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* Princess Lucinda from the reboot of ''ComicBook/WitchGirls Tales'', '''so''' much. She has quite a sadistic side and a reputation as an evil princess... but for all her loudly-proclaimed villainy, she almost ''always'' seems to end up on the side of good, despite her rather NightmareFuel-rific methods -- even by the standards of the setting, which is loaded with BodyHorror transformations and remarkably casual murder. It's actually ''{{Lampshaded}}'' in one side comic, where it's noticed that unicorns will approach her, despite supposedly being amazing judges of character that never approach anyone evil. When someone suggests that this means she's just ''acting'' evil, she turns them into a frog for it.

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* Princess Lucinda from the reboot of ''ComicBook/WitchGirls Tales'', ''ComicBook/WitchGirlsTales'', '''so''' much. She has quite a sadistic side and a reputation as an evil princess... but for all her loudly-proclaimed villainy, she almost ''always'' seems to end up on the side of good, despite her rather NightmareFuel-rific methods -- even by the standards of the setting, which is loaded with BodyHorror transformations and remarkably casual murder. It's actually ''{{Lampshaded}}'' in one side comic, where it's noticed that unicorns will approach her, despite supposedly being amazing judges of character that never approach anyone evil. When someone suggests that this means she's just ''acting'' evil, she turns them into a frog for it.
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* ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'': Piccolo tried to invoke this when he was defeated by the androids, right before going off to fuse with Kami. No-one really fell for it, though...it was kind of half-assed. It had been ''years'' since the trope could actually apply to him, and he'd become an outright hero by the time of the android saga whether he admitted it or not. Which is exactly why Kami was actually willing to fuse with him.
-->'''Krillin:''' Wh-what's that look on your face? Do you have a plan?! C'mon, tell us! We're your friends!
-->'''Piccolo:''' Friends?! Don't press your luck. When do you think I became your friend? I'm a demon! Don't you ever forget that!! I'm merely using you -- to take over the world!! *flies away*
** Beerus the Destroyer is this, though. Especially in ''Battle of Gods'' movie. He can be quite petty, mean, very short-tempered and blows up planets, but it's his job, and he can be nice and polite too, also always keeping his word (and using LoopholeAbuse when he refused to destroy the Earth) Just don't piss him off...
* Zelgadis of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is self-serving but ultimately keeps coming back to the protagonists...no matter how much they tarnish his vaunted "cool and mysterious sorcerer-swordsman" image.
** There is also one true [[strike:demon]] Mazoku. "The power of the Monster race flows from... terror, anger, sorrow, despair." And he's still the friendliest and nicest character in the series most of the time, despite his penchant for painful and infuriating pranks.
*** The novels make this clearer. [[spoiler:Xellos sets a city on fire, just to convince Lina to take action. He also blames it on an enemy, to make her even MORE active. This is one of the scenes that proves him a MagnificentBastard.]] He definitely appears to be one, though.

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* ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'': ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'':
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Piccolo tried tries to invoke this when he was defeated by the androids, right before going off to fuse with Kami. No-one really fell for it, though... it was kind of half-assed. It had been ''years'' since the trope could actually apply to him, and he'd become an outright hero by the time of the android saga whether he admitted it or not. Which is exactly why Kami was is actually willing to fuse with him.
-->'''Krillin:''' --->'''Krillin:''' Wh-what's that look on your face? Do you have a plan?! C'mon, tell us! We're your friends!
-->'''Piccolo:'''
friends!\\
'''Piccolo:'''
Friends?! Don't press your luck. When do you think I became your friend? I'm a demon! Don't you ever forget that!! I'm merely using you -- to take over the world!! *flies away*
** Beerus the Destroyer is this, though. Especially in ''Battle of Gods'' movie. He can be quite petty, mean, very short-tempered and blows up planets, but it's his job, and he can be nice and polite too, also always keeping his word (and using LoopholeAbuse when he refused refuses to destroy the Earth) Earth). Just don't piss him off...
* Zelgadis of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is self-serving but ultimately keeps coming back to the protagonists... no matter how much they tarnish his vaunted "cool and mysterious sorcerer-swordsman" image.
** There
image. He is also one true [[strike:demon]] Mazoku. "The power of the Monster race flows from... terror, anger, sorrow, despair." And he's still the friendliest and nicest character in the series most of the time, despite his penchant for painful and infuriating pranks.
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pranks. The novels make this clearer. [[spoiler:Xellos sets a city on fire, just to convince Lina to take action. He also blames it on an enemy, to make her even MORE active. This is one of the scenes that proves him a MagnificentBastard.]] He definitely appears to be one, though.



