->''"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}}''

->''" I'm not some cannibal, Lee. Some killer out in the woods. Some...v-villain. I'm.... just a... dad. I coach little league."''
-->-- '''The Stranger''', ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''

->''"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''

->''"She isn't a bad guy. She was scary and mean. But she's not bad."''
-->-- '''Ben''', ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', on [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]]

->''"I know I was wrong. But in my head, I thought I was wrong for the right reasons."''
-->--'''Frank Sobotka''', ''Series/TheWire''