* In the ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'' movie, Folken is a psychotic BigBad, while in the original series he was more of an AntiVillain or a DragonWithAnAgenda to the actual BigBad, Emperor Dornkirk (who is absent from the movie altogether), with some good qualities such as [[BenevolentBoss respect for his subordinates]], [[EqualOpportunityEvil including races which suffer from]] FantasticRacism. [[spoiler: In fact, in the series he eventually has a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* To a lesser extent, King Dedede of ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars''. While still rarely exceeding a petty comedic {{Jerkass}}, his anime counterpart has far fewer [[PetTheDog benevolent moments]] than that of the [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} original games]] and usually plays the main antagonist of each episode. In the games, Dedede is more greedy and selfish than outright ''evil'' - when Kirby is up against a truly dangerous villain like Zero or Nightmare, Dedede usually ends up joining forces with him to defeat it, and sometimes (such as in ''[[VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand Kirby's Return to Dream Land]]'') genuinely tries to help Kirby out. Even when he's an antagonist, he's more often than not [[WellIntentionedExtremist misguided]] or [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]]. For his part, especially in the more recent games, Kirby seems to view Dedede as a friend.
* Some of the Gym Leaders and Elite Four members in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. While most of them (with the exception of Giovanni and Malva) are good guys in the games - Lance and Lorelei even helping out the player character at key points - Lt. Surge, Koga, Sabrina, Agatha, Bruno, Lorelei, Lance, Karen, Will and [[spoiler: Pryce]] became villains in the manga adaptation ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. [[spoiler:To be fair, though, Pryce is a more sympathetic AntiVillain, Lance is a WellIntentionedExtremist, and most of the other characters listed [[HeelFaceTurn reform]] later on, with the exception of Agatha.]]
** This is utilized to a lesser extent with their [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] counterparts. Sabrina is converted into something of a demonic witch who antagonizes Ash and co., while many others, most notably Lt. Surge, Erika, and Skyla, are egotistical {{Jerkass}}es with a condescending demeanor towards their challengers (or, in Erika's case, towards those who don't appreciate the perfume her gym makes). Pryce is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who is cold towards Pokémon due to a misunderstanding with his Piloswine long ago, although he ''does'' get better when the Piloswine is found and the situation explained. In particular, Sabrina in the games is implied to be a good-natured person who happens to have [[CreepyGood frightening powers]], Pryce is a perfectly pleasant and decent man, and Lt. Surge, while cocky in the games, isn't nearly as mean about it as he is in the anime. All of them [[DefeatEqualsFriendship make friends with the heroes]] in the end. However, others, like Brock, Misty, Cilan, Iris, and Clemont, join Ash as protagonists and are more openly heroic characters.
** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' has a downplayed example with Norman. In the games, Norman is a kind, gentle person who respects his child's wishes and would most likely not use physical violence. In the manga, Norman is a lot meaner and beats up his son for disobeying him. Despite his harshness, he is on the side of good - he is genuinely supportive of Ruby.
** And occasionally the Pokémon themselves (particularly either [[PoisonIsEvil Poison]] or [[DarkIsEvil Dark]] types), such as in the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Mystery Dungeon]]'' games. In the games and anime, even Pokémon seen working for the antagonists aren't actually evil, [[PunchClockVillain just taking orders from their trainers]], and aggressive wild Pokémon are only animals obeying their instincts. While genuinely evil Pokémon do exist in the anime (such as the Malamar in ''XY'' and an unusually mean Togepi in ''Diamond and Pearl''), they are a minority and not representative of their species as a whole. However, even in Mystery Dungeon, you can recruit Pokémon like Ekans and Skuntank into your team and the species itself isn't portrayed as AlwaysChaoticEvil.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', Archie and/or Maxie are ObliviouslyEvil [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]], and they are probably the least evil villainous team leaders in terms of [[BenevolentBoss concern for their subordinates]] and sincere, if misguided, intentions as opposed to more manipulative and darker characters like Cyrus, Ghetsis, and Lysandre. Both of them have a HeelRealization once they [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone see the true effects of their plans]] and quickly HeelFaceTurn. This characterization is followed up in the anime and in the remakes. In ''Special'', neither one reforms - they go into SanitySlippage and [[spoiler: are both KilledOffForReal]]. Maxie even [[spoiler: outright ''kills'' Norman (although Norman [[CosmicRetcon gets better]])]].
