If I have children and subsequently grandchildren, I will keep my three-year-old granddaughter near me at all times. When the hero enters to kill me, I will ask him to first explain to her why it is necessary to kill her beloved grandpa...
Being evil doesn't always mean negative emotions 24/7 against everything and everyone. Even evil characters (and real people) can feel and show love. Often, that love is twisted, a cause for villainy
, or an act
but sometimes a work can show an evil character's love is genuine and deep. This serves to humanize
the character, to give the hero doubts about fighting him/her, or to provide a weakness for the hero to exploit. At an extreme end, can provoke Mama Bear
or Papa Wolf
reactions if they are threatened, or prompt the loved ones to Avenging the Villain
Compare Even Evil Has Standards
, Unholy Matrimony
, Morality Pet
, Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
, Daddy's Little Villain
, and Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
. If the evil character in question is a mook
, and said love brings them in conflict with their own boss, that's Even Mooks Have Loved Ones
. Can often overlap with Moral Myopia
when the villain sees no problem with their own methods, until those methods are turned on the ones THEY love.
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- In the Jackie Chan Adventures fic Queen Of All Oni, Jade honestly cares about her dog Scruffy, and even breaks the Dog Talisman to make him immortal again, and pampers him a lot for a while, but after Scruffy decides to leave her because of how evil has consumed her, she has a Villainous BSOD.
- O'Malley from the Red vs. Blue AU Murderer's Row shows a twisted, rapey, interest in Doc. On a more platonic note, he and Gary are, in flashback chapters, shown to be quite friendly with each other, and O'Malley was extremely upset when Delta killed Gary for a perceived betrayal.
- In the Pony POV Series, this describes the relationship between the Dark World versions of Fluttercruel and Discord. They both genuinely care about each other; Fluttercruel is Daddy's Little Villain all the way, and Fauna Luster help you if you hurt Cruel in Discord's presence. When Discord is mortally wounded, Fluttercruel has a full-blown Villainous Breakdown and becomes an Omnicidal Maniac to protect him.
- In the Ponies of Olympus series, Chrysalis seems to honestly love her daughter Aurelia.
- One of the later chapters of A Marauder's Plan featured Barty Crouch Jr. reminiscing about his love affair with Rabastan Lestrange and Bellatrix's offer to carry a child for the two of them.
- My Little Castlevania: Nevermore the Perverse created a devastating poison that only affects foals. He was sure to create a cure as well, in case anyone else decided to use it on his own kids.
- The Immortal Game: In his own sick, twisted way, Esteem actually seems to care about his daughter Rarity. Likewise, Terra seems to genuinely love Titan.
- Terra (and Titan too, before he snapped) also loved Harmony (Terra's mother and Titan's first wife) and the original Empyrean (Terra's brother/first husband and Titan's son).
- Perfection Is Overrated, being a Mai-HiME fic, has even the SUEs, despite their lack of regard for others, possess Most Important people who will die if they lose. They range from those motivated to do morally questionable deeds for the sake of their beloved person, to those who have them despite not seeming like the type to care for others. The only exception is Hitomi. Later on, one of the First District underlings is revealed to have a wife who works at Fuuka Academy and a son who goes to school there.
- In Marie D Suesse And The Mystery New Pirate Age, it is unclear how much Madelyn, really cared for her lover, Trafalgar Law, and she caused her brother, Monkey D. Luffy's execution for his sake. However, she greatly cares for her husband Garreth, and her daughter Marie, to the point at which she begs Law to exact his revenge on her, rather than him. He replies that he didn't wait 20 years to settle for that, and there is a way for her to right her wrongs- but it involves changing the past so that, among other things, she never meets them.
- The Grinning Snake, was written by someone who was upset about Shizuru being a Karma Houdini in Mai-HiME, noting that all the people she killed at the First District had loved ones whom they left behind. In the fic, the daughter of one of her victims makes a contract with Ai Enma and sends her to Hell.
- In The Prayer Warriors, Horus has a wife named Baste, and mourns her passing after the Prayer Warriors kill her, and before they cause him to suffer the same fate.
- The Devil's Rejects has the Firefly family.
- Briefly used in the first Spy Kids movie when Floop informs the Big Bad he has built soldiers for him and to demonstrate their effectiveness asks him to disarm one. Then an evil robot kid looking exactly like his son runs in the room, the Big Bad does nothing and the kid knocks him to the floor.
: You hesitated. Lisp
: I had to - he's my son. Floop
: Are you sure
? [kid's eyes flash]
- In The Proposition, Charlie Burns is a criminal, but he loves his little brother Mikey and wants to protect him, almost enough to kill his other brother Arthur at Captain Stanley's order. Arthur is a psychopath but loves both his younger brothers and the rest of the Burns gang intensely, and thinks Charlie quite reasonable in choosing to buy Mikey's freedom with Arthur's life. In the end, they team up to bust Mikey out.
- Darth Vader of Star Wars fame has Luke Skywalker; you can tell by his hesitance to kill him or force him into a Face Heel Turn that he really cares. This ends up being what ultimately causes Vader's Heel Face Turn in Return of the Jedi.
- Bill, Beatrix/The Bride and Vernita from Kill Bill are all merciless murderers as well as loving parents. Also, Budd's sword has the inscription: "To My Brother Budd, The Only Man I Ever Loved. Bill"
- In Best Seller James Woods' amoral hit man character is shown to have grown up in a loving family who he cares for. They have no idea what he does for a living.
- In The Dark Knight, the mob are shown in several scenes sharing camaraderie. One in particular has two gang bosses (The Chechen and Salvatore Maroni) eating dinner together. Subverted by the Joker.
Batman: He must have friends!
Maroni: Friends? Have you met this guy?
- Pando, the main antagonist of Two Hands, is an Affably Evil gangster and a killer — who has a young son whom he clearly adores, watching kiddie TV with him and praising him for the origami pterodactyl he made. This goes back to the main theme of the film that bad people have some good inside them and good people have some bad inside them, as represented by the yin & yang.
- In the Mexican film El Infierno, which deals with the violence of the drug cartels, "Cochiloco", one of the most ruthless drug cartel enforcers takes the protagonist to his home and introduces him to his wife and children. Cochiloco then glosses over this by saying "What? You thought I lived in a cave and ate human meat?". However, later a rival kills his whole family in vengeance, triggering his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Max Shreck in Batman Returns convinces The Penguin to capture him instead of his son Chip.
- Karl in Die Hard grieves over McClane killing Karl's brother.
