Even Evil Has Loved Ones

"Scum, maybe. But even scum has family."
Batman: Year One (2011)

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.

Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas and Unholy Matrimony are subtropes.

Compare Even Evil Has Standards, Morality Pet, Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, Daddy's Little Villain, Villainous Friendship. 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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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Gendo Ikari is really an evil bastard but he definitely loved his wife Yui, and, in the movie, is shown to love his son but not know how to take care of him, which is why he makes such a piss poor parent to poor Shinji.
    • Note that in the manga, he only loves Yui, blaming Shinji for stealing her love.
  • Played straight and averted in Death Note where Light does indeed care for his family, even after his descent in morality. When his sister was kidnapped by Mello, he couldn't bring himself to kill her with the Death Note and the result was Mello acquiring a Death Note of his own as ransom.
  • Pokemon Special's version of Giovanni, with his son Silver.
  • They may have been sociopathic assholes, but the three Trinity siblings of Gundam 00 did really love and protect each other. And Nena genuinely cried and mourned when Michael and Johann got killed..
  • Yark Dore from Gundam Age might have no regrets whatsoever for being the mastermind behind "The Day the Angel Fell," but he is shown to be a genuinely kind and caring father to his son Arabel.
    • Similarly, the Big Bad, Lord Ezelcant, began his whole campaign of war in part due to losing his son Romy to the Mars Rays disease.
  • This trope drives the plot of Basilisk. Two clans of blood thirsty killers, with their loyalties held close to their hearts, spiral the Cycle of Revenge to tragedy.
  • In both the manga and the first anime adaptation of Sailor Moon Prince Dimande of the Black Moon Clan tries to ruthlessly conquer the Earth and has a creepy obsession with Usagi/Sailor Moon/Queen Serenity to the point that he even tries to sexually assault her. Despite this he is clearly shown to love his younger brother Saphir and his motivation for taking over the earth is partly because he promised his brother that they would one day live happy lifes there, away from the desolation of Nemesis. In both continuities he is incredibly shaken over Saphir's death. Especially in the manga, where he is forced to kill him after he is brainwashed into attacking Dimande by the real Big Bad of the season, Wiseman. In the anime Saphir is instead directly executed by Wiseman who claims he was a traitor, when Saphir was only trying to warn his older brother of Wiseman's treachery. This causes Dimande to eventually turn on Wiseman and is one of the things that inspires him to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save Usagi, thereby redeeming himself somewhat.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Fuhrer King Bradley is one of the homunculi, but he shows affection for his wife.
    • Another homunculus, Pride, also shows affection for one person: his "mother", Mrs. Bradley. This is surprising, as Pride is by far the most evil of all the homunculi.
    • There are also two chimera henchmen who turn to the path of righteousness when they find out their families will likely become victims of the Evil Plan.
    • Also implied with Van Hohenheim, but it's a Red Herring. He's not evil at all, but for a while viewers are given the false implication that he and Father (who doesn't have loved ones at all) are the same person.
  • Flame of Recca does this. Despite being a sadistic bastard of an assassin, it's made pretty clear Kurei has underlings who care for him. He clearly returns their loyalty, although in his own way, mourning them if they die and swearing revenge on their killers. Neon even falls in love with him, and they become a couple. As it turns out, he intends to take revenge on Kouran Mori because Mori murdered Kurei's first love.
  • Calling Jeagar, one of Rex Godwin's most important henchmen from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, evil might be a stretch (selfish and arrogant, maybe, but probably not evil). Still, he does have a wife and son that he cares deeply for and tries his hardest to protect, so he still fits this trope.
  • Johan Liebert in Monster has loved ones, too, but it makes him more, not less, disturbing. Because to find and reunite with his estranged twin sister Anna, he actually kills her adoptive parents. This one is an "iffy" case, because it's hard to tell if Johan actually loves her, or if she's simply his favorite experiment, as he may be incapable of love at this point.
  • Roberta, of Black Lagoon fame, dotes heavily on the young master of the Lovelace family, Garcia. When he gets kidnapped and taken to Roanapur, her Mama Wolf instincts, combined with her experience as a dangerous soldier and enough weapons to fight World War III, result in a bloody swath being cut through the city, such that her reputation instills fear in every person living in Roanapur.
  • Gin Ichimaru from Bleach appears to be evil to the core, but at least somewhere amidst the many, many things he did For the Evulz was a long and subtle plot to kill his boss Aizen for hurting his only friend, Rangiku, when they were both kids.
    • Several of the Arrancar also demonstrate this tendency, most pointedly Tia Harribel and Coyote Starrk, who are both very attached to their Fraccion. When Tia thinks hers have been killed, she becomes furious and would have killed Toshiro if he hadn't been quick enough to set up a decoy maneuver he'd been saving for Aizen, while Starrk in the anime seems to lose his will to keep fighting when Lilinette dies protecting him, and is soon slain by Kyoraku. Even Loly and Menoly, two arrancar girls who are noted mostly for their psychotic grudge against Orihime, appear to have genuinely loved each other, as Menoly supported Loly despite her massive and justified doubts about attacking Orihime a second time and Loly went berserk when Menoly was killed.
    • The Fraccions also share such feelings, as Lilinette's last words are her calling out to Starrk in anguish, and the novels show that the three girls from Tia's group would rather ask a human like Orihime for help than let their leader die. One of them even refuses to have her own considerable injuries healed first (and the three had barely survived being torched alive on top of mutilating themselves to create a Chimera), so anxious for Tia's recovery she was.
    • Played straight and subverted in the Vandereich arc. Royd Lloyd plays it straight, as while he was disguised as his leader Yhwach, he reacted with genuine grief and horror when Yamamoto summoned a Quincy Army of the Dead (which suprised Yamamoto himself). Subverted when the real Yhwach appeared: as the mortally injured Royd smiled as he bled to death, he briefly congratulated the guy for his work... and then gave him a "You Have Outlived Your Usefulness".
  • Suboshi from Fushigi Yuugi had a twin older brother named Amiboshi, and when he had jumped off the slippery slope after thinking the kid was dead (as in, he killed Tamahome's family as revenge for supposedly killing Amiboshi, he still cared for his twin. Tomo learnt it the hard way, indeed.
    • Also, Nakago and Soi, though it doesn't seem so at first. After Soi is killed, Nakago is obviously very pained to lose her, and keeps her body with him
  • The Noah from D.Gray-Man genuinely care for each other. When one of them was killed (Skinn), they held a funeral for him and cried for his death.
  • This backfires badly in Hunter × Hunter. Gon assumes the Ryodan don't have emotional connections. When he discovers that they, too, suffer from the loss of loved ones, he becomes furious at their hypocrisy for inflicting that pain on other people.
