* Yuna, Rikku, and Paine, the protagonists from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', are depicted as spies of Maleficent who are OnlyInItForTheMoney in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Thankfully, they are at most [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]] and switch to the good guys after Maleficent abandons them (in the manga adaptation, they quit due to her being an [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]] at the end of their ADayInTheLimelight chapter).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Double Dragon|I}}'', Jimmy Lee went from being an ally to his brother Billy in his battle against the Black Warriors, to being the [[TheManBehindTheMan true leader]] of the gang in the NES version due to the removal of the co-op mode. Whereas the arcade version only has the battle between the Lee brothers occur if two players clear the game together, the NES version simply has Jimmy show up to fight his brother after Willy (the arcade version's final boss) is defeated. Strangely, the NES versions of both sequels feature Jimmy as a player character once again, [[SequelReset ignoring his role as a bad guy in the first NES game]].
** A lesser known example comes in the form of the Mission 4 boss in the NES version of ''Double Dragon III''. He resembles one of the Urquidez brothers from the arcade version of the game (specifically Sunny), who were playable characters in that version of the game, but unlike Chin and Ranzou, he never becomes part of the Lee brothers' party after being defeated.
* Despite being a hero and even a member of Comicbook/TheAvengers, Echo is portrayed as an unambiguous villain in the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' video game adaptation.
* While he's not exactly "good", Scorpion from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' tends to be portrayed as a straightforward villain in most of his adaptations, often working for the main bad guys.
* Anna Williams of the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series suffers from this. While she's certainly not heroic in the source material, she is shown multiple times to be nicer and somewhat more compassionate than her cold-blooded sister, Nina. In every animated feature and spinoff game, though, the dynamic is totally reversed, making Nina the more sympathetic AntiHero and turning Anna into the evil one.
* While Smithers has never been a truly sympathetic character on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', he never went so far as to rob a jewelry store and kidnap Maggie like he did in [[VideoGame/TheSimpsons the Konami arcade game]].
* [[Disney/{{Dumbo}} The Ringmaster]] in ''VideoGame/DisneysVillainsRevenge''. Not only is he treated as the main villain of ''Dumbo'', he wasn't even the meanest character in that particular film.
* [[CastingAShadow Darkrai]] is portrayed as a DarkIsNotEvil Pokemon in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, hiding itself away voluntarily to try and prevent its power to trap other creatures in nightmares from afflicting others, even making sure that its counterpart Cresselia is close by to treat anyone affected. In the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Mystery Dungeon]]'' series, it is a much more malicious character who plots to plunge the world into eternal darkness ForTheEvulz. However, this Darkrai eventually loses its memory and can be recruited postgame.
** Played with in the second ''PokeparkWii'', where Darkrai is a WellIntentionedExtremist attempting to place every Pokemon in his other dimensional world where they can have eternal fun (whether they want to or not). [[spoiler: However after [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone seeing the chaos his plans create]], he pulls a HeroicSacrifice by taking the brunt of a growing black hole, after which the heroes save and befriend him.]]
** Yveltal is portrayed as a major villain in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon]]'', at one point turning TheHero to stone. [[spoiler: However, its evil actions were committed [[BrainwashedAndCrazy under Dark Matter's control]] rather than Yveltal's own will, and it does ultimately redeem itself once it gains control back.]]
* The video game adaption of the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebook ''Deathtrap Dungeon'' has this with Baron Sukumvit. The original wasnt exactly a saint, but was portrayed more as an opportunistic noble and a fair ruler, while the video game version has him as the BigBad, and a tyrant, and has more in common with his villainous brother Lord Cairn from the sequel book Trial Of Champions.
* Axonn in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}} Heroes'' appears as a brute henchman for the Piraka and is the boss of his level. In the official story, he is actually the mightiest ''helper'' of the main characters on the island of Voya Nui, and periodically wipes the floor with the Piraka. Then again, the game threw out practically all of the canon elements in exchange for a better gameplay.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Iron Will]] in ''VideoGame/AdventurePonies''. In the show, Iron Will could be intimidating, but the most "villainous" thing he did was rudely demand that Fluttershy pay him for his services, and he eventually accepted that she wasn't 100% satisifed. Here, he's a level boss.
* Metalhead from the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' franchise was an ally in the toyline and an evil robot created by the Shredder and Krang that was eventually reprogrammed into being good in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 80's cartoon]]. In the game ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime'', he's a complete villain and the boss of the second level.
** The Fugitoid, a robot with the brain of human scientist, has always been portrayed as an ally of the Turtles, with the sole exception of ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheManhattanProject'' where he is instead treated as a recurring minion in the sixth and eighth levels.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''
** ComicBook/{{Elektra}}. Many folks, particularly those whose exposure to her came from [[Film/{{Daredevil}} a couple of]] [[Film/{{Elektra}} critically panned films]] and ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', were shocked to see her as an enemy in-game. Especially since these days [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} she's rolling with a bunch of (morally ambiguous) good guys]].