- Used again the Die Hard With A Vengeance when Simon reveals that McClane killed his brother, Hans, despite Simon revealing that he hated his brother.
Simon:"There's a difference between not liking one's brother, and not caring when some dumb, Irish flatfoot drops him out a window."
- In a similar vein to the Die Hard films, Jet Li's character, Wah Sing Ku, at the end of Lethal Weapon 4 is attempting to flee Riggs and Murtaugh with his brother, all the other villains having been killed. When Murtaugh shoots Ku's brother while aiming for Ku himself, Ku sticks around and tries to kill Riggs and Murtaugh in revenge. Riggs then shoots Ku underwater after they fall off a pier while fighting.
- Vogel (Nazi war criminal) in The Debt is married to a nurse at his office, who is horrified when told that her husband has had a heart attack.
- Mallory Knox in Natural Born Killers. She killed or helped kill dozens of complete strangers, but she doesn't lay a finger on her younger brother and stops Mickey from hurting him as well.
- In Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, the Nazi spy villain loves his daughter very much. At one point, the heroes try to use that against him by tricking her into going off on a trip to the country with one of them while the other tells the villain she's been kidnapped and will be killed if he doesn't release the diplomat he has abducted. At the end of the film, the plane carrying the villain, his daughter, and the heroes is shot down over the Atlantic, and the villain allows himself to drown so he won't weigh down the bit of wreckage his daughter is clinging to.
- Gru in Despicable Me, though in a lesser extent. It came as a surprise that Mr Perkins has a picture of himself giving a young Vector a piggyback ride and both seem to be happy.
- Loki in Thor. Despite everything that happened, his brother, his mother, his father, and his friends still love and care for him. Even though he may not show interest in the lot of them once he realizes he is adopted
- Taken had Bryan slaughter endless mooks and the members of a human trafficking ring to rescue his daughter from being turned into a sex slave. Taken 2 reveals the bad guys had family, and they're not happy...
Murad: He slaughtered our men, our brothers, our sons. We will find him. We will have our revenge.
- In Goodfellas, even though Tommy Devito was an Axe Crazy psychopath, he dearly loved his mother. Also Jimmy, despite killing nearly everyone involved in the Lufthansa heist is deeply distraught upon learning of the death of his friend, Tommy. Also, no matter how bad Henry got, and no matter how many times he cheated on her, Henry still loved Karen and his kids.
- In Hobo With a Shotgun, Drake opens the film by executing his brother for no reason other than to intimidate the townsfolk, and spends most of his free time abusing his son Ivan. His other son, Slick, however, is one of the few things in the world he gives a damn about, and he shows genuine affection towards the boy. When the Hobo blows out Slick's groin and leaves him to bleed to death in a phone booth, Drake is utterly crushed, and goes from just playing around to calling in the Plague.
- Subverted mightily in Stardust. When two of the three evil witches are killed, the third, main witch acts as though she's grieving for her sisters, and pretends that she's about to let the protagonists go, because immortality seems empty with her sisters... only to reveal that she was just toying with the main characters.
- Played straight with the Princes, however. They are totally fine with murdering each other to be King (because that's how their father earned his place on the throne), but Septimus reacts with offense when the King asks him if he killed their missing sister, Oona. When the Princes finally reunite with her during the Final Battle, (although they're ghosts) they all joyfully shout, "Sister!"
- In Act of Valor, Christo, the leader of the drug smuggling and arms-trafficking cartel, has a wife and daughter and loves them deeply. This fact is what Miller uses to break him when he is interrogated late in the movie. Not through threats, mind you. Miller simply tells Christo that he will never see them again and spend the rest of his life in prison if he doesn't cooperate.
Miller: (shows Christo a recording of him and his daughter) I wanted you to see that, so you would think about some things very seriously. 'Cause you're going to be sitting in a box somewhere. You'll be treated properly and humanely. But that girl is going to grow up, and get married, and your wife is going to find someone else, and you're going to miss everything. (....) If I had done something to endanger my family, I would feel just like you do right now.
- When Candie is killed by Schultz in Django Unchained, Stephen, his head house slave and father figure, and arguably the most villainous character in the film, bursts out screaming and rushes to his side, cradling his body in his arms.
- Sawney Rath in the Redwall book Taggerung did seem to start out genuinely liking his adopted/stolen son Tagg. Then Tagg went and messed everything up by being of a good species, and Sawney tried to have him killed, and things went downhill just a tad. Ferahgo, in Salamandastron, openly announces that if he finds out his son Klitch is in on the plots against his life, Klitch will be allowed to live "because he's my son".
- An odd version in Good Omens: Although it's everything they've supposedly been working toward for millennia, Crowley (a demon) and Aziraphale (an angel) decide to go up against Heaven and Hell together to prevent the Apocalypse because they've gotten fond of Earth and humanity after six thousand years and they'd rather not have it completely destroyed in a blaze of hellfire and divine glory.
- In John C. Wright's War of the Dreaming, a number of the main heroes are very distant descendants of main villain Azrael de Gray; he mostly prefers to not kill them. Enslaving them in an And I Must Scream situation is a perfect alternative, though.
- In the Harry Potter series, the entire Malfoy family has no morally positive traits, save for that they genuinely love each other, culminating when Narcissa Malfoy lies to Voldemort to save her son and gets away with it. In fact, since that lie ultimately resulted in Voldemort's death, the Malfoy family was pardoned for their crimes.
- Narcissa's sister, Bellatrix, who is the worst of the Death Eaters, also seems to have a close relationship with her; she calls her Cissy, and she's confident that Narcissa wouldn't hurt her, because they're sisters.
- In Snape's case, his love for Lily is strong enough to provoke a Heel Face Turn before the books even start.
- In the Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound Of The Baskervilles, the escaped Serial Killer Seldon is still loved by his older sister Elisa. Upon seeing Elisa's completely heartbroken reaction after Seldon is accidentally killed by the Hound (Seldon was wearing old clothing belonging to the Hound's intended victim, and smelled like him as a result), Watson comments "Evil indeed is the man who has not one woman to mourn him." Which, although Watson doesn't make the connection explicit, tells us something about the villain of the novel, whose death at the end is mourned by nobody; the one woman who might have been expected to mourn him seems positively glad to see him go.
- Very common in A Song of Ice and Fire; many villains are saved from being truly despicable by their love for their families. In fact it's quicker to list the subversions/aversions/inversions:
- The Late Lord Frey is a bastard to everyone, but anyone who dares to mess with his children or grandchildren had best be prepared to suffer... and it's this reflex which caused him to cross the Moral Event Horizon. Robb Stark insulting his daughter led to the Freys switching sides and a massacre of the Stark forces known as the Red Wedding.
