* ''VideoGame/StarFlight'': The [[spoiler: Ancients, more familiar to the space community as Endurium, the fuel that powers starships, are committing genocide simply out of ''self-defense''.]]
* Durandal from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' could be this, depending on how one interprets him. He's a self-aware AI that was meant for operating doors and elevators on a colony ship, and he ended up bringing a lone ship from an alien race of slavers to the ship. He does this all as a part of a big gambit to [[ItMakesSenseInContext become God of the next universe]]. Despite his seemingly selfish goals, he does allow the humans that the Pfhor enslaved (which he used as his army) to return to earth on a captured Pfhor vessel. And he may honestly believe that he is humanity's only hope, as he does go out of his way to keep the Pfhor from [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal finding]] Earth.
* A rare PLAYABLE example is Cole, protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}'', if you choose to play him that way.
** Surprisingly, [[spoiler: main antagonist Kessler. Him doing all the evil things was actually his intention to prevent the grim future and ensure Cole would destroy it.]]
** And another shock, [[spoiler: the Beast himself, who, it turns out, is killing with the intent of awakening the dormant powers of Conduits and sparing them from the plague so at least SOME people will live. He REALLY doesn't want to do it, but honestly doesn't see another way.]]
* ''SuikodenII'': There are a whole bunch of them on the Highland side of the war. The main antagonist, [[spoiler:[[HeroAntagonist the hero's best friend, Jowy]]]], is the clearest example of this. In the end, both the hero and [[spoiler:Jowy]] have the same goal, to ensure peace in the land. The problem is that they are leaders of opposing nations in a war in which one must wipe out the other to achieve peace, as well, they are destined to do battle due to the nature of the runes they possess. Culgan and Seed are also anti-villains, and work along with [[spoiler:Jowy]] and Leon (another anti-villain) to get rid of Luca Blight. Lucia also falls under this trope, as well as Kiba and Klaus, although they later join your party.
** Also from the ''Suikoden'' series, [[SuikodenV Bahram Luger]]. He never wanted the bloodshed that the Godwins brought about, and he never wanted to face his mentor, Raja, in battle, but he holds his loyalty so high that he would suck it up and go do his duty.
* It's hard to not feel sympathetic for ''[[FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'''s Alma when one learns of her background and finds out why she's doing everything she does, and it becomes even harder in the expansion when she [[spoiler: actively helps the Point Man by killing Replicas that are pinning him down]]. It's less difficult with Paxton Fettel, who starts off as a cannibalizing monster who has no problem killing civilians for getting in the way, and, later on, tries to kill the Point Man out of anger that the Point Man killed ''him''.
** Fettel's case becomes a bit more understandable when you consider the fact that [[spoiler:his grandfather deliberately made him that way.]]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'': while it appears that Alvis makes a FaceHeelTurn and kills all of Sigurd's army, he actually has a FreudianExcuse and isn't really that much of a villain, especially considering that [[spoiler: his son is far, far worse.]] He gives Sigurd's son his InfinityPlusOneSword. Yeah, killing him made a real difference...''not.''
** One can also argue that Zephiel in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 6]]'' is also an AntiVillain, even if he has a different FreudianExcuse for deciding that HumansAreTheRealMonsters.
*** Definitely a valid argument - and all the Bern Generals except [[SmugSnake Narshen]] count, given their dispositions: [[TheDragon Murdock]] was loyal ever since [[UsedToBeASweetKid his king was a young and kind-hearted prince]], and dies trying to hold off Roy's forces; [[DarkMagicalGirl Brenya]] goes into battle knowing her liege is dead and she will join him, entirely out of loyalty; and [[BigBrotherMentor Galle]] feels he cannot turn sides even after [[spoiler: both Zeiss and Miledy]] try to convince him, because he's chosen his path and won't betray it.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem (Rekka no Ken)]]: the original Black Fang were heroes of the common folk for eliminating tyrannical members of their home country's government. It wasn't until [[BigBad Nergal]] showed up that they started attacking innocents.
*** There's also [[WorthyOpponent Eagler]] from the first 1/3 of the game, who served [[EvilOldFolks Lundgren]] because he was being blackmailed, and was truly loyal to Caelin. Kent and Sain even have fond memories of the man when Lyn asks.
*** In the main storyline, we have [[WellDoneSonGuy Kishuna]], who is [[spoiler: apparently the only morph Nergal created with emotions]], and only fights your party out of a desperate desire to [[spoiler: prove himself to said {{Jerkass}}]]. Kishuna can't even do anything to you personally save negate your magic - which makes it [[AlasPoorVillain really gutwrenchingly cruel in Hector's Story Mode if you fight him in his 3rd Gaiden chapter, because, this time, you]] ''[[AlasPoorVillain must]]'' [[AlasPoorVillain kill him to finish the chapter]]. The objective doesn't even ''say'' 'Defeat' so much as 'Kill'. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Why, Intelligent Systems...]]''WHY''?!
*** They further emphasize the sympathy factor with the final boss - [[spoiler: the Fire Dragon]], where the objective is, again, not 'Defeat' but 'Kill'. Both boss fights are majorly depicted as ShootTheDog scenarios.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'': Glen and Selena.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' has Zelgius, [[spoiler:Deghinsea, and Sephiran.]]
*** Raven King Naesala straddles the line between this and AntiHero, since his [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder allegiances shift]] during the game.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Mustafa, a visibly honourable commander of Plegia who is AFatherToHisMen. He tells all his soldiers that he will not punish any soldiers who do not want to fight [[spoiler:after seeing Emmeryn's sacrifice]], and the only reason ''he'' fights you is because [[IHaveYourWife Gangrel will go for his wife and kids if he doesn't]] (to his dismay, this causes his soldiers to stand by him to the end). With his dying breath he begs Chrom to spare his men.
* Miles Edgeworth in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. He's portrayed as an AmoralAttorney willing to do anything to get a conviction and keep his perfect record at first, but eventually, it's revealed that his use of questionable tactics are a result of genuine trust in the police's work and a massive hatred for unpunished crime, instilled in him by childhood trauma and a truly {{evil mentor}}. Though the change that comes over him is not as drastic as a HeelFaceTurn, he's easily one of the most interesting characters in the series.
** The murderer in the circus case from ''Justice for All'' would also fall under this trope. It's pointed out that the tragedy of this case is that nobody was really a bad person.
** Case 2 of JFA may also count. The AssholeVictim had managed to shift all the blame of his [[spoiler: clinic's manslaughter of patients to his murder's shoes]].
** Godot is a shining example in the series, blaming himself and Phoenix for Mia's death, which is his main motivation for opposing Phoenix in the first place (even if he flat out admits Phoenix is not to blame). Even Maya takes the fall for the guy later in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/BioShock'' Andrew Ryan may or may not be one, thanks to AlternateCharacterInterpretation. He may have genuinely wanted to create a city free of the evils of government, but became the very evil he sought to destroy trying to protect this dream. [[spoiler: He also forces you to kill him when you finally confront him, which may have been his one genuine act of kindness toward you.]] Then again, he could also just as easily been entirely self motivated. Part of the appeal of the game is not knowing.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' features three villains you have the option of killing. The first one is Grace Holloway, a former opera singer and a type IV anti-villain who sends various mooks after Subject Delta and calling him a monster, before it's revealed that she genuinely believes years ago he kidnapped the little girl she was caring for and turned her into a little sister, when in fact Delta was turned into a Big Daddy against his will as well.
* In ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite:
** Cornelius Slate sends dozens of soldiers to try and kill Booker, but they ''know'' Booker will win. They just want recognition for the battles they fought and to [[DeathSeeker die like soldiers]] rather than be tortured by Comstock.
** Daisy Fitzroy leads a revolution that tears the city apart, sets her mooks after Booker and Elizabeth and [[spoiler:threatens]] to kill a child, but she just wants to end the racism in this city, and [[spoiler:she was disgusted by the idea of killing a child, and only threatened to do so as part of a BatmanGambit]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'''s [[spoiler:Saren Arterius seems to lean towards this, being a [[TheDragon Dragon]] who's just flat out weaker to [[TheManBehindTheMan Sovereign]]. He also seems to [[WellIntentionedExtremist believe helping Sovereign is the best course of action, as he thinks that Sovereign's victory is inevitable, and so his aiding of him may allow the survival of some, as he hopes that Sovereign won't kill those he sees as useful.]] Add in the question of whether he's just horribly {{brainwashed}} by Sovereign (and he may not even realize its extent, he attempts to deny and is terrified by the possibility of its current extremity and his usefulness to back it up, as more brainwashing by Sovereign destroys his capability...and, seemingly, even free thought) and you might feel some sympathy.]]
** Unless you've read the [[AllThereInTheManual prequel novel]], in which he, [[spoiler: having been assigned to accompany a young David Anderson on a mission to a refinery to assess his candidacy for the [[SpacePolice Spectres]], causes the refinery to explode, killing countless innocent workers, and then pins this on Anderson for the sole purpose of [[FantasticRacism preventing a human from becoming a Spectre]].]] [[MoralEventHorizon Even worse]], [[spoiler: he later takes the last survivor of the refinery disaster off of life support so he can interrogate her, and then allows her to die right in front of him to keep the new information secret to further his goals]]. And this was all well before he encountered [[spoiler: Sovereign]]. He had a grudge against humans, because his brother got killed in the First Contact War, and wasn't scrupulous in his methods.\\
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Anderson will reveal much of this story if you talk to him enough in the main game. [[spoiler: Saren is a bastard, plain and simple. It's more likely that he was at least ''somewhat'' aware of the fact that he was being brainwashed, and as it becomes more and more obvious, and as you make him ''realize'' that he is actually under Sovereign's control (a discussion towards the finale allows you to convince him to off himself...allowing you to skip a fight, though Sovereign just brings him back as a supercharged Husk either way), he genuinely seems a little more scared.]]
