LockedIntoStrangeness marked physical effect]] on him. That event warped him into the WellIntentionedExtremist we see him as in the series.

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* Aion in the manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' was badly psychologically damaged after discovering the AwfulTruth--so badly that it even had a [[LockedIntoStrangeness marked physical effect]] on him. That event warped him into the WellIntentionedExtremist we see him as in the series.
13th Jul '16 2:10:10 AM PaulA
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* VCAndrews has this in the more infamous big bad's in the series. The tragic past of the main villain is usually revealed in a prequel.
* Kissin' Kate Barlow in ''{{Holes}}'' by Louis Sachar was a sweet schoolteacher until the town she taught in [[spoiler: lynched the man she loved because he'd kissed her, and they were different races.]]
* In ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity Goes West]]'', it is revealed that an infamous local mine disaster was due to sabotage caused by a disgruntled employee who had owned the claim originally, sold it for a pittance ($5,000.00), and later learned it contained a rich vein of gold (worth $200 million!). It also turns out that [[spoiler: his wife committed suicide, his son was sent to an orphanage, and his great-grandson later reopened the mine and set a bomb in it to destroy the house built on the site by the owner's descendants]].

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* VCAndrews Creator/VCAndrews has this in the more infamous big bad's bads in the series. The tragic past of the main villain is usually revealed in a prequel.
* Kissin' Kate Barlow in ''{{Holes}}'' ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' by Louis Sachar was a sweet schoolteacher until the town she taught in [[spoiler: lynched the man she loved because he'd kissed her, and they were different races.]]
* In ''[[AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity Goes West]]'', it is revealed that an infamous local mine disaster was due to sabotage caused by a disgruntled employee who had owned the claim originally, sold it for a pittance ($5,000.00), and later learned it contained a rich vein of gold (worth $200 million!). It also turns out that [[spoiler: his wife committed suicide, his son was sent to an orphanage, and his great-grandson later reopened the mine and set a bomb in it to destroy the house built on the site by the owner's descendants]].
29th Jun '16 5:59:04 PM nombretomado
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* Kael'Thas Sunstrider in WorldOfWarcraft. His homeland was wrecked, his people's allies in the Alliance turned on them, and long term exposure to the Sunwell followed by its' removal had given his people addictions to magic. The only way to escape the Alliance general hunting him was to flee to Outland, and the only place to get large amounts of magic in Outland is to absorb it from demons. Tragically, Fel energy is even more addictive than normal magic and makes one DrunkOnTheDarkSide, to the point where Kael is willing to align with the same Demon Lord who ordered his homeland destroyed in the first place to get more power.

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* Kael'Thas Sunstrider in WorldOfWarcraft.''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. His homeland was wrecked, his people's allies in the Alliance turned on them, and long term exposure to the Sunwell followed by its' removal had given his people addictions to magic. The only way to escape the Alliance general hunting him was to flee to Outland, and the only place to get large amounts of magic in Outland is to absorb it from demons. Tragically, Fel energy is even more addictive than normal magic and makes one DrunkOnTheDarkSide, to the point where Kael is willing to align with the same Demon Lord who ordered his homeland destroyed in the first place to get more power.
23rd Jun '16 6:13:27 AM MrLavisherMoot
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': The manual jokes that the Krishnas went crazy on account of being [[CallBack run over all the time]].

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'': The manual jokes that the Krishnas went crazy on account of being [[CallBack run over all the time]].
22nd Jun '16 5:12:14 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Hayate Yagami from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's''? She is ''de jure'' the BigBad, since all the fighting takes place for her sake but ''de facto'' she doesn't even know that her servants (whom she considers her family) are committing crimes for her and joins Team Nanoha immediately after TheReveal. Also, very much an example of WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.

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* Hayate Yagami from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's''? ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''? She is ''de jure'' the BigBad, since all the fighting takes place for her sake but ''de facto'' she doesn't even know that her servants (whom she considers her family) are committing crimes for her and joins Team Nanoha immediately after TheReveal. Also, very much an example of WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
15th May '16 9:47:08 AM nombretomado
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* Perhaps the best example of this trope is Max Eisenhardt aka {{Magneto}} from the ComicBook/XMen. His origin story is enough to drive anyone to villainy, and yet, throughout the comics (and the movies) he is shown as not fueled by revenge, blind hate against humanity, or the desire to do evil. His ultimate motivation is to fight for his own kind - the Mutants - which he sees as persecuted by the common humans for being different and perceived as dangerous.

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* Perhaps the best example of this trope is Max Eisenhardt aka {{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} from the ComicBook/XMen. His origin story is enough to drive anyone to villainy, and yet, throughout the comics (and the movies) he is shown as not fueled by revenge, blind hate against humanity, or the desire to do evil. His ultimate motivation is to fight for his own kind - the Mutants - which he sees as persecuted by the common humans for being different and perceived as dangerous.



* {{Magneto}} from the Film/{{X-Men}}. See Comic Books entry above.

