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* DisneyAnimatedCanon examples:
** People tend to see [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]] as a victim who deserved to marry Belle, overlooking the fact that he's a rude, murderous, misogynistic {{Yandere}}.
*** Similarly there are people who think [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Facilier and Lawrence]] were just poor, misguided folks who never would have tried to swindle an innocent girl of money and murder her father and [[spoiler:let a pack of demons loose to prey on New Orleans]] if they had only gotten Mama Odie's message. Oh, and opening Naveen's jar a little so he could breathe apparently redeems Lawrence.
** Claude Frollo in [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. [[MisaimedFandom There are many people who think he should have ended up with Esmeralda instead of Phoebus]]. It doesn't help that he's much more sympathetic in [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the book]]. Disney split him into two characters because they didn't want religious backlash for portraying a clergyman as a total monster, hence the good Archdeacon and the evil Frollo, who is a judge rather than a priest.
** From ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Kaa's DILP fanbase could be justified because in [[Literature/TheJungleBook the original book]] he wasn't a villain. The true reasons, however, lie elsewhere. Cartoon Kaa is an AffablyEvil being, an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, and a ChewToy. Even when he is doing something that by all rights should be horrendous -- namely, constricting Mowgli in preparation to eat him during "Trust in Me" -- the potential for horror is underplayed. {{Disney}} [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent made its snake a villain]], wanted him for comic relief and so minimized the ''sense'' of villainy, but did manage to show Kaa had some charisma, lots of skill at hypnotism, and moments of competence.
*** Shere Khan is almost a canonical entry into this. While a bloodthirsty predator intent on killing a small child solely out of hatred for mankind, he has a highly affable and whimsical charm akin to Kaa (only twice as fearsome). This was downplayed in the sequel, that made him [[KnightOfCerebus more ruthless and void of comical traits]], TheDisneyAfternoon series ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' on the other hand, anthropomorphized Khan into a highly suave and calculating businessman with [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules a strict moral code]], even assisting the good guys on occasion. This depiction came to be even more popular than the original ''Jungle Book'' interpretation.
** Scar from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has received this treatment in the FurryFandom.
*** And his sequel counterpart Zira from ''The Lion King II'' has had her share as well.
*** ''[[http://www.100megspop2.com/kayasps/main/mikehero.html Scar The Unsung Hero]]'' has to be the most obvious piece of fan fiction that invokes this trope. You can tell it's going to use the trope just by the title!
** Mother Gothel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' is starting to get this treatment. Fans have debated back and forth on whether or not she truly loved Rapunzel, but by the way some put it, it makes it seem like the kingdom using the flower (that she found, not grew, and selfishly hoarded and kept to herself for centuries, and that they probably didn't even know "belonged" to her) to heal the dying pregnant queen was some horrible sin against her, and that her kidnapping, scare tactics, and [[spoiler: stabbing Flynn]] were just because she ''loved'' Rapunzel so much. Not to mention that it's pretty clear that her style of mothering was, at the very least, rather emotionally manipulative, if not actually abusive.
*** [[WildMassGuessing Maybe she]] [[MommyIssues reminds them of their own mothers?]]
** King Candy [[spoiler: aka Turbo]] from ''WreckItRalph'' is getting this treatment as well. Specifically his backstory is what makes some viewers feel bad for him.
*** It's worth noting that his backstory is [[spoiler:[[AttentionWhore not being the most popular racer in the arcade anymore.]]]] So he goes out and [[spoiler:"kills" the other game (and his own)]], then [[spoiler:[[PoweredByAForsakenChild ruins a child's life.]]]] Sad, maybe, but not exactly a FreudianExcuse.
** In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', it's [[spoiler: the seemingly sweet and dorky Hans who turns out to be the main villain of the movie, revealing that he only romanced Anna because he wanted to take over her kingdom. But since he's hot and he seemed like a genuinely nice guy for the first half of the movie, he has a bunch of fans making up excuses for him and even wanting him to end up with one of the sisters. The writers confirming that [[http://spam-monster.tumblr.com/post/76270918348/if-only-someone-loved-you-its-freaking his family never loved him]] only makes this worse.]]
** Arguably, the movie ''Movie/{{Maleficent}}'' does this with the villain of Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

* Steele from ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' and his sequel counterpart Niju from ''Balto II'' have received this treatment in the FurryFandom, similar to Scar and Zira above.
* Dagda from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'', who has barely been seen in clips and trailers, already has a small female following on Tumblr.
* Soto from the first ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' film. He can appear UnintentionallySympathetic due to his family/pack being wiped out by the human hunters with some fans ignoring that he caused the death of Roshan's mother [[RevengeByProxy for the sake of revenge]] against Roshan's father and wanted to kill the baby Roshan, not stopping at ''anything'' to get his vengeance.
* Syndrome from ''TheIncredibles''. There are some who think [[VillainHasAPoint he had a point]] in accusing Mr. Incredible of being biased against [[{{Muggles}} non-supers]]. And it doesn't bother them that he [[DisproportionateRetribution murdered dozens of other superheroes]] to get back at Mr. Incredible, or [[MoralEventHorizon gleefully shoots down a plane with children aboard]]. And though he did intend to sell his inventions to the public, the publicity campaign for the launch would kill thousands while he [[GlorySeeker played hero]]. And when that plot fails, his Plan B is to kidnap an infant and raise him as a murderous villain, like himself. And yet some people want to frame this as a PetTheDog moment for him on the InsaneTrollLogic that he can't really be bad because he didn't kill the baby instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is on its way to setting a record with both of its genuinely complex big bads sporting leather pants:
** First is Tai Lung with the vast majority of FanFics based on redeeming him. Fans apparently ignore that he's an entitled, self-centered [[SpoiledBrat brat]] who was willing to [[MoralEventHorizon take his frustration out on a valley of innocent people]] just because he didn't get his way. Fans [[RonTheDeathEater try to pin blame on Shifu]] for making Tai Lung want the Dragon Scroll, despite the fact that Shifu ''never'' said Tai Lung was destined to be the Dragon Warrior. All Shifu said was that he was destined for greatness. Fans also overlook his repulsive mannerisms (his ArrogantKungFuGuy attitude, his taking pleasure in scaring an innocent bird, his '''mock'''-friendly small talk with his enemies when they all know he's planning to either hurt people or steal things, etc.).
