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->''"Creator/{{HBO}} has proven that we will follow for years and years some pretty reprehensible characters as long as they're ''fascinating''."''
-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeRRMartin''' talking about ''Series/TheSopranos''

Where is it written that the bad guy can't be the main character? Nowhere.

An interesting twist on conventional storytelling is to make the TheProtagonist a {{villain|s}}. Sometimes (but not always), this villainous main character will even get the SympatheticPOV. On the other hand, it is not necessary for a villain to be sympathetic for them to be this trope. They simply need to be a villain whose morally reprehensible actions (however [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]]) are in no way glossed over ''or'' justified within the context of the story. We are seeing the story from the villain's point of view.

A Villain Protagonist (especially in a comedy) is quite likely to go down in flames at the end. Whether this counts as a DownerEnding or not generally depends on [[SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness how many dogs they kick along the way]] and/or how entertaining their HumiliationConga or KarmicDeath is. They may also do a HeelFaceTurn and become a HeroProtagonist. This doesn't necessarily mean they ''will'' lose or perform a HeelFaceTurn. In fact, their status as a main character just makes it more likely that the story will end with [[TheBadGuyWins the villain winning]] than any other story would.

When this is done for one episode, it's a VillainEpisode.

This trope very often overlaps with a NominalHero and/or SociopathicHero, and sometimes with the more extreme cases of an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. A Villain Protagonist can deal with [[EvilVersusEvil cases where he is the victim of some other villain]] rather than the aggressor and try to survive like anyone else would, but in order to be considered a SociopathicHero or a HeroicComedicSociopath as well, his struggle has to protect other victims of his enemy, it doesn't matter if he cares at all [[MoralityPet about them]] or if any good that comes out of it is purely [[NominalHero coincidental]]. Actually viewers may find that it is easier to write a story where the antagonist makes the plot rather than [[TheVillainMakesThePlot the villain]] which means that a villainous protagonist is often just as passive and reactive to other characters acts as a more traditional heroic protagonist. It can easily result in DarknessInducedAudienceApathy if handled poorly, or if the Protagonist is ''[[MoralEventHorizon too]]'' Villainous. If this is a comedy, where empathy isn't important however, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Not to be confused with the ByronicHero, who is simply a deeply flawed person, heroic or not. Many Byronic Heroes tend to zone in and out of Villain Protagonist territory, though. If the main character is the villain to ''themselves'' in their own story, they are HisOwnWorstEnemy.

Contrast HeroAntagonist, both in terms of morality and role in the story. Compare and contrast VillainAntagonist and HeroProtagonist. Do not mix up with VanillaProtagonist.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Naruto in the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''/''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' crossover Fanfic/{{Amenaza}} swiftly becomes this despite his status as the HeroProtagonist in his canon universe.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''{{Fanfic/Gemini}},'' Captain June Harper is an AxCrazy SerialKillerKiller on the run from the Time Agency that she used to work for.
* L in ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12041991/1/Fade Fade]]'' becomes this in his attempts to stop Kira's rise to power.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11425806/1/Necrophobia Necrophobia.]] With a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast name]] like that and the fact that it is being led by a [[TheyWouldCutYouUp scalpel happy]] MadScientist named Dieter [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mengele]], it is quite obvious that this [[Fanfic/{{Necrophobia}} guild]] is evil.
* Played with in [[FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi DKA]]: The land is torn with war, the forces of Light embattled with the vile Keepers- heralds and servants of dark gods. The Avatar of all that is good has [[TheEndOrIsIt been slain]]. So it has been for fifteen years when, suddenly, out of nowhere, a sorceress of unfathomable power emerges. [[FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi Keeper Mercury]]. Taking the form of a [[Anime/SailorMoon lovely young woman]], this semi-demon seems to posses the antithesis of the Light's power. [[NotWhatItLooksLike Amoral]] and fiendishly [[MadScientist intelligent]], who knows what manner of [[RunningGag cunning]] works behind that deceptive smile...
* Justin as Kira in ''Fanfic/KiraIsJustice''. However, his motive is that he is using the Death Note because he feels like "it is his duty".
* ''Fanfic/KingSuperman'': Each and every one of the protagonists qualify, for acts including using the children of Little Lamplight as slaves and human shields, repeatedly leaving behind friends and allies to save their own asses, and convincing Cliff Briscoe to chug radioactive sludge.
* Tyrin Lieph, a WellIntentionedExtremist who believes that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans is the protagonist equivalent in the EvilVersusEvil plotline of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic The Council Era, his WorthyOpponent and antagonist being Halak Marr.
* Dark Yagami in ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami''. While he's once referred to as the "hero" of the story (mainly to justify his PlotArmor), unlike many fanfics with sociopathic main characters, the author seems to acknowledge that he's almost pure evil.
* The ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' fanfic ''Fanfic/RevengeRoad'' is told from the perspective of [[{{Yandere}} Hik]][[AxCrazy aru]], who [[MoralEventHorizon murders]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse Madoka]] and [[IfICantHaveYou Kyôsuke]] out of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]].
* [[AwesomeMcCoolname Ghost]] in the Armored Core cooperative fanfic [[FanFic/ArmoredCoreFromTheAshes From the Ashes]] is this turned UpToEleven. Relatively early on in the story, he [[spoiler:kills ''one hundred million people'']]. It's implied that he's been running a ''huge'' EvilPlan for a long, long time, and is most definitely a MagnificentBastard and TheChessmaster; he seems to believe that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, but in this case, the 'means' are genocide of the highest order. He gradually turns all the members of the rebuilt ORCA Brigade against him, and when his MoralityChain Holly [[spoiler:came out of a coma and didn't remember him... well, it's going to get a lot worse]]. Given that he's an [[spoiler:OmnicidalManiac]] already... the world should probably start running. Especially given that he's got the king of all SuperPrototype [=NEXTs=] and is a PersonOfMassDestruction when on foot... well, this is bad. ''Really'' bad.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' fanfic trilogy ''FanFic/MyHostageNotYours'', Zim and Gaz spend the first two stories as {{Anti Hero}}es (with some SociopathicHero thrown in), but switch to this in the final story (see page for details).
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', being [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a POV series]], does this on occasion. But the example that stands out is [[spoiler:Princess Luna during her second POV. She starts out as a hero, but eventually performs a FaceHeelTurn due to her overpossessiveness of Pip. She gets into an argument with Celestia, resulting in her killing and bringing Pip back to life as an immortal undead so she can have him forever. When Celestia tries to convince her against making him immortal, she tries to murder her, killing a number of innocent ponies in the process. This leads to Celestia being a HeroAntagonist and fighting back to stop her now insane sister, ultimately killing her. It was AllJustADream, but still!]]
** A milder example, but one that shouldn't be overlooked regardless, is any of the chapters set in the [[BadFuture Epilogue timeline]]. Being a VillainWorld where [[TheBadGuyWins Discord won]], it's to be expected that about 99% of the story is told from the POV of either Discord himself or the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy discorded Mane Six]], who now serve as his CoDragons. [[spoiler:At least until Twilight Tragedy performs a HeelFaceTurn, followed shortly there after by Liarjack. They then redeem Rarigreed and, much later, Traitor Dash and Angry Pie.]]
** Queen Chrysalis' OriginsEpisode is entirely from her point of view, showing what a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] she was even from birth.
* SonicTheHedgehog fanfic ''Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak'' has all the main cast as violent convicted criminals. They don't even have a particuarly heroic goal; they just want to escape. But because the story is centered on them, they get the SympatheticPOV and you completely forget they're a collection of terrorists, serial killers and rapists (even though the writer never lets you forget).
* In the short story series [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8700173/1/Lex-Luthor-Triumphant Lex Luthor Triumphant]] Lex Luthor gives Lois Lane an interview 8 months after Superman [[spoiler: vanished without a trace.]] Then it goes places.
* Jade's FaceHeelTurn in ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' is what kicks off the entire plot in the first place, and she gets more much more focus than the heroes trying to stop her (though the author's started to rectify that in the latest chapters).
* Loki in some episodes of ''Fanfic/AgentLokiInternationalManOfMayhem''.
* Is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9311942/1/Cultist-chan-Destroyer-of-Worlds Cultist-chan of Warhammer40k fame adorably stupid?]] Maybe. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9426250/1/Cultist-chan-and-the-Re-re-re-re-re-re%C3%ABlection-of-Ronald-Reagan Does she have any redeeming features?]] Arguably. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9384175/1/Cultist-chan-and-the-Glorious-BolognaTown-Groxburger-Crusade Is she still a genocidal, infanticidal, buffoonish pervert who causes catastrophic destruction everywhere she goes?]] Without a doubt.
* [[http://discorderlyconduct.tumblr.com/ Discorderly Conduct]] is just about the best example you can find for good old Discord.
* ''Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony'' has Twilight Sparkle, who [[spoiler: kidnaps, [[ColdBloodedTorture tortures]], and [[MindRape Mind Rapes]] her friends to extract their Elements]]. She is a WellIntentionedExtremist who sincerely believes her plan to destroy chaos and let Harmony rule are good, even if it means [[spoiler: killing her friends, coldly murdering ponies who get in her way before her plans are set, and utterly destroying every disharmonious being in all of reality]].
* Maylu Sakurai from ''[[FanFic/MaylusRevenge Maylu's Revenge]]''. She wanted to get revenge against Roll for her actions as Empress in "Evil Empress Roll", the two-parter episode this fanfic takes place after. And she's willing to get it, even [[FaceHeelTurn siding with World Three]].
