-> "WHY AM I SO BAD AT BEING GOOD?"
-->-- '''Zuko''', ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

A specific type of [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Sympathetic Villain]], or even a VillainProtagonist. A character who simply cannot become liked or even viewed by the other inhabitants of their world as basically ''good'', no matter what they do. If they kick a soccer ball to a child who lost it, it will instantly [[KickTheDog morph into a puppy]] before the poor kid's very eyes just to retroactively force evil on this villain. If they have a love interest, almost all other characters (and possibly even the viewer) will think of their affections as StalkerWithACrush material. This character is often the object not merely of bad luck or karma but of active stereotyping, with the world at large openly calling their lifestyle, deeds, or ''existence'' ([[BadPowersBadPeople in the case of those with powers]]) things like "criminal", "wrong", or "abomination against [[[HelloInsertNameHere insert god here]]]."

Generally treated by the author as either a figure of comedy or of tragedy. A comedic mandatory-villain will generally keep on trying throughout the entire series or story to make themselves good, and will generally keep their spirits up despite the misfortune visited upon them. On the other hand, a tragic mandatory-villain will sometimes become so fed up with their lot in life that they decide to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil deliberately cross]] the MoralEventHorizon into genuine villainy, and doing so may be treated either as a sign of the character's deep inner pain, as a sign that YouCantFightFate, or as a sign that the character was too morally weak. When stereotyping is the thing that forces the villainy, there will sometimes be a stated or implied {{Aesop}} that all the suffering could have been avoided but for the type-casting committed by the less sympathetic characters.