** Matriarch Benezia is a much better example of this. [[spoiler: The reason she joined Saren was to persuade him away from the dark path he was walking. Instead, she got her free will destroyed via indoctrination by [[EldritchAbomination Sovereign]].]]
** [[spoiler:David Archer in the DLC Overlord in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', whose brother tries to upload his brain into a VI to control the geth. Instead, it drove him insane and resulted in one of the most [[TearJerker heartbreaking moments]] in the game.]]
** Aria T'Loak, bitch-queen of [[WretchedHive Omega]]. She professes no virtues beyond self-interest, and permits all manner of crime but she does try to keep some semblance of order, such as enforcing a quarantine when a plague breaks out. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', she recognizes the Reaper threat, and puts her own personal vendetta against the Illusive Man on hold to help you defeat the Reapers, uniting the various mercenary companies to back your cause - under her command.
** The Illusive Man seeks to protect humanity's interests in the galaxy, whatever it takes to do so. He has Shepard brought back from the dead in the second game so that they can stop the Collectors from abducting humans. [[spoiler: The Illusive Man also seeks to stop the Reapers, but ultimately becomes indoctrinated trying to find a way to control them. In his final moments, he either expresses how he tried to fight the Reapers before shooting himself or tells Shepard how everything he did was for Earth after he is fatally shot by Shepard.]]
* Ser Cullen and Ser Thrask of the Kirkwall Templars in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' serve as the game's Anti-Villains, with Thrask seeking to aid mages on the run rather than executing them or seizing them and forcing them to join the Circle (he will, however, accept a peaceful surrender to prevent bloodshed), and Cullen turning against Knight-Commander Meredith once it becomes clear to him how crazy she has become after [[spoiler:Anders blows up the Chantry, and Meredith calls for the Right of Annulment on the Kirkwall Circle, and on the off-chance that Hawke supports the templars, she orders for Hawke's execution instead of arrest]].
** On that topic, [[spoiler: Anders himself, to some.]]
** For that matter, the Knight-Commander herself. She saves the PlayerCharacter's life during the [[spoiler: Kunari attack]], and has no problems fighting beside an obviously-apostate mage. She seems rather reasonable [[spoiler: until she picks up that relic and gets mind-controlled.]]
* General Forsythe from ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin'', though he declares war against the player's country in the game, barely qualifies as a villain. When [[MadScientist Caulder]] offers him powerful, but horrible, weapons that could guarantee his victory in one of the early missions, he is appalled and flatly refuses. Shortly later, it is revealed that he does not kill [=POWs=], considering it to be dishonorable. To top it all off, [[spoiler:when he loses the war, he accepts full responsibility for the war so as to spare his soldiers and lower-ranking commanders, accepting execution by the [[GeneralRipper insane, power hungry Commander]] Greyfield.]]
** Even the declaration of war is ambiguous, considering that Davis is the one who says that Lazuria started it, and he probably heard this from Greyfield ([[SarcasmMode paragon of honesty, that man]]). It's more likely that Greyfield started the war and told everyone that Forsythe did, while Forsythe hopes to end the war by defeating Greyfield. Forsythe is a HeroAntagonist.
* Inuart in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' goes from being TheLancer of your group to a RivalTurnedEvil thanks to the BigBad's [[MoreThanMindControl brainwashing]], assuming the position of her [[TheDragon Dragon]]. He comes to his senses when his true love is killed as part of the BigBad's plans, and then becomes a WellIntentionedExtremist, wanting to [[{{Necromantic}} bring her back to life]]. Delusioned, perhaps, but one can't help feeling sorry for him and [[UnwittingPawn how he was manipulated.]]
* Meta Knight from the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' video game series. Although technically an opponent of Kirby, he's a rather enigmatic character who follows his own code of honor, and always [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen throws Kirby a sword and power-ups before their one-on-one battles]]. WordOfGod says that Meta's main antagonism towards Kirby is a result of the latter's tendency towards NiceJobBreakingItHero moments.
** King Dedede is not only an Anti Villain, but he probably got here BEFORE Meta Knight. AffablyEvil? Check. Doggedly loyal to his minions? Check. Copious amounts of FoeYay? Dear sweet god, check. Half the times they fight, Kirby only thinks Dedede's up to no good when he's actually not (or even [[VideoGame/KirbysAdventure trying to save the day]]). About the only thing keeping him a villain anymore is the fact that he stills wants to fight Kirby, but that seems like more of a [[FriendlyEnemy genial rivalry]] than anything else, given they [[GoKartingWithBowser enjoy racing each other in their free time]]. And TheGlomp...
*** Dedede's Anti Villain status is even included in the story mode for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl'' where he starts stealing the trophies (corpses) of various heroes from Wario, presumably because he's trying to complete the same evil task as the other villains. He takes them to his castle and puts strange Dedede pins on them. Turns out, these pins are time-release detrophyfiers that bring said heroes back to life just in time for them to become the final resistance against the real villain. Dedede even selflessly gives his own pin to whichever princess he captured when he realizes that he doesn't have enough to save himself and the heroes.
*** This does not, however, excuse Dedede's vices, like his [[CrossesTheLineTwice gluttony, which started his antagonism with Kirby in the first game]], and his determination to better Kirby in anything, no matter how pointless, which, ironically, are qualities shared by Kirby and, occasionally, Meta Knight, respectively.
*** Both are such a light shade of Anti Villain that fandom who don't know of the term often refer to them as a type of AntiHero.
* ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'''s [[spoiler: Sydney Losstarot]] is actively trying to seal away Leá Monde, so as to defend it from the power-mad Cardinal and his KnightTemplar, Romeo Guilderstern. The entire game is a BatmanGambit to [[spoiler: have Ashley inherit all the power of the city and then willingly disappear from the world]].
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts''' [[spoiler: Albert Simon]] may be trying to end all life on earth, but he's doing it because he's fed up with the fundamental injustice of human society.
** ''Shadow Hearts: Covenant'': Kato was a mild-mannered, devoted NPC on the heroes' side in the first game, who lost the woman he loved. This leads to him becoming a major character in ''Covenant''. Though he works as part of the Japanese conspiracy which puts him in an antagonistic role to the heroes, he sympathizes with Yuri's loss and offers encouragement and support where he can. [[spoiler:He only shifts ''completely'' into the role of main antagonist after he loses his lover for a second time, and then, he offers the Emigre Manuscript to Yuri so he can attempt to resurrect Alice]].
* In the ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' expansion ''City of Villains,'' we have one of Lord Recluse's four Dragons, Scirocco. Originally a [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters freedom fighter in the Middle East]], he finds his scimitar and is granted the mantle of Scirocco, the Desert Wind. Unfortunately, as he technically stole the items, he was cursed to do only great evil, with everything he does being tainted (this might make it a subversion, as it IS a curse after all). His main motivation is to break the curse forcing him to be evil and find redemption. His actions toward heroes include mercy, fairness, and that sort of thing. When you meet him and choose him as your patron, his second story arc has you retrieve some magic artifacts for his plan to [[spoiler:essentially rewrite the universe, turning all villains to good (or possibly killing them outright, which would probably qualify as mass murder)]]. As a villain yourself, naturally, you end up having to stop him.
** There is some debate as to whether Scirocco truly is an Anti Villain under a curse that makes him evil, or if he is just deluded into thinking he is good, but is actually only unable to recognize his evil, blaming it on other people. Given how he comes to accept who he is after his plan to [[spoiler:change or kill all villains]] fails, the latter seems very likely.
** In the last few issues before the game closed, Scirocco started a turn towards heroism by taking on [[EldritchAbomination Mot]], even teaming up with Serafina, the genie who he'd stolen the Scirocco powers from. The developers stated that, had the game not closed, there was going to be an arc with Scirocco seeking redemption to become a full hero.
* And back in ''City of Heroes'', you have the Clockwork King, who started out as a nice, nerdy young man obsessed with robots who could animate piles of scrap metal using his PsychicPowers. But when those robots killed a few police officers, [[CowboyCop Blue Steel]] [[BerserkButton got enraged]] and ended up beating him to the point where his robots put his {{brain in a jar}} and he kinda went a little insane. He is somewhat overprotective of Penelope Yin, a teenage girl who also has powerful PsychicPowers, and who describes him as "A nice guy who just has a problem with heroes."
* Axel of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fame. Even though Yen Sid says [[spoiler:that the Nobodies don't have hearts and are thus incapable of any genuine emotion,]] it's difficult to think of his motives as anything but sympathetic, not least thanks to his de facto [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn leading to a HeroicSacrifice in the end.]]
** He's pretty much a hero at this point, even to the point of being [[spoiler: a keyblade wielder and telling Sora and Riku that he'll be a master soon enough.]]
** To some extent, nearly all the members of Organization XIII fall under this trope, particularly in the fandom. Although most would agree that [[BigBad Xemnas]] was always a megalomaniacal psycho who was manipulating the others' strong desire to reclaim their own hearts, even [[TheDragon Saix]] displayed such pitiable qualities by the end.
*** Recently revealed [[spoiler: is that at least Xigbar is just as bad as Xemnas. With him working for Xehanort for a long time and him being "half Xehanort" for likely for just as long, Xigbar has no redeemable qualities. Who knows if Saix is just as bad.]]