    • It's not just emotional connections. They're perfectly willing to kill everyone in the vicinity just to avenge one of their members. The place they come from, the Falling Star continent, is even worse. The bonds they hold for their fellow brethren are so strong, they were willing to kill themselves to blow up 31 people who were responsible for 1 of their own simply being falsely imprisoned. What makes it so chilling is that despite being the "bad" guys, they possibly treasure each other just as much or even more than the heroes do their own friends.
    • Backfires again when Neferpitou begs Gon to let them heal Komugi, the Chimera Ant King's Morality Pet, after she is injured during the Hunters' attack. Gon is furious, refusing to believe that the same person who made Kaito into a puppet who Gon doesn't know is already dead is begging for the life of another.
  • Dark Oak of Sonic X deep down inside, is actually not all that bad. That's because he actually cares for Hertia/Earthia, and was worried that he might never see her again after she abandoned him on his former homeplanet with many other dying males and only a few surviving ones.
  • Kurojaki from Ginga Nagareboshi Gin. He's one of the strongest and most ruthless villains in the manga, but he cares deeply about his son. When he thinks the little pup has been killed, he's devastated and goes into a beserk rage as he takes on the entire pack of dogs at once.
    • Hougen from the Sequel Series Ginga Densetsu Weed may be a murderous Jerkass, but the only dog he cares about is his brother Genba. It turns into a Tearjerker later on when it's revealed that they made a promise to each other. And that was if one brother was to die, his brother would be the one to kill him. So Hougen did the only honorable thing we see him do: fulfill that promise.
  • Naruto
    • Before The Reveal, Naruto fans considered Itachi completely evil and heartless. Then we found out how much he cared about his little brother. He was supposed to wipe out the entire clan, Sasuke included, but he couldn't do it. There's no denying that Itachi worked for the bad side and did horrible things but he had Big Brother Instinct. This example is harder to see then most cases because he Mind Rapes Sasuke on two occasions.
      • There was also his loyalty to Konoha. Everything Itachi's every done was ultimately to protect his home, and his Undying Loyalty to his village has not faded at all, regardless of how much time has passed and how much they made him suffer. In fact, Sasuke's the only one Itachi's ever loved more than Konoha. It was Itachi's devotion to the village that ultimately fuels Sasuke's decision to side with Naruto against Madara.
    • Kinkaku and Ginkaku are 2 criminals of Kumogakure. Started as heroes, but fell from grace. They are cold, brutal, and have no problem lying in battle or sacrificing comrades. However, they love each other, and work well together. Ginkaku's most said word in his life was his brother's name. And Kinkaku's berserk button is his brother being harmed.
    • Obito Uchiha genuinely loved his teammate Rin; when she died at Kakashi's hand it broke him and lead him to accept Madara's plan, beginning his Start of Darkness. Ultimately, he enacted Madara's Eye of the Moon scheme because he wanted to live in an illusion where he and Rin were living happily together just as much as he wanted to put everyone else into a mind-controlled paradise.
      • Later chapters reveal that Obito's entire world ultimately revolves around his team, not just Rin. His ideal world is a reality where not only was Rin alive but one where Kakashi and Minato were together with them, living up to the ideals that drove Obito during his youth.
  • In Mai-HiME, Alyssa and Miyu are willing to destroy the school to advance the Searrs' plan, but they deeply care for one another (albeit in Alyssa's case, not quite as much as for her father), even though they are not considered as human by the rest of Searrs (Alyssa for being an artificially created Hime and Miyu for being a robot). Similarly, Nao, one of the more antagonisic Hime who did not become so out of love, considers her mother her most important person and is devastated when Shizuru destroys her Child, killing her.
  • In Muhyo And Roji, the Cortlaw siblings vary in alignment (Mick is definitely evil while Kid is more innocent and a victim of manipulation), but they all care for each other, and seek to bring their parents back to life.
  • Though he only appears in one of the Dragon Ball Full Color Volumes, Dr. Gero in Dragon Ball Z had a son who was felled in battle by an enemy bullet. Out of affection Gero created the Gentle Giant Android 16, who is identical to his son, and programmed him to be non-violent out of fear he would otherwise go into battle and be destroyed.
  • In Neko Majin Z, a spin-off manga of Dragon Ball Z, we find out that Frieza of all people has a kid...who, apart from having a tendency to be Affably Evil (when he's not playing soccer with the protagonists), seems pretty well-adjusted.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: With the exception of eldest son Gihren, who is incapable of caring about anyone, the fascist Zabi siblings all love and respect their father Degwin, one another, and in the case of Dozle and Garma, their significant others (wife Zena and girlfriend Iselina, respectively). It's particularly notable in the case of Kycilia, as without that humanising aspect, she'd come off as badly as her oldest brother.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Shishio Makoto, despite being the Darwinian, totalitarian, Big Bad of the Kyoto arc, and for being the subsequent cause of her death, truly loved his consort Yumi and was the only person who really valued her as a human being. In fact, Shishio became very offended when Kenshin implied that he didn't love Yumi for taking advantage of her position by stabbing her in order to stab Kenshin. As it turns out, it was what Yumi wanted all along, and Shishio honored such an action via holding her in his arms as she died. They're eventually reunited in the afterlife, which for them, is hell.
  • In Roanapur, Revy Two-Hands is one of the most murderous people around...but she comes to care about Rock. Hit Rock, hurt Rock, kidnap Rock...and Revy will come for you. If you're lucky, she'll kill you quickly. Otherwise...
  • Doflamingo in One Piece is shown to have a soft spot for his most loyal, reliable crewmates. When Monet prepares to blow up Punk Hazard, he is visibly saddened and later when Monet didn't respond (having her heart incidentally squeezed by Caesar), he directly goes to the place himself to find out the reason why. At one point, he even apologizes to Vergo, calling the latter a companion and in other words a friend. An Alternate Character Interpretation of him, by another henchman's account, killing all of Baby 5's fiances was because he was concerned for her, seeing how she tended to accept proposals from swindlers and sleazes, his actions might be seen as an extreme Big Brother Instinct. Later chapters reveal that his relationship with that of his highest executives are akin to those of a family; they have shared both joy and sorrow with him, so he will not tolerate any disrespect towards them.
    • Let's keep in mind that Doflamingo is a terrible person, shooting his father after he apologized for how difficult he had made his sons' lives, and eventually shooting his own brother when he tried to get the World Government to stop Doflamingo's descent towards evil.
  • In Kamisama Kiss Kirihito doesn't hesitate to smash a magical artifact which is spewing poison when he hears his mother's voice.
  • In the world of Baccano!, being an unrepentant murderous bastard doesn't mean you can't fall in love. As Ladd Russo, who really cares for his fiancée Lua in his own Mad Love way.
    Ladd Russo: What, is a mass murderer not allowed to fall in love like a regular person?