- Subverted, When Catelyn wishes to exchange Robb for his grandson at the same Red Wedding," a son for a son", Aegon the jester, he lets him die, because "That one is a Grandson, and hardly any use." She slits his throat and Robb dies. I think that, it's not about love, for Frey, but for Family Honour, an extension of his own. I think something alike is explicitly stated in the books.
- Subverted with Roose Bolton and his bastard son Ramsay; they're close because they're both very nasty men.
- Subverted with Cersei Lannister, who was entirely motivated by the desire to protect her children, but was doing it for selfish reasons, since it was prophecised that all of her children would die before her and thus still deeply unsympathetic.
- Or perhaps played straight. There are many indications that Cersei is genuinely so deeply dedicated to her children that she fears seeing them die more than she fears dying herself.
- Both subverted and played straight with Tywin Lannister. Tywin is borderline abusive to all three of his children, though in different ways. However, he is genuinely close to his brother Kevan and sister Genna. Genna says it best:
"How could I not love him....That is not to say that I approved of everything he did or much enjoyed the company of the man he became, but every little girl needs a big brother to protect her, and Tywin was big even when he was little."
- It's a pretty straightforward rule that looking at how much various Lannisters love their family members is a decent barometer of how redeemable they're going to be. No matter what Jaime and Tyrion get up to, their love for one another lets us forgive them for a lot. Tywin's close enough to Joanna and Kevan that we at least feel something when he dies. Cersei almost starts to come off as sympathetic at first, but then she turns on Tyrion... and Jaime... and Kevan... and Tommen... and, well, it becomes clear that we're not going to be liking her anytime soon.
- Averted with Gregor Clegane, who straight-up murdered most of his family (father, little sister, and at least two wives), earning him the undying hatred of his younger brother Sandor. Inverted with Sandor himself, whose hatred of Gregor is part of what makes him such a compelling character.
- Joffrey is a vicious Royal Brat, but he seems to love his father Robert though he's unaware he's not really Robert's son. His cruelty is partly a misguided attempt to earn his father's approval.
- In the Star Trek: Enterprise Relaunch, Admiral Valdore cares little for the appalling loss of life in the war of aggression he's waging. Indeed, despite some slight disquietude he shows little restraint in using near-genocidal tactics against Coridan. However, his love for his wife and children is always shown as completely genuine and admirable.
- The protagonist of the Villain Dot Net series is a kid named Jake. First the idea of being a supervillain seemed like fun, but when it costs him his family, he decides that becoming the greatest supervillain in the world is the only way to get them back, or else the only way to exact revenge.
- Sunlight Gardener and Morgan Sloat in The Talisman genuinely love their sons. However, Sunlight's child is a psychopath in one world and a mutated freak in the other and Morgan Sloat's twinner's son died years ago. He does not care about Sloat's son at all.
- Horris Quaiche from Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space goes from Loveable Rogue to insane religious leader and dictator, but he genuinelly loved his tragically deceased lover (whose death triggered his descent into madness in the first place).
- In Mortal Instruments, the Big Bad Valentine seems to actually care about Jace. That doesn't stop him from killing Jace. He is sad afterwards and tried to keep Jace from forcing him to, though.
- Thaddeus Valentine from Mortal Engines has his daughter Katherine who he truly loves and cares about. When she throws herself on Valentine's sword to protect Hester, he is heartbroken and dies cradling her body as London blows up.
- In Animorphs, Visser One is pushing for a slow, secret conquest of Earth instead of the violent conflict Visser Three favors. An open war could result in the death of billions, and that might include the two children she gave birth to through a previous human host.
- There's also David, who betrayed the team in part because they failed to save his parents from the Yeerks. He initially planned to ransom the Blue Box in exchange for their safe return.
- In The Alien, a minor Yeerk agrees to help Ax assassinate Visser Three in revenge for the Visser allowing his lover to die of Kandrona starvation.
- Tigerstar, the Big Bad of Warrior Cats had a mate and kits. So did his brutal, Blood Knight mentor Thistleclaw, and the eventually villainous Antpelt (minus the kits for him).
- Albrecht Detweiler, the Big Bad of the Honor Harrington novels, is Happily Married to his wife, and is very close to his sons (who are also his lieutenants and his clones).
- In addition to caring for his family, he's also A Father to His Men.
- The end of Torch of Freedom produced plenty of this for the villains. They count themselves lucky that they and their families weren't in Green Pines when the nukes went off, but many people they knew were. Collin Detweiler mentions taking his children to a memorial service. That said, Green Pines itself was a genuine act of terrorism, which the heroes condemn as well.
- A more extreme example is when Albrecht comforts Aldona Anasimovna after informing her that her mentor, Isabel Bardesano, was killed when would-be defector Jack Mc Bryde took out the Gamma Center (and he WAS working with the heroes).
- Eldred Jonas and Coral Thorin, villains from The Dark Tower novel Wizard and Glass, have a genuine love for one another that parallels the love affair between the hero and his true love.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe:
- Touched on and subverted with Ysanne Isard, Director of Imperial Intelligence and Big Bad of Michael A. Stackpole's entries in the X Wing Series. In Isard's Revenge, she reveals that she was in love with the Emperor. Corran Horn believes she was in love with his political power, not the man himself.
- Natasi Daala and Grand Moff Tarkin, despite the fact that when they met he was old enough to be her father. And already married.
- In Wraith Squadron some of the Wraiths kill an officer about to shoot them, and ask the surviving officer for the code. When she's threatened she gives it up. "Sakira. It was his daughter's name."
- The Fire-us Trilogy sees the man who caused a near-total extinction of everyone in America (and very probably the entire rest of the world) sport a genuine love for his wife and two sons as the only redeeming part of his otherwise total evil.
- Narses, a Magnificent Bastard Antivilain in Belisarius Series is this way toward Ajutasutra, the Indian secret agent that he considers a son substitute.
- Luke Castellan from Percy Jackson and the Olympians seemed very reluctant to hurt his former best friends (and possible love interest(s)) Thalia and Annabeth, even offering them to join the Titans with him. Throughout the series, he tends to tell his mooks to kill them all except Thalia and/or Annabeth, showing he possibly still cares for them.
- And this is what leads him in the end to question his villainy and defy the Big Bad when he realises he accidently hurt Annabeth, leading him to be the one to save the world in the end. Redemption Equals Death, of course.
