-> ''"Even in the book of lies sometimes you find truth."''
-->-- '''Andrew Ryan''', ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''

Time and time again a story is told with the classic [[BlackAndWhiteMorality hero vs. villain]] setup with the villain committing acts deemed evil by good, neutral, and the normally apathetic. The villain usually commits said acts for their own personal reasons, be it [[ItsAllAboutMe pride]], [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]], [[KnightTemplar self-righteousness]], [[AGodAmI megalomania]], or even [[LoveMakesYouEvil love]]. But wait, they have a justified reason for their actions? They may not be so much [[ObviouslyEvil evil]] as they are [[AntiVillain anti]]? They may end up sending the hero into a [[HeroicBSOD depression]] after their motives come to light? Here is a villain who has a justified reason for being what they are, or has justifiable motives, or makes accurate assessments of the world or the hero/es. In any case, this is a villain who unexpectedly has a point about something. Or even if they are none of all they are still too close to the truth for comfort.

Due to the nature of their villainy, if they become too excessive in their methods they can easily fall under WellIntentionedExtremist. InUniverse they can easily fall under DesignatedVillain. Compare AntiVillain and AmbiguouslyEvil. Compare HypocriteHasAPoint, JerkassHasAPoint and StrawmanHasAPoint for other characters designed to be detestable who nevertheless are right about something. Compare TheHorseshoeEffect, when two people purport to be ideological opponents and yet have beliefs in common.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has no connection to]] SpikesOfVillainy.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* While Zamasu, KnightTemplar god-student of Supreme Kai Gowasu of Universe 10 has become the BigBad in ''Future Trunks Arc'' in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' and went on to destroy all mortals considering all of them evil and stupid, his overall view on them is not entirely unfounded. Mortals do misuse the knowledge of the gods and have committed several atrocities: Frieza and the Saiyans were cold-hearted planet brokers who regularly committed genocide for profit; Dr. Gero used his great mind to create mass-murdering androids, one of whom (Cell) literally ''[[ImAHumanitarian ate]]'' [[ImAHumanitarian people]], all to settle [[EvilIsPetty a petty grudge]] with Goku; and Bibidi and Babidi unleashed Majin Buu on Universe 7 and caused the deaths of nearly all of the Supreme Kais and killed billions of people. There's also Bulma, who after knowing that time travel can bring really great disasters, ''still went on to create a time machine''. Zamasu's FatalFlaw, however, is his [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity inability]] to see that not all mortals are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil by nature]].
** His assessment of the Babarians proves sound; Gowasu brought him there to demonstrate that mortals weren't inherently evil and capable of maturation, yet even after a thousand years, there was no moral growth to observe in the species.
** He also has a point about the gods' inaction against mortals who abused the knowledge of the gods. The suffering caused by Frieza, Bibidi, and Babidi could have been avoided if the gods were more active. Beerus specifically let Frieza do whatever he wanted and even approved of him destroying the Saiyans for [[DisproportionateRetribution petty reasons]]. In the ''Super'' manga, it's outright stated that Beerus should have been the one to handle Majin Buu, but he was [[TheGodsMustBeLazy asleep]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has this with Kaito Tenjo. He believes the Numbers' cards are evil, and from what has been seen, the Numbers can easily make the good bad (Ukyo, Fuya to a lesser extent) and the bad worse, (Jin, Rikuo, Kaio). Also, his claim that the Numbers want to destroy the world seems plausible, seeing the evil from Black Mist who was able to capture Astral and control Yuma's body against his will. The only issue with him capturing Numbers is that he takes the soul of the person who possessed it.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Daimon calls out Kaiba on the way he used and abused both The Big Five, and his own brother, Mokuba, during his coup against his adoptave father Gozaburo. While Daimon‘s a bastard, and in no position to criticize, he's not wrong when he points out how unacceptable Kaiba's behaviour was.
* In ''Manga/BitterVirgin'', maybe he doesn't exactly earn the title of "villain" (he's more {{Jerkass}} than he is villain), but when [[spoiler: Yamamoto grabs Hinako in the final chapter, setting himself up pretty nicely as one more in a long line of abusive bastards]], he makes her realise that, without intending to, understandable though her reaction was, [[spoiler: she has truly hurt the feelings of some of the guys in her class, most of whom wouldn't even dream of harming her the way her rapist did.]]
* In ''Anime/PsychoPass'', the antagonist Shogo Makishima may be a sociopathic serial killer who instructs would-be criminals how to commit their crimes, but he is spot-on in his criticisms of the society in which he lives, and especially of the sybil system.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** The BigBad is despicable no question, but he has a point; a system where a relatively small amount of people are traumatised and killed is a lot more preferable to [[spoiler:the premature heat death of the universe]]. Both the characters who find out about this ''agree'', and while one doesn't try and change it the other [[spoiler:keeps it in place but slightly alters it to make it less harsh on the girls.]]
** At the end of ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', the ''new'' BigBad [[spoiler:traps the entire universe in a LotusEaterMachine]]. The thing is, she just wants to give everyone happy lives. [[spoiler:And she [[BackFromTheDead brings back three magical girls]]]]. One character declares that she will oppose the BigBad but finds herself crying a [[TearsOfJoy Tear Of Joy]] when she sees her friends again. In the end, the only real problem is that the BigBad is clearly a bit unhinged at that point and they're nearly omnipotent so it's a question of how sincere they really are since they create the happy lives through force, brainwashing, and threats.[[note]]Even though that one character is completely at the BigBad's mercy and an old friend, rather than brush them off they take joy in telling them to beware making such a powerful enemy[[/note]]
* Every antagonist in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is right, and the fears they give for their actions are completely real. The Giha village chief is right that living underground keeps them safe, the Adai village chief is right that they don't have enough food to feed more people so his methods keep the the village as a whole alive, Lordgenome is right that suppressing humanity keeps them safe from [[spoiler:the Anti-Spirals]], and they're completely justified in their goals because otherwise [[spoiler:the universe is at risk]]. The only reason that the heroes are more right is because this is a universe fuelled by [[HotBlooded manly spirit]], which allows them to kick reason to the curb and come up with a better solution than the cynical one.
* Kagatane from ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' is your typical masked man ranting on and on about the government and how HumansAreBastards. Though when you see the overall treatment towards little girls who risk their lives to save their butts every waking moment of their life, which includes lynch mobs, school bombings, and treating them as something less than human, you begin to wonder why the protagonists don't start thinking like him.
* Stain in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'':
** He chastises Iida during their fight for being consumed by his need to avenge his brother, who Stain had earlier maimed, and ignoring a fellow injured hero. Stain drives the point further by saying Iida's actions have taken the furthest thing from being a hero.
** He also has a hatred for heroes who are only in the business for their own popularity and fame rather than to actually help people. While everyone agrees that his methods (killing everyone who doesn't live up to his outrageously high standards) are awful, it is acknowledged in-universe that his complaint isn't entirely baseless. There are a number of heroes who are far more concerned with winning accolades for themselves than actually being helpful.
* Light Yagami of ''Anime/DeathNote''. Is he twisted? Yes. Arrogant? Yes. Devious? You bet. But Light put an end to all wars and dropped global crime by 70%. Nobody contradicts him when he says this. In fact, a good part of his in-universe support derives from this.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Franchise/GreenLantern, Sinestro left the Green Lantern Corps and started his own Sinestro Corps, because he felt that the Guardians of the Universe were doing a poor job at policing the universe. Given that the Guardians are indirectly responsible for the massacre that destroyed Atrocitius's sector, and that they tried to remove free will during ''ComicBook/RiseOfTheThirdArmy'', his suspicions are being proven right. He also made Green Lanterns abolish ThouShaltNotKill rule to make them better deal with threats.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', Rayek realizes that the accident that brought the High Ones to the World of Two Moons is going to happen in the future, and the Palace is capable of time travel. He brings up the idea of going to that exact moment and preventing the High Ones from being sent into the past and driven from their home, and preempt centuries of struggle and suffering on their part. When Cutter objects, Rayek makes a point: the presence of elves has always negatively affected the World of Two Moons (going back to the first volume, when a human tribe caused a forest fire to drive the Wolfriders out), but they're literally ''aliens''; the world had its own path before they arrived by accident, and it has a right to its own destiny. Of course, that point gets quickly lost in Rayek's otherwise power-hungry, elitist motivations, as well as his dismissal of the fact that, unless they are ''in'' the Palace, all elves born since the crash who are not dead and have their spirits tied to the Palace will never ''exist''.[[labelnote:*]]Wolfrider spirits can follow their tribe; all others are tied to the place and time the Palace exists.[[/labelnote]]
* Begrudgingly pointed out by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], Mephisto does have justification why he doesn't want [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter]]'s soul in ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''. The souls he collects would have the satisfaction that they have sacrificed themselves for the greater good, and Mephisto would lose any joy in making them suffer.
* In Franchise/{{Superman}} story arc ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Superman is so frightened of losing another home planet that he goes on a rampage, destroying environmental threats such like super-tankers. Super-villain Protector clashes with him, accusing Superman from setting himself up as judge, jury and executioner. Protector is slimy, violent and entirely self-serving, but he has a point. Even Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} called her cousin out on his behavior until Clark backed off.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Season Eight'': Simone Doffler goes rogue from Buffy's Slayer Organization largely because they repeatedly refuse to let the Slayers use guns. Aside from Buffy's [[DoesntLikeGuns general dislike of guns]], the Scoobies really have no real reason to give her why not.
* Often the case with SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}, and the main reason why he [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor so often swings between]] being an enemy or an ally of the ComicBook/XMen, and even as an enemy he seldom completely loses the sympathy and grudging respect of both the X-Men and the audience. This carries over to [[Film/XMen the films]], where it is indeed usually humanity (or, at least, ''a'' human), who escalates the human-mutant conflict, but his possibly-justified retaliation crosses the line by targeting innocents as well as the guilty.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersCombinerWars'': Starscream just loves to lace his self-serving ambitions with logical thinking. His insults to Optimus about using titles (like Prime) to put oneself above the others is detrimental to the new peace (which ol' Screamer's obviously being a hypocrite about since his whole Chosen One schtick puts him above others), which Optimus agrees with. Then there's Starscream's justification about using Superion, since Optimus has Devastator, a dangerous powerful monster that Optimus really cannot control. When Devastator does end up a problem, Starscream forcibly conscripts Six Autobots and turns them into a Combiner, and he's completely right in doing so. Devastator is a damaging machine of destruction who took down the only Combiner on their side, but with two, they defeat Devastator and save everyone. Starscream looks the hero, and he has two powerful war machines behind him, even if their true loyalties are to the Autobots.
* One of the most psychologically/emotionally charged sequences in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' saga comes early on, when SerialKiller Victor Zsasz tells Batman that [[NotSoDifferent the two of them are both killers]] - and when Batman retorts that he does ''not'' kill, Zsasz insists that Batman's hatred of criminals makes him ''want'' to kill them, and [[WhatYouAreInTheDark he would actually do it if he believed he could get away with it]]. This argument then unhinges Batman to the point where he beats Zsasz bloody in a rage, breaking his jaw and fracturing his skull and coming within a blow or two of smashing in his brain before Renee Montoya stops him - [[IResembleThatRemark all the while screaming that he is]] ''[[IResembleThatRemark not]]'' [[IResembleThatRemark a killer]].