** Giovanni was the head of a {{yakuza}} in the games but made a HeelFaceTurn after being beat by Red. Giovanni in the anime never disbanded Team Rocket and is far more violent than his game version is portrayed.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', N is a very sympathetic AntiVillain with good intentions. He eventually makes a HeelFaceTurn in the sequel games, helping the player against Ghetsis, his much more evil adoptive father. However, in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', N has fewer redeeming qualities and manages to convince White's Tepig to leave her. His goal also seems to be more like Ghetsis' goal than in the games.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', Colress, while still a scientist in the employ of Team Plasma, does [[FriendlyEnemy encourage]] the player and even gives them a device needed to progress further in the game. He is involved with Team Plasma ForScience and is not particularly interested in their goals, expressing distaste for Ghetsis. After his defeat, he encourages the player to stop Ghetsis' plans. In ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon Best Wishes 2 Episode N]]'', Colress is a true MadScientist who experiments on Pokémon to the point of torture, uses mind control on the Pokémon in his introductory episode (including those of the main characters), and is more than willing to hurt Ash and his friends to prove his theories. He is also more appreciative of Ghetsis due to Plasma's "providing" increasingly more difficult "subjects" pushing the theories further. Colress in the game has a HeelFaceTurn, willingly disbands Team Plasma, and becomes TheAtoner after Ghetsis is defeated, while his anime counterpart is arrested by Looker. The Anime counterpart does come up with the idea for a [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Pokemon translator]], but after he's arrested and in a way emphasising his BlueAndOrangeMorality.
** Team Plasma as a whole is subject to this in ''Episode N''. While not a pleasant group in the games; Plasma is often engaged in moral debates about their intentions under Ghetsis, sometimes questioning their motives [[spoiler: and splitting between leaving the group and becoming even darker after TheReveal of his true motives]]. In the anime; Plasma are outright villains with none of the moral conflicts they have in the games, fully supportive of Ghetsis' goals and [[VileVillainSaccharineShow posing a]] [[KnightOfCerebus very large threat]] to Ash and his friends throughout their arc. Uniquely, this was deliberate by the writers as their initial appearance ended up being [[RealLifeWritesThePlot indefinitely postponed by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.]]
** The ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' version of Colress is portrayed along the same lines as in the anime.
** In ''[[Anime/PokemonArceusAndTheJewelOfLife Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]'', while [[spoiler:Marcus]] attempts to [[KillTheGod betray and kill Arceus]] using extremely heinous methods which have serious consequences in the future, he seems to genuinely believe that returning the Jewel of Life to Arceus will cause Michina Town to turn back into a wasteland and that his actions are necessary to prevent this. [[spoiler: As it turns out, this is the case, but the inhabitants are able to restore the valley on their own.]] In the tie-in manga, his motivations are purely selfish - he wants to kill Arceus [[AGodAmI to become a god himself]].
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', Yveltal is a DarkIsNotEvil Pokémon who causes destruction as part of its life cycle, not out of malice, and seems to disapprove of its powers being used for unnecessary destruction. It teams up with the player to stop Team Flare's genocidal plans, just as its life-giving counterpart Xerneas does. In ''Anime/PokemonDiancieAndTheCocoonOfDestruction'', it is the BigBad of the movie who seems to take joy from deliberately sucking the life out of everything around it, and is more clearly a DarkIsEvil foil to the LightIsGood Xerneas.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Gendo Ikari: In the anime, he is AmbiguouslyEvil, he sincerely praises Shinji for his combat performance at one occasion, and with his FamousLastWords he regrets having been a bad father to him. In the manga adaptation, he is unquestionably evil, has a [[GodIsEvil massive]] [[AGodAmI God-complex]], and outright hates Shinji. In the manga, he's also implied to have [[spoiler: personally killed Kaji]], whereas it was unknown if he had anything to do with it in the anime, even though he was hinted at being involved somehow. He's somehow even ''worse'' in ''[[NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse Campus Apocalypse]]''.
** To a smaller extent, Kaworu. In the original anime, he was pretty nice (outside of, you know, [[spoiler:being the seventeenth Angel]]). In the manga, he [[KickTheDog strangles an abandoned kitten]] (a scene infamous enough to earn him the nickname [[FanNickname "Evil Manga Kaworu"]]) and has a much stronger case of BlueAndOrangeMorality.
