This character is someone whom the audience would consider a {{Villain}} in any other story. They KickTheDog, they RapePillageAndBurn, they cross the MoralEventHorizon time and time again...because someone or something else is making them do it.

This type of character is similar to, but separate from a NecessarilyEvil villain. A NecessarilyEvil villain typically performs their heinous acts of their own free will, because [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids they think an ideal solution isn't possible]] or because it's the path that guarantees the most success. Ultimately, they may be right or wrong, but the responsibility rests completely with themselves. They believe their actions will lead to a greater good, and they are carrying out their own will. No one made them do anything.

Not so for this character. These characters are villains because they truly don't have another option (that they know of anyway). Either they, someone they know, or even the world itself is in grave danger if they don't do what they've been told, and there isn't enough time or opportunity to find another way. They know that their actions are evil and will mean inevitable victory for the evil side, but their actions, no matter how horrible, mean the difference between evil winning ''now'' or evil winning later. Another example is that they may have PowerBornOfMadness or a SuperPoweredEvilSide, but have no choice but to use it to solve a ''bigger'' problem. Either way, all this person generally needs is to be freed from any external coercion or taught a better solution to their problem.

Given enough time, they may fall prey to EvilFeelsGood, EvilTastesGood or EvilIsEasy and make a full FaceHeelTurn.

Character types that are prone to this trope are the NobleDemon, FriendlyEnemy, TragicMonster, SlaveMook and AntiVillain ([[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains almost always a Type IV]]). Situations like ExplosiveLeash, IHaveYourWife, PleaseSpareHimMyLiege, or AnOfferYouCantRefuse usually turns into this (when TheHero is the pleading party). Also expect one-sided TeethClenchedTeamwork on the side of the forced, if they're told to fight alongside the evil.

May lead to a FaustianRebellion. A character who is trying to fight back may be a StealthMentor for the good guys and/or a SixthRangerTraitor for the villains.

Contrast with {{Brainwashed}} and FaceMonsterTurn tropes, where the character is forcefully modified and robbed of free will to be steered into evil, or MindRape where they were wrecked so hard their free will wasn't working straight to steer them into evil. Not so for this character, this character knows what he/she is doing and had their free will intact and straight, but still couldn't do a thing to resist the forcing... for the moment. Also compare with MoreThanMindControl where the character is coerced mentally into believing that the only way available is something that he/she doesn't like, thus being forced to make a free will choice of steering themselves into evil.