* {{Bleach}} has Grimmjow Jaggerjaquez. He is certainly ruthless in battle, and has no qualms over killing those weaker than he is (it's a dog-eat-dog world in Hueco Mundo). But his sense of honor shows in his desire to only fight opponents at their best, going so far as to make a prisoner heal his latest rival, even if he has to trap a fellow Espada to do it.

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* {{Bleach}} ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Grimmjow Jaggerjaquez. He is certainly ruthless in battle, and has no qualms over killing those weaker than he is (it's a dog-eat-dog world in Hueco Mundo). But his sense of honor shows in his desire to only fight opponents at their best, going so far as to make a prisoner heal his latest rival, even if he has to trap a fellow Espada to do it.



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* The Dark World monsters in ''Tabletop/YuGiOh'' are implied to be this by WordOfGod, despite the fact that they're all hideous demons ruled over by a certifiably insane king. Zure, Knight of Dark World is of particular note, referred to by his flavor text as an "illustrious knight" who "never oppresses the commoners." Yep, he's a ''literal'' NobleDemon.
* Sorin Markov of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is an [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Innistrad vampire]] planeswalker who is paranoid and drains blood in order to survive, but is one of the few characters who could be classified as a BigGood. He views his bloodthirst as a necessity, but tries to maintain order in his hometown and [[SealedEvilInACan attempts to seal]] the [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] to save the lives of billions. Being a white/black (formally monoblack)-aligned planeswalker, he also falls under DarkIsNotEvil.
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* Princess Lucinda from the reboot of ''WitchGirlsTales'', '''so''' much. She has quite a sadistic side and a reputation as an evil princess...but for all her loudly-proclaimed villainy, she almost ''always'' seems to end up on the side of good, despite her rather NightmareFuel-rific methods -- even by the standards of the setting, which is loaded with BodyHorror transformations and remarkably casual murder. It's actually ''{{Lampshaded}}'' in one side comic, where it's noticed that unicorns will approach her, despite supposedly being amazing judges of character that never approach anyone evil. When someone suggests that this means she's just ''acting'' evil, she turns them into a frog for it.

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* Princess Lucinda from the reboot of ''WitchGirlsTales'', ''ComicBook/WitchGirls Tales'', '''so''' much. She has quite a sadistic side and a reputation as an evil princess... but for all her loudly-proclaimed villainy, she almost ''always'' seems to end up on the side of good, despite her rather NightmareFuel-rific methods -- even by the standards of the setting, which is loaded with BodyHorror transformations and remarkably casual murder. It's actually ''{{Lampshaded}}'' in one side comic, where it's noticed that unicorns will approach her, despite supposedly being amazing judges of character that never approach anyone evil. When someone suggests that this means she's just ''acting'' evil, she turns them into a frog for it.



* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Sultan Pulmankar is mostly known as a ruthless conquerer and a terrifying enemy, but he has a lot of rules (including always sparing his enemy's generals), is very affable to the Caliph when they are allied, and is shown to be a pretty good father.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Sultan Pulmankar is mostly known as a ruthless conquerer conqueror and a terrifying enemy, but he has a lot of rules (including always sparing his enemy's generals), is very affable to the Caliph when they are allied, and is shown to be a pretty good father.



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* Hrathen of ''{{Elantris}}''. He's one of the top priests of the CorruptChurch, has a menacing (and largely accurate) reputation in his own right, and he's every inch the MagnificentBastard, but unlike other leaders of his religion, he really ''does'' care about the spiritual wellbeing of his followers, derives no pleasure from unncessary destruction, [[spoiler:and executes a HeelFaceTurn after his AxCrazy sidekick decides to pole-vault the MoralEventHorizon without Hrathen's consent]].

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* Hrathen of ''{{Elantris}}''.''Literature/{{Elantris}}''. He's one of the top priests of the CorruptChurch, has a menacing (and largely accurate) reputation in his own right, and he's every inch the MagnificentBastard, but unlike other leaders of his religion, he really ''does'' care about the spiritual wellbeing of his followers, derives no pleasure from unncessary destruction, [[spoiler:and executes a HeelFaceTurn after his AxCrazy sidekick decides to pole-vault the MoralEventHorizon without Hrathen's consent]].



* Several characters in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' follow the religion of Tash, who is basically that world's Satan, but are genuinely decent people who follow that religion only because they are brought up in it. Most notable is Emeth, an honorable Calormene soldier who is taken to Aslan's country (Heaven) at the end of ''Literature/TheLastBattle'' despite having spent his life striving to serve Tash as faithfully as he could. Aslan explains that, just as evil done in his own name counts as service to Tash, he considers Emeth's pure-hearted and noble actions in Tash's name to be service to himself.
** There's also Alimash, Aravis' Calormene cousin, who Bree describes as a "worthy nobleman."