  • InuYasha:
    • Jakotsu is a massive He-Man Woman Hater and Combat Sadomasochist, yeah. However, he is honestly loyal to Bankotsu. In the anime, is shown that they were together even before forming the Band of Seven, and when he gets Suikotsu's Shikon shard he hands it to Bankotsu without hesitation instead of taking it and its powers for himself.
    • Similarly, Bankotsu is a trigger-happy killer Blood Knight but genuinely cares for his fellow Seven members and does NOT tolerate any harm made to them. He's seen mourning Mukotsu, Kyoukotsu and Ginkotsu after their deaths, and the reason why he was pissed enough to kill Renkotsu in a duel was because he killed Jakotsu.
  • Ciel Phantomhive of Black Butler is a full-on Villain Protagonist who is primarily motivated by revenge and doesn't mind killing people who get in his way, but he clearly cares very much for his fiancée Elizabeth. Though he'll huff about how it's a waste of time, he'll go out of his way to please her— letting her throw parties in his house, having an Easter egg hunt because she wanted to, and throwing himself in front of a bear for her. He also tries to protect her from the gruesomeness of what he does, even now that he knows she's secretly a Little Miss Badass.
  • The Titan spies in Attack on Titan are the cause of the world going to hell in a handcart, but god, do they love each other. They freak out when the others are hurt, prioritize protecting each other over the mission, and when they hear that Annie is being tortured, the meek Bertolt reacts by swearing to kill Armin. To some extent, this affection extends to the heroes as well. Due to Becoming the Mask, Annie spares Armin twice when killing him would have prevented her being found out and Reiner is injured and nearly throws himself out a window to protect Connie. It isn't until things hit rock bottom and Bertolt is injured that Reiner actively begins trying to harm his former comrades. That Evil Has Loved Ones turns out to be a major advantage to those among the heroes willing to exploit it.
  • This appears to hold true throughout the various arcs of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Some Ragnarok members were True Companions such as Thor and Siegfried. YOMI has Rachael and Ethan who are loyal siblings. This is however ironically most apparent in YAMI. There are various masters sharing an almost paternal bond with their disciples such as Alexandar and Boris or Agaard and Koukin. Some of them are even an out and out Parental Substitute like Akira and Shou or Mikumo and Chikage. The last part cuts both ways, some YOMI disciples faithfully search for their missing mentors when their defeated masters are thrown in a secret jail.
  • Oriko and Kirika, of Puella Magi Oriko Magica, have this as their main motivation. Though Kirika's feelings are obvious from the outset, Oriko initially seems to be only using her for a greater purpose of saving the human race. However, when questioned as to why she killed dozens of innocent people, she looks at Kirika's corpse and says "To protect my world."
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, two of the most evil characters have parents that love them dearly. In part 3, J. Geil is a serial rapist and murderer. His mother, Enya Geil, loves him dearly and when he is killed by the brother of one of his victims, she is devastated and declares her intent to avenge him. Later, the Big Bad of part 4, Yoshikage Kira, is a serial killer with a hand fetish who kills women and saves their hands as "girlfriends". His father Yoshihiro Kira loves him so much that after dying, he stuck around as a ghost and will go to any means necessary to get rid of anyone who could threaten his son.
  • They may be monsters that live by devouring humans, but more than one Awakened Being from Claymore turns out to be capable of genuine love for others. Riful of the West and her consort Dauf are fairly dysfunctional, with her constantly berating him and threatening to leave him. But when both are seriously injured in battle, they refuse to abandon each other. Isley ends up taking an amnesic Priscilla and the human Raki under his wing, and realizes that their years spent together were a happy time for him, referring to them as his family. As he's being devoured by the Abyss Eaters, he thinks of how he would give anything for that time with them to have lasted longer. And the third Abyssal One, Luciela of the South, is overjoyed upon being reunited with her younger sister, Rafaela.
  • Brynhildr in the Darkness has a twisted example with the Big Bad, Chisato Ichijiku, who is willing to commit any number of atrocities, up to and including killing the rest of humanity, if it means he can resurrect his dead sister.
  • Rosario To Vampire: Despite being members of Fairy Tale, Aqua and Kahlua Shuzen deeply love and care for their little sisters, Moka and Kokoa, though this won't necessarily spare said little sisters from their wrath. In fact, when their mother Gyokuro ordered her to kill Kokoa, Kahlua literally begged her to reconsider. Furthermore, Akua is fiercely protective of Moka, to the extent that she made a Heel-Face Turn and attacked Alucard itself in Moka's defense.
  • Kotarou Amon from Tokyo Ghoul struggles to accept the reality of this trope, and it is at the very core of his Dark and Troubled Past. After losing his parents, he was sent to a Catholic Orphanage run by an old Russian priest that became a second father to him. Then, one day he walked in on his father eating one of the children and learned he was actually a Ghoul using the children as his personal livestock. Donato Porpora should have simply killed Amon to avoid exposure, but instead asked the boy to continue staying with him even after he abandoned the orphanage. That his foster father, twisted and evil as he might be, had come to view Amon as his beloved son, is simply beyond Amon's ability to comprehend.

    Comic Books 
  • The Hood is a textbook example of this trope, using some of the proceeds from his criminal activities to pay for his mother's care while also supporting his pregnant girlfriend Sara.
    • The main villain the Hood "fights" during his first mini also counts; he loves his family greatly and was trying to find a mutant to be part of his supervillain squad because his daughter was one and asked him to hire some more.
  • In Frank Miller's To Hell and Back, the corrupt precinct captain Liebowitz lets the local crime lords run their businesses without interference, but when they worry he might be wavering, they threaten his family and break his son's arm. His response is to splatter his contact's brains across an interrogation room.
    Liebowitz: You shouldn't have threatened my family. You shouldn't have beat up my boy.
  • Doctor Doom's adoration of his deceased mother, Cynthia, is possibly his only unambiguously good trait. Not only that, but he simply adores Valeria Richards, and swore on the moment of her birth (which he aided in), that he would defend her with his life, and that any one who sought to do her harm would have to deal with his wrath.
  • During DC's One Year Later event, several minor Batman villains were killed off, one of them a mutated biologist named Orca. During the storyline, it's revealed that Orca was married to a normal human, who's interviewed by the police regarding the circumstances around her death. While a little humor is taken from the relationship (the man remarking that he had a thing for big women) the pain of loss is treated seriously.
  • Marvel villains Absorbing Man and Titania are both mean, violent thugs, but are married and genuinely love one another.
    • Averted in terms of Absorbing Man's ex, who is Stonewall's mother. Stonewall is the result of Creel raping Jerry's mother, and Creel doesn't care about Stonewall either.