** [[{{Cyborg}} Omega Sentinel]] spent most of her time in the comic books fighting alongside the X-Men. In this game, however, [[UnwillingRoboticisation her humanity is overwritten by Sentinel programming]] and she appears as a boss instead.
** In the comics [[ComicBook/{{Venom}} Hybrid]] was an [[AntiHero almost]] completely heroic character; in the game, he is an entirely villainous boss. His "sibling" Scream also tries to attack [[EatsBabies a daycare]], while in the comics (where she eventually pulled a HeelFaceTurn) she once expressed disgust at the prospect of another villain killing and eating children.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelFutureFight''
** [[ComicBook/{{Annihilation}} Ronan the Accuser]] started out as a standard cosmic villain, but was always presented as loyal to his own people's justice system and possessing of honor, and when Marvel Cosmic was highlighted after Annihilation, he was presented as a hero, which became his default characterization in every book since. In-game, Ronan is a two-dimensional, genocidal maniac like in the movie.
** [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Yondu Udonta]], who was a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics and a superhero. Even in [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy the movies]], which the game heavily borrows from, Yondu is mostly faking his antagonism to look strong in front of his crew and is proud of Star-Lord, who he sees as something of an adopted son. In the game, however, he's genuine in his desire to kill Quill and is angry instead of amused that Peter swapped out the Infinity Stone he was trying to steal for a troll doll.
* In ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]'', several characters from the works of Creator/LewisCarroll get this treatment, including Tweedledee, Tweedledum, the Queen of Hearts, the Dormouse, the March Hare, and the Mad Hatter. However, [[spoiler: the Mad Hatter]] does have a HeelFaceTurn in [[VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns the sequel]] and becomes one of Alice's allies.
* [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey Dent]] is an unusual case in the DS version of ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Batman: The Video Game]]''. While he became the villain Two-Face in all continuities, he was originally an honest district attorney. While playable as both, he is marked as a villain as Two-Face and pre-scarring Harvey.
** Much like in ''Film/IronMan3'' Aldrich Killian in ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Marvel Superheroes]]'' is a much nastier character than he was in the comics.
* In the GBA version of ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheCyberChase Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase]]'', the culprit is a random character, not necessarily [[spoiler: Bill]] as it was in the movie. This is presumably to keep people who saw the movie from getting it right based on that alone.
* In the Game Boy version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Kaa gets this treatment as he did in the film, but Baloo, an ally to Mowgli in both the film and the book, is also fought as a level boss.
* In the PSP version of ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', [[spoiler:Vidcund Curious]] kidnaps Pascal's child, Tycho, for money and research. [[spoiler: And he's the one who's supposed to be abducted by aliens in the PC version...]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'', which [[AvertedTrope averts]] SchrodingersPlayerCharacter, has Axel Almer be a friendly goofball if the player chooses him and a cold enemy commander if the player chooses Lamia Loveless instead. In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'', Lamia's [[CuttingOffTheBranches story path]] is followed, so Axel is a bad guy...only his villainy is turned UpToEleven in this game, with him expressing [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain utter disgust]] for Shadow Mirror's {{Artificial Human}}s (such as Lamia) and [[WeHaveReserves treating them as expendable trash]]. Fans of "Silly Axel" were upset, and Banpresto responded by softening Axel in the UpdatedRerelease ''Original Generations'', where he became more of a NobleDemon, which set up his eventual HeelFaceTurn and appearances in later games.
* You know [[WackyWaysideTribe those singing squeaky slugs]] from WesternAnimation/FlushedAway? They are, for some reason, out to harm the main characters in most of the video game adaptions despite not showing any hostility towards the main characters in the movie at all.
* In at least one {{ComicBook/Asterix}} video game, Cacofonix is fought as a boss. In the comics themselves, while he is a nuisance and a GiftedlyBad musician, he is an ally of the main characters and not at all a villain.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'':
** In the comics, most of Anarky's actions were targeted at specific individuals, and although some of his actions put his targets in critical condition, he wasn't a killer and he would avoid collateral damage. In ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', Anarky plans to blow up buildings connected to what he believes are the root problems of society, and he's unconcerned with who might get hurt in the process. He's also portrayed as somewhat less rational than his comic book counterpart. You probably wouldn't hear the comic Anarky ranting against soft drinks, for example.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Ferris Boyle, the guy who turned Victor Fries into Mr. Freeze was a greedy jerk who didn't care if he ended a life just to save money, and him turning Victor into Freeze was a reaction to Victor pulling a gun on him. In "Cold, Cold, Heart" DLC, he asked Victor to build cold based weapons in exchange for helping his wife, only to renege on the deal. [[spoiler: Later he was willing to kill Batman and Freeze so he could leave no witnesses, and was preparing to kill Nora in front of Freeze out of spite.]]
