Draco In Leather Pants: Film

  • Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland movie has Stayne, the Knave of Hearts. He's the right hand of the Red Queen and, besides condoning and facilitating her actions, he lies to Bayard about releasing his family, tries to get our heroine killed, and generally acts like a despicable creep. Suavest of the suave, right? Yet fandom is already repainting him as a dark, noble and romantically tragic figure.
  • Colonel Miles Quaritch of Avatar derives a huge amount of popularity from this, perhaps from those who feel that the Na'vi didn't deserve the reverence they were given by many, despite the fact that the Na'vi are never shown doing anything wrong unless provoked by the humans' hostility. The fandom only focuses on Quaritch's fortitude and courage in battle, cool vehicles, and all-around feats of badassitude. Fans also overlook his overt acts of genocide against a peaceful, primitive alien tribe, including firebombing the tribe's giant tree home and killing possibly hundreds of innocent tribespeople, including helpless children. Proponents of the Quaritch-as-hero theory see him as a brave and loyal defender of humanity.
  • Colonel Mathieu in The Battle of Algiers. He's frequently cited by viewers as the movie's most sympathetic character (thanks in large part to Jean Martin's charismatic performance), to the extent that many viewers consider him at worst an Anti-Hero. While shown as something of a Worthy Opponent who respects the Algerian rebels, Mathieu also employs torture and mass arrests of civilians, not as a last resort but as basic policy. Word of God from writer Franco Solinas indicates that Mathieu was intended to be Wicked Cultured rather than a sympathetic figure.
  • Dean in Blue Valentine gets a lot of this, but unusually it's more straight males who are more likely to over identify with him and characterize him as a good husband and father who is unfairly treated, instead of a pushy, needy, manipulative drunk who rarely takes Cindy's feelings into consideration.
  • John Bender of The Breakfast Club gets an almost disturbing amount of this from fangirls. They ignore the 95% of the film where he is a Jerkass bully who verbally taunts the others and reduces Claire to tears after she talks about her parents getting divorced. Instead they focus on the 5% of the film where he admits he has an abusive father and apparently he's some tragic Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • Helps that he's pretty harmless. Considering some of the examples on this page, falling for someone who just has a bad attitude seems like good judgement.
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: Cesare. Not only is he a Brainwashed and Crazy Knife Nut Serial Killer, but ladies, he's, like, in a coma.
  • Captain Jones in Changeling seems to have quite a few female fans, despite being a corrupt, slimy bastard. Of course, he is played by the handsome Jeffrey Donovan.
  • Andrew from Chronicle has quite a bit of followers who feel sorry for him. He was merely a scrawny kids with a violent, alcoholic father, a crippled and dying mother, is bullied by everyone in school, and has a neglectful cousin, all of whom are no help to him whatsoever. However once he gets telempathy, he goes out for vengeance, even against those who have never met him and vice versa.
  • Alex from A Clockwork Orange. True, he's the main character, his society and the adults in his life don't give a crap about him, and Malcolm McDowell's performance is very compelling. He's still a sociopathic teenage psycho and Mary Sue fics where the author tries to redeem him with True Love miss the point.
  • Vincent from Collateral, if fanfic is believed. For more specific reasons, it's because he manages to be quite handsome and a dangerously badass assassin with great taste in music and suits.
  • Bullseye in Daredevil. Probably made even worse in that Colin Farrell actually wore leather pants for much of the movie.
  • The Joker and the Scarecrow/Jonathan Crane seem to get this a lot in Batman fanfiction. Leave it to crazed fangirls to pick two of the most evil characters in a series that actually has several sympathetic (or in the case of the ordinary mobsters, at least normal) villains to crush on. This is made even more bizarre by their neglect of Ra's al Ghul and Two-Face, the latter of whom is actually a sympathetic villain.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg, to some extent, but after the movie came out: Rodrick. Probably because of shots like this one.
  • Pig, Cillian Murphy's character in Disco Pigs, is a nasty, controlling, antisocial jerk who terrifies his own mother, abuses his little brother, terrorizes random people, and who eventually murders a guy for dancing with his crush. He has hordes of fangirls who feel sorry for him (even though he brings every misfortune on his own head), say he's "sweet" and "sensitive", and think he is the best thing since sliced bread. Anyone sensing a pattern with Cillian Murphy-played villains here?