  • Darkseid, the self-proclaimed God of Evil and the Anthropomorphic Personification of Tyranny, once loved a good woman named Sulli and was loved in return. Darkseid's evil mother had Sulli poisoned, and any good in him died with her.
  • Mr. Freeze's goal is to protect and revive his wife.
  • Despite General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross/Red Hulk being a type III Anti-Villain, it is clear that he loves his daughter Betty.
    • From what we've seen in flashbacks, he loved Betty's mother Karen too; her death from cancer left him emotionally devastated.
  • The Sandman apparently had a mother he loved too much to let her know he lived a life of crime, so he changed his name to Flint Marko. When he was bitten and seemingly killed by Venom, he asked Spider-Man to tell his mother he was sorry for not being a good-guy.
  • In the Spider-Man comic "The Coming of Chaos", Spider-Man discovers that Loki has a mortal daughter named Tess Black (among hundreds of others). Tess gets possessed by a powerful agent known as Morwen - who is a threat to Loki's power. If he didn't care about Tess, he would have killed her in order to stop Morwen. But apparently, he does not neglect his children, and at first demands Tess's release. When that fails, he asks for Spider-Man's help to save her, they go through a difficult process in order to get Tess back alive which causes more problems, and at the end of it Loki admits that he owes Spider-Man a debt for helping him save her. Yep, the God of Mischief and resident Magnificent Bastard is a Papa Wolf. Who knew?
    • Loki makes a point of not having loved ones close who would provide easy targets for his many enemies (he wipes Tess' memory for one), so to what extent he would go to save them is rarely shown... then his innocent and good-ish child version told to his only friend (possibly more) that he would rather see the nine worlds burn than to loose her again. And he meant it too, he actually postponed the world-saving to save her.
  • Deadshot, the world's greatest marksman, an unrepentant assassin, sends the money from his hits to his daughter. Secret Six basically has a team of villains forming their own kind-of family.
  • Kang the Conqueror and his love for Princess Ravonna. He even sought out the Fantastic Four, his archenemies, in order to save her from a traitor.
  • A collection of GI JOE comics detailing backstories of characters shows that part of Major Bludd's motivation to continue working for COBRA is the affluent lifestyle he is able to provide his family by doing so.
  • Norman Osborn genuinely loved his deceased wife. Whether he loves his son or not depends on the writer.
  • During the Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters miniseries, Lester Colt grew disillusioned with working under the Administration after being sent to kill an Intergang drug runner at his five-year-old grandson's birthday party.
  • Spider-Man villain and mobster Tombstone is pretty ruthless in the business but, as shown in The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, he still deeply loves and cares about his daughter. In a rare instance of the loved ones also being villainous, said daughter is Janice Lincoln, the supervillain known as Beetle; she also is shown to love her father. In another twist on this trope, Janice was well-aware of her father's lifestyle and business (in fact it was partly what inspired her to become a supervillain, much to Tombstone's consternation) but still had a fairly normal childhood.
  • Daredevil and Spider-Man foe Kingpin is a ruthless Manipulative Bastard mob boss who rules the New York underworld with an iron fist. However he deeply loves his wife and son, even after both tried to murder him. They both died which has done nothing but make him more cold and bitter. He later fell in love with a woman named Marta and tried to leave the business to be with her. When Lady Bullseye and the Hand killed Marta, Fisk came back to New York with a vengeance.
    • This aspect of Kingpin's character is a plot point in Ultimate Spider-Man; it's revealed that the Ultimate version of Wilson's wife fell into a mystery coma before the start of the story. Kingpin uses his resources to care for her and strictly refuses to allow any discussion of criminal activity in front of her ("She's an ill woman. She doesn't need her head filled with our ugliness."). After a particularly difficult storyline, Daredevil decides that the only thing a man like him would understand is the murder of his wife, and Spider-Man has to try and convince him that enacting this plan would make them as bad as each other.
  • Another Daredevil foe Bullet, a professional assassin, has an autistic son named Lance. Lance is the one thing in the world Bullet cares for and he'll do anything to protect him.
  • Yet another Daredevil example is Purple Man, who has six children (all are from different mothers, all have inherited a weaker variant of his powers, and one has actually become a supervillain herself). He genuinely loves each and every one of them and has made multiple attempts to forge a bond with them. In a rather disturbing twist on this trope, finding out about his first daughter actually made him an even worse person; before he was happy to retire from supervillainy and just used his powers to live a life of comfort and hedonism. After he learned of her, he decided to come out of retirement and started pulling far bigger crimes than he ever committed before, as he believes he can win her affection and respect by doing so.
    • He also used to have a wife, whom he really did love. However when she learned about his powers and that he had used them to pressure her into marrying him quicker, she understandably flipped out and left him, which simply made him even more bitter and amoral. Given Purple Man's usual tendencies, it says a lot that he actually let her leave and didn't pursue or harm her.
  • In another example from Spider-Man's rogues gallery, Adrian Toomes, the Vulture, has a little grandson whom he adores. When the kid developed a brain tumor, Toombs went on a crime spree to try and make enough money to pay for treatment, but was thwarted by Spider-Man. He was so enraged that he put Spidey in the hospital over it.
  • A story in the early 90's comic book series Mickey Mouse Adventures revealed that Mickey's archnemesis The Phantom Blot had a very young daughter. Mickey is kind enough to let the Blot tell his daughter his own version of what happened and the villain's last words to his daughter before being sent to jail is for her to dream of happy endings.
  • Magneto (though "evil" may be stretching it with him) famously has his children Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and his three grandchildren, all of whom he deeply loves even when they're aiding the Avengers and X-Men against his schemes. His also genuinely loved his deceased wife and became a villain expressly because of losing his family in the Holocaust (in fact being separated from his mother is what caused his powers to activate).
  • In Convergence: Green Lantern - Parallax #2, Hal/Parallax is very pissed when the Electropolis's princess and her army attack Kyle.
  • Colonel Ackerson of the Halo acted like an arrogant, vengeful Jerkass throughout most of the series, going so far as to order airstrikes during "training exercises" on people he hated and authorizing a program that turns orphans in supersoldiers. But when captured by the Covenant in Halo: Uprising, he shows a bit of compassion for once in his life and fools the Covenant into sparing the city of Cleveland in hopes of letting his brother there escape.

     Fan Works 
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures fic Queen Of All Oni, Jade honestly cares about her dog Scruffy, breaks the Dog Talisman to make him immortal again, and pampers him a lot for a while. 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.
    • Discord also begs the Dark World!Mane Six not to hurt Screwball and Mad Tiara/Diamond Tiara, who are his nieces. He even sends the two of them away with specific orders to never try to fight the mane six for his death because they'd not stand a chance and likely die.