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* Several characters in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' ''http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/relatedsearch.php?term=Main/ElantrisTheChroniclesOfNarnia'' follow the religion of Tash, who is basically that world's Satan, but are genuinely decent people who follow that religion only because they are brought up in it. Most notable is Emeth, an honorable Calormene soldier who is taken to Aslan's country (Heaven) at the end of ''Literature/TheLastBattle'' despite having spent his life striving to serve Tash as faithfully as he could. Aslan explains that, just as evil done in his own name counts as service to Tash, he considers Emeth's pure-hearted and noble actions in Tash's name to be service to himself.
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himself. There's also Alimash, Aravis' Calormene cousin, who Bree describes as a "worthy nobleman."






--->'''Margaret:''' I promise you I've changed since we last met, Doctor. There was this girl, just today, a young thing, something of a danger. She was getting too close. I felt the bloodlust rising, just as the family had taught me, I was going to kill her without a thought...and then, I stopped. She's alive somewhere right now, she's walking around this city because I ''can'' change, I '''did''' change. I know I can't prove it--
--->'''The Doctor:''' I believe you.
--->'''Margaret:''' Then you know I'm capable of better.
--->'''The Doctor:''' It doesn't mean anything.
--->'''Margaret:''' I ''spared her life''!
--->'''The Doctor:''' You let one of them go, but that's nothing new. Every now and then, a little victim is spared. Because she smiled. 'Cause he's got freckles. 'Cause they begged. And that's how you live with yourself. That's how you slaughter millions. Because once in a while, on a whim, if the wind's in the right direction, you ''happen'' to be kind.
*** Margaret then attempts to turn his own argument against him:
---->'''Margaret:''' [[NotSoDifferent Only a killer would know that.]] Isn't that right? From what I've seen, your funny little happy-go-lucky life leaves devastation in its wake. Always moving on, because you dare not look back. Playing with so many people's lives - you might as well be a god. And you're right, Doctor, you're absolutely right. [[IronicEcho Sometimes... you let one go]]. ''({{Beat}})'' Let ''me'' go.
*** So apparently she's never heard of criminology?
** Saladin in "The Crusades" is treated as a more honourable figure then King Richard. He doesn't return Barabara from El Akir, but for good reason, pointing out he can't upset one of his commanders during a war. This does seem to keep with his portrayal in a lot of representations of the Crusades.

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--->'''Margaret:''' I promise you I've changed since we last met, Doctor. There was this girl, just today, a young thing, something of a danger. She was getting too close. I felt the bloodlust rising, just as the family had taught me, I was going to kill her without a thought... and then, I stopped. She's alive somewhere right now, she's walking around this city because I ''can'' change, I '''did''' change. I know I can't prove it--
--->'''The
it--\\
'''The
Doctor:''' I believe you.
--->'''Margaret:'''
you.\\
'''Margaret:'''
Then you know I'm capable of better.
--->'''The
better.\\
'''The
Doctor:''' It doesn't mean anything.
--->'''Margaret:'''
anything.\\
'''Margaret:'''
I ''spared her life''!
--->'''The
life''!\\
'''The
Doctor:''' You let one of them go, but that's nothing new. Every now and then, a little victim is spared. Because she smiled. 'Cause he's got freckles. 'Cause they begged. And that's how you live with yourself. That's how you slaughter millions. Because once in a while, on a whim, if the wind's in the right direction, you ''happen'' to be kind.
*** Margaret
kind.\\
''[Margaret
then attempts to turn his own argument against him:
---->'''Margaret:'''
him:]''\\
'''Margaret:'''
[[NotSoDifferent Only a killer would know that.]] Isn't that right? From what I've seen, your funny little happy-go-lucky life leaves devastation in its wake. Always moving on, because you dare not look back. Playing with so many people's lives - -- you might as well be a god. And you're right, Doctor, you're absolutely right. [[IronicEcho Sometimes... you let one go]]. ''({{Beat}})'' ''[{{beat}}]'' Let ''me'' go.
*** So apparently she's never heard of criminology?
** Saladin in "The Crusades" is treated as a more honourable honorable figure then King Richard. He doesn't return Barabara from El Akir, but for good reason, pointing out he can't upset one of his commanders during a war. This does seem to keep with his portrayal in a lot of representations of the Crusades.



* The Imagin of ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' are time-traveling spirits whose goal is to ravage the past in order to change the future, typically pulling cruel LiteralGenie tricks along the way. However, the series introduces several Imagin who don't know their original goal or simply don't care for it; all of these Imagin end up as good guys.
** The singular best example is Kintaros, whose partner wished to become stronger. While most Imagin would beat up anybody stronger than their partner, Kintaros possessed the young man's body and underwent physical training using his extreme strength. Throughout the entire ordeal, Kintaros displays exceptional honor, courage, and compassion, and it's no surprise he ends up partnered with Den-O by the end of the two-parter.