** In the novelization, though, Zsasz's argument is [[PlayingWithATrope taken in a different direction]] when Batman is being stalked through the Batcave by Bane and considers using one of his collection of samurai swords to slice Bane open - but then feels guilty when he remembers Zsasz's "killer" accusation. In fact, here Batman would have been completely justified in killing Bane because 1) psychologically tormented drug addict or not, Bane is still a mass-murdering monster and ManipulativeBastard, 2) Batman was acting purely in self-defense and 3) he's no match for Bane physically in his exhausted state and he can't think of any nonlethal way to bring him down. [[spoiler: Tragically, then, Batman gets his back broken by Bane because he forecloses his only option due to a point made by an enemy of his that was only ''partly'' applicable to real life, and an extremely disingenuous one at that.]]
* Doctor Doom is a megalomaniac who wants to TakeOverTheWorld. However, the reason he wants to is because he honestly believes that it will be for the benefit of mankind. And he is ''right.'' He was able to look into the future and see all the possible futures that could come to pass and the only one free of human suffering and strife was the one where he was in control of humanity. Though the validity of the point is undermined by his methods, which usually amount to depriving humanity of most of its free will.
** He actually succeeded in the graphic novel ''ComicBook/EmperorDoom'', and did make the world a better place. He was so bored, he actually let the small band of heroes who Wonder Man freed from his control win.
* In ''ComicBook/InhumansVsXMen'', despite being the villains of the series, the X-Men are in practice actually in the right. As stated InUniverse, disrupting the Terrigen Mists has no negative effect beyond seeing that people who weren't super-powered to begin with... don't spontaneously ''get'' super-powers they never even asked for, whilst letting them saturate the atmosphere will ''kill off'' an entire sub-species of humanity who had made ''no'' hostile actions towards the Inhumans in the first place. This is lampshaded when the Inhuman Kamala asks if her people are supposed to be the good guys in this situation.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] points out that Discord is responsible for so much misery ([[spoiler:something she knows first hoof, being a [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future version of Dark World!Twilight]]]]) that he deserves an AndIMustScream fate [[spoiler:which she gave him]]. While she's undoubtedly a monster, it's hard to argue with the point. [[spoiler:The problem is [[GroundhogDayLoop her method]] ended up being ''worse'' than Discord's own crimes and Discord has long since had a HeelRealization.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'' (part of ''FanFic/ProjectDarkJade''), Nerissa seethes at Himerish for not stepping in and stopping Phobos himself when the tyrant came to power (though WordOfGod has hinted that his reasoning will be explored later, it's hard not to see that she makes more than a little sense).
* One ''Literature/HarryPotter'' story explains [[BigBad Voldemort's]] reasoning as to why there's no such thing as a FateWorseThanDeath. His logic is basically, so long as you're still alive, there's hope things will get better. "The poor may become rich, the crippled might miraculously heal, the insane could claw their way back to sanity."
* In ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'' (a ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' AlternateUniverseFic), when Valerie Payne ends up by mistake in Shendu's solitary cell in Hollowland's penitentiary, he convinces her to stay with him and not to venture in the main cell block, reasoning that her chances of leaving the prison healthy and sane are better with [[VillainousCrush him]] ([[NobleDemon the demon who wants to have her by her own will]]) rather than amongst inmates that include not only murderers and rapists, but also many criminals her late police father helped to catch.
** When Valerie tries to furiously deny that she feels anything towards Shendu, he says that if that were true, then she wouldn't have [[SaveTheVillain saved him ]] from drowning in Embarcadero Station. He also says that the way [[UnderwaterKiss she kissed him in order to do that]] speaks against her as well.
* In ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'', BigBad elf Commander Ragnar points out how HumansAreBastards on a regular basis, something the usually ShutUpHannibal-spouting Rangers can't seem to respond to. On the other hand, they're more than determined to prove him wrong by making peace with the elves, while still fighting to stop him.
* Dumbledore gains no cookie points for trying to convince Cora to give her baby away then knocking her and wiping all her memories about her pregnancy when she refuses in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10964874/1/Dark-Dynasty Dark Dynasty]]''. He shows ManipulativeBastard qualities by controlling Harry's life, wanting to create a powerful saviour and being persuaded Harry needs to be kept on the ''good'' way because his dark heritage would lead him to become a monster otherwise. Nonetheless, you can't help but agree with him when he declares Cora an unfit mother and the Dark One even worse at being a good parent. Just look at Regina and Baelfire.
* In the MLP fic ''FanFic/PrincessTrixieSparkle'', the villain and [[spoiler: Celestia and Luna's long lost older sister]] Astelle is mostly motivated by slights that for the most part, fabricated by her own anger and resentment. But she does raise a good point, about Celestia [[spoiler: keeping all information about her a secret from everyone, ''especially'' Luna, who had every right to know about her.]]
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic, ''Fanfic/CommonSense'', Once [[spoiler:the leader of the Squirtle Squad]] encounters Team Rocket again, wanting revenge for [[spoiler:them taking his team]], Meowth points out that while they did the deed, [[spoiler:he was the one that led them into their camp]]. He's not necessarily wrong. If [[spoiler:the Squirtle Squad]] had fled, laid low and stayed hidden, then Team Rocket likely would've moved on, either to chase Pikachu or [[spoiler:arrive at Vermillion City to prepare the St. Anne operation]].
-->Meowth: Face it, kingpin; ya crossed da wrong team an' your own paid da price.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'': Mike and Sulley accidentally break [[DeanBitterman Dean Hardscrabble's]] last memento of her scaring career, so she gives them a dressing down, by giving them hypothetical scenarios that they both fail, and for which they get kicked out of the program. She fails Mike immediately because as smart as he is, he's just not intimidating, and she fails Sulley because, while he's intimidating, he doesn't use his head to analyze and adapt to scaring situations. The film shows she's right about both, and they need to work together to be efficient.
* BigBad Dr. Benedict of ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' has a nefarious plan to get rid of summer vacation by moving the moon and disrupting the Earth's weather patterns. His stated reason for doing so is because he's upset by how American kids are falling behind their international peers in academic tests. The guy's planned remedy is definitely a severe case of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope for a few reasons, but that actually ''is'' a very legitimate concern.
* In ''Film/WreckItRalph'', although it's quite clear [[spoiler: King Candy / Turbo]] is lying his ass off and has his own reason for wanting to keep Vanelope from racing, being worried that the players might assume the game is broken ([[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt which could result in it being unplugged]]) if they witness her glitching is a valid concern, especially since that's exactly why Turbo Time was unplugged. [[spoiler:Luckily, the opposite holds true and gamers consider Vanelope's glitching a GoodBadBug rather than a GameBreakingBug, since it can be used to [[GameBreaker pass other racers more easily]].]]
** However, that point is completely undercut by TheReveal that Vanelope is only glitchy because ''he'' messed with the source-code.
* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', [[spoiler: Prof. Callaghan coldly tells Hiro that Tadashi's death was his own fault. That may not have been the right thing to say, especially at that point in time, but what he said is correct. Tadashi ran into a building fully engulfed in flames, in a futile attempt to try to find Callaghan, when he had no idea where he was. Noble as it may have been, that was [[TooDumbToLive a monumentally stupid thing to do]] that Callaghan had no control over.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WonderWoman'' film Persephone's arguments about the wrongness of Hippolyta's hiding the Amazons away from Man's World:
-->'''Hippolyta:''' You were given a life of peace and beauty!\\
'''Persephone:''' And denied one of families and children. Yes Hippolyta, the Amazons ''are'' warriors, but we are ''women'' too.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the 1991 remake of ''Film/CapeFear'' Cady is technically correct when he points out that Bowden violated his legal and ethical duty as a defense attorney by burying important evidence that may have secured his client's acquittal or a reduction of his sentence. Hence he bears no grudge against the judge or the prosecutor, who were just doing their jobs correctly. However, morally-speaking, Bowden clearly made the right choice. Using that evidence would've humiliated an already traumatized rape victim (it was her sexual history, which is inadmissible today), and let Cady back on the streets in no time.
* In ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'', the main character seems to be almost persuaded by the villain Kaecilius and his promise of eternal life for everybody. In fact, actor Mads Mikkelsen playing Kaecilius perceived his character as a hero: "The key to any good villain, which I think was very clear from the beginning of this journey, is that they have a point. It’s not completely crazy what they’re saying. That is a point, even in Doctor Strange’s eyes he does believe I have a point (...)".
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', one of the reasons why the Joker is so effective a villain is that he's very good at pointing out the flaws in the principles of others, and exploiting those flaws to his advantage. Some examples are: 1) He immediately recognizes that Batman is the real reason why organized crime is threatened in Gotham and points this out to the mob, which causes the mob to hire the Joker when they realize he was right, giving the Joker access to Gotham's underworld. 2) He exploits the fact that Batman really is an unlawful vigilante by promising to kill people until Batman unmasks, turning the city and the cops against Batman. 3) He convinces Harvey Dent to become Two-Face by telling Dent that the so-called justice system that he supports is filled with corrupt people who constantly tolerate corruption and profit from crime, which is true since Jim Gordon is forced to work with suspect cops in order to have enough men to do his job. 4) He constantly claims that people are complacent and corruptible and backs up his beliefs by putting people in a position where they have to choose to obey the law and their principles, or lose something they dearly love (only Batman consistently demonstrates his incorruptibility).
* In ''Film/RockyIII'', Clubber Lang is outraged that Rocky won't allow him a shot at the heavyweight championship title and publicly accuses him of only ever taking easy matches. He's actually right: it turns out Rocky's manager Mickey has quietly been refusing all challenges to the title except those he knows Rocky can win.
* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'': Yes, [[DeanBitterman Vice Principal Ed Rooney]] had gone too far by breaking into the Bueller home, but that doesn't change the fact that Ferris ''is'' skipping school, has done so ''at least nine times'' before (even ''hacking into the school computer to change the records''), and has done so by blatantly exploiting the good will of everyone around him.
* Yuri Orlov, the eponymous ''Film/LordOfWar'', is an amoral arms dealer who sells weapons to warlords whom he knows will use them to massacre innocent people. But, as he points out, plenty of innocent people are massacred without advanced weapons (the Rwandan genocide was committed primarily with machetes, for example), if he didn't sell them someone else would, and, as he points out to the HeroAntagonist Jack Valentine, a lot of his work is being clandestinely hired by the United States or other governments to arm people they don't want to be shown to openly support. The film ends with statistics showing that independent arms dealers don't even come close to the amount of weapons sold every day by nations like the US and Russia, who consider ''their'' arms dealing completely justified.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** The villain in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' is so extremely anti-mutant that he would experiment on and enslave his own son to exterminate them all. In the process he enslaves another mutant to attack the president of the US, just so he can offer a target for the president to authorize an attack on. Before the strike, though, an objection is made that the target is a school. The villain responds sarcastically, "sure it is," showing x-ray imagery of a secret jet underneath the school's basketball court. A dispassionate observer should note that that is actually extremely suspicious. Normally schools don't have military-grade equipment hidden in their facility, and after all "schools" in some parts of the world have been used as recruiting centers/supply bases/etcetera by terrorist organizations before—both for the purpose of camouflage, and making attacks on them politically troublesome. The president then orders a non-lethal infiltration and capture mission, which from his position is entirely reasonable.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' presents the inverse of the situation seen in ''[=X1=]''. This time, it's the government who takes the side of the mutants at Trask's Senate hearing and refuse to give the funding he needs to create the Sentinel program. The problem is that Trask has very well-founded fears that the audience can sympathize with. He correctly points out that the U.S. and Russia nearly went to war in the course of a single battle as a result of mutant intervention (which they officially deny, but are later seen to have removed several pieces of clothing and technology from and stored). After the Paris Peace Accord incident, he then points out that the participants include a man who can direct metal (and is the prime suspect/convicted prisoner in the death of a sitting U.S. President), another who believes that mutants will drive humanity into extinction, and a third who can shapeshift into anyone and order a nuclear strike if she felt like it. It doesn't justify his genocidal tendencies towards mutants, but these are some very real fears.