    • Despite all the evil, horrible things they've done, Nightmare Paradox and her Psycho Rangers seem to genuinely love each other as friends, to the point they can still use the Elements of Harmony. Paradox has even been looking for a Nightmare Rarity because of what it'd mean to Banneret. Nightmare Banneret and Mirror also still care for Rarity and Apple Pie as well, but not enough to spare them (though its implied Mirror may have spared her Apple Pie in some way).
  • 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.
  • Equestrylvania: 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.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: Jovian and Jacqueline Kikion, Hokuto's Co-Dragons during the events of Acts III and IV. The author goes out of his way to establish that Jovian and Jacqueline are nothing more than Psychopathic Manchildren who absolutely thrive on causing as much pain, destruction, and death as possible, going so far as to torture and rape those Hokuto holds hostage For the Evulz. That being said, they have Undying Loyalty to Hokuto, and love each other, even if said love is somewhat twisted; in fact, in Act IV chapter 28, the minute Apoch and Astreal successfully kill Jacqueline, Jovian completely drops her Faux Affably Evil act and starts spamming Wave Motion Guns at the two in a blind rage.
  • 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.
  • In the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning, District One tribute Obsidian reveals in his interview that he volunteered not only because he wanted to compete in the Hunger Games but because his thirteen-year-old cousin was the male tribute who had been selected. (Then again, Obsidian isn't really evil, even if he is part of the Career pack.)
  • In The Masks We Wear both Zuko and Azula are horrified by the thought of their father dying as a result of his insisting on using lightning redirection immediately after learning it. He succeeds.
  • The Rise of the Guardians fic Guardian of Light, Pitch is revealed to be Helen's father. While his treatment of her towards the beginning leaves much to be desired, it gradually becomes apparent that he really does love her, despite everything.
  • Another Rise of the Guardians fic called Lullabies, by the same author as the above, has another example. Jack is surprised by the knowledge that, out of all of the Immortals, Pitch is the only one who has experience in parenting because he has a daughter.
  • The Star Trek fic Safe and Sound solidifies what the second film established; that Khan cares about his crew. He even adopts the newly augmented Lucille Harewood and accepts her into his family.
  • The Condesce and Grand Highblood in Hivefled genuinely care about each other, albeit in a selfish and violent way. However, they're supposed to be moirails, yet fuck like matesprits and make each other's violent behaviour much worse. The Grand Highblood also seems sometimes to like Gamzee despite his "unacceptable" behaviour, but expresses it by repeatedly raping and mutilating him.
  • In the Death Note Crack Fic A Charmed Life Light and Ryuk genuinely care about each other.
  • In the Harry Potter fanfic Those Gilded Chains We Wear Bellatrix genuinely cares about her family (even her sister Andromeda, who, as a Death Eater, she should hate unconditionally due to her marriage to a Muggle-born).
  • Ashes of the Past has Giovanni; what pissed him off about the Iron Marauder's little attempt to usurp him as boss of Team Rocket via Celebi was the fact that he might have not met Persian if the Marauder succeeded. Which is why, when it's all said and done, he orders his beloved Persian to give Vicious a stroke in retaliation.
  • Canid, an MCU fanfic, focuses largely on the relationship between Loki and his son Fenrir. It's fraught at times, but ultimately a loving relationship.
  • Sonic Boom: Beyond the Black Horizon: Unlike his canon counterpart (who had no bridges left to burn by the time he was sealed off), Lyric had some very close friends in the World-Wreckers. After he's accidentally freed a millennium later and gets Sonic and co. off his back, his primary concern is finding them...

    Films — Animated 
  • 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.
  • In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, similar to the main earth, Jimmy has a watch that allows him to call Ultraman at anytime, and Ultraman is legitimately upset about Lex/Superman ganging up on him. The first thing he does when he's called is tell them to lay off Jimmy.
  • Just about the only redeeming quality of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty was her affection for her raven companion Diablo. Just look at her reaction when the fairies turn him to stone:
    Maleficent: Silence, you fools! I— (spots Diablo's statue and covers her mouth) Oh...oh no...
  • Likewise, Ursula of The Little Mermaid seems to actually care for her two minions, a pair of eels named Flotsam and Jetsam. During the final battle, Ariel throws off her aim and causes her to accidentally kill them instead of Eric; she mourns, then goes on a giant Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    Ursula: Babies! My poor little poopsies!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Devils 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.
    Floop: 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. Vader's fatherly love for Luke also the entire reason behind Vader's various attempts to turn Luke to The Dark Side: the Emperor originally wanted Luke killed before Vader convinced him otherwise. This ends up being what ultimately causes Vader's Heel-Face Turn in Return of the Jedi.
    • On a more subtle level, Malikili, the Rancor trainer in Jabba's palace mourns the death of the monster.
      George Lucas: I like the idea that everyone loves someone. And even the worst, most horrible monster you can imagine was loved by his keeper. And the rancor probably loved his keeper.
  • 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, the 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.
  • What drives the plot of The Punisher (2004). After one of the sons of Howard Saint is killed in a FBI sting operation, his wife orders the death of Frank Castle's entire family. When he survives, his revenge centers around getting Saint to disown and kill his own wife and best friend, whom he loves dearly, through manipulation.
  • The Dark Knight Saga:
    • 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?
    • In The Dark Knight Rises, regardless as to whether it's a platonic relationship or a romantic one, Bane and Talia clearly love one another, enough for Bane to rescue Talia and keep her safe in the Hellhole Prison and help her in her plan, and enough for Talia to stand up to her father when he wouldn't accept Bane.
  • 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 his employer kills his firstborn in retaliation, 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."
  • Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li) 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Used in a rather twisted way in The Crow. Top Dollar, as depraved a villain as he already is, seems to genuinely love his sister despite the incestuous nature of their relationship.
  • 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 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 without her sisters... only to reveal that she was just toying with the main characters.
    • Played straight with the Princes, however. They are fine with killing 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, Una. When the Princes finally reunite with her during the Final Battle, (although they're ghosts) they all joyfully shout, "Sister!"
  • The entire focus of the South Korean film Harmony. Every inmate of the choir has mention of their loved ones.
  • 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. 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.
    • One of the Klansmen's wives made bags for Bennnet's gang. When they complain about the quality, he gets pissed and storms off when they keep insulting her.
  • In Star Trek Into Darkness, Harrison's actions are partially motivated by a desire to find and save his former crew.
    Harrison: Is there anything you would not do for your family?
    • And Admiral Marcus does love his daughter and pauses to have her transported to safety before opening fire again on the rest of the Enterprise, who she was pleading for him to spare.
  • In the 1966 Batman: The Movie, the Penguin uses a dehydration machine to temporarily turn a group of minions into powder (so as to be rehydrated later to attack Batman). As the powdered remains are collected for transport, the Penguin takes pains to tell his mooks to be careful because "every one of them has a mother" (which actually makes their later implied deaths during a later fight scene a little disturbing).