*** In the director's commentary it was pointed out that, in trying to make sure Tai Lung would not be a flat, one-note villain, they went too far in humanizing him and making him sympathetic, to the point that many viewers felt so sorry for him they forgot he was the villain. End result: the flashback sequence of his rampage was added in expressly to remind people why he was in prison in the first place. Yet the fact the backstory (complete with [[Heartwarming/KungFuPanda cute cuddly baby Tai Lung]]) was still included, as well as the emotional confrontation between him and Shifu, suggests the makers aren't completely averse to a SympathyForTheDevil tendency in fans.
**** Director's commentary on DVD literally stated that they didn't want to make Tai Lung ''completely'' sympathetic. Him being sympathetic to an extent was wholly intentional.
*** Conversely, while there's no problem feeling for him - they succeeded quite well in making Tai Lung a much more three-dimensional character than most villains - the problem sets in when people gloss over the fact that Tai Lung has long since stopped being the WellDoneSonGuy who won't take "no" for an answer and is now entirely willing to, at the very least, beat up the rest of China, including his foster parent, if they stand between him and his goal. Worse, some people ''vilify'' Oogway or Shifu because of the Dragon Scroll incident, despite the fact that Tai Lung's reaction to it indicates that Oogway's belief there was darkness in his heart was ''completely right''.
**** The fact that during his final confrontation with Shifu Tai Lung stated everything he did he did to make Shifu proud of him suggests that no, he ''was'' still the WellDoneSonGuy. The difference being that he had become so obsessed with being the greatest and most powerful so as to earn that love and pride that he was willing to do anything to achieve it, even the very things that would cause Shifu to turn on him more. Also, it needs to be kept in mind that the thing so many bring up in pointing out why Tai Lung's fans are misaimed, the rampage, was ''added in later''. And added expressly to prevent people from being too sympathetic. Because without the MoralEventHorizon of the rampage, it becomes a lot easier to sympathize and forgive, since in that incarnation he wasn't, in fact, willing to kill innocent people or terrorize all of China.
*** It should also be noted that not everyone who seeks to redeem Tai Lung a) ignores, forgets, or gives a HandWave to his MoralEventHorizon or b) vilifies Oogway and Shifu. There are plenty of fans who acknowledge just what Tai Lung did and would have to atone for should he try to redeem himself, who agree that neither side really had their hands clean, and who show sympathy to both Shifu and Oogway and rationalize why they acted as they did even as they also show them admitting their errors and trying to undo them. Sadly, the fans like this may be drowned out by the VocalMinority.
*** Lastly, putting Tai Lung's tragic backstory aside, the main reason why many people feel sorry for him is very much a case of DisproportionateRetribution: the poor bastard tries to steal all of one scroll (that was blank to begin with), goes on one rampage (that didn't even happen in the original script, and as far as the audience knows doesn't actually kill anyone)...and his punishment for this is spending ''years'' inside what's essentially a steel casket, barely able to move and (if he were any weaker) would've easily succumbed to sensory deprivation at worst and severe insanity/depression at best. Not to mention the fact that the rhinos at the prison, for what little we see of them, are complete jerkasses to him. Next to all this, one apology given only after being defeated doesn't seem to hold up.
** Lord Shen, BigBad of the sequel, seems to be well on the way to his pair of leather pants as well, even though he, albeit not a flat villain, is a genocidal murderer, with a fraying grip on sanity and a FreudianExcuse that the creators deliberately made very weak in the final version of the script.
*** Originally, his ParentalAbandonment issues were going to extend much further, with his albino coloring and sickly stature causing his parents to neglect him and leave him solely in the care of the Soothsayer. Shen gets the leather pants treatment because a lot of fans still treat this as canon, despite it not being mentioned in the final film.
* The Once-ler in ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' seems to be turning out this way; many fans are starting to portray him as a JerkassWoobie who was doing his best to heed the Lorax's words instead of a CorruptCorporateExecutive who realizes his errors [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone just a little too late]]. The fact that he's [[{{Adorkable}} surprisingly]] [[PrettyBoy pretty]] as a youth [[SarcasmMode has very little to do with it]].
** It actually goes this way pretty much throughout the Once-ler's character arc, given the ''very'' [[FaceHeelTurn ambiguous]] [[HeelFaceTurn nature]] [[AntiHero of his]] [[AntiVillain personality]] as a whole [[note]]Seriously, Website/{{Tumblr}} users are right when they find Elinor and [[spoiler: Bear]]!Elinor more similar than [[{{Adorkable}} pre-success]]!Once-ler and {{CorruptCorporateExecutive}}!Once-ler[[/note]]. A lot of fans forget that Once-ler was pretty much always a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], [[BlowingARaspberry bratty]] {{Manchild}}.
** The original Once-ler has gotten hit with this too. {{Fanon}} often has him as near-identical to the young movie Once-ler, but wearing flamboyant green clothing. He's more greedy than the movie version even within fandom, but it's toned down a lot.
* There are genuinely a minority of people who romanticize Hal from ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' as a {{Woobie}} who just needed a chance, and likewise interpret Roxanne [[RonTheDeathEater as a superficial and shallow bitch.]] Granted, the moment when he invites her to his "party" is awkward to watch, but this is more Hal's fault than Roxanne's. It was bad enough that he hired a DJ and a bouncy house for a party that was just meant for the two of them, in the vague hope that she would attend, but the wedding photographer took it to a whole other level. Not to mention his unsubtly rude behavior around Bernard/[[spoiler:Megamind]], and of course his actions later on speak for themselves. It's also noteworthy that Roxanne, while clearly (and rightly) creeped out by Hal's actions and attentions, nevertheless consistently makes a clear effort to be nice to him (or at least let him down gently), and that Hal's rant that she never took the time to get to know to him is yet another example of how deluded and entitled he is.
