History WellIntentionedExtremist / Literature

4th Feb '18 6:29:58 PM sgamer82
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* ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' provides a protagonist version of this with Merlin Athrawes. His primary goal is to bring humanity out of its enforced MedievalStasis so they can fight and defeat the aliens that nearly exterminated them hundreds of years ago. However, to accomplish this, Merlin must provoke a religious war already in the making and topple the CorruptChurch that currently rules the world, a war Merlin knows will kill tens of thousands at least, many of them innocent.
** One of the series' antagonists, Zhaspahr Clyntahn, is especially dangerous because he [[BelievingTheirOwnLies has himself convinced]] that he's merely this.

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* ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'':
** Merlin Athrawes
provides a protagonist version of this with Merlin Athrawes.this. His primary goal is to bring humanity out of its enforced MedievalStasis so they can fight and defeat the aliens that nearly exterminated them hundreds of years ago. However, to accomplish this, Merlin must provoke a religious war already in the making and topple the CorruptChurch that currently rules the world, world; a war Merlin knows will kill tens of thousands at least, many of them innocent.
** One of the series' antagonists, Zhaspahr Clyntahn, is especially dangerous because he [[BelievingTheirOwnLies has himself convinced]] that he's merely this. He can and will order any atrocity he feels is necessary, such as a method of execution consisting of long, drawn out, and public ColdBloodedTorture, all the while espousing that it is in the defense of God and Mother Church. Multiple characters note that he seems to sincerely believe this, but at the same time he consistently demonstrates that what he claims is Mother Church's and God's will just so happens to also be ''his'' will, and he would rather drag the Church with him into defeat than pursue anything like a reasonable diplomatic solution.
5th Jan '18 6:28:35 PM FactoidCow
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-->'''Juan''': That's the problem with people like you. You're about propoganda and press releases, not concrete solutions. People don't respond to ultimatums, only alternatives.

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-->'''Juan''': That's the problem with people like you. You're about propoganda propaganda and press releases, not concrete solutions. People don't respond to ultimatums, only alternatives.
2nd Jan '18 5:03:43 PM Dwoem
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Accord became a villain in order to [[spoiler:implement his plan to end world hunger]].
** Most everyone in Worm is some stripe of this, up to and including the protagonist. The tagline is "Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons."
** [[NebulousEvilOrganization Cauldron]] is an organization that regularly performs human experimentation and brainwashing on prisoners, [[spoiler:secretly run the Protectorate, and have accidentally spawned horrible monsters that have killed millions of people]], all to [[spoiler: save the world from Scion. It turns out that their [[SarcasmMode brilliant]] plan was to wait for Scion to start killing people and then attack him with an army of capes, which fails so badly that the apocalypse gets ''worse'' as a result.]]
28th Dec '17 9:39:05 AM Snailfish
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** Subverted or deconstructed. Vanessa's so called "good-intentions" only highlight how ''despicable'' she is, since not only does she transform children into BodyHorror abominations, but she has the gall to act like ''this is an acceptable treatment for naughty kids''. In any case, the fact that Vanessa sees [[LackOfEmpathy nothing wrong with these actions]] makes her one of the most disgusting, hypocritical villains in the entire series.
8th Dec '17 10:27:17 AM WaterBlap
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** [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Far more than you think, actually.]] He MajoredInWesternHypocrisy and wants revenge against TheEmpire. He creates an NGOSuperpower with a OddlySmallOrganization with her own ConLang, [[EgoPolis he claims a continent in his name,]] creates the Nautilus to conquest TheFinalFrontier (the sea) and to use it as a WeaponOfMassDestruction, [[FromMyOwnPersonalGarden insists in only using sea related products]], and the prisoners he considers valuable are placed in a GildedCage but those who not are [[KickTheDog mercilessly destroyed]]. Trying to destroy TheEmpire, he ends [[StartMyOwn creating a society]] [[MilkmanConspiracy very much like it]]. So, Nemo is as bad as anyone else on this Trope.

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** [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Far more than you think, actually.]] He MajoredInWesternHypocrisy and wants revenge against TheEmpire. He creates an NGOSuperpower with a OddlySmallOrganization with her own ConLang, [[EgoPolis he claims a continent in his name,]] creates the Nautilus to conquest TheFinalFrontier (the sea) the sea and to use it as a WeaponOfMassDestruction, [[FromMyOwnPersonalGarden insists in only using sea related products]], and the prisoners he considers valuable are placed in a GildedCage but those who not are [[KickTheDog mercilessly destroyed]]. Trying to destroy TheEmpire, he ends [[StartMyOwn creating a society]] [[MilkmanConspiracy very much like it]]. So, Nemo is as bad as anyone else on this Trope.
31st Oct '17 4:43:15 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* Most of the villains in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' are this to some degree; even the neo-Nazi faction gets a somewhat sympathetic take this way, presented as a semi-understandable (over-)reaction by "Law and Order" types to years of chaos and disaster in a dystopian future. While the story has a few straight {{Card Carrying Villain}}s as well, it emphasizes that most of the bad guys view themselves as good guys and have at least some kind of sympathetic core to their motives--Even if they often [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope go very much too far]] in implementing them.
1st Oct '17 10:56:09 AM AdelePotter
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* In ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold'', the Daemon's intentions are noble, since he's trying to stop the world from being destroyed, but his methods endanger his charges, all of whom are hapless but relatively innocent teenagers. [[spoiler:It works, but at least two people wind up dead.]]
25th Jun '17 1:32:52 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Anaria]] from ''Literature/TheGuardians'' decided that the best way to end a war was to slaughter one of the armies in its entirety. After that, she decided that she was thinking too small and needed to apply her idea to the entire planet, until the only people left alive were the ones who agreed with each other. But don't worry, she'll still respect free will. She'll just make sure that humans have no other options except to choose peace, joy, and love.

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* [[spoiler:Anaria]] from ''Literature/TheGuardians'' ''Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}}'' decided that the best way to end a war was to slaughter one of the armies in its entirety. After that, she decided that she was thinking too small and needed to apply her idea to the entire planet, until the only people left alive were the ones who agreed with each other. But don't worry, she'll still respect free will. She'll just make sure that humans have no other options except to choose peace, joy, and love.
30th May '17 12:35:14 PM MikeW
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* In ''The R Document'' by Irving Wallace, Attorney General Chris Collins supports the 35th Amendment which would give the FBI more power to handle growing crime in the United States. The 35th is being pushed by Vernon Tynan, head of the FBI. But with some allies, Chris discovers that as soon as the 35th is passed, Tynan will push through the R Document (as in "reconstruction") which will suspend the Bill of Rights and allow martial law to rule over the nation. At first, Collins believes Tynan is being driven by the power he would get as the head of new law enforcement. However, Collins soon comes to more chilling conclusion that Tynan truly believes the only way to "save" the country is to turn America into a police state.
19th May '17 9:52:29 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', Jedao [[spoiler:murdered a million people to have a shot at overthrowing the Hexarchate.]]
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