May also overlap with TrappedInVillainy.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kagura from {{Inuyasha}} only serves the BigBad Naraku because he holds her heart in his hands and he can kill her at any time.
* Yurin L'Ciel in ''MobileSuitGundamAGE'' allowed herself to get captured and get on a mobile suit used by Desil to empower his mecha through telekinesis... on the basis that if she doesn't comply, she'll never see Flit again. What results is [[spoiler:her tragic death, by taking a blow meant for Flit, as well as the cementing of how utterly horrifying and despicable Desil is, as he passes it off like he just lost a toy.]]
* An interesting case in ''{{Brave 10}}''. As revealed, [[spoiler:Anastasia served Hanzo in the first place because Hanzo was holding her family heirloom that she has been looking for since childhood and her parents dead, at first playing it straight. Over time, however, she developed into a cold BrokenBird IceQueen that is nearly as bad as Hanzo himself (though not quite), therefore subverting it. Once Hanzo's dead, however, she actually regretted that her whole life as an evil assassin has been for naught, since she found out that the heirloom was fake, thus making it somewhat of a double subversion.]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' loved this trope, especially during the Dark Kingdom arc, ranging from brainwashed random innocents-of-the-week up to the horrifying [[spoiler:brainwashing of Endymion/Mamoru- sure, it didn't take at first, but after the second go he pretty much beat Usagi within an inch of her life before [[ThePowerOfLove Usagi tearfully reminding him of their history together, holding out their music box locket]] snapped him out of it. And, according to the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] continuity and a blink-and-you-miss-it reference near the end of the season, the four Dark Generals/Shittenou all suffered this fate, too, being brainwashed by Beryl and Metallia the same way Endymion was. This might suggest some semi-failed brainwashing on the part of [[HeroicSacrifice Nephrite]]...]]
* Carly Nagisa from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' definitely counts. A few other Dark Signers might qualify too. Misty, Kiryu, and Bommer weren't exactly willing recruits, and were tricked into serving the Earthbound Gods. This is the biggest reason why a lot of the Dark Signers ended up having second thoughts, and in two cases, tried to rebel against their masters.
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* Xu Shu from ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' is one of Liu Bei's earlier strategist and cornerstone of his survival against Cao Cao's constant attacks. Realizing this, Cao Cao arranges it that Xu Shu's mom gets under his captivity. Being a MommasBoy, Xu Shu had no choice but to change sides into his enemy. However, as a Wei officer, he ends up being inefficient and faded from the stages of history, and before leaving, he did recommend to Liu Bei someone [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter who's eventually proven to be far better than him as replacement]]: Zhuge Liang.
** This is either glossed or defied in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 8''. Xu Shu's mom was omitted so he has no forcing. However, Xu Shu is portrayed as someone pessimistic and lacking 'ambition' that Cao Cao just put him on a minor post because he couldn't find a use on him. However, if extra steps were taken, Xu Shu will be impressed with Cao Cao's ambition and willingly offer his services instead of being forced. And since the series has been decreasing Cao Cao's 'evilness'...
* {{PlayedWith}} with Szeth-son-son-Vallano in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. As a Truthless of Shinovar, Szeth must obey any order given by the holder of his Oathstone, whether that order is to cut open his own arm, pour someone's beer on his head, empty the privies, or cut the hearts out of a hundred innocent babies and eat them (he doesn't actually ''do'' this in-story, but he could / would if ordered to). The ''only'' two orders he won't follow are orders to kill himself or surrender his [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblade]]. On the other hand, he is arguably still fully morally responsible for every evil order he follows, despite the fact that he has no choice but to follow them- it depends on whether you want to blame him or the culture he was raised in. As he puts it:
--> '''Szeth:''' It is my punishment. To kill, to have no choice, but to bear the sins nonetheless.
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* In the ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' TV series, at some point Methos is coerced with physical harm or death by Kronos into rejoining his evil old friends. However, this development only lasts a few episodes.
* In ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', Gaius Baltar's bad actions are usually more misguided than actively malicious, but one example from the New Caprica arc definitively fits this trope. Baltar, as the nominal president of the 'Twelve Colonies', is required as a legal rubber stamp by the Cylons to give their occupation of the human settlement some air of legitimacy. They order Baltar to sign a mass execution order for Resistance members, but when he refuses, they [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse shove a gun in his face]] while yelling at him to sign. He eventually relents after some guidance from Head Six.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E22AllHellBreaksLoosePartTwo "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22)]], Jake is forced to help the Yellow-Eyed Demon who threatens Jake's family.
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* In TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, devils have been known to alter a society's culture so that coming-of-age rituals involve acts that will send you to hell (or increase your chance of ending up there).
** There's a spell in ''The Book of Vile Darkness'' called Morality Undone which can turn a victim evil against his or her will. (It does not make the victim loyal to the caster in any way or force him to commit evil deeds, but once the spell is cast, the caster may find convincing him to do that easier.) Fortunately, it's temporary, lasting ten minutes per caster level. (Still, being a 5th level spell, a caster needs to be around 10th level to use it, so that's often long enough to get the victim in some rather dangerous situations.)
* In TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}, many of the Abyssal and Infernal exalted are in situations like this, with their respective undead and demonic masters.