  • Elysium: It's rare for a nigh-inhumane bastard to receive this treatment. However, Sharlto Copley's superlative performance as the Ax-Crazy Kruger makes this villain the runaway favorite for most viewers.
  • Just like the Nightmare series below, Friday the 13th has a pretty weird fan base that for some reason thinks Jason Voorhees is not only a Sympathetic Murderer, but also sexy enough for their Mary Sue to be attracted to. Jason is badly deformed with serious mental deficiencies. But those are things that make him pitiable, not attractive. Later on he becomes undead to an increasing degree. And he's not going to return your sexy feelings anyway. Even taking everything else into account, he's very clearly a psychopathic manchild who exists to kill anybody who trespasses on his territory, once stated to have been posessed by a demon, and he hates sex.
  • Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket was a substandard drill instructor who failed to notice the obviously deteriorating mental state of Private Pyle and ultimately his negligence caused both Private Pyle's death and his own. He still has legions of fans due to his hilarious one-liners.
    • It probably helps that R. Lee Ermey is actually quite nice (if still very intimidating) and it is a well known fact he was a real drill instructor for the Marines before retiring to a Hollywood career.
  • Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is very popular. Doesn't hurt that he's hot and can kick your ass from here to next Tuesday. Subverted in that he pulls a Heel-Face Turn in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
  • The Godzilla films:
    • The title character. He's a city destroying Kaiju beast, but the fans tend to think he's just a misunderstood good guy. Most of the time he's an Anti-Hero or Anti-Villain, but this treatment is still baffling. This is most Egregious in Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!, where he was flat-out stated to be pure evil. The fans still liked him. This is a bit of an averted case however, as GMK was the only movie he was stated to actually be evil and there are several movies, such as Godzilla Vs Mecha Godzilla where Godzilla is a benign soul. Even in movies he was an Anti-Hero or Anti-Villain, he usually was the lesser of two evils, fighting the greater threat, and thus could be rooted for. By the time GMK rolled around, backing Godzilla in a fight between him and another kaiju is almost instinct.
    • Additionally, the monster Titanosaurus from Terror Of Mechagodzilla is seen as this. Despite being a giant monster who has murdered several people, including children out of the command of his Mad Scientist Master and his Cyborg Daughter, it is stated multiple times in film and in publishings that this all out being Brainwashed and Crazy by his master(s) and that in reality, he's just a gentle and tragic monster.
  • The mass-murdering Michael Myers from the ''Halloween series. All of the fanfics have Michael abducting and falling for a girl, or a "childhood friend".
  • Hard Candy has Haley, played by a pre-Juno Ellen Page. She has hordes of fangirls cheering her on and calling her a righteous angel. They ignore the fact that she's clearly a mentally disturbed and sociopathic girl who ties up a man and tortures him for hours on end, eventually making him believe she's castrated him and forcing him to commit suicide. Because said man is a child molester, Haley is held as a paragon of feminism and her fans ignore the obvious fact that she's using the child molester as an excuse to further her own twisted desires.
    • Part of this is likely due to the fact that she's presented very ambiguously. She's obviously sociopathic, but she gives out no true details about her life or past, making the viewer wonder why she's doing it and therefore invent a possibly sympathetic backstory.
    • It is also possible that the nature of the child molester's crimes contributes to this: Fans tend to ignore or excuse all sorts of horrible fates that are doled out to characters that are portrayed as having crossed some sort of line.
  • JD from Heathers gets a lot of this, mainly because despite his psychopathic and cynical tendencies, he's played by a 1980s Christian Slater.
  • Kirill from The Bourne Supremacy gets a lot of this. He's a cold blooded, FSB-trained, killing machine for hire, but he's also played by New Zealand actor Karl Urban.
  • As Clive Barker, creator of the Hellraiser series, put it:
    "You've got Pinhead, who hasn't done a single decent thing in eight movies, and still gets mail from women who want to have his children."
  • Smaug from "The Hobbit" has a pretty sizable fan base, despite being pure evil, and systematically slaughtering entire populations for no particular reason save that he felt like it. Considering the portrayal of his character, and the fact that he is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, this is understandable.