- Caine Soren from the GONE has no problem throwing innocent children off cliffs, but he gets outright murderous when anyone (or mostly Drake) hurts or even insults Diana, who he has stated twice to love and care about.
- In fact, all the Coates kids have something or someone capable of humanizing them... Except Drake, that kid became a part of Jumping Off the Slippery Slope a long time ago and is proud of it.
- Lord Raith from The Dresden Files instills this into his children to make them easier to control, but it kinda backfires on him when his eldest and most powerful daughter found out that he didn't actually give a damn about them himself. Then there's Warden Morgan, who is portrayed as an antagonist for the first few books but sacrifices himself to save his true love- and the reputation of the White Council.
- Mab and Titania, on the other hand, turn this into Even Neutral But Scary Psycho Fae Queens Have Loved Ones.
- Legacy of the Dragokin: The Kthonian knights think of everyone else as worms to be squished but consider each other family. Their leader is Kthonia's daughter and her desire to free her is as much a daughter's love as it is a villain's Evil Plan.
- In Smallville, Lana is this for Lex Luthor in season five and six, when he is pretty much already evil... not that anyone knows that.
- An episode of Burn Notice has Michael do this once: Brennan the arms dealer is back for revenge, and he's holding Michael's brother hostage to get him to do his bidding. Michael is forced to comply, all the while surreptitiously contacting Sam and Fiona to try and find something they can use to make Brennan release his grip. In the end, Michael strings together the clues they find and figures out Brennan's weak point: he bluffs Brennan into thinking he's got an assassin positioned in Europe to kill his beloved daughter. Brennan is shocked that Michael would pull such a dirty trick and surrenders.
- In NCIS Rene Benoit, aka La Grenouille, the Chessmaster target of the entire preceding season's Long Game sting operation, is the father of Jeanne Benoit.
- Also Ari Haswari, who was Ziva's brother.
- From Canadian drama show Flashpoint, one episode has a drug lord begging the man holding a gun to his fellow drug lord ... and brother.
- From the first-season Law & Order episode "The Secret Sharers": The victim was a drug dealer and paroled rapist who was believed to have been murdered in retaliation for raping the murderer's girlfriend. His parole officer said that he was one step over a slug. Yet he regularly gave money to support his young daughter. One of the detectives said "Hey, you think he's crap? I think he's crap!...but he had a little girl who thought he was Mister Rogers."
- Gul Dukat from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has a half-Bajoran daughter, Tora Ziyal. He goes insane(er) with grief when she is killed.
- Cardassians in general are subject to this trope, as Cardassians are generally polite, considerate and loyal. It's just that they also happen to be loyal to a power-hungry fascist government. In one instance, we see a Torture Technician being visited by his daughter while he is at work, and offering her kindly fatherly advice on how to care for her pet. Right in front of the man the father is currently tasked with breaking.
- A subplot in the novel Star Trek: Ship of the Line has Picard being sent back to Cardassia Prime to confront Gul Madred. Madred is glad to see Picard back and is looking forward to finally breaking him. Then comes in Worf with Madred's daughter (now grown) and a sphere that has a countdown timer. Picard reveals that the Klingons use this to test their courage. On the count of 0, deadly nerve gas is released by the sphere. Madred relents and agrees to help Picard liberate POW camps. Then his daughter reveals that she was the one who contacted the Federation and asked for their help. Turns out her visit to "Daddy's work" during Picard's "interrogation" has resulted in a Heel Face Turn. Even more crushed, Madred even gives Picard ships to move the prisoners. On the same note, everything Kozara does in the novel is to make up for the dishonor of his defeat at the hands of Morgan Bateson and the USS Bozeman during Kirk's time in order to restore his son's honor. However, when he's beaten by Bateson yet again, he realizes there's no shame in losing to a better man. He also realizes that his son is a brat who only cares about himself. Bateson offers to tell the Klingon High Command that Kozara fought bravely.
- In an interesting use of the trope from Star Trek: The Next Generation, one of the liberated Borg drones goes absolutely apeshit when his comrade, Torsus, is killed.
- The Femme Fatale from Angel.
Lilah: Is everything alright? Are they taking care of you? - No, mom, this is Lilah. You called Lilah. Do you need anything? Do you need money? - No - mom, I can't come over. I'm in Los Angeles. You know that. - Don't cry. Mom, please, stop it.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if you hurt the Mayor or Faith, expect the other to come looking for you.
- Spike genuinely loved and cared for Drusilla, in stark contrast to Angelus, Darla, and Drusilla herself. Indeed his Establishing Character Moment has him instantly switch from threatening his future mooks to worrying about whether Drusilla is cold after she had wandered into the room.
- Drusilla loved Spike (and Angel), if not with the same level of devotion that Spike had for her. Drusilla herself said it best.
"We can, you know. [Vampires] can love very well, if not wisely
- Angelus, however, is completely incapable of love, despite him and Darla being passionately evil, they both have ditched each other or ratted the other out at times in the past, just so one of them doesn't get killed, leaving the other to face the wrath of their pursuers. Angel, on the other hand clearly loved Darla. As a human, it terrifies her, as a vampire, it sickens her.
- Angel encounters a vampire couple who show this for each other while he's dealing with the news that Buffy has died (again). After Angel stakes the woman, the man turns himself into an unstoppable killing machine (with a very short lifespan) for a shot at vengeance. Angel ends up feeling guilty because his months of brooding over Buffy seems to pale in comparison to the love this completely evil monster felt for his mate and his reaction to her death.
- One Law & Order: Criminal Intent villain was a con artist who had a mark's son murdered just to advance his scheme to defraud her. However, he did deeply care for one other person besides himself: his partner. Goren ended up exploiting his desperation not to hurt her to force a confession.
Eames: True love. Probably his only redeeming trait.
- Alias: Arvin Sloane cares deeply about his wife, Emily; later, he bonds with his daughter (from a different mother), Nadia. Sark also expresses some emotion after Lauren's death.
- In the ever-confusing The X-Files plot surrounding Samantha Mulder and whatever became of her, at one point it is said that the Big Bad, CSM, rescued Samantha from her captors and raised her as his own. She points out that he was a caring and loving father.
- Terra Nova: From Boelyn's point of view prior to Lucas Taylor taking over Terra Nova, Commander Taylor fits this trope.
Boelyn: Taylor's a complete bastard, and then some...but he loves his son. He'd sooner slit his own throat than hurt Lucas.
- From Glee: Sue Sylvester's genuine affection for her sister.