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* Sophitia Alexandria from the ''SoulSeries'' falls into this category during ''Soulcalibur IV''. Her daughter has been captured and bound to the evil Soul Edge, meaning that if the sword is destroyed, so is her daughter's soul. Sophitia is forced to fight on the side of the villains and spill blood to save her daughter's life. The worst part of it is that her proximity to Soul Edge, her despair, her dread of doing something [[MoralEventHorizon which can never be redeemed]], and [[EvilFeelsGood the overall exhilaration]] she tries to deny are all pushing her toward a permanent FaceHeelTurn. [[spoiler:To rub salt in the wound, she's killed before she's ever got a chance to redeem herself.]]
** As of ''Soulcalibur V'', her daughter Pyrrha followed in her footsteps. Practically raised by Tira from the young age she was kidnapped at, once she grew old enough to have suitors, Tira killed every single one of them, giving Pyrrha a reputation as "The Bringer of Woe" and people everywhere incentive to kill her. Tira, being [[PoisonousFriend Tira]], advises her to kill them all. After all, it's self defense, so it's okay. Of course, Tira's true goal is turning Pyrrha into the next host for [[EvilWeapon Soul Edge]]. [[spoiler:She succeeds]].
* In ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'', the benevolent Dr. Cossack has to pose as the BigBad because Wily is holding his daughter hostage.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' This happens to [[spoiler: the ENTIRE cast of Earthrelm's protectors (except Sonya, Johnny Cage, and Raiden, who survive) when they are killed by Sindel, along with Sindel herself and the Outland warriors who allied themselves with the Earthrealm]] after their souls are stolen by Quan Chi.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', [[spoiler:Cid Raines]] is pushed into villainy by his fal'Cie masters.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', the scientists who were kidnapped in the intro are forced into [[spoiler:making what's essentially a killswitch for every cyborg on the planet...which also happens to be able to turn them into Technically Living Zombie by causing them to go berserk.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue: [[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift Continuum Shift]]'', the ever-kind and compassionate HospitalHottie Litchi Faye-Ling ended up in NOL thanks to the [[ForTheEvulz consummate]] {{troll}} Hazama/[[spoiler:Yuuki Terumi]], despite [[OnlySaneMan being able to keep her sound mind]] and resisting [[DevilInPlainSight Hazama himself]] TWICE on him preying on [[LoveMartyr her obsession with Arakune]] (her FatalFlaw)[[BadSamaritan by offering to cure Arakune]]. This was largely because of the corruption that she took to save Arakune alone was quickly catching up to her and she only had little time left until she loses her sanity or memory due to the corruption. So even if the decision was extremely questionable (and unfortunately pegs her as [[WhatAnIdiot idiot]] because players are savvy enough that Hazama is not going to fulfill his bargain, and Litchi isn't GenreSavvy), she really had no choice but to join NOL except if she wants to just rot down, become a monster and eats the other people she loves.
%%Noel, Tsubaki and Saya falls into Brainwashed And Crazy. Sorry, X2X
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', Leon Magnus' chief reason of betraying Stahn's party is that his foster mother figure Marian was taken hostage by Hugo Gilchrist. Depending on the version, he either subverts it or plays it straight: In the original, he's already been an incurable [[NietzscheWannabe nihilist]] {{Jerkass}}, so he's not so much ForcedIntoEvil, he's just playing along to vent his annoyance to Stahn's party. [[spoiler:Then he got [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped with a bridge]]]]. In the remake, he genuinely did consider Stahn and co. his TrueCompanions, but then was powerless to ask them for help, therefore playing it straight. [[spoiler:Then comes the HeroicSacrifice.]]
* In the first ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', Mr. Karate's identity is actually Takuma Sakazaki, father and master of the protagonist Ryo and Robert. He only became the FinalBoss working with crimelord Mr. Big because they already took his daughter, Ryo's sister, Yuri, as a hostage and blackmailed Takuma to work for them unless he wants Yuri to bite it. By the second game, Takuma returned into being a good CoolOldGuy, and Yuri TookALevelInBadass.
* In ''{{Tekken}} 6'', after losing in the 5th tournament and seeing his master dwindle into an even worse state, Eddy Gordo becomes desperate in giving him medical treatment. Cue Jin Kazama, after he himself pulled a FaceHeelTurn into the head of Mishima Zaibatsu, offers him a medication so long as he joins the Zaibatsu. Without much choice, Eddy joins and turns from a model citizen in a soldier involved in many of the Zaibatsu's dirty works. [[spoiler:Jin lied about the medication.]]
* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'', the BigBad of the first game (there's also a PlayableEpilogue that has a totally different enemy) is basically sent out on an exploration mission for his fellow demons (they're in a CrapsackWorld and looking to escape). The very first town he visits, [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer all the villagers treat him like a pariah]] and [[SealedEvilInACan he is sealed in an urn]]. Needless to say, he quickly decides to do something not so good not long after, and basically decides he doesn't care enough to spare the world he visited, instead preferring to violently merge the two worlds.
* ''KoihimeMusou'':
** In the VisualNovel (first game), Kouchuu/Huang Zhong first ends up as Kazuto's enemy because Enshou/Yuan Shao is holding her daughter Riri as a hostage.
** In the animated adaptation, Kouchuu also was found first as a would-be assassin about to kill a high-ranking officer because several bandits (led by [[spoiler:the fake Ryuubi]]) has taken her daughter hostage. For both versions, once the daughter is rescued, she ends up becoming the good guys.
* In ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'' Dream Mode, the usually virtuous Rei ends up serving Thouzer as one of the TokenGoodTeammate since his beloved sister (and later, [[spoiler:his lover Mamiya]])is planted with a bomb in case he rebels. The other TokenGoodTeammate (Shew) has no such forcing.