* Played with and ultimately subverted in ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury''. L is actually the [[AntiHero Anti-]]HeroProtagonist (or the closest out of anyone in the fanfic to a protagonist) but he tends [[RonTheDeathEater to get the villain treatment]] in [[OriginalCharacter Erin's]] point of view, with Light, Misa and the whole task force as his long-suffering and far more heroic workmates. [[spoiler: Higuchi looks like the real villain at first, but the REAL villains and antagonists turn out to be Light and Misa, like L had been saying all along.]]
* While [[Franchise/AceAttorney Klavier and Apollo]] sometimes [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regret the]] [[IDidWhatIHadToDo lengths they go to]], [[WhatYouAreInTheDark will do what is right given a chance]] [[TheDogBitesBack and have]] [[DomesticAbuse understandable]] [[BadBoss reasons]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil for their]] StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder they are this in ''FanFic/DirtySympathy''. They are willing to manipulate others to get the results they want or to not dirty their hands. Klavier was willing to kill Phoenix to frame Kristoph until [[AssholeVictim Shadi Enigmar]] gave him an opportunity. Apollo is willing to [[AmoralAttorney manipulate witnesses]], attempted to get Machi to give himself to Daryan fully knowing the latter would abuse or kill him, tampered with a crime scene [[FrameUp to implicate someone else]] and let the murderer off with a lesser crime.
* Ted/Darth Vulcan from ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan''. A human who is brought to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]] by the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] (which he [[GrailInTheGarbage purchased at a pawn shop]]), his disdain for the SugarBowl environment and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero a series of altercations with the Mane 6]] drive him into [[FromNobodyToNightmare becoming the next major villain of Equestria]], with the power of the Amulet and the Diamond Dogs at his command. And since the story is told mainly from his perspective, it fits.
* The ''Anime/{{Bleach}}'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/AHollowInEquestria'' has Ulquiorra Cifer, a literal villain of Bleach, and the reluctant anti-hero protagonist of Equestria.
* Charles Cooper from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fanfiction ''FanFic/YouSeemAcquaintedWithThoseDoors'' is a murderous psychopath who is responsible for the deadly conditions of [[SuckECheeses Freddy Fazbear's]].
* Disney's ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'' takes place after the movie, and in it [[TheDreaded the]] [[HornedHumanoid Horned]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent King]], the killed BigBad of the movie, is resurrected by [[CosmicEntities the Fates]] for unclear reasons and forced on a RedemptionQuest. If he manages to fulfill it under 18 months, he's freed permanently from [[ArtifactOfDoom the Black Cauldron]]; otherwise he's doomed to be [[SealedEvilInACan sealed into it]] for [[AndIMustScream all eternity]]. He initially doesn't believe he can fulfill [[ImpossibleTask the absurd quest]] (earning a human's love) and decides to settle for killing Taran, whom he believes to be responsible for his fate. However, he encounters a young human named [[PurityPersonified Avalina]]. He imprisons her, but during the long months [[MoralityPet the prisoner]] and her [[LimaSyndrome jailer]] spend time together, the Horned King slowly turns from a CardCarryingVillain into a NobleDemon. It remains to be seen if the Horned King manages to save his soul from eternal damnation.
* The Company™ in the crossover fanfic ''FanFic/EventHorizonStormOfMagic'' is either this, or AntiHero at best. Yeah, they engage in a lot of questionable business practices (e.g. selling weapons to both sides of the Stark-Lannister war), but they also oppose the omnicidal factions like [[TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy Chaos]] and [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Mordor]], and they've introducing a lot of social and technological progress to these worlds as well.
** Of course, given the CrapsackWorld status of at least two of the planets, [[BlackAndGreyMorality it isn't very hard for The Company™ to come across as ''the good guys'' by comparison]].
* The protagonists of [[FanFic/TheCATverse the [=CATverse=]]] are Captain, Al, and Techie, three henchgirls/hangers-on of [[{{Franchise/Batman}} the Scarecrow]]. Since their actions are generally PlayedForLaughs (albeit BlackComedy) and the girls themselves are [[AffablyEvil quirky and likeable characters]], it's easy to forget that the trio commit robberies, regularly abduct innocent people to be experimented on by their supervillain employer, and commit the occasional murder. The Scarecrow himself, a supporting protagonist, is a full-blown supervillain who tortures civilians ForScience, isn't too picky about [[KickTheDog who he hurts]], is prone to vicious DisproportionateRetribution, and lacks his henchgirls' AffablyEvil traits.
* ''Fanfic/{{Webwork}}'', a part of FanFic/ProjectDarkJade like ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' above, likewise has Jade's FaceHeelTurn instigating the plot, with her acting as TheHeavy and primary antagonist (though in this case, as DragonInChief, rather than BigBad).
* In ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'', Raye/Sailor Mars is very much this, being a {{Satan}}-worshipper (Human Sacrifice included) who was more than happy to [[spoiler:take Molly up on her offer of "Kill me first!" when she defended Nephlyte]]. All of it is played for [[RuleOfFunny laughs]].
* As of episode 8, [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Twilight Sparkle]] becomes this in the parody series ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft''. Twilight's characterization has always been [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] and [[LackOfEmpathy apathetic]] but no real threat since the series began, until [[spoiler:she ruins Cadence's wedding, leaving her in a cave to die so that Twilight [[BrotherSisterIncest could marry her brother Francis]]]].
* WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs: Lampshaded by patient 4479 himself in episode 17. "You want to hear something funny? Right now, they are all rooting for me.''"
* ''Fanfic/HarrysMadness'' has Harry Potter snap during his hearing for underage magic use and begin violently murdering his enemies, culminating in his becoming an eldritch horror and raising a legion of evil that makes Voldemort's look like amateurs to conquer England and possibly the world.
* ''Fanfic/BeAllMySins'' ordinary person Natalie is inserted into the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' setting, and joins a chaos cult within the first fifteen minutes to survive.
* ''Fanfic/ABetterClassOfCriminal'' features another SelfInsert, this one becomes a Batman villain.
* [[ExpandedUniverse Several sidestories]] of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' have bad guys as the protagonists. These include the Dakim, Sabrina and Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaidens, and the Cipher and Guzma Interludes.
* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheMoon'': [[spoiler:Doa/Spliced Genome, though this fact is kept secret until late in the story.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. He's very mean and arrogant, and everyone hates him, but his EvilChancellor Yzma is way eviler than him, and the film revolves around him going on an odyssey that [[HeelFaceTurn helps him become a better person]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'': Its protagonist is Gru. He's a villain, but he isn't the best in the world.
* PlayedWith in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', as the title character only ''[[PunchClockVillain plays]]'' the villain, but is clearly otherwise ''[[MeanCharacterNiceActor not]]'' a villain in reality. His quest is to prove to the so-called "[[IronicNickname Nicelanders]]" that he's capable of doing good, much to their disbelief (particularly from Mayor Gene).
* ''WesternAnimation/LaBalladeDesDalton'': The Daltons are in the spotlight as much as Luke if not more so and the film follows their attempts to become rich by [[GottaKillThemAll murdering members of a jury]]. BlackComedy ensues.
* The various adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' have Ebenezer Scrooge as a rapacious and ruthless businessman, one of the more prominent being ''WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol2009''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': House Lannister has gradually became the most prominent one in the story with Tyrion and Cersei ranking the first and the second in terms of speaking lines over the course of four seasons (and Jaime placing within the top 5), and despite the existence of it's more sympathetic members, like Tyrion, Tywin and Jaime, it still serves as the BigBad of the families of Westeros, with even those characters technically supporting the villainous side. Until Tyrion's exile, anyway. Cersei Lannister is clearly the viewpoint character during the Faith in King's Landing storyline in Season 6.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}'', being set in a prison, naturally revolves around the inmates, many of whom are guilty of murder, rape, drug dealing, etc.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': Considering that well over half the cast is in the Mob, this trope was bound to pop up. Even the nicer ones have no problem with murder, drug trafficking, and other unsavory, illegal activities. And chances are, if you're not in the mob, you're a huge Jerkass who just doesn't happen to be as morally bankrupt.
* The title character of ''Series/TheMaryWhitehouseStory''. (She was an overbearing MoralGuardian, and permanently upset by Creator/TheBBC, by the way.)
* Alan [[MeaningfulName B'stard]] of ''Series/TheNewStatesman''. A corrupt politician abusing his power, all PlayedForLaughs.
* Nancy Botwin and her AffablyEvil associates from ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' are drug dealers. Then again, [[BadCopIncompetentCop almost every official and law officer is a corrupt hypocrite]]. She starts out in a StepfordSuburbia in a CrapsackWorld, and [[CerebusSyndrome things go downhill from there]].
* Walter White of ''Series/BreakingBad'' slowly evolves toward this over the course of the first four seasons, especially under his "Heisenberg" alter-ego. Walter still remains an AntiHero, thus maintaining audience support, by always struggling against someone worse than him. By the fifth season, however, Walter has become a cold and cruel man, and his opposition is his own family, becoming the BigBad in his own story.
* There are a few episodes of ''Series/ICarly'' where even Freddie and Carly end up going against Sam when she does something bad. Example, starting a child labour sweatshop.
* Sylar of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. In the first season he's the BigBad, but in the second and subsequent seasons he's a protagonist and goes through a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, spending some portions as a hero and more portions as a villain.