- Volkoff from Chuck shows some hints of really loving his daughter Vivian. It's not mutual.
- He also has a loving mother, although since his personality was re-written, he doesn't know about her.
- On Babylon 5, Bester tries to play this card with Garibaldi in an early appearance, portraying himself as just a misunderstood family man. Garibaldi isn't having any of it. Later, it comes out that Bester really does have a true love: his mistress, a rogue telepath who ends up being abducted by the Shadows to become part of a Shadow vessel's Wetware CPU. Bester does not handle this well.
- In an episode of Criminal Minds called "Parasite", a conman who uses romance as one of his main weapons to trick people out of their money suffers a psychotic break. He may have been a cheating murderer at that point, but he did genuinely care about the safety of his wife and son.
- That same episode also deconstructed this trope; the profile notes that he cared for his family because he saw them as extensions of himself and his own achievements, rather than independent people with real feelings.
- Supernatural seems to love playing with this trope. In some cases, the monsters are monsters BECAUSE of what happened to their loved ones previously at the hands of other monsters or hunters, and some actually form close-knit "families".
- In "Two Minutes to Midnight", Pestilence is hinted to have some affection for the demon accompanying him when he hugs her. He also cares a great deal about his brothers, the other horsemen.
- Subverted when it's discovered the demon Crowley had a son, Gavin, who they were sure could be used as leverage against him. Turns out they both despise each other. Crowley basically proclaims he couldn't care less what they did to Gavin and that he would even relish the idea of them tormenting his soul. His son then gets him back by betraying the location of Crowley's bones in hopes they could burn them.
- On 24, many of the terrorists have family members who can be used against them, particularly when their love of those people is greater than their loyalty to the mission. For example, Jack breaks the initial Big Bad of Season 2 by pretending to kill his family, and Dina Araz of Season 4 cooperates with CTU to guarantee the welfare of her son (while pointing out that if he dies, she doesn't care whether the US gets nuked.
- Subverted with Marie Warner.
Marie: I killed Reza... and I loved him. What makes you think I'd care for you or Dad?
- This turns out to be a big part of Number Two's motivation in the remake of The Prisoner. Two loves his coma-stricken wife very, very much. Too bad she's secretly the real Number One. Her coma is powering the Village (which is actually a Dream Land) and it will be destroyed if she ever wakes up for longer than a day.
- Ransik, the Big Bad of Power Rangers Time Force, genuinely loved his daughter Nadira despite being a mutant terrorist. This is what causes him to be one of the very few Power Rangers main villains to find redemption. Even better, it's Redemption Earns Life.
- In Warehouse 13, H.G Wells — even after 110 years, the only thing she genuinely cares and mournes for is her daughter, Christina.
- In The Adventures Of Shirley Holmes, Molly Hardy is Shirley's nemesis and quite the manipulative Magnificent Bastard, but when she learns that her horse has to be put to sleep it's the first and only time we see her cry.
- The rural Kentucky villains of Justified provide numerous examples of this trope. In season two, Mags Bennett used her three sons as henchmen and showed great warmth toward her adopted daughter, Loretta. After the deaths of Coover and Doyle, Mags killed herself by drinking poisoned moonshine.
- In season three, Boyd's criminal enterprize includes his cousin Johnny and his girlfriend Ava, to whom he is very loyal.
- Also in season three, Detroit mob lieutenant Robert Quarles has a wife and children back home. Quarles makes a point of talking to his son on the phone and mailing him postcards during his exile in Kentucky. Later in the season, however, as Quarles' schemes unravel and he plunges deeper into Oxycontin addiction, he ignores phone calls from his family. After the Detroit mob cuts ties with Quarles, Duffy suggests that Quarles go home. Quarles says that he has nowhere to go, suggesting that things may not be rosy at home.
- Played with in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Deadman Switch". Bounty Hunter Aris Boch claims that he's working for the Goa'uld System Lord Sokar in order to possibly trade a particularly valuable target for the freedom of his family. His target, a Tok'ra operative, reveals that Boch has no family. Then it turns out Boch is a Punch Clock Villain who hates the Goa'uld just as much as our heroes, and Teal'c convinces him to fake his own death to allow SG-1 and the Tok'ra to escape.
- Despite being Always Chaotic Evil, some of the Goa'uld actually seem quite fond of each other (Apophis really seems to care for his wife, Amonet, and son, Klorel.) Of course, given their roots in mythology, lots of family relationships are far less loving.
- At the same time, Apophis did not much care about his brother Ra, using Ra's death as an opportunity to muscle in on his territory. He also has no qualms about killing Ra's son Heru-ur, his own nephew.
- Rodrigo Borgia may be, essentially, the pope as a mob boss, but he loves his children. To a fault, in fact. His physical affection for his mistresses is a bit more changeable, but it's clear that he cares deeply for both Vanozza (the mother of his children) and Giulia (his current lover).
- His son Cesare, on the other hand, has an arc in season 2 that amounts to him hating his brother, ruining his already shaky relationship with his father, and alienating his mother. However, his adoration for his sister Lucrezia has yet to will probably never waver. (Even though it drives him to do some pretty terrible things.)
- Cesare's brother Juan, however, has no such compelling qualities. The only sympathy he ever elicits is the physical pain kind, after contracting VD from sleeping with too many whores.
- In an antagonistic subversion, (She isn't 'evil' per se, it's more her avaricious brother, but she is still on the 'bad' side of the series by opposing the Borgia papal powers) Catherine Sforda cares deeply for her only son, but even more deeply for her people. When she is besieged by Juan Borgia and he tortures and threatens to kill her son if she does not lower the gates, she is at first conflicted, and wavers between surrendering and fighting while receiving counsel from her lieutenants. In the end she memorably hikes her skirt at Juan and defiantly tells him she may lose her son but she can always have another, and he has far more to lose by going through with the act than she does. Her son seems to both despise and respect her for this as their love for one another cools, but does not dissipate entirely.
- In The City Hunter, each of The Five have family and loved ones they want to think well of them, the best example being Kim Shik-Jong, who opts to attempt suicide rather than drag his son down as well.
- Once Upon a Time: Regina/The Evil Queen loves her adopted son, Henry, and also her father (who was also named Henry). Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin cares deeply for his love, Belle, and also his son, Baelfire. He created the curse in an attempt to find the latter in the Land Without Magic.
- Captain Hook also loved Milah, and was devastated when she was killed. And despite everything, it's revealed that Cora genuinely loved her daughter, Regina.
- 666 Park Avenue: Gavin and Olivia are absolutely devoted to each other, and they both loved their daughter.
