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Much like how [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] can be vastly different from each other, so can [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]]. This scale is a measure of how evil an Anti-Villain is. Inversely related to SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness. Can contribute to SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat and SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness. Compare with [[Analysis/AntiHero Sliding Scale of Anti-Heroes]].

Type I, Type II, and Type III usually can be evil, although they average out at a darker shade of grey. Type IV characters are a [[ALighterShadeOfGrey light grey]] at their worst, and [[GoodVersusGood good characters aimed at greater goods]] at their best.

Works with an [[RomanticismVersusEnlightenment Enlightenment]] leaning tend to make frequent use of Type II and Type III anti villains,[[RousseauWasRight showing the villain as a product of society or simply misguided.]]

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!!Type I: Noble Anti-Villain
Although he chooses to be evil and may in fact [[CardCarryingVillain embrace his villainous reputation]], when the time comes for him to walk the walk, he turns away. This type of anti villain has a set of standards, certain lines that he will never cross. As such, he is the first one to say EvenEvilHasStandards when faced with someone who offends said code of conduct. Unlikely to KickTheDog but will PetTheDog. Often accompanied by a MoralityPet. Alternatively, villainy is just a job to [[PunchClockVillain put food on the table]], thus it's never personal. Placed higher on the evilness scale than type II because villainy is a choice for them rather than something that they are driven to. The type I is the common definition of the Anti-Villain. Those in this category may become true villains if they start to overcome their restraints.

The defining Trope for this type of Anti-Villain would be the '''NobleDemon'''.

Related Tropes: HitmanWithAHeart, MinionWithAnFInEvil, WouldNotShootACivilian, NeverHurtAnInnocent, EvenEvilHasStandards, WouldntHurtAChild, NobleTopEnforcer and MyMasterRightOrWrong.

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Greed of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He may be a selfish bastard, but he cares deeply for his followers. He's also the only Homunculus who doesn't resent humans or is a cold-blooded psychopath. He's also the only AffablyEvil villain in the series. [[spoiler:It's no surprise the he later becomes an AntiHero in the series]].
* ''Manhwa/{{Yureka}}'': Lotto, who is arrogant and manipulative, but still cares about the ones around him.
* Tia Harribel and Gin Ichimaru of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[spoiler:At least, Gin claims to be this at best and acts the part, but it turns out he's actually Type III, a well-intentioned extremist whose actions have put him well beyond any level of hero territory and far into anti-villain territory.]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', we have Seven Warlords of the Sea Dracule Mihawk and Bartholomew Kuma.
* Viral from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is quite honorable, despite always wanting to enact revenge on Kamina for tarnishing his reputation and pride.[[note]]Eventually, [[spoiler:after Simon convinces him to make a HeelFaceTurn, Viral becomes a Type II AntiHero.]][[/note]] Here are several examples:
** Just after the HotSpringsEpisode, he not-so-politely asks the heroes to PleasePutSomeClothesOn and allows them to arm themselves before fighting him.
** When he confronts Simon and Yoko over [[spoiler:Kamina's whereabouts, and eventually accepts Simon as his new rival]], he agrees to a fair one-on-one duel.
** When said duel is interrupted by Cytomander, who takes Yoko hostage and orders Viral to perform a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Gurren Lagann, Viral refuses and sheathes his axe, knowing that his honor cannot be regained that way.

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* {{Deadpool}} depending of the day of the week (In his worst moments, he's FauxAffablyEvil). With his BlueAndOrangeMorality and all.
* The Eddie Brock version of ComicBook/{{Venom}} from ''SpiderMan'' became this (originally, he was an AxCrazy psychopath who only ''thought'' he was the good guy.)
* Julius Caesar in ''{{Asterix}}''. He isn't above tricking people, but within far more defined limits than Asterix himself, generally being more clever than he is deceitful. He always keeps his promises, treats people below his station and even his enemies with respect (even when they're really annoying), and is one of the few Roman politicians we see who isn't plotting to backstab everyone else, stealing money from the state, being completely ineffectual, or fantasising about getting the Gaulish magic potion and using it to kill their friends and become god-emperor. It should be noted that in no way is he a nice guy, though - he's still a colonialist tyrant who tries to have people executed, is delighted by various VillainOfTheWeek characters with bizarre and horrible gifts, and trying to destroy a culture's way of life simply because they're getting on his nerves.
* The Rogues from TheFlash comics. "The Rogues are all about the score."

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* Dr. Brainstorm of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' tends to fall into this, though usually he's a straight-up HarmlessVillain.
** Discussed in "Thunderstorm":
--> '''Dr. Brainstorm:''' Because ''I'' want to be the heroic villain, okay? There's got to be at least one time where ''I'm'' the one who has a victory!
* Princess Ceymi from Fanfic/MLPCollateralDamage and Fanfic/WithoutAHive is a classic NobleDemon. She genuinely believes that the Changelings must be ruthless to survive, and she is loyal to her Hive and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] [[BigBad Chrysalis]]. She herself avoids any unnecessary cruelty, and does not like to kill Ponies -- though she will if she is ordered to or believes that she has no better choice.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Parker}}'', though brutal, usually goes after the AssholeVictim (most of the time) and tries to mitigate excessive intimidation unlike in the [[Literature/{{Parker}} novel he is based on]].
* From the ''Film/PitchBlack'' series, we have NobleDemon Riddick. He's a villain in almost every way; a savage murderer and psychopath with a ''really'' sick sense of humour, but EvenEvilHasStandards, and it seems he WouldntHurtAChild (he seems to like children, and in return he often fascinates them).
* Bill the Butcher from ''GangsOfNewYork''. He's a vicious, racist nutjob, but he has a sense of honor and a few PetTheDog moments.
* General Miura in ''IpMan''. He's still a general of the brutal Japanese occupation, but he's shown to be honorable and detested the more extreme measures of his underlings.
* Pterano from ''TheLandBeforeTime VII: The Stone of Cold Fire''. He's not above kidnapping, but he does make a point to strike his own henchmen to punish them for [[EvenEvilHasStandards two things he considers intolerable]]: violence and asking redundant questions (though the latter is disproportionate on his part).
-->'''Pterano''': If there's one thing I will not tolerate, it's violence!\\
'''Rinkus''': Then why are you hitting me?\\
'''Pterano''': Right... make that ''two'' things: violence ''and'' stupid questions!
** He then becomes TheAtoner toward the end when he has a flashback to the last time he tried to find the titular Stone due to Ducky coming close to meeting the same fate as did one of the dinosaurs on the earlier expedition.
* Kowloon Dingsau from ''Film/TheStreetfighter'' may be the most feared Yakuza boss in Hong Kong, but he has a code of honor. He has numerous PetTheDog moments, particularly toward Junjo (himself also a Type I), and he does a HeelFaceTurn when King Stone tags Terry during the climactic deathmatch, becoming the only Yakuza (apart from Junjo, who is himself presumed dead until the second half of the sequel) to live to see the end of the film. That said, you have to be ''really'' stupid to provoke him into killing you (just ask King Stone and Jadot).
* [[TimCurry Long John Silver]] in the [[MuppetTreasureIsland Muppets version]] is very charming, [[AffablyEvil polite]] and actually cares for Jimmy. [[spoiler:He even goes out of his way to protect Jimmy at one point.]]

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' (as a VillainProtagonist) and by extension, {{B|attleButler}}utler, but only in the early books before becoming more AntiHero than Villain.
* Napoleon in the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series. Indeed he often comes off as better than the people running Britain.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has quite a few characters among the Death Eaters who learn the hard way that they're not quite as evil and twisted as Voldemort wants them to be, such as Draco Malfoy and, more sympathetically, [[spoiler:Regulus Black]].
* Admiral Sam Trang of the Kollin brothers ''Unincorporated'' series at least at first. He starts with very strict ideas of military conduct and honor. Unfortunately that military code includes IGaveMyWord and MyCountryRightOrWrong and because the President of the UHF is a CompleteMonster he finds himself JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope despite his best intentions. [[spoiler:Then his wife is killed during the Avatar War and he briefly goes completely to the Dark Side before then having a HeelFaceTurn]].
* In the Star Wars Expanded Universe Boba Fett fits this trope nicely. He is the ConsummateProfessional, and while he will work for anyone who can afford his prices, he does have a code of honour and a sense of justice. His justice is just much more direct and no-nonsense. The "evil" in him comes from the fact that he believes order, no matter how it is achieved, is preferable to chaos; so he'll work for a genocidal xenophobic totalitarian faction like the Galactic Empire because he genuinely believes it's better than the alternative of chaos across the galaxy without a unifying power. But he has standards and acts on them frequently, refusing jobs that do not meet his exacting standard of justice or outright refusing to do things that he considers wrong, [[spoiler: like sniping the clone of Starkiller when he was distracted kissing Juno Eclipse.]]