*** Trask went to a lot of trouble to convince {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s that mutants do exist, that they can be dangerous, and that America needs some kind of protection from them... and Magneto proved that Trask was ''[[TheExtremistWasRight completely right]]''.
** As said under ''Comics'' above, Magneto himself, especially in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' when the actual moment of the [[ForegoneConclusion inevitable break]] between him and Charles happens because he wants to retaliate against people who have just tried to kill all the mutants (including the ones to whom they are allied), in an attack solely motivated by fear of what they ''might'' do with their power rather than because the mutants were in any way aggressive towards them at the time. Charles protests that the men Magneto's immediately targeting were JustFollowingOrders, which unsurprisingly does not make the Holocaust-survivor relent.
* ''Film/DemolitionMan'': Simon Phoenix is a total psycho, but even he is correct in pointing out that Raymond Cocteau's society is horrific. He'd rather have hellish chaos than sissy fascism.
-->'''Simon Phoenix''': You can't take away people's right to be assholes.
* Loki had a legitimate point in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', in that his brother ''wasn't'' ready for the throne. It is only because Loki let the frost giants into Asgard, leading to Thor being banished by Odin for recklessly seeking revenge against them, that Thor learns humility and grows into being a worthy future king and protector of the Nine Realms. A deleted scene also shows that, by that point, Loki is made the legitimate king of Asgard while Odin sleeps.
* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Thor has emotionally matured to the point that he openly states Loki was right, and even more, Thor doesn't have (nor wants to have) the ability to be as ruthless as the king of Asgard sometimes has to be.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9qAqwIW704 this deleted scene]] from ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', Azrael - a fallen angel trying to destroy reality and a general {{jerkass}} - makes a rather valid point about the abstract nature of evil.
* Vernon Warmer from ''Film/AnimalHouse'' is the archetypal DeanBitterman, but he's ''right'' when he makes the point that the Deltas aren't just lovable pranksters; they're drunken and destructive hooligans who need to either shape up or ship out.
* ''Film/{{Heavyweights}}'': Tony Perkins is an insane and abusive prick, but the campers were not making ''any effort'' to lose weight. In fact, the fat kids regularly smuggled junk food into the camp. While confiscating it wasn't a particularly nice thing to do, it is part of Tony's job. In fact, the first thing the camp does when [[spoiler: Tony is locked up]], is to celebrate with a junk food binge. Pat tells them that the point of the camp is to lose weight, and to feel better, and that they can do it without acting like Tony.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones'' Count Dooku tries to get Obi-Wan to [[WeCanRuleTogether join him]] by claiming the Republic is beyond saving and needs to be replaced, that it's so corrupt a Sith Lord has been able to seize control of it entirely. While him being said Sith Lord's apprentice ruins his argument somewhat (Republic's corruption mostly come from said Sith Lord and the trade federation might not have went through their war without his back up), he does have a point; the Republic by this time is incapable of preserving law and order even on the more civilised planets, {{Mega Corp}}s have ''legal'' private armies, and most Senators are more interested in preserving their wealth and power than in actually helping their constituents. He's ultimately proven right, as the New Republic established after the fall of Palpatine's Empire focuses more on restoring the spirit of the Old Republic instead of just its bureaucracy.
* ''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct132005'', due to the EnemyMine team up between police and criminals, could be called ''"Villain Has A Point: The Feature Film"''. Most notably when two of the prisoners decide to abandon the group and make a break for it, and Bishop coldly points out that they could use them as cover to let two others get to a vehicle to get help.
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'': Mugatu during his VillainousBreakdown of all places has him tell everyone the sad truth about Derek's career.
-->'''Mugatu''': Who cares about Derek Zoolander anyway?! The man has only ''one look'' for Christ's sake!! "Blue Steel?" "Ferrari?" "Le Tigra?" [[OnlySixFaces THEY'RE THE SAME FACE!!!]] Doesn't anybody notice this?!!!! [[OnlySaneMan I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!!!!!]]
* "Wallstreet" from ''Film/TheTransporter'' counters with one of these when Frank holds him at gunpoint and demands to know why the planted a bomb in his car to kill him. Wallstreet's response hit's Frank hard enough to make the gun tremble:
--> '''Wallstreet:''' You lied to me. You opened the package. You broke the rules. ''Your'' rules. What did you expect me to do? Recommend you for another job?
* ''Film/TheJungleBook2016'' has Shere Khan demanding Mowgli dead because of what humans have done to him. He does go off the deep end later, but considering how [[FridgeHorror humans have made tigers an endangered species and what they do to the environment]], he does have a lot of evidence that [[HumansAreBastards humans can be cruel]] to animals.
* ''{{Film/Rampage}}: Capital Punishment'': Bill makes points many people would agree with. Of course, it's detracted from by his being a sociopathic mass murderer [[NotSoDifferent not unlike those he rants about]].
* ''Film/OAutoDaCompadecida'': After most of the main cast is killed off, they are tried in the afterlife by {{Satan}}, who personally wants to damn each and single one of the characters to {{Hell}}. While the Devil is quite the {{Jerkass}}, it should be noted that all the charges against the characters aren't necessarily wrong: [[CorruptChurch the priest and the bishop are corrupt as heck]], the baker and his wife are [[BadBoss horrible bosses to their employees]], a notorious bandit who murdered several innocent people and the main hero was a scammer whose charges include inciting simony, adultery, confidence tricking and premeditated murder.
* ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'': Captain Rhodes makes a lot of logical points that are hard to argue with. He spent months surviving the ZombieApocalypse inside an unused mine, protecting the scientists who were supposed to be working on a cure. Then he finds out the chief scientist has wasted countless hours training a zombie to be docile, plans on doing it to other zombies, and was feeding said zombie the bodies of Rhode's deceased friends. He rightfully points out that he and the rest of the soldiers risked their lives everyday for a pointless cause, demanding that they scrap the plan and simply take a helicopter out of the mines in search of someplace safe.
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Valentine does have a valid point concerning the sustainability of humanity's growing population and that there isn't enough being done to solve the problems caused. It might somewhat explain how he managed to sway so many world leaders and one-percenters to his plan.
* ''{{Film/Tomorrowland}}'': Governor Nix delivers [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sZnphH7L80 this]] rather convincing speech about humanity's acceptance of the end of the world.
* In ''Film/TheExpendables3'', while the team has Conrad Stonebanks, [[TheHero Barney Ross's]] EvilFormerFriend temporarily in their custody and are trying to transport him to The Hague, where he will be brought to justice for his war crimes (possibly by some unsavory means), Stonebanks rightly points out that for all Barney's attempts to stay on the moral high ground, he is still a trigger-happy mercenary who ''does'' [[BloodKnight enjoy his job.]]
--> '''Stonebanks''': Before you drop drop me off at The Hague to be stoned to death, you might wanna check your own hands for blood.

* In ''Literature/SimonBloom'', Sirabetta, the BigBad of the first book, is quite correct on how the Knowledge Union has some significant flaws.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov:
** In "The Dead Past", the government agents trying to prevent the protagonists from learning the secret of [[IntangibleTimeTravel viewing the past]] seem like a classic heavy-handed GovernmentConspiracy... until it turns out that they're simply trying to prevent privacy from being utterly destroyed by the dissemination of devices that can view any place at any past time from a century ago to a microsecond ago.
-->"Happy goldfish bowl to you, to me, to everyone, and may each of you fry in hell forever. [[ThePunishmentIsTheCrime Arrest rescinded.]]"
** The short story ''In A Good Cause...'' follows two friends over decades as their paths diverge, one of them an idealist desperately trying to unite the human race in the face of an alien threat, the other a soldier and later a political leader who fights in multiple wars against other human factions. When the aliens finally do attack, the human factions unite and make short work of them. The soldier points out to his friend that decades of internal competition had forced humanity to advance militarily, which protected them from outside invaders. Though events have proved him right, he acknowledges that his friend's idealism will make him a hero in the future, while his own militarism will make him history's DesignatedVillain.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': The Mesans are [[WordOfGod in the author's own opinion]] ''correct'' in their position on {{transhuman}}ism and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]], it's their UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ways that are wrong.
* Skitter from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' when talking to almost any hero or their bosses, pointing out that the system they belong to is damaged and imperfect, the heroes aren't as clean as they pretend, or, in one case, that they're [[MoralDissonance deliberately trying to induce a hostage situation]]. The last one is so convincing that ''the hostages side with her.''
* John Farson, the "Good Man" of ''Literature/TheDarkTower'', is a cruel, power-hungry despot, [[InformedAttribute or so we're told]]. However, he's right that the Affiliation is ruled by a cabal of thugs with vague aristocratic pretensions who maintain power largely by having the best guns.
* In ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', the Shop's methods are [[WhatAnIdiot reckless and dangerous]], but they cannot be faulted for wanting to get Charlie and Andy under control. Either of those two, alone, is hideously dangerous, and the two of them together could cause untold havoc.
** The Shop is also unfortunately correct in wanting to keep the two in custody, reasoning that if Charlie's abilities were to become widely known, virtually every other power on earth would stop at nothing to gain control over her. As misguided as the Shop is for planning to use Charlie's abilities for its own ends, in its own twisted way it's keeping America safe.
** Another King villain (or AntiVillain, depending on the interpretation) is [[Literature/TheShining Jack Torrance]]. While he's chasing Danny, he notes that Danny took the master key and went into Room 217, despite being ''expressly forbidden'' to enter any of the guest rooms. Danny had also promised Hallorann he wouldn't go in there, so some of his problems might have been avoided if he'd behaved.
* Victor Dashkov from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' is portrayed as a villain, but sees himself as a social reformer. At several moments in the story Rose finds herself agreeing with some of the things Victor advocated, including a reorganisation of the Moroi government.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', Kar Vastor and the ULF in general are portrayed as brutal murderers seeped in TheDarkSide who mercilessly slaughter any off-worlders, set up as one half of the GreyAndGrayMorality of the Summertime War, but what were they supposed to do otherwise? For ''thirty years'' off-worlders have been shooting Korunnai on sight, prospectors kidnap, torture and murder their children, they're forced to shelter in caves in deplorable conditions because any exposed settlement is bombed from orbit, and they can't even take their herds out to graze because gunship patrols fire on them and their animals, while the Republic did nothing to help. All so off-worlders can sell the rare spices and barks that grow on Haruun Kal. While Vastor firmly crosses the MoralEventHorizon in the finale, it's perfectly understandable for them to use extreme tactics to defend themselves from the genocidal actions of a colonial power exploiting their lands.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and [[Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus its sequel series]], the main villains want to overthrow the Olympians and take over the world in their place. Should they succeed, it would lead to the total collapse of civilization and the enslavement, if not outright destruction, of humanity. That being said, many times they bring up the valid point that the Olympians themselves can be unbelievably petty and cruel, even to those that don't deserve it, and that they can often be inattentive or uncaring to the mortals that need and look up to them. One of the major reasons the bad guys in the first series had an army of demigods on their side in the first place was due to their feelings of abandonment, believing themselves to be forsaken not just by the gods, but by their own ''parents''. Even the main characters admit at several times, [[BlackAndGrayMorality that while the Olympians may be overall better than the villains they are fighting against, they sure as hell aren't what they would call good]].
* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': Grant and the FBI can't help but find the bomber's aim to restore the Colorado River delta to be understandable.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In "Birthright", Worf learns about a Romulan prison camp where Klingons [=POWs=] have been held for decades. When he arrives, he's shocked to see the Romulans and Klingons living amicably. He is especially outraged that the young Klingons born there know nothing about their heritage. But Tokath, the Romulan commandant, points out he had still done something no diplomats from the Klingon or Romulan empires, or even the Federation has done: forge a manageable peace between Klingons and Romulans. Particularly since he had the choice of killing them or sending them back to the Klingon homeworld, where they'd have been dishonored and shunned.
** The MonsterOfTheWeek in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Hope and Fear" is an alien who devises an elaborate trap for ''Voyager'' on the grounds that Janeway's alliance with the Borg against Species 8472 in "Scorpion" enabled the Borg to assimilate his entire species, whereas if Janeway had stayed out of it the Borg would've been extinct by now. Janeway points out that her only alternative would have been to let Species 8472 exterminate everything in their path, so while she didn't like either option, she chose the lesser evil.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Torchwood started as a nationalist organisation with full intention of not just using ImportedAlienPhlebotinum to defend Britain, even if they have to steal and kill to get it, but also to ensure its dominance over the world, and possibly other worlds. But given [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed the constant threats that Earth faces]] and the [[RedShirtArmy complete incompetence]] of UNIT to deal with anything at all without the Doctor helping them, it makes complete sense to resort to drastic measures to ensure the next wandering alien doesn't wipe Earth from the universe.
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode 3 of season 1, "The Asset", genius billionaire Ian Quinn, who is revealed as morally corrupt in the same episode and later becomes even more villainous, warns Skye against SHIELD, as he is trying to recruit her to work for him. He tells her that she fits the "profile" of people SHIELD usually recruits: "You're a criminal. You have a warrant somewhere. Specialized skill set. No family. I'm sorry, I didn't meant to hit the nerve, but that's what these people do. SHIELD. They prey on loneliness and fear and desperation, and then they offer home to those who have no one else to turn to." One can't deny the truth in his words, especially after after we get to see Ward's backstory later in the season. Coulson also seems to partially fits the profile as he lost his father early and has no living family.
** Jiayang initially seems to overreact in Season 2 at the idea of the Inhumans cooperating with SHIELD, but that SHIELD had already been revealed to have been infiltrated by HYDRA gave her some justification, moreso when it's later revealed in Season 3 that [[spoiler: HYDRA was trying to bring back a creature called Hive who could control Inhumans, and in retrospect in Season 4 when a listing of registered Inhumans is used as a kill-list, something she had explicitly warned of.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** During a heated exchange when Catelyn Stark tries to insult Jamie Lannister by calling him 'Kingslayer' and dishonourable, Jaime rightly points out that the king in question was an insane monster (he could have equally pointed out that Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon also betrayed the king by rebelling against him in the first place). Then Jaime points out that Ned Stark (Catelyn’s husband), while honourable, was not without his flaws either and Catelyn herself hardly fulfills the ideals of "family, duty, honor" either, since she had always resented her husband's illegitimate son [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]], an innocent child, for something that was not Jon's fault. Jamie is an asshole, and his own behavior has not been any better, but he is not wrong when he points out this self-righteous hypocrisy.
** [[AntiVillain While he is shown later to not be as bad as initially thought]], Sandor "The Hound" Clegane gets this a lot, as he is shown to be mostly correct that being callous and cynical is the best way to survive in [[CrapsackWorld Westeros]]. For instance, when Sansa gets upset with him for being a brutal {{Jerkass}}, he points out that he's the only one who could protect her from his boss [[PsychopathicManchild King Joffrey Baratheon]], mostly thanks to his reputation. He also mocks the notion of "knights" as being romantic and idealized, viewing them somewhat correctly as hired killers, and he is better than most of them because he at least acknowledges what he is and doesn't indulge in wanton sadism.
* Moriarty/[[spoiler:Irene Adler]] of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' is a ruthless crime lord and murderer, but [[spoiler: the reason she states for giving up her daughter for adoption]] are hard to argue with. The head of a criminal empire is not even close to an ideal choice [[spoiler: for a mother.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode [[Recap/ArrowS5E7Vigilante "Vigilante"]], while the titular VigilanteMan is clearly a KnightTemplar, most of Team Arrow, a group mostly comprised of morally grey [[AntiHero anti-heroes]], support his actions at first, until his actions result in civilian casualties that Vigilante [[KickTheDog dismisses as "collateral damage"]]. [[Comicbook/GreenArrow Oliver]], while being against Vigilante from the start, has to concede Vigilante's point that [[WretchedHive Star City]] is worse than ever, and Green Arrow's [[ThouShaltNotKill gentler]] methods aren't necessarily getting the job done.
** Even earlier, in season one, Tempest's plans to [[KillThePoor level the Glades]] have a motivation where it's hard to deny they have some reasons for doing so -- namely, that the place is a WretchedHive of criminals and ApatheticCitizens despite having millions and millions of dollars poured into it via more conventional philanthropic aid. One member mentions his motivation being his daughter, who was gang-raped by Glades-dwellers with such savagery she fell into seemingly permanent catatonia. The BigBad, meanwhile, had his philanthropist wife stabbed by muggers and bleed to death in a public street over a span of hours. With stories like this, one can certainly understand why Tempest would feel that eradicating the area and driving out the inhabitants is a good idea.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': Walker and his partner Trivette break into a recently paroled convict's motel room, looking for evidence that he's stalking Walker's girlfriend ADA Alex Cahill. When the man returns to the room and catches them, he proceeds to smugly--but correctly--inform them that without a warrant, his permission, or the motel owner's permission, anything they find is useless, and in fact, he can charge THEM with breaking and entering. When Walker grabs him, he threatens to include assault charges as well.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Invoked by the Lucian Alliance, a group of human-run planets freed from Goa'uld control that rose to fill the power vacuum after the Goa'uld Empire fell. They start trading in ''kassa'', a type of corn with a highly addictive substance in it. Earth, of course, tries to put a stop to this, which leads the Lucian Alliance to declare war on them. The Alliance points out that Earth does not control the galaxy, and their laws regarding the trade of addictive substances do not apply beyond their own planet. ''Kassa'' is perfectly legal in Alliance-controlled systems. Later, in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', a Lucian soldier says she joined up with their army because she felt that Earth was trying to enforce its values on all human civilization in the galaxy, which she felt they had no right to do. Just because they're the original homeworld and were instrumental in taking down the Goa'uld doesn't make them the leaders of space.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* While in {{Wrestling/ECW}}, Wrestling/MickFoley invoked this during his "anti-hardcore" gimmick, making real points about the fans (who were hungry for more and more risk-taking and violence by the wrestlers that would get to be too much) and still being considered a villain. He'd also invoke this trope when he "quit" as Cactus Jack while in the WWF, citing that he and Funk had been beaten pretty badly and the audience didn't seem to care once they heard uber-popular Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was in the building and started chanting his name.
* When Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon turned heel for the first time by betraying her then-face dad and marrying top heel Wrestling/TripleH, she cited earlier in the year when her dad covertly arranged her own kidnapping from Wrestling/TheUndertaker (and various other things that made her fear for her life) in an [[GambitRoulette overly complicated plan]] to screw Stone Cold Steve Austin out of the title. Honestly, it's hard to blame her for that one when you take a step back. Triple H at the time had become the most detestable man in the business and his StartOfDarkness was betraying DX to join Vince's [[Wrestling/TheCorporation Corporation]] and ''[[{{Hypocrite}} take part in those very plans]]''.
* Sometimes, a heel will hate a face for some pretty solid reasons and still be a heel nonetheless. An example would be when Wrestling/ChrisJericho had a feud with Wrestling/ShawnMichaels in 2008. Most everything Jericho said about the fans being hypocrites for supporting HBK (Michaels) were pretty much true -- except that it wasn't long before Jericho began [[{{Flanderization}} calling the fans hypocrites for pretty much any reason]].
* [[SmugStraightEdge Smug Straight]][[StraightEdgeEvil edge villain]] Wrestling/CMPunk frequently called out Wrestling/JeffHardy over his past drug use during their 2009 feud. Hardy's lame excuses (like that he's just "living in the moment" or that he's not perfect), combined with the fact that he never admitted fault for his past, caused more than a few fans to turn against the supposed face. Of course, this didn't at all justify Punk's cheating or using cowardly sneak attacks.
** Punk tends to get this a lot. His point toward Wrestling/JeffHardy during Wrestling/TheNexus feud that he's not as high on morals as he claims can be argued to be true. John Cena's done some pretty awful things and was saved from being booed by being a face. Of course Punk, being a heel, was booed for pointing this out.
** Further down the road, he was the heel in a feud with Wrestling/RandyOrton, but it was then-heel Orton who attacked then face-Punk years ago when he was champion, and punted him in the head, forcing him to forfeit the title via injury. Of course, Orton being a pretty textbook DracoInLeatherPants (even as a face) Punk was booed. Where this got particularly dark was when Orton took to using the same punting move on members of Punk's Nexus group, eventually putting everyone in the group except Punk himself on a bus. When you look at it, Punk is seeking revenge for something that a person would be extremely justified in being angry about, but he's the villain, when Orton himself has barely changed from his vicious, psycho heel persona, but the crowd cheers him anyway.
* Wrestling/{{Lita}}'s story reason for turning heel in her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPAWSuUa0ro retirement speech]]. Read between the lines of the typical heel self-aggrandizing and it was pretty sound. She felt WWE women's wrestling wasn't given any respect by fans or the WWE corporation despite busting her butt to bring up diva's wrestling to the level it was at the time.
* See also: Wrestling/BethPhoenix and [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidheart Natalya's]] Divas of Doom team-up. Whilst describing the rest of the divas as "perky bimbos" may be going a little far, consider that the two of them have in fact wrestled from an early age and yet often lose to former models who never wrestled before joining Wrestling/{{WWE}} and it can be a little hard to see them as outright heels.
* Wrestling/MuhammadHassan had spent his entire career in the WWE pointing out the prejudice and racism he has to go through as an Arab-American. When you hear fans chanting "USA" at him despite being billed from ''Detroit, Michigan'', you know he has a valid point. And let's not talk about his appearance in the Royal Rumble match (where every wrestler in the ring, heel or face, teamed up to eject him). What drove home his point is that during his feud with Wrestling/TheUndertaker, he had several masked assailants attack Taker. ''The New York Post's'' Don Kaplan ran a story headlined with "Undertaker Attacked By Arabs." Hassan brought up the very valid point of "How did they ''know'' they were Arab if they were wearing masks?" (Answer: because they appeared after Hassan apparently "prayed" them into existence, and as his theme song played.) Unfortunately, even that wasn't enough to save his character - UPN essentially forced WWE to never show him on Smackdown again when the terrorism angle coincided with the 2005 London bombings, and they saw no other choice but to have Undertaker essentially kill him off in their scheduled match at the next pay-per-view. Sad thing is, he's a {{kayfabe}} Arab; in real life Mark Copani was descended from Italian Americans, so it's really just because people see dark skin and assume everything they hear that is negative to be true.
* During the whole "[[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero Eddiesploitation]]" fiasco, when Chavo Guererro turned heel against then-Champion Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}, he accused Rey of using the Guererro name to further his own career. He was supposed to come off as jealous (since he failed to win his own tribute match to his uncle), but considering that Eddie's death has been used as Rey's motivation even ''before'' his Road to Wrestlemania, some fans agreed with him to the point where ''he'' was considered to be the true face in all of this (others just thought it was a dumb angle, considering Rey ''should'' be able to coast on his own family name).