- A recurring theme in Breaking Bad. Walter himself is a villain precisely because he has loved ones. The Salamanca family is seemingly completely devoid of any morality at all beyond devotion to family. Mike will murder just about anyone without batting an eyelash but is a doting grandfather. Even Lydia worries less about actually dying than that her daughter will think she abandoned her if she just disappears.
- The Walking Dead:
- Merle is a racist, borderline sociopathic Jerkass, but he seems to genuinely loves his brother.
- The Governor is megalomaniac proto-warlord, but he loved his daughter which is why he keeps her locked in a closet after she becomes a Walker.
- The Good Wife: "Waiting for the Knock" has one of Lockhart/Gardner's major clients, drug dealer Lemond Bishop, under threat of arrest by the FBI. He's more worried about what happens to his son if he goes to jail than jail itself.
- In Downton Abbey, one of the series' main villains is Lady's Maid Sarah O'Brien, a cold, stern, morally defective woman who shows herself to be capable of a variety of petty, manipulative and downright deadly actions as the series has progressed. However, in series 3, her nephew Alfred Nugent arrives at Downton — a bumbling naive character who O'Brien manages to blag a job and defends to the hilt, despite his clear lack of experience. Her sense of family duty towards Alfred is the defining factor that causes a huge rift between herself and her previous partner-in-crime, the scheming footman Thomas Barrow.
- House of Anubis- Victor Rodenmaar, despite having had antagonized and pushed Sarah Frobisher-Smythe towards revealing a secret she didn't know, the two were very close childhood friends and he reacted with genuine grief when she died. He also reacts very strongly when anyone mention his deceased father in a negative light.
- Young Dracula:
- Ingrid is excited to become evil incarnate by joining with her blood mirror self, but draws the line when it suggests she kill her boyfriend Will and decides to run off.
- He won't admit it, but the Count still has feelings for his ex-wife Magda. He does sometimes show that he cares for Vlad as well.
- Aaron Echolls in Veronica Mars physically abuses his son Logan, cheats on his wife, and murdered a teenage girl that he slept with after she threatened to tell on him, but he cares a great deal about his adopted daughter Trina. Enough to unleash a severe beating on her abusive boyfriend when he finds out what the guy did to her.
- In Firefly, Token Evil Teammate Jayne, a greedy mercenary, is revealed in "The Message" to have a mother and sister he sends part of his earnings to. She sends him back The Hat.
- Elementary: Sebastian Moran, a Serial Killer who turns out to be a paid hitman is forced to commit suicide after Moriarty discovers he has a sister and threatens to have her killed if Moran doesn't die himself.
- Slim Shady is entirely amoral, and loves his daughter.
- Gorillaz: His exact motivations are unclear, but Murdoc seemingly panicked and rushed to help when discovering that the real Noodle was alive and under attack by pirates. It can't be just for the sake of the band, because he still has Cyborg Noodle, which he used to make the Plastic Beach album. Real!Noodle served as his Morality Pet before her disappearance, so...
- The Bible mentions this to make a point: If evil people know how to give good gifts to their children, then how much more does God know how to give gifts to His? Also given as one of the reasons we are supposed to love our enemies: Even evil people love those that love them, so there is nothing really extraordinary about loving those that love you.
- The Song of Deborah has an interesting example when, amidst celebrating the evil general Sisera's defeat, Deborah imagines Sisera's mother anxiously waiting for her son to return. The contrast is reversed again when someone consoles Sisera's mother that her son is probably raping Israelite women at that very moment.
- Warhammer 40000 has the infamous relationship between Nurgle, Chaos God of Disease, and Isha, Eldar Goddess of Healing. It's kind of one-sided, but it's the closest to nice that a Chaos God can ever get.
- More generally, this is Nurgle's relationship with all his worshipers. He genuinely loves everyone, even his enemies, and will offer comfort and succor to all who suffer the travails of the condition of being mortal. That said succor involves making a person comfortable with the idea of decaying into a bloated and twisted form for however long they may last, and that refusal will result in his followers battering a person until they accept Nurgle's love is irrevelant to the affection he feels for them.
- Warhammer: Warriors of Chaos has a character named Valkia the Bloody. She has a rule called "Consort of Khorne"; it lets her reroll on the Eye of the Gods table if she doesn't like the results. The reason she can is because her patron god, Khorne, who went so far as to resurrect her following her first death, can't stop watching her. This is a god whose throne is made of Nothing But Skulls, mind you.
- The Order of the Stick: Rich Burlew covered this as a way to make villains more fleshed-out in his Villain Workshop articles. In the presented example, two villainous siblings were honestly planning to divvy up the world between them and rule without fighting each other, but the heroes believed Evil Cannot Comprehend Good and assumed they were both gearing up to backstab the other. This led to a very shoddy attempt to play one side against the other that failed in the worst possible way.
- On an imperialistic note, this is how the Ur-Quan in Star Control function. The two warring religious sects decided to have an amicable split and fly away from each other until they conquered their half of the galaxy, then turn around and begin the battle again. One of the major plotlines of Star Control II involves the more violent sect having been the one to finish their goal first.
- Naturally, Shakespeare gets in on the action:
- King Lear: When Edmund realizes that both Goneril and Regan loved him (or at least as close to love as they could get), he resolves to save Cordelia's life. Unfortunately, her death already happened.
- Macbeth: As Harold Bloom remarked, the Macbeths are the happiest married couple in Shakespeare.
- Shylock of The Merchant of Venice is a fairly unpleasant Loan Shark, but he is shown to mourn his deceased wife and truly loves his daughter.
- Titus Andronicus has the titular character as well as Tamora and Aaron, all of whom love their respective children, or are at least willing to kill anybody who lays a hand on their respective children.
- Claudius in Theatre/Hamlet genuinely loves Gertrude, enough to kill his brother for her. He actually also seems rather fond of Hamlet, before Hamlet reveals that he's on to him.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, Loghain Mac Tir may be ruthless and paranoid, but he loves his daughter Anora. Subverted when Loghain attempts to have her killed to prevent her from siding with the Warden, but that turns out to be a lie perpetrated by Anora as part of her plan to remain in power regardless of who wins the civil war.
- Also, when Shale asks Loghain (if he's in your party) if he'd do anything for power, why he doesn't simply Cut The Knot and kill Anora for power. Loghain makes it clear that he refuses to consider the idea even if it'd get him the power he needed.
- Arl Howe; you meet his son Nathaniel in the expansion Awakening - who plans to kill your PC for murdering his father. (Nathaniel, though, didn't know exactly what his father was doing. . .)
