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6th Mar '18 7:14:17 PM nombretomado
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* The [[MetaFic nat]][[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover ure]] (and [[FinaglesLaw fail-field]]) of the ''{{Franchise/Buildingverse}}'' makes it so that both villainy and [[HeroOfAnotherStory heroism]] is forced off panel which can become quite the surprise when someone does some background research (no, [[Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera Shilo]] isn't exaggerating when she talks about her dad vivisecting people for a living in ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'') or when we get some flashbacks to canon (Like ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'''s [[Literature/TheErlking Father's Day special]] made it abundantly clear that despite how AffablyEvil Lord King acts, he is a [[TheFairFolk fae]] and WouldHurtAChild).

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* The [[MetaFic nat]][[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover ure]] (and [[FinaglesLaw fail-field]]) of the ''{{Franchise/Buildingverse}}'' ''{{Webcomic/Buildingverse}}'' makes it so that both villainy and [[HeroOfAnotherStory heroism]] is forced off panel which can become quite the surprise when someone does some background research (no, [[Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera Shilo]] isn't exaggerating when she talks about her dad vivisecting people for a living in ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'') or when we get some flashbacks to canon (Like ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'''s [[Literature/TheErlking Father's Day special]] made it abundantly clear that despite how AffablyEvil Lord King acts, he is a [[TheFairFolk fae]] and WouldHurtAChild).
4th Feb '18 8:05:48 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Most of Ser Gregor's worst acts, and those of the soldiers he commands, have occurred offscreen. Though given the sheer level of brutality described, this is certainly a blessing. In his most infamous act, before the events of the series, he murdered and raped the Princess Elia Targaryen but not before killing her infant son Aegon in front of her.
21st Jan '18 11:39:19 PM Arachnos
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[RealityWarper Discord's]] original rule is only mentioned in passing as "an eternal state of unrest and unhappiness," his stained glass window shows him ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids dangling ponies over flames]]'' and he himself refers to an afternoon of reducing the world to [[WorldGoneMad complete chaos]] as only "his first changes." One must wonder exactly how horrific his original rule must have been, compared to bad bad but ''mostly'' humorous and silliness he's shown inflicting onscreen.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[RealityWarper Discord's]] original rule is only mentioned in passing as "an eternal state of unrest and unhappiness," his stained glass window shows him ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids dangling ponies over flames]]'' and he himself refers to an afternoon of reducing the world to [[WorldGoneMad complete chaos]] as only "his first changes." One must wonder exactly how horrific his original rule must have been, compared to bad bad the evil, but still ''mostly'' humorous and silliness silly actions he's shown inflicting onscreen.onscreen. Given that Discord's very nature is so chaotic, it is possible that the scope of his evilness would vary dramatically depending on how he feels on any given day.
19th Dec '17 8:09:56 PM Loekman3
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* While [[Anime/DragonBallZ Dr. Gero]] was always villainous, ''WebOriginal/DragonBallAbridged'' adds a level of offstage work. While digging through Dr. Gero's research notes about Androids 17 and 18, Bulma finds out that Gero only gave model numbers to ''successful'' creations. He had kidnapped and experimented on dozens of orphans over the years until he got results.

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* While [[Anime/DragonBallZ Dr. Gero]] was always villainous, ''WebOriginal/DragonBallAbridged'' ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' adds a level of offstage work. While digging through Dr. Gero's research notes about Androids 17 and 18, Bulma finds out that Gero only gave model numbers to ''successful'' creations. He had kidnapped and experimented on dozens of orphans over the years until he got results.
3rd Dec '17 1:39:00 AM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Not one of the villain protagonists does anything really evil in the story, thus allowing us to sympathize with them. Anything like that is only mentioned as part of their past (for instance Sam's apparently assassinated dozens of people).

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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Not one of the villain protagonists does anything really evil in the story, thus allowing us to sympathize with them. Anything like that is only mentioned as part of their past (for instance instance, Sam's apparently assassinated dozens ''dozens'' of people).
22nd Nov '17 8:29:16 AM Taxima
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* While [[Anime/DragonBallZ Dr. Gero]] was always villainous, ''WebOriginal/DragonBallAbridged'' adds a level of offstage work. While digging through Dr. Gero's research notes about Androids 17 and 18, Bulma finds out that Gero only gave model numbers to ''successful'' creations. He had kidnapped and experimented on dozens of orphans over the years until he got results.
31st Jul '17 3:52:24 AM Fireblood
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* One of the most common complaints about the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is that for the longest time the reader was never actually shown EvilOverlord [[BigBad Galbatorix]] [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything doing anything particularly evil]] to the people of Alagaesia other than raising taxes and fighting the Varden rebels, neither of which are inherently particularly heinous. Indeed, it's acknowledged by Eragon at one point that most of the people of the Empire get along perfectly well under his rule. Just the fact that he successfully overthrew the [[TheOrder Dragon Riders]] seems to be enough justification for the war waged by the [[LaResistance Varden]], the elves, and the dwarves in the series. This is despite the fact that the Dragon Riders were stated to have been corrupt and fighting each other anyway, meaning that Galby's crime was... winning. [[AuthorsSavingThrow Rather belatedly]] he was given some unquestionably villainous actions, such as in ''Brisingr'' (the third book) where it's stated that [[spoiler:he enslaved the souls of the dragons he killed, and magically enslaves many of his soldiers]]. Though by this time a sizeable chunk of the reader base had started RootingForTheEmpire.
8th Jul '17 5:44:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'': After the Trade Federation invades Naboo, we keep being told that the people are suffering under the occupation and that the death toll is rising. The thing is, we never actually ''see'' any of the Nabooan citizens suffer, which makes the whole thing look more like GunboatDiplomacy (albeit by a megacorp wilfully manipulated by a Sith lord) than a whole planet being "subjected to slavery and death".
2nd Jul '17 3:53:20 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Tom Zarek is accused of terrorism, abuse of office, political manipulation, and conspiracy to commit murder. By the time the series is over we've seen President Roslin commit every one of those crimes. When he finally does make his move, the writers had to give him a few KickTheDog moments just to restore the balance (and even these are entirely PragmaticVillainy).
30th Jun '17 11:54:38 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, barring a few justified exceptions, [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giants]] tend to be NobleSavage {{Gentle Giant}}s who prefer to be left alone and will only attack if provoked in-game. However, Giants are known to raid farms, steal livestock, and attack settlements. This only occurs offscreen and in the backstory.
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