* Randall Boggs from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' has an enormous Scaly Fandom rivalling Kaa from Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and Preed from ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE.''. Then there's Hopper from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', Scroop from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', and the ultimate head scratcher of Chick Hicks from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''; all of them have been given the Leather Pants treatment at least once.
** Randall got it worse after pictures of him from the prequel film came out, which showed him as a shy, nervous nerd. But it subsided after he ended up being a minor character with not that much of a backstory. It also helped that in the movie proper, it was made clear that even as a shy, nervous nerd he was pretty clearly self-serving and selfish.
* Oogie Boogie of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' tends to get this a lot, often making Jack into [[RonTheDeathEater a bully]] to do so. Also, ''Jack'' is probably one of the rare, if not the ''only'', heroes who get this. Fans bash the military for shooting Jack down, even though they were justified in doing so.
* [[TheVirus Thrax]] gets this treatment in a lot of OsmosisJones fanfics, even though he is ruthless and has absolutely no problem with killing people, and does it ForTheEvulz. There is even a series of fics where he ''marries'' a human (after being given human size, granted) and, to add insult to injury, is also a vampire.
* Pitch Black from ''RiseOfTheGuardians''. [[EvilIsSexy He's attractive]], which of course helps, but many also [[SympathyForTheDevil felt sympathy for his despair at not being believed in]]. Because of this, some fangirls will try to paint his actions as completely justified, despite the fact that he planned to ''[[WouldHurtAChild kill an innocent child]]'' [[MoralEventHorizon because said child was standing in the way of his plans]].
** Pitch is also really ineffectual in any fight scene. He may be brandishing a bassass {{SinisterScythe}}, but every fight ends with him getting kicked around by either Sandman or Jack. It's easy to feel a bit sorry for him when you combine this with the earlier (somewhat) sympathetic goal.
* There are a rare few who give Lotso from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' this treatment due to his tragic backstory. In "The Art of Toy Story 3" book, the movie's creative staff note that members of an early test audience reacted this way, wanting Lotso to pull a HeelFaceTurn and become good. In response, they went back and ''amped up'' his cruelty by adding a plotline between him and Big Baby, in which he lies to Big Baby about their owner not loving him anymore, and when the lie comes out later on and brings Big Baby to tears, Lotso responds by smashing his locket and then striking him with his cane. As the film director put it, the audience had to realize that Lotso was way too far gone now and deserved [[FateWorseThanDeath what he got in the end.]]
* Charles Muntz from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', while not as extreme as the above examples (well, not very often anyway), is often painted as a young-at-heart adventurer who was simply doing what he enjoyed and pursuing a life's dream, and [[RonTheDeathEater Carl and Russell were trouble-makers who had no business sticking their noses in]], never mind the fact that he tries to kill them and is implied to have killed people who come within 100 miles of his prize.
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[[folder: Film - Live Action]]

* Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' movie has Stayne, the Knave of Hearts. He's the right hand of the Red Queen and, besides condoning and facilitating her actions, he lies to Bayard about releasing his family, [[spoiler: tries to get our heroine killed]], and generally acts like a despicable creep. Suavest of the suave, right? Yet fandom is already repainting him as a dark, noble and romantically tragic figure.
* [[GeneralRipper Colonel Miles Quaritch]] of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' derives a huge amount of popularity from this, perhaps from those who [[RonTheDeathEater feel that the Na'vi didn't deserve the reverence they were given by many]], despite the fact that the Na'vi are never shown doing anything wrong unless provoked by the humans' hostility. The fandom only focuses on Quaritch's [[VillainousValor fortitude and courage in battle]], [[CoolShip cool]] [[MiniMecha vehicles]], and all-around [[{{Badass}} feats of badassitude]]. Fans also overlook his overt acts of [[FantasticRacism genocide]] against a peaceful, primitive alien tribe, including [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon firebombing the tribe's giant tree home and killing possibly hundreds of innocent tribespeople, including helpless children]]. ]] Proponents of the Quaritch-as-hero theory see him as a brave and loyal defender of humanity.
* Colonel Mathieu in ''Film/TheBattleOfAlgiers''. He's frequently cited by viewers as the movie's most sympathetic character (thanks in large part to Jean Martin's charismatic performance), to the extent that many viewers consider him at worst an AntiHero. While shown as something of a WorthyOpponent who respects the Algerian rebels, Mathieu also employs torture and mass arrests of civilians, not as a last resort but as basic policy. WordOfGod from writer Franco Solinas indicates that Mathieu was intended to be WickedCultured rather than a sympathetic figure.
* Dean in ''Film/BlueValentine'' gets a lot of this, but unusually it's more straight males who are more likely to over identify with him and characterize him as a good husband and father who is unfairly treated, instead of a pushy, needy, manipulative drunk who rarely takes Cindy's feelings into consideration.
* John Bender of ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' gets an almost disturbing amount of this from fangirls. They ignore the 95% of the film where he is a Jerkass bully who verbally taunts the others and reduces Claire to tears after she talks about her parents getting divorced. Instead they focus on the 5% of the film where he admits he has an abusive father and apparently he's some tragic JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
** Helps that he's pretty harmless. Considering some of the examples on this page, falling for someone who just has a bad attitude seems like good judgement.
* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'': Cesare. Not only is he a BrainwashedAndCrazy KnifeNut SerialKiller, but [[DudeShesLikeInAComa ladies, he's, like, in a coma]].
* Captain Jones in ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' seems to have quite a few female fans, despite being a [[DirtyCop corrupt, slimy bastard]]. Of course, he is played by the handsome [[Series/BurnNotice Jeffrey Donovan]].