* The Fourtune/EV 2.0 feud in Wrestling/{{TNA}} seemed to be based around the fact that Fourtune was pissed they had to make room in the spotlight for all the old ECW guys, most of whom they feel can't wrestle. Wrestling/RicFlair stated that until [the ECW guys] survive a plane crash like he did, they can't tell him shit about being "hardcore". Likewise, Wrestling/AJStyles feels he's helped make TNA what it is through his duty to the company, calling TNA "The House That AJ Styles Built" and declaring ECW has no right to [[SpotlightStealingSquad push him and the other originals out of the spotlight]]. They both have a point. What sends this into MindScrew territory is that the [=ECW/EV2.0=] guys were famously loyal to Paul Heyman because they always came first to him (other guys would come in but he never put them over at the expense of his originals). The audience was supposed to boo Fourtune (the original TNA guys, for the most part) because they're complaining [=EV2.0=] (the invaders) are taking over their show, when the invaders' original company (ECW) achieved its success because the original ECW manager was loyal to his originals and never pushed them aside. Furthermore, the ECW guys are supposed to be faces, but they're doing something that the original ECW despised (pushing aside original talent in favor of other, more famous people).
* The way Wrestling/{{Batista}} was treated after ''Over the Limit'' was particularly {{egregious}}, not the least because it happened on [[DownerEnding his very last night with WWE]]. He and Wrestling/JohnCena competed for the WWE Championship in an "I Quit" match that culminated with Batista giving up after Cena threatened to F-U him off the top of a car. Cena smiled -- and then [[MoralDissonance F-U'ed him anyway]], nearly killing him! The next night on ''Raw'', Batista showed up (in a wheelchair) to protest Cena's cowardly attack on him and to threaten to bring a lawsuit against WWE, claiming them responsible for nearly ending his career. ''Raw'' General Manager Wrestling/BretHart then appeared and told Batista that he would be granted another chance at the WWE Championship if he could win a qualifying match to be held immediately. When Batista pointed out that he couldn't even ''walk'', Hart rather rudely stated that Batista therefore forfeited. Batista went ballistic and screamed at everyone, announcing that he was quitting WWE for being treated so unfairly -- and ''every single person in the arena booed him'', like they would any other crybaby heel. {{Kayfabe}} aside, it was a really disrespectful send-off for a wrestler who, for the past five years, had been second only to Cena in popularity.
** Bret Hart's ascension to General Manager was actually Wrestling/VinceMcMahon attempting to pull this on him. After Bret dished him a particularly nasty beatdown over the Montreal Screwjob, Vince decided to promote him to GM, showing him that being in charge means being the bad guy and making decisions not everyone will like for the sake of the company. He gets into a disagreement with his family after making such a decision over a match, though Vince quickly seizes the moment and fires him afterwards, ensuring Bret still looks unfairly treated.
* On the Backlash after Wrestlemania XIV, prior to Wrestling/TripleH's match with X-Pac, he and Wrestling/{{Chyna}} talked about how much of a UngratefulBastard X-Pac was, as he was the reason he got a job in the then-WWF in the first place. While Triple H was a heel at the time and could be dismissed as a {{jerkass}} trying to justify himself betraying DX, after thinking about ''Chyna'' betraying Triple H for the Corporation and how he was all alone with none of the other DX members coming to his aid, it's no surprise that Triple H decided to sell out his buddies in DX.
* When Wrestling/JerryLawler wrestled Wrestling/TheMiz for the WWE title, the next Raw, Wrestling/MichaelCole did have a point in that Lawler was partially at fault, although not in the way he intended or the way he said. While the point Cole made ''was'' slightly valid, it really ''wasn't'' Lawler's place to interrupt a new champion's victory celebration, but The Miz is a frankly pathetic heel who more or less cheated to win his title and most faces would have done the same, there was a point in that Lawler technically did screw himself out of the win. While yes, Cole did pull him off the ladder and temporarily stop him from winning, Lawler berated and then assaulted Cole on this for at least a full minute. If Lawler had simply given Cole a well-deserved punch in the mouth and gone back to his business, Lawler would have been champion. Although it was still fun to see Michael Cole get beaten down.
* Wrestling/MichaelCole gets one during the 3/25/2011 segment when he was {{troll}}ing the hell out of [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]]. Wrestling/BookerT says he lost respect for him, his reply:
-->'''Michael Cole''': It's not about respect. No one gave me respect for fourteen years.
* The number of people who have turned heel for no other reason than because they had the audacity to be angry after being attacked and/or bullied by Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin for no apparent reason is pretty high. Prominent examples include Wrestling/RicFlair during the initial brand split who was attacked despite doing everything he could to get on Austin's good side, and Vince [=McMahon=] himself, who started a nearly five year epic feud simply by asking Austin to be a bit less anti-social.
* Wrestling/BobbyRoode, since [[FaceHeelTurn turning heel]] to take the Wrestling/{{TNA}} World Heavyweight Championship, has seen the bad side of new authority figure Wrestling/{{Sting}}. Sting has tried to punish Roode for his outright [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty cheating tactics]] and {{jerkass}} tendencies - including taking advantage of injured ex-partners and practically shooting them InTheBack, using [[PointyHairedBoss Dixie Carter]] as a shield and spitting in her face, among other assorted tactics - by making life hard for him as the champion. However, Sting in the process has taken to forcing Roode into repeat title defenses on ''Impact'' after certain pay-per-views as well as physically involved himself in world title matters. Roode is a [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish traitor]] with no redeemable social qualities whatsoever, but he's got a point about Sting's zeal for screwing with him to get a more virtuous champion -- he's even recently [[BatmanGambit exploited that to recreate an old Bret Hart title defense]]. Sting would later realize that Roode was right and he would never end Roode's reign this way, turning over power back to Wrestling/HulkHogan because it just wasn't working and coming back later as an active wrestler again.
* Wrestling/MattHardy turned heel on his brother Jeff ([[RecycledScript the first time]]) because he was annoyed with Jeff costing them matches by being unable to resist doing [[SpotMonkey high spots]]. Notably in a cage match, Jeff cost them the titles by being at the top of the cage, and instead of escaping (and winning the match), he chose to jump off and ended up getting pinned. Matt had a point, didn't he?
* Wrestling/{{M|ontel Vontavious Porter}}VP's assertion that Wrestling/BobbyLashley had only become heavyweight champion of TNA because of MVP's earlier injury. Bobby took offense to this but not only was it true, MVP also did everything in his power to keep Lashley healthy even after he was healthy enough to wrestle again, not demanding he get his shot until Lashley lost the belt. Nonetheless, Wrestling/KurtAngle and Bobby Roode tried to milk this for all they could to turn Lashley and MVP against each other.
* ForeignWrestlingHeel Rusev, during his feud with Cena, pretty much called Cena an arrogant, pompous bully on the downswing of his career, just like America. Considering that just the prior week, Cena told Rusev he had the right to free speech, assaulted Rusev when Rusev later exercised that right, and then put a barely conscious Rusev in the STF until Rusev's crying girlfriend agreed to give Cena what he wanted, Rusev had a point in calling Cena an arrogant dick.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* As part of its efforts to bump the Chaos Gods of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' from their standard ChaoticEvil approach to a more ChaoticNeutral one in ''TabletopGame/BlackCrusade'', they remade Nurgle, the already AffablyEvil [[PlagueMaster God of Pestilence and Decay]] into an agent of EternalRecurrence. Nurgle wants to destroy the current galaxy because he deems it's time that it perished and decayed, so that new life and civilisations can rise from the ruins, stronger and healthier than what was. Considering that the setting is a CrapsackWorld, with the primary human empire being a conglomeration of all the worst aspects of humanity's past, outright ''described'' by the authors with terms like "rotting" or "decaying" and spending more of its forces fighting futile battles to suppress internal dissent and political upheaval than against fighting the very real alien invaders, it's kind of hard to argue that maybe it would be best for the setting if it was quietly killed off and something new allowed to evolve in the ruins.
** Several of the Primarchs who betrayed the Emperor during the Horus Heresy had legitimate reasons to be pissed off at the Emperor: Angron, the savage berserker, who was whisked away to serve as a weapon in another's war while the people he cared about were left to die; Perturabo, the coldly calculating besieger who was willing to sacrifice any number of warriors for victory, who spent a century and a half trudging through the endless hell of sieges while all the other Legions got the glory and looked down on him; and Lorgar, the high priest of a ReligionOfEvil, who had his genuine commitment treated with brutal disdain by the one he revered above all, in a rebuke that left a city in ruins and its population dead. Even though their path led them into an eternity of damnation in service to mad gods, it's not hard to see some justice in the reasons they each chose to walk it.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' short story [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/uncharted-realms/new-tarkir-old-2014-12-31 "A New Tarkir of Old,"]] Yasova Dragonclaw is made to look like the bad guy, seeing as [[spoiler:she chose to work with [[BigBad Nicol Bolas]]]]. However, as the audience has already seen, Tarkir is enough of a DeathWorld ''without'' giant dragons attacking everything that isn't a dragon. Conversely, Sarkhan may be seen as the villain for opposing her, but he has a point as well, abiet one that no one on Tarkir would be able to comprehend (she's fighting to take down Ugin, who is both the source of all dragons on Tarkir, and the only being that knows how to [[SealedEvilInACan re-seal]] the Eldrazi).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', the Blood of Vol is a fringe religion that exalts undeath as a path to immortality. The afterlife is known and it ''sucks'', so most of its followers are good people seeking escape from an afterlife best summarized as an eternity of crippling clinical depression. Your harmless neighbor could secretly be a Vol cultist, but more importantly he is ''still harmless''. The GameMaster is meant to use this to challenge players who crusade against the blatant ReligionOfEvil, as the faithful are there of their own volition in the hope of finding some better eternal reward for their toils in life. And despite the fact that the Blood of Vol ''is'' being run by an evil lich and is unwittingly aiding a terrorist organization, it really is the best chance most any common person will have to escape the afterlife.

* Dickinson (who's more of an AntiVillain) in ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. One of his main objections to independence is that a bunch of ill-trained militiamen has no chance of defeating the British armed forces, then the strongest in the world. It's a very good point, really.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Anyone who played ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' likely immediately thought of Handsome Jack when reading this article. Jack is trying to conquer the planet Pandora. He says he's trying to civilize the planet, which is basically ''Film/MadMax'' InSpace.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'', Dr. Wily convinces Dr. Light's newest robot masters, all of whom are about to reach their expiration date and due to be recycled, that they shouldn't have to die because the law says so and that they can still live perfectly useful lives. While Wily is just saying this so he can use them to frame Dr. Light, he is right in that the robot masters are still sentient living beings that are being trashed because of the law and not by choice.
** The current version of the fangame ''VideoGame/MegaManRockForce'' brings this back into focus. Apparently, Dr. Light only managed to get a stay granted for some of the robots after the events of ''9''; the expiration law still exists, and the apparent BigBad, a WellIntentionedExtremist, wants it gone. [[spoiler:Justice Man is the apparent--and, in this case, ''actual''--BigBad in question, but his actions are caused by a fundamental defect in his programming that would, according to Dr. Light, have eventually resulted in him JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope had he not been stopped.]] After the dust has settled, [[LampshadeHanging Dr. Light points out that despite the villain's cause being the result of a flawed mind, it was still a valid point]], and he would actively work to make sure the expiration law was repealed once and for all.