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* {{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} from the Film/{{X-Men}}.''Film/XMen'' movies. See Comic Books entry above.
21st Feb '16 8:05:45 PM spectertv
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* Happens midway through ''Anime/CrossAnge'' with [[spoiler:Chris]], who had been [[spoiler:resurrected by Embryo after being shot in the head by a Misurugi soldier and left for dead. [[TheCorrupter Embryo]], on top of [[IOweYouMyLife saving her life]], had fed her issues of resentment and fear of abandonment regarding Hilda and Rosalie, making her hate and desire to kill them, and gave her the attention she desired for so long. All of this, combined with the Ragna-mail he grants her to help destroy the people she felt abandoned her, earns him her allegiance.

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* Happens midway through ''Anime/CrossAnge'' with [[spoiler:Chris]], who had been [[spoiler:resurrected by Embryo after being shot in the head by a Misurugi soldier and left for dead. ]] [[TheCorrupter Embryo]], on top of [[IOweYouMyLife saving her life]], had fed her issues of resentment and fear of abandonment regarding Hilda and Rosalie, making her hate and desire to kill them, and gave her the attention she desired for so long. All of this, combined with the Ragna-mail he grants her to help destroy the people she felt abandoned her, earns him her allegiance.
21st Feb '16 10:18:34 AM gophergiggles
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* This seems to be the case with Major West from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. Though it doesn't even come close to justifying the horrible things he wanted to do, he seems as if he was a decent person once and a FatherToHisMen who had crumbled under the pressure of the apparent post-apocalyptic hell they now lived in and been driven to horrific extremes to keep his men from loosing hope and (in one case) attempting suicide.
10th Jan '16 1:37:22 PM azul120
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* Happens midway through ''Anime/CrossAnge'' with [[spoiler:Chris]], who had been [[spoiler:resurrected by Embryo after being shot in the head by a Misurugi soldier and left for dead. [[TheCorrupter Embryo]], on top of [[IOweYouMyLife saving her life]], had fed her issues of resentment and fear of abandonment regarding Hilda and Rosalie, making her hate and desire to kill them, and gave her the attention she desired for so long. All of this, combined with the Ragna-mail he grants her to help destroy the people she felt abandoned her, earns him her allegiance.



* Johan Liebert from ''{{Anime/Monster}}''. No, really. Hard as it is to imagine, he was once a frightened little boy clinging to his mother's leg before he was systematically warped by secret psychological torture [[spoiler:that actually happened to his ''sister'', and that he managed to accidentally create as a false memory for himself]] and then even more brainwashing to become the perfect little East German super-soldier. While he was already a full-on EnfantTerrible by age 6 or 7, he wasn't born that way, and would not have become how he ended up without these traumas.
** [[spoiler: It's implied that what actually broke him was, at the age of six, realizing that his mother favored one of the children more than the other when she willingly handed one over to Bonaparta. The knowledge that people were inherently different and that favouritism could drive people to do things like that]]

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* Johan Liebert from ''{{Anime/Monster}}''.''Anime/{{Monster}}''. No, really. Hard as it is to imagine, he was once a frightened little boy clinging to his mother's leg before he was systematically warped by secret psychological torture [[spoiler:that actually happened to his ''sister'', and that he managed to accidentally create as a false memory for himself]] and then even more brainwashing to become the perfect little East German super-soldier. While he was already a full-on EnfantTerrible by age 6 or 7, he wasn't born that way, and would not have become how he ended up without these traumas.
** [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's implied that what actually broke him was, at the age of six, realizing that his mother favored one of the children more than the other when she willingly handed one over to Bonaparta. The knowledge that people were inherently different and that favouritism could drive people to do things like that]]



* Ken Ichijouji from ''Anime/{{Digimon Adventure 02}}'' wished his older brother would [[NeverSayDie disappear]], and eventually had to cope with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor his death in a car wreck]]. A CompellingVoice brought him into AnotherDimension and he finally lost it, becoming The Digimon Emperor.

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* Ken Ichijouji from ''Anime/{{Digimon Adventure 02}}'' ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' wished his older brother would [[NeverSayDie disappear]], and eventually had to cope with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor his death in a car wreck]]. A CompellingVoice brought him into AnotherDimension and he finally lost it, becoming The Digimon Emperor.



* Perhaps the best example of this trope is Max Eisenhardt aka {{Magneto}} from the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}. His origin story is enough to drive anyone to villainy, and yet, throughout the comics (and the movies) he is shown as not fueled by revenge, blind hate against humanity, or the desire to do evil. His ultimate motivation is to fight for his own kind - the Mutants - which he sees as persecuted by the common humans for being different and perceived as dangerous.

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* Perhaps the best example of this trope is Max Eisenhardt aka {{Magneto}} from the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}.ComicBook/XMen. His origin story is enough to drive anyone to villainy, and yet, throughout the comics (and the movies) he is shown as not fueled by revenge, blind hate against humanity, or the desire to do evil. His ultimate motivation is to fight for his own kind - the Mutants - which he sees as persecuted by the common humans for being different and perceived as dangerous.
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