  • In Man on Fire, 'The Voice', the mastermind behind the kidnapping scheme, turns out to be a divorced man with a family he deeply cares about. He's shown with some of his children, while Creasy specifically gets him to release Pita by threatening to cut up his family and starts with his brother.
  • Small Soldiers: The Commando Elite, in spite of being genocidal plastic action figures, are visibly distressed and shed Manly Tears at the death of Nick Nitro.
  • Tony Montana in Scarface (1983) tries to take care of those he loves even as he becomes an increasingly bigger criminal and general jerk. His affection for Gina in particular is very strong, although laced with incestuous implications. Subverted later in the film, as he eventually becomes a malignant presence in their lives when he drives Elvira away, kills Manny because he proposed to Gina, and locks Gina up in his own mansion out of an obsession with "protecting" her.
  • In Road House, extortionist businessman Brad Wesley loves his sister enough to promise her to look after her only son by forcing the owner of the Double Deuce to make him the bartender, even if his nephew is a stupid failure.
  • In the 2004 King Arthur, Saxon King Cerdic is a violent Blood Knight who invades Britain mainly for a campaign of Rape, Pillage, and Burn, but he does seem to care for his son and second-in-command Cynric. He threatens to cut his son's tongue out if he openly defies his authority again, but he seems quite willing to die by his hands if his son were strong enough to overthrow him. Later he refuses to kill Cynric for a defeat against Arthur's forces when Cynric offers his life, and when he sends in the last of Cynric's auxiliaries into an obvious death trap during the final battle he keeps him by his side to keep him from harm.
  • Face/Off: Castor Troy genuinely loves his eccentric idiot-savant brother Pollux. He refuses to kill him even after Pollux accidentally betrays their location to Archer by personally paying for the private jet (instead of letting one of their cronies do it) as most terrorists would have, sheds tears when Pollux dies and even ties his shoelaces for one last time before leaving.
  • X-Men:
    • Erik grows to love Charles as a brother over the course of X-Men: First Class, but that doesn't stop him from betraying his best friend or abandoning him.
    • In The Wolverine, Ichirō still seems to care for Mariko to some degree, given he purposefully diverges his sword slash not to hit her when she gets in the way.
  • Byron De La Beckwith (James Woods) in Ghosts of Mississippi, an unrepentant racist and murderer, gets a quick scene playing patty cake with his granddaughter while the jury deliberates.
  • Hertz, the main Big Bad in Shoot 'em Up, has a wife (who keeps calling him on the phone) and an eight-year-old son.
  • Hoffman from the Saw series had a sister named Angelina. When Angelina was murdered and the killer was let out after only 5 years in jail, Hoffman killed him.

  • 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.
    • A more minor example, but the Carrow siblings seem to actually care about each other despite being thoroughly horrible people.
  • 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 he's gone.
  • A Harvest Of War: Rhona Thyll is actually kinda sweet around her lover (and subaltern) Penda Mortimer.
  • 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. Yet this turns out to come right back around at him because revenge for the Red Wedding ends up killing more of Frey's family then the war ever did. It's also possible that this is more about preoccupation with family honor than any real affection because when Catelyn tries to take his grandson Aegon the jester hostage in exchange for Robb," a son for a son", Lord Frey lets Aegon die because he's not of any particular use.
    • Subverted with Roose Bolton and his bastard son Ramsay; they're close because they're both very nasty men, although even they have at least some attachment to certain people. Roose cared enough about his trueborn son to warn him not to see Ramsay and only refrained from punishing Ramsay for killing him due to the taboo against kinslaying. Ramsay may have let his manservant Reek die, but his obsession with making a helpless captive into another Reek speaks volumes.
    • Double subverted with Cersei Lannister, whose main motivation besides the sheer lure of power is the desire to protect her children since it was prophecised that they would die before her. 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. Unfortunately, her psychopathic idea of what's best for them, and her fawning on her even more psychopathic eldest son, is disastrous for the entire kingdom.
    • Both subverted and played straight with Tywin Lannister. Tywin is borderline abusive to all three of his children in varying ways but 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."
      • How much various Lannisters love their family members is a pretty reliable barometer for how redeemable they're going to be. Most readers are willing to forgive Jaime and Tyrion for whatever they get up to, because they genuinely love each other, Myrcella, and Tommen, and try to do right by the other members of the family as well. Tywin's close enough to Joanna and Kevan that we at least feel something when he dies. Cersei almost becomes sympathetic early on when she's trying to protect her children from being killed as abominations (since they're the product of brother/sister incest), but then she turns on Tyrion... and Jaime... and Kevan... and Tommen... and, well, no one's going to be feeling much sympathy for her any time 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.
      • Sandor does play this straight-ish with his Morality Pet Sansa Stark, whom he kicks several times. However, Sandor protects Sansa and treats her with more compassion than he ever shows anyone else.
    • 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.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 The 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. He also seems to care for Clary, Jocelyn, Sebastian/Jonathan and Luke in his own twisted way.
  • 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 Escafil device in exchange for their safe return.
    • In The Alien, a minor Yeerk agrees to help Ax assassinate Visser Three because the Visser's Kandrona rationing allowed the death of another Yeerk whom he was close to.
  • 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:
  • 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 realizes he accidentally hurt Annabeth, leading him to be the one to save the world in the end. Redemption Equals Death.
  • 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.]
    • Nicodemus and Tessa both care about their daughter Deirdre (though Nicodemus expresses it very creepily) in spite of their collaboration with fallen angels and centuries of evil deeds. In Skin Game Tessa tries to foil Nicodemus' plan because she knows it will require Deirdre's death, and Nicodemus loses it when Harry taunts him about how he killed his own daughter to complete the plan. Afterwards, the long estranged Nicodemus and Tessa apparently have a reconciliation where they, united in grief, try to work through it together by burning their enemy's family alive. They are still very evil.
  • 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.
  • Invoked by Johanna Mason in Mockingjay when she points out that if they hold a final Hunger Games with children of the people who held power in the old regime, President Snow's granddaughter will be eligible for the reaping.
    • Earlier, in The Hunger Games, there's Cato's grief-stricken reaction to the death of his district partner Clove.
  • The Mafia don in Dean Koontz's Darkfall is almost a parody of this trope; he is a professional murderer, openly calling Dawson and Rebecca "freaks" for their incorruptibility, but he is absolutely heartbroken that some hellborn monsters have killed his "doggies."
  • The Behemoth in Devils Cape is a superstrong, brutal murderer, but when he finds the dead body of his friend Hector Hell, he is furious and comes bursting out into the ongoing battle seeking revenge. There's also Scion, Hector's killer, who despite working for his uncle and the Robber Baron as an enforcer, helps the heroes stop the Cirque d'Obscurite when his uncle goes against the one thing Scion demanded as his price - that his uncle leaves his brother and father out of everything.