** Riku, to a certain extent, at the beginning of ''Kingdom Hearts''. Even when he is 'seduced' by Maleficent and starts being a thorn in Sora's side, it's only so that he can rescue Kairi.
* Ingway from ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' fits this trope perfectly. He does too many bad things to list (mostly for the sake of gaining power or furthering his plans of revenge), but it's hard not to feel bad for him once you realize that [[spoiler:he's still tormented by guilt over "abandoning" his mom when he was a child and making Velvet his scapegoat for their grandfather's wrath, and he only activated the Cauldron and destroyed his country in hopes of protecting his father's army from certain annihilation by his grandfather's much stronger one. He shows immeasurable kindness to Mercedes (his last words are about how he hopes she's safe and he wishes he could see her again), distracts Urzur by fighting him while he lets Cornelius (whom he loathes and tried to eliminate partly to keep him ''away'' from Velvet) go on ahead to save Velvet, and when Armageddon begins he attempts to avert it by fighting the Cauldron as the Beast of Darkova.]]
* Yellow 13 from ''AceCombat 04: Shattered Skies'' also fits this trope. Yellow 13 leads his feared Erusean squadron of aces into battle against the player's nation, and he himself is responsible for shooting down over sixty planes. Despite this, he is seen in the story as a kind and proud ace who values the lives of his wingmen more than his battle record, and who has a high degree of respect for Mobius 1 (the player character), the one enemy ace who can match him. Despite being a member of the opposing air force of the narrator and the player, he is constantly shown in a positive light, even going so far as [[spoiler:letting the narrator and a resistance member who sabotaged his friends' aircraft escape when they were being pursued by military police.]]
** The Strigon Team from ''AceCombat 6'' also fits. You can read their bios after downing their jets, and some have dialogue throughout the campaign. Most are soldiers loyal to their country, which had recently been through a brutal civil war. Their leaders, Voycheck and Pasternak, are very concerned about their squad mates' well-being, and [[spoiler:Voycheck eventually betrays his government in order to stop their plans to destroy a predominately civilian-filled city as a way of payback, even as Pasternak sacrifices himself (and his nigh-unstoppable super-plane) to save the lives of his wingmen when he realizes that the player character would easily shoot down all of them if they all came at him at once.]]
* Saturos and Menardi in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' and Agatio and Karst in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' are interesting examples. In the first game, they appear completely ruthless and apparently want to light the 4 lighthouses to abuse the power of alchemy. After their defeat at the hand of the player, Felix, who was believed to be merely held captive by them, tries to continue their goal. In the second game, it is revealed that the "bad guys" were actually trying to ''save'' their homeland (and, by extension, the world) from destruction and were merely justifying the means. The heroes of the first game later join Felix's group in their quest to activate the lighthouses and actually work together with the replacement new "villain" couple.
* The Controller of ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore 3'' plays on this, as an interesting twist to the typical AIIsACrapshoot. It pits corporation against corporation in pointless yet violent and often deadly battles over land or goods, is outright abusive in its control of the normal populace, and has locked humanity into underground vaults for centuries. It even, as the story progresses, seems to be going insane, making contradictory decisions and sending Nine Ball mind uploads -- a character established in ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' to be nearly genocidal -- after the protagonist and others follow its orders. It's revealed that the outside world was [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt devastated]] and that the Controller was designed specifically to challenge humanity enough for them to overthrow the Controller through force and be able to defend themselves from other groups of humans.
* Reptile from ''MortalKombat'' is typically portrayed in a somewhat sympathetic light; while most of the villains are after absolute power, he is always attempting to resurrect his race, of which he is typically portrayed as the {{sole survivor}}. He is, however, still completely willing to kill for his [[EvilOverlord masters]] in order to see this through. In most of his endings, Reptile is betrayed by his far more evil masters, and his goals are never realized.
** Except in his (non-canon) arcade ending in the reboot. [[spoiler: Reptile succeeds in resurrecting his race... [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope and they proceed to embark on a campaign of genocide, wiping out all of Outworld's other races]], although [[FreudianExcuse he's probably raging mad from]] [[TheDogBitesBack all the shit he's been put through up to that point]]]].
* Magus of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is a decent enough example. In 600 A.D. he's the Fiendlord, head of an army of magical {{Demi Human}}s waging war on humanity...officially. In the meanwhile, he's brooding in his keep, trying to summon and destroy the EldritchAbomination that took his big sister away, drove his mother to madness, and destroyed his home, while his "generals" led the campaigns and are the only ones interested in the war. That said, he did kill the heroic knight Cyrus (in self defense?) and turned Frog into a...well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin frog]]. But hey, he has [[PetTheDog pet the cat]] moments.
** Magus was always a slightly cold person, as evidenced by your party's encounters with his youthful counterpart, Jacky/Janus. Losing his only friends (his sister and cat), to say nothing of becoming displaced in time, simply made him moreso, hence, while he could presumably care less about whether the Guardians or Ozzie's armies won the war, he still was a wicked enough person that he probably did enjoy inflicting suffering on others (assuming Frog's flashback of Cyrus' death didn't exaggerate Magus' cruelty).
--->'''Ayla''': Strange boy... But not bad boy.
* The BigBad in almost ANY TalesSeries game is an AntiVillain, although some more than others, since they may be revealed at the end of the game or the last few hours.
** Dhaos, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Phantasia}}'', appears to be a ruthless SealedEvilInACan that aims to destroy all of mankind. However, after his defeat by the heroes, he regrets that it didn't have to end that way and reveals that he was actually the leader of an alien planet named Derris Kharlan, which had become ravaged by a great war and was slowly dying without a tree of mana to support it. In order to obtain a mana seed, he came to Aselia, but that planet's mana tree, Yggdrasil, was in danger of dying itself due to the development of {{Magitek}}. He attempted to warn the leaders of the research in Midgard, beseeching them to stop, but when that failed, he decided that HumansAreTheRealMonsters and waged war on Midgard to force them to stop Magitek research. The heroes feel guilty, as they've effectively doomed Derris Kharlan by killing its would be savior. In the end, Martel, the spirit of Yggdrasil, transforms Dhaos' body into a mana seed and transports it to his home planet.
** The supposed BigBad of ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', Hugo Gilchrist, could count. [[spoiler:Turns out, he's being possessed by the true BigBad, Miktran/Kronos, to do every single one of his atrocities, and he only managed to save Rutee from being swept to the madness he's in, in the last moments of his sanity and could only tell everything just when he's on death's door.]] For that matter, a non-BigBad example is Leon Magnus, who's only out for the safety of his surrogate mother figure, Marian, [[spoiler:who's being used by a possessed Hugo as a bargaining chip.]] Yes, this occurs in both the original and remake version.
** Shizel claims she is removing all the negative emotions from the world by destroying Eternia in ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Eternia}}'', except this is more of a case of [[spoiler: her being possessed by Nereid, the evil twin of Seyfert, and what better for the God of destruction to favor if not saving the world by destroying it?]] Another set of twists involved [[spoiler: her coming to her senses and using the Dark Fibril at the end instead of Meredy, thus saving her daughter's life.]]
** ''VideoGame/{{Tales of the Abyss}}'' features many Anti Villains, even if they barely fit into this trope, considering that their idea of saving the world would wind up destroying it in the process.
** ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Symphonia}}'' loves this trope. Almost every villain winds up being an AntiVillain in their own way, even if some were moreso than others.
** Even more in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''. Richter continues this tradition even if there are some classic villains like Alice and Decus to try balancing it out.
** ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Legendia}}'' had this with the Ferines and the Raging Nerifes, the primary antagonists of the second half of the "Main quest". The game reveals that the Legacy dropped from another world and eventually became land. While it drops tantalizing hints throughout the game that [[spoiler: that it was the Ferines that come from another world]], at the very end, it is instead revealed by Maurits that [[spoiler: the Ferines were the original inhabitants of the world of ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Legendia}}''. It was the Oerines, the people of the land, who came on the legacy and created land at the cost of many Ferines' lives. Moses puts it best when he said, "We're the invaders?!" thanks to many events happening in the history of Legendia where the Oerines had waged war on the Ferines.]]
*** And in the character quest, Schwartz, [[spoiler: the other half of Grune]], was, acting like she was just granting the desires of mankind.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' also uses this trope with the final BigBad, [[spoiler: Duke]]. While the first two Big Bads, Barbos and [[spoiler:Alexei]] were just greedy and cruel, [[spoiler: Duke]] becomes the BigBad after deciding that HumansAreTheRealMonsters thanks to the great war and [[spoiler:Alexei]] stupidly summoning the Adephagos, and winds up acting like Shizel and deciding to save the planet and not the people.
*** Except that [[spoiler: Duke]] also subverts it when [[spoiler: he is actually just knocked unconscious instead of being defeated after a two to three stage battle, then when Duke comes to his senses, he actually sees eye to eye with the main protagonists of the game and then joins them and ends up saving the day instead of keeping his ideals to the very end.]]
*** Although much closer to being a "true" villain than [[spoiler: Duke,]] even [[spoiler: Alexei]] could still be considered this because, as [[spoiler: he points out, his ultimate objectives are not all that different from Brave Vesperia's own objectives. Like them, he is attempting to end the Empire's stagnation and the various other problems in the world. The primary difference is that while Yuri is willing to use almost any means to reach his goals while working as a free man, and Flynn upholds Imperial law while attempting to reform the Empire from within, Alexei uses any and all means available to him, including resources outside of the Empire's sphere of influence. What cements him as this trope best is his own appeal to the party: "Not ONE of you believes the Empire is in the right!"]]