  • Col. Landa from Inglourious Basterds already seems to be developing this sort of following. Obviously intended to be a Magnificent Bastard, too many are admiring his politeness and cunning, ignoring the fact that he is a sadistic and sociopathic SS officer shown to even possibly have misogynistic tendencies and is extremely self-serving rather than simply doing what he does out of a manner of duty.
    • This has been augmented by actual neo-nazis and right-wing revisionists who fiercedly welcomed a non-negative portrayal of an SS officer (despite the fact that Landa is still far from a 'non-negative' portrayal of an SS officer) and exaggerated his virtues while overlooking his flaws, claiming the whole SS to have been like him. It makes even less sense if you remember that the one heroic thing Landa ever does (and it was just to guarantee he'd be a Karma Houdini) was blowing up Hitler, Goebbels, Goering, and Boorman - in other words, apparently neo-Nazis admire him for being anti-Nazi.
    • The idea that Landa is a Magnificent Bastard actually has shades of this trope; he is more of a Smug Snake because his "plan" has so many flaws in it, and the most obvious one is the one that actually happens namely, trusting a group of sociopaths who call themselves the Basterds. That, and while his plan to sell out the German leadership did sort-of work, he failed to identify Shoshanna as the Jewish girl whose family he slaughtered, so even if he did turn the Basterds in they all still would have died, maybe himself included, and mostly due to his incompetence, not his scheming.
      • Given the dramatic pause he gave before ordering milk (she had been hiding on a dairy farm) it's likely that he did recognize Shoshanna but was being cruel again by drawing out their encounter and scaring her with hints that he did recognize her.
    • Everybody in Inglourious Basterds Fan Fic gets this treatment, but Donny (the Bear Jew), Landa, and Stiglitz get the worst of it by far. And there was that one Mary Sue fic that made Donny speak fluent Finnish to communicate with the Mary Sue.
  • Ivan Vanko in Iron Man 2 has a sympathetic background, but a surprising amount of people considered him justified in going after Tony after learning said background, with some suggesting that Tony was the real villain. This is despite Tony having nothing to do with what happened to Vanko's father. on top of that Vanko kills at least half a dozen people over the course of the movie, including at least one prison guard and several civilians at the Monaco Grand Prix, as well as unleashing a small army of heavily-armed Hammer drones on the densely-crowded Stark Expo and then subsequently blew them all up in massive detonations when he lost as a final act of spite.
  • Red-Mist from Kick-Ass has a lot of fanart. Granted, most of it is from the movie rather than the comics.
  • Hordes of David Bowie fans change the antagonist of Labyrinth, Jareth the Goblin King, from a baby-napping, tantrum-throwing, drugged-peach-wielding creeper interested in a teen girl into a misunderstood romantic whose one true love is Sarah.
  • Man of Steel gives us General Zod and Faora. The former gets this because of his sympathetic motivations to return Krypton to its former glory and entertaining performance, while the latter gets this because Evil Is Sexy and Cool.
  • Natural Born Killers is a parody of this trope. Not surprising that too many who saw the film ended up seeing the protagonists as true badasses.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger has a pretty strong female fanbase. Yes, that Freddy Krueger—the burned-up child killer who haunts his victims' nightmares For the Evulz.
  • Even Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men, who's referred to by some as "Hannibal Lecter's evil twin," gets steamy fanfic.
  • Pan's Labyrinth: There are actually people out there who honestly give this treatment to Captain Vidal.
  • Tavington in The Patriot has no shortage of swoony fans. Must have something to do with being played by Jason Isaacs.
  • In the 1970s Swan, the evil record producer from Phantom of the Paradise, gained a surprising amount of Canadian fangirls, so much so that when his actor Paul Williams played a show in Winnipeg he was chased down the street by a group of teenagers, who he later thanked for "making him feel like a Beatle."
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • While Captain Jack Sparrow has his noble moments, the movies make it clear that he has done many unsavory things in his life, as well as tending to throw other people over to save his own skin. His snarkiness, attractiveness, and the fact that he is played by Johnny Depp means that there are fan girls aplenty who insist that he's the sweetest guy ever, that Will, Elizabeth, and the British Royal Navy are a bunch of assholes for getting pissed at his double-crossing, and that he'd surely be a faithful lover to the various Mary Sues in fanfictions. Keep in mind that even in On Stranger Tides, when Jack is given an official love interest, the movie still ends with him leaving her stranded an island, looking vaguely horrified when she tries to trick him into staying by lying that she's pregnant with his child.