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* Jesse Pinkman from ''Series/BreakingBad'', when we first meet him. Through CharacterDevelopment, he gradually shifts down the scale, and now spends most of his days as a Type II.
** Mike is a good example of a Type I. He never hesitates to kill, but he never holds any grudges and only kills because it is his job.
* Garak in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', he does have standards. He is also quite utterly unapologetic about the rather horrifying things he has done (and does).
* Both Mr.Gold/Rumpelstiltskin and Captain Hook from ''Series/OnceUponATime'': sinister, manipulative, and generally remorseless about the pain they inflict on others, yet possessing noble qualities and being able to do great good in addition to great evil.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Black Knight Camus from [[FireEmblemAkaneia the original Fire Emblem]] [[spoiler:until he HeelFaceTurn-ed as Sirius in the sequel]]
** Lloyd and Linus in the [[FireEmblemElibe seventh installment]] where they carried out the deeds of the Black Fang (and [[ManBehindTheMan Nergal]]) but were relatively honorable.
* PlanetEater Pyron from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' started out as a full straight villain in his debut, but then his ending in the third game indicates that he evolved into this as he began to show curiousity and respect toward Earth and its inhabitants, and chose to not destroy it at the end.
* Heihachi Mishima from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. While a dickhead, he's got some soft spots to prevent him to be equal or even worse than Kazuya.
** Bruce Irvin even moreso. He's working with Kazuya efficiently but is a PunchClockVillain when outside his job, [[FriendToAllChildren befriending, helping and inspiring children to become a better person]].
** Kazuya himself is this in ''Film/TekkenBloodVengeance'', since not only is he shown to not be a bad boss to Anna Williams, he's more concerned about beating the crap out of Jin than the atrocities committed on Shin Kamiya's class.
* For a short time, Anji Mito from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', crossing with Type IV. Unlike [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Litchi]] below, Anji has no desperation or pressure to make him join That Man and joins out of complete, unpushed free will (and HIGH level of curiosity) rather than being forced. However, despite all that, he's still friendly as ever to even That Man's nemesis (Sol), tried to befriend May at one of her endings, and in any moment he met Baiken, after one fight, [[HeelFaceTurn he calls it quits]].
* The Bonne Family from ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' series. Tron Bonne especially, as she even becomes a NominalHero in certain spin-off and crossover games.
* Dr. Colress from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', who has shades of Type III as well due to doing what he does ForScience
* Pre-HeelFaceTurn Axel Almer in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. He's still dedicated in kicking the good guys' ass, but he's more of a NobleDemon and his true enemy is actually Beowulf and is actually preventing him to 're-materialize' in that world after seeing the brutality Beowulf caused in his world.
* Franchise/{{S|treetFighter}}agat before ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'', he willingly became a subordinate of Bison in order to get stronger and embraced his status as one of Shadoloo's Four Devas. But over time, he developed into a NobleDemon who is disgusted by Bison's more underhanded methods of granting strength and eventually ditches him for good to resume a more healthy rivalry with Ryu.
* Augus from ''AsurasWrath'', who only fights him because he fights for the strongest side, and actually treats up Asura's wounds from fighting Kalrow's space fleet before fighting him.
* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. Everyone thought he was summoning [[EldritchAbomination Lavos]] to win his war in the Middle Ages. [[spoiler:Turns out Lavos destroyed Magus' home and family in the Dark Ages and the whole war was so he'd have an army strong enough to defeat it]]. While in the past it's shown he's always been pretty cold, [[spoiler:he offers your party advice on [[BackFromTheDead how to save Crono]] and his childhood pet cat [[LickedByTheDog follows him around very willingly]]]].
* [[spoiler:Walhart]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. While his method for his goal is very accepted as evil, he only wants to conquer the world so it's united under a single banner in order to avert an even bigger disaster. He's also surprisingly noble and refuses to do underhanded methods, making him a mix between this and type III.

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* Assassin/Sasaki Kojiro in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' embraces his status as Caster's 'gate guardian' and enjoys warding off the heroes from whatever Caster's planning, but he's incredibly polite and only in it because of the good fight he gets from the heroes, without ill-wills and if they beat him fair and square, he'll congratulate them. Essentially, a NobleDemon.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Sebastian of TrueVillains seems to be this; his morals often conflict with his villainy, and he admits to turning to evil because of the adventure it offered him. When faced with the option to kill his rival, he [[spoiler:lets Gray live, even though he broke the rules of their duel.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* David Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. While far from the purest human being ever to live, he knows that "revenge is a sucker's game," ends up HappilyMarried, and eventually comes to terms with the titular gargoyles, all without ever quite pulling a HeelFaceTurn.
* Despite considering himself an official villain, Puma Loco from ''ElTigre'' puts his family in first place than his criminal schemes (at least most of the time), and is often seen helping his grandson Manny and his son White Pantera in beating up the other criminals of Miracle City.
* Ultra-Humanite in ''JusticeLeague'' is quite morally ambiguous for a villain. While he does a series of serious crimes, like blowing up a modern art museum because he despises Modernism, he also tends to help the heroes in certain occasions. A particular example is in the ChristmasEpisode where he helps the Flash giving a desired toy to a group of orphans.
* Tom of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', DependingOnTheWriter. Although he does get sadistic pleasure out of tormenting Jerry and at the beginning of some shorts is shown doing so, in other shorts he's really only forced to go after Jerry by his owner. Jerry does his share of provoking their battles as well, sometimes to the point of DisproportionateRetribution, and sometimes even just because he feels like it.
* Dreadwing of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. UndyingLoyalty to [[MyMasterRightOrWrong Megatron]] and the Decepticon cause, CombatPragmatist and MadBomber, but shows honor, gratitude and respect to Optimus Prime and the Autobots. [[spoiler:In the end, [[EvenEvilHasStandards Starscream's defilement of Skyquake's body]] almost causes him to [[HeelFaceTurn switch sides]].]]
* Jack Spicer from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''. He is not seen as very evil by any of the other charecters. He also [[EnemyMine will help]] [[TheProtagonist the xiaolin dragons]], and in one episode, he was neutral. [[spoiler:In one episode, he actually turned good]].
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!!Type II: {{Woobie}} Anti-Villain
It's obvious that these types of villains don't WANT to be evil; circumstances just make them out to be. They may act out of UndyingLoyalty or [[LoveMartyr love for someone]] or maybe they're simply fighting for their own survival. Others are [[BreakTheCutie broken cuties]] who have snapped and want to end their suffering by destroying everything. Usually they are suffering from their alignment. The characters garner our sympathy not because their goal is good but because we can see how the CrapsackWorld made them the way they are. Often suffer from a damaged psyche. Anti-Villains in this category may become true villains, but they're also just as likely to turn into an Anti-Hero.

A lot (although by no means all) of {{Buffyverse}} vampires/demons fall into this category. They will tend to be driven to their villainous acts by something within their biology. One example would be vampires who don't necessarily ''want'' to kill people, but it's simply that they find human blood to be much more nutritious or tastier than that of animals.

The defining trope for this type of Anti-Villain would be a '''WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds'''.

Related Tropes: SympatheticMurderer, JerkassWoobie, TragicVillain, and a typical DarkMagicalGirl.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* Fate Testarossa in the first season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. She's a girl with an abusive mother who does said abusive mother's bidding in the hope that once she's succeeded, her mother will once again become the kind person she [[spoiler:or rather, Alicia, the girl she's based off of]] remembers.
* Jeremiah Gottwald from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' falls into this early on, when you consider his real motives. He later becomes a Type IV AntiHero.
** Guilford, while less malicious than Jeremiah was early on, also falls under here, a KnightTemplar of the first order, his loyalty being his defining trait. He is also a Type IV AntiHero at his best.
** Lelouch, in addition to Type III (see below) and AntiHero types III and IV. His hardships have caused him to jump off the deep end on more than one occasion, to put it lightly.
* Pegasus J. Crawford from ''Anime/YuGiOh'', who, like Mr. Freeze, is only evil so he can resurrect his dead wife.
* Hishigi of ''SamuraiDeeperKyo''. He fights entirely because of his loyalty to his one remaining friend.
* Enchu in ''MuhyoAndRoji'', as it's revealed late in the series that the real reason he turned to evil was not out of hatred for Muhyo, but a desire for release from his pain. Some of his accomplices, including [[spoiler:Rio]] and the Cortlaw Siblings are spurred on by the loss of loved ones, including the desire to return them from the dead.
* Sure, she may come across at times as unusually vicious for someone of this type, but '''GOD DAMN''', [[AbusiveParents does]] [[ElectricTorture it]] ''[[BreakTheCutie suck]]'' to be [[Anime/DokiDokiPrecure Regina]]! [[spoiler:This seems to run in the family, considering her father, King Jikochuu, only did what he did because he was under the influence of the dark essence in the castle basement, which wouldn't have happened if he hadn't gone crazy over almost losing his daughter.]]
* Atlas from ''Manga/AstroBoy''.
* Alma from ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'' wants nothing more than to ressurect her mother and reunite with her brother so they can be a family again. Too bad her plans include opening a book containing all the evil magic in the world and kidnapping her brother against his will.
* Alyssa from the MaiHime manga, and [[spoiler:Yukariko]] from the anime. The former does what she does out of a belief that she will be abandoned should she fail. The latter [[spoiler:falls in love with a man who proceeds to use her for his own evil bidding, and gradually grows more and more guilt-stricken over time]].
* [[spoiler:Reiner Braun, Bertolt Hoover, and Annie Leonhart]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The series thrives on moral ambiguity, with enough mysteries and ruthless people doing necessary but cruel things to make labeling anyone truly "good" or "evil" difficult. However, TheReveal really drives this home once the enemy is uncovered. [[spoiler: While responsible for most of the death in the series, all three Titan Shifters are shown to be conflicted and remorseful over their actions. Annie's [[FreudianExcuse issues]] with her father hint at tragic reasons for her ruthlessness in battle, while Reiner and Bertolt are [[VillainousBSOD explicitly]] [[BecomingTheMask shown]] [[TearsOfRemorse to be]] {{trauma|InducedAmnesia}}tized by what they've done]]. It isn't clear exactly what drives them, but there's enough indication of being TrappedInVillainy. [[spoiler:Reiner develops a {{d|oubleConsciousness}}issociative disorder to cope with his guilt, while Bertolt states while he knows his crimes are unforgivable, it ''had'' to be done]].
* Mifune of ''Manga/SoulEater'' is genuinely a good, kind, benevolent person - one of his defining character traits is that he loves children. Therefore, he has wound up protecting the young witch, Angela, the one child who's more in danger than any other. This is because, in this world, witches' magic makes them destructive by nature, and thus they are at the top of [[BigGood Lord Death]]'s hit list.