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* The Imagin of ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' are time-traveling spirits whose goal is to ravage the past in order to change the future, typically pulling cruel LiteralGenie tricks along the way. However, the series introduces several Imagin who don't know their original goal or simply don't care for it; all of these Imagin end up as good guys.
**
guys. The singular best example is Kintaros, whose partner wished to become stronger. While most Imagin would beat up anybody stronger than their partner, Kintaros possessed the young man's body and underwent physical training using his extreme strength. Throughout the entire ordeal, Kintaros displays exceptional honor, courage, and compassion, and it's no surprise he ends up partnered with Den-O by the end of the two-parter.



** Todd from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' may be a Wraith, but he's helped the humans out a fair bit with their various crises, [[spoiler: some of which they caused in the first place]]. Todd ''is'' assumed to be killing and feeding from humans as usual when the Atlanteans aren't around (which is a necessity for any Wraith to survive). He did volunteer to be a test subject for an attempt to transform Wraith into beings capable of eating normal food, [[StatusQuoIsGod even if it didn't work out in the end.]] What makes him stand out is that [[PragmaticVillainy he considers Atlantis too useful to destroy]], given how often he's benefited from their [[EnemyMine temporary alliances]] against his real enemy (rival Wraith). The one time he ''did'' act against Atlantis was when he believed (wrongly) that they had betrayed ''him''.

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** Todd from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' may be a Wraith, but he's helped the humans out a fair bit with their various crises, [[spoiler: some [[spoiler:some of which they caused in the first place]]. Todd ''is'' assumed to be killing and feeding from humans as usual when the Atlanteans aren't around (which is a necessity for any Wraith to survive). He did does volunteer to be a test subject for an attempt to transform Wraith into beings capable of eating normal food, [[StatusQuoIsGod even if it didn't doesn't work out in the end.]] What makes him stand out is that [[PragmaticVillainy he considers Atlantis too useful to destroy]], given how often he's benefited from their [[EnemyMine temporary alliances]] against his real enemy (rival Wraith). The one time he ''did'' ''does'' act against Atlantis was is when he believed believes (wrongly) that they had have betrayed ''him''.



* ''MadanSenkiRyuKenDo'' had Jack Moon, who while living by an ideology of "The Strong Rule and The Weak Obey" belived in a fair fight, he even refused at one point to revive his boss todestroy everything because it would violate his ethics as a swordsman, although his demonic nature would rear it's ugly head from time to time.

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* ''MadanSenkiRyuKenDo'' ''Series/MadanSenkiRyuKenDo'' had Jack Moon, who while living by an ideology of "The Strong Rule and The Weak Obey" belived in a fair fight, he even refused at one point to revive his boss todestroy everything because it would violate his ethics as a swordsman, although his demonic nature would rear it's ugly head from time to time.



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* OlderThanFeudalism: Similarly, in the ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'', Ravana's brother Vibhishana is one. [[spoiler: He makes a HeelFaceTurn and joins Rama]].
* Whenever the devil in a DealWithTheDevil plot is the literal Devil, classic works of fiction often portray him as this; in particular, those that make a deal with him get exactly what they ask for at the quoted price. Though the devil can be a JerkassGenie when he feels like it, the thrust of most stories is the humans trying to wheedle their way out of the contract, not the other way around.
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* Fagin from ''[[Theatre/{{Oliver}} Oliver!]]''. He is a thief, who trains others to be thieves, and works with Bill Sykes, but deep down he doesn't like his life and wishes the things he does weren't necessary, and tries his best not to be too bad. This trope is exemplified in the song "Reviewing the Situation":
-->'''Fagin:''' though I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint, I'm finding it hard to be really as black as they paint. I'm reviewing the situation; can a fellow be a villain all his life? ... I'm a bad 'un and a bad 'un I shall stay. You'll be seeing no transformation, but it's wrong to be a rogue in every way. I don't want nobody hurt for me or made to do the dirt for me, this rotten life is not for me, it's getting far too hot for me, there is no in-between for me, but who will change the scene for me? I think I'd better think it out again!