* In the ''Manga/{{Mai-HiME}}'' manga, the main antagonists of the first arc are Haruka and Yukino, the latter of whom is friends with Mai and Mikoto in the anime, and the otherwise heroic Akira assists them. By contrast, Shizuru never turns PsychoLesbian, and Nao ([[TeethClenchedTeamwork reluctantly]]) helps the heroes after the teams merge.
* In the ''Manga/MaiOtome'' manga, Tomoe is DemotedToExtra and does not attempt to plot against Arika, and Nina never does a FaceHeelTurn. On the opposite end, Sergey goes from a PunchClockVillain who betrays the BigBad for his daughter's sake to a BigBad who is not related to Nina, biologically or otherwise.
* The 2003 ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' anime has several cases that were due to those characters not having been well established yet in the manga when the [[OvertookTheManga anime overtook it]]. Basque Grand was transformed from a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and ColonelBadass into a ColonelKilgore and GeneralRipper who just can't wait to commit some more genocide. Kimblee, while an awful person in the manga, had his negative qualities cranked UpToEleven, and his good ones suppressed. Even Hohenheim, the BigGood in the manga, became a RetiredMonster; instead of being [[UnwittingPawn tricked]] into helping Father turn the nation of Xerxes into a Philosopher's stone, and only becoming aware of the plan once it was too late to stop it, he and Dante turned people into Philosopher's Stones to prolong their lives.
** Wrath and Envy were already horrible monsters in the manga, but the anime made them worse. Wrath (now named Pride) loses all of his NobleDemon qualities and his last scene involves him ''strangling his MoralityPet'', Envy had his sadism cranked to maximum, and both lose their AlasPoorVillain moments.
** Barry the Chopper, while AxCrazy in both the manga and original anime, was more of a neutral character in the former and even joins forces with Mustang before his death after realizing that he's going to be hunted down for his connection to the Fifth Lab anyway. The original anime's Barry unrepentantly sides up with anyone who can help him kill as many innocent people as possible, joining up on a mission to slaughter a settlement of Ishvalans forcing Scar to step in and put him down.
* In a similar but lesser manner, Shadow the Hedgehog in the ''SonicX'' anime. In the games, Shadow started off a vengeful weapon ready to destroy Earth's population in honor of his murdered friend. Throughout his story however, he is portrayed with a palpable sense of doubt and emotional conflict, before ultimately pulling a full HeelFaceTurn two games later. In the anime, he roughly follows his games counterpart's story, but maintains his more sinister neutral alliance and is TheUnfettered to the highest scale (at least once perfectly willing to kill a child in cold blood, along with anyone who defended her, if it meant stopping a BiggerBad).
* Kushana in the ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' manga is introduced as an antagonist, but it's more a case of her goals not aligning with the protagonists, and when circumstances change she ends up [[HeelFaceTurn an ally to Nausicaä]]. In TheMovie, she's the main villain.
* Ho Yinsen in the ''Anime/IronMan'' anime. Though near the end it turns out he's technically BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* In the manga of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', the staff of the titular prison HandWave the prisoner deaths in the dog races by claiming that they are done with special effects. In the anime, the special effects angle is done away with; and the prison openly admits that many of the competitors do not survive and die brutal deaths.
* Kaede Fuyou from {{Shuffle}}. While ''not'' exactly a villainess, she did, in both versions, believe that Rin was responsible for her mother's death (a misconception he encouraged to prevent her from losing the will to live), and abused him for years until learning the truth, at which point she devoted herself to him in order to atone. In the anime, in which Rin canonically goes out with their mutual friend and [[SenpaiKohai senpai]], Asa, resulting in him spending less time with Kaede (in part not wanting her to be consumed with him), she snaps and attacks Asa, causing her to collapse, but comes to regret this later. In the visual novel, after finding out that Rin and Asa are a couple, Asa apologizes, but Kaede sadly accepts their relationship, albeit with the scene being somewhat similar to Kaede and Asa's reconciliation from the anime.
* In the original ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga, Rex Raptor/Dinosaur Ryuzaki, while a bit of a jerk, doesn't cheat and he did have a more helpful and honorable side. The [[Anime/YuGiOh anime's]] version of Rex is closer to the manga version's characterization at first, but eventually associates with more villainous characters like Dartz and Weevil Underwood in a way that Manga Rex never did, and he eventually tries to steal Joey's soul.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'':
** In both the original and dub version, Daitokuji-sensei is an AntiVillain using a façade to hide his true intentions, but the façade is much, ''much'' nastier in the dub. While in the original he spends his duel with Judai giving a NotSoDifferent speech in which he compares Judai's Fusion Monsters with the ancient practice of alchemy, in the dub he goads Judai and tells BlatantLies about his previous victories at the Academy being the result of rigged duels. (Which he admits was untrue after losing.)