    • Amazingly, Davy Jones can get this. Yes he has a tragic backstory, but it's also made clear that he has become heartless in every sense of the word. Yet there are fangirls who have him deciding that Tia Dalma/Calypso is a bitch that he doesn't care about and falling into the arms of the nearest Mary Sue. Maybe it's because he's played by Bill Nighy...
      • In Davy Jones's defense, the movie does make it pretty clear that Tia Dalma/Calypso wronged him in the past, promising to visit him and then never doing so, because she's as fickle as the sea, and abandoning men is in my nature. She doesn't come across as sympathetic at all and makes it clear that although it doesn't absolve him of future crimes, he was originally the wronged party.
  • Tajōmaru in Rashomon; though it's true that he's less of a straight-out brute in the movie than in the story, still he gets an added increment of sympathy from being played by a sexy charismatic actor.
  • Red Eye fanfic likes to apply this to Jackson Rippner, a murderous sociopath with no serious objection to killing children. He threatens to torture the heroine to death in front of her father. There is a certain amount of sexual tension between him and Rachel McAdams' character, but it's less Will They or Won't They? than fear that he's going to... do things to her. And yet there is Shipping in which he is presented as just misunderstood. It may have something to do with the seraphic countenance of Cillian Murphy.
    • Similar to what happens in mainstream Batman Begins fic. Androgynous sexiness must equal goodness, too. Cillian's portrayal of Jonathan Crane and Red Eye's Rippner would get along famously if it weren't for Crane's utter insanity. Some of the fans get around it with heavy medication. Some just ignore the portions of the film where Crane acts typically villainous and psychotic - most of his screen time, in fact - and make him a surly, slightly manipulative but otherwise well Deadpan Snarker.
    • And people have begun giving The Dark Knight Saga-verse Joker this treatment. No, you did not just misread that.
      • Bane gets this treatment now, too, though his sympathetic backstory makes this more understandable.
  • The Repo! The Genetic Opera fandom is terribly prone to this, but that may be because every single male character under the age of fifty is both played by someone incredibly sexy and seriously messed up in the head. Pavi, Luigi, and Graverobber seem to have the biggest followings, despite the fact that being involved with any of them would be seriously detrimental to their partner's health.
  • From The Chronicles of Riddick we have Richard B. Riddick. Central character, yes. Hero, no. Even as he's deepened and made more sympathetic, humanised even, as it becomes clear he admires honesty, bravery and honor, he's bent on his own survival. And none of that takes away from the fact that he is a murderer with serious mental issues, and he's only given more. He has a third film planned. Apparently it involves revenge. Seriously girls, he's not your type.
    • Riddick only makes things worse. He gets an alien dog companion. Still just as terrible as ever, but now even in his own movie he appears to be a DILP.
  • Samara Morgan from American remake of The Ring. Some interpret her dialogue with the doctor as her being an innocent victim of cruel, misunderstanding parents and a Blessed with Suck type of power that she can't control that causes her to implant evil in people's minds without wanting to. Even if we were to assume that far-fetched interpertation is true, it still doesn't justify her killing innocent people who just happened to watch her tape.
    • It's not ridiculously far-fetched. Just because Samara was evil doesn't make the heart-wrenching things she was put through good. Besides, the firm establishment of Samara as being really, truly evil rather than indeed being driven insane with misery until her powers went beyond her control even after she died only happens in the last five minutes of the movie... up until then even the main character thought that explanation was correct. It doesn't forgive people completely ignoring said last five minutes, but it does make it easier to understand where it comes from.
    • Sadako is given this as well, but by Ringu 0 it's much more justifiable.