* Andrew from ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'' has quite a bit of followers who feel sorry for him. He was merely a scrawny kids [[AbusiveParents with a violent, alcoholic father]], [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas a crippled and dying mother]], is bullied by everyone in school, and has a neglectful cousin, all of whom are no help to him whatsoever. However once he gets telempathy, he goes out for vengeance, even against those who have never met him and vice versa.
* Alex from ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. True, he's the main character, his society and the adults in his life don't give a crap about him, and Creator/MalcolmMcDowell's performance is very compelling. He's still a sociopathic teenage psycho and Mary Sue fics where the author tries to redeem him with True Love miss the point.
* Vincent from ''{{Film/Collateral}}'', if fanfic is believed. For more specific reasons, it's because he manages to be quite [[EvilIsSexy hand]][[WhiteHairBlackHeart some]] and a dangerously {{badass}} assassin with [[WickedCultured great taste in music and suits]].
* Bullseye in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}''. Probably made even worse in that Colin Farrell actually wore leather pants for much of the movie.
* [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]] and [[Film/BatmanBegins the Scarecrow/Jonathan Crane]] seem to get this a lot in Batman fanfiction. Leave it to crazed fangirls to pick two of the most evil characters in a series that actually has several sympathetic (or in the case of the ordinary mobsters, at least normal) villains to crush on. This is made even more bizarre by their neglect of Ra's al Ghul and Two-Face, the latter of whom is actually a sympathetic villain.
** They're played by Creator/HeathLedger and Creator/CillianMurphy respectively.
** Bane and [[spoiler:Talia al Ghul]] from ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' have also been given the DILP treatment. The fact that [[spoiler: they both have a rather tragic backstory]] probably helps.
* DiaryOfAWimpyKid: Greg, to some extent, but after the movie came out: '''Rodrick'''. Probably because of shots like [[http://summerlvralwys.deviantart.com/art/Rodrick-Heffley-191457073 this one.]]
* Pig, Cillian Murphy's character in Film/DiscoPigs, is a nasty, controlling, antisocial jerk who terrifies his own mother, abuses his little brother, terrorizes random people, and [[spoiler: who eventually murders a guy for dancing with his crush]]. He has hordes of fangirls who feel sorry for him (even though he brings every misfortune on his own head), say he's "sweet" and "sensitive", and think he is the best thing since sliced bread. Anyone sensing a pattern with Creator/CillianMurphy-played villains here?
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': It's rare for a nigh-inhumane bastard to receive this treatment. However, Sharlto Copley's superlative performance as the AxCrazy Kruger makes this villain the runaway favorite for most viewers.
* Just like the ''Nightmare'' series below, ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' has a pretty weird fan base that for some reason thinks Jason Voorhees is not only a SympatheticMurderer, but also sexy enough for their MarySue to be attracted to. Jason is badly deformed with serious mental deficiencies. But those are things that make him ''pitiable,'' not attractive. Later on he becomes undead to an increasing degree. And he's not going to return your sexy feelings anyway. Even taking everything else into account, he's very clearly a psychopathic manchild who exists to kill anybody who trespasses on his territory, once stated to have been posessed by a demon, and he ''hates'' sex.
* [[RLeeErmey Gunnery Sergeant Hartman]] of ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' was a substandard drill instructor who failed to notice the obviously deteriorating mental state of [[spoiler:Private Pyle]] and ultimately his negligence [[spoiler:caused both Private Pyle's death and his own]]. He still has legions of fans due to his hilarious one-liners.
** It probably helps that RLeeErmey is actually quite nice (if still very intimidating) and it is a well known fact he was a real drill instructor for the Marines before retiring to a Hollywood career.
* Storm Shadow from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' is ''very'' popular. Doesn't hurt that he's hot and can kick your ass from here to next Tuesday. Subverted in that [[spoiler:he pulls a HeelFaceTurn]] in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films:
** The title character. He's a city destroying {{Kaiju}} beast, but the fans tend to think he's just a misunderstood good guy. Most of the time he's an AntiHero or AntiVillain, but this treatment is still baffling. This is most {{Egregious}} in ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'', where he was flat-out stated to be pure evil. The fans still liked him. This is a bit of an averted case however, as GMK was the only movie he was stated to actually be evil and there are several movies, such as ''Film/GodzillaVsMechaGodzilla'' where Godzilla is a benign soul. Even in movies he was an AntiHero or AntiVillain, he usually was the lesser of two evils, fighting the greater threat, and thus could be rooted for. By the time GMK rolled around, backing Godzilla in a fight between him and another kaiju is almost instinct.
** Additionally, the monster Titanosaurus from ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla'' is seen as this. Despite being a giant monster who has murdered several people, including children out of the command of his Mad Scientist Master and his Cyborg Daughter, it is stated multiple times in film and in publishings that this all out being BrainwashedAndCrazy by his master(s) and that in reality, he's just a [[GentleGiant gentle]] [[spoiler:[[TragicMonster and tragic]]]] monster.
* The mass-murdering Michael Myers from the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}} series. All of the fanfics have Michael abducting and falling for a girl, or a "childhood friend".
* ''Film/HardCandy'' has Haley, played by a pre-Juno EllenPage. She has hordes of fangirls cheering her on and calling her a righteous angel. They ignore the fact that she's clearly a mentally disturbed and sociopathic girl who ties up a man and tortures him for hours on end, eventually [[spoiler: making him believe she's castrated him and forcing him to commit suicide]]. Because said man is a child molester, Haley is held as a paragon of [[StrawFeminism feminism]] and her fans ignore the obvious fact that she's using the child molester as an excuse to further her own twisted desires.
** Part of this is likely due to the fact that she's presented very ambiguously. She's obviously sociopathic, but she gives out no true details about her life or past, making the viewer wonder why she's doing it and therefore invent a possibly sympathetic backstory.