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* Mr. Freeze in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' [[RetCanon post-influence from]] [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]]. All he wants is to find a cure for his wife's terminal illness, but society itself denies him the opportunity to legally do so.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' has the Ultimate version of Shocker, who was screwed over by the company he worked when he tried to make legit money.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Big Daddy from KickAss (film version only). He may be a bit mixed with a Type III, but he's more closer to this [[spoiler:once you see what happened to him five years ago]].
* [[TragicHero Anakin Skywalker]] / [[DragonWithAnAgenda Darth Vader]] from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, WellIntentionedExtremist and LoveMartyr who turns to TheDarkSide because LoveMakesYouEvil.
** Though by the time of the Original Trilogy, he had become a [[CardCarryingVillain full-fledged villain]], with seemingly nothing to make him sympathetic again... at least until [[RedemptionEqualsDeath the final act]] of ''ReturnOfTheJedi''.
* [[TragicVillain Loki]] from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' was doing the wrong things for the right reasons. Or maybe not "right reasons," but definitely "tragically understandable." [[spoiler:He lets the Jotun's into Asgard to prevent Thor from becoming king because he is not ready, he brings them back to Asgard so as to appear to save his father from an assassination attempt, and then attempts to destroy Jotunheim so as to rid Asgard of that threat. At its heart, it was all an attempt to prove to his father that he was just as worthy of his pride and affection as Thor.]]

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* [[spoiler:Simone and her sisters]] in ''[[RiversOfLondon Moon Over Soho]]''. Never asked or set out to be what they became (and weren't even truly aware of it until the end), and whose origin was entirely accidental.
* The "monster" from ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}''. He actually recounts how all his thoughts were extremely noble when he had just been hiding and listening to people, but when he actually tried to interact with them and was feared, he became bitter and nasty. This slides it towards InformedAttribute, but the actual events in the novel also give good enough grounds to say this trope applies, especially when the protagonist Dr. Frankenstein is [[AntiHero not very heroic]] himself.
* Fëanor, Maedhros, and Maglor from ''TheSilmarillion''. Mass murderers, but they are bound by an unbreakable oath to recover the Silmarils from anyone, at any cost. All three swore the oath [[NotBrainwashed of their own volition]], and only [[spoiler:Maglor]] regrets it at the end.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Master from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is revealed to be this trope given that the only reason he does what he does is because he's been driven absolutely insane by the drums in his head, and that the drumming was put there deliberately (and in AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho the Master was made into Death's Champion without his consent). However, he takes a lot of joy in the death and suffering he causes.
* Jefferson aka the Mad Hatter from ''Series/OnceUponATime''. He's pushed into what he does by Regina's manipulation and betrayal plus love of his daughter. Also he's been driven more than a bit crazy by his time in Wonderland and being one of the few conscientious people in Storybrooke.
** While he still qualifies in the present day, subsequent episodes interestingly reveal that he was once far more ruthless, and actually helped {{corrupt|TheCutie}} Regina and drive her past the DespairEventHorizon.
** On that note, Regina herself qualifies, as she struggled hard to avoid becoming evil, but fate itself seemed to conspire against her and the more pain she was put through, the more evil she became.
** The entire reason that Rumpelstiltskin became the Dark One was to save his son from the Ogre War. His whole background and motivation for doing evil is based around his love for his son. Not to mention that his village and his father [[spoiler: Peter Pan]] belittle him and treated him badly his entire life.
* The Red Queen of ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'' has become this as well, when it is revealed that [[spoiler: everything she has done working with Jafar has simply been so she can help him change the rules of magic, allowing her to change the past, in which she abandoned her true love Will Scarlet in order to be queen.]]
* Richard Harrow in ''BoardwalkEmpire''. An expert killer, utterly broken by his experiences and injuries in the trenches of the First World War. His only friend, Jimmy, is a gangster who has a use for Harrow's skills. Harrow has therefore murdered a couple of dozen people on screen, many of them without even asking why.
* Cole Turner in ''{{Charmed}}''. An AscendedDemon who tries to use his powers for good, but is repeatedly turned evil because of the [[TheCorruption corrupting nature of his powers]], DemonicPossession by the Source of All Evil, or the Charmed Ones [[ReformedButRejected refusing to believe that he's actually good]].

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* Several of the traitor Primarchs in ''{{Warhammer 40000}}'' started off as either this or Type II {{Anti Villain}}s. Most of them are also {{Fallen Hero}}es.

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[[folder: Theater ]]

* Benjamin Barker, a barber, was such a nice guy with a beautiful wife and daughter before a corrupt judge banished him from London, sexually assaulted his wife, and then engaged in some WifeHusbandry with his daughter. It doesn't excuse his becoming SweeneyTodd, who murders all his customers and gives them to his PsychoSupporter Ms. Lovett to cook into meat pies and sell to unsuspecting Londoners for a nice profit. And yet he's one of the most sympathetic characters in the CrapSackWorld of the musical.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[TheBigGuy Barry Burton]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil''. Wesker threatened his wife, so he went along with betraying the STARS unit.
* Brad Kilstein in ''PsychicForce''. He's actually pretty decent provided his SplitPersonality doesn't take over.
* Zero's girlfriend Iris from ''VideoGame/MegaManX4''. She didn't take Colonel's death well...
* Reptile in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''. It's nearly a RunningGag that if you don't off him, his superiors screw him over. Unlike most of the villains, who seek power, his only goal is to resurrect his race, of which he is the sole survivor.
* Walter Sullivan from ''SilentHill4'' may count. He's just a [[PsychopathicManChild little kid]] who wants his mom back. Plus he was raised by a cult of {{manipulative bastard}}s.
* OswaldTheLuckyRabbit in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey''. Much of what he does (and well, mostly what he ''intends'' on doing: [[spoiler: betraying Mickey, taking his heart, and abandoning him and all of Wasteland by going to the cartoon world in a rocket]]) is the result of neglect, jealousy, and the loss of everything he cared about (especially Ortensia) and built in the Thinner Disaster.
* [[spoiler:The [[OmnicidalManiac real Overlord Zenon]]]] from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' is this trope. "Everyone who has ever come close to me, has betrayed me..."
* Jack Krauser is retroactively implied to be of this trope in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', as Darkside Chronicles explains that his reasons for turning to Wesker was because that was the only option left for him to do the thing he did well at, fighting, after his mission with Leon resulted in him being fired from SOCOM due to an arm injury that never recovered.
* Dr Stahngun/[[spoiler:Dimitri Allen]] in ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture''. He's only villainous in order to bring back the woman he loved. Layton even acknowledges he'd never go so far as to kill anyone.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'' features the Founder, the definition of WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. She inflicted the PlayerCharacter with a soul-eating curse and set into motion events that threaten the very fabric of the ForgottenRealms, all to save her lover from [[AndIMustScream the Wall of the Faithless]].
* Yasha from ''AsurasWrath'' is a combination of this, a Type IV, and Stoic Woobie, who is legitimately the one of the only deities that turned on Asura that feels legitimate regret fro the way they treat humanity after betraying asura, by forcing them into a MartyrdomCulture.
* The Locusts from ''GearsOfWar'' was revealed to be this, despite being AlwaysChaoticEvil. It turned out that they were fighting a losing war against the lambent and they invaded the surface world as a means of survival.
* ShadowTheHedgehog starts out as this in his [[SonicAdventure2 debut]], as he seeks revenge on humanity for the death of his first and only friend, Maria. He later becomes an anti-hero, then later a hero.
* [[spoiler:Yen'fay]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. He's forced to be a general in an army hellbent on conquering the world because his sister is under constant watch, and leaving his position will result in her dying from the army's spies.
* [[spoiler:Idoun]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Sword of Seals]]''. [[spoiler:Yes, the ''TrueFinalBoss''. She's actually the [[LastOfTheirKind last of her kind]], trying to resurrect the species, which humans had driven away from Elibe.]]
* [[spoiler:The 3,000 year-old king AZ]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. [[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 succedded, 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 pokemon 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 trying to find.]] "[[TearJerker Sniff]]".
* [[spoiler:Cyrus]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''. While his goal is villainous to those outside, he only wishes to rid the world of the emotions that plagued him for his life. While he does have [[spoiler:a lake where a spirit needed to create something for his plan bombed, as well as two others planned for the same fate]], he does as little harm as possible in the process and [[spoiler:releases the spirits after he completes what he needed them for]]. He treats his Pokémon and allies great as well, if his Crobat and [[spoiler:one of the Galactic admins going into the Distortion World when it closes so he won't be alone]] are any indication. He also has shades of feeling like he's in too deep to stop, considering how he acts towards the player.