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'':
** Dr. M from ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' may be [[BadBoss a terrible person to work with]], [[MadScientist a lab nut]], and an overall IneffectualSympatheticVillain but he DID buy the island legally so everything is technically his. When he's held at gunpoint by Inspector Carmelita he even points this out: that he's only defending his legal property from a group of notorious and wanted thieves.
** During [[spoiler:Penelope]]'s MotiveRant in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', she points out that Bentley could have done so much more in life than just been the brains of a group of thieves, given how unbelievably smart he is. She's absolutely right and Bentley agrees, but he [[TrueCompanions loves his friends so much]] (they're practically family after all considering they were all orphans and grew up together) that all he's ever wanted to be is part of their team.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has your main character as his allies forced to negotiate with the ghost of [[EvilSorcerer Zoltum Kulle]], an ObviouslyEvil villain who makes no attempt to hide the fact he is using you to be revived. During your cooperation, he passes most of the time explaining your character that he actually is a WellIntentionedExtremist who want to awake Humans' true power, and that your own allies are manipulating you for their own purpose. [[spoiler:At the end of Act III, it turns out one of your allies, Adria, was indeed using you to prepare [[BigBad Diablo]]'s resurrection.]]
* [[BigBad Mundus]] in ''VideoGame/DMCDevilMayCry'' mocks Dante's desire to free humanity by pointing out that humans had freedom before Mundus arrived, and "They fought. They killed. They starved." [[spoiler:Vergil shares Mundus' opinion of humanity, to the point that he wants to rule humanity with Dante after Mundus' defeat.]]
* [[BigBad Darth Traya]] from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' justifies her actions by proclaiming that [[JerkassGods the Force uses people as tools]] and that she wants to break free from the cycle of massive galactic wars by [[spoiler:destroying it]]. Though [[spoiler:her arrogant assumption that ''she'' is fit of standing above the conflict, instead of being just another Sith urged by the Dark Side to plan an action that will kill all life in the Galaxy]] makes her a villain, she has a point: the wars between Jedi and Sith rage on for millennia afterward, with countless innocents in the crossfire and no end in sight. There's also the matter of a single Jedi or Sith being able to influence the entire galaxy; is that sort of power something any one person should have when individuals will lay waste to everything just to obtain it? Of course, the ending reveals that this entire argument was probably nothing more than a lie to manipulate the Exile into confronting her.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'':
** William Johnson in his HannibalLecture before his death claims that if the British control on the colonies was broken the colonists will encroach on the Native American lands and displace the inhabitants...something that obviously occurred in RealLife and is even later touched on in universe.
** Haytham has a conversation with Connor about The Templars. Haytham angrily points out that the people Connor works for are not much different then the Templars and that the only difference between them is Haytham "Doesn't feign affection" The Templars wrote the history books and manipulated information and society both through subtle means and by blatant means like the piece of Eden. Samuel Adams himself says that since nobody knew who fired the first shot that started the war he was going to spin it to look like self defense rather then treason. For the greater good just like the templars do.
* The terrorist group Ilias Kreuz in ''Monster Girl Quest'' are a gang of criminals who show no mercy whatsoever toward monsters and slay them without hesitation. However, when these monsters also tend to show no mercy to humans whatsoever and either devour, enslave, or kill ForTheEvulz any human they encounter, it's kind of hard to not understand where Ilias Kreuz is coming from. Out of over ''200 monsters'', about 9 of them are actually friendly, and three of them had to be [[DefeatEqualsFriendship beaten in a fight first]]. [[spoiler:They start attacking humans in chapter 3 again, by the way.]]
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', [[spoiler:Kerghan]], believes that the afterlife is far more peaceful and pleasant than existence as a mortal and therefore intends to [[OmnicidalManiac act on the logical conclusion]]. As two certain party members [[spoiler:who have died and been resurrected respectively raised as undead]] can confirm he is ''right''.
* [[spoiler:Cardinal Albert Simon]], the BigBad of ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'', wants to wipe out humanity and restart civilisation because of the brutal repression of human elites. The party doesn't even disagree with him about the repression, but still fights him because of the loss of innocent lives. [[spoiler:The sequel reveals that his actions in the first game were a misguided attempt to stop Rasputin.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Albert Simon]]:''' Only an illusion of peace exists in the superficial calm of our lives. In fact, the blood and tears of the poor are sacrificed daily by a handful of elite power-mongers. No matter how far science and technology advance, repression will never cease. We're only human. Whenever the calls for revolution turn into concrete action, instigators are met by the full resistance of the elite, who stop at nothing to keep their power.
* In a bizarre mix of this and EvenEvilHasStandards, Azrael of ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'', sociopathic monster he may be, is quick to call out Sector Seven's motives for releasing him. It's difficult to disagree with him.
-->''"So, let me get this straight: First you guys get Kokonoe to capture me and put me on ice, and now you're releasing me so I can [[spoiler:kill her]]? That's the joke of the century right there. You're a bunch of selfish assholes by any standard."''
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Cerberus is portrayed as evil for using [[WellIntentionedExtremist extreme measures]] to make humanity strong without the Citadel Council, with their primary argument as 'When the going gets tough, the aliens will abandon us". Guess what happens at the beginning of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''?
** Near the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' Shepard's morally ambiguous benefactor the Illusive Man wants Shepard to preserve the Collector Base instead of outright blowing it up as was originally intended. The Paragon option to destroy [[spoiler:the Collector base]] prompts The Illusive Man to plead that they could use the technology to help fight the Reapers, which is understandable. However, the Paragon response to this would be to reject his suggestion on the basis of Cerberus's ethically checkered nature, as well as the fact that exploiting technology that liquified millions of people would be morally abhorrent to many people, no matter the potential gains. One argument that isn't brought up by Paragon Shepard is the possibility of indoctrination by Reaper tech, which actually ends up affecting Cerberus regardless of your choice. The Renegade position is to more or less agree with his arguments by willingly using the enemy's technology, hence indirectly taking advantage of their heinous actions, to gain an advantage in the war.
** One of the many reasons [[GainaxEnding the original ending]] to ''[=ME3=]'' got such immense hatred is that each of the endings proves one of the villains right. The Control ending proves The Illusive Man right that [[spoiler:humanity should control the Reapers]], the Synthesis ending proves Saren right that [[spoiler:organics and synthetics should live as one]], and the Destroy ending proves the Reapers right that [[spoiler:organics and synthetics cannot co-exist]], leaving the impression that a lot of suffering could have been avoided if Shepard had just joined the villains instead of fighting them.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', no one can say [[TheDon Tayama]] ''isn't'' an arrogant, amoral asshole, or that the Red Pills his [[TheYakuza Ashura-kai]] create aren't unspeakably vile, [[spoiler: [[HumanResources considering the]] [[PeopleFarms production method]] ]], but unfortunately he's not bluffing when he stresses the importance of both for Tokyo. After the events of the AlternateTimeline arc are over, the prentice Samurai return to a Tokyo that's now ''worse'' than the two {{Death World}}s they've just visited, due to the fall of the Ashura-kai and the collapse of the Red Pills' production lines.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Dr. Breen is TheQuisling who sold out humanity to the Combine so he could be in charge. He's also completely right that surrender was preferable to annihilation, and that if he doesn't convince the Combine that humanity are useful in some way they'll just kill them all anyway. In the midst of his [[VillainousBreakdown desperate ramblings]] at the protagonist to dissuade him from accomplishing his mission during the endgame, he delivers this line:
-->"Tell me Doctor Freeman if you can, you have destroyed so much... what is it exactly that you have ''created''? Can you even name ''one thing''?? I thought not."
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', before Maester Seymour is revealed as a villain, [[ReligiousBruiser Wakka]] questions why a maester of Yevon is supporting a mission using technology that's taboo to their faith. Seymour explains that he ''should'' stand against the use of machina, but that so many are willing to risk their lives and put forth so much effort to destroy Sin, it's really for the good of everyone that he turns a blind eye to the teachings. Even Tidus, who never liked Seymour to begin with, had to admit it made sense to him. [[spoiler:Though it's ultimately subverted by Maester Kinoc, who says in so many words that the maesters know this isn't going to work, and are trying to send a message to anyone who still doubts them.]]
** Even his OmnicidalManiac status has justification; for a thousand years, Summoners and their Guardians have been repeating the same cycle - march to their deaths, push Sin back for a few years, only for Sin to return and keep destroying everything. He just figures that since Sin is just going to wipe every living thing out anyway, he might as well speed it along and give the world a MercyKill.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of the Betrayer'' a player that does a FaceHeelTurn can justify it by being sick of getting constantly yanked around by cosmic forces. Essentially, they [[RageAgainstTheHeavens call the gods out]] on their general dickery and declare war on them. While some gods don't abuse mortals much, most do and all manipulate lives to their own benefit.
* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', the New Regime trailer. While Injustice!Superman and his fellows established a dictatorship and went to the deep end, they have a point: before their coming to power, [[JokerImmunity criminals were unstoppable]], as it was essentially nothing to fear for them: government did nothing to properly imprison or punish, and heroes didn't kill in any circumstance. [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity "Look at the Joker. Would he even exist if not for you?"]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' pulls this out multiple times as part of its WhiteAndGreyMorality, with every villain having at least one good point either about the overall plot or the title character herself (except for [[BloodKnight Asha]], who's just a dick). The AntiVillain BigBad tops them all; ''everything'' he says is right, there's really nothing he nor Iji can do to stop the inevitable, and Iji only continues her mission because the only other option is death, [[NotSoDifferent just like him]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', [[BigBad Dagoth]] [[PhysicalGod Ur]] is pretty well established as a particularly homicidal WellIntentionedExtremist once you look past the [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]] [[BlatantLies dogma]], but it goes even further when you look at his hatred of outlanders. The Tribunal pretty much set themselves as undisputed rulers that freely encourage slavery and look down on the native ashlanders. And the Imperials are arguably not much better, especially if one plays this game after playing ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', which showed them at their worst (if you play as a Stormcloak).
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' has this with almost every villain, each expressing in their own way [[BloodKnight the purity of violence]], [[TheSocialDarwinist the strong controlling the weak]], MightMakesRight, and that Raiden is NotSoDifferent to them. Ultimately Raiden agrees with them and takes bits of their philosophy into his own... and kills them anyway, so that he can use their ideals but put them into practice in his ''own'' way.
* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'''s Klingon Defense Force tutorial, the PlayerCharacter's CO, Captain Jurlek, conspires with the crew of the USS ''Musashi'' to illegally transfer a prisoner back to the Federation, treason the PlayerCharacter [[KlingonPromotion kills him over]]. Part of his reasoning is that he believes the war with the Federation is pointless, that the Federation is the enemy the Klingons ''cannot'' beat: during peacetime they were slowly changing the Klingons by cultural influence, and in war Starfleet was ''always'' able to stonewall them effectively despite simultaneously fighting any number of border conflicts and {{Space Cold War}}s. Cowardly? Perhaps, but when you think about it he kinda comes off as ProperlyParanoid.
* ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'': During his MotiveRant, [[spoiler:Tom Reed]] says he was motivated to assassinate President Caldwell because she was threatening to shut down Third Echelon which would have left the country open to attack. Though this undermined by his true motivation being to simply stay in power, they're ultimately proven right in ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellBlacklist Blacklist]]'', when 3E's absence allows for a devastating terrorist attack on Anderson AFB and Caldwell being forced to create Fourth Echelon to combat the Engineers.
* Flowey the Flower from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' makes a lot of valid points [[spoiler:in a {{Meta}} sense once you learn of his MediumAwareness and ability to [[BreakingTheFourthWall see you right through the fourth wall]].]]