** It is also possible that the nature of the child molester's crimes contributes to this: Fans tend to ignore or excuse all sorts of horrible fates that are doled out to characters that are portrayed as [[KickTheDog having crossed]] [[MoralEventHorizon some sort of line]].
* JD from ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' gets a lot of this, mainly because despite his psychopathic and cynical tendencies, he's played by a 1980s Creator/ChristianSlater.
* Kirill from ''{{Film/The Bourne Supremacy}}'' gets a lot of this. He's a cold blooded, FSB-trained, killing machine for hire, but he's also played by New Zealand actor Creator/KarlUrban.
* As Creator/CliveBarker, creator of the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' series, put it:
--> "You've got Pinhead, who hasn't done a single decent thing in eight movies, and still gets mail from women who want to have his children."
* Col. Landa from ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' already seems to be developing this sort of following. Obviously intended to be a MagnificentBastard, too many are admiring his politeness and cunning, ignoring the fact that he is a sadistic and sociopathic SS officer shown to even possibly have misogynistic tendencies and is extremely self-serving rather than simply doing what he does out of a manner of duty.
** This has been augmented by actual neo-nazis and right-wing revisionists who fiercedly welcomed a non-negative portrayal of an SS officer (despite the fact that Landa is still [[MisaimedFandom far from a 'non-negative' portrayal of an SS officer]]) and exaggerated his virtues while overlooking his flaws, claiming the whole SS to have been like him. It makes even less sense if you remember that the ''one'' heroic thing Landa ever does (and it was just to guarantee he'd be a KarmaHoudini) was [[spoiler: blowing up Hitler, Goebbels, Goering, and Boorman]] - in other words, apparently [[LogicBomb neo-Nazis admire him for]] ''[[LogicBomb being anti-Nazi]]''.
** The idea that Landa is a MagnificentBastard actually has shades of this trope; he is more of a SmugSnake because his "plan" has so many flaws in it, and the most obvious one is the one that actually happens [[spoiler: namely, trusting a group of sociopaths who call themselves [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Basterds]]]]. That, and while his plan to [[spoiler: sell out the German leadership]] ''did'' sort-of work, he failed to identify Shoshanna as the Jewish girl whose family he slaughtered, so even if he did [[spoiler: turn the Basterds in]] they all still would have died, maybe himself included, and mostly due to his incompetence, not his scheming.
*** Given the dramatic pause he gave before ordering milk (she had been hiding on a dairy farm) it's likely that he did recognize Shoshanna but was being cruel again by drawing out their encounter and scaring her with hints that he did recognize her.
** ''Everybody'' in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' FanFic gets this treatment, but Donny (the Bear Jew), Landa, and Stiglitz get the worst of it by far. And there was that one MarySue fic that made Donny speak fluent Finnish to communicate with the Mary Sue.
* Ivan Vanko in ''Film/{{Iron Man 2}}'' has a sympathetic background, but a surprising amount of people considered him ''justified'' in going after Tony after learning said background, with some suggesting that Tony was the ''real'' villain. This is despite Tony having nothing to do with what happened to Vanko's father. on top of that Vanko kills at least half a dozen people over the course of the movie, including at least one prison guard and several civilians at the Monaco Grand Prix, as well as unleashing a small army of heavily-armed Hammer drones on the densely-crowded Stark Expo and then subsequently blew them all up in massive detonations when he lost as a final act of spite.
* Red-Mist from ''Film/{{Kick-Ass}}'' has a lot of fanart. Granted, most of it is from the [[JerkassWoobie movie]] rather than the comics.
* Hordes of Music/DavidBowie fans change the antagonist of ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', Jareth the Goblin King, from a baby-napping, tantrum-throwing, drugged-peach-wielding creeper interested in a teen girl into a misunderstood romantic whose one true love is Sarah.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' gives us [[BigBad General Zod]] and [[TheDragon Faora]]. The former gets this because of his [[WellIntentionedExtremist sympathetic motivations to return Krypton to its former glory]] and [[LargeHam entertaining performance]], while the latter gets this because EvilIsSexy and [[EvilIsCool Cool]].
* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' is a parody of this trope. Not surprising that too many who saw the film ended up seeing the protagonists as true badasses.
* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'': Freddy Krueger has a pretty strong female fanbase. Yes, '''[[SerialKiller that]]''' [[AxCrazy Freddy Krueger]]--the burned-up child killer who haunts his victims' nightmares ForTheEvulz.
* Even Anton Chigurh from ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'', who's referred to by some as "[[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter's]] ''evil'' twin," gets steamy fanfic.
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'': There are actually [[FanDumb people]] out there who honestly give this treatment to ''Captain Vidal''.
* Tavington in ''Film/ThePatriot'' has no shortage of swoony fans. Must have something to do with being played by JasonIsaacs.
* In the 1970s Swan, the evil record producer from ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'', gained a surprising amount of [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Canadian fangirls]], so much so that when his actor PaulWilliams played a show in Winnipeg he was chased down the street by a group of teenagers, who he later thanked for "making him feel like a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatle]]."
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** While Captain Jack Sparrow has his noble moments, the movies make it clear that he has done many unsavory things in his life, as well as tending to throw other people over to save his own skin. His snarkiness, attractiveness, and the fact that he is played by Johnny Depp means that there are fan girls aplenty who insist that he's the sweetest guy ever, that Will, Elizabeth, and the British Royal Navy are a bunch of assholes for getting pissed at his double-crossing, and that he'd surely be a faithful lover to the various [[MarySue Mary Sues]] in fanfictions. Keep in mind that even in ''On Stranger Tides'', when Jack is given an official love interest, the movie still ends with [[spoiler:him leaving her stranded an island, looking vaguely horrified when she tries to trick him into staying by lying that she's pregnant with his child.]]