* The Magic Emperor from ''{{Lunar}}'' is a definite example. He plays a GenreSavvy CardCarryingVillain for most of the game, but his motives are not entirely selfish. [[spoiler: He decides to take over the world because the goddess Althena abdicated her role and left humanity to fend for itself.]] His true desire is to save humanity from itself, as is made obvious by his clear anguish during his FaceHeelTurn. [[spoiler: He also pulls a HeelFaceTurn in the sequel.]]
** That was really the whole point of the second game, in fact. If you read between the lines enough, you can see that he figured out somewhere (likely by some ancient texts in the Magic Guild Library) that the BigBad of the second game [[spoiler: would be coming back at some point, thanks to the events that took place fifteen years before the first game. So it was doubly true that Althena was leaving Lunar to fend for itself, both in terms of divine guidance ''and'' divine protection.]]
* Bian Zoldark from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' (though apparently not in his original appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2''). He interrupts a secret peace talk between the government and some aliens, starting a war in the process, and creates the Divine Crusaders under the premise that the government planned to surrender to the invaders, and only by overthrowing them and uniting mankind can the Earth be saved. What he doesn't mention is that he knew all along that the aliens were actually planning to betray them and enslave humanity, and he certainly wouldn't mind it at all if a group of heroes showed up that were capable of defending the Earth themselves. He even goes out of his way to make sure the protagonists make it to their final battle with him.
** In his previous appearances in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 / 2G'', his actions are also based on the knowledge that aliens will be coming to Earth and, as things currently stand, would have no problems annihilating it. Unlike in OriginalGeneration however, the player and characters in game have no idea that the aliens in question even exist, and Bian's motivation appears to be based on WorldDomination, which is not really helped by the company he keeps.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' has PlanetEater Pyron and DarkMessiah Jedah. Pyron was prime BigBad material in the original games, considering that he's essentially {{Galactus}} except he destroys planets [[ForTheEvulz for fun]], but the PS2 port of ''Vampire Savior'' showed that he recognized that there was something worthwhile in Makai and Earth and he lets them live. This wasn't the first time he spared Earth, incidentally. And Jedah, granted, has an AssimilationPlot as his grand scheme, but can you really fault him in a world where nine out of every ten demons are bloodthirsty monsters without any sense of dignity, respect, or loyalty and are just furthering their own goals? The others are perfectly nice and upstanding individuals, but [[VanHelsingHateCrimes they've got to worry about humans.]] The savior of humanity is a mentally scarred girl who is probably one step away from going {{Tykebomb}} on us. A chance to start fresh and correct past mistakes can't be ''that'' bad, can it?
* Virtually every human opponent in the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' series.
** Each of the Testaments has their own reason for supporting Wilhelm's manipulations of the universe's time-space. Albedo [[spoiler: wants to protect Jr. from Yuriev incarnate in Nigredo; Virgil wants to be reunited with a Realian who taught him compassion, Febronia; and Kevin wants to be reunited with his dead mother and Shion.]] Voyager, however, is still a prick.
** The Ormus group consisting of Pellegri, Margulis, Herman, and Richard fights to avenge their destroyed homeland and protect the ancient relics that power humanity's exploration of the universe.
** Wilhelm [[spoiler: seeks to initiate an Eternal Recurrence and prevent the universe from disappearing.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', spiritual ancestor to the above, also shares the proclivity.
** Ramses fights to justify his existence despite [[spoiler: having been made obsolete at birth by Fei's incarnation.]]
** Krelian [[spoiler: wants to bring about an AssimilationPlot and end suffering and separation between humans.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', however, has remarkably few by comparison. The most prominent is Egil, who [[spoiler: [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds is driven by tragedy to]] somewhat correctly determine that [[WellIntentionedExtremist killing the Bionis is the only way to save Mechonis]]]].
* It varies from game to game, but in the ''{{Sonic the Hedgehog}}'' series, Dr. Eggman sometimes fits this trope. Noticeably, in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', along with Shadow and Rouge.
** Sonic Adventure 2 is not much of an example. Here, Dr. Eggman is portrayed more as a {{Magnificent Bastard}}, committing global terrorism, destruction of a military island and the Moon, kidnapping, and [[spoiler: nearly killing Sonic]] for no other reason than to control the world, threatening to destroy it this time. Meanwhile, Shadow only cares for revenge until his {{Heel Face Turn}}. An argument can be made for Rouge, however.
** In Eggman's case, he is forced to become an anti-villain whenever he realises he's bitten off more than he can chew - in some occasions he has teamed up with the good guys to save the planet, most likely because he'd have nothing to conquer if it was destroyed! Notably, in Sonic Heroes, Eggman does nothing villainous at all other than building the Egg Fleet [[spoiler:("The Eggman" seen throughout the game is Metal Sonic, the real one doesn't turn up until the end of Chaotix's story)]].
* Due to the way the {{Nasuverse}} treats antagonists, you can end up as enemies of people who may be really, ''really'' evil or crazy; they, at least, have good kills. [[{{Tsukihime}} For example, Arcueid and Akiha]] are both love interests, and they can also go rather {{yandere}} over Shiki. [[FateStayNight Ilya]] is a confused girl who can't decide if she hates Shirou for being Kiritsugu's (apparent) favorite or likes him because [[spoiler:she's his sister]], or Lancer, who serves [[spoiler:Kotomine]] out of his personal sense of honor and, because [[spoiler:Kotomine]] has none, turns on him in both Fate and UBW. Even Kotomine gets an A for Effort in FateZero and Heavens Feel route despite numerous [[KickTheDog rather unpleasant]] to [[MoralEventHorizon downright sadistic]] things he does {{for the evulz}}. Also, [[MeltyBlood Walachia/Tatari]] is a horrible, horrible monster because...he's trying to avert the doom of mankind, which can't be done, but as far as he knows, turning himself into what he is now is his only shot. MotiveDecay is sort of inevitable when you stop being an actual entity though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is ''loaded'' with these, almost to the exclusion of anything else. Virtually every BigBad was simply misunderstood, or didn't realize the risks that their actions entailed, and could be convinced to stop...just as soon as the requisite [[DefeatMeansFriendship shooting was through]]. In fact, after the eleventh game featured a villain who actually had a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt blatantly destructive and evil goal]], the game's creator, ZUN, decided to go for a far more light-hearted sequel.
** In fact, even Utsuho (the aforementioned evil villain) had an [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity excuse]], and went more or less back to her [[TheDitz old self]] after the events of the game. She is still the evilest Touhou character, though; so, to compensate, in the sequel, we got final boss Byakuren "[[MessianicArchetype Youkai Jesus]]" Hijiri...
*** [[WhiteAndGreyMorality No one in Touhou is really evil]]. Utsuho had a good reason, too, in addition to her WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity excuse. She [[PoorCommunicationKills misunderstood Kanako's explanation]] that her power over nuclear fusion could be used to 'fulfill the wishes of both the Underworld and the Surface World'. This actually meant providing nuclear power for the Kappa's technology, who were working for Kanako, but being a Hell Raven (and kind of an [[WhatAnIdiot idiot]]), as in a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality youkai that lives in the fires of hell]], her interpretation was to [[WellIntentionedExtremist wreathe the whole world in flame and rule over it since, from her point of view, that's a good thing]].
*** That tree, [[SealedEvilInACan Saigyou]] [[WhenTreesAttack Ayakashi]].
* [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Count Bleck]] from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''. How many {{Big Bad}}s do you know who treat their minions like family? Even if his goals [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum aren't exactly heroic]], that doesn't detract from his {{Woobie}} status.
** To a lesser extent, Bowser himself qualifies as this in some games (like ''[[VideoGame/PaperMario SPM]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG SMRPG]]'').
* From Franchise/FinalFantasy:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s General Leo [[MyCountryRightOrWrong may have worked for the bad guys]], but he's [[AFatherToHisMen the model of honorable conduct]] throughout the game. He [[BadassNormal refused]] MagiTek infusion, holds back his forces at the siege of Doma in order to minimize casualties on the other side, and apologizes to your party for the atrocities TheEmpire committed during the course of the game. This is especially in contrast with ''another'' general in the army, [[OmnicidalManiac Kefka,]] [[spoiler: and Leo even fights and [[HeroicSacrifice dies]] trying to stop Kefka from slaughtering the escaped Espers and collecting their power later in the game.]]
** The Shinra Corporation (or at least, key members of it, including the Turks) from the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' series has elements of anti-villainy. Make no mistake, there are some outright villains in Shinra, but many of its members do have noble intentions. For instance: [[spoiler: trying to stop Sephiroth from ending the world by launching a rocket with huge materia into space to destroy it (which the protagonists successfully disarm)]] and also [[spoiler: firing the Sister Ray to kill Sephiroth (which, again, the protagonists thwart, but not before the barrier housing him is destroyed for the heroes to enter)]].
** Yunalesca of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. In life she was the first summoner to defeat Sin and give the people of Spira the Calm (the peaceful period before a new Sin is created). Now she waits in Zanarkand as an unsent to help Summoners at the end of their Pilgrimage perform the Final Summoning. [[spoiler: She does this by turning one of the Summoner's guardians into an Aeon, the summoning of which will kill the Summoner and turn the guardian into the next Sin. Yunalesca also enforces the false teachings by Yevon that Sin will be gone forever if they atone for their past sins. And when the heroes refuse to go along with this, she tries to kill them]]. However she does this because she genuinely believes there is no other way to stop Sin and thinks she is preserving the hope of the people. [[spoiler: Her last words are lamenting that the people of Spira have no hope now]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', most of the Judge Magisters (Drace, Gabranth, and Zargabaath) qualify, as they're simply trying to do what they consider right. [[TheStarscream Ghis]] and [[BloodKnight Bergan]], on the other hand...There's also a case to be made for Vayne and Venat.