** The Dark World Fiends were presented as villains in the third season, which contradicts the flavor text of some of their cards in the game and the ''Master Guide 2'', which claims they are not evil. In fact, the flavor text on [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Zure,_Knight_of_Dark_World Zure, Knight of Dark World's]] card claims that he "never oppresses the commoners", while that's probably what he's most notorious for doing in the anime.
** Also, in the manga version, Jim Cook is an antagonist who is far more malicious than his lighthearted and benign anime counterpart. [[spoiler:It's not his fault, however; he's a BrainwashedAndCrazy pawn of [[BigBad Tragoedia]].]]
** Like Daitokuji-sensei above, Yubel also got subjected to this in the dub. While she was still a terrifying villain in the original with ''many'' horrible deeds under her belt, she was ultimately motivated by [[LoveMakesYouEvil her love for Juudai]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy and her desire for him to]] [[ForgottenChildhoodFriend remember her]]. The dub turned her into a straight-up psychopath who wanted to "[[BreakTheCutie play]]" with him, and because it cut out Season 4, she never had her HeelFaceTurn.
* In the manga version of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', pretty much every character has a different background and personality, but Rua and Ruka more so than any other. They start of as villains in this version (and rather sadistic ones at that) ''very'' unlike the kind and innocent children they are in the anime. It is later revealed that [[spoiler:Rua underwent a [[DealWithTheDevil Duel Dragon ceremony]] to save Ruka from an illness, only Luna to become enslaved by the spirit of one of the Duel Dragons and for Rua to become {{Brainwashed}} by ''her''. Eventually, Yusei is able to use his more benevolent Dragon to break the spell.]]
* In the manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'', BigBad Aion is portrayed as misguided and possibly insane, but sympathetic, having turned to evil deeds in a desperate attempt to fix what he felt was a corrupted system after learning an AwfulTruth. In the anime, he was turned into the literal AntiChrist.
* ''{{Pretear}}'': In the manga version, one of the Leafe Knights ([[spoiler: Sasame, the Knight of Sound]]) is strongly hinted to have been in love with the villain in the backstory, but he's definitively a good guy and remains that way for the entire story. In the anime, where Fenrir plays a bigger role, he eventually breaks down and becomes her minion because of his MadLove.
* [[MadScientist Dr. Stein]] in ''Manga/SoulEater''. In the manga, he's [[SociopathicHero semi-sociopathic]], [[TheCorruptible prone to insanity]], and [[AxCrazy rather disturbing even when he's sane-ish.]] However, he's still good throughout, [[spoiler: even when Medusa begins artificially enhancing his madness]], and clearly cares about his students and teammates. In the anime, however, [[spoiler: he temporarily goes over to Medusa's side and even attacks [[MoralityChain Marie.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Justin Law]] is revealed as TheMole and is [[spoiler: BJ's killer]] in the manga, whereas he stays firmly on the side of good in the anime.
* ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' famously changed Max from a FriendlyRival into a ruthless villain.
* Queen Beryl of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' was a villain in [[Manga/SailorMoon the manga]], but an ultimately tragic figure who was manipulated by Metaria into her crimes in her past and current incarnations, and ultimately doomed not by her villainy, but her own belief that she was beyond redemption at this point. In TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], she's a straight-up evil villain who willingly and loyally serves Metalia.
** Although this is more of a case of Adaptational [[AntiHero Anti-Heroism]], Rei Hino[=/=]Sailor Mars is hit with this in the 90s anime. Rei seems more abusive towards her friends (especially to Usagi) in the anime than in the manga, especially in the first season. It's even worse in the DiC dub where Rei (or Raye as she is called in that dub) makes no qualms about wanting to kick Serena out of the Sailor Scouts and take over as the leader.
* The first anime of ''BlackButler'' does this with Queen Victoria, of all people. In the manga she's a straight CoolOldLady [[spoiler: though she seems to like the idea of a Zombie army]], while in the anime she's [[spoiler:responsible for Ciel's parents' deaths, and planning to start a world war to "cleanse" the world with her angelic accomplice, Ash. It is, at least, implied that she's not at all stable, in part due to Ash's machnations]].
