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19th May '17 6:23:40 PM BWHComics
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* In ''Webcomic/TheLettersOfTheDevil'', Rita Carey is portrayed as being an exceptional and charitable businesswoman, which causes roadblocks when Cedric investigates her for fraud.
11th May '17 12:10:01 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'' likes its villains to have good PR.
** Prince Renaud, thanks to some shrewd political manipulation, plays the kingdom of Mellinor like a fiddle by his second day in the office.
** The Immortal Empress is practically worshipped by her subjects.
** [[spoiler:Adela]] is beloved by people more than her country's rulers, and is practically a celebrity there.
7th May '17 9:49:31 AM Monolaf317
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* ''Manga/{{Saki}}'': Teru is featured in mahjong magazines, depicted with a smile and a generic ambitious quote. The effects of this are felt in the first part of the nationals, when a reporter tells another that Nodoka is the only Kiyosumi player worth noting, meaning that people seem to have bought into Teru's lie that she didn't have a sister. While Teru [[IHaveNoSon indeed disowned Saki]], it never really made it to the news in the main series. Saki only hears about being disowned when Mihoko mentions asking Nishida about Teru and Saki's relationship during Mihoko's own interview.
6th May '17 5:46:38 AM lalalei2001
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** Seto Kaiba counts as this, mostly in the Toei series and the original manga. Kids adore him and he does everything he can to give to them. However, when Yugi and his friends come into his life, he develops a homicidal rage towards them. (He gets better, though, despite his later attempt to kill them on Alcatraz Island.)
** Zigzagged with Kaiba's adoptive father Gozaburo. Originally, he was a very public figure who was thought of as a charitable philanthropist, which was technically the truth, but it was an act by the ruthless corporate tycoon he was to gain PR; regardless, he was at most a VillainyFreeVillain in Seto's origin. He didn't truly become a threat and a true villain until the Virtual Nightmare Arc when he plotted nuclear annihilation via computer takeover.
** Rex Goodwin in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. Most residents of Neo Domino saw him as the benign head of Security (meaning he was the head of city government, more or less) and even acted as a benign mentor to the heroes; even some of them started to doubt that his intentions where anything but just until his true plan was revealed at the SeasonFinale. (Even so, Goodwin could technically be called a WellIntentionedExtremist, albeit in the most extreme sense of the term.)
** Mr. Heartland from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''. Technically only TheDragon to the actual villain, he presents a benevolent, generous and friendly image while serving as the mayor of Heartland, causing nobody to suspect his true motives.

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** Seto Kaiba counts as this, mostly in the Toei series and the original manga. Kids adore him and he does everything he can to give to them. However, when Yugi and his friends come into his life, he develops a homicidal rage towards them. (He He gets better, though, despite his later attempt to kill them on Alcatraz Island.)
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** Zigzagged with Kaiba's adoptive father Gozaburo. Originally, he was a very public figure who was thought of as a charitable philanthropist, which was technically the truth, but it was an act by the ruthless corporate tycoon he was to gain PR; regardless, PR while he was at most a VillainyFreeVillain in Seto's origin. He didn't truly become a threat and a true villain until the Virtual Nightmare Arc when he plotted nuclear annihilation via computer takeover.made money from war profiteering. Seto taking over is company caused him to kill himself, where presumably his deeds were exposed.
** * Rex Goodwin in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. Most residents of Neo Domino saw him as the benign head of Security (meaning he was the head of city government, more or less) and even acted as a benign mentor to the heroes; even some of them started to doubt that his intentions where anything but just until his true plan was revealed at the SeasonFinale. (Even so, Goodwin could technically be called a WellIntentionedExtremist, albeit in the most extreme sense of the term.)
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Mr. Heartland from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''. Technically only TheDragon to the actual villain, he presents a benevolent, generous and friendly image while serving as the mayor of Heartland, causing nobody to suspect his true motives.



** In a more traditional example, [[spoiler: Cyrus]] appeared multiple times as a legitimate businessman before being revealed as the BigBad of the ''Diamond & Pearl'' series.

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** In a more traditional example, [[spoiler: Cyrus]] Cyrus appeared multiple times as a legitimate businessman before being revealed as the BigBad of the ''Diamond & Pearl'' series.
2nd May '17 9:37:16 PM Celcey
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* [[BigBadEvilGuy Garret Meyer]] is this in ''WebVideo/DoorMonster'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uam0KMyZh2E&index=3&list=PL0u5ZHidq4X4QhFAX9FzSiYJLRen74sLF The Guards Themselves]].

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* [[BigBadEvilGuy [[BigBad Garret Meyer]] is this in ''WebVideo/DoorMonster'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uam0KMyZh2E&index=3&list=PL0u5ZHidq4X4QhFAX9FzSiYJLRen74sLF The Guards Themselves]].
2nd May '17 9:31:45 PM Celcey
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* [[BigBadEvilGuy Garret Meyer]] is this in ''WebVideo/DoorMonster'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uam0KMyZh2E&index=3&list=PL0u5ZHidq4X4QhFAX9FzSiYJLRen74sLF The Guards Themselves]].
2nd May '17 1:10:12 AM Fireblood
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** Gus Fring on. On the surface, he is a respectable businessman, and a major supporter of local law enforcement agencies. In reality, he has no qualms with murder and other heinous acts just to keep his meth empire going.

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** Gus Fring on.Fring. On the surface, he is a respectable businessman, and a major supporter of local law enforcement agencies. In reality, he has no qualms with murder and other heinous acts just to keep his meth empire going.
2nd May '17 12:55:12 AM Fireblood
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-->-- '''Capt. Jean-Luc Picard''', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "The Drumhead"

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-->-- '''Capt. Jean-Luc Picard''', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "The Drumhead"
"[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E21TheDrumhead The Drumhead]]"
28th Apr '17 10:14:03 AM Prometheus117
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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', the AxCrazy Jin Kisaragi is seen as a hero for ending the Ikaruga civil war.

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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', the AxCrazy Jin Kisaragi is seen as a hero for ending the Ikaruga civil war. Downplayed in that he's not really "evil" so much as "a ''massive'' {{Jerkass}}" (and he gets CharacterDevelopment that turns him into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold) [[spoiler:and he was intentionally propped up for this by the true BigBad to further his own plans]].
19th Apr '17 9:42:31 PM CrowTR0bot
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* Steele from ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' could be considered Gaston's canine counterpart. He's the champion sled dog of Nome, and every dog in town practically eats out of his hand, admiring his strength and athletic prowess. He also [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain bullies the title character for being half wolf]], and when charged with delivering medicine to Nome to deal with a Diptheria epidemic, is [[GloryHound more interested in the extra good publicity it will get him]] than saving children's lives. This comes to a head when Balto comes to rescue his team when he gets it hopelessly lost. Not only does he actually fight Balto when he tries to grab the medicine, but when he finally takes it, Steele responds by [[DisproportionateRetribution sabotaging Balto's trail markers to get him hopelessly lost]], dooming both his team and [[WouldHurtAChild aforementioned children]] to slow, wasting deaths. When he returns to Nome, he makes up a sob story about how he tried his best to get the medicine through, but that a disaster left him the SoleSurvivor of the mess, which, again, the other dogs in Nome eat up. Unlike Gaston, however, he ends up being found out for the monster he is and ultimately shunned by the rest of the town.
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