*** It's rather telling about the [[GreyAndGrayMorality general tone of a story]] when its most depraved antagonists are dealt with earlier in the storyline, leaving the Anti Villains in charge for the final arcs...and also mention [[AlasPoorVillain Doctor Cid]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Yaag Rosch and [[spoiler: Cid Raines]] both fit this role. Rosch only attacks the party to ensure Cocoon remains protected and safe, while [[spoiler: Raines]] attacks the party to stop Barthandelus' scheme.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]] is this in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''. He's downright polite when facing off against the heroes, saving the [[DefectorFromDecadence trash-talking]] for when dealing with the other villains in Chaos' faction. [[spoiler: And reflecting his HeelFaceTurn from the original game, he turns out to be a StealthMentor for Cecil. By the end of the game, his role in the story can [[GoodAllAlong hardly be called antagonistic.]]]]
*** In the prequel, ''Duodecim'', [[spoiler: Kuja]] is very similar to Golbez. Unfortunately for everyone involved, he gets {{Brainwashed}} by Kefka via application of FakeMemories near the end, ensuring his full-on villainy in the original.
*** Cloud in ''Dissidia 012'' also acted as an Anti-Villain, given that he was on Chaos' side, yet also harbored some concern for the warriors on Cosmos' side. He also teams up with fellow Anti-Villain Golbez in order to fight Lightning and Warrior of Light in ''Prologus'', and also warns them that the previous villains (Garland, the Emperor, Kefka, Ultimecia, Sephiroth, and Cloud of Darkness), as well as Golbez and Cloud himself, were actually holding back their overall power. It's also heavily implied that his main reason for his concern was because a person he knew, Tifa, was on Cosmos' side. He eventually attempts to betray and defeat Chaos so Tifa will not have to experience the same pain he has to from his experiences in the wars, and ended up being spared and recruited to Cosmos' side.
*** In the first Dissidia, Jecht acted as an AntiVillain, as he only ended up fighting alongside Chaos so he could find his son Tidus and go home with him. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that he wasn't even a Warrior of Chaos from the start, but was originally a Warrior of Cosmos. It was implied that the only reason he switched sides was because the Emperor had him brainwashed by Chaos.]]
* In the [[RetCon ever-changing]] ''Videogame/MegaManX'' backstory, some of the mavericks only joined Sigma's rebellion out of loyalty (though others joined because of TheVirus or willingly out of less noble reasons). Particularly sad is Storm Eagle, who, depending on the continuity, fought against Sigma before being defeated, and either joined him out of some sense of duty or due to being forcibly converted by the virus (retaining enough of his old personality to be reluctant to do what he does), or (in the manga) was actually a double agent working for the Maverick Hunters but didn't drop the act until after X did irreparable damage to him.
** In ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', [[DiscOneFinalBoss Epsilon]], [[NobleDemon Scarface]], and [[TheBaroness Ferham]] acted as Anti-Villains. Epsilon only orchestrated his big revolt so Gigantis could be a place just for reploids, free of human politics, and he simply had the humans leave the island without any casualties. And the whole purpose [[spoiler:of his crazy Supra Force Metal plan]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist was to make reploids stronger]]. Scarface and Ferham, who were acting out of loyalty to him and belief in his cause, were the only Rebellion members he didn't keep at arm's length (even [[DirtyCoward B]][[FatBastard o]][[{{Jerkass}} t]][[SmallNameBigEgo o]][[TheStarscream s]], the other Cadre member, seemed to rank lower than them). [[NeverHurtAnInnocent Scarface only attacks other Reploids if the other reploids attack him first, and he even heals them upon defeating them.]] And after the Rebellion is defeated, Ferham pulls a HighHeelFaceTurn, taking away the Supra Metal fragment that let the true BigBad, [[spoiler:Redips (who had them classed as Maverick just to make the Hunters get them out of the way and take the Metal for himself)]], [[HopelessBossFight absorb all damage]].
** The Guardians of Neo Arcadia in ''Videogame/MegaManZero'' (especially Harpuia) are even more sympathetic.
*** Also, Craft, who was only a villain for two reasons. The first, because [[BigBad Weil]] controlled Neo Arcadia and could kill anyone he wanted with that power over the Reploids and humans. The second, so that Craft could rescue and protect Neige before Area Zero was destroyed. It ended up making him [[LoveMakesYouCrazy go Maverick]] and fire [[KillSat Ragnarok's]] laser cannon [[HeelFaceTurn RIGHT AT WEIL]].
* The titular {{Evil Overlord}}s of the ''{{Overlord}}'' games occasionally fit into this category because they are usually fighting people just as, if not more, evil than they are. The first game gives you the opportunity to play a NobleDemon who's taking down {{Fallen Hero}}es that have devastated the land. The sequel has you playing as his son, who, despite being even more potentially evil (there is no NobleDemon option), is still taking on the genocidal [[TheEmpire Glorious Empire]] that's attempting to destroy all Magic, and the endgame involves you [[spoiler:destroying the all-consuming EldritchAbomination that the Emperor has fused with in his bid for [[AGodAmI Godhood]]]].
* Certain characters in ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta''. Yeah, Fuminori has crossed the MoralEventHorizon at some point, and continues to KickTheDog by regarding Yoh as his sex slave after Saya mutates him. Still, you gotta pity him when he loses his beloved Saya, the one person who comforted him. His condition he's had from before the story started. Can't really blame him for hating everyone other than Saya. Saya, for her part, just wanted to find love, but it is in her nature to die and mutate the planet's entire population, and she also meant it as a gift for him to make his life still worth living after her's ended. Meanwhile, Kouji and Dr. Tanbo are out to kill the two of them, but only to avenge Yoh and to save humanity, respectively. And let's also mention Yousuke, who only killed his wife and daughter, and then tried to rape Saya because of psychosis after Saya corrupted his brain earlier on.
** Notably, the actions of the "villains" put them well past the MoralEventHorizon, but their FreudianExcuse is ''terrifyingly'' strong. To the point that [[BlackAndGrayMorality perhaps the player would do the same or similar in their situation]]. When human life appears terrifying, disgusting, alien and hostile, can you really be blamed for not valuing it?
* [[spoiler:Ashur]] from ''The Pitt'' DLC of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. Based on what you hear and learn about him as the story goes on, he seems like a textbook EvilOverlord. Then you meet him yourself, and find out that [[spoiler:he's a more honest and fair-minded ruler than expected, who genuinely cares about his city and family, and claims to take no pleasure in his use of slaves and intends to release all of them once the mutation cure can be distributed.]] His alleged[[WellIntentionedExtremist good intentions]] are compromised by the fact that [[spoiler:Ashur's]] main servants are unrestrained [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Raiders]] and [[spoiler:the squalor, pain and horror his slaves live in and offering them false hope in a chance for freedom by fighting to the death, against overwhelming odds, for his servant's amusement.]]
** Also, to some degree, [[TheDragon Colonel Autumn]]. While he seems to be just as ruthless as his superior, in the last encounter, he reveals that [[spoiler:he intends to use the water purifier to bring water to the local population, and that he did everything to prevent [[PresidentEvil President Eden]]'s planned total genocide from occuring.]]
*** [[PresidentEvil President Eden]] himself could also count, as he genuinely believe his own PR and thinks that what he is doing is for the good of the people. He has heroic goals (restoring humanity/America and providing the whole world with food/clean water/safety) but has been misled to [[spoiler:believe the only way to achieve this is to "purify" the world by wiping out all strains of mutation by killing anyone mutated.]] He is arguable redeemable if [[spoiler:your speech is high enough that you can convince him he is making a huge mistake, and he will listen to you]].
** The best example was probably TheMaster from the original Fallout. He wants to forcibly turn every living human on the planet into super mutants, however, he has a very good reason. He believes that humans will just tear themselves apart fighting unless they are all one race, which you can't really argue with since you live in a nuclear wasteland precisely because humans fought, and because he believes super mutants are better at surviving, which, once again, is really solid because they are stronger than humans and are completely immune to radiation. He also holds no ill will against humans as a whole; in his new world order, humans would be allowed to live the rest of their lives safe and under the protection of his army, though he wouldn't allow them to breed. However, you can reveal to him that this plan won't work because his mutants are sterile (and not very bright), and he'll do something few other villains ever do: realize his plan won't work and just stop. That's it, not even a fight. He'll realize that everything he thought he was doing for the greater good was actually not good for anyone, and will be so stricken with grief upon realizing this that he'll kill himself and destroy the mutant army. [[TearJerker It's sad, really, as he's probably the most sympathetic character in the entire game.]]
** [[spoiler:Dr. Mobius]] in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC ''Old World Blues''. While you're told by the Think Tanks that he's going to doom them all, the true story is that [[spoiler:Mobius is the sanest of the scientists in Big MT, who, upon realizing that his former compatriots are all dangerous lunatics, reprogrammed their personalities into being stuck in a repetitive cycle and antagonized them with robo-scorpions to give them something to focus on, hoping that they won't try to leave and terrorize the outside world.]] When you finally meet him, [[spoiler:he's actually a kindly yet a bit senile old man whose own psychotic behavior is mostly due to his addiction to Mentats and Psycho.]]
** The Courier can be another rare playable example if you support Caesar's Legion but maintain good or neutral karma, allowing you to be a Type I, III or IV. You may be a nice guy but you're supporting a regime where all women are enslaved or subject to forced breeding (basically rape), gays, the elderly and sick are exterminated and their leader, despite shades of well intentioned extremism, has peaceful towns wiped out over personal grudges.