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* Rider/[[spoiler:Medusa]] from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', throughout the whole series. Her past involves [[spoiler:getting bullied by sisters as well as humans and turning into a monster]] and her resolve in joining the war is simply to protect [[spoiler:Sakura]] simply because they're kindred spirits. Too bad that [[spoiler:Sakura]] handed down the Master status to Shinji and Rider also suffered her abuses, but since it's what [[spoiler:Sakura]] wanted and all to protect her, Rider had to embrace her status as a 'villain'.
*** Even when she is returned to [[spoiler:Sakura's]] control, she still fits this, being quite willing to [[spoiler:kill Shirou and Rin if necessary to save Sakura (even if Sakura herself is opposed)]]. In Hollow Ataraxia, she even admits that she would happily destroy the entire city if necessary to save [[spoiler:Sakura]].
* [[spoiler:Takano]] from HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi takes and interesting yet disturbing approach on type II's. Her motive for uncovering the truth about [[spoiler:Hinimizawa Syndrome]] starts out noble enough, but due to a combination of desperation and [[spoiler:severe PTSD from her experience with the OrphanageOfFear]], she becomes [[spoiler:progressively more insane as time passes]].

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* In ''151 Hidden Depths'', [[http://hiddendepths.smackjeeves.com/comics/1405524/050-diglett/ Diglett]] becomes this after evolving into [[http://hiddendepths.smackjeeves.com/comics/1407376/051-dugtrio/ Dugtrio]]. [[PintsizedPowerhouse Being small]] led him to be rejected from joining the Pokemon Police Force so he proves he's a force to be reckoned with by [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds destroying cities]].

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* Dr. Horrible from ''DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' is a combination of this and Type III [[spoiler:until his DespairEventHorizon caused by Penny's death plunges him into complete villainy. Even so, he retains traces of this, given his decidedly depressing turn for the worse]].

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* The Ice King of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', especially after the revelation that [[spoiler:he [[WasOnceAMan used to be normal]] until he tried an antique crown that resulted in [[SanitySlippage a loss of sanity]], along with [[BlessedWithSuck gradually gaining supernatural ice powers and becoming unsightly]]]], leading to his present self.
** A lot of fans see Lemongrab as being this. Even though he did pretty horrible things, he was described by WordOfGod as "not evil- just completely unadjusted to living" and "dysfunctional," thanks to his failed experiment-induced problems with his noggin.
* Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is somewhere between this and a Type I, before his HeelFaceTurn.
* In the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' [[spoiler:Tarrlok]] and his brother [[spoiler:Noatak, better known as Amon]] turn out to be examples of this flavor of Anti-Villain. Their father was [[spoiler:Yakone, the infamous crime lord that Aang had defeated and {{depower}}ed decades before the start of the series]]. [[spoiler:Yakone]] proved to be a [[AbusiveParents Horrible Father]], perhaps almost as bad as Ozai. [[spoiler:He forced Tarrlok and Noatak to learn bloodbending so that he could use them to exact his promised vengeance against Republic City. Ultimately, Noatak turned on him and ran away from home, with a festering hatred of bending that would one day lead to him starting the Equalist revolution under the guise of Amon.]] Ultimately, [[spoiler:Tarrlok kills himself and Amon by igniting the fuel tank of Amon's escape boat using an Equalist shock gauntlet.]]
** [[spoiler:Noatak]] also arguably fits as a Type III as Tarrlok implies that he genuinely believes that what he's doing is for the greater good.
* In the movie ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'', we have the Phantasm[[spoiler:/Andrea Beaumont]].
* Charmcaster becomes this in ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' with her motive being [[spoiler:to save her home dimension and resurrect her father]], with shades of Type I, especially after [[spoiler:she moves into neutral territory as a DimensionLord following the failure to accomplish her aforementioned goals.]]
* An interesting subversion/deconstruction of this character type can be found in [[BigBad Demona]] of ''WesternAnimation/Gargoyles''. She's certainly got enough nuance and tragedy in her backstory to qualify her as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, but at the same time she has both the motive and means to do probably the most large-scale damage of any villain in the RoguesGallery and her obsession with getting revenge for her own pain has blinded her to the fact that she's spent the last milennium just digging herself in deeper.
* Nox of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', who desperately aims to be [[WellIntentionedExtremist Type III]] but is [[TragicVillain mostly inhibited by his own delusions]].
* Princess of ''[[WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure]]'' is the top enforcer and TheDragon to her father [[BigBad King]]. However, she doesn't share the same [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] mindset as the rest of the Rogues and follows her father out of familial loyalty to him. Although this doesn't stop her from caring for and trying to protect [[MoralityPet Runt]] when he's taken as the Rogues' hostage.
* [[spoiler:Eddy]] from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is one, though it wasn't made obvious until the BigDamnMovie that served as the series finale.
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!!Type III: Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain

The WellIntentionedExtremist. They may believe in a good goal, but use whatever means there are to achieve it. The sympathy the audience can garner for this character comes from the fact that they basically share the same goal as the hero, but are pragmatically, expediently, or pessimistically, ruthless about it. They can very much be conscious about their morally questionable actions, but feel that there [[IDidWhatIHadToDo is no other way]]. Common antagonist in WhiteAndGreyMorality scenarios and relatively likely to be redeemed if shown the error of their ways depending on ''how'' "extremist" they are. These Anti-Villains may become more malicious true villains, but they are more likely to either stay in this category or possibly become a Type IV Anti-Villain or an Anti-Hero. The Type IV can also be a revolutionary of some sort, fighting against the main character only due to their affiliation to some government or organization, and usually fighting for a noble cause. Alternatively, [[ObliviouslyEvil they may not even realize what they're doing is wrong or making things worse in the first place]]. The more heroic examples tend to overlap with either UnscrupulousHero, or NominalHero.

The defining Trope for this type of Anti-Villain would be the '''WellIntentionedExtremist''', of course.

Related Tropes: NecessarilyEvil, ObliviouslyEvil, TotalitarianUtilitarian, UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, VillainyFreeVillain.

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* Kijima from ''Manga/{{Enigme}}'' is arguable less extreme, but his unstable facade puts him here.
* Kuze from the second season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is a WellIntentionedExtremist who only wants to see the refugees in Japan be treated with the same respect as any normal citizen of the country. Once he breaks free from the scheme of a corrupt bureaucrat, he wants to turn the refugee zones into autonomous countries. Failing that, he has a plan to allow all the refugees to transcend the need to have physical bodies.
* In ''Manga/AkameGaKiru'', the Night Raid, given that they are the [[BlackAndGrayMorality only heroic characters in the series]].
* The "heroes of justice" in ''Anime/AkahoriGedouHourLovege'' are this ''at best''.
* Folken from ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' really just wants peace. Unfortunately, it will take massive bloody mecha battles and razing a few kingdoms to get there.
* ''Manga/DefenseDevil'' has a very misguided version in Legato.
* [[spoiler:Admiral Gil Graham]] in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', who set the whole thing up in order to seal the Book of Darkness when it awoke, in order to prevent future tragedies. That Hayate would be collateral damage was unfortunate but unavoidable in his mind. Nobody judges him too harshly for this, because, honestly, no one else had come up with a ''better'' plan for stopping the Book.
* Pain, Konan, [[spoiler:and Itachi]] of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. The former two were orphans who tried to bring an end to the civil wars plaguing their country, but after their best friend died, gave up on less violent means of securing peace. [[spoiler:Itachi performed the Uchiha massacre because he was ordered to do so by the village in order to avert a civil war, and spared his brother]].
** [[spoiler:Ultimately Sasuke qualifies as well. He wants to reform the Shinobi world via a violent revolution that involves killing all of the current Kages.]]

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* Magneto may very well define this category, at least when he's on the Heel side of his HeelFaceRevolvingDoor. He only wants to protect his people and sees a war between mutants and humans as inevitable so he wants to strike first. He may even have a point or two about this, he just can't resist going several steps too far.