** Amazingly, Davy Jones can get this. Yes he has a tragic backstory, but it's also made clear that he has become heartless in every sense of the word. Yet there are fangirls who have him deciding that [[spoiler:Tia Dalma/Calypso]] is a bitch that he doesn't care about and falling into the arms of the nearest MarySue. Maybe it's because he's played by Bill Nighy...
*** In Davy Jones's defense, the movie does make it pretty clear that [[spoiler:Tia Dalma/Calypso wronged him in the past, promising to visit him and then never doing so, because she's as fickle as the sea, and abandoning men is ''in my nature''.]] She doesn't come across as sympathetic at all and makes it clear that although it doesn't absolve him of future crimes, he was originally the wronged party.
* Tajōmaru in ''Film/{{Rashomon}}''; though it's true that he's less of a straight-out brute in the movie than in the story, still he gets an added increment of sympathy from being played by a sexy charismatic actor.
* ''Film/RedEye'' fanfic likes to apply this to Jackson Rippner, a murderous sociopath with no serious objection to killing children. He threatens to torture the heroine to death in front of her father. There is a certain amount of sexual tension between him and Creator/RachelMcAdams' character, but it's less WillTheyOrWontThey than fear that he's going to... do things to her. And yet there is Shipping in which he is presented as just misunderstood. It may have something to do with the seraphic countenance of Creator/CillianMurphy.
** Similar to what happens in mainstream ''Film/BatmanBegins'' fic. [[BeautyEqualsGoodness Androgynous sexiness must equal goodness, too.]] Cillian's portrayal of Jonathan Crane and Red Eye's Rippner would get along famously if it weren't for Crane's utter insanity. Some of the fans get around it with heavy medication. Some just ignore the portions of the film where Crane acts typically villainous and psychotic - most of his screen time, in fact - and make him a surly, slightly manipulative but otherwise well DeadpanSnarker.
** And people have begun giving ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''-verse Joker this treatment. No, you did not just misread that.
*** Bane gets this treatment now, too, though [[spoiler:his sympathetic backstory]] makes this more understandable.
* The ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' fandom is terribly prone to this, but that may be because every single male character under the age of fifty is both played by someone incredibly sexy and ''seriously'' messed up in the head. [[BlackComedyRape Pavi]], [[PsychopathicManchild Luigi]], and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Graverobber]] seem to have the biggest followings, despite the fact that being involved with any of them would be seriously detrimental to their partner's health.
* From ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' we have Richard B. Riddick. Central character, yes. Hero, no. Even as he's deepened and made more sympathetic, humanised even, as it becomes clear he admires honesty, bravery and honor, he's bent on his own survival. And none of that takes away from the fact that he is a murderer with serious mental issues, and he's only given more. He has a [[Film/{{Riddick}} third film]] planned. Apparently it involves revenge. Seriously girls, he's not your type.
** ''Film/{{Riddick}}'' only makes things worse. [[spoiler: He gets an alien dog companion.]] Still just as terrible as ever, but now even in his own movie he appears to be a [=DILP=].
* Samara Morgan from American remake of ''Film/TheRing''. Some interpret her dialogue with the doctor as her being an [[TheWoobie innocent victim of cruel, misunderstanding parents]] and a BlessedWithSuck type of power that she can't control that causes her to implant evil in people's minds without wanting to. Even if we were to assume that [[FreudianExcuse far-fetched interpertation]] is true, it still doesn't justify her killing innocent people who just happened to watch her tape.
** It's not ''ridiculously'' far-fetched. Just because Samara was evil [[EvilVersusEvil doesn't make the heart-wrenching things she was put through good]]. Besides, the firm establishment of Samara as being really, truly evil rather than indeed being driven insane with misery until her powers went beyond her control even after she died only happens [[DeusAngstMachina in the last five minutes of the movie]]... up until then even the main character thought that explanation was correct. It doesn't forgive people completely ''ignoring'' said last five minutes, but it does make it easier to understand where it comes from.
** Sadako is given this as well, but by ''Ringu 0'' [[TearJerker it's much]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds more justifiable]].
* Neville Sinclair in ''Film/TheRocketeer''. There are many who thought Jenny Blake should've ended up with him in the end, even though Jenny is obviously turned off by the truth that he's a creep [[spoiler:and a Nazi spy]]. Then again, he's played TimothyDalton.
* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'': Dr. Frank N Furter, oh, where do we start? Let's see... he brutally murders Eddie out of sheer jealousy, manipulates Brad and Janet into sleeping with him for no other reason than because he wants to, creates Rocky for the sole purpose of being a sex slave, and forces Brad, Janet, Rocky, and Columbia to do a floorshow/orgy with him after he has them [[TakenForGranite turned to stone.]] Not to mention the fact that he's [[AxCrazy completely and utterly insane.]] And, yet, the fans practically throw themselves at his feet. Must have something to do with his charms and good looks.
** Likewise, Riff Raff has quite the fanbase as well. Never mind the fact that he killed Columbia, Frank, and Rocky out of pure spite. Fans tend to make him far more sympathetic than he really is.
** TimCurry in general inspires this in fans -- even when he played Darkness (read: Satan) in ''Film/{{Legend}}'', in spite of Hollywood makeup and latex's every attempt to make him look bestial and demonic...
* Deliberately played with in William Castle's ''Film/MrSardonicus''. The title character is quite similar to a [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Phantom of the Opera]] before becoming ProgressivelyPrettier (driven insane by a disfigurement, searching for love, etc.). Reportedly, two endings were filmed: a GoodEnding where Sardonicus is cured and redeemed, and a BadEnding where he dies. This being a William Castle movie, audiences were allowed to vote on whether they thought the character deserved mercy. ''Every time'', they killed him, and it looks like the mercy ending is lost forever -- if it ever existed, and it likely didn't. Sounds harsh? It turns out that a guy who looks like [[http://www.accesshollywood.com/content/images/69/230x306/69397_gerard-butler-as-the-phantom.jpg this]] is easier to forgive than a guy who looks like [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2364/2186924247_5cb2d6583f.jpg?v=0 this]].