** Mr. House can be seen as this for New Vegas. On the one hand, he wants to be the sole dictator of New Vegas and the Mojave and in his ending [[spoiler:uses his Securitron army to enforce tight order on the territory.]] On the other, his reasoning is that the democracy and values of the Old World were what led to nuclear war to begin with, and his intent is to use the funds to better mankind through advancing technology, convinced that only he is capable of doing this. Depending on the player's worldview, he/she may be inclined to agree.
* In ''{{Knights of the Old Republic}} II'', Darth Revan was given almost exactly the same treatment as Thrawn up in the Literature section. Even though [[spoiler:you could make Revan as genuinely evil as you wanted in ''Knights 1'']], both Kreia and Goto refer to Revan as something of an [[MagnificentBastard enlightened despot]], and that his master plan, [[XanatosGambit whether he won or lost his initial campaign]], was to leave the galaxy strong enough to take on an even greater threat from outside the galaxy.
** [[spoiler:You set Revan's alignment at the being of the game, so it doesn't matter how evil or good you played him, only what you choose in the beginning of II. Revan is portrayed as someone with motivations so strong that he freely moves back and forth from Sith to Jedi as his plans demand without getting fixed on one view, which was part of ''[=KotOR=] II'''s whole deconstruction of Star Wars and the Force.]]
** Some hints are dropped that the outside threat is the Yuuzhan Vong. Because the game postdated the New Jedi order books, this was intentional.
*** Although some suspect the huge Empire in the unexplored regions run by the original Sith might have ''something'' to do with it.
**** With the upcoming MMORPG, it's confirmed that the threat was the 'True Sith' spoken of by Kreia near the end.
* {{Oswald the Lucky Rabbit}} in ''EpicMickey''. He wants to kill Mickey, but this is fueled by his feelings of neglect, Mickey's popularity, the fact the guy is responsible for the decaying of his world, and the fate of his "common law wife" Ortensia. [[{{SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains}} Type II.]]
* Saavedro from ''[[{{Myst}} Myst III: Exile]]''. Spending twenty years [[AndIMustScream trapped]] in four uninhabited worlds while his people, including his wife and children, were stuck in dying world waiting for help that [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo would never come]] didn't do much for his [[SanitySlippage sanity]]. [[AGodAmI By]] [[FortheEvulz comparison]], he's much less evil than the antagonists in previous games, of which, Sirrus and Achenar were the very ones responsible for stranding him and dooming his world. His reason for wanting revenge against Atrus is due to holding him responsible for his two sons becoming monsters and his antagonism towards the player is merely because they're an ally of Atrus and [[SpannerInTheWorks accidentally got stuck]] in Saavedro's trap instead.
* [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Depending on how you play the game,]] ''HeavyRain'''s [[spoiler: Scott Shelby]] counts. [[spoiler: Throughout the game, he saves the HookerWithAHeartOfGold from being beaten by a former client, stops a convenience store robbery, prevents a woman's suicide attempt while also caring for her baby, and brings down a PsychopathicManchild. Oh, and he also goes around drowning kids, all so he can force their fathers to go through {{DeathTrap}}s because he had a terrible childhood.]] Ah, the wonders of GreyAndGrayMorality.
** And, [[spoiler: in the ending where only he and Ethan survive,]] he is so impressed with [[spoiler: Ethan's]] tenacity that [[spoiler: he offers to ''let Ethan kill him'', having finally seen a father willing to sacrifice everything for his son.]]
* Like with ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' above, the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything oddly similar]] ''VideoGame/WildArms2'' has numerous villains, some of whom are antivillains.
** Cocytus member Ptolomea is AFatherToHisMen, and has a strong streak of honor to him even as he's cooperating in committing acts of terrorism. [[spoiler:When he finally dies, his last request to his adversaries is trying to protect the lives of his men.]]
** [[GoldfishPoopGang Liz and Ard]] have ulterior motives for working with [[WesternTerrorists Odessa]], in that they believe it will help them [[spoiler:repair their spaceship so they can return home]].
** [[spoiler:Irving Vold Valeria is finally revealed to be TheChessmaster of most of the game's events, having founded and bankrolled Odessa's operations while simultaneously doing the same for ARMS, in an [[GambitRoulette elaborate gambit]] to force Filgaia to somehow mobilize all its resources to get ready to fight against an approaching EldritchAbomination gradually devouring the universe.]]
* Before ''The Burning Crusade'' [[{{Flanderization}} derailed his character into a one-dimensional madman]], Illidan Stormrage of ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' spent much of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' as one of these after [[spoiler:consuming the Skull of Gul'dan and turning into a half-demon, half-night elf hybrid]]. He goes through the rest of his appearances using increasingly-dangerous and morally-questionable means to fulfill his goals, [[spoiler:allies with the series [[BigBad Big Bads]], the Burning Legion]], and [[spoiler:nearly causes [[EarthShatteringKaboom massive ecological devastation]] by using a powerful artifact to fire a spell at the Frozen Throne]] before being stopped by Furion and Tyrande. And the reason why? He wanted to prove to Tyrande and his brother that he had been rehabilitated and wanted to help, but kept thinking he needed just a ''little'' more power to do so. In addition, his [[IronWoobie sympathetic backstory]] as the [[CainAndAbel Cain to Malfurion's Abel]] helps cement his status as an antivillain. No matter how well intentioned or well thought out, or even if he accomplished his goals, he was always considered a "failure" compared to his brother during the events of the War of the Ancients.
** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Kael'thas Sunstrider]] also counts pre ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', where he was also derailed into card carrying villainy, considering he was left with no other apparent option to save his people during the events of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''.
* By the end of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', [[spoiler:both Litchi Faye-Ling and Tsubaki Yayoi become this. Litchi is forced to become a HeroAntagonist due to Arakune being captured by NOL and the only way to save him and have him cured is to get on their side, while she's still the same good-hearted woman she is. Tsubaki almost lets go of her KnightTemplar tendencies and contemplates leaving NOL, until [[{{Troll}} Terumi]] force-fed her with very harsh truths about her best friend, Noel, 'stealing her place' at the worst time possible, leaving the girl in utter despair and confusion, thus cancelling leaving NOL afterwards. She's also Jin's possible lover or MoralityPet.]]
* [[ConversationalTroping Conversed about]] in ''{{Persona 3}} Portable''. Junpei doesn't like anti-villains, because they're not as satisfying to beat. [[spoiler:If you played the original [=PS2=] game beforehand and already know about his relationship with [[DatingCatwoman Chidori]] and friendship with [[TragicMonster Ryoji]], you'll understand the irony.]]
** In ''{{Persona 2}}: Eternal Punishment'', Kandori Takahisa has learned BeingEvilSucks, and just wants to settle the score with his old enemy Kei Nanjo.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has [[spoiler: N, who's a particularly [[TearJerker heartbreaking example]]. All he wanted to do throughout the entire game was to liberate Pokemon from trainers, who he believed were abusing and enslaving them. And then you find out that the entire team he was meant to be in control of was just a front for [[BigBad Ghetsis]] to trick the world's trainers into releasing their Pokemon so he'd have no opposition, and he manipulated N into spreading this word and asserting himself as a hero so Reshiram/Zekrom would appear before him and Ghetsis could indirectly ([[OffingTheOffspring or directly]]) have control over them as well. And that he deliberately raised N to fulfill this role, segregating him from people and letting him be raised by Pokemon who had been abused by trainers, so he'd believe that HumansAreTheRealMonsters and that this was the inevitable result of Pokemon/Human interaction. When N finds this out, he's noticeably silent...at which point Ghetsis laughs, [[MoralEventHorizon calling him heartless and a warped boy who understands nothing but Pokemon.]] Once that's over, though, he immediately agrees that the PC is right. The game even lampshades his HeroAntagonist status - when he expresses understandable distress over the reveal, the other characters point out that the legendary Pokemon Reshiram/Zekrom ''did'' recognize him as a hero and allow themselves to be captured by him. He didn't know the truth, but he was still the [[FridgeBrilliance hero of ideals]].]]
* [[StarControl The Ur-Quan.]] Especially the green Kzer-Za. Sure, they enslave other races and they're merciless to those who disobey them, but that's all due to their FreudianExcuse, which they will explain once you learn the ArcWords. In addition to their sympathetic backstory, they also seem to have a sense of honor; if you [[NonStandardGameOver surrender to them]], they promise to spare your crew. They are also willing to let you peacably leave their space (once) if you warn them about the return of the cause of their FreudianExcuse, regardless of you still being their enemy.
** [[OmnicidalManiac Their genocidal brethren]], the Kohr-Ah, are less sympathetic...but since they share the same background, they may still qualify.
* ''{{Arcanum}}'' has [[spoiler: Kerghan the terrible. He might be an Omnicidal Maniac but, in a way, he's making everyone happy forever.]]
* In ''NeverwinterNights2'', [[spoiler:the story baits you into thinking that]] Ammon Jerro is the King of Shadows. He commands an army of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent baatezu and tanar'ri]], murders three men and a member of the Neverwinter Nine to recover a MacGuffin, and is canonically NeutralEvil. [[spoiler:Turns out, he's not the BigBad, not even TheDragon to the BigBad. He's a WellIntentionedExtremist who did everything he did to save Faerűn from the BigBad.]]
** [[spoiler:the BigBad himself can come across as this, when you visit the Illefarn ruins and meet the ghosts of people who knew him before he became the King of Shadows. Everything he's done, from utilizing the [[TheDarkSide Shadow Weave]] as a power source when the original weave died, to waging war on Neverwinter, and all the carnage he's caused, is simply him trying to fulfill the purpose for which he was created, preserving the Illefarn empire.]]