* Nearly everyone in ''WarriorsOrochi'' were ForcedIntoEvil when subjugated by Orochi, with many blackmails to follow, be it their people in danger (Tokugawa), their leaders getting held hostage (Shu and Wu), etc. The exceptions include Maeda Keiji ([[SympathyForTheDevil feeling sympathetic]] [[HiddenDepths on Orochi's true purpose]]), Sima Yi and Date Masamune ([[SmugSnake Opportunists]], the latter probably got hit in BreakTheHaughty and lost faith in the constantly warring humanity), Fuuma Kotarou ([[AxCrazy Chaos-seeking like usual]]), Lu Bu ([[BloodKnight looking for good fights]], this extends to [[WarriorsLegendsOfTroy Achilles]] later) and Dong Zhuo ([[CardCarryingVillain because he's a dick]])
** And reversed in ''3''. In order to prevent reuniting with Orochi, Dong Zhuo is forced by Zhuge Liang to serve the force of Good, which makes him 'Forced Into Good'.
* Kukuru in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 2''. Her first on-screen debut, exclusively in Sanger Zonvolt's route, is... to blow the Earth Cradle to smithereens and even seemingly killed Sophia Nate, sending Sanger into a frenzy. Throughout the game, however, you find out that aside of becoming Sanger's rival, Kukuru used to be a princess of a kingdom and forced into servitude of the [[KotetsuJeeg Jamatai]] against her honor and wishes when her kingdom's destroyed. Even if [[DontYouDarePityMe she refused to be pitied]], Sanger does not face her with hatred. [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceDoorSlam She's killed before she could turn around for good]], but also revealed that she didn't kill Sophia, she just got her captured.]]
** She's back in ''Second VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', and her backstory is still similar. Her kingdom was destroyed by the Garden of Baral, she was nearly consumed by [=TouTetsuOh=]... then [[SmugSnake Son Ganlong]] said that if she served the Baral Garden, he promised that he would reunite her parents with her. [[spoiler:Near the end, Ganlong gleefully reveals that her parents can't even come back because their souls have been devoured into nothingness by [=TouTetsuOh=], meaning Kukuru has been completely duped. After Sanger saved her, Kukuru finally is able to pull a HeelFaceTurn... [[YankTheDogsChain then dies after the final battle, because the Baral Garden is destroyed and her life was linked with them]]. At the very least, she died a heroine now.]]
* Dr. Andonuts in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''
* The fourth case in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' starts with a message from [[BigBad Monokuma]] that amongst the students, there's [[TheMole a mole working for him]]. And that mole is... the resident GentleGiant LadyLooksLikeADude Sakura Oogami. She has shown disgust on Monokuma, claiming that she won't stand for any other murders of her friends, but gets promptly reminded that Monokuma that he has her whole dojo in hostage and in case a murder doesn't happen, she is to kill someone, causing people to distrust her. [[spoiler:She solves this by choosing to murder herself and this action managed to at least stop remaining the students to try to kill each other.]]
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': A female troll (possessing clockwork [[{{Magick}} majyyks]] and other powers) was nearly single-handedly responsible for making planet Alternia an antagonistic, caste-warfare-torn hellhole. She rained so much destruction on Alternia that history remembered her only as "The Demoness", and mythology remembered her as [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] right-hand servant. And she did all of this because she was forced into it by a time-traveling, universe-eating demon.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Urpneys only really seemed bothered about going after ''TheDreamstone'' because [[BadBoss Zordrak]] will either [[TakenForGranite turn them into stone]] or feed them to the Frazznats otherwise, making them essentially all [[SlaveMooks conscripts]]. [[CoDragons Sgt Blob and Urpgor]] partly go after it for rivalistic sake though.
* Colossus in ''XMenEvolution'' is working for Magneto solely because his family was kidnapped.
--> "I am not a lackey! I... I have no choice."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Robin briefly joins forces with Slade because [[spoiler:he injected his teammates with lethal nanobots that he could trigger and deactivate at will]].
* A {{Flashback}} episode of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' (told to Optimus Prime by Omega Supreme) revealed that Megatron recruited many of the earliest Decepticons this way, using an insidious device to reprogram citizens of Cybertron. The Constructicons were the only known victims of this device who are still around in the present, and it is not known if any other present-day Decepticons were. When Megatron tried to use the on Omega Supreme, he managed to destroy it before it take hold of him; Megatron was apparently either unwilling or unable to rebuild the device for some reason, so he lost this method of recruitment.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', [[spoiler:[[TheDragon the Delightful Children From Down the Lane]] were originally Kids Next Door Sector Z, who were victims of [[BigBad Father's]] "Delightfulization" machine, turning them into his minions against their will. Worst of all, when temporarily turned back to normal in "Operation: ZERO", they make it clear that [[AndIMustScream their true personalities have been fully conscious the whole time]].]]
* Sea Rogue in the ''WesternAnimation/{{TUGS}}'' episode, "Pirate" was forced to steal cargo for a pair of Green-eyed Pirates so they wouldn't sink his uncle.
* Lawrence the Lab Rat in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode, "Pseudo Sonic" was forced to pilot the titular robot and frame Sonic for various crimes because Robotnik threatened to kill his parents with a surface-to-Sonic missile if he refused.
* This happens to any warrior defeated by the eponymous villain in the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack versus Demongo the Soul Collector", although Jack manages to release them all. (And likely give Aku ''a lot'' more headaches in the future, seeing as they were all his enemies.)
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