Compare with WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds for the tragic version and with ReformedButRejected for those who actually started out as villains at some point. Contrast with IneffectualSympatheticVillain for the comedic -- with the difference being the intended morality at which the comedic character fails. Compare HeroWithAnFInGood.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* On the rare occasions that Team Rocket from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' are acting good, the protagonists don't usually buy it, even if they were being sincere.
** Oddly, the weaker their disguise is when doing actual crime the more likely they are to fool Ash and friends. It seems they only really notice them out-of-uniform if they're doing anything other than evil.
** Team Rocket jumping to their death so Ash and Lugia live, and no one even mentioning it.
*** That was a ''weird'' example. At the end of the movie (they survived), they were complaining about how no one noticed their good deeds. Slowking then [[BreakingTheFourthWall broke the Fourth Wall]] when he told them that lots of people (the audience) knew what they did.
* Everything the good guy of ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' says and does reeks of villainous DoubleEntendre.
* IchibanUshiroNoDaimaou: The main character, Sai Akuto, IS this trope. It's the core of the entire show, really.
* The title character of the manga ''{{Ratman}}'' often fits this troop. Despite this "hero" working for a villainous organization. Especially towards a girl he likes.
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* [[{{Magneto}} Magneto's]] origin story in some versions of the ComicBook/XMen comes from this. He survives the Holocaust and comes to view humanity as fundamentally intolerant to those different from themselves. Still tries to live a normal life. Then an [[TorchesAndPitchforks angry peasant mob]] kills his wife and one of his daughters. He therefore decides, upon realizing his mutant powers, to build a mutant empire.
** It's even worse than that. The mob is more-or-less responsible for his daughter's death. When he was prevented from saving her, Magnus's powers manifest uncontrollably and kill the mob. His wife, who has survived all of this, calls him a monster and runs from him.
* Marv in ''SinCity''. Dwight says in a different era he would've been worshipped as a hero and had his choice of women. Instead ''everyone'' treats him as dumb muscle.
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* FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi involves [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Mercury]] being forced to become a [[VideoGame/DungeonKeeper Keeper]]. It becomes almost impossible for her to convince the heroes of the land that she ''isn't'', in fact, evil.
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* Both Tyrion and Jaime Lannister from ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. Tyrion is a fundamentally decent guy who actively tries to help the people of King's Landing while serving as Hand of the King. However, the deck is stacked against him because he's a dwarf; most of his family hates him and the common people regard him as a monster. Being [[GoodScarsEvilScars mutilated]] doesn't make him much popular either. His brother Jaime, on the other hand, is regarded as an oath-breaker for killing King Aerys, even though he secretly saved the lives of a city's worth of people doing it. Even as he tries to redeem himself and become a better knight, his name becomes associated with treachery due to circumstances beyond his control. An especially striking example of this trope for him: he threatens to send a baby to its death in a trebuchet to prevent a bloody siege of Riverrun castle. He'd previously made an oath not to raise his sword against House Tully, and this helped solve the situation without bloodshed - but everyone in listening distance got the impression that he was evil.
* This trope is both [[InvokedTrope invoked]] and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], and having an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of ''[[ZigZaggingTrope that]]'' at the same time, early on in Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Literature/{{Republic}}'', making it (kind of) OlderThanFeudalism. In a [[CommanderContrarian Devil's Advocate]] attempt to present injustice as more profitable than justice by contrasting the perfectly just man (who appears to be this trope, [[SubvertedTrope but isn't]] because he's actually TheHero) with the perfectly unjust man, who is [[InvertedTrope the exact opposite]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.
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* Sometimes Dr. Kelso from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' appeared to be suffering from the effects of a mandatory VillainBall.
** Probably the most notable case of this was in "His Story 4." He has actually built up a modest level of appreciation from the other doctors by instituting an employee discount at the hospital's coffee shop. However, when the dangerous topic of the most recent war comes up and the doctors are fighting and ignoring each other, Dr. Kelso realizes the only way to get them unified again (and less likely to accidentally hurt a patient through lack of information) is actively become the target of their aggression. He takes away the discount.
*** Also counts as a ZeroApprovalGambit.
* Vampire Aiden from Syfy's ''Series/BeingHumanRemake'' is doing everything in his power to be a better person. Except every single thing he does blows up in his face in a way that either makes everything he does look worse in retrospect or leaves him with no choice but to ShootTheDog.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'', everyone is prejudiced against Dick Deadeye simply because of his looks and his [[UnfortunateNames Unfortunate Name]]; as a result, everything he says, no matter how sensible, is perceived as utterly shocking.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'''s Thrall, and by extension most of the Horde in general are seen as evil no matter what they do by certain members of the Alliance.
* [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion Nessiah]] in the ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' series. Played for tragedy in the main games, where his condition is the result of extreme FantasticRacism in Asgard; after all he's been through, he just [[WellIntentionedExtremist stops really caring who gets hurt]] in his attempt to settle the score, and his few chances at being happy are [[YankTheDogsChain inevitably ruined by the writers]] ([[VideoGame/BlazeUnion and]] [[OmniscientMoralityLicense Baretreenu]]). Exaggerated to [[UpToEleven outrageous extremes]] in ''YggdraUnison'', where everyone just kind of assumes that he's pure evil because of his appearance and [[{{Troll}} general attitude]], and [[YouDidntAsk he doesn't bother explaining his actions to them]].
* [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame Walter Peck.]] [[spoiler: Turned out he was just a RedHerring.]]
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* [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]] in the MegaCrossover [[FanFic fan]][[{{Webcomic}} comic]] ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}''. NarrativeCausality hates him... when not he [[HeroWithAnFInGood screws it up himself]] (so much that it's a RunningGag). When he fixed his love interests sleeping problem ([[Film/{{Inception}} Mr. Saito]]) it (he) became [[NiceJobBreakingItHero their landlord]] and nobody believed this wasn't intentional.
* This is the premise of DarwinCarmichaelIsGoingToHell. Because one mistake as a teenager caused irreversible brain damage to the baby Dalai Lama, he's wracked up more bad karma than a whole lifetime of being good and nice could ever compensate. As a result, he's his universe's [[TheChewtoy karmic chewtoy]] and his daily life consists of NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished. Even when he talks a suicidal man back to choosing life and holding on he gets berated for "going against God's will."
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* The titular Doctor Horrible of ''DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. The tie-in comics make him even more of a Villain Ball Magnet by [[WordOfGod outright stating]] that his world considers anyone [[AllOfTheotherReindeer not popular in high school]] to be little more than potential supervillains. Or, rather, Captain Hammer thinks so and no one argues with him. And then [[YouCantFightFate Doctor Horrible goes along with it...]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''{{X-Men Evolution}}'', Avalanche became this, if only for one episode. Tired of failing, being pushed around by Mystique, and generally being unliked by people he respected (Scott) and liked (Kitty) Avalanche defects to the X-men. However, Scott and several of the others don't trust him, and when something goes wrong, immediately blame him. The younger X-Men even start taking advantage of this, doing extremely risky things that Avalanche gets blamed for. At the end, Scott admits he was wrong, and Kitty kisses him, but because StatusQuoIsGod, he still decides the whole thing is too much effort, and heads back to the Brotherhood.
* Zuko from around season 2 to the middle of season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', experiences this. Whenever he tries honestly to help people in general, it is usually twisted in some way to become worse. He also gave the page quote when accidentally injuring someone who was sticking up for him.
* The Penguin reformed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', but his past deeds made him the target of suspicion for Batman and the target for mean spirited pranks for the social elite. He turns back to evil by the end of the episode, though it's implied that with a little more patience he would have been accepted back into society.
** His return to evil seemed to have a LOT to do with finding out that the one woman he thought was looking beyond his unfortunate appearance and sinister past was only hanging around him as a prank. That she had begun to develop some genuine affection for him by the time he finds out about the "joke" just makes it all the more tragic.
* The Urpneys hold the ball to ludicrous levels in ''TheDreamstone''. While most of them are cowardly {{Punchclock Villains}} who [[TrappedInVillainy only serve Zordrak out of fear for their life]], they are consistently viewed as irredeemable scum by the otherwise messianic Land of Dreams, for [[PokeThePoodle trying to give them nightmares]] no less. Their only willing attempt to truce with the Urpneys was by {{Heel Face Brainwashing}} them. Ironically between the two, the heroes actually performed the nearest to a genuine VillainBall (the Urpneys pull {{Idiot Ball}}s by the thousand, but rarely KickTheDog [[PragmaticVillain outside orders]]), [[ATasteOfDefeat getting humiliated by the Urpneys]] during a couple of instances after [[DisproportionateRetribution taking their retribution to too gratuitous a level]].
* This gets PlayedForLaughs with Brian and Quagmire in FamilyGuy. Under normal circumstances, Quagmire is a complete sexaholic who routinely drugs women and is into all sorts of kinks. Of course, the one time Brian tries to relate to Quagmire about his relationship with a woman, it turns out to be Quagmire's sister who had been horribly beaten by her husband. Another time, Brian tries to strike up a conversation with Quagmire and Quagmire's "nephew" while in line to meet a mall Santa. Quagmire's nephew is actually his niece who has ''brain cancer'' so her hair fell out from the chemo. Granted, sometimes Brian is purposely a jerk, but he also can't catch a break where Quagmire is involved. The feud reached a climax where, after one too many outbursts from Quagmire, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil Brian bites back]] and decides to hit a ''very'' personal blow for revenge. Since then, the animosity [[RunningGagged has not reappeared]] outside a couple far more passive aggressive moments.
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