* To the extent that they are protagonists, rather than Echo, the staff of the ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' is this. Although their villainy lessens over time, especially in season 2 as a Greater Evil is uncovered.
* All male members of the ''Series/BlakesSeven'' crew flirt with this, even Blake when you consider that in the finale of season 2 it's made clear that he was fully willing to cause the deaths of millions of people (by computer failure) in order to take down the Federation.
* Francis Urquhart in the BBC series ''Series/{{House of Cards|UK}}'' and its sequels ''To Play the King'' and ''The Final Cut''. Urquhart is a ''Theatre/RichardIII''-esque British MP who schemes his way up to being Prime Minister via various sneaky and some downright evil acts.
* Frank Underwood in the ''Series/{{House of Cards|US}}'' U.S. remake is a ruthless politician who will do ''anything'' for more power. In Shakespearean tradition, he frequently gives snide, sneering and self-satisfied asides to the audience, letting the viewer see inside his twisted mind. Also applies increasingly to his wife Claire as she gets more and more focus and power. They're both pretty damn evil, really.
* ComicBook/LexLuthor in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. Although the show is supposed to be about [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]], it focuses on Lex just as much and his descent into becoming the ArchEnemy of Superman.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. Don't hang out with those guys, or they'll crush your spirits and make you as vile as them.
* Al Swearingen in the first season of ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'' is a co-protagonist and the main villain, with Seth Bullock as the heroic co-protagonist. In the second and third season, the Hearst enterprises serve as the villain and Al becomes a more sympathetic AntiHero.
* This is very often the case on ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'', where the protagonist is a murderer or some other sadistic criminal (who usually [[AssholeVictim gets what's coming to him]] at the hands of someone who's even worse.)
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'': By the end of the second season, nearly every major character qualifies. [[spoiler: Hell, even the HeroAntagonist has turned into one.]]
* Almost every episode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' starts off from the villain's point-of-view as he or she carries out a supposedly perfect murder.
* ''Series/TheBorgias'': Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander Sextus, is this. He's AffablyEvil, has four kids and an openly-known mistress, and has no problem with blackmail or bribery, and pimps his kids out to the highest bidder. Plus, there's all of the less-than-ethical executions he's considered, and the situations his children have had to endure--in what amounts to emotional abuse. His elder son, Cesare, is an even better example, what with the killing people, having a personal assassin as a best friend, and [[BrotherSisterIncest really]] loving his sister, though that's probably the least villainous part of his personality. [[TruthInTelevision If history has anything to say about it,]] he gets worse.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': [[spoiler:Sailor Moon herself]] is revealed to have been this all along toward the end of ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''. She's the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds variety.
* Harry Montebello in ''Series/TheStraits'' has been known to kill people by feeding them to a variety of exotic wildlife. This is because he takes the security of his drug-smuggling business and his family ''extremely'' seriously.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' has a couple: in the penultimate season there was [[spoiler: Tony Almeida]] who actually eclipsed Jack for a good chunk of the season by working with a group of terrorists and actually is the first to plan out an attack on a subway station all so he could work his way up try and kill their leader, and in the final season both [[spoiler: Allison Taylor]] who protects the masterminds behind a successful assassination attempt on a foreign government official and [[spoiler: Jack Bauer himself]] who attempts to assassinate said masterminds even though his doing so starts indirectly putting innocent people in danger, so much so that he [[spoiler: ultimately nearly stars a world war trying to kill the one in charge.]]
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Olivia Pope and her team start out as traditional protagonists, but that changes at the start of season 2. For starters, Olivia and Supreme Court Justice Verna shut down Quinn's trial to save Quinn. David Rosen is unhappy about that, and he decides to dig for answers about Quinn. It turns out that Olivia, Verna, Cyrus, Mellie, and Hollis are working together in some sort of conspiracy. Olivia had an affair with President Fitz for a long time, despite the fact that Fitz is still married to Mellie. Also, Olivia participated in rigging the election so that Fitz would become President. She also sabotaged David's efforts to find answers. When you put it together, you have a group of protagonists who are actually villains and not heroes.
* ''Series/TheAmericans'' plays with this trope. The protagonists are deep-cover KGB sleeper agents in the United States in 1981, so American audiences are expected to approach them as the "villains" of the show. Indeed, they do commit murder and many other ruthless crimes throughout the series. However, the show's drama hinges on the pair being sympathetic, primarily through their home life as a family. They are often shown to be NotSoDifferent from their American rivals, and they occasionally get forced into making difficult choices between duty to their nation and their own moral scruples.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'' has Tony Stonem in Series 1, who is a manipulative, heartless bastard. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets better.]]
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': The main character is a serial killer who targets other murderers. Dexter is an AntiHero for most of the series, as although he is a murderer, the conflict comes from him opposing a ''more'' villainous BigBad in each season. In the final season, however, Dexter's flaws finally catch up to him and he's portrayed as his own worst enemy, pushing him into becoming the villain of his own story.
* Edmund Blackadder of the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series is a greedy, self-centred arse who [[DeadpanSnarker enjoys insulting those around him]] and will happily betray, abuse and mis-treat those around him, especially his inferiors. Frankly, if he wasn't played by Rowan Atkinson he'd be almost completely unlovable. Averted - albeit temporarily - in "Blackadder's Christmas Carol", and [[spoiler: in the final minutes of the final episode of ''Blackadder Goes Forth'']].
** Of the four main-series Blackadders, the most villainous is probably the one from "Blackadder the Third", who commits multiple murders, abuses his underlings, robs, swindles, lies, and even kicks a cat at one point. He's at least self-aware about it; when there's an ad for a "treacherous, malicious, unprincipled cad" to be King of Sardinia, [[CardCarryingVillain Blackadder gives it due consideration]].
* UsefulNotes/HenryVIII on ''Series/TheTudors'' is a [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder chronically-backstabbing]], ControlFreak {{Narcissist}} with a HairTriggerTemper who spends four straight seasons abusing his family, murdering his rivals (and sometimes their innocent family members), and manipulating national policy to flatter his own vanity.
* ''Series/{{Shameless}}'': Frank Gallagher is an alcoholic, lying, dishonest, violent, neglectful parent, but he's still the main character.
* Early seasons of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' paint Jax Teller as the more idealistic (though far from innocent) alternative to his violent, crooked stepfather Clay Morrow. But near the end of Season 4, that all changes. A series of tragedies in Jax's personal life cause him to be sidetracked onto a path of revenge, and he becomes increasingly violent, manipulative, and generally controlled by evil. The show attempts to portray him favorably by putting SAMCRO up against some of the worst criminals imaginable, but [[HeWhoFightsMonsters his efforts to defeat them always wind up causing him and his club more mental anguish]]. By the start of Season 7, it's apparent that Jax has become the villain of his own story.
* ''Series/HouseOfSaddam'' chronicles the rise and fall of Iraq's infamous former dictator.
* Discussed in the ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' episode "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Hercules", where -- behind the scenes -- the lead actor Kevin Sorbo goes missing, forcing the writers to consider changing the show to account for Hercules' disappearance, and two of the staff members, a gun nut and an unhinged psychopath played by the actors who play [[WarGod Ares]] and Xena's nemesis Callisto, gleefully propose spinoff series about Ares and Callisto respectively.
* ''Series/HitlerTheRiseOfEvil'': To be expected in a biographical miniseries that focuses on UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. The main character is a racist demagogue who wants to institute a new dictatorial empire and annihilate the Jews.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' splits its screentime equally between {{US Marshal}} Raylan Givens and Harlan County crime boss Boyd Crowder, the latter of whom, as a ruthless criminal trying to take control of the county, is a definite example of this.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' didn't start out this way, but as more of the MainCharacters became vampires, and even "good" vampires like Stefan were revealed to have done horrific things, {{Villain Protagonist}}s became the norm. By the end of the third season, Elena admits that killing all the vampires in the world, including her friends, would actually be the right thing to do, and that trying to keep them alive, at the expense of who-knows-how-many people they'll go on to kill, makes her the bad guy. To which she adds, "Fine, I'll be the bad guy."
* After a certain point in season 1 of ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' and throughout season 2, the audience is aware of POW turned terrorist Nicholas Brody having ill intentions of which the intelligence agent protagonists are unaware, and the audience's sympathies are split between wanting to see them stop him and seeing if/how he can overcome various obstacles in his way. In season 5, a significant amount of the plot involves a new character, Allison, who is a DoubleAgent for Russia. The regular cast members essentially play a HeroAntagonist role in relation to her, as she plays them against each other and later on, attempts to evade discovery and capture.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': By the end of Season 10, it's clear that [[spoiler:Sam and Dean Winchester are the biggest threats currently out there, and only barely any better than the things they hunt, if at all]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The three-part finale of Series 9 ("Face the Raven"/"Heaven Sent"/"Hell Bent") sees '''the Doctor''' undergo a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain when he experiences a horrifying TraumaCongaLine of betrayal, torture, and above all [[spoiler: the death of his companion/Morality Chain/sweetheart Clara Oswald]]. He thus spends most of "Hell Bent" as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds ready to risk the safety of the universe on the TragicDream of [[spoiler: saving her from the grave]], but ultimately has a HeelRealization and with the help of LaserGuidedKarma returns to his best self.
