'''Basic Trope''': A villain that is morally ambiguous.
* '''Straight''': [[TheDragon General Drake]] is a villain who follows a [[NobleDemon strict moral code]] and does what he does because he sees [[TheHero the heroes]] as ineffectual in getting good done.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** General Drake has hardly any villainous traits and is a villain in name only.
** General Drake lives in a SupervillainLair, practices his EvilLaugh, and [[CardCarryingVillain declares that he's evil]] and will TakeOverTheWorld, but rarely causes any real trouble. He's just likes the villainous lifestyle.
* '''Downplayed''': General Drake is basically a DrillSergeantNasty, but he does have [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], and cares about [[BenevolentBoss the people working under him]].
* '''Justified''': General Drake has a sympathetic BackStory and comes from a setting where the heroes are either [[GoodIsDumb incompetent]], {{Knight Templar}}s, or [[DirtyCop corrupt]]. Overlaps with HeroAntagonist.
* '''Inverted''':
** AntiHero.
** CompleteMonster.
* '''Subverted''':
** General Drake is a heroic villain... Most of the time, at least, but from time to time, he flies off the handle and went JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, performing outright villainous acts.
** He is a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity villain with such good publicity]] that even the viewer doesn't believe that he is really evil... until his true goals become apparent, which are far over the MoralEventHorizon.
** As we see more and more of General Drake, it's becomes clear that he's [[AntiHero Not even a Villain]] in the first place.
* '''Double Subverted''': General Drake realizes his mistakes and is trying to keep himself on the blurry line of anti-villainy.
* '''Parodied''':
** General Drake likes to think of himself as villainous, but in reality, he is a true hero whose fellow villains aren't even convinced of his evil.
** "The fools! They called me mad! We'll see who's laughing when I end world hunger and cure cancer! [[EvilLaugh HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA]]!"
* '''Zig Zagged''': General Drake continues to cross the line between hero and villain, depending on the situation.
* '''Averted''': General Drake is a traditional villain with all that entails, only having enough sympathetic traits to make him believable.
* '''Enforced''':
** "Hey, we need a counter-point to our AntiHero... Let's make General Drake sympathetic!"
** "{{Complete Monster}}s don't appeal to audiences. People don't want to see a guy to murder babies & puppies after beating the crap out of them. People want a more complex villain. Let's give them what they want & in return, we'll get all their money."
* '''Lampshaded''': "You sure are very heroic for a villain."
* '''Invoked''': General Drake intentionally acts as a morally ambiguous villain so as to capitalize on ProtagonistCenteredMorality.
* '''Exploited''': TheHero tries talking General Drake into his side by letting him know that they can work together.
* '''Defied''': General Drake tries as hard as possible to deny his good side so that he doesn't have to be upset with himself.
* '''Discussed''': "Don't feel bad that we defeated him, he was evil!" "But he was trying to [[WellIntentionedExtremist save the world... just differently]]."
* '''Conversed''': "Why does General Drake seem to be more [[AntiHero heroic than the hero]] in this show?
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Being so close to the blurry moral line of Villainy and Heroism causes General Drake to be constantly wracked with guilt and eventually have a complete mental breakdown.
** Due to General Drake's ambiguity, the cops don't know whether he's a hero or a villain this week. To be on the safe side, they shoot him anyway.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** ...but returns to power to continue mission after deciding that what he has been doing is really for the better.
** He takes the villain's position to heart and tries to either help the villain (if possible, to do so within good morals) or work harder to prevent people from becoming like the anti-villain (as in, he works to prevent the tragedies that resulted in the anti-villain to become a villain).
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