  • Lucifer's anger at Turnus for killing Pallas in The Vagina Ass Of Lucifer Niggerbastard.
    • Sack's loyalty to Lucifer.
  • In "Joe Golem and the Drowning City" by Mignola and Golden, Father(?) and Son(?) Tentaclemonster. Proves that even a Lovecraftian Eldritch Abomination can make for a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
  • Victor Dashkov from Vampire Academy is a ruthless villain but turns out to have a close relationship with his half-brother Robert Doru. They are each other's only real loved one.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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 Trope with Marie Warner from Season 2:
    Marie: I killed Reza...and I loved him. What makes you think I'd care for you or Dad?
    • Subverted with Ramon and Hector Salazar. Jack doesn't bother threatening one to break the other because he knows it won't work.
  • 666 Park Avenue: Gavin and Olivia are absolutely devoted to each other, and they both loved their daughter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Lindsey is wooed by Darla, to the point of confessing he wouldn't "mind" if she were the one to kill him.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • While Londo Molari's level of "evil" is largely dependent on which scheme he's embroiled in at the moment, and he's willing to lie to anyone and cheat every system in the book to get what he wants, it's clear that he cares for at least two people. Vir, for all the grief he's given, is a close friend and confidant as well as his eventual successor as ambassador. The other is his one true love (coincidentally, not one of his three insufferable wives) Lady Adira, for whom he goes FAR out of his way to please and who genuinely loves him in return. Considering the conniving, amoral people that make up the Centauri government, it doesn't end well for her.
  • The Borgias:
    • 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 after 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 states) 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.
  • Robin Hood: The Big Bad has a sister whom he loves very dearly.
  • Breaking Bad: A recurring theme. 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 kill 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. note 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • If you hurt the Mayor or Faith, expect the other to come looking for you. The Mayor also loved his late wife Edna May.
    • 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.
    • The Master viewed his particular high-ranking minions like Darla, Collin and Luke, as his "children", and nearly loses the will to carry out his plans after Darla is staked.
    • Vampire Willow loved Vampire Xander. When she runs into the real deal and mistakes him for her world's version, she hugs him and jubilantly exclaims, "Xander! You're alive!"
    • The vampire Lyle Gorch seemed to genuinely care about his brother Tector and his wife Candy.
  • Burn Notice: One episode 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.
  • Charmed: Zig-Zagging Trope: Cole mentions that evil cannot love, yet he himself has some evil inside him and has loved Phoebe. There are also demons and darklighters that have fallen in love with mortals.
  • Chuck: Volkoff 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.
  • 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.
  • Criminal Minds: In one episode 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. This same episode also made this a Deconstructed 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.
  • Dexter: A lot of the killers are shown to have families and friends they care about.
    • Dexter says he has no feelings, but grows quite attached to his family and some of his coworkers, and has other romantic relationships later in the series.
    • The Ice Truck Killer is revealed to be Dexter's brother, reached out to him so they could reunite, and wants them to kill Debra together. Dexter can't do it because he loves Deb, and tearfully kills Brian.
    • Miguel Prado loved his brothers, and is particularly broken up about Oscar's death. When Dexter tells Miguel that he's responsible right before garroting him, he is particularly enraged.
    • Subverted Trope with Trinity. Dexter discovers to his surprise that he is a dedicated family man and a pillar of the community, but it's later revealed that Arthur terrorized his family, and all but completely ignores his oldest daughter.
    • Also subverted with Jordan Chase, who is hinted to care somewhat for Emily, the woman he had his friends gang-rape years before, but ultimately has zero compunctions about murdering her when he has no use for her anymore.
    • Travis Marshal is shown to have a deep bond with his sister, but she ends up killed by his evil personality.
    • Ukrainian crime lord Isaac Sirko pursues Dexter for killing his friend Victor, also his gay lover.
  • 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.
  • Doctor Who has the Slitheen, an alien crime family who we see mourning each other even while they're trying to irradiate / blow up Earth.
  • Elementary: Sebastian Moran, a paid hitman that is sent to jail and starts to help Sherlock find his boss Moriarty who he felt sent him up the river. Moriarty managed to send one final message to Moran by sending a coded message to Sherlock that only he could decode. Moran claims to be unable to read the message, that is is gibberish. Later that night Sherlock figures out the key and decodes the message: "MORAN YOU NEVER TOLD ME YOU HAD A SISTER. SHE DIES OR YOU DO. YOUR CHOICE. M". By the time Sherlock have notified the jail Moran had already bashed his own skull in.
  • Firefly: Token Evil Teammate Jayne, a greedy mercenary, is revealed in "The Message" to have a mother and little brother (the latter of which is implied to be an Ill Boy) that he sends part of his earnings to. His mother sends him back The Hat.
  • Flashpoint: In this Canadian drama show, one episode has a drug lord begging the man holding a gun to his fellow drug lord...and brother.
  • Glee: Sue Sylvester's genuine affection for her sister.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Justified:
    • The rural Kentucky villains 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 enterprise 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.
  • Law & Order: In the first-season 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."
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent: One 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.
  • Legend of the Seeker: A D'Haran captain in "Deception", who's used magical weapons of mass destruction to massacre entire villages and praises Richard's willingness (disguised as a D'Haran) to do the same, is shown bringing food from army supplies against regulations to his family, whom he obviously loves.
  • In LOST, the main (sort-of) villain Ben Linus goes Papa Wolf on Keamy after he [[spoilers: kills his daughter]]; fortunately for the protagonists, this starts him off on his Heel-Face Turn
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • The Dark Curse, which is the curse Rumplestiltskin created to find Baelfire, and is considered darkest magic in the show, is based on this trope. One of the ingredients for enacting it is the heart of the person you love most
  • Power Rangers Time Force: Ransik, the Big Bad, 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. For the record, Ransik was winning his final battle with the Rangers. He was delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle such as had never seen before in the entire franchise when he realized that his daughter had been wounded in the crossfire. He immediately surrendered to prevent her from being hurt further.
  • The Prisoner: This turns out to be a big part of Number Two's motivation in the remake. Two loves his coma-stricken wife. 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.
  • Revolution:
    • In "The Plague Dogs", Ray Kinsey loved his daughter Lilah more than anything else. But then, she stepped on a nail, got tetanus, and he could only watch helplessly as she died. Even worse was the fact that they had medicine, but raiders had taken it all away. Ever since then, he lost his sanity, trained a whole group of attack dogs, and will not be kind to any trespassers.