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' has a {{Deconstruction}}. The protagonist Rebecca is not really a bad person, but she moved all the way to West Covina just to reunite with her ex-boyfriend, and has repeatedly done bizarre schemes to get together with him, even though he's with someone else. The ex-boyfriend's current girlfriend Valencia is portrayed as an AlphaBitch who sees other women as "just jealous of her", but the show makes it on many occasions that Rebecca's actions to steal Josh away, however she may justify them to herself, are still wrong. Rebecca herself comes to think so, in her HeelRealization song "I'm The Villain In My Own Story".
* Many ''Series/BlackMirror'' protagonists are awful people who really need to be taught a lesson. In the show, HumansAreBastards because they keep abusing technology. The biggest example is Robert Daly from "USS Callister", a creepy, self-entitled nerd who presides as an asshole god over a modded version of a video game he developed and subjects the sentient characters to torture to relieve his frustrations from work.
* One series that really toys with this along with many other tropes is ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' which doesn't so much follow one central plot as much as seperate parallel storylines where most of the characters get their time in the limelight. And many of those easily fulfill this role as well in their part of the story. Examples include the xenophobic and murderous local shop owners Edward and Tubbs Tattsyrup who make a [[SerialKiller habit out of disposing the un-local elements]], the verbally and physically abusive job-restart officer Pauline Campbell Jones and Geoff Tipps a volatile and [[PsychopathicManchild immature man]] who [[TheResenter envies and resents]] his supposed best friends and often [[DisproportionateRetribution threatens them with his gun]].

* Music/GreatBigSea's Harbour Lecou is narrated by a sailor seeking marital infidelity in a port away from his home & family.
* The Irish traditional Whiskey In The Jar famously performed by Music/ThePogues and Music/TheDubliners follows the crimes and arrest of a highway-robbing drunkard.
* Clockwork Quartet's [[http://clockworkquartet.com/music.php 'The Watchmaker's Apprentice']] is told from the perspective of a man who frames his boss for murder.
* The narrator of the Wreckers song "Crazy People". There's a ''reason'' only crazy people fall in love with you, lady.
* Pink, from Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall''. Though the album begins with a StartOfDarkness and ends with a redemption of sorts.
* The narrator of Music/WarrenZevon's "Mr. Bad Example". He starts out stealing from a church fund for widows and orphans, and only gets worse. The AxCrazy "Excitable Boy" would be another example.
* Hip-Hop artists like Music/JayZ or Music/FiftyCent were allegedly criminals before having music careers, and many of their songs deal with this topic from their perspective.
* The viewpoint character of Voltaire's song "When You're Evil" is a CardCarryingVillain. Also "Almost Human", and "The Chosen" and "Brains"... he kinda likes that one.
* The Rake from Music/TheDecemberists' "The Rake's Song" sings, without so much as a hint of regret, about how he killed his three children in order to escape from the responsibilities of parenthood. It's quite good.
* Nick Cave has a few songs about villain protagonists, most notably the entire album ''Murder Ballads''.
* The heavy metal band GWAR can be classified as this.
* Then there's "Sympathy for the Devil" by Music/TheRollingStones, which should qualify.
* Music/BlackSabbath's "Iron Man" is about a hero who travels to the future and witnesses TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and when he travels back to the present, [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie he is transformed into the title's villain]] who [[StableTimeLoop causes the future destruction]] in the first place.
* Music/PeterGabriel's songs "Intruder" and "Family Snapshot" are told from the perspectives of a burglar and Lee Harvey Oswald, respectively.
* The Music/{{Primus}} song "My Name Is Mud" is sung from the perspective of a man who murdered his friend and is burying the body.
* Everything that happens in a Music/MonsterMagnet song happens with a fistful of pills. Protagonists run the gamut from garden-variety drug abusers/dealers to comic-book-style supervillains and demonic agents. There are a lot of bombs getting planted, and things might get a little rape-y. Notable are the infanticidal couple of "See You in Hell", the drug-addled character in "Tractor", and various personifications of evil in "Kiss of the Scorpion", "Atomic Clock", and "Bummer".
-->''I drove out to the Meadowlands to throw our baby away.'' --"See You in Hell"
-->''If you wanna spank your demons and make them pay, well baby, I'm your man of the hour'' --"Bummer"
-->''Got a knife in my back, got a hole in my arm, I'm driving a tractor on a drug farm'' --"Tractor"
* "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Music/{{Queen}} is sung by a condemned murderer who is only sorry he didn't get away with it. [[WordSaladLyrics Maybe.]] At the very least, we know Beelzebub has a devil put aside for him. For him. For ''hiiiiiiiiiiiim''.
* Music/TheBeatles had a few examples: the title characters in John's [[GreatWhiteHunter "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"]], Paul's [[SerialKiller "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"]] and George's [[IntimidatingRevenueService "Taxman"]] (the last one is also the viewpoint character), the persona in John's [[CrazyJealousGuy "Run for Your Life"]], and John's persona in the second half of [[TriggerHappy "Happiness is a Warm Gun".]]
* Ziltoid from the Ziltoid the Omniscient album by Music/DevinTownsend is definitely this. He destroys earth, because he didn't like the coffee they presented him, follows the escaping humans to another planet, unsuccessfully attempts to destroy that one, then he asks the Planet Smasher to destroy another planet, which is populated by sentient being, just to lift his mood.
* The Music/{{Nirvana}} song "Polly" is sung from the point of view of a rapist who holds his victim captive and tortures her with razors and a blowtorch. It was based on a true story.
* Many, many Music/{{Vocaloid}} songs. Notable examples include Mothy-P's Story of Evil and the numerous "yandere" songs like "Luka's Love Disease," "Miku's Rotten Girl," and "Grotesque Romance."
* "Behind Blue Eyes" by Music/TheWho is this with an AntiVillain.
* The narrators of Music/IronMaiden's "Sanctuary" (a man who killed a woman and is looking for a hideout), "Moonchild" (Lucifer himself), and "El Dorado" (a CorruptCorporateExecutive).
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Jump in the Fire" is sung by the Devil.
* Music/{{Slayer}}'s "Angel of Death," about [[ThoseWackyNazis Josef Mengele.]]
* Music/EltonJohn's "Ticking" has an initially unassuming protagonist going on to kill 14 people in a mass shooting before being gunned down by police.
* Music/TheBoomtownRats' "I Don't Like Mondays" was written about Brenda Spencer, who killed two adults and injured nine children in a school shooting in San Diego in 1979.
* Music/{{U2}}'s "Until the End of the World" is sung from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Jesus Christ.]]
* Music/WithinTemptation uses these most significantly in their [[ConceptAlbum "Unforgiving" album]] [[AllThereInTheManual (and supplemental arc videos),]] which revolves around a [[SerialKillerKiller vigilante serial killer cult]] [[ResurrectedForAJob recruited from the souls of the damned.]]
* Music/TheEagles' 1973 album ''Desperado'' tells the story of real-life wild west outlaws Bill Doolin and Bill Dalton.
* The main character from Music/NineInchNails' ''The Downward Spiral'' starts off as someone who indulges heavily in sex and drugs to try to feel something, but crosses the MoralEventHorizon when he eventually rapes someone.
** Several songs on ''Year Zero'' are also from the villains' perspectives. "God Given" and "Capital G" are from the viewpoints of the corrupt church and state respectively, "The Great Destroyer" is most likely the viewpoint of a character known as "The Angry Sniper," and the last half of "The Warning" has the disembodied hand in the sky known as The Presence threaten to destroy mankind if they don't change their ways.
* The band, ''Music/FearFactory's'', earlier albums were based on a continues storyline about a futuristic war between man and machine; machines being the villains. Many of their songs at the time had the machine leader giving it's commentary on wanting to wipe out the human race.
* Barnacle Bill the Sailor from the BawdySong of the same name is occasionally depicted as this, especially in the more vulgar versions of the song. If the fair young maiden asks what will happen if her parents see him, he will answer that he will "kill your pa and fuck your ma". When asked about what will happen if he goes to jail, Barnacle Bill will brag that he will escape. At the very least, the cleaner versions of the song make it clear that Barnacle Bill is [[{{Jerkass}} not a pleasant fellow]].

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Iktomi in numerous [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Lakota fables]]. Despite being a member of the [[FiveBadBand Wacan Sica]], he is also the paradigm of human advancement, meaning that he will appear in these stories to teach the characters and readers valuable lessons (often [[StealthMentor indirectly]]).

* In Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}},'' the player is an up-and-coming mobster who wants to get to the top of the organization by [[KlingonPromotion killing everyone in his way.]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. While there's no question that he was an AntiHero from 1998 onward, it could be argued that he was basically this in 1997. Although the crowd was firmly on his side against the Hart Foundation, he acted like the same vicious heel he had always been - beating up on babyfaces, even the ones who helped him. When [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] helped him in a handicap match, for example, he hugged him and then gave him a Stunner and told him he'd never work with a freak like him. When he was forced to relinquish the Intercontinental and Tag Team Titles [[RealLifeWritesThePlot thanks to his neck injury]], he made a hitlist of the three main authority figures (lead announcer Wrestling/JimRoss, Commissioner Wrestling/SgtSlaughter, and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon) and made sure to beat them all up while mocking them for it the whole time. Mind you, they were all babyfaces and were looking out for his safety. Just 18 months earlier, that same type of storyline was used to get Wrestling/{{Vader}} over as a monster heel.

* Thomas in ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' is the focus of most of the story lines he's in. He's also such a godawful person that ''Satan'' (himself an example of this trope) is shocked by how evil he is at times.