** Calendar Man. In the comics, he was a petty criminal whose holiday-themed crimes rarely involved murder. In the Arkham series, he's portrayed as a sadistic SerialKiller who crimes revolve solely around murder.
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' does this to [[spoiler: Jason Todd. As the titular Arkham Knight, he's party to a chemical attack on a major metropolitan city, something that, even at his worst, his comic counterpart hasn't done.]]
** The Scarecrow himself, while very much a villain, occasionally has sympathetic moments in the comics, generally relating to his backstory as a [[WhosLaughingNow bully victim]] and severe abuse from his family (great-grandmother pre-Crisis, father in the New 52). In the game, he lacks any sympathetic qualities and is even more monstrous than his comics incarnation, easily one of the most vile characters in the series. Background material suggests that this version of Jonathan Crane isn't even mentally ill, just pure evil.
** Much like in ''Film/BatmanReturns'', the Penguin was shown to be quite psychotic, sadistic, and brutal. This version lacks the AffablyEvil and WickedCultured traits of the comics' gentleman of crime, and has displayed racism, misogyny, homophobia, and abelism.
** While most incarnations of the Riddler are fairly narcissistic, they are, at the least, humble enough to respect Batman as a WorthyOpponent and are on good terms with the rest of Gotham's villains. Arkham's Riddler, by contrast, is a [[SmugSnake smug]], [[SmallNameBigEgo egotistic]], patronizing, arrogant, and thoroughly obnoxious {{Jerkass}} who is either ignored or outright belittled by Batman and some of the other villains.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', the Winter Soldier is one of the villains confronted early on. Although he did fight ComicBook/CaptainAmerica originally, this was because he was BrainwashedAndCrazy, with all his memories removed to make him an obedient slave, and they were restored to him not long after his introduction and he's since become an ally. In the game, dialogue states that here [[NotBrainwashed the Winter Soldier has all his memories and is serving the Master of Evil willingly]].
* ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'': While never exactly a saint, Shadow was generally depicted as a NobleDemon and a PragmaticHero in the mainstream video games. Here, he's an arrogant, abrasive {{Jerkass}} who openly mocks Sonic for relying on and trusting his friends.
* Done in-universe in ''{{VideoGame/Borderlands2}}''. In the main game, the Guardian Angel was a tragic but ultimately heroic character who [[spoiler: sacrifices herself to help stop her father, Handsome Jack]]. However, the ''Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep'' DLC -where the heroes play a setting-appropriate ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''-style game run by Tiny Tina- features a blatant {{expy}} of her that tricks the heroes into releasing it and then turns into a spider-demon and tries to kill them. Lampshaded by Lilith, who tries to explain that the Guardian Angel wasn't really evil, but Tiny Tina refuses to listen because she blames Angel for [[spoiler: Roland's death]].
* In ''VideoGame/DieReiseInsAll'' we met ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''. First he seems to be exact to the character as he is known from the books. [[spoiler: Later it's revealed that there was no Sherlock Holmes all along. It was Moriarty in disguise from the beginning.]]
* In ''VideoGame/YuGiOhForbiddenMemories'', Priest Seto rivals Death-T era Kaiba in terms of villainy and pettiness, as the manga arc where he first appeared wasn't even close to being completed when the game was released. Among other things, he served as Heishin's right-hand man and was responsible for seizing all of Egypt, kidnapped Teana as a hostage to lure you into a deadly Shadow Game, was fine with the murders of the Prince's parents and enacted Heishin's order to seal the tombs, preventing the Prince from seeing his parents' bodies, and was descended from evil sorcerers and plans to renew a pact with [=DarkNite=] in order to rule the world. His stated reason for doing all this? He's of noble blood and you're not, therefore he deserves to rule.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'', Thor, one of the main heroes in Myth/NorseMythology, is a major villain. He is somewhat inexplicably an ally of [[GodIsEvil YHVH]] and desires the destruction of Japan.
* In ''VideoGame/EquestriaBound'', while a lot of the are jerks in the show, much like Giygas in [[VideoGame/EarthBound the original game]], Nightmare Moon is able to influence beings from the past to do her bidding, all of whom have a grudge against Equestria or the mane caste for some reason. [[spoiler: Some examples being Trixie and Gilda.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'': BB Hood is a [[DarkerAndEdgier darker incarnation]] of the famous Little Red Riding Hood. Instead of being the innocent girl who had a terrible run in with a big bad wolf, BB Hood is an AxCrazy, [[FauxAffablyEvil sadistic]] PsychoForHire trying to hunt down and kill every darkstalker, even if they are good and haven't done anything wrong. In fact, most of her victory quotes are taunts to her now dead opponents.