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* Fagin from ''[[Theatre/{{Oliver}} Oliver!]]''.''Theatre/{{Oliver}}''. He is a thief, who trains others to be thieves, and works with Bill Sykes, but deep down he doesn't like his life and wishes the things he does weren't necessary, and tries his best not to be too bad. This trope is exemplified in the song "Reviewing the Situation":
-->'''Fagin:''' though I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint, I'm finding it hard to be really as black as they paint. I'm reviewing the situation; can a fellow be a villain all his life? ...life?... I'm a bad 'un and a bad 'un I shall stay. You'll be seeing no transformation, but it's wrong to be a rogue in every way. I don't want nobody hurt for me or made to do the dirt for me, this rotten life is not for me, it's getting far too hot for me, there is no in-between for me, but who will change the scene for me? I think I'd better think it out again!



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* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez in [[PowerStable Valkyrie]]'s first incarnation. The other members claimed [[NeverMyFault they were wronged]], claimed to be [[ProperLady classy]] or were {{only in it for the money}}. Vélez was the only one completely open and unapologetic about the group's [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans intentions and methods]]. She was also the most sacrificial member and eventually kicked out for refusing to take a dive.[[/folder]]

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* OlderThanFeudalism: Similarly, in the ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'', Ravana's brother Vibhishana is one. [[spoiler: He makes a HeelFaceTurn and joins Rama]].
* Whenever the devil in a DealWithTheDevil plot is the literal Devil, classic works of fiction often portray him as this; in particular, those that make a deal with him get exactly what they ask for at the quoted price. Though the devil can be a JerkassGenie when he feels like it, the thrust of most stories is the humans trying to wheedle their way out of the contract, not the other way around.

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* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez in [[PowerStable Valkyrie]]'s first incarnation. The other members claimed [[NeverMyFault they were wronged]], claimed to be [[ProperLady classy]] or were {{only in it for the money}}. Vélez was the only one completely open and unapologetic about the group's [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans intentions and methods]]. She was also the most sacrificial member and eventually kicked out for refusing to take a dive.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: Similarly, in the ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'', Ravana's brother Vibhishana is one. [[spoiler: He makes a HeelFaceTurn and joins Rama]].
* Whenever the devil in a DealWithTheDevil plot is the literal Devil, classic works of fiction often portray him as this; in particular, those that make a deal with him get exactly what they ask for at the quoted price. Though the devil can be a JerkassGenie when he feels like it, the thrust of most stories is the humans trying to wheedle their way out of the contract, not the other way around.