* Agent Edgar Ross in the PlayableEpilogue of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' blames John for John's death by pointing out the man chose to be an outlaw in the first place. True John had honestly [[HeelFaceTurn turned over a new leaf]] and Ross had pulled one hell of a KickTheDog by deciding to just kill John anyways, but it's definitely true the man would never have been hunted down by the law had he never become a criminal.
* In ''VideoGame/RedEarth'', Scion (or Valdoll in Japan) plays this trope straight to the hilt, lecturing every hero in his defeat cinematics why he made the mess: The classic bad humans reason.
* The tie-in comic to ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' has a cop denounce the Joker for killing "a lot of good husbands and fathers". Joker complains, not unreasonably, that nobody ever laments the dead ''bachelors''.
** Also from City, Strange points out that Batman's mere precense creates his villains: Later games show that he is largely correct. You can link several villains rise to power and/or motive directly to Batman; He possibly created Joker [[spoiler: who destroyed Black Mask's criminal empire]] which allowed Penguin to take over, Harvey was scarred because of his actions against the mob, and Riddler did have good intentions and worked for GCPD before he went nuts and started risking innocent lives. Even Scarecrow takes his revenge by attacking the city, and the Arkham Knight would not exist if not for Batman.
** There are some good ones from ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'':
*** The Riddler is an egomaniac and TautologicalTemplar who thinks he's [[PayEvilUntoEvil Paying Evil unto Evil]] by [[InformationBroker exposing dirty secrets]] in Gotham. During one of their exchanges, Batman demands that he stop. After Riddler states that he's mainly trying to clean up the streets, entice the police to do their jobs, and remove corruption, Batman replies that this is simply blackmail. Riddler then asks [[NotSoDifferent if what he's doing is worse than beating criminals up.]]
*** Listen to Anarky's CharacterFilibuster after he's been apprehended and tied up, and he actually starts out with some good points. It's too bad that he quickly [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope nose dives off the slippery slope]] and invalidates his own argument a few moments later.
*** The Joker [[spoiler: points out how Batman hasn't accomplished much in his war on crime in the past two years, while he has only been in Gotham ''for two weeks'' yet he's [[NiceJobFixingItVillain done more help for Gotham]] by randomly doing his [[ItAmusedMe actions]]. These action include [[PayEvilUntoEvil executing]] [[DirtyCop Commissioner Loeb]], [[KickTheSonOfABitch dethroning Black Mask]], and exposing Blackgate as a CardboardPrison.]] Despite being a psychopath, The Joker is ''entirely correct'' about these particular points.
*** The [[spoiler: real]] Black Mask, after you capture him [[spoiler: after the fight in the church]], points out that he will soon go free, as his resources are enough to buy or threaten the officials to release him, the judicial system (at least in Gotham) is a lie, and Batman is the sigh of this. Add Anarky's information and your own knowledge about Gotham City, and it's difficult to disagree with his point.
* In ''VideoGame/WildARMS2'', the villain [[TheDragon Judecca]] mocks the simplistic idea of "the 'Demon' and the 'Hero'" during one of the first fights against him. And, the thing is, as far as the game's concerned... he's right. The game spends a lot of time analyzing TheHero, concluding that individual heroism is a good and necessary thing in the moment, but the world as a whole ''can't'' operate on BlackAndWhiteMorality like that, and a person can't live that way without setting themselves up for a HeroicSacrifice or a fall. The problem is that Judecca uses his dismissal of such simplistic morality as a reason to [[PsychopathicManchild ignore morality entirely]], instead of as a starting point for developing a more mature morality.
* Perhaps most surprisingly, a ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Pokémon]]'' villain delivers one of these to the player. [[spoiler: Lillie proceeds to yell at Lusamine that people and Pokémon are not things to be collected. Lusamine promptly tells her that that's ''exactly'' what a trainer does, even going to say that a trainer will remove Pokémon from their party to replace with others.]] They're not incorrect in that regard - the player most likely did ''exactly'' that.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Ghetsis reasons that [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokemon]] can be defeated, or captured and controlled by Trainers, just like any other Pokemon, so worshiping them like gods is superstitious nonsense.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'''s Meakashi-hen, as completely insane and sadistic is [[spoiler:Shion Sonozaki]] is at this point, she's actually got a good point when she's calling Kimiyoshi out over Satoshi being treated unfairly due to SinsOfOurFathers. Might be a social commentary by the author, since it comes up again in Minagoroshi-hen.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Erika Furudo mocks the series' ArcWords ("Without love, it cannot be seen"), and says that love can make people see things that don't exist. [[spoiler:Later on, the story delves into the more negative aspects of love, such as Kinzo Ushiromiya deluding himself into believing his daughter Beatrice Ushiromiya was her mother's reincarnation and [[ParentalIncest the tragic results]].]]
* In the final case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', at the very end, [[spoiler: Damon Gant]] admits that the reason he had gone vigilante was because he couldn't stand how much the law limited his ability to bring justice to criminals, and indicates that [[TheRival Edgeworth]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} may soon have the exact same problem]]. True to form, in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' (both 1 ''and'' 2), one of the biggest problems that Edgeworth faces is criminals hiding behind various laws (such as [[DiplomaticImpunity extraterritorial rights]] or the StatuteOfLimitations), or corrupt political entities like the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee preventing him from investigating crimes and using cover-ups by falsely charging criminals (like charging Knightly for attempting to assassinate president Huang (the assassination attempt was actually a fake publicity stunt), instead of for murdering his superior). Even Dogen, a former ''assassin'' in ''Investigations 2'', recognizes how fucked up the system is.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/GirlGenius'' features two examples of people who are more "antagonists" than out-and-out villains, but still...
** Othar Tryggvassen (''GentlemanAdventurer!!'') and his one-by-one Spark-extermination policy. As summed up by one put-upon minion in a side-story:
--->'''Squibbs:''' Let me see if I understand this. He thinks all the problems in Europa are caused by the ''{{mad scientist}}s'' who build all the ''monsters''. The mad scientists who vie with each other to see who can be the first to turn the population into wombat bats or clam people or ''stylish furniture''. The raving lunatics who set off life-size chocolate volcanoes and unleash flash floods of porridge upon innocent villages. Othar wants to destroy these people, and ''you'' think ''he's insane?!''
** And Klaus Wulfenbach, who maintains order (and genuine peace and prosperity) across Europa via merciless naked force, and who ruthlessly hunts down/tries to kill the protagonist Agatha because of the quite-genuine threat her mere existence brings to everything he's accomplished. Unfortunately, part of the problems he's having was due to PoorCommunicationKills and a bit of WrongGenreSavvy regarding how to deal with Agatha, which is one of the reasons why Agatha ran away from him and ended up setting off the DisasterDominoes that ended up with the Pax Wulfenbach ending. [[spoiler:And then there are hints of there being a StableTimeLoop in place...]]
* In ''WebComic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', Beings[[note]]the "normals" of the setting, assorted morphic animals[[/note]] are repeatedly called out over FantasticRacism towards Creatures[[note]]supernatural entities with drastically superior power, such as Demons, Dragons, Fae and Incubi[[/note]]. Particular criticism is laid against the Being practice of sponsoring adventurers, who are given actual licenses to hunt and kill Creatures and are noted as being susceptible to VanHelsingHateCrimes. However, Beings license adventurers because Creatures are not only drastically more powerful than ordinary Beings, but because Creatures proudly preach their adherence to their own BlueAndOrangeMorality and, as such, will butcher, eat and otherwise abuse Beings if they see fit. Worse, Creatures tend to assume roles of political and legal power and so they gladly bend the law to support them -- [[http://missmab.com/Comics/Vol_287.php witness how a Creature is punished for murdering a dozen Beings with just a cheap fine]]. Beings don't really have any options between "train individuals to kill off the most openly abusive Creatures" and "be toys and fodder for any Creature who comes along", because Creatures will ''not'' try to get along equitably.
** It should be noted that the majority of adventurer-hate is laid against Demons and Incubi. Demons are the major believers in MightMakesRight, to the point of complaining of the "MoralMyopia" of Beings getting offended at being eaten because they weren't strong enough to stop a hungry Demon and officially not caring when one of their own kind is killed because a Demon weak enough to be killed deserved to die. Incubi are {{Emotion Eater}}s and {{shapeshifter}}s with CharmPerson powers who tend to casually manipulate, abuse and kill Beings for food, for their own plans or just for the hell of it. It's kind of understandable why Beings hate them so much.
** A more specific example is the attempted assassination of Kria Soulstealer. As much as the assassin is portrayed as the bad guy, they do have the point that Kria is a ravening cannibalistic mass-murder who [[CardCarryingVillain proudly boasts]] of her ChaoticEvil status. This is a woman who encouraged her infant daughter to eat other people's children, makes it a habit of killing and maiming at random ForTheEvulz, and eats people whenever she's angry, hungry or bored. It's rather understandable that people want her dead. Even Kria ''herself'' acknowledges she causes murderous responses and so she just assumes everyone she meets probably wants to kill her for some atrocity she inflicted [[ButForMeItWasTuesday but doesn't care enough to recall]].
** A cynical observer might contemplate that the EarlyInstallmentWeirdness was invoked, in that the author realised she had to whitewash just how bad Creatures are as a whole because, as it was, the Being adventurer attitude of "kill them all, they almost certainly deserve it" made far too much sense. Even half-Demon Lorenda, the "nice one", chowed down on multiple people in the early stories ''despite'' being explicitly called out as not being as predatory as a pure-blood Demon, to the point she was [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_097.php evicted from her original apartment]] because ''[[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_098.php she had eaten so many of the other tenants]]''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'': Invoked with [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18417_9-famous-movie-villains-who-were-right-all-along.html "9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along"]].
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] invokes this in his rant about why Izaak Crowe's whining in ''Batman: Fortunate Son'' is idiotic, followed by the relevant clip from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
-->'''Linkara''': I hate to agree with a villain, but ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'' is ''right''!
* Blog/DeadcodersReviews has this opinion in regards to ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
-->"Some people ask why XANA immediately tried to kill Jeremie in this episode, given that Jeremie really isn't a threat. I think I figured out why XANA tries to exterminate humanity. When XANA was first created, the very first person he met was Franz Hopper, a man so crazy that even Aelita pointed it out at one point. The next person he met was Aelita. Since XANA has at least a peripheral understanding of the outside world, he can sense what's going on in the factory. That means that he can sense the horrors of French engineering. He can also sense the school, which means that he can sense the amazing incompetence of a school that hired Jim, hired a man as crazy as Franz Hopper, keeps open containers of toxic waste near children, and is run by a man so spineless that Sissi can manipulate him. He can also sense the hospital, and the horrors of the french mental healthcare system. Based on all these things at once, my guess is that XANA encountered all of these horrors of humanity, and it's first reaction to a species that consistently produced such horrible things was, "AHH! KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE! actually, SCREW FIRE, KILL IT WITH FIRE, ORBITAL BOMBARDMENT, DEATH LASERS, CAPTAIN JANEWAY'S CYBERNETIC SPIDERS, ARMIES OF ROBOTS, THE POWER OF STEPHEN KING NOVELS, WEATHER, ELECTRIC TAR, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT COMES TO MIND!" XANA is not evil. It's just trying to save itself and all other species from the horrors of humanity. Given that the main and secondary cast includes Yumi, an implied domestic abuser; Ulrich, a disturbed stalker; Jim, a person who smiles at the thought of rubbing himself with poop; Jeremie, a necrophile; Aelita, a pedophile; Odd, a manwhore moron; and other horrors, I kind of have to side with XANA on this one."