  • Neville Sinclair in The Rocketeer. There are many who thought Jenny Blake should've ended up with him in the end, even though Jenny is obviously turned off by the truth that he's a creep and a Nazi spy. Then again, he's played Timothy Dalton.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Dr. Frank N Furter, oh, where do we start? Let's see... he brutally murders Eddie out of sheer jealousy, manipulates Brad and Janet into sleeping with him for no other reason than because he wants to, creates Rocky for the sole purpose of being a sex slave, and forces Brad, Janet, Rocky, and Columbia to do a floorshow/orgy with him after he has them turned to stone. Not to mention the fact that he's completely and utterly insane. And, yet, the fans practically throw themselves at his feet. Must have something to do with his charms and good looks.
    • Likewise, Riff Raff has quite the fanbase as well. Never mind the fact that he killed Columbia, Frank, and Rocky out of pure spite. Fans tend to make him far more sympathetic than he really is.
    • Tim Curry in general inspires this in fans — even when he played Darkness (read: Satan) in Legend, in spite of Hollywood makeup and latex's every attempt to make him look bestial and demonic...
  • Deliberately played with in William Castle's Mr. Sardonicus. The title character is quite similar to a Phantom of the Opera before becoming Progressively Prettier (driven insane by a disfigurement, searching for love, etc.). Reportedly, two endings were filmed: a Good Ending where Sardonicus is cured and redeemed, and a Bad Ending where he dies. This being a William Castle movie, audiences were allowed to vote on whether they thought the character deserved mercy. Every time, they killed him, and it looks like the mercy ending is lost forever — if it ever existed, and it likely didn't. Sounds harsh? It turns out that a guy who looks like this is easier to forgive than a guy who looks like this.
  • A subset of the Saw fandom refer to themselves as 'Hoffbunnies' due to their all-consuming love for the franchise's resident Magnificent Bastard, Detective Mark Hoffman. He may be a heartless, sadistic and violent killer but that doesn't stop his fanbase from waxing lyrical about how Badass and sexy he is at every available opportunity. It's most likely that voice. Or those lips.
  • Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs.
  • Lash, one of the school bullies who joins up with Royal Pain in Sky High, has a surprising amount of steamy fanfics written about him (usually involving him and Layla Draco-and-Hermione-style).
  • Drake Stone, an arrogant Morganian from The Sorcerer's Apprentice, is beginning to get this, despite the fact that he helped Horvath release Morgana. To be fair, he is a Minion with an F in Evil who seemed uncomfortable when the full consequences of his actions were brought up.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host Fegan Floop from the Spy Kids films, as portrayed by Alan Cumming, has a somewhat disturbing following amongst the Periphery Demographic. Granted, he's not exactly evil, and it's eventually revealed that his "diabolical scheme" extended simply to making his show better, but the lengths he goes to achieve that are... rather extreme, involving kidnapping and Body Horror aplenty.
  • John Harrison/Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek Into Darkness. While he does genuinely care about his crew and has a rather sympathetic backstory ( he's been frozen for 250 years, then turned into a killing machine by the Federation, then tried saving his crew only for Admiral Marcus to take them away from him once again), some fans often overlook his more evil and indiscriminately destructive actions and the fact that he was an Evil Overlord back in the day. The fact that he's played by Benedict Cumberbatch also has a lot to do with it.
  • Star Wars:
    • Darth Maul has kriffing fangirls.
    • Also Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Boba Fett never really did anything in the original trilogy to showcase any kind of softer side. He was a mercenary who worked for gangsters and one of the most oppressive empires in history. And had to be reminded not to disintegrate the targets, and sounded disappointed about such a restriction. And his father, while showcasing some tenderness towards Boba, was still an assassin who tried to kill Amidala because his employer was peeved she had the nerve not to let him try and conquer her planet with little justification, and killed his subordinate to keep her from spilling the beans. And let himself serve as a template for an army of clones, basically his brothers (or, given his relationship with Boba, his children), to serve as cannon fodder for a war that his contact helped start in the first place.
      • Boba Fett having a more sympathetic characterization is quite possibly a result of the Expanded Universe where he often wavers somewhere between Anti-Hero and Anti-Villain. Even when he's presented as an out-and-out antagonist, those works tend to portray him as an almost elemental force rather than someone doing something villainous out of greed or immorality.