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the Narzugons, or Hell Knights, who are Noble ''Devils''. Unlike their scheming and manipulative brethren, Narzugons treat their foes with the utmost respect and courtesy, always allowing them the chance to surrender peacefully and always fighting fairly, which is ''far'' more than can be said for most other Devils. 4th Edition takes this even further by revealing that the Narzugons are actually the disgraced servants of the unnamed god Asmodeus slew in his ascension to godhood, and are now forced against their will to serve the Nine Hells. This may actually push them into full blown AntiVillain territory.
* Talos of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Night Lords]] has been a thief and a murderer since childhood. He joined his Legion in their treachery during the Literature/HorusHeresy and has spent centuries killing and surviving using every underhanded tactic in the book. Yet he treats his useful slaves well, even kindly, and strives to live up to the (admittedly warped) ideals of his Primarch, in [[AxCrazy contrast]] to the [[HumanoidAbomination rest]] of the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Night Lords]].
** From the same universe and [[WarhammerFantasy its sister series]] several editions earlier, we had the Chaos God Khorne pre-{{Flanderization}}, whose servants generally fought with some degree of honor, and would frequently spare noncombatants on the basis of them not being {{Worthy Opponent}}s. There were even cases of Khorne sending his daemons after servants who had offered him the skulls of noncombatants or other equally "unworthy" opponents. While this is no longer true of the vast majority of his servants, Khorne himself is still usually portrayed as honourable, and he refuses to allow his servants to use psychic abilities as they would be unfair. He is generally suspicious of Tzeentch, the god of sorcery and secrets, for the same reason.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has Abhorash and his Blood Dragon knights, who are basically a cult of martial vampires who have a code of honour which states that only cowards prey on the weak and defenceless, and so they travel around picking fights with worthy warriors and monsters and feeding on their blood instead. They're still bloodthirsty (metaphorically and literally), sociopathic undead monsters, but if you're a woman or child, they'll leave you alone.
* Many of the demons of ''{{Exalted}}''. The general demonic mindset is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien rather than explicitly evil]], so it's possible for them to have agendas that might come across as weird or scary while ultimately being well-meaning or even pleasant. Ligier, the Green Sun, simply wishes for Creation to share in the glories of Hell (and is often drawn into Creation by lowly people with great need, who he will offer his services as a smith to), Amalion only wishes to create beautiful things (even if they are beauties that break mortal hearts), Alveua wants to give everything a sense of order and purpose (albeit through forging their bodies into useful items), and creatures as low in the hierarchy as the neomah somply want to create children, albeit from flesh harvested from multiple donors (and can be summoned by the tears of parents mixed with the afterbirth of stillborn children).
* The Dark World monsters in ''Tabletop/YuGiOh'' are implied to be this by WordOfGod, despite the fact that they're all hideous demons ruled over by a certifiably insane king. Zure, Knight of Dark World is of particular note, referred to by his flavor text as an "illustrious knight" who "never oppresses the commoners." Yep, he's a ''literal'' NobleDemon.
* Sorin Markov of ''MagicTheGathering'' is an [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Innistrad vampire]] planeswalker who is paranoid and drains blood in order to survive, but is one of the few characters who could be classified as a BigGood. He views his bloodthirst as a necessity, but tries to maintain order in his hometown and [[SealedEvilInACan attempts to seal]] the [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] to save the lives of billions. Being a white/black (formally monoblack)-aligned planeswalker, he also falls under DarkIsNotEvil.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the Narzugons, or Hell Knights, who are Noble ''Devils''. Unlike their scheming and manipulative brethren, Narzugons treat their foes with the utmost respect and courtesy, always allowing them the chance to surrender peacefully and always fighting fairly, which is ''far'' more than can be said for most other Devils. 4th Edition takes this even further by revealing that the Narzugons are actually the disgraced servants of the unnamed god Asmodeus slew in his ascension to godhood, and are now forced against their will to serve the Nine Hells. This may actually push them into full blown full-blown AntiVillain territory.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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Talos of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Night Lords]] Lords has been a thief and a murderer since childhood. He joined his Legion in their treachery during the Literature/HorusHeresy and has spent centuries killing and surviving using every underhanded tactic in the book. Yet he treats his useful slaves well, even kindly, and strives to live up to the (admittedly warped) ideals of his Primarch, in [[AxCrazy contrast]] to the [[HumanoidAbomination rest]] of the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Night Lords]].
** From the same universe and [[WarhammerFantasy [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer]] its sister series]] several editions earlier, we had the Chaos God Khorne pre-{{Flanderization}}, whose servants generally fought with some degree of honor, and would frequently spare noncombatants on the basis of them not being {{Worthy Opponent}}s. There were even cases of Khorne sending his daemons after servants who had offered him the skulls of noncombatants or other equally "unworthy" opponents. While this is no longer true of the vast majority of his servants, Khorne himself is still usually portrayed as honourable, honorable, and he refuses to allow his servants to use psychic abilities as they would be unfair. He is generally suspicious of Tzeentch, the god of sorcery and secrets, for the same reason.
* ** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has Abhorash and his Blood Dragon knights, who are basically a cult of martial vampires who have a code of honour which states that only cowards prey on the weak and defenceless, and so they travel around picking fights with worthy warriors and monsters and feeding on their blood instead. They're still bloodthirsty (metaphorically and literally), sociopathic undead monsters, but if you're a woman or child, they'll leave you alone.
* Many of the demons of ''{{Exalted}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. The general demonic mindset is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien rather than explicitly evil]], so it's possible for them to have agendas that might come across as weird or scary while ultimately being well-meaning or even pleasant. Ligier, the Green Sun, simply wishes for Creation to share in the glories of Hell (and is often drawn into Creation by lowly people with great need, who he will offer his services as a smith to), Amalion only wishes to create beautiful things (even if they are beauties that break mortal hearts), Alveua wants to give everything a sense of order and purpose (albeit through forging their bodies into useful items), and creatures as low in the hierarchy as the neomah somply want to create children, albeit from flesh harvested from multiple donors (and can be summoned by the tears of parents mixed with the afterbirth of stillborn children).
* The Dark World monsters in ''Tabletop/YuGiOh'' are implied to be this by WordOfGod, despite the fact that they're all hideous demons ruled over by a certifiably insane king. Zure, Knight of Dark World is of particular note, referred to by his flavor text as an "illustrious knight" who "never oppresses the commoners." Yep, he's a ''literal'' NobleDemon.
* Sorin Markov of ''MagicTheGathering'' is an [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Innistrad vampire]] planeswalker who is paranoid and drains blood in order to survive, but is one of the few characters who could be classified as a BigGood. He views his bloodthirst as a necessity, but tries to maintain order in his hometown and [[SealedEvilInACan attempts to seal]] the [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] to save the lives of billions. Being a white/black (formally monoblack)-aligned planeswalker, he also falls under DarkIsNotEvil.
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* Agent Washington from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' qualifies, at least late in Revelations. His brand of villainy is less out of genuine malice, and more out of desperation to get out of prison. As the bad guy, he's quite nice to hapless Doc, at least as nice as his personality allows.
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* [[Webcomic/SinFest Fuchsia]] becomes a literal example post character development.