* Ghost of ''Radio/TrueCapitalist Radio'' can be this at his worst. Usually he is an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist with many PetTheDog moments, but he occasionally lets his mean-spiritedness and bullying nature get the better of him.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* After two expansions to their ''TabletopGame/{{Middle Earth|RolePlaying}} CCG'', Iron Crown Entertainment tried shaking things up by releasing a whole second basic set called "The Lidless Eye", casting the players as one of the nine Nazgul, working in the shadows to locate the Ringbearer and/or rally the monstrous races into an army. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot An interesting idea]], but unfortunately, one which did nothing to [[CCGImportanceDissonance stem fan complaints of "filler lore"]], and only ruffled ''more'' feathers by being largely incompatible with cards from the previous set.
* The''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Due to the BlackAndBlackMorality setting, every faction could be seen as a villain protagonist when they're being played. From war-crazed Ork swarms to Chaos demons to fascist, genocidal humans, no one group could be said to be "the good guys."
* The basic assumption when you play an Abyssal in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. One chapter even has discussion about how to make the game more than one slaughterfest after another; they are ''that'' Baaad.
** This is where you're assumed to start as a Green Sun Prince. Subverted, however, if you quickly catch on that the [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils Yozis]] are (A) certifiably insane and (B) can't actually rope you in. You can become a PunchClockVillain looking for an escape, a WellIntentionedExtremist AntiHero using a loose interpretation of your orders to push an ultimately productive agenda, or just a plan ol' NobleDemon who just wants to be left alone, before you slip the leash entirely.
* Many gamelines of the ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' have the players as traditional "monsters", vampires, werewolves, mummies, etc. But there are few where the player character actually has to be evil, ''TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial'' is one of those exceptions. Beasts have to inspire fear, often destructively, else their Soul runs rampant and does it anyway, with a chance of creating Heroes obsessed with slaying them. But even Beasts can feed their hunger without being destructive by watching other supernaturals feed.
* Though not specific to any system in particular, it's very much the point to many campaigns. The "evil campaign" is often used to change things up where the [=PCs=] are the group of troublesome goblins, the terrorizing bandits or eclectic grouping of monsters. The goals tend to vary from pure destruction for the sake of destruction, sticking it to a certain group, actual goals of city/country/world domination or even a subversion of the genre.
* By definition, {{Player Character}}s in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' are all criminals, and more often than not criminals performing not only illegal but also immoral acts on the behest of one MegaCorp or [[TheSyndicate Syndicate]] or another. Most game masters will pit the characters against opponents who are at least a little worse than they are.
* ''Bloody Inn'' has the players act as members of a villainous family of innkeepers who compete to see who can murder and rob more guests without being caught by the authorities.
* ''Legendary Encounters: Predator'' has a variant where the players play as Predators who are hunting humans for trophies.
* The TabletopGame/{{SavageWorlds}} setting TableTopGame/{{NecessaryEvil}} has the players make supervillain characters to combat an alien invasion.

* Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's plays:
** ''Theatre/{{Tamburlaine}}'' features as its protagonist a man who mutilates, kills, subjugates, and rapes at any opportunity he gets. He locks up the Ottoman Emperor in a cage and feeds him his wife; he kills one of his own sons for being unwilling to fight; he is driven around in a chariot drawn by deposed kings and emperors. In the end, he burns a [[Literature/TheQuran Qor'an]] and [[BoltOfDivineRetribution dies suddenly]].
** ''Theatre/TheJewOfMalta'' goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge that takes in a lot of innocent bystanders, including an entire convent full of nuns.
** ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'' sells his soul to the devil for diabolical powers that he uses for selfish and often petty goals.
* In the plays of Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
** Although ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' is ostensibly a play about Othello, Iago is really the protagonist and most definitely the villain.
** Richard of Gloucester (a.k.a. King Richard III) from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RichardIII'' is one of the earliest Villain Protagonists.
** The title character of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' is somewhat of an AntiVillain despite his MoralEventHorizon against the family of the play's HeroAntagonist; though his antivillainy isn't really of the "[[WellIntentionedExtremist good intentions]]" variety so much as the "[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds just plain pitiable]]" variety.
** Shylock from ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', although Bassanio and Portia have about as much or more lines. Some productions turn Shylock into an AntiVillain, as the play was FairForItsDay and gives him legitimate reasons for being so ruthless.
* Medea from Greek Myth, at least as presented by Creator/{{Euripides}} in the play ''Theatre/{{Medea}}''. A straight reading of the facts of the myth makes Medea come across as an irredeemably evil multiple murderess (her victims included [[spoiler:her younger brother]] and [[spoiler:her sons]]), yet [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Euripides presents her as sympathetic]], or at least understandable.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': The title character kills everyone who comes into his barbershop and [[CrossesTheLineTwice has them baked into meat pies]] to get rid of the bodies. [[ImAHumanitarian Mrs. Lovett]] fits the trope as well.
* In ''UsedCars'', the salesman protagonists lie, cheat, and steal from essentially everyone they meet.
* ''{{Volpone}}'' is a greedy and lecherous con man; the play's main plot is about him faking being on the edge of death to trick people into giving him gifts in the hopes that he'd name them as his heir.
* Arnolphe, from ''The School for Wives'' (''L'école des femmes''), is a clear example, although he is usually seen as sympathetic because all his plans are easily thwarted and his villainy stems mostly from his desire to have a loving wife who will not be unfaithful to him.
* ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'' is a lecherous noble who has had sex with over two thousand women before callously abandoning them. The opera begins with him trying to rape a woman, then [[spoiler:killing her father when he defends her honor.]]
* While most of the cast of ''Theatre/GreatBritain'' are morally ambiguous at best, the main character, Paige Britain, is most definitely a villain, being a worker at a tabloid paper, who rapidly becomes more corrupt and goes to greater ends to try and further her career. She eventually crosses the MoralEventHorizon [[spoiler:by allowing a Page Seven model to starve to death so she can have the exclusive rights to her death story]].
* ''Theatre/NoExit'': All three main characters have well earned being condemned to Hell together. [[spoiler:Ines is a self-proclaimed sadist who murdered her own cousin to get with his wife, Garcin is a narcissistic DirtyCoward who emotionally abused and cheated on his wife, and Estelle is an unhinged psychopath who drowned ''her own baby'' and drove her lover to suicide in order to cover up an affair.]]
* Harry Bogen from ''I Can Get It For You Wholesale'' spends the entire musical lying, cheating, betraying and embezzling his way to success.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* ''Ride/DoctorDoomsFearfall'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]] focuses on none other than the Fantastic Four's arch-nemesis, Doctor Doom, and his attempts to recruit guests into fueling his "Fusion Dynamo" device that he will use to destroy the quartet.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/AtlachNacha'', where the protagonist is a [[ImAHumanitarian humanitarian]] GiantSpider who lusts after [[GirlsLove tender young schoolgirls]].
* Servant Avenger from ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' is definitely a Villain Protagonist - he ''is'' supposed to Evil Incarnate, after all. His soul itself is twisted and AlwaysChaoticEvil, and he actively pursues murder and rape to [[ForTheEvulz pass the time]]. This does not prevent him from becoming a character you can sympathise with, especially after the flashback to his horrific StartOfDarkness and some very poignant conversations with other characters. Despite hating humanity, he still shoulders the responsibility [[HumansAreBastards that was forced onto him]] - [[spoiler:to bear every sin ever committed and will be committed by a human]] and forever serve as a twisted 'champion' of humanity. The ending is complete with a {{Tear Jerk|er}}ing HeroicSacrifice.
-->"Even if humanity is worthless, the history that has been laid down until now has meaning.\\
(...) It is not a sin to exist."
* ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'''s protagonist and female lead are an [[spoiler: insane, cannibalistic killer and an amoral EldritchAbomination,]] respectively. Although one doesn't start out that way and they're both very, very sympathetic.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' loves to play with this trope, at least in-universe. Namely, in the 5th Arc, [[spoiler:Battler become the [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie Endless Sorcerer]]]] while a Mary Sue of [[spoiler:Bernkastel]]'s creation takes up the 'protagonist' role. (That is, has a reliable perspective.) In reality, though, no face heels or heel faces occur. The 'protagonist' role simply gets taken over by the two most evil characters in the series while they force the good guys into the 'antagonist' role.
* A number of "dark" visual novels of the H variety feature a protagonist who, from the beginning, intends nothing better than to rape and/or enslave as many targets as possible.
* Towards the climax of ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:all the quirky, but not exactly evil, students are actually dangerous terrorists put in a LotusEaterMachine in an attempt to be rehabilitated]]. In fact, [[spoiler:[[TheHero Hajime Hinata]], as his alter ego and [[BigBad Junko Enoshima]]'s [[TheDragon dragon]], Izuru Kamukura]], is responsible for not just the events of the game, but also [[spoiler:the Tragedy that sparked ''the entire series'']]. By the end, however, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn all the survivors choose to atone for their actions]].]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the prequel segments of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the Freelancers fall in this category... but they're not portrayed as bad guys, just as guys being told the bad things they're doing are actually for good reasons.
* The webseries ''WebAnimation/GothamGirls'' stars four of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s most prominent supporting ladies. One of them is the vigilante superhero Batgirl... and the other three are jewel thief Catwoman, eco-terrorist Poison Ivy and supporting henchgirl Harley Quinn. Their shenanigans can be entertaining, but they never let up with the thievery and crime.
* ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'' focuses on The Big Weas, whose goal is to take over the world, though he is [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything not seen doing much to that end]].
* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'': Carl is an AxeCrazy psychopath who slaughters crews ships, nukes cities, mutilates babies to steal their hands, and eventually goes on to [[spoiler:end all life on Earth]].
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'':
** While Lumpy is usually portrayed as well-meaning but extremely stupid, there are some episodes where he is instead portrayed as this, such as "We're Scrooged" where he murders Toothy for the sake of selling his body parts, "Banjo Frenzy" when he goes on a killing spree because nobody liked his song, and "All in Vein" when he's a vampire, and not the [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire friendly kind.]]
** Lifty and Shifty are the focus of most episodes where they appear. They also swindle and steal from the other characters on a regular basis, often knowingly killing the victim in the process.
** While Splendid is usually just a HeroicComedicSociopath, he's this full-on in his one appearance in "Ka-Pow!" when he starts a fight with Splendont which destroys half the town and kills countless people just because Splendont wouldn't shake his hand.
** While Flippy isn't a villain to start with (most of the time), his SuperpoweredEvilSide usually takes over midway through most episodes focusing on him.
* ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'': "Ghost" and "Freaking Out" feature the powerful vengeful ghost Lewis as a major focus; the former song is from his perspective, and the second part of the latter video is devoted mostly to him resolving to find Vivi and get Revenge on Arthur.
* Many WebAnimation/YoutubePoop and {{Website/GoAnimate}} protagonists will murder, rape, and do all kinds of horrific things for little to no reason.
* In two shows created by Mark Cope and Carlos Moss: [[AlphaBitch Mackenzie Zales]] from ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'' and [[TakeOverTheWorld Dr. Havoc]] from ''WebAnimation/DrHavocsDiary''. While the former often succeeds in her plans, the latter doesn't.
* The title character of Felix Colgrave's ''WebAnimation/DoubleKing'' is a strange little creature who spends the whole cartoon running around, killing other rulers and stealing their kingdoms, all so he can wear their crowns.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Every major character in ''Webcomic/{{EVIL}}'', except probably [[LoserProtagonist Trevor]]. Not surprising, considering it is set in a [[WackyCollege university]] [[AcademyOfEvil for villains]].
* ''Webcomic/TheFourth'' is about Dark Lord Tiberius Skarva [[CharacterTitle IV]] and his plans to take over the local kingdom.
* ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}'' features a party of evil characters led by Gort, the Lord of Hellfire, who wants to unite the three Artifacts of Hell in order to become a demonic demi-god and rule all of Darken with an iron fist.
* ''Webcomic/GrieferBelt'''s main cast work for The Belt, a company that specializes in [[ProfessionalKiller professional killing]] as well as [[OrganTheft organ harvesting]], and they have no qualms over it.
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'''s protagonists are evil, but it's [[AffablyEvil cute fluffy evil]]. The MadScientist is an upbeat, plump, 26-year old blonde woman ([[RealTime aging to ~32 by the end of the strip's run]]) with pink glasses and a T-shirt that says "evil" with the "i" dotted with a heart. They're all {{Card Carrying Villain}}s, too.
* [[OmnicidalManiac Black Mage]] of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. Actually, [[CrapsackWorld every main character]] that isn't [[OnlySaneWoman White Mage]] is not someone you'd want to share a bus ride with (and she's not that nice either). Strangely enough, Garland (the main "villain") is [[HarmlessVillain the next friendliest]] character. Fighter is mostly just played as being [[DumbIsGood way too stupid]] [[PsychopathicManChild to understand morality above a kindergarten level]].
* ''Webcomic/TheAntagonist'', which follows a villain after he fails. K, the Antagonist, is largely AffablyEvil. He frequently [[NoFourthWall talks to the readers]], an act which confuses [[GenreBlind everyone around him]], sounding sometimes like the narrator of a book, and he believes his life is ruled by an overreaching "plot".
* The title characters of ''Webcomic/SuccubusJustice'' are soul stealing demons who regularly mutilate innocent people.
%%* ''Webcomic/HipsterHitler. [ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin? ADD MORE CONTEXT]
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' is from the point of view of a group of evil humanoids (and unnatural beings) living underground.
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' is as pure an example of this trope as you can find, given that the [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad six lead characters]] are all the freak mercenary terrorists that Solid Snake must fight in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. It's also a subversion. Foxhound might be villains by the time ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', but they start out the comic as heroes working for the US government, and remain so right up until the very end, where they become heroes working against The Patriots, Metal Gear's version of the Illuminati.
* ''[[Webcomic/{{Sins}} The Sins]]''. Sure they are the {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of The SevenDeadlySins and no matter how [[TheCutie innocent their unwitting host is]] they lose their soul instantly, but they are also pretty fun guys to have around. That they are also {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and AffablyEvil helps.
* ''WebComic/AntiHeroes''. The title sums it up, although we should avoid confusion by saying that they're the opposite of heroes (i.e. villains, but sympathetic and fun) NOT {{Anti Hero}}es as we know them.
%%* ''Webcomic/TheManiacChainsawWieldingDuckbilledPlatypus''.
* ''Webcomic/LifeAndDeath'' while played for laughs, Steve takes his job as Death seriously and murders a lot of people as does his assistant Sally.
* Bun Bun of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is a sociopathic, switchblade-wielding, possibly immortal madman (well, madrabbit) who cuts anything that annoys him, and he was actually the protagonist of a story arc.
* In ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'', the eponymous character's transformation into a demon was initially PlayedForLaughs, but the long-running CerebusSyndrome is turning her into a Villain Protagonist.
* Arthur Yahtzee from ''Webcomic/YahtzeeTakesOnTheWorld'' (by Creator/{{Yahtzee}}) is a wannabe EvilGenius who's trying to take over the world.
* Every character in ''Webcomic/CryHavoc'' bar Hati is greedy, violent, sadistic, or manipulative. The only defining characteristic the protagonists share is a sense of group loyalty (that may or may not be innate).
* Dr. Kinesis, and in fact, most of the main characters in ''Webcomic/EvilPlan''. The webcomic is about supervillains, so this trope applies heavily.
* The stunningly mis-named Angel of ''Webcomic/TheGoodWitch'', who has a FreudianExcuse, but long since went over the MoralEventHorizon.
* ''Webcomic/{{Jared}}'' features three main characters who are all varying shades of evil; Jared, Mary and Lilac, as well as some with questionable motives; corrupt police officer Carl and Hat Cat. The [[DesignatedHero good guy]] is not introduced until the last page of the first arc.
* ''Webcomic/SecondEmpire'' has the [[Series/DoctorWho Daleks]] of the Second Dalek Empire going against the slightly more evil First Dalek Empire.
* ''Webcomic/BadGuyHigh'', which is about a school for wannabe supervillains.
* The ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'' were meant to come across as group of [[HeroicComedicSociopath comedic sociopaths]], but wound up being perceived as this trope instead, [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/meet_the_parents_4 due to the severity]] of [[DudeNotFunny some of their actions.]] They officially became villains during the ''"Vampire Cheerleaders Must Die!"'' crossover which cast the ''WebComic/ParanormalMysterySquad'' as [[HeroAntagonist heroic]] [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/bat_is_out_of_the_bag antagonists]], who were out to save Bakertown High [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/prom_aftermath from Lori and her Coven of vampires.]] This created [[InternetBackdraft a huge]] [[BrokenBase split]] in the fanbase that caused many of them to drop the series.
* ''Webcomic/{{Heist}}'' stars Geist, an IntangibleMan master thief who makes the same mistake [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Icarus]] did.
* The GreyAndGreyMorality of ''Webcomic/TwoRooks'' complicates matters, but protagonist Dea O'Malley ''is'' a ruthless assassin working for a crime syndicate, and his opposite number, Serus Eden, ''is'' undeniably ALighterShadeOfGrey. But neither side is all that nice.
* ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' ended their first year with a massive storyline focusing on baddies Mac and Shmeerm viciously taking down ''BigBad'' Cyradwee and every last one of his underlings.
* ''Webcomic/MinionComics'' focuses on the lives of minions who sign up with an evil organization.
%%* Witchy, a cannibalistic witch from Website/DeviantArt contributor [[http://green-glutton.deviantart.com/# Green Glutton]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' follows a band of goblins from a role-playing game, usually regarded as low-level adventurer fodder, leading you to expect it would be this. However, the goblins are actually pretty heroic. A couple of straight examples do occur in the series, though, particularly the character of K'Seliss. (K'Seliss is part of a party including a couple of more admirable characters, though; the truly ''evil'' characters in the setting are never really used as viewpoint characters.)
* The eponymous characters of the MegaCrossover ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' are [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth the Goblin King]], [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Erik]], [[Theatre/LesMiserables Javert]], and [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Norrington]].
* [[http://cockeyed.the-comic.org/comics/47/ Harry the Dagger]] is a fairly low-level example.
* ''Webcomic/WhenSheWasBad'' focuses on Gail Swanson, a gang member who accidentally receives some superpowers meant for Amber Price, who is TheChosenOne and also happens to be an AlphaBitch who bullied her in high school. Rather than be a hero like Amber, Gail decides to use her powers to become a supervillain.
* Asa and Rook of ''{{Webcomic/Hotblood}}'', who -- when introduced to us, the audience -- are hightailing it away from law inforcement. Rook notes he has a bounty of $800 on his head (a lot of money, for TheWildWest).