** ''Mask of the Betrayer'' has [[spoiler:The Founder]]. She inflicted the player character with a terrible curse, and set in motion a chain of events that threatened the very fabric of the multiverse, all to save her lover from a fate more horrible than death. It is hard to consider her a villain, despite everything.
* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'', the [[http://princeofpersia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Warrior Warrior]] might count. He was the king of a pacifistic people besieged by enemies, and sold his soul to the dark god Ahriman [[DealWithTheDevil to fight them off]]. Ahriman turned him into an invincible hulking monstrosity; the Warrior destroyed these enemies and then left to serve Ahriman, knowing he had become something anathema to all that they were. Of the four Corrupted the Prince and Elika face, he's the one saying he doesn't want to kill them, they should run, no one can win against a god. Elika thinks his last act before dying in a burst of light, hurling her and the Prince away, was RedemptionEqualsDeath. The Prince doesn't share her opinion.
** The Prince himself may count. He spends the entirety of the game as the Hero until [[spoiler:the very end of the game, where he places his own wishes/emotions not only ahead of the safety of the world, but the wishes of Elika herself, by undoing all he did throughout the game in order to resurrect her, releasing all the evil back into the world.]]
* King Logan in ''VideoGame/FableIII'' is revealed to be one. While he is directly responsible for many terrible things (such as deforestation, making Reaver in charge of industry, and abandoning Aurora) he is revealed to [[spoiler: only be doing this to save everyone in the long run.]]
* Big Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2'' probably qualifies as one. When fighting Kyle Schneider, he reveals that Big Boss was the one who saved his resistance from the Outer Heaven bombings commenced by NATO (in case you're wondering why this is notable, it's because Schneider was opposing Big Boss's group, Outer Heaven).
** Not just him, but his mentor, The Boss from VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3, counts as well. She was branded as a traitor of America even though [[spoiler: she was actually a FakeDefector who was just trying to defend her country from the inside of Russia and would bear the World's hate on her shoulders to do so. It's her [[TearJerker death by the hands of Big Boss himself]] that turns him into an AntiVillain in the first place.]]
** Solidus Snake created a terrorist group to oppose the Patriots, but he only intended to do so because the Patriots were trying to eliminate everything America stood for (Liberty, for one thing), and he also took in people no one else wanted (eg, Ocelot and Olga, who ironically [and unfortuately for him] turned out to be Patriot agents, although the latter was an unwilling agent), and not out of any desire for power. It's also hinted before the mass RAY battle that although he intended to kill Raiden, he was saddened to have to do so, especially when the Patriots essentially brainwashed Raiden.
** [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' wants to destroy the US government... But he argues, is that really such a bad thing? He argues with the established system gone, there'll be no more weak, corrupt politicians playing people along. Armstrong wants to create a new, powerful America where every man and woman is free. This may come across as a case of [[TheSocialDarwinist social darwinism]], and he isn't above starting wars or using ChildSoldiers to meet this end, but he's notably the only ''Metal Gear'' who doesn't want to use nukes and [[WorthyOpponent genuinely respects Raiden]] and [[DefeatMeansFriendship wants him to join his side]]. In the end, he's just fighting for what he believes is right for his country. Even the lyrics for his theme song compound this:
-->''Standing here, I realise\\
[[NotSoDifferent You were just like me]], [[[VisionaryVillain trying to make history]]\\
[[GreyAndGrayMorality But who's to judge the right from wrong?]]\\
[[VillainHasAPoint When our guard is down, I think we'll both agree]]\\
[[ViciousCycle That violence breeds violence]]\\
[[ThereCanBeOnlyOne But in the end, it has to be this way!!]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'' has Templars, the main antagonists of the game who murder innocent people and attempt to conquer the world. The catch? They have exactly the same goal as the protagonists - world peace - except that the Templars would rather be quick about it and use [[spoiler:ancient mind control technology, instead of letting people decide for themselves.]] Another example of an Anti-Villain would be Rodrigo Borgia, who, after his [[spoiler:defeat in ''VideoGame/{{Assassin's Creed II}}'', softened up a lot and attempted to have the real big bad, his own son, assassinated to prevent him from causing further harm.]]
** Debatable, since Rodrigo isn't so much softened up as more ProperlyParanoid of Ezio, preferring to just be left alone and quietly consolidate his power. He's still a viciously evil bastard. However, other Templars may count, considering that people like WinstonChurchill, FDR, Oppenheimer, and others were members.
* Literature/TheFrogPrince, in the second ''Videogame/DarkParables'' game, falls into this category. He's been causing disappearances in the Black Forest of Germany, and threatens the player character more than once...[[spoiler:until it's revealed that he's immortal, and wants desperately to die and be reunited with his deceased wife.]]
* Speaking of BioWare, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' features Loghain, who crosses that MoralEventHorizon several times early in the game, but chiefly because [[MyCountryRightOrWrong he pathologically fears a re-invasion of a foreign country]] that had ''enslaved'' the land within most adults' memory. He didn't believe that a real Blight was occurring, just a surge of Darkspawn. When he finds out the Archdemon ''really is coming'', he tries his best to resolve the situation. You can even have him [[TheAtoner atone]] by [[spoiler: forcing him to become a Grey Warden and sacrifice his life to kill the Archdemon]].
** Another example would be Ser Cauthrien, Loghain's bodyguard who, despite being disturbed by her lord's actions, follows him out of duty. Luckily, it's possible to talk your way out of having to fight her.
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' has Dr. Breen. He surrendered Earth to the Combine, and is now their administrator on Earth. Breen has presided over an Orwellian regime that has (among other crimes) prevented humans from reproducing, raped and despoiled the environment, turned dissenters into mindless servitors, and used biological warfare on a regular basis. However, Breen himself is a rather affable character. He seems to honestly believe his own propaganda that the Combine is offering humanity a chance to evolve into something new. He refers to the rebel leaders (most of whom are former employees of him) as "old friends" and, [[spoiler:rather than using force to put down the uprising, tries to get the rebel leaders to surrender]]. However, [[spoiler:killing Eli Vance would be unforgivable]].
** Some of the creator commentaries and conceptual artwork for ''Half-Life 2'' suggest that Breen's DealWithTheDevil really did save humanity, even if it reduced the survivors to slaves.
** However, Breen is also an [[SmugSnake arrogant puke]] whose mask of affability [[VillainousBreakdown slips considerably]] as you get closer to his inner sanctum. By the time he's [[spoiler: rising to the teleporter at the top of the Citadel]], you're really, really ready to crush his guts for good. And his [[spoiler: threats to the Overwatch during the assault on Nova Prospekt]]. He's just a really well-adjusted, banal, completely evil dude.
* [[VillainProtagonist Wander]], the main character of ''{{Shadow of the Colossus}}'', fits in well with this trope throughout the entire game. While his motives are pure (he wishes to bring his lover back to life), in order to achieve them, he [[DealWithTheDevil makes a pact with a dark god]] (and the dark god warns him of the consequences of his actions and tries to dissuade him from his course) that involves going out into the world and slaying sixteen creatures (the colossi) who, up until his arrival, had lived in peace.
** [[spoiler: Also the Dark God Dormin Themself, not only do They try and discourage the protagonist from resurrecting Them at the end of the game, despite being either killed or resealed They still honour the bargain and bring the woman back to life.]]
* Though he has crossed over through antihero and into full blown hero by the end of the series, Kain of ''The {{Legacy of Kain}}'' fame fits the bill during ''SoulReaver'' and ''Blood Omen 2''. He crosses into antihero-dom somewhere during ''Soul Reaver 2''.
** Though he believes himself to be TheHero, it turns out that Raziel, by virtue of being an UnwittingPawn, is actually an anti-villain.
* From ''SilentHill'' (of all places), we have [[SilentHill4 Walter Sullivan]]. Sure, he's an insane, quite possibly clinically socipathic SerialKiller, who wants to kill 21 people to resurrect his "mom" (the ''apartment room'' where he was born, or so he believes)...and then you discover the [[ColdBloodedTorture long]], [[ParentalAbandonment long]], ''[[ReligionOfEvil long]]'', [[MindRape LONG]] [[TraumaCongaLine list of grievances]] he has against the world. In short, he has a FreudianExcuse that actually ''holds water''. By the end of the game, you want to kill him as much for wanting to kill you as [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds to put the guy out of his misery]].
** Also, from SilentHill2, we have [[spoiler: James Sunderland]], murderer and all around sympathetic guy.
* Commander Vladimir from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' doesn't even realize that he's in a deathmatch with Travis when the two fight. He's just returned to Earth after twenty years in outer space and has no idea about the fall of the Soviet Union. Throughout the battle, he frantically tries to contact his defunct mothership, defending himself as best he can from Travis using his KillSat. By the end of the battle, when Vladimir finally catches on, even Travis feels sorry for him.
* The Kurvasz Special Ops from ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}''. In addition to being able to find pictures of them [[VillainsOutShopping goofing off]], [[spoiler:they believe they're just following orders, though Opéra later admits she questioned Bruno's sanity as time went on and was mostly loyal to him based on how he had been years before.]] After you defeat Bruno, they [[spoiler:even do a HeelFaceTurn and begin helping Red, turning their methods for controlling Lares into a method for permanently stopping it.]] Béluga counts as well, as [[spoiler:he was only working with the Kurvasz to try to spare Elh the pain of having to do the [[HumanSacrifice Rite of Forfeit]] to seal Lares again.]]