    • General Grievous' leather pants come from two main factors: Number one, his incredible feats from the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon earned him tons of fans. Number two, his Dark and Troubled Past, as revealed in the Expanded Universe, earned him some sympathy points.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire: Stanley Kowalski, played by Marlon Brando in tight t-shirts and tight jeans... of course, he abuses his wife Stella and does... ungodly things to his sister-in-law Blanche (she's no angel herself, but nobody deserves that). Yet the fans ignore it.
  • The title character in the film version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Granted, he does have a very sympathetic backstory. A judge lusted after Sweeney's wife Lucy. The judge fabricated a crime that resulted in Barker being exiled to Australia and then proceeded to drive Lucy to suicide, and then took in Lucy and Sweeney's daughter Johanna as his ward. However, the sympathy factor starts to wane when Todd loses sight of his original goal of avenging his wife and daughter. Instead, he slaughters tons of innocent people, including, by mistake, his own wife Lucy, who had become an insane beggar from the poison instead of dying. He is so deranged at this point that he cuts her down just because the judge is coming over and he might see this crazy lady running around the barber shop. He doesn't realize exactly what he's done until later. Still, fangirls swoon over how hot he is and ignore everything he does because his life is so sad. To be fair, this may mostly come from the fact that Johnny Depp plays him.
    • Same with Mrs Lovett. Interpertations of her range from anti-villain to woobie, despite the fact that she knows what she's doing and that it's wrong, but doesn't care.
    • Shortly after the film came out, Alan Rickman's interpretation of Judge Turpin has his share of this as well with some fans saying that Lucy should've stayed with him despite what he did to her husband and later to her and Johanna. Fortunately, this has seemed to die down.
  • Terminator franchise:
    • In the first movie The Terminator, the T-800 itself is a Draco in Leather Pants, with real leather pants. He was so popular with fans that the next T-800 is a heroic character in the second movie.
    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day:
      • People who worship Sarah Connor as a paragon of feminist virtue tend to be the ones who ignore the fact she is a cruel, violent, emotionally unstable bad-mother who is actually deconstructing militant feminism rather than celebrating it. Point in fact, according to Audio-Commentary of the 3-DVD Definitive Edition Director's Cut, Linda Hamilton (the actress who portrayed her) and James Cameron (Hamilton's then husband and the creator of the Sarah Connor characters) repeatedly stressed on multiple occasions that she is a messed up horror-of-a-human being rather than someone who is meant to be admired.
      • Mostly people consider her a good feminist -character- though because she is complex, flawed and non-stereotypical (and cool) and goes through a compelling arc over the course of the two movies. Few would consider her to be an admirable person in the story itself. Feminists instead argue "People should write more female characters like Sarah Connor because she's interesting and not just a cookie-cutter love interest." Good character /= good person.
      • Surprisingly, the T-1000 gets this in fan fiction and on Youtube. You know, the murderous, borderline-sadistic killing machine who stabs people through the eye and occasionally kills them seemingly just for the hell of it. Rule 34 indeed.
  • Harry Lime is this in The Third Man, both Out and In-Universe: In-Universe, his best friend, Holly Martin, reluctantly recognizes that Harry has been not only a Manipulative Bastard to him, but also denounces Anna to the soviets when she has outlived her usefulness, is a common crook who has crossed the Moral Event Horizon selling adulterated black-market pennicillin that has been responsible for the deaths or crippling of scores of sick children. He fights him reluctantly. Anna forgives him unconditionally. Out of universe, Mr. Lime is so charismatic that, besides the novel and the movie, he managed to have two prequels of his adventures, in a radio and Television adaptation.
  • Loki from Thor is getting quite a lot of leather pants treatment from Fandom. It helps that he was depicted quite sympathetically with a decent Freudian Excuse and was played by the good-looking yet melancholy Tom Hiddleston. And he does wear leather pants.
    • Continued recently in The Avengers to the point that fangirls are promising to cry when he is defeated by the actual heroes.
      • It's not just the fandom- Tom Hiddleston himself frequently speaks in interviews about how he believes Loki needs a hug and some self-esteem, and that he's doing everything he does in The Avengers because he needs someone to fix him with love.