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* [[Webcomic/SinFest Fuchsia]] %%* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}: Fuchsia becomes a literal example post character post-character development.



* 'Gav', the protagonist of ''[[http://www.nukees.com/ Nukees]]'', is an aspiring dictator-of-the-world, with a passion for gigantic weapons of destruction - [[ILoveNuclearPower and everything nuclear]]. But he's also helped his friends out of any number of tight spots, while constantly trying to cover it up so as not to lose his villainous reputation. The most notable example is probably when he saves a DamselInDistress, but makes it look like he was trying to rape her instead...

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* 'Gav', "Gav", the protagonist of ''[[http://www.nukees.com/ Nukees]]'', is an aspiring dictator-of-the-world, with a passion for gigantic weapons of destruction - -- [[ILoveNuclearPower and everything nuclear]]. But he's also helped his friends out of any number of tight spots, while constantly trying to cover it up so as not to lose his villainous reputation. The most notable example is probably when he saves a DamselInDistress, but makes it look like he was trying to rape her instead...



* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has a fairly obvious example in [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_647.php Abel]].
** Abel is pretty unambiguously good, he just tries to push people away. Fa'lina is perhaps a straighter example, running a school that teaches horrible things like torture, yet simultaneously seeming to really care about people (even strangers) and wanting to help protect them. Its not entirely clear whether she is simply crazy, has a deeper agenda, or is actually good and merely allows evil things in her school because otherwise should couldn't [[MamaBear protect more cubi.]]

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* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has a ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'':
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fairly obvious example in [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_647.php Abel]].
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Fa'lina is perhaps a straighter example, running a school that teaches horrible things like torture, yet simultaneously seeming to really care about people (even strangers) and wanting to help protect them. Its not entirely clear whether she is simply crazy, has a deeper agenda, or is actually good and merely allows evil things in her school because otherwise should couldn't [[MamaBear protect more cubi.]]



* Malack of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a [[spoiler:vampiric]] dark cleric and loyal right-hand man to a brutal warlord. He is also cultured and cordial, and he goes out of his way to offer truces and compromises to fellow cleric Durkon because he doesn't want to have to resort to violence against someone he respects.
** [[spoiler:When Malack is ultimately forced to fight Durkon and turn him into a vampire, Durkon pleads with Malack to show mercy on his comrades. And true to form, Malack leaves the paralyzed Belkar alive and, a short while later, does not reveal the Order of the Stick's position to Nale out of respect for Durkon's final wish.]]
* Many of the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] in ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' are this when they are first introduced, in the "Hivebent" arc. Their [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy culture]] explicitly endorses being a violent psychopath, and most of them have no problem with this ([[ValuesDissonance having been raised with it]]) and wish to grow up to work as soldiers for TheEmpire. However, all but a few of them are fairly kind and compassionate, and the aforementioned few who actually ''are'' violent are clearly treated as wrong by the others.

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* Malack of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a [[spoiler:vampiric]] dark cleric and loyal right-hand man to a brutal warlord. He is also cultured and cordial, and he goes out of his way to offer truces and compromises to fellow cleric Durkon because he doesn't want to have to resort to violence against someone he respects.
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respects. [[spoiler:When Malack is ultimately forced to fight Durkon and turn him into a vampire, Durkon pleads with Malack to show mercy on his comrades. And true to form, Malack leaves the paralyzed Belkar alive and, a short while later, does not reveal the Order of the Stick's position to Nale out of respect for Durkon's final wish.]]
* Many of the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] in ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' are this when they are first introduced, in the "Hivebent" arc. Their [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy culture]] explicitly endorses being a violent psychopath, and most of them have no problem with this ([[ValuesDissonance having been raised with it]]) and wish to grow up to work as soldiers for TheEmpire. However, all but a few of them are fairly kind and compassionate, and the aforementioned few who actually ''are'' violent are clearly treated as wrong by the others.



* In the WhateleyUniverse, Carmilla is noble and a demon. She's one of the protagonists, and yet she is directly descended from both Cthulhu and Shub-Niggurath, and is supposed to take the mantle of The Kellith, to wipe humanity off the face of the earth and repopulate the planet with the seeds of The Great Old Ones. [[ScrewDestiny She's refusing]] [[AntiAntiChrist to do so.]]

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, ''Literture/WhateleyUniverse'', Carmilla is noble and a demon. She's one of the protagonists, and yet she is directly descended from both Cthulhu and Shub-Niggurath, and is supposed to take the mantle of The Kellith, to wipe humanity off the face of the earth and repopulate the planet with the seeds of The Great Old Ones. [[ScrewDestiny She's refusing]] [[AntiAntiChrist to do so.]]