- Though you may debate whether anyone in Dragon Age II is really 'evil' due to the omnipresent Grey and Grey Morality, even if you play Hawke as a dog-kicking madperson with a tendency to let dangerous blood mages go/sell out innocent mages to the Templars when all they wanted was a taste of freedom, he/she still cares about his/her family.
- In Warcraft 3 and especially the addon The Frozen Throne, Illidan has long been over the fact that Tyrande ended up with his brother Malfurion. Even though he was imprisioned by Malfurion for 10,000 years, exiled from his homeland, and sentenced to death for his repeating dealings with demons, and their armies have often faught against each other, Malfurion more than once accepts Illidans offers to ignore their own history when offered his help to save Tyrande. Though his title as a demon lord is The Betrayer, he never has any hidden motives in these situations.
- In World of Warcraft, Sally Whitemane turned to extremism after losing her family to the Scourge. After she's defeated in the updated Scarlet Monastery instance, she calls out "Mograine...", the name of her comrade in arms and possible lover, who was killed in the Ashbringer comic series.
- Shannox, in the Firelands, gains a damage buff when you kill each of his hounds, and expresses his outrage toward the raid.
- It's thought that Darth Vader thinks of Starkiller from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed as a son. Thank god he didn't raise Luke.
- Neverwinter Nights mostly averts this, as its villains are mostly the cackling Omnicidal Maniac sort, but the module-creating community does have some examples.
- Alex in the Bastard of Kosigan series has definitely crossed the Moral Event Horizon, but her dialogue hints that she still loves the player.
- Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer might not count as Akachi isn't technically a villain, but his love for the Red Woman and his brother do help bring him back to himself and end the curse that is killing your player.
- Araman himself still loves his brother and has a tendency to not attack you when he really ought to.
- Overlord has the title character gain a mistress partway through the game. Rose is prim and a bit condescending... although even later in the game, you can dump Rose for her sultry sister Violet. It turns out that both girls are the daughters of the former Overlord and the one you didn't pick will betray you when her father returns.
- Overlord II stars the son of the previous Overlord, after said Overlord vanished at the end of Overlord: Raising Hell (while his mistress was pregnant). He has one childhood friend Kelda, who in turn becomes his first mistress. Even in the stage of the game when both are children, Kelda is the only character who likes the Witch-Boy and doesn't treat him like the Enfant Terrible he is, instead trying to protect him from bullying while developing a crush on him.
- In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, Julius is evil as they come, but even though he's twisted and possessed by a Dark God, he still loves and adores the rather good, if mis-sided, Ishtar (and despite abhorring the evil he commits, she loves him very much in return). In Genealogy of the Holy War, there's two points where you encounter the couple as bosses... and the game lets you have the dreaded Berserk Staff...
- The Super Mario Bros villain Bowser with his seven Overlord Jrs and one Daddy's Little Villain. For this clan, taking over the world is like a family vacation! He even makes sure they each get their own little kingdom to play in/rule-with-an-iron-claw!
- In Castle Crashers, after you defeat the Conehead Groom a big, burly cyclops enters the scene, picks up the Groom's body, and cries. He then escapes with the Princess. When you finally catch up to him, he's holding a funeral for his pal. Whether the groom was his son, father, or just a good friend is unclear.
- Throughout BioShock, it's implied that Andrew Ryan had an illegitimate child. Later, it's revealed that Jack himself is Ryan's illegitimate son. Fontaine kidnapped and brainwashed Jack to do his bidding precisely because he knew that as evil as Ryan was, even he couldn't bring himself to kill his own son.
- The Panda King from Sly Cooper series has Jing-King.
- In Sengoku Basara 3 we have Otani Yoshitsugu, a leprous Misanthrope Supreme Evil Sorcerer whose stated goal in life is to make every human just as miserable as he is. Yet, for all this, he remains completely loyal and dedicated to White-Haired Pretty Boy Ishida Mitsunari, because Mitsunari is already miserable and is very good at spreading said misery around. When Mouri and Ieyasu make him realize at the end of one of his campaigns that this means he has someone he actually cares for, Yoshitsugu suffers a Villainous Breakdown.
- In Saints Row 2, the Boss looks like an amoral sociopath (and don't be fooled s/he is), but God help you if you dare to touch any of the other Saints. You will be ended in some particularly gruesome ways. A Villain Protagonist to the hilt, yes, but one who cares about their people at least...
- Saints Row 3 leaves it up to the player to decide whether the Boss cares enough to prevent Saints from being killed or whether they're just a convenient excuse for the next rampage.
- Dracula genuinely loved both of his wives; it was their deaths that prompted him to go evil. Twice. In Symphony of the Night, he expresses remorse upon finding out that his actions go against his second wife's last words. He is also implied to have some feelings towards his son Alucard, even though Alucard is his enemy.
- In Alpha Protocol, Alan Parker is a cold and calculating person who considers everyone he works with as expendable and has no problems with eliminating them if he sees it as necessary. However, with enough research, Mike can find out that he's the father of Madison Saint James. If Madison is killed by Conrad Marburg, Mike can inform Parker of the man who killed his daughter, which will result in him trying to take revenge, or at least try to.
- A Villain Protagonist version, Alex Mercer from Prototype shows he deeply cares for his sister Dana.
- Later it turns out that "Alex" is actually the virus using his body as a form, and the original Alex was in fact just a monster.
- In Prototype 2, James Heller was getting ready to kill Colonel Rooks but spares him when he finds out the man has a family he cares deeply about.
- Astrid and Arnbjorn of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim are Happily Married. They're also the effective leaders of The Remnant of the Dark Brotherhood.
- In Mass Effect Rengade Shepard can be played that way (through it’s more Anti-Hero than evil). S/he can kill civilians and hostages because it makes his/her job easier, backstab his/her allies, execute enemies on a spot (often in a rather painful way) and be a jerk. But at the same time s/he can be shown to care deeply about one or more of his/her squad mates and beat shit out of people trying to harm them.
- Medal of Honor: Underground has the radio song "Er Lässt mich Niemals Allein"(Each Night He Comes Home To Me), which is apparently sung by a German war widow.
- Chapter 8 of Valkyria Chronicles largely serves to humanize the imperials when the the two leads are separated from The Squad. They attempt to nurse back to health an injured enemy Mook, who dies crying out for his mother, and later while thanking them for their mercy, his commander mentions the wife and daughter he has waiting back home.
