->''"Marcone was still a black hat. [...] Marcone's good intentions could have paved a new lane on the road to hell.\\
But dammit, I couldn't hate him anymore"''.
-->-- '''Harry Dresden''', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''

->''We were once so close to heaven,\\
Peter came out and gave us medals,\\
Declaring us the nicest of the damned.''
-->-- '''Music/TheyMightBeGiants''', "Road Movie to Berlin"

->''"I think of [[KnightTemplar her]] kind of as an 'anti-villain', a person in the villain's role who is not actually villainous."''
-->-- '''Rich Burlew''', creator of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

->''Why was it that everyone always had to have sympathetic reasons for being [Alex's] enemies? Why couldn't he ever have to kill someone who was just a raving murderer, driven by hate and evil and an urge to [[KickTheDog kick puppies]]?''
-->-- ''Fanfic/{{Unfamiliar}}''

->''"Black-hearted evil, Brave-hearted hero,''
->''I am all, I am all, I am."''
-->-- Theme of '''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'''

->''"From a distance, one's adversaries seemed fiends, but with a closer view, one saw their sincerity and it was as great as one's own. Perhaps Satan was the sincerest of the lot."''
-->-- ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz''

->''"Because ''I'' want to be the heroic villain, okay? There's got to be at least one time where ''I'm'' the one who has a victory!"''
-->-- '''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Dr.]] [[StupidEvil Brainstorm]]''', ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS3TVM2Thunderstorm "Thunderstorm"]]

->''No one knows what it's like''
->''To be the bad man.''
->''To be the sad man''
->''Behind blue eyes''
->''No one knows what it's like''
->''To be hated''
->''To be fated''
->''To telling only lies.''
->''But my dreams''
->''They aren't as empty''
->''As my conscience seems to be.''
-->-- '''Music/TheWho''', [[Music/WhosNext "Behind Blue Eyes"]]

->''Standing here, I realise\\
[[NotSoDifferent You were just like me]], [[VisionaryVillain trying to make history]]\\
[[GreyAndGreyMorality But who's to judge the right from wrong?]]\\
When our guard is down, [[VillainHasAPoint I think we'll both agree]]\\
[[ViciousCycle That violence breeds violence,]]\\
[[ThereCanBeOnlyOne But in the end it has to be this way]]''
-->-- "It Has To Be This Way" ({{final boss}} theme), ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''