* [[spoiler: Albus]] from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''.
** Basically [[spoiler: He discovers the [[SatannicCult true purpose of Ecclessia]] which is the [[OncePerEpisode ressurection of Dracula]]. He first sabotages Shanoa's first rite, 'causing her to turn into [[TheStoic an emotionless wreck]]. He then takes the [[PlotCoupon Dominus]] upon him, which effectively, turns him insane. Only by exposing her to the villagers and giving her the Dominus bit by bit could he show Shanoa that her mentor is actually evil.]] and then he dies.
* Yasha in ''AsurasWrath'' who despite following the cause, starts to question weather the other Demi-gods way of trying to stop vlitra via [[spoiler: Stealing human souls]] is the right way. [[spoiler: Deus, to a lesser extent, is one of these as well]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonFable'': Vayle [[spoiler: also known as the Necromantress]] joined Noxus [[spoiler: because he promised to help her revive her brother, Edgar, who Noxus killed just because he happened to be just another person in Noxus' way]]. She notably is not at all happy with the PC and Artix [[spoiler: after they destroyed the spirit crystal housing Edgar's soul]]. Later got an upgrade into near-full hero status.
** Xan is also motivated by more than simply killing stuff with fire. [[spoiler: Understandably, he's still pissed at Warlic for being a spoiled, immature dick and trapping Jannia in a crystal.]]
* [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] is a [[VillainProtagonist Type II Anti-Villain]], [[EvilVsEvil when he's not a]] NominalHero.
* Arantir from ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah'' was determined to [[spoiler: keep your demon sovereign father from opening up back into the world, but to do so, he needed souls to empower the barrier. Being a necromancer with a large following, his decision was to terrorize the city of Stonehelm (a major setting) and kill the people living there. Hence near the end of the game how he said quote "A few lives for an entire world. Quite a bargain, really."]]
* A straight up playable example from the VideoGame/{{Grand Theft Auto}} series. Carl "C.J." Johnson from [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas.]]
** Niko Bellic as well in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV GTAIV.]]
* Jacques de Aldersberg from ''The Witcher''.
** And Letho in [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings its sequel.]]
* Imnity of ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' is probably no more moral than her compatriots, but she's not motivated by the same things they are. Rather, she's just devoted to the White Apostle or doing her job and thus is largely lacking in malice.
* ''Streets of Rage Remake'', a fan-made condensation of the ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' series, has Rudra, a CanonForeigner created specifically for the remake, who in-story is a mercenary ninja in the Syndicate's employ. Yes, she's a DarkActionGirl and a trained assassin, which isn't a completely noble profession to begin with, but circumstances reveal that she's with the Syndicate for a good reason. [[spoiler:In her unique ending, it's revealed that the Syndicate [[IHaveYourWife was holding her little sister hostage]], and the whole reason Rudra was working for them was so she could get the opportunity to free her sister. If you encounter her as a boss, [[TheBattleDidntCount following the fight]] she traps the heroes with a paralysis jutsu, only to inform them she's not their enemy before releasing them and fleeing]]. [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains A combination of Types I and IV]].
* Though considerably more villain than anti, ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has Handsome Jack, leader of the Hyperion company. His goal is peace and order for the planet of [[CrapsackWorld Pandora]], which is an honorable motive, and his MotiveRant at the end shows he genuinely thinks he's doing the right thing, repeatedly referring to himself as the hero. However, he sees kidnapping, extortion, torture, and mass-murder as a valid means for achieving that end. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also, he's kind of a dick]].
** He's also a child-murdering, [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] [[{{Egopolis}} egomaniac]] BadBoss. Mostly, he's just too messed up and [[MoralMyopia myopic]] to imagine that his actions could be anything less than perfect.
* The first two ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' games had these as the main antagonists.
** In ''Sins of the Fathers'', we have Malia Gedde, who was pretty much forced to become the high priestess of a murderous Voodoo cabal and suffered the voodoo equivalent of DemonicPossession to boot. And even so, most of her villainy was of the PayEvilUntoEvil variety, and none of her deeds were merely ForTheEvulz. (Even trying to kill Gabriel and Grace could be justified by their trespassing.)
** In ''The Beast Within'', we have Friedrich von Glower, the Black Wolf, who inherited the werewolf curse from his father when he was twelve, through no fault of his own. While he has gotten blood on his hands since then, he hasn't personally killed anybody in decades and seems genuinely convinced that the werewolf curse can be controlled. (Of course, his [[TheDragon beta werewolf]], Von Zell, is much less sympathetic.)
* Toal Fact in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} Origin''. Yes, he joined up with the invading demon army, fought against his brother and former comrades, and even accepted a demonic element into himself, but it was all a ploy [[spoiler: to destroy the Black Pearl and prevent the Goddesses from sacrificing themselves]]. Unfortunately, it didn't work out quite like he had hoped.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' we have AZ. [[spoiler: Formerly the ancient king of Kalos from 3000 years ago, his Floette, one he loved very much, ended up in the great war, and died, being brought to AZ in a small coffin. This saddened, yet angered AZ, creating a machine that would revive his Floette. he succeeded, but his pain and anger was too great, as he converted his machine into an ultimate weapon that ended the war in one fell swoop. Yet after all this, his Floette, shocked and saddened at his action, left him, as he killed many Pokémon to power his machine. The resulting energy left him and Floette immortal, reducing him to WalkingTheEarth, trying to atone for his sins. He succeeds in the end, finally letting go of his anger and meeting his Floette after 3000 years of searching.]] "[[TearJerker Sniff]]".
* The second murderer in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', [[spoiler:Super High School Level Gangster Mondo Oowada]], fits this, as [[spoiler:while he commits a murder and had to be executed, he's the only one whose murder plan wasn't premeditated - he just snapped in a fit of rage due to stress about his hidden secret and weakness in danger of being exposed and he just saw Chihiro Fujisaki trying to overcome one's weakness instead, initiating his jealousy. After realizing that he just committed a murder, he tried to 'make amends' by protecting Chihiro's secret that he's a guy by fabricating the murder scene a bit, and when he's exposed, he shows little resistance and his only regret of dying was because he couldn't keep "[[ThePromise The Man's Promise]]" he made with his dead brother. There's also the fact that throughout his time of living, while he's rather short tempered, he's pretty much a JerkWithAHeartOfGold]].
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'': [[spoiler:All through the game, you're led to believe that the Voice On The Radio is a manipulative bandit, or paedophile, or psycho-killer, or some other sort of monster of a human being. He's not. Remember that car full of supplies your party looted back in Episode 2? The one everyone thought was abandoned? ''It wasn't''. At the end of it all, the terrifying, overarching BigBad that had been built up over three Episodes was nothing more than a severely traumatised survivor who was just trying to look after his family until they were all killed in a DespairEventHorizon that ''you'' were ''directly responsible for causing''.]]
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors:'' In the climax, you find out that the person who's forced you and eight others into playing a DeadlyGame is...[[spoiler:a precognitive girl who wanted to survive the same situation]].
* Katrina, of ''QuestForGloryIV''. She sees herself as the benevolent ruler of Mordavia and to her credit actually does try to do so. She arguably saved Boris's life by hiring him as gatekeeper (and notably did ''not'' turn him, or apparently even try to stop the Hero from reconciling him with his wife), and she ''genuinely'' believed she was doing the right thing by taking and turning Tanya, feeling that the girl's parents were cruel and didn't really love her. Many of her actions (such as her attempts to seduce and manipulate the Hero) were also driven by her own deep loneliness and desire to be loved. Finally, the only reason she sought to release the Dark One was out of fear that some day, someone might slip into the castle and stake her while she's lying helpless in her coffin during the day. She thought she could control the entity and bring on eternal night, and had no desire to destroy or conquer the world; she was content ruling Mordavia. And she ''genuinely'' fell in love with the Hero, ultimately leading to [[spoiler: her HeroicSacrifice, and eventual HeelFaceTurn if the Hero resurrects her in ''QuestForGloryV'']].
** To an extent, Baba Yaga in ''QuestForGloryI''. She's certainly an evil, cannibalistic witch with a HairTriggerTemper, but all she ''really'' wanted was the be left alone. In fact she only cursed the Baron and his family when the Baron attempted to drive her out Spielberg Valley, and doesn't do anything to interfere with the Hero. She also gets along well enough with Erasmus (although she cheats at cards), and by the time she appears again in ''Shadows of Darkness'', she's completely willing to overlook the events of the first game, and aid the Hero on a number of minor and major quests (though it helps he brings her something other than himself for her to snack on...)
* A few from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
** Raphael is utterly devoted to Amy, a young girl who hid him from the French authorities after he killed a Evil Seed-corrupted noble in self-defence. After an encounter with Soul Edge which left him injured, he found to his horror that he was being transformed into a vampire-like creature, as well as Amy, who tended his wounds. His devotion to Amy, his need to protect her and provide the best for her turned psychotic, and coming to the conclusion that Amy could no longer fit into human society, he began infecting people and turning them into minions. He alternates between searching for Soul Edge and Soul Calibur to create a new world where they can live together happily.
** As of ''IV'', Sophitia. She was injured by Soul Edge just as Raphael was, and although she was spared any ill-effects, it means that her daughter Pyrrha is bound to Soul Edge: if it is destroyed, then so is her daughter's soul. Sophitia is forced to fight alongside the villains and spill well-intentioned blood to ensure her daughter's survival. [[spoiler:She later redeems herself sometime between the events of ''IV'' and ''V'', [[HeroicSacrifice when she has the Soul Edge shard embedded near her heart removed, saving Pyrrha's life at the cost of her own]]]].
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