Anti Villain / Fan Works
aka: Fanfiction

Battle Royale
  • Ashley in 72 Hours starts out as this before her Heel–Face Turn. Like many other students, she's just trying to stay alive, though unlike the overtly Technical Pacifist students, she has no qualms with killing. Indeed, she has an innate streak for sadism and is intent on destroying SABRE from within. Luckily for them, however, her infiltration efforts lead her to realise that she's on the wrong side, and she becomes one of their greatest assets in the end. Not to mention, she winds up the only character who ends the book alive.

Ben 10
  • Warlord Kroz is a Type 1 in Tech 10 Rebooted, conducting all of his battles professionally and legally.

Codename: Kids Next Door
  • Numbuh 86, along with the rest of the Decommissioning Squad, oddly enough were given the Anti-Villian treatment in Operation:REBEL In the story, they seek to capture and Decommission a trio of 13-year-old KND Operatives who are looking for a group of anti-decommissioning rebels called the Kids Eternally There to seek protection from the Squad, the now teenaged Operatives honest don't see themselves wanting to betray the KND for any reason, but Numbuh 86 is worried that betrayal from escaped teen Operatives would be inevitable and strongly believes decommissioning the 13-year-old Operatives is the only way to assure that doesn't happen.

  • Ace Combat The Equestrian War has Black Star and Echo.
  • Sympathetic or not, it's undeniable that Aeon Natum Engel's version of the Migou got a valid point for justifying their war against humanity. Namely, about possibly causing a ruckus with their Arcanotech that will wake up certain cosmic horrors, Cthulhu included.
  • Played with in Dungeon Keeper Ami. The titular character is not a villain by any stretch of the imagination, as expected from one of the heroines from Sailor Moon. However, her goal of returning to her home dimension potentially endangers billions, by allowing the Dark Gods to follow her, and she refuses to be dissuaded. As such the Light reluctantly fights against her in several instances.
    • Of further note is Mukrezar. While unquestionably evil, it is a toss-up weather he actually counts as a villain, per se.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover fic A Shadow of the Titans, Jade is a Type IV Anti-Villain. She would rather not be a villain at all, but she hasn't had any luck getting out of it yet.
  • In /SovereignGFC/Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, avoiding letting the Flood invade through some Negative Space Wedgies created by Faster-Than-Light Travel is generally considered to be a good idea. Killing everyone as a means of accomplishing this is not, landing Sarah in this category, along with several others.
  • Zack Dawson, the main antagonist in Volume V of the supercrossover military fanfiction series The Terminators: Army of Legend, wants to achieve a peaceful utopia free of war and violence. Unfortunately, the only way he believes to achieve this unreachable goal is to waste any and all fortresses in his path, destroying all militaries throughout the world, with civilian casualties being considered as nameless martyrs in his noble cause.
  • In The Bridge, upon arriving in Equestria and being free from mind control by the Xilians, Monster X is shown to be a Noble Demon. He doesn't bat an eye at killing and is now part of the Big Bad's forces, but if he can manage it he will go out of his way to avoid harm coming to the defenseless.
  • In the Evangelion/Warhammer 40,000 crossover Thousand Shinji, Shinji is a manipulative jerkass, makes very questionable things... however his greatest desire is being loved, and he makes bad things to protect or avenge people he cares about.
    In the end, all I really wanted was someone warm at my side at night. Is that such a terrible thing to wish for? To not be lonely like this, to know that when you go to sleep there will be someone who loves you waiting to smile at you in the morning?
    Is that too much to ask?
    I would trade it all just to have that again.

Death Note
  • Light and Ryuk in A Charmed Life. Light really does want to make the worlds a better place and while Ryuk's sense of fun can have rather disastrous results Light concludes it's not done out of any purposeful malice but just because he doesn't know any better.
  • Fade: Thanks to knowing how he went Jumping Off the Slippery Slope in the story, Light resolves to never become like canon!Kira. He sticks to killing only people who have received the death penalty and/or have committed crimes that deserve such a punishment, does not kill anyone who stands in his way, and absolutely abhors the idea of using innocent people to further his own plans. He even refuses to sell out Near to L after figuring out that the former is the one who kills him in the story, as Near has yet to do anything deserving of that fate. While that doesn't change the fact that he is still a Serial Killer, it makes him more sympathetic as it seems he truly does want to make the world a better place. L, on the other hand...

Doctor Who
  • Callidus Dominus from the Cynical Classicist DW Fanfics, such as Devotee of Augustus. He is quite aware that he is doing some morally ambiguous things, but justifies this in thinking that benevolent dictatorships are the best form of Government and sometimes gets the Doctor's assistance against greater threats, like the Daleks and Virmok Empire. This goes for other members of the Cult of Augustus and Malphan Empire.
    • From the same author is Professor Osmond Stone, from The Sleeping Survivors. While he is kidnapping people and putting them in suspended animation, he is doing it to save the human race, believing eventually an alien attack will destroy humanity.

Final Fantasy

Harry Potter

The Legend of Spyro
  • Deadlock, the Big Bad of The Legend Of Spyro: A New Dawn. She didn't want to be evil and admits that she has her regrets. She's just lost everything, including her sanity, and feels that Spyro and Cynder are responsible for her tragic life, prompting her to attempt revenge. She also feels like her present plan is the only thing she hasn't tried in order to get something extremely important to her. On top of this, she's a very good queen to the Naga and treats them with respect, even being called the best queen they've ever had by some of them.

The Lion King

Lyrical Nanoha
  • Game Theory (Fan Fic) does this with Precia Testarossa, who treats Fate considerably better and also explains her motives to both Fate and Nanoha. Add in a minor incident with Chrono and Nanoha is now working with Precia to help her achieve her goals. Fate is also a somewhat different Anti-Villain than she was in canon, given that her personality is still the same - she just has no reason to change sides.

Mega Man
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, a story based on the Mega Man cartoon, Protoman has a policy to not kill, and it's clear that Wily's programming is what makes him unable to defy the doctor. He was also very conflicted over the Heel–Face Mole part of "Brothers".
    • Ballade turned out to be one, as he realized that being the robot Wily's most proud of meant others will fight for the spot, and while he showed respect to his enemies he got no respect from comrades. In the climax of episode 10 he sacrifices himself because continuing with the plan would endanger an innocent human life.
    • Mr. Black was revealed as this as more of his back story came to light, as well as his guilt and bad luck with the missions he's assigned.
  • Mega Man Reawakened has Woodman, who loves nature and tries to help Robert sort out his anger in the midst of battle.
    • It also has Glyde, as he turned to Wily out of having nowhere else to go and showed clear regrets over the matter.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • A Growing Affection: Gouki Namikaze wants to rule the world, and is willing to enslave (preferably) or kill (if required) all ninjas to do it. But he genuinely believes that he can make the world a better place. He treats his followers with kindness and respect. He loves his wife. And though he will kill if absolutely necessary, he prefers not to, unlike many of the 'good guys'.
  • ChasingTheShadow has Orochimaru and Kisame, both of whom, while vilainous in inclination, display and act on positive attributes with regard to their friends and comrades.

Sonic the Hedgehog

  • A running theme in Bird is the traditional Hero/Villain roles. In the world of Earth Bet Heroes and Villains work on principles of Grey and Grey Morality, with Villains being the Designated Antagonist role and not always unsympathetic, or even evil. This is subverted in Bird, where most of the patients at Alchemilla come from both sides of the fence but nearly all of them are sympathetic, and dangerous.

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