* Char Aznable from the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and its sequels certainly had his faults (up to and including [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack that time he tried to blow up the Earth]]), but ''MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' manages to up the ante even further by making him a freakin' ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]]''.
** Really, all of the Zeon figures sans [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ramba Ral]] are shown to be much nastier in ''Origin''. Ramba's biological father and Char's adoptive father, Jimba Ral, was vaguely described as a loving father figure in the original anime. In ''Origin'', Jimba is a borderline ConspiracyTheorist and AbusiveParent who may have shaped Char into a sociopathic TykeBomb. Likewise, Kycillia Zabi was originally portrayed as a Baroness who acts out of loyalty to her family. Here, she is shown to be a [[BloodKnight violence-loving]] ManipulativeBitch who happily backstabs her own family members [[LackOfEmpathy without a care in the world]]. Even Garma and Dolze were given more KickTheDog moments though they are still considered the nicer Zabis.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'' does this with [[LipstickLesbian Ayako's]] character. In [[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo the game series]] which the OVA is based on, she protects women by luring out would-be muggers and rapist and brining them to justice. By contrast, the anime [[DepravedHomosexual practically makes Ayako a rapist, herself]], by having her sexually harass Satomi during their fight. She not only shreds Satomi's uniform, using [[CombatHandFan a hidden blade]], she even gropes Satomi and pecks her on the cheek. For Satomi, ''[[RageBreakingPoint that]]'' [[KillItWithFire was the last straw.]]
* The [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Cheshire Cat]] in the manga adaptation of the ''Manga/KingdomHearts'' series is outright villainous, compared to his more neutral role in his origin book and in the game. Maleficent even offered him a place in her group, but he declined.
** He's at his worst in the manga adaptation for ''Manga/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'': Roxas wished to be let out of a cage he was imprisoned in for trespassing the White Rabbit's house and pretending to be his servant, Mary Ann. The Cheshire Cat granted his wish by [[JackassGenie throwing a hedgehog at the Queen of Hearts]] and [[MoralEventHorizon framing Roxas for the crime]], causing her to order the young Nobody's execution by [[OffWithHisHead guillotine]].
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' has a few examples from the manga adaptation.
** An odd example comes with Anchovy, since the manga was released before the anime showed her match with Oarai. In the anime, Anchovy's competitive but fairly good-spirited, and after losing, invites the Oarai crew to eat with her and the people who set up the match. In the manga, she starts off by accusing Miho of having a "weak" way of tankery, and at the end, accuses Miho of costing her old school the championship by abandoning the flag tank.
** Erika is a {{Jerkass}} in the anime, but mainly to the extent of being snide and condescending toward Miho (for example, in the finals, saying that Oarai must be weak if she became its commander). In the manga, between the semifinals and the finals, Erika flies over to Oarai, confronts Miho, and angrily accuses her of not just costing them the victory, but abandoning them in their time of crisis, and vaguely insinuates that Miho traded her vice-captaincy of her old school for captaincy of her new school. She's significantly more vicious and angry in that scene from the manga, and leaves Miho in tears at the end of it.
* In the ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' manga, Koyemshi/Dung Beetle is quite a jerk throughout, but he has a few PetTheDog moments, such as performing a MercyKill on [[spoiler:his sister, Youko]], and giving Ushiro reasons to fight. In the anime, he's significantly more vicious, including mocking one of the dead kids, was quite a DirtyCoward [[spoiler:while he was a human]] and ultimatel [[spoiler:gets killed by his aforementioned sister when he tries to force the youngest of the group into the game]].
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': Izumo/Gyu-oh of episodes 94 and 95. The English dub of those episodes makes him a full-fledged villain, whereas the original Japanese made it clear that he was a TragicMonster who was just driven by his madness.
* Annie Leonhart from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a ruthless killer in both anime and manga, but the manga goes further to portray her AntiVillain status, giving her more humanizing moments such as genuinely smiling at one point, mentoring Eren Jeager in hand-to-hand combat, and also looking visibly shaken when she accidentally kills civilians. All of these moments are removed from the anime while also increasing the number of people she kills. It's not unusual to hear people say they hate her after watching the anime, then they read the manga and start sympathizing with her.
* More like "Adaptational Antagonism", but Leon MacNicol in the ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' OVA was supportive of the Knight Sabers, but much like George Stacy towards Spider-Man in relationship to their comic counterparts in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Leon in the ''Tokyo 2040'' remake considers the team vigilantes and a blight on the AD Police.
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