    • Averted a little in the Avengers film, actually. After it premiered, some fangirls jumped off from the Loki worship because of his... actions. Namely, the fact that he kills Agent Coulson, the film-original character who's been present since Iron Man, appeared in all but two of the films previously. and got a bit more fleshing out in this film. And for the fact that he brainwashes multiple SHIELD personnel and Hawkeye, then has them fight their own comrades. Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige decided that for the threat against SHIELD to be big enough for them to form the Avengers, it was necessary that Loki Took a Level in Badass. Also, they needed something "to avenge" and had him Kick the Dog (and a very well liked one at that). Tom Hiddleston himself still believes Loki can be redeemed, as do many others.
      • Loki's actions couldn't be -too- evil for much of Thor since his over-arching goal was to lead Asgard in repelling the invasion of the frost giants that no one besides Heimdall knew he was responsible for. Most of Loki's actions in the movie come from a desire to be as favored as his brother and vexation for not being 'good enough,' a perfect storm for DILPing.
      • Tumblr would disagree with any suggestion that the trope has been averted. The Loki love still seems pretty high. His getting the tar smacked out of him by the Hulk, while one of the funniest and awesomest parts of the film, probably enacted the Florence Nightingale Effect on many viewers.
    • Loki's leather-pantsing fans have gotten... weird since The Avengers. Many still try to excuse his actions because of his bad childhood, but now, a lot of fans are seriously trying to tell everyone that he was brainwashed and mind-controlled during The Avengers and wasn't responsible for any of his actions. Or that he only did it because he was threatened, as if that excuses murdering thousands of people.
      • Come Thor: The Dark World, it seems to have gone back 'round the bend and no one really needs to make excuses anymore. He's clearly upset by his mother's death, giving him back any sympathy he lost from The Avengers, and he seemingly dies heroically saving Thor. His gleeful prodding of Thor during their escape from Asgard brings back his lighthearted side from the original movie and he still proves he's a cunning master with his not-death and quiet usurping of the throne by the end of the film. Basically all the traits he had revoked by his actions in The Avengers were undone by this movie.
    • Odd heroic variation: while most fans love Tony Stark's arrogance and obnoxiousness but are still aware that it's a personality flaw that the characters are justified in being annoyed at, there is a contingent who will insist that nothing Tony does should ever be regarded as dickish or deserving of disapproval and constantly bash all the other characters for every single perceived slight against Tony. This actually comes across as more insulting to Tony than to any of the other characters, as they seem to assume he's so fragile that being mildly insulted will send him into a spiral of suicidal depression.
  • In the film version of Watchmen, the Comedian played by the talented Jeffrey Dean Morgan has gotten himself some disturbingly devoted fanbase who seem to forget stuff like trying to violate his teammate while laughing all the time, and gunning down a woman pregnant with his child in Vietnam. And many of them are women who think he's sexy (maybe it's the Porn Stache).
    • This has resulted from the story itself (both comic and movie) giving the Comedian this treatment. In the scene where he kills the aforementioned pregnant woman both he and the story place the blame on Doctor Manhattan for not intervening, the woman whom he tried to violate speaks of him fondly (and had at least one consensual encounter with him afterward), Nite Owl refers to him in reverent terms even in a flashback in which he's firing on unarmed protestersnote , and his killing by Ozymandias is treated as a combination Heroic Sacrifice and Redemption Equals Death. Of course, this being Watchmen it's entirely probable this was intentional as part of the deconstruction and was simply overwhelmed by Misaimed Fandom. Word of God for the movie said that it was indeed intentional, the goal being to create a character who is despicable but still in a way sympathetic.
    • Rorschach before the film: he had a Misaimed Fandom that viewed him as a total badass, but never found him sexy. Then the movie came, along with a legion of fangirls who want to "make him better".
    • That's understandable, though. Even those who think of Rorschach as he was originally intended to be have to admit that he is a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds par excellence, and as a character type they're always susceptible to the Draco in Leather Pants treatment. Though a lot of the fangirls who want to "make him better" take it way too far, given his childhood, it's no surprise.
  • X-Men: First Class:
    • Angel is actually an aversion of this trope. She has some of the attributes down, such as good looks, sympathetic motives and leathery attire (seriously, it's almost like the film-makers were trying to deliberately evoke this trope). But she's not very well liked by the fandom though the fact that she joined Shaw and stayed with him even after he killed Darwin could account for that.
    • Played completely straight with Magneto himself. He's just more charismatic than Xavier.