** She's even considered evil enough that she appears in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone2'' as an enemy.
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'' features an in-universe example with the movie about Jacket's exploits from the previous game. While in the first game he rescued a hooker from the Mafiya and she came to live with him and serve as his MoralityPet and his only hold on sanity, in the movie Jacket's {{Expy}} the Pig Butcher rapes and abducts the hooker from several teenagers, who eventually flees and calls the police on him. Once he ends up in the police interrogation room he breaks out and slaughters his way to her, only for her to shoot him dead as soon as he steps through the door.
* In ''VideoGame/TazWanted'', the BigBad is revealed to be none other than [[spoiler: Tweety Bird]], a well-known ''heroic'' character among the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. In the game, he's attempting to ''kill'' Taz, take his country Tasmania over, and construct an amusement park over it to gain profit.
* ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'':
** The TrueFinalBoss is actually [[spoiler: Princess Kenny]], who pulled a FaceHeelTurn out of selfish motivations. In the [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark cartoon series]], [[spoiler: Kenny]] was a true companion to his friends, protected his sister as her guardian angel, and even [[HeroicSacrifice gave himself up in order to save the world]] at one point. The game remakes him as downright evil once his hidden intentions are uncovered.
** Clyde is usually a recurring friendly character who's fully onboard with the boys and their ideas. However, in the game he becomes an ArcVillain who's screwed over his classmates in order to harness the power of the Stick of Truth for himself.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'', the Huntsman who saved Little Red Riding Hood from TheBigBadWolf has become an unpleasant {{jerkass}}. He actually reveals that he never intended to become the hero we all knew from the famous Fairy Tale. In fact, he broke into the Grandmother's house because he wanted to rob her, but by coincidence the Wolf just happened to be there simultaneously and he attacked him in self-defense. Unaware of his true intentions, the Fables praised him as a hero, which he fully embraced in order to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity hide his true character]]. Fortunately, he TookALevelInKindness after the big bad wolf, of all characters, talks some sense into him.
** The Crooked Man as well. In his original fairy tale, the Crooked Man is just some random guy living his everyday life despite literally being in a crooked shape. In the game, he's the BigBad.
* Harry the Handbag from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' is a lonely handbag who only stole people and things and stored them inside him because [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood he thought they could cure his loneliness]]. In the LicensedGame of the same name for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, Harry becomes a wanted criminal who leads a gang of Raccoon Thieves to steal five toon treasures [[note]][[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White's apple]], [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Aladdin's magic lamp]], [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Mickey's wizard hat]], [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Cinderella's glass slipper]], and a set of golden WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse ears[[/note]] from the museum.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}} Unmasked'', AntiVillains such as Catwoman are relegated to this role for the sake of simplicity. More or less, if they attack civilians in any way, no matter how noble they are, they're considered villains outright.
* In ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', Ben Ferris was originally conceived as a small-time arsonist who was transformed into a [[ManOnFire constantly burning man]] by the twisted experiments of [=UltraTech=]'s chemical weapons research division. Entered into the tournament under the codename "Cinder" with the promise of his freedom as a reward for winning, Ben instead [[IAmAMonster was so horrified by what he had become]] that he actually [[DeathSeeker sought someone to kill him]], and canonically, Glacius was the one who [[MercyKill granted him his wish]]. In the 2013 reboot, Ben is a much less sympathetic figure: a SociopathicSoldier turned thief-for-hire who infiltrated [=UltraTech=]'s research division only to be caught by [[BigBad ARIA]], and in turn offer his services to her. This version of Ben Ferris willingly accepted being transformed into Cinder because he loved the idea of having the fire powers, and his personality is basically if the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]] were also a completely psychotic BloodKnight.
* In ''VideoGame/HyruleTotalWar'', the [[TheKingdom Kingdom of Hyrule]] and the [[RisingEmpire Labyrnna Regime]] are a bunch of smug, imperialist {{Jerkass}}es who conquer and subjugate all the other races to [[TakeOverTheWorld impose their rule]] and [[ScienceIsBad rape the land to keep their technology developing]] respectively. Conversely, many of the "evil" races from the official games are stated to have nobler motives for their actions.
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''
** [[AllThereInTheManual Supplementy materials]] show the alternate universe Wonder Woman was already veering into [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]] territory even before assisting the alternate Superman in taking over the world. In the game proper, she's a BloodKnight, something which horrifies the mainstream Wonder Woman.
** The alternate Comicbook/{{Sinestro}} is also a good deal eviler than his mainstream counterpart, and with Wondy functions as a devilish voice in Superman's ear to push him further past the MoralEventHorizon. Perhaps most strikingly, his viewing of the Earth Lanterns as {{Worthy Opponent}}s is completely omitted from this version; he gruesomely kills both Kyle and John personally, then [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] Hal into murdering Guy.
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