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* Arguably, [[KnightTemplar Chang]] in ''Film/OnlyGodForgives'', though he may be far too merciless and cold to qualify.

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* Thrawn ends up here by the time of his [[TheThrawnTrilogy last campaign]]. He started out as a [[AntiHero morally ambiguous]] character in ''OutboundFlight'', but turned into a ruthless, pragmatic man who wasn't above committing some truly villainous acts to achieve his goals. His [[WellIntentionedExtremist motives were understandable]], especially after they were retconned into stemming from a desire to protect the galaxy from an imminent invasion, but he was most definitely not a good or nice man. His men adored him, but [[MamaBear Leia]] might have had something to say about that...
* Javert in ''Literature/LesMiserables'', who is only trying to maintain order and enforce the law, but is extremely rigid in carrying out his goals.
* Lord Asriel from ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''. His goal is to eliminate an evil god, but the ways he gets to it includes killing a little boy by separating him from his soul.
* The priestess Lady Melisandre from Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire and possibly the other red priests. Her ultimate goal is saving the world and she's willing to do pretty much anything to achieve it, including killing a child. On a personal level, she's cold and fanatical, but also kind and extremely forgiving. The motivations and actions of the rest of her order are less clear.

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* Walternate from ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' seems to fall into this category. Yes, he wants to destroy our universe, but for all he knows there isn't any other way to save his. He thinks the two universes are at war. True, he is openly malevolent towards [[spoiler:Olivia while she is trapped on the other side, along with anyone that helps her]] and is quite ruthless, but he occasionally has ''higher moral standards'' than Walter. [[spoiler:Most obviously displayed when he flat-out rejects his top scientist's idea to text cortexiphan on children, an idea that Walter developed and executed far before the conflict between the universes began]]. Though it was later revealed that Walter only did that in an attempt to [[spoiler:find a safe way to cross to the other universe and return Peter home]].
* Thomas from ''TheEvent'', also [[spoiler:Sophia after Thomas's death and finding out the aliens homeworld is dying.]]
* Walter White from ''Series/BreakingBad'', in addition to being a Type V AntiHero, [[spoiler:before he [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil reaches the end of the slippery slope]] and becomes a VillainProtagonist.]]
* ''Series/{{Touch}}'': Guillermo Ortiz may be the most ruthless person to ever hold this distinction, [[KnightTemplar singularly devoted to the goal of killing a group of 36 people whose very existence he believes]] [[TheHeretic to be a crime against]] {{God}} [[YouAreWhatYouHate and bound to this goal by being a member of said group (presumably he intends to commit suicide after all of the others have been killed),]] but when he nearly took the life of someone outside this group of 36, it caused him to doubt himself, and when his attempt to confess his sins forced him to do what he'd narrowly avoided doing in order to remain free to continue his mission, he had a severe crisis of faith that only ended when he saved the life of a man who'd been DrivenToSuicide and restored the man's will to live. It truly appears that he is genuine in his belief that in hunting down and killing 35 highly gifted individuals and then committing suicide he is merely [[ChurchMilitant carrying out God's will.]]

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* Marche in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''. He a VillainProtagonist because of this trope. All of his friends in the real world hate their lives. When they discover a book that warps reality into the land of Ivalice, everyone suddenly has everything they want. They're happy and want to stay there. But no. Marche won't accept it. He's determined to take everyone back to the real world because it's just not right to live a lie and abandon their parents and problems that they have to face in the real world. For Marche's brother, that would mean taking away his ability to walk and turn him back into the wheelchair-bound helpless child that he was. He pretty much has NO reason to ever go back to the real world, because nothing in his life went right before coming to Ivalice.
** Marche is arguable. He wants to go back to the real world, but neglects to notice that Ivalice is real as well and that his friends are plenty happier in it. He also refuses to go back alone and doesn't even bother trying to find a way to leave without destroying the world.
* [[spoiler:Namatame]] in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (due to being oblivious to the consequences of his actions more than anything else).
* Matriarch Benezia from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. And depending on which camp are you on, [[spoiler:Saren Arterius]]. At the end of ''3'', [[spoiler:even The Illusive Man can come off as this, despite his utterly brutal experiments.]]
* Keith Evans in ''PsychicForce''. He truly wanted the good of his kinsmen, who was being oppressed by humanity and the only way to do it, he thinks, is being a DarkMessiah.
* Jedah Dohma from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. He wants nothing but to eliminate all the evil that plagues Makai, but on the other hand his plan consists in fusing all the Darkstalkers (including the good ones) in a gigantic demon womb.
* Big Boss in ''Franchise/MetalGear'' did the things he did, besides for his BloodKnight tendencies, out of a legitimate desire to free soldiers so they won't have to be expendable pawns of the government, due to his experience with The Boss's death (and his involvement in it). He also is shown to forgive and save his enemies/defectors if they are threatened, as evidenced by his saving Kyle Schneider's resistance from NATO's nuclear bombing of Outer Heaven despite the latter group being against him.
** Solidus Snake is similar, having taken in people who weren't wanted anywhere else, and also doing terrorist actions in order to prevent the Patriots from eliminating everything America stood for, such as liberty.
** The original founders of the Patriots were also this, as they did legitimately attempt to follow through with The Boss's will, and thought they were doing so with their actions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' had The Master, the main villain whose only objective is to unify the wastelanders into a single race and thus prevent any more fighting and wars.
* Look no further than Ammon Jerro from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''. The man has an army of powerful fiends at his beck and call, murders several people who get in the way of his recovering a MacGuffin, and is canonically NeutralEvil. [[spoiler:He's not the BigBad, not even TheDragon. He's the former court mage of Neverwinter, trying to save Faerűn from the BigBad by whatever means necessary. And you get to give him an absolutely ''epic'' TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
** [[spoiler:The BigBad he's opposing, the King of Shadows, can come across as this when you meet the ghosts of people who knew him. He willingly underwent a transformation into a magical golem called The Guardian so he could protect the Illefarn empire, and everything he's done since then, from binding himself to the [[TheDarkSide Shadow Weave]] to waging war on Neverwinter, and all the carnage he's caused, is simply him fulfilling the orders programmed into him.]]
* In {{Arcanum}}, [[spoiler:Kerghan is a powerful necromancer who seeks the destruction of all life... because, after centuries of using necromancy to study the place where souls go after death, he's wholeheartedly convinced that since all beings undergo suffering during life, the comparable peace associated with death is a desirable state of existence. This view is backed up by one of your party members, who is likely to have been killed and resurrected during the events of the game.]]
* Archie and Maxie, the leaders of Team Aqua and Team Magma in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', who are doing what they think is best for the environment.
* [[spoiler:Lysandre]] from ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon X|AndY}}''. While he does [[spoiler:plan on wiping out life from the world]], he only does so because he feels it's his duty to make the world a better place due to his lineage and feels pressed for time due to humans not living forever. He even shows remorse over the path he's chosen throughout the game and gives the player an option to stop his plans. He certainly did a poor job hiring henchmen, however. Note that this is ''not'' true in Y, due to his motivation changing.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}'': [[EvilOverlord Andrew Ryan]]. The [[ApocalypticLog Audio Diaries]] show that he never let go of his dream, even as he went from a staunch idealist to a power-mad dictator. [[MamaBear Grace Holloway]] in ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}'' believes in [[EvilutionaryBiologist Sofia Lamb]] completely and believes Delta kidnapped Eleanor. Lamb herself ''might'' have been this once, but [[MoralEventHorizon definitely isn't now]]. [[KnightTemplar At all]].
* [[spoiler:Kessler]] from ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}''. His end goals are noble, hoping to prepare the protagonist Cole, [[spoiler:his past self, for the coming of the Beast, an entity intent on destroying all life, which Kessler failed to stop in his own timeline. So by extension, he hopes to save Cole's world.]] He hopes to do this, however, by showing Cole firsthand the kinds of atrocities he has to prepare for when [[spoiler:the Beast comes, as well as the agonizingly difficult choices he'll have to make for the greater good, resulting in the slaughter of thousands of innocent lives at Kessler's hands, including Cole's girlfriend and Kessler's former love, Trish]]
* Viridi from KidIcarusUprising. As the Goddess of Nature, she is disgusted with the way humans fight against each other and pillage nature, so she tries to wipe them off the earth with the Reset Bomb. While Palutena and Pit agree with her views, they also say that what she does is not the solution and fight her forces to stop her Reset Bombs. Later on she [[spoiler:joins with Palutena and [[EnemyMine Hades]] to fight the Aurum Invasion]] and when [[spoiler:Palutena is possesed by the Chaos Kin, she helps Pit so he can rescue her]].
* [[spoiler:Walhart]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. While his method (conquering the world) is very villainous, he's surprisingly noble and only does it to try to avert an even bigger disaster, making him this and type I.
** Lord Arvis of Velthomer in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' wanted Jugdral to achieve a state of peace and is willing to do and sacrifice anything for it, including siding with the Dark Bishop Manfloy and [[spoiler:[[PlayerPunch killing Sigurd and the majority of his followers]]]]. He made good use of his claims and actually turns Grannvale into a benign, noble [[TheEmpire Empire]] for about 10 years... until Manfloy gave his son Julius the tome of Loptyr and everything Arvis worked hard for went straight to hell and he can't even stop it. By the time he's confronted by Seliph, he's been so miserable and outclassed by Manfloy and Julius that he's just fighting to be able to die in the battlefield, giving him shades of type IV.