* ''Webcomic/BeyondTheVeil'' is about a deposed Galactic Emperor resurrected in the stolen body of a hapless ([[GenderBender female]]) explorer. Her plan to regain her throne seems to involve spreading misinformation and fear by unleashing a genetically engineered monster and a henchman who can't remember what order to RapePillageAndBurn on a medieval planet.
* ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'' is about a former NominalHero trying out the dark side of the alignment divide with a CardCarryingVillain demon, an AxCrazy {{Necromancer}}, and a power-hungry mage. It doesn't take him too long to stop being put off by how ''[[ForTheEvulz fun]]'' his new boss finds villainy.
* The main protagonist of ''Webcomic/BasketsOfGuts'' is a three hundred years old lich, who wants to conquer the world with an army of undead. And though for the most of the story he may seem to be funny, reasonable and [[VillainsActHeroesReact kind of passive]], his intentions are genuine.
* ''Webcomic/StringTheory'' is about Dr. Schtein's descent into villainy.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': In Be the Godmodders, you played as godmodders, trashing the last safe haven left.
* The Blogfic [[http://sooniwillrule.blogspot.com/ Soon, I will Rule The World!]] has one of these. He's a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]] who [[MageInManhattan has come to our world to take it over]]. He hasn't really crossed the MoralEventHorizon yet, and he's decent to his minions, but does collect protection money from a substantial chunk of the city and did try (and fail) to hypnotize some orphans to mess with his nemesis. Though it is implied (Albeit barely, though the author says that more on that is planned) that he does have a FreudianExcuse.
* Unlike most superhero-based [[SharedUniverse Shared Universe's]]. The {{Metaverse}} focuses primarily on the villains. And then, a lot of the heroes aren't all that heroic...
* Doctor Horrible from ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' is a [[CardCarryingVillain self-proclaimed]] {{supervillain}}, and the story opens with him practicing his EvilLaugh. As a nerdy, AffablyEvil, WellIntentionedExtremist, he's contrasted starkly with HeroAntagonist Captain Hammer, who is closer to a KnightTemplar VillainWithGoodPublicity than anything resembling an actual hero. Though this really counts as a {{Deconstruction}}: Billy/Dr. Horrible insists that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, but even he seems confused sometimes about his motives (''"All the cash, all the fame--and social change!/Anarchy, that I run..."''), in contrast to [[LoveInterest Penny]]'s more traditional, charitable methods of improving the world. And, of course, there's [[DownerEnding the ending]].
* ''Roleplay/DorfQuest'''s Beardbeard embodies this trope - cutting down forests, killing elves, attacking small children, and [[spoiler:promoting Satan himself to godhood.]]
* Muschio in ''Roleplay/DiveQuest'''s goal is to "become the Devil" and has no qualms about burning down peaceful villages and assassinating his rivals to get his way.
--> Muschio: When I was very young, I asked my mother what I would have grown up to be, if I were not the Prince. She told me, "Muschio. Whatever you desire, that you shall have tenfold. If you want to be a soldier, you will become a general. If you want to be a monk, you shall become pope." I wanted to be a villain. *Beat* And I do not intend to stop until I have become the Devil.
* The point of the [[http://causeofdeath.weebly.com/ entire series]] ''WebVideo/CauseOfDeath'', where individual serial killers and psychos end up joining together and, in some cases, dueling against one another. It's up to the viewer to decide who to root for, because everyone in the show is going to Hell anyway.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** The most blatant example on the site would be WebVideo/DiamandaHagan, who is an actual supervillain.
--> "Doctor Doom [[TakeThat is a pussy!]]"
** WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses is a rapist, a DomesticAbuser, a pedophile, a murderer, works for the devil and yet still stays [[SympatheticPOV sympathetic and charming]].
** WebVideo/BennettTheSage, who [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusts and terrifies even That Guy with the Glasses]], and may or may not ''be'' {{Satan}}.
** In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, who even dresses up as [[Franchise/StreetFighter M. Bison]].
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', not only is the protagonist a villain (well, [[TheInfiltration sort of, at first]] -- [[spoiler:although she later becomes one for [[AntiVillain sort-of real]]]]) but most of the perspectives seen via [[ADayInTheLimelight Interludes]] are also villainous. Anti-villainy varies greatly.
* Michael from ''Literature/TheSalvationWar''. Though the humans are undoubtedly the real heroes of the story, Michael acts as our main viewpoint in Heaven, and has quite sympathetic motivations in wanting to limit the damage done to Heaven when the humans inevitably invade, even as he keeps crossing the MoralEventHorizon to accomplish this.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** The story "Mimeographic", featuring the supervillain Mimeo. He's not an amoral street thug. He's an amoral street thug with unstoppable superpowers.
** Or "It's Good to be the Don", told from the viewpoint of Don Sebastiano.
** Or the Jobe stories. Or "Razzle Dazzle", told by a supervillain who may have been, among other supervillains, the legendary Cerebrex. It's hard to be sure, since it clearly has an UnreliableNarrator.
* Eric from ''Roleplay/MallFight''. Originally he was HeroicNeutral, a Type IV Anti Hero at worst, but in the latest canon he rules over a WretchedHive, keeping dozens of slave girls and [[StalkerWithACrush a former classmate he's obsessed with]] as his queen [[AbductionIsLove against her will.]] He still tries to do good and wants to be a hero, he just doesn't care about what anyone else wants.
* Iriana from ''Literature/IlivaisX'' gradually becomes this. At first, she's mostly freaked out, having narrowly escaped from an eternity of servitude to an empire that half-unwittingly tortured her for more than half of her life. As such, she spends her first week or so taking respite, learning to use the eponymous robot, defending herself, getting in close with Mille, and generally being moderately suspicious but even pitiable at times. But soon she realizes the infinitely destructive power of her robot, and her grudge against the Aztecs and the world in general begins to surface. She begins antagonizing the empires far more adamantly for little reason aside from wanting them destroyed, manipulates and forces people into serving her (especially Mille), and shows an unwillingness to accept things that aren't in her control- and if that doesn't change, she deigns to erase it from existence.
* Psycho Gecko is a murderous, insane supervillain protagonist in the WebSerialNovel ''Literature/WorldDominationInRetrospect''. BlackComedy and BloodyHilarious violence abound.
* ''Website/SFDebris'' portrays Captain Janeway of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' in this way -- a power-crazed, murderous sadist who is deliberately spreading chaos throughout the Delta Quadrant and has set up a XanatosGambit to gain control of the Alpha Quadrant.
* ''Roleplay/STOForumVersusThreadRP'': artan42's character Romulan Spy Agent 007 starts out looking like a SociopathicHero, but graduates to this after, unprovoked, he vaporizes three members of a Bronze Age native village [[MakeAnExampleOfThem as an example]] and tells them to resupply him.
* In ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'', Blacknail frequently murders and steals, and does not even comprehend why any action that doesn't further his or his master's interests might be morally wrong.
* Deconstructed with Rast Racklyn from ''Literature/TailsOfFame''. Rast turns to a life of crime in order to get famous, but the story shows that everything he does is horrific, absolutely nothing he does is justified, and he only cares about himself and his ego.
* The main character of ''Roleplay/DigimonWorldInfamy'' is solely motivated by {{Revenge}} and killing the "heroes", not caring in the least bit about wiping out any number of random Digimon if it helps him achieve his goals.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Gumball Watterson of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' sometimes crosses the line from JerkWithAHeartOfGold to what can only be described as "dangerous psychopath PlayedForLaughs": In "The Saint" he spends the entire episode harassing Alan, making all his friends and his girlfriend hate him, and ''sells his parents into slavery'' just because [[TallPoppySyndrome it annoys him that Alan is so perfect]]. In "The Spoiler" he goes crazy trying to avoid hearing any spoilers about a movie he's going to watch, even knocking someone out with a shovel and eating another student alive. In "The Laziest", he and Darwin deliberately ruin Lazy Larry's life just so that he'll help them win a bet.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
** Roger. He started out as a sympathetic, vaguely hedonistic alien, but over time he has established himself as a volatile, dangerous sociopath.
** Stan also counts. Like Roger, he started out as more sympathetic albeit a little extreme. But as time went on, the lows he would stoop to in order to get his own way or hide his hypocrisies from the rest of his family turned him into this in about half the episodes of any given season. Episodes like "The Scarlett Getter", "Seizure Suit Stanny" and "Father's Daze" just to name a few are prime examples of him playing this trope 100% straight (and most of them are ones where [[DesignatedHero he's supposed to be seen as the hero by the end!]]).
* The antagonists of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' range anywhere from {{Harmless Villain}}s to {{Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant}}s. Master Shake, however, is ''disgustingly'' heinous and completely unrepentant with every last action, his ability to [[LackOfEmpathy repel empathy]] outweighed only by his ability to attract [[LaserGuidedKarma poetic justice]].
* A weird in-universe example mixed with DeliberateValuesDissonance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the [[ShowWithinAShow Play Within A Show]] "The Boy In The Iceberg" stars actors playing the Gaang as protagonists, with Ozai as the main anatagonist. As all the characters are exaggerated parodies of the "real" people, the play version of Aang is a WideEyedIdealist with IncorruptiblePurePureness, whereas Ozai is a flamboyant CardCarryingVillain; however, at the end of the play, when Ozai brutally kills Aang, the audience gives it a standing ovation. Although the viewers know that Aang is TheHero and Ozai is a monster, due to a century of propaganda and cultural conditioning, as far as the Fire Nation rank and file is concerned, Aang is the play's Villain Protagonist, despite [[ButNotTooEvil not actually comitting any evil acts onstage]].