* Hannibal Lecter from ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.
* Lash, one of the school bullies who joins up with [[BigBad Royal Pain]] in ''Film/SkyHigh'', has a surprising amount of steamy fanfics written about him (usually involving him and Layla Draco-and-Hermione-style).
* Drake Stone, an arrogant Morganian from ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', is beginning to get this, despite the fact that he helped Horvath release [[BigBad Morgana]]. To be fair, he is a MinionWithAnFInEvil who seemed uncomfortable when the full consequences of his actions were brought up.
* DepravedKidsShowHost Fegan Floop from the ''SpyKids'' films, as portrayed by Alan Cumming, has a somewhat disturbing following amongst the PeripheryDemographic. Granted, he's not exactly ''evil'', and it's eventually revealed that his "diabolical scheme" extended simply to making his show better, but the lengths he goes to achieve that are... rather extreme, involving kidnapping and BodyHorror aplenty.
* John Harrison[[spoiler:/Khan Noonien Singh]] from ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. While he ''does'' genuinely care about his crew and has a rather sympathetic backstory ([[spoiler: he's been frozen for 250 years, then turned into a killing machine by the Federation, then tried saving his crew only for Admiral Marcus to take them away from him once again]]), some fans often overlook his more evil and indiscriminately destructive actions and the fact that [[spoiler:he was an EvilOverlord back in the day]]. The fact that he's played by Creator/BenedictCumberbatch also has a lot to do with it.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Darth Maul'' has kriffing fangirls.
** Also Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Boba Fett never really did anything in the original trilogy to showcase any kind of softer side. He was a mercenary who worked for gangsters and one of the most oppressive empires in history. And had to be reminded not to disintegrate the targets, and sounded disappointed about such a restriction. And his father, while showcasing some tenderness towards Boba, was still an assassin who tried to kill Amidala because his employer was peeved she had the nerve not to let him try and conquer her planet with little justification, and killed his subordinate to keep her from spilling the beans. And let himself serve as a template for an army of clones, basically his brothers (or, given his relationship with Boba, his children), to serve as cannon fodder for a war that his contact helped start in the first place.
*** Boba Fett having a more sympathetic characterization is quite possibly a result of the ExpandedUniverse where he often wavers somewhere between AntiHero and AntiVillain. Even when he's presented as an out-and-out antagonist, those works tend to portray him as an almost elemental force rather than someone doing something villainous out of greed or immorality.
** General Grievous' leather pants come from two main factors: Number one, [[ImplacableMan his]] ''[[HeroKiller incredible]]'' [[{{Badass}} feats]] from the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' cartoon earned him tons of fans. Number two, his DarkAndTroubledPast, as revealed in the Expanded Universe, earned him some sympathy points.
* AStreetcarNamedDesire: Stanley Kowalski, played by MarlonBrando in [[MrFanservice tight t-shirts and tight jeans]]... of course, he abuses his wife Stella and does... ungodly things to his sister-in-law Blanche (she's no angel herself, but '''nobody''' deserves ''that''). Yet the fans ignore it.
* The title character in the film version of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. Granted, he does have a very sympathetic backstory. A judge lusted after Sweeney's wife Lucy. The judge fabricated a crime that resulted in Barker being exiled to Australia and then proceeded to drive Lucy to suicide, and then took in Lucy and Sweeney's daughter Johanna as his ward. However, the sympathy factor starts to wane when Todd loses sight of his original goal of avenging his wife and daughter. Instead, he slaughters tons of innocent people, including, [[spoiler:by mistake, his own wife Lucy, who had become an insane beggar from the poison instead of dying. He is so deranged at this point that he cuts her down just because the judge is coming over and he might see this crazy lady running around the barber shop. He doesn't realize exactly what he's done until later]]. Still, fangirls swoon over how hot he is and ignore everything he does because his life is so sad. To be fair, this may mostly come from the fact that JohnnyDepp plays him.
** Same with Mrs Lovett. Interpertations of her range from anti-villain to woobie, despite the fact that she knows what she's doing and that it's wrong, but doesn't care.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise:
** In the first movie ''Film/TheTerminator'', the T-800 itself is a Draco in Leather Pants, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin with real leather pants]]. He was so popular with fans that the next T-800 is a heroic character in the second movie.
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'':
*** People who worship Sarah Connor as a paragon of feminist virtue tend to be the ones who ignore the fact she is a cruel, violent, emotionally unstable bad-mother who is actually ''deconstructing'' militant feminism rather than celebrating it. Point in fact, according to Audio-Commentary of the 3-DVD ''Definitive Edition Director's Cut'', Linda Hamilton (the actress who portrayed her) and James Cameron (Hamilton's then husband and the creator of the Sarah Connor characters) repeatedly stressed on ''multiple'' occasions that she is a messed up horror-of-a-human being rather than someone who is meant to be admired.
*** Mostly people consider her a good feminist -character- though because she is complex, flawed and non-stereotypical (and cool) and goes through a compelling arc over the course of the two movies. Few would consider her to be an admirable person in the story itself. Feminists instead argue "People should write more female characters like Sarah Connor because she's interesting and not just a cookie-cutter love interest." Good character /= good person.
*** Surprisingly, the T-1000 gets this in fan fiction and on Website/{{Youtube}}. You know, the murderous, borderline-sadistic killing machine who stabs people through the eye and occasionally kills them seemingly just for the hell of it. RuleThirtyFour indeed.
* Harry Lime is this in ''Film/TheThirdMan'', both Out and InUniverse: InUniverse, his best friend, Holly Martin, reluctantly recognizes that Harry has been not only a ManipulativeBastard to [[UnwittingPawn him]], but also denounces Anna to the soviets when [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness she has outlived her usefulness]], is a common crook who has crossed the MoralEventHorizon selling adulterated black-market pennicillin that has been responsible for the deaths or crippling of scores of sick children. [[ComingOfAgeStory He fights him reluctantly]]. [[LoveMartyr Anna forgives him unconditionally]]. Out of universe, Mr. Lime is so charismatic that, besides the novel and the movie, [[SerialEscalation he managed to have two prequels of his adventures, in a radio and Television adaptation]].
* Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is getting quite a lot of leather pants treatment from Fandom. It helps that he was depicted quite sympathetically with a decent FreudianExcuse and was played by the good-looking yet melancholy Creator/TomHiddleston. [[spoiler:And he does wear leather pants.]]
** Continued recently in ''Film/TheAvengers'' to the point that fangirls are promising to cry when he is defeated by the actual heroes.
*** It's not just the fandom- Creator/TomHiddleston himself ''frequently'' speaks in interviews about how he believes Loki needs a hug and some self-esteem, and that he's doing everything he does in ''The Avengers'' because he needs someone to [[LoveRedeems fix him with love]].
** Averted a little in the Avengers film, actually. After it premiered, some fangirls jumped off from the Loki worship because of his... [[MoralEventHorizon actions]]. Namely, the fact that he [[spoiler: kills Agent Coulson, the film-original character who's been present since Iron Man, appeared in all but two of the films previously. and got a bit more fleshing out in this film. And for the fact that he brainwashes multiple SHIELD personnel and Hawkeye, then has them fight their own comrades]]. Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige decided that for the threat against SHIELD to be big enough for them to form the Avengers, it was necessary that Loki TookALevelInBadass. Also, they needed something "to avenge" and had him KickTheDog (and a very well liked one at that). Tom Hiddleston himself still believes Loki can be redeemed, as do many others.
*** Loki's actions couldn't be -too- evil for much of ''Thor'' since his over-arching goal was [[spoiler: to lead Asgard in repelling the invasion of the frost giants that no one besides Heimdall knew he was responsible for.]] Most of Loki's actions in the movie come from a desire to be as favored as his brother and vexation for not being 'good enough,' a perfect storm for [=DILPing=].
*** Website/{{Tumblr}} would disagree with any suggestion that the trope [[http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/loki has been averted]]. The Loki love still seems pretty high. His [[spoiler: getting the tar smacked out of him by the Hulk, while one of the funniest and awesomest parts of the film, probably enacted the FlorenceNightingaleEffect on many viewers.]]
** Loki's leather-pantsing fans have gotten... weird since The Avengers. Many still try to excuse his actions because of his bad childhood, but now, a lot of fans are seriously trying to tell everyone that he was brainwashed and mind-controlled during The Avengers and wasn't responsible for any of his actions. Or that he only did it because he was threatened, as if that excuses murdering thousands of people.
*** Come ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', it seems to have gone back 'round the bend and no one really needs to make excuses anymore. [[spoiler:He's clearly upset by his mother's death, giving him back any sympathy he lost from ''The Avengers'', and he seemingly dies heroically saving Thor. His gleeful prodding of Thor during their escape from Asgard brings back his lighthearted side from the original movie and he still proves he's a cunning master with his not-death and quiet usurping of the throne by the end of the film.]] Basically all the traits he had revoked by his actions in ''The Avengers'' were undone by this movie.
** Odd heroic variation: while most fans love Tony Stark's arrogance and obnoxiousness but are still aware that it's a personality flaw that the ''characters'' are justified in being annoyed at, there is a contingent who will insist that nothing Tony does should ever be regarded as dickish or deserving of disapproval and constantly bash all the other characters for every single perceived slight against Tony. This actually comes across as more insulting to Tony than to any of the other characters, as they seem to assume he's so fragile that being mildly insulted will send him into a spiral of suicidal depression.
* In [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the film version]] of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', the Comedian played by the talented Jeffrey Dean Morgan has gotten himself some disturbingly devoted fanbase who seem to forget stuff like trying to violate his teammate while ''laughing all the time'', and gunning down a woman pregnant with his child in Vietnam. And many of them are women who think he's sexy (maybe it's the PornStache).
** This has resulted from ''the story itself'' (both comic and movie) giving the Comedian this treatment. In the scene where he kills the aforementioned pregnant woman both he and the story place the blame on Doctor Manhattan for not intervening, the woman whom he tried to violate speaks of him fondly ([[spoiler:and had at least one consensual encounter with him afterward]]), Nite Owl refers to him in reverent terms even in a flashback in which he's firing on unarmed protesters[[note]]movie only; in the comic, he was using tear gas[[/note]], and his killing by [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] is treated as a combination HeroicSacrifice and RedemptionEqualsDeath. Of course, this being ''Watchmen'' it's entirely probable this was intentional as part of the deconstruction and was simply overwhelmed by MisaimedFandom. WordOfGod for the movie said that it was indeed intentional, the goal being to create a character who is despicable but still in a way sympathetic.
** Rorschach before the film: he had a MisaimedFandom that viewed him as a total {{badass}}, but never found him sexy. Then the movie came, along with a legion of fangirls who want to "make him better".
** That's understandable, though. Even those who think of Rorschach as [[AxCrazy he was originally]] [[KnightTemplar intended to be]] have to admit that he is a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds par excellence, and as a character type they're always susceptible to the DracoInLeatherPants treatment. Though a lot of the fangirls who want to "make him better" take it way too far, [[SonOfAWhore given]] [[MommyIssues his]] [[AbusiveParents childhood]], it's no surprise.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
** [[spoiler: Angel]] is actually an aversion of this trope. [[spoiler: She]] has some of the attributes down, such as good looks, sympathetic motives and [[HellBentForLeather leathery attire]] (seriously, it's almost like the film-makers were trying to deliberately evoke this trope). But [[spoiler: she's]] not very well liked by the fandom though the fact that [[spoiler: she joined Shaw and stayed with him even after he killed Darwin]] could account for that.
** Played completely straight with Magneto himself. He's just more charismatic than Xavier.
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