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* [[TheDragon Redcloak]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', initially; he became more of a straight villain over time due to his association with [[BigBad Xykon]]. Then he realizes that he is being corrupted and then becomes even more sympathetic and dangerous.
* General Xinchub of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' started out as this...he did a lot of villainous things with the best of intentions, in order to protect humanity from threats it wasn't even aware of. Of course, by the time the main cast encounters him, he has discovered that he really ''{{e|vilFeelsGood}}njoys'' doing all these things and is a much less ambiguous villain. About the best thing you can say about him now is that [[RecruitingTheCriminal Petey finds him useful.]]
* Tangerine from ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' doesn't do the stuff she does out of malice, but as a result of not knowing any better. More recently she and Lil' E have slipped into Type IV territory.

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* [[spoiler:Jaffers]] and the obstacles [[spoiler:(except for [[ThatDudeInTheSuede Suede]] at the end of part 5)]] in ''SuburbanKnights'' just want to protect the gauntlet from [[spoiler:[[BigBad Malecite]] so that he cannot pose a threat to our technology-dependent world]]. In the process, however, they're willing to fight and kill anyone also looking for the gauntlet in order to prevent that from happening.
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation The Global Occult Coalition]], while, like the Foundation, ultimately trying to protect humanity from potential threats, is quite a bit more extreme, seeking the total destruction of all paranormal objects.
* Skitter in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' wavers between this and PragmaticHero -- she is unquestionably a criminal, but her heroic motives and aspirations frequently lead her to risk life and limb for {{Innocent Bystander}}s being threatened by other supervillains in the town.
* [[spoiler: Ken'tu Kel]], the BigBad from ''Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister''. His evil plan is to [[spoiler: reunite the two sundered worlds]], which Paul even agrees would actually be a good thing, probably. It's his callous indifference to the suffering that would come along with it, and his relentless willingness to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans do whatever it would take to accomplish his goal, no matter who gets hurt]] that makes Paul realize he needs to be stopped.

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* Jet from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He has a good reason to be opposing the Fire Nation, he just takes his grudge way too far.
** SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has [[spoiler:the Red Lotus]], whose goal is [[spoiler:to [[BombThrowingAnarchists throw the world into chaos]]...on the grounds that it will [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans eliminate government oppression and corruption]]]].
* Earl of Lemongrab of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' just wants the castle to be quiet, clean, orderly, and free of pranks and sass. So he sends EVERYONE to the dungeon for impossible lengths of time. Also, this guy doesn't exactly [[TheMentallyDisturbed have all his marbles together]], so he overlaps a lot with [[TheWoobie type II.]]
* Tony of ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' pressures his son to enter an ArrangedMarriage with a complete stranger and will enact a war with the Western Pack to take their territories if they don't comply. But once you get past his {{Jerkass}} behavior, his motivation isn't warmongering, but trying to ensure that his pack will have enough food and resources to survive, even if they must take it by force.
* Kang the Conqueror in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' becomes sort of this. The sole reason why he wants CaptainAmerica dead is because he blames Cap for disrupting the timeline (remember, Cap got preserved in a block of ice in the North Atlantic after an accident in his last mission in the 40's and then was revived to present times by the Avengers), which for an unexplained reason causes the destruction of the world within 10 years and almost erases Kang's wife Ravonna from existence.
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!!Type IV: Villain in Name Only

These characters either lack any villainous traits whatsoever or have so much concern over others that any signs of villainy are nearly completely drowned out. Frequently, these characters are called villains only because they fight against the hero. Basically, these guys are NEVER actively malevolent. They usually have some other reason for opposing the hero besides evil schemes. Ironically, these characters can be extremely dangerous to the hero as their high skill at arms/competence more than makes up for their lack of vileness. Fighting them also poses a moral dilemma which can also sap the hero's morale. It is at this point where an AntiVillain starts to blur with the HeroAntagonist. Having to kill a particularly well liked type IV in a boss fight can be a PlayerPunch. Their deaths are extremely likely to be a TearJerker.

Related Tropes: more benign MyCountryRightOrWrong or MyMasterRightOrWrong, NonMaliciousMonster, PunchClockVillain, NobleTopEnforcer (when not a Type I), mild examples of NecessarilyEvil, those who are ForcedIntoEvil, and occasionally a TokenGoodTeammate (when amongst a bunch of scumbags).

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* ''Manga/AkameGaKiru'' has Wave Being one of the Jaegers for the incredibly corrupt empire he is surrounded by some very evil types yet still retains his sense of goodness and honor, fulfilling his duty to protect the peace for the innocent and hasn't brutally or coldly killed ''anyone'' yet. That nature of his is drawing him closer and closer to the RageBreakingPoint thanks to some of those in the empire he is supposed to answer to.
* ''Manga/HajimeteNoAku''. The "villains" actually try to choke the world doing nice things. The villains are so good, in fact, that the characters question the [[HeroWithAnFInGood heroes]]' good will and say that they are eviler...
* The Team Rocket trio from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' were this for a looong time until [[TookALevelInBadass the Black/White series.]] They had started out as bumbling and humorous, but still villainous in personality, but by the end of the Johto arc, [[VillainDecay any evil they had was drained out]] and they were left as just bumbling and humorous.
* Excel and Hyatt from ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' are both a perfect example of a MinionWithAnFInEvil. Excel is a [[GenkiGirl hyperactive idiot]] who can't keep her focus on anything more than 3 seconds and lets her overt loyalty to Lord Il Palazzo prevent her from actually making rational decisions. Hyatt actually is competent but is constantly dying at the drop of a hat that she's only marginally more successful than Excel in carrying out their goals.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', this type applies to any of the Marines (particularly Smoker and Garp) that aren't corrupt or abusive, and follow a reasonable justice code that usually conflicts with the intentions of their KnightTemplar superiors.
* Coyote Starrk from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is only really considered an enemy because he follows Aizen. He fights against the heroes but never actually takes the step into actual villainy, never attacking to kill. It's eventually revealed that the only reason he joined them is [[spoiler:he is so powerful that his spirit energy kills any weaker hollows and he was tired of always being alone.]]
* Shin and Noi from ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}'' are an interesting example. Both seem to be BloodKnight assassins at a first glance, but in reality they are just {{Punch Clock Villain}}s that reserve their ruthlessness on the people they suppose to kill.
* [[spoiler:Sasaki]] in ''Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya''. [[spoiler:In a GenreSavvy display, she even states she KNOWS she's poised as "the villain of this story", but chooses not to follow through with playing the part, and actively helps in trying to sabotage the REAL villain's plan.]]
** Also the Computer Research Society President, who only opposed the SOS Brigade because Haruhi [[KickTheDog extorted a computer from him]]. Lately, though, he and Haruhi seem to be on better terms with each other.
* Ivan from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', who kills Digimon to earn money to support his mother and his many siblings. He's a stark contrast with his boss [[MadScientist Kurata]].
* The title character of ''[[Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume Squid Girl]]''. First of all, her threat of invading and taking over the surface world isn't taken very seriously by other characters (except [[OnlySaneMan Nagisa]]). If she ''tries'' to actually invade the surface, she would easily be defeated the entire military from many different countries that would put her under control. Oh wait, you don't ''need'' a military to do that, because it only takes ''[[BewareOfTheNiceOnes one person]]'' to keep Squid Girl under control. Also, the worst thing she can actually do is trying to [[PrehensileHair tie you up with her tentacles]] and attempt to take over a beach restaurant. She is [[MundaneObjectAmazement very oblivious and has very limited knowledge]] on the human society in general. In the end, she end ups a [[CuteMonsterGirl cute squid girl goofball]] with [[HarmlessVillain her villainy not taken seriously by anyone]].
* Chao Lingshen from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. She's such an AntiVillain, in fact, that Negi had actually considered letting her complete her plan.
* ''{{Ratman}}'' is a [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]] version, and is actually a superhero {{Otaku}} who is only a "dark hero" because he was tricked into joining Jackal, an OddlySmallOrganization of rather goofy and nonthreatening villains. Since his missions have him breaking the law and put him at odds with the Hero Association (especially the more {{Jerkass}} heroes), he's a criminal, but takes every opportunity he can to use his powers to help people.
* Alyssa from the ''MaiOtome manga'', who wants to end the Otome system so that she can spend more time with her sister.
* Panza from ''MuhyoAndRoji''. She ends up TakingTheBullet [[spoiler:for Roji]], and Muhyo points out that she's not evil like the rest of Ark.
* [[ByronicHero Maho Nishizumi]] from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', especially when it's revealed that her reason for wanting to be a good Nishizumi heiress is [[spoiler:so that her younger sister Miho will be free to live her own way]].
* The Wolkenritter from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' spent centuries fighting in the service of the Book's masters, but when they entered the service of Hayate, who had no desire for power or to see people harmed in her name, they are content to obey her command not to fight for her. However, when they realize that the Book will kill her unless it is filled, they set out to do so, but do so in a way that minimizes harm.