- In Fallout 3, killing the Overseer (Alphonse Almodovar), either during "Escape!" or "Trouble on the Homefront" if you didn't do it the first time, results in Amata calling you out for killing her father and only living relative. In Broken Steel, one of the scientists at Adams Air Force Base has a holotape from her brother that says he was transferred to the Satellite Relay Station, where he was likely killed by either the Lone Wanderer or the Brotherhood.
- The Big Bad of Radiant Historia, so much. The biggest obstacle stopping Heiss from completing his "destroy the world" objective is the fact that he really, truly cares about Stocke, and a large part of his plan is an effort to save his life and train him to take over. Right up until the end, Heiss is unwilling to seriously try to kill him because he's still holding out hope he might change his mind, and in the True Ending, he ultimately decides that if one of them has to die, it's going to be him, not his nephew.
- In Assassins Creed III, Haytham Kenway genuinely loved Ziio and their son Connor. Sadly, his dedication to the Templars was stronger.
- Borderlands 2 has a rather twisted example with Handsome Jack. Once you manage to reach Control Core Angel, it's revealed that Angel is not only a Siren, but Jacks' daughter that he's been using as both a power source for the Vault Key and as a living supercomputer. Despite being emotionally and verbally abusive towards her, he expresses genuine horror and grief at the possibility of her death, even pleading with you to not kill his baby girl. Once she dies, he starts going into a complete Villainous Breakdown, making it clear that It's Personal now.
- Captain Snow in Archipelago (of all people) has his widow and daughter, the latter of whom was born a few months after he died. He is also rather protective of his nephew... but also averted in that he murdered his mother, though he seems to regret that.
- In Blip, Incubus and Succubus care for each other very much; their loyalty to each other is stronger than their loyalty to their boss. In fact, when Incubus was seriously injured, Succubus seemed willing to sacrifice herself to save his life.
- In Evil Plan The Webcomic, supervillain Dr Kinesis still visits his clueless family for the holidays, and looks out for his sister, objecting to her fiance as any suspicious sibling might.
- The Order of the Stick makes it clear that an "evil" alignment does not prevent a character from having loved ones. This was especially clear in Start of Darkness, which subverts/inverts it when Redcloak does pick Xykon over his brother, and not because of Xykon's vision, but his own.
- General Tarquin, Lawful Evil father of Elan, demonstrates this trope quite blatantly, celebrating his long-lost son's homecoming by throwing a festival that culminates in spelling out said son's name by burning escaped slaves nailed to the side of a mountain, while still alive.
- Tarquin's right-hand Malack lost three offspring in a revolution. Even years later, he wants to be a father again but can't find another true love and is unsure about adoption. He loves children so much so, that he takes Durkon and bites him to turn him into a new one.
- Enor and Ganji are fairly amoral, greed-driven bounty hunters who are willing to kill friends and family members of their collected bounties should they come asking. However, they truly do care for each other, which is another Kick the Dog moment when Tarquin orders them to fight each other in the gladiator arena, which he sent there because they "tried" to extort money from him by playing out another Star Wars reference in a long string of them.
- Nale and Sabine seem to honestly care about each other, even though she's apparently keeping the secret about working for the Three Fiends from him.
- The ancient black dragon was probably evil before she ever decided to avenge herself against Vaarsuvius, but she had a very specific beef when Vaarsuvius killed her only son. She also mentions her mate having been killed by adventurers.
- Vaarsuvius is shocked when s/he realizes the extent of damage she did with her Familicide spell. In particular s/he notes that the dragon who was the ancestor of the Draketooth clan had three children with a human woman, implying a stable relationship rather than a one-time fling.
- And the only being capable of inducing empathy in Belkar is his cat, Mr. Scruffy.
- In Goblins, the only remotely humanizing moment Dellyn Goblinslayer has is when he weeps over the mutilated body of his former comrade, Saral Caine.
- In Homestuck, the Pre-Scratch Trolls' secretly Token Evil Teammate, Kurloz, still cares for his ex-matesprit, even though: a) His post-scratch incarnation is pure evil; b) He's not much different in his intentions, given that he worships, with his successor Gamzee, Lord English; and c) His successor brutally killed Meulin's successor, Nepeta. He's also moirails with Mituna Captor, meaning that it's Kurloz's job to serve as Mituna's emotional crutch, something Mituna defintively needs considering his psychically self-induced brain damage.
- In Dragon Ball Z Abridged Jeice and Burter show tremendous friendship for each other. On the rest of the Ginyu Force? Over Guldo's death they were discussing the last time they masturbated.
- Ginyu as well. He is shaken by Burter's death, calling it a hefty loss, Recoome's is what sends him out for revenge and after Jeice's he voices genuine distress, even pleading with his foes for a brief moment of silence of mourning.
- Bronyism's Trollvorlord may wish enslavement and death upon the human race, yet he still cares for his best friend Noah/Troll King and (secret) girlfriend.
- Drake and his baby brother are a prime example.
- In Survival of the Fittest, Danya is usually presented as a monster who orchestrates the game for no known reason and treats most of his subordinates like crap. However, versions one and three gave him a Pet the Dog moment when announcements showed him visiting his family, who he loves dearly and is viewed as a hero by.
- The Woobie of Danya's Evil Minions, Dorian, has been shown to be working with the terrorists to provide for his mother.
- Clio Gabriella: murderess, psychopath, and just really wanted everyone else on the island dead...except for her boyfriend, Simon Telamon, who she'd been searching for since the beginning of the game, and truly believed that even though the premise of Survival of the Fittest really didn't allow for anything past the next week, that they could be together. Ultimately, he accidentally distracts her once they do meet and she's shot right in front of him. She crawls to him, begging for him to save her even though she knows fully well she's beyond saving, and dies in his arms.
- Friendship is Dragons features Rainbow Dash as a Chaotic Evil Barbarian. When the GM argues that this means she doesn't fit the Element of Loyalty, Dash's player argues the point using this. Yes, she fully intends to do Evil and selfish things in the future, but that doesn't preclude her being faithful to her True Companions. She does what she wants, regardless of what others say, and that includes having friends she refuses to betray.
- Diamanda Hagan threatens to kill The Nostalgia Chick's puppy, friends and BFF Nella if she doesn't shout the word "paaaaink" in a cameo for the former's review. As you can imagine, Chick's pissed off about this.
...and when the hero launches into an explanation of morality that goes way over her head, that will be her cue to pull the lever and drop him into the pit of crocodiles. Children love crocodiles as much as evil overlords [do], and it's important to spend time with the grandkids.
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