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' completely redid the series as ''Joker: The Vile and the Villainous''. The storyline was adapted from an issue of the seventies ''Joker'' comic.
* Dan of ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'', is short-tempered, paranoid, and violent, and each episode is about him seeking revenge for some slight, real or imagined.
* Captain Hero from ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is a psychotic murder-rapist who wiped out the entire rest of his species out of spite. The entire cast qualifies for this, really, with the [[TokenGoodTeammate exceptions]] of Xandir, Foxxy, and [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] Wooldoor.
* Zordrak and the Urpneys of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' usually act this, in that each episode starts and ends from their perspective and we generally spend more time following them than the heroes. DependingOnTheWriter however, SympatheticPOV is sometimes given to the actual heroes.
* Eddy from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', while not as evil as some of the examples, is still a cynical con artist who will do every dirty trick in the book for money. Including stealing Christmas presents from children. [[FreudianExcuse He has his reasons]], but still.
* Stewie Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' started out as this in early seasons(he still has his moments, but it's more general ComedicSociopathy).
* Killface of ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'' is a ''super''villain protagonist who built a doomsday device designed to launch Earth into the sun, and he's still way more sympathetic than {{Jerkass}} superhero Xander Crews.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Bender is a greedy and amoral criminal who constantly lies, cheats, and steals from everyone. Although Bender really does like his best friend Fry, he is not above swindling him as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/GolanTheInsatiable''. The title character is a demigod from another dimension who has no problems with killing anyone and causing mayhem, but he's also a LargeHam who still wets the bed and tries to hang out with high schoolers and become homecoming king by pretending to be a teenager. The show's other main character, Dylan, is a young goth-looking girl who also finds joy in pain and misery, but also thinks turtles are cute, finds a [[ItMakesSenseInContext molted Golan to be adorable]], and deep down just wants her mom to be proud of her (though she doesn't like to admit it).
* Hector Con Carne is the CardCarryingVillain Protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' and the literal brains of a terrorist organisation that aspires to take over the world. Keyword aspires as they would also aspire to be James Bond-caliber villains but he is just [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain not a very good one.]])
* Mandy of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' is so evil and ruthless that she makes Grim, the personification of death, look like a nice guy in comparison and so he ends up as a much more downplayed example than her, being passive and very AffablyEvil to boot, unless he goes on a power-trip and starts siccing monsters on people for laughs, committing murder for profit or as a plan to get rid of Billy and Mandy.
* Many episodes (but not all) of ''WesternAnimation/GrizzlyTalesForGruesomeKids'' center on horrible people, children specifically.
* Zim of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', an alien trying to TakeOverTheWorld. He is juxtaposed to Dib, a preteen paranormal investigator trying to stop him.
* Task Force X are focused on during their mission to infiltrate Justice League headquarters and [[spoiler:steal an invincible armor forged by the gods]] in the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episode named after them.
* The titular ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil''. Though calling them [[HarmlessVillain evil would be a bit of a misnomer.]]
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes:
** While WesternAnimation/BugsBunny was generally a sympathetic character, there have been several episodes where he became a straight up villain. Examples of this include ''WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera'' (he picks on Elmer unprovoked), "WesternAnimation/ElmersPetRabbit" (where he heckles Elmer for no justifiable reason), "WesternAnimation/TortoiseBeatsHare" and its follow ups "WesternAnimation/TortoiseWinsByAHare" and "WesternAnimation/RabbitTransit" (where Bugs is portrayed as an egomaniac who's willing to harm and cheat just to beat a turtle), "WesternAnimation/WabbitTwouble" (again, picking on Elmer unprovoked), "WesternAnimation/TheWackyWabbit" (picking on an unprovoked Elmer again), "WesternAnimation/BuckarooBugs" (where he's a flat out thief and bully), and "WesternAnimation/RebelRabbit" (where he wreaks havoc on the US solely because the bounty for rabbits was so low, doing atrocities like filling up the grand canyon and ''sawing Florida off the mainland'', breaking into congress during session and physically assaulting a senator, and by the end of the short gets so out of control that the '''military''' is called in to bring him down).
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck also had several bouts of this trope, such as "WesternAnimation/DaffyDuckInHollywood" (where he causes trouble in a Hollywood studio for the heck of it) and "WesternAnimation/BoobsInTheWoods" (where he heckles WesternAnimation/PorkyPig for the sake of causing trouble). This only intensified during his later meaner years where he evolved into a genuine villain, albeit still often with the primary spotlight (see above).
** "WesternAnimation/HoneysMoney" is the only Yosemite Sam short where Sam is the star, rather than playing antagonist to Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck.
** Wile E. Coyote is the main character of the "Coyote and Road Runner" shorts, where we follow his [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption constant failures]] at catching the Road Runner.
** Chester and Spike as Villain Protagonists target Sylvester who is in one of his few "pure victim roles". The fact that Spike [[spoiler:pays for his bullying ways by getting the snot beaten out of him by an escaped panther and ends up a NervousWreck and sucking up to Chester the same way that Chester was a [[SycophanticServant sycophant]] who was abused by Spike makes for some hilariously ironic LaserGuidedKarma.]]
* Clay Puppington is this in the third season of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', which focuses more on him than the other two seasons. Several episodes showcase his VillainousBreakdown.
* The TitleCharacter of ''WesternAnimation/MrPickles'' is a satanic dog who kills and tortures many people and has a number of human slaves. Since he still saves the day a number of times, he can be considered a mix of this and NominalHero.
* Wolf from ''Animation/NuPogodi'' is one. Much like the Coyote from Chuck Jones' "Coyote and Roadrunner" shorts, the Wolf drives the plot... except that his entire ''raison d'etre'' is to eat the Rabbit, who more often than not is minding his own business.
* When ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' started out, Dr. Doofenshmirtz started out as a standard cartoon villain. But as time went on, he became more and more sympathetic, idiotic, and hilarious, to the point where he and Perry the Platypus were becoming the real stars of the show, even more so than the titular characters.
* Brain and Pinky of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. One is a [[DiabolicalMastermind genius]], the other's [[TheDragon insane!]] To prove their mousy worth, they'll [[TakeOverTheWorld overthrow the Earth]]! However, the Brain [[WellIntentionedExtremist genuinely believes the world will be better if he takes over]], and Pinky [[MinionWithAnFInEvil doesn't even realize they are doing evil]].
* Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. He either serves as TheDragon for an even greater evil, or IS the BigBad in most episodes. Occasionally though, he functions as a NominalHero.
* Both {{WesternAnimation/Tom and Jerry}} can alternate between this role in [[DependingOnTheWriter any given theatrical short]], a fact ''especially'' glaring if the former ends up being a DesignatedVillain and the latter turns into a DesignatedHero.
* [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Callie Maggotbone and Twayne Boneraper]] of ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans''. As far as the series is concerned, demons from Hell aren't AlwaysChaoticEvil, but are incredibly apathetic towards all humans in general. Combined with varying degrees of outright psychopathy, and the eerie fact that they seem to be planning TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt behind the scenes, it's a wonder the former is an AntiAntiChrist with standards, and the latter is an IneffectualSympatheticVillain without a spine.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Villainous}}'' shorts are centered around Black Hat, the wicked head of an evil company that produces inventions specifically meant to be used by villains.
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' designated villain Dick Dastardly became this when [[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines he got his own show a year later]]. Always noted as being devious and despicable but saddled with three charges who rank from inept to chronic backstabber, Dastardly would often wonder (in one episode) "what's a nice guy like me doing in a cooped-up outfit like this?"
* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker went in and out of being this and an AntiHero in the original cartoons. Sometimes, he just goes about breaking the rules or causing trouble for the mere thrill of it or just out of ignorance, and is clearly shown to be a selfish glutton who will mow down or manipulate anyone who gets in the way of his food. On the other hand, he did occasionally star in a sympathetic light (i.e. "The Hollywood Matador") and by the late 40's his AntiHero traits were played up more by director Dick Lundy, especially when Buzz Buzzard entered the series. By the 50's, Woody veered between being a straight up hero, a villain and an anti-hero, and by the mid-50's both of the former traits were dropped altogether in favor of making Woody a straight up hero character.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'': Two trouble-making delinquents and representatives of the decadence of their society whose idea of fun includes beating frogs and poodles to death with a baseball bat and committing wanton acts of violence and vandalism for their amusement (although they do it as often accidentally). And they are still downplayed examples because their mental deficiency prevents them from having a particularly developed understanding of evil and leaning towards ChaoticStupid more than anything. Couple that with the fact that they end up as stooges to more capable scumbags who treat them like garbage despite their [[ArsonMurderAndAdmiration admiration and worshipping]] and you get the cruelest five-year old-minded low-lives that one could ever meet.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' zigzags with this as the main character Flapjack is one of the most thoughtful and compassionate characters in the series and is at his worst a MinionWithAnFInEvil. The other main character who is he is a minion to however, Captain K'nuckles is a most definitely seedy and unsavoury type who makes a career out of being a lowly thief, cheat and criminal and who will commit all sorts of crimes in order to satisfy his candy addiction. By far his lowest moment must have been when he almost knowingly killed a mermaid just because of some petty whims. He is pitiable enough however and just often unfairly victimised. Also despite genuinely caring for Flap he is also a terrible guardian and often verbally mistreats him.