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* [[SubMariner Namor the Sub-Mariner]] whenever he is antagonizing the other superheroes of the MarvelUniverse. His actions are mostly due to his hot-headed and anti-social personality.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' crossover fanfiction ''Fanfic/AShadowOfTheTitans'', Jade fits this trope, as she is only being a villain because circumstances forced her into the HIVE, and are currently keeping her there, though she has plans to defect as soon as she can.
* Similarly, in the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'', Jade is only working with the villains because [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the Guardians' misconceptions]] and Nerissa's BlatantLies have forced her into it.
* [[spoiler:Nanoha herself]] is one of these in ''Fanfic/GameTheory''. Definitely a good person, but the cause she's fighting for threatens to kill a lot of people.
* [[ParodySue Mariko Suou]] in ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'' unwittingly serves the agenda of the BigBad by causing everyone to adore her through her SUE powers, and is [[TokenGoodTeammate the only SUE with anything near a healthy conscience]]. [[spoiler:In a side story, she realizes what is going on and tries to oppose the rest of the [=SUEs=], but the BigBad manages to get a SUE free of her powers and has her killed]].

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* Naval Marshall General Isoroku Yamamoto from ''Film/PearlHarbor''. While being charged by the Japanese Empire with the task of somehow successfully destroying the American Pacific navy at anchor in shallow waters, he is making comments such as "A brilliant man would find a way not to fight a war."
* In ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' once the truth comes out, Lucian is a villain only by virtue of being on the other side. Somewhat unusually for this trope, both Selene and Michael recognize that he isn't a real villain, and turn on the ''real'' villain [[spoiler:Viktor.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa is less evil than she is free-spirited and very frightened, and she means her sister no harm [[spoiler:even when she hits her heart with a freezing spell]]. Furthermore, [[PayEvilUntoEvil she only harms those who deliberately try to harm her]]. Likewise, the snow monster she creates only goes berserk on Anna and her party because she unwisely threw a snowball at it in a rare moment of her acting without thinking.
* Dr. Connors in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' is a genuine, kind man who only tests the Lizard formula on himself [[spoiler:to prevent Dr. Ratha from using it on unwitting test subjects at the veteran's hospital.]] Even when he turns into the Lizard he's only a WellIntentionedExtremist who wants to heal the world of weakness. Admittedly, he plans to do this by turning everyone into Lizard-creatures, but at least his intentions are noble. He puts himself firmly back into villain in name only territory by his actions [[spoiler:after he is cured, saving Peter's life.]]
* Ramsey Michel from ''Film/{{Chef}}'' appears to be a CausticCritic who gives Carl Casper's then-employer two stars. Casper takes it personally and trashes him in front of the entire restaurant. [[spoiler:Turns out, the reason for his rating is because the restaurant was deliberately restraining Casper's creativity (he's actually a fan of Chef Casper), and once he gets a chance to explain everything, the two patch things up, and Michel finances Casper's new restaurant.]]

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* Several of the Havenite military personnel in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series are only villains because they happen to be part of a nation that is at war with Manticore. This is especially the case after Eloise Pritchart takes over as President and transforms Haven from a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny into a genuine democracy. [[spoiler:They have now become straight protagonists after Haven and Manticore allied to fight Mesa.]]
* In many of the original ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories, the perpetrator or the closest equivalent turns out to have merely been the victim of the circumstances, not known what they were doing, merely committing a lesser crime for understandable reasons, or at least to be a SympatheticMurderer taking justice in their own hands against an AssholeVictim who really had it coming. Once they're exposed and explain themselves, Holmes tends to let these characters off the hook even when they actually did do something illegal.
* [[MadScientist Nen Yim]] from the NewJediOrder was like this, putting her skills to the service of the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] more because they were [[MyCountryRightOrWrong her own people]] rather than because she believed in their cause (privately, she thinks her peoples' religion is bogus and their GodEmperor is [[TheCaligula a total nutjob]], though she'd never say it out loud). Indeed, her only actually ''villainous'' appearance is in ''Conquest'', the first book to feature her, in which she was more a sidekick to a much nastier MadScientist than a villain in her own right. Later on, she'd be the protagonist of her own subplot (''Rebirth''), helping [[TheDragon the Warmaster]] root out a [[TheStarscream Starscream conspiracy]] (the Enemy Lines duology), a cameo (''Destiny's Way'') or in an EnemyMine with the heroes followed by a HeelFaceTurn (''The Final Prophecy''), but any further real villainy was [[OffstageVillainy off-page]].
** Before that, in the XWingSeries, there was Admiral Teren Rogriss. In his first appearance (''Solo Command''), he's a good-natured officer who pulls an EnemyMine with General Han Solo to take down Warlord Zsinj. In the second (''Starfighters of Adumar''), more of his background is revealed, showing him to be an overall honorable man who happens to be on the side of the Empire. It's mentioned that he's fought the New Republic in ship-to-ship battles, but his name has never shown up in any so-called "dark projects" (like Imperial superweapons or Imperial Intelligence operations). Overall, he's a sympathetic character.

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* Lt. Kavenaugh on TheShield at least until the premiere of season 6 when he crosses the MoralEventHorizon.
* Enos from ''TheDukesOfHazzard''. He is never really portrayed as corrupt or evil, and despite his DesignatedVillain role (by default by being on the same side as Boss Hogg), becomes quite sympathetic and likable over the course of the show. Enos is plagued by a strong sense of duty. He's a deputy, and sworn to uphold the law. Unfortunately for him, Boss Hogg controls the law. At times, one has to wonder if his goofing up isn't at least somewhat intentional as a way of helping the Dukes. Especially considering that he was able to become the head of the Los Angeles SWAT team.
* [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Sgt. Shultz]] and [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Col. Klink]] from ''HogansHeroes''
* The Gorgs in ''Series/FraggleRock''. While the Fraggles see them as cruel ogres, ''they'' just see the Fraggles as pests, and they actually have a valid reason to, seeing as the Fraggles steal vegetables from their garden. (The Fraggles don't consider this stealing; of course, the have a skewed view of many other beings, including humans.)

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* John Dickenson in ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' is staunchly against Independency, even coming to blows with protagonist UsefulNotes/JohnAdams. His only claim to villainy is he's a Loyalist that truly believes America's best course is to remain with England.