* Discussed at length and ultimately deconstructed in [[http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/writing/realistic-viewpoints this blog post]] by Eliezer Yudkowsky of ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' fame. Yudkowsky deliberately made the villains of HPMOR, and their perspectives, as believable and easy to understand as possible, not to [[DracoInLeatherPants cheerlead them]] but to demonstrate, in his opinion, how the psychology of evil actually works. Taking care to distinguish this trope from other, similar tropes like BothSidesHaveAPoint and GrayAndGreyMorality (the latter of which HPMOR is often pegged as), he points out that "self-justification is cheap," and that a villain who makes a strong argument [[WellIntentionedExtremist is not necessarily justified in what they do.]]
-->"When I’m writing HPMOR’s Death Eaters, I’m trying to pass the Ideological Turing Test for Death Eaters—-when I write Draco Malfoy’s viewpoint, I’m writing about Death Eaters the way that Draco Malfoy would see them. The goal is that a real Death Eater would read my Draco Malfoy viewpoint and not say, “Aha! This was clearly written not by the real Draco Malfoy, but by someone who wanted to make Death Eaters look bad.” ... Professor Quirrell is being written with a goal of making sure that the real Professor Quirrell wouldn’t be able to point to one of his lines and say, “What? I wouldn’t say that. There are much more persuasive arguments for a nation that stands strong under a strong ruler, like—-“"
* The YouTube channel "outsidexbox" does something similar to the Cracked example for video games with "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQS1ttWNN-I 7 Bad Guys Who Had a Point, Now I Think About It]]"
* ''Website/TheOnion'':
** "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/us-authorities-cant-really-fault-alqaeda-for-deadl,19105/ U.S. Authorities Can't Really Fault Al-Qaeda For Deadly Bombing Of Carnival Cruise Ship]]"
--> Following Monday's deadly terrorist attack on a Carnival Cruise Line ship, U.S. officials have had difficulty issuing a stern condemnation of the incident, saying that while any act of terrorism is inexcusable, they couldn't completely blame al-Qaeda for wanting to blow up what is essentially a giant, floating symbol of everything that is truly god-awful about America.
** "Hostage Negotiator Has To Admit Terrorist Has Good Point"
-->"Well, I don't approve of threatening the lives of over 300 innocent civilians, but I have to agree that the Turkish troops have no business being in Cyprus, the only European country occupied by a foreign army."
* ''Website/{{Neopets}}'': Xandra did have a legitimate point: the Faeries do comparatively little for Neopia, and yet everyone idolises and reveres them. However, her response was... well... there aren't many people who'd say that [[spoiler:crashing Faerieland into Neopia]] was the right thing to do. The Fairy Queen actually admits that she DID have a point and she and the rest of the Faeries resolve to do more for Neopia.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'':
** Although they shot themselves in the foot multiple times by being more of a threat to the world than the Justice League, it's acknowledged even InUniverse that Project Cadmus has a point about the scary potential of what the Justice League could do if they wanted (especially since they were visited by an AlternateUniverse League, the Justice Lords, who had conquered their world and come to do the same to this one), especially given some of the questional decisions that the Justice League has made. Most notably, installing [[KillSat a giant laser in their orbital base and aiming it at the planet]] without asking for anyone's permission or even telling them about it.
** The Justice Lord Batman pulled one of these on the League one in a scene that even the ''writers'' were unable to directly respond to.
-->"And with that power we've made a world where no eight year old boy will EVER lose his parents because of ''some punk with a gun.''"
** In fact, the Justice Lords themselves only took over the world because America had elected ''Lex freaking Luthor'' as President and allowed him to almost cause a nuclear war. You can kind of sympathize with their viewpoint that people that dumb shouldn't be allowed to rule themselves.
** In "The Return", the one who finally manages to get rid of Amazo is Luthor, who causes the god-like android to question his purpose and motivation, telling him, quite simply, that he's doing ''nothing'' with his near-omniscient power. It seems that, if Amazo has a weakness at all, it's lack of imagination. Amazo can't deny this, and leaves to ''find'' a purpose.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** [[TheJailer Lock-Up]] points out that Arkham is a Cardboard Prison with a revolving door, and the villains keep coming back. This doesn't justify his excessive punishments, but it's telling that, when he [[CanonImmigrant shows up in the comics]], Batman ''does'' briefly team up with him.
** "Joker's Wild" inverts this when Batman, caught in one of the Joker's explosive death traps with which he also plans to level a casino, manages to talk his way out by pointing out to the Joker that he's playing into the casino owner's hands, since the guy is ''trying'' to get the casino destroyed as part of an insurance scam. Much as it infuriates him, Joker realizes Batman is right, and has to abandon his death trap to go settle accounts with the casino owner instead.
-->'''Joker''': "I ''hate'' it when you make sense!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' Francis Grey's complaint about his 17 year sentence for stealing a small item:
-->'''Francis:''' I took a ''watch''! Everything else was just an accident.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': One of the recurring themes of the series.
** [[AntimagicalFaction The Equalists]] claims that benders in the United Republic of Nations are forcing non-benders to live as second class citizens. This belief carries some weight since the state is governed entirely by an unelected council that at the time was chaired solely by benders, the heavy hitters in the military and the police are mostly benders, the biggest sport in town is one that only benders can play, and benders apparently get more job opportunities (such as firebenders who power the generators with lightning) than non-benders. Though we don't see too much of it in the series itself, WordOfGod is that the Equalist Revolution did convince the United Republic to abolish its unelected council and replace it with a democratically-elected government implied to be actively addressing the bender/non-bender divide, with the current president himself being a non-bender.
** In the Season 2 finale, Korra realizes her EvilUncle might have had a point with his plan [[spoiler:to break the barrier between the Spirit World and the Material World]], he just went about it in the wrong way, and decides to [[spoiler:leave the spirit portals open.]]
** Season 3 gives us Earth Queen Hou-Ting, who conscripts [[spoiler:all of the new airbenders]] in Ba Sing Se as her personal army against their wills. While this is shown to be nothing but despicable, both she and Commander Bumi point out that as their monarch and head of state she really ''can'' conscript any of them she pleases. The problem is she's having them abducted ''in secret'', keeping them from contacting their families and loved ones, having them "trained" by a DrillSergeantNasty Dai Li agent (he basically just earthbends projectiles at them and forces them to try and deflect them and punished Kai when he kept another airbender from getting hit), and is treating them like slaves.
** At one point, a group of bandits tries to steal tax money the Earth Queen demanded Korra deliver to her in exchange for helping find the [[spoiler: new airbenders]] in Ba Sing Se. After she and Asami fight them and drive them off, one of them exclaims that she's on the wrong side, and the gold belongs to the people. Korra admits that she has a feeling that he's right, but still delivers the gold in the hopes the Earth Queen would uphold her end of the bargain, and calls the Earth Queen out when she doesn't.
** The main villains of Season 3, Zaheer and his companions, want to remove all world leaders, plunging the world into chaos. Considering some of the authority figures we've already seen - the warmongering Fire Lords (one of whom carried out a genocide of the Air Benders, though Zuko and his daughter have been a definite step up), the inept President of Republic City, and the cruel, vindictive Earth Queen - Zaheer has a very valid point that not even Korra can deny, though she doesn't agree with Zaheer's goal of creating total chaos. Zaheer ended up proving ''himself'' wrong, and it earned him and everyone nothing.
** General Kuvira in Season 4 usurps the throne of the Earth Kingdom and instead crowns [[SheIsTheKing herself Emperor]] due to the heir apparent (Hou-Ting's bumbling nephew Wu) being an incapable leader who would essentially be a puppet installed by the other nations instead of a strong leader with enough authority to be able to push back against them. She also blames Suyin Beifond, her former mentor and kind of surrogate mother for her complete refusal to stabilize Earth Kingdom, not even with supplies, which is exactly what happened. [[spoiler: Wu himself eventually agrees with her about the obsolescence of the traditional monarchy, and decides to reform the Earth Kingdom into a republic with elected leaders. In hindsight though, he didn't feel like he had much of choice of being king in the first place]].
** As Toph points out in "The Calling", Amon, Unalaq, Zaheer and Kuvira have good ideas (equality, spirituality, freedom and unity) but [[WellIntentionedExtremist went too far with them]].
* In the original 1972 adaptation of ''Literature/TheLorax'', the Once-ler tells the Lorax that if he shuts down production of the Thneed factories which are destroying the Truffula trees, it will put hundreds of workers and family members out of a job. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the Thneed production goes too far and the very last Truffula tree is cut down to make them, resulting in not only the permanent closing of the Once-ler's factory, but the complete destruction of a beautiful forest. And he deeply [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regrets this mistake]].]]
* WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. In "Operation FOUNTAIN" the Delightful Children want to destroy the Fountain of Youth, claiming that if news of it spread, children would be tempted to use it to stay young forever. Well, their overall goal is far from noble, but they may have something. The Fountain's effect is temporary, and Leona has used it so much that her childhood has become something of an addictive drug that she can't shake. Even if it was not, the idea of eternal youth has downsides that [[WhoWantsToLiveForever they don't seem to consider.]]
* Xanatos in ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' is nothing if not pragmatic, so this trope is particularly evident when the heroes are... not so pragmatic. Most notably, in the middle of the "City of Stone" four-parter, when Goliath is about to attack Xanatos for helping Demona curse Manhattan, Xanatos asks Goliath "Do you want vengeance, or a solution?"
* Azula can sometimes be a source of uncomfortable truths in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender.'' She tells Zuko at the start of season 2 that he wouldn't have been sent on a SnipeHunt in the first place if his father cared about him at all, let alone welcoming him back after he completely failed. She also tells the Dai Li that no matter what they do they are simply never going to be trusted by the earth king or his soldiers again. The moment she says that, the screen cuts to a rather sad looking agent acknowledging the obvious truth. They ''won't'' be trusted again, in part because a large number of their members simply ''aren't'' trustworthy, even if that doesn't apply to all of them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Sock Opera" Bill Cipher points out that while Dipper's sacrificed his own needs and wants for Mabel, his twin has never really repaid the favor. Later on, when the triangle fights Mabel for the journal, he tells her that she had no problem abandoning her brother to obsess over her latest crush, not to mention taking one of his possessions without permission to use a prop in her puppet show. Unfortunately, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Mabel realizes he's right]], and resolves to stop him for her brother's sake, even if it means ruining her play.
-->'''Bill:''' I mean, who would sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?
-->'''Mabel:''' ''[[HeroicWillpower ...Dipper would.]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Queen Chrysalis indulges in some villainous gloating and points out that her plan could have easily been foiled right then and there -- had the others actually listened to Twilight Sparkle's warnings that the Princess Cadance was evil. While it's true that Twilight was being one ''hell'' of a dick with the way she was going about it, you'd think the Princess's protege claiming to have witnessed [[MindControl mind-altering magic]] in a world where mind-altering magic is not only very real -- but has been faced by her and her friends before -- would have been taken with at least a bit of seriousness.
* Obvious motives aside, [[BigBad Principal Cinch]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' is fairly justified in accusing the Wonderbolts team of cheating after witnessing Rainbow Dash "pony up", when you consider Canterlot High's sudden (and unexpected) boost in academics and athletics coincided with the introduction of magic.
* While the Reach is just using it to discredit the Justice League, both they and early on, Mr. Twister point out that the version of the Justice League seen in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' are using their teenaged sidekicks as ChildSoldiers. Twister goes as far as to point out their ages and say [[EvenEvilHasStandards he's disturbed by it]].