* Subverted in ''FanFic/TheReturn'' - while demonic and of nobility, when Dark Star wants to "topple your castle", she'll use artillery, and then go in the ruins and personally kill anyone left.
* Agent Washington from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' qualifies, at least late in Revelations. His brand of villainy is less out of genuine malice, and more out of desperation to get out of prison. As the bad guy, he's quite nice to hapless Doc, at least as nice as his personality allows.

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* Subverted in ''FanFic/TheReturn'' - ''Fanfic/TheReturn'' -- while demonic and of nobility, when Dark Star wants to "topple your castle", she'll use artillery, and then go in the ruins and personally kill anyone left.
* Agent Washington from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' qualifies, at least late in Revelations. His brand of villainy is less out of genuine malice, and more out of desperation to get out of prison. As the bad guy, he's quite nice to hapless Doc, at least as nice as his personality allows.
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* Captain Friedrich von Hecht in ''Film/HornetsNest''. He sees partisans (civilian resistance) as unlawful combatants and treats them accordingly, however he considers ordinary Italian civilians as being off-limits. He'll use threats to try and dissuade them from helping the partisans, however he is never shown actually going through with it, and looks down his nose at the SS because he disapproves of them targeting civilians as revenge for partisan activity.
* Similarly, Captain Klaus Woermann in ''TheKeep''. Despite an EstablishingCharacterMoment where he tells his driver that the Nazis are the "masters of the world" ("Does that enthrall you, Oster?"), he's another "no civilains" kinda guy and goes out of his way to ensure that relations between his troops and the Romanian villagers are good, even going so far as to punish one of his men he catches trying to loot. He is enraged later on when the SS execute several people for suspected partisan sympathies. When accused of incompetence, he unloads a scathing indictment of the SS and their policy of targeting civilians: "''My'' competence was proven in combat... against people who shoot ''back''!"
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* Augus from ''AsurasWrath'', who only fights him because he fights for the strongest side, and actually treats up Asura's wounds from fighting Kalrow's space fleet before fighting him.

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* Augus from ''AsurasWrath'', ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', who only fights him because he fights for the strongest side, and actually treats up Asura's wounds from fighting Kalrow's space fleet before fighting him.
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* Raistlin Majere of the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' books. An embittered, power-hungry MagnificentBastard with a slew of PetTheDog moments and a love/hate relationship with his twin Caramon.

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* Raistlin Majere of the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books. An embittered, power-hungry MagnificentBastard with a slew of PetTheDog moments and a love/hate relationship with his twin Caramon.



* The title character of ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' is a literal Noble Demon (he prefers to be called a "djinni," though; "demon" is rather rude).

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* The title character of ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' is a literal Noble Demon (he prefers to be called a "djinni," though; "demon" is rather rude).
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* There's an actual demon in ''BaldursGate II: Throne of Bhaal'' in the maze in [[BonusDungeon Watcher's Keep]] who [[AffablyEvil politely]] invites you to a non-rigged game, and gives you his part of the key [[GenreSavvy after he's assured that he and his group can escape]] instead of just leaving you trapped. Noble Demon indeed.

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* There's an actual demon in ''BaldursGate II: Throne of Bhaal'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal'' in the maze in [[BonusDungeon Watcher's Keep]] who [[AffablyEvil politely]] invites you to a non-rigged game, and gives you his part of the key [[GenreSavvy after he's assured that he and his group can escape]] instead of just leaving you trapped. Noble Demon indeed.
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* This is the common characterization for {{Thanos}} the Mad Titan of the MarvelUniverse, post-''[[CrisisCrossover The Infinity Gauntlet]]''.

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* This is the common characterization for {{Thanos}} ComicBook/{{Thanos}} the Mad Titan of the MarvelUniverse, post-''[[CrisisCrossover The Infinity Gauntlet]]''.
8th Jun '16 10:21:32 AM Dere
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* When DaffyDuck hears that a $5000 reward is posted for the recovery of the Tazmanian Devil to the zoo ("Ducking The Devil"), he assures us "I may be a coward, but I'm a greeeeeeeedy little coward!"
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* {{Bleach}} has Grimmjow Jaggerjaquez. He is certainly ruthless in battle, and has no qualms over killing those weaker than he is (it's a dog-eat-dog world in Hueco Mundo). But his sense of honor shows in his desire to only fight opponents at their best, going so far as to make a prisoner heal his latest rival, even if he has to trap a fellow Espada to do it.
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* When DaffyDuck hears that a $5000 reward is posted for the recovery of the Tazmanian Devil to the zoo ("Ducking The Devil"), he assures us "I may be a coward, but I'm a greeeeeeeedy little coward!"
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