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* In ''VideoGame/NieR'', [[spoiler:The Shadowlord, who is [[TomatoInTheMirror actually the original Nier]]. His "villainy" is the only thing preserving human life at this point, and his only selfish actions in the series are to save his daughter - the same motivation that ironically [[NiceJobBreakingItHero drives the player character to kill him]] and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt ruin everything forever]].]]
* The Guardians from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', especially Harpuia. They're essentially good people (technically, {{R|idiculouslyHumanRobots}}eploids) fighting for an evil government. Eventually they make a HeelFaceTurn.
* Litchi Faye-Ling in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. She actually disliked NOL and thinks Hazama is suspicious, but the situation forces her to join the bad guys.
* Mid Boss in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}''. The worst thing he does is loot the party's picnic basket.
* Sif The Great Grey Wolf from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is a giant wolf that does [[spoiler:nothing beside protecting [[UndyingLoyalty his master grave]], and will fight to the death for protecting it, even when he's too weak to stand.]]
** For that matter, Maiden Astraea herself. [[spoiler:The only reason she's even billed as a villain is because she has a demon's soul (she's the Valley of defilement's Archdemon), but it's outright stated that even in her bitter disillusionment after finding out about God's non-existence,, she still hasn't lost her kind heart, and her soul is the most impure one because she's taking all the sins and suffering of the Valley's inhabitants on herself, relieving them of some of their misery. The Valley's denizens adore her, and will do absolutely anything to protect her, including judiciously slaughtering pesky soul-hunters looking to snag her soul. Like say, the player character. And she commands such loyalty simply by being a good person at heart.]] Sixth Saint Astraea, indeed.
* The Boss in ''{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}''.
* Miles Edgeworth in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series is either this or a type III: he starts off as a more typical villain, trying his best to get all the defendants found guilty, but he has a HeelFaceTurn. Now, he looks for the truth, and helps Phoenix if need be.
* Both Eldigan and Ishtar from ''[[FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu]]''. Eldigan was too much of a StupidGood when it comes to loyalty (and dies for it), and Ishtar was really decent for children or Tinny, but just can't say "no" for [[BigBad Julius]].
** Ishtar, however, ''did'' go directly against Julius's orders and had children that were due to be sacrificed smuggled into Freege castle, and made it clear that anyone who laid a finger on them would be dealt with by her ''personally''. While she does end up dying for Julius, she does show that she's willing to disobey the orders of '''the most powerful character in the game''' in order to do what she feels is right. Really, if she wasn't in love with Julius she'd probably have done a HeelFaceTurn.
** The FireEmblem series likes this trope. Others who fit this would be General Eagler from ''[[FireEmblemElibe Blazing Blade]]'' and Selena and Glen from ''[[FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]].
* General Teo [=McDohl=] from ''SuikodenI''. And you, being his son, offed him because he serves the Empire, you lead the rebels.
* ''BaldursGate'':
** Tamoko in the first game, based on what we see of her. She's only on the side of the BigBad, and willing to try to kill the PlayerCharacter, because she loves him, and she even wants to stop his plans to save him. However, she ''is'' officially NeutralEvil according to game files, which doesn't actually contradict her behaviour if we assume she's otherwise willing to do evil but her True Love for the villain is stronger than those tendencies. But according to what we actually see her do, her being merely somewhat amoral rather than evil would be the most sensible explanation.
** In the sequel, [[spoiler:[[TheMole Yoshimo]]]], Tamoko's brother according to cut content. WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife indeed. [[TrueNeutral Even more clearly amoral rather than evil]], but forced to work for the villain through a MagicallyBindingContract.
* Franchise/TalesSeries:
** Leon Magnus from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', who's fighting you only to preserve the life of Marian, his surrogate mother figure. For double whammy, [[spoiler:so is his manipulator Hugo Gilchrist, who turns out to be his and Rutee's father and he's been possessed all along.]]
** Arietta from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. She hates the party because they ''killed her mother'' (there were extenuating circumstances, but still) and because Anise essentially took over her job as Ion's guardian, gaining all his affection in the process. She doesn't understand why Ion doesn't care about her anymore. [[spoiler:She doesn't know that this Ion is a clone, not the one she knew. The boss fight where you kill her is a serious TearJerker.]]
* Sonia/[[spoiler:Chris Ryan]] from ''PsychicForce''. Her loyalty was actually programmed and [[spoiler:any events of her death proved to be soul-crushing for her little sister Wendy]].
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Jecht]] in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''. The first is a StealthMentor, the second just wants a reunion with his son.
** The latter character was a Type IV in his original game as well, seeing how the only reason he's on the villain's end is because he fused with Sin after becoming Brask's Final Aeon with the intention of eliminating Sin, and was perfectly willing to die at the hands of his son as long as it at least ensured Sin's permanent destruction.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja]] were depicted as Anti-Villains in ''Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy'', being on the Warriors of Chaos side, yet not being too happy about their current position in the conflict, as well as sympathizing with the other side in the case of Cloud. It's also implied that Cloud's sympathizing for the Cosmos side is because a person he knew and cared for was there. Cloud eventually managed to defect to the Warriors of Cosmos, although at the cost of getting killed by Chaos at the end of the 12th cycle and having to be revived. Kuja, however, wasn't so lucky, thanks to Kefka and his implementing FakeMemories.
** General Leo from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI is the Empire's TokenGoodTeammate. He is heartbroken [[spoiler:when all of the inhabitants of Doma are poisoned to death by Kefka]], gives fatherly advice to Terra, and [[spoiler:turns against Kefka as soon as the latter proves to be not so harmless. After being slain by Kefka, the heroes give him a heartfelt funeral]].
* From ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', [[spoiler:N, leader of Team Plasma]] is easily the most [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] example of one of these in the Pokemon series, and has a bunch of qualities of the other 3 types above this one, with none of the truly evil traits that belong to them.
* Lemon Browning in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. Despite her MadScientist tendencies, she's generally without malice and kind enough with her creations, and you off her merely because she just has to fight for the side she's on. Oh, and her relationship with [[NobleDemon Axel]] is genuine. [[spoiler:Add up that she's [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Excellen Browning]]'s AlternateUniverse counterpart...]]
** Originally in ''Advance'', [[VideoGameCaringPotential if you feel genuine enough]], you can avoid attacking her in the last stage and go beat down [[BigBad Vindel]], leaving Lemon's fate more open than surefire death.
* Sophitia Alexandra starting from ''[[SoulSeries SoulCalibur IV]]'' goes to this path. Despite starting out as the holiest and purest of all fighters, her motherly instincts decreed her to protect her children who was under Soul Edge's influence, by protecting said weapon that she swore to destroy. There's a reason why she's ''crying'' in her official art in IV.
** Her daughter Pyrrha gets the same treatment in Soulcalibur V. Being raised by Tira and manipulated into being a new host for Soul Edge, everything out of her mouth screams she doesn't want to do any of it.
* VideoGame/DonkeyKong himself when he's the antagonist, such as the classic arcade game or the ''MarioVSDonkeyKong'' series. He never has any malicious intent; he simply has trouble controlling his impulses and tends to get angry when he doesn't get what he wants, leaving [[SuperMarioBros Mario]] to stop him. After Mario defeats DK, he generally forgives him and gives DK whatever he wanted in the first place.
* [[spoiler:Claus, AKA The Masked Man]] from ''VideoGame/MOTHER3''. He's only evil because [[spoiler:Porky revived his dead body and brainwashed him as an assassin.]]
* [[spoiler:Aphelion, the silver dragon]] from ''VideoGame/RadiataStories'' is the closest thing to a BigBad the game has--and wouldn't be considered evil on any conceivable moral scale if it weren't for the fact that [[spoiler:his plan '''cannot''' go through without killing his fellow dragons and the host of his opposite, Quasar.]]
* Mr Freeze in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity is this with a bit of Type II. As usual his main goal is to protect his wife and he only goes against Batman once in the entire game and that's just because Bruce's stubborness lead to a miscomunication between them.
* The Thieves Guild in VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion. Despite being unrepentant thieves they never kill, protect the poor and only target people who can easily afford the loss. Their leader the Grey Fox in particular fits this as he only resorts to crime due to a curse which he seeks to break.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'': Odette deserves the title of "{{Jerkass}} {{Antagonist}}" more than she does "Villain". Unlike most other antagonists, Odette's ambition is to keep the living from [[BackFromTheDead helping dead souls escape]] (or stealing her deadly crystals to use as weapons), and insisting that her contractee keep [[DealWithTheDevil his end of their bargain]]. (On the one hand, it ''was'' a [[EquivalentExchange fair trade]], but he didn't have much choice, given how [[AbusiveParents he wasn't the one that did the trading]].) A throwaway line suggests that Odette's strictness stems from hear fearing that too much rule-breaking would lead to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[spoiler: She's absolutely right; not only does one hero's escape allow the BigBad back into the land of the living, but the her death lets one of the prophesied calamities [[SealedEvilInACan out of its can]]... along with possibly making death [[CessationOfExistence much worse than it ever was before]].]]

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* Lancer/Cu Chulainn from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is actually a laid back cool guy who's source of joy is good, fair fights and teasing. It's just that he's stuck with a Master that he finds disgusting like Kotomine Kirei ([[spoiler:after his previous Master got yanked on the arm by said Kotomine]]), but [[HonorBeforeReason too honor-bound]] to [[LawfulNeutral obey the rules despite his misgivings]]. Kotomine's actions and his other servant Gilgamesh disgusted him so much that he ends up defecting when opportunity presents itself (and dying as a result). It does show when the show goes AlternateUniverse in ''FateHollowAtaraxia'', what he does is just hanging around fishing rather than being hostile.

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* Various characters of TrueVillains could count as this. Cecile and Xeke only seem to help Xaneth because they are friends with Elia, and Mia is just going along with Sebastian. Had someone different taken her in, she could've easily been a hero.

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* [[TheChewToy Waspinator]] in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Technically, he's never done anything villainous, even compared to Megatron's other mooks.
* King Julien from ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a complete JerkWithAHeartOfGold but while he's a recurring antagonist, he repeatedly teams up with the Penguins to help them out. Okay so he sometimes messes things up even worse but at least he's ''trying''.
* Lindsay from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' in the first season when she was Heather's lackey, as well as [[spoiler:the final episode in the third season, she helps Alejandro.]]
* General Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''; [[CoolOldGuy A jolly old man]] who just happens to be on the side of [[TheEmpire the Fire Nation]], he has no malicious plan of any kind and just wants to help his TroubledButCute nephew Zuko. [[spoiler:He's also the leader of The Order of the White Lotus, a group of {{Cool Old Guy}}s who end up liberating Ba Sing Se from the Fire Nation]].
* Swiper from ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' may be antagonistic, but he's definitely not evil, and is in fact one of Dora's friends. Also, even swipers have standards (for example, after [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol the Christmas Carol-based episode]], he never swipes anything on Christmas).
* Cheese Sandwich from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a cheery guy whose only goal is to throw parties for ponies and make them happy. The problem is that [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] does the exact same thing, and feels threatened that Cheese Sandwich might lure her friends away with his charisma and energy. [[spoiler: Once he explains his backstory, the two team up and depart on good terms with one another]].
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