    • General Sebastian Monroe, despite being the big bad guy, does have loved ones. He was quite broken up over the deaths of his family, as "Nobody's Fault But Mine" shows in a flashback. He latched on to Miles, but it turned into a borderline erotic obsession. In the episode "Home", he was able to form enough of a connection to his old girlfriend Emma that he was quite upset over her death. That, and finding out that she gave birth to his son and sent him away to somewhere else left a strong impression on him. By "The Dark Tower", he is on the run from Tom Neville's coup and he will have plenty of time to try to locate his son.
  • Salem: Anne is the apple of her father's eye-his cold-blooded, murderous, eye. He even gives her an amulet that has anti-witch magic to protect her from members of his coven, though she just thinks it's a pretty necklace.
  • Smallville: Lana is this for Lex Luthor in season five and six, when he is already evil... not that anyone knows that.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Played with in the 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.) 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.
    • Adria is an interesting example. She's the Dark Messiah of the Ori in the 10th season and she's just as ruthless and villainous as one might expect given that pedigree. However, she does retain an affection for her mother, though it never quite becomes her downfall as Vala hoped.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Gul Dukat 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. 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.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In an interesting use of the trope, one of the liberated Borg drones goes absolutely apeshit when his comrade, Torsus, is killed.
  • 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.
    • Azazel reveals that his Co-Dragons Meg and Tom are his children (whether this means literally or not is unknown) and is furious when Tom is killed and Meg is sent back to Hell. Subverted Trope however when Tom tests the Colt on Meg without batting an eye. Meg at least seemed shocked that her "brother" would do this to her.
    • Lucifer wants to wipe out all humanity and the demons and turn the Earth into his own pristine Paradise. He does show affection for angels though, especially his three direct brothers, the other archangels. He begs his younger brother Gabriel not to turn against him and is on the verge of crying when he has to kill him. His reunion with Michael is filled with mutual regret over what happened in the past and Lucifer again tries to convince his older brother to stop fighting each other. Subverted when Gabriel and Michael both point out that he loves himself even more and is only going on a petty temper tantrum against God for creating humans, although his affection for his brothers appears genuine.
    • Subverted Trope 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 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.
  • Terra Nova: From Boelyn's point of view prior to Lucas Taylor taking over Terra Nova, Nathaniel 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.
  • True Blood: No matter how vile, depraved and generally awful any given entity (supernatural or mortal) may be, they tend to have at least one person whom they truly, deeply love. Even the likes of Russell Edgington had his beloved Talbot.
  • Veronica Mars: Aaron Echolls 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.
  • 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.
  • Warehouse 13: H.G Wells-even after 110 years, the only thing she genuinely cares and mourns for is her daughter, Christina.
  • The X-Files:
    • In the ever-confusing 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.
    • For that matter, CSM's "complicated" relationship with Mulder makes more sense when it's revealed that he is quite possibly Mulder's biological father.
      • His son Jeffrey Spender, on the other hand, appears to receive far less regard, ending with CSM permanently disfiguring him.
  • 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.
  • In Healer, the villain Moon-Shik spends about half his time trying to prevent his brother from exposing The Elder to the world and his own crimes to his wife, and the other half, convincing The Elder that the heroes are no threat. When called on this, he admits that, yes, they are a threat—to him, as if anything happens to them, he will be destroyed and therefore useless to the Elder's plans. When his wife and brother leave him for good, he breaks down emotionally and is left a pathetic shadow of himself.
  • On The 100, Bellamy infiltrates Mount Weather by killing a guard and taking his uniform and key card, only to run into the pre-school aged son of the guard he just killed. Bellamy does not take this encounter well.

  • 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 Evillious Chronicles gives us Gallerian Marlon, who sentenced to death everyone who wouldn't give him money. He was also a Knight Templar Parent for his crippled daughter. Who wasn't his daughter at all. She was a doll, who he thought was his daughter because the sorceress Ma tricked him into it after his real daughter was murdered.

  • 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 and death, Deborah imagines Sisera's mother anxiously waiting for her son to return from battle. The contrast is reversed again when someone consoles Sisera's mother that her son is probably just late because of all the Israelite women he and his men are raping.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000 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.
    • Valkia had a great deal of attachment to her late father.
  • 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 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.
  • The giant that Jack kills in Into the Woods has a wife. Her revenge is the focus of act two.

  • A semi-common occurrence in TransformersGenerationOne. A number of Decepticons have loved ones that they genuinely care for. This has become more prominent over time, as Gray and Grey Morality has become a bigger part of the franchise:
    • Dreadwind and Darkwing are brothers in some continuities and always protective of one another, with Dreadwind's depressive episodes getting far worse whenever he and Darkwing are stationed in different areas.
    • Likewise, Thundercracker and Skywarp are brothers (or at least view themselves as such) and really do care about each other, though in some continuities they have falling outs due to Thundercracker's doubt in the Decepticon cause.
    • Deathsaurus is married in at least one continuity and deeply loves his wife, being motivated to be a Decepticon partly out of a desire to provide for her. His right-hand-man Leozack has a sister that he's highly protective of and vice-versa.
    • Soundwave is extremely protective of his cassettes and views them as family, flying in an Unstoppable Rage or Villainous BSOD if they're ever hurt or killed. They return the favor and are incredibly loyal to him.
    • In the Wings Of Honor continuity, it's mentioned that Swindle had a relationship with Thunderblast in the past. They're not together by the time of the story, but he clearly still likes her, given that he named a weapon of his after her.

    Video Games 
  • Baldur's Gate proffers a few examples of this trope.
    • Big Bad Sarevok loved his foster mother when he was a child, because she was genuinely good to him. His foster father strangled her with a garrotte in front of him over infidelity; years later, Sarevok would have him killed in the same manner.
      • Sarevok also has two lovers, Tamoko and Cythandria, both of whom are evil themselves. Cythandria loves him unconditionally because of his evil, but Tamoko wants him to end his Evil Plan to become a god to stay with her. When Sarevok discovers Tamoko has been undermining his efforts, he sends her out to die in battle with the player; in the sequel, though an unfinished quest from ToB would show that he felt remorse for it, and in his epilogue he takes her body back to Kara-Tur (her homeland) to bury her.
      • Additionally, Tamoko had a little brother, Yoshimo, who appeared in the sequel because he came West looking for her.
      • It's implied Sarevok really did care about his Evil Mentor, Winksi Perorate. He ended up killing him for forcing him into a retreat, but in ToB he threatened to make a character "regret it" if they kept saying bad things about him.
    • The Player Character can choose an evil alignment and still genuinely care about others. They can have Villainous Friendships with the likes of Korgan Bloodaxe and Edwin Odesseiron, choose to keep their little sister Imoen around as a Morality Pet and have a romance with one of three evil characters — Viconia De Vir, Dorn Il-Khan or Hexxat.
      • Viconia had a Morality Pet herself — her brother, Valas. He ended up suffering for it when she escaped the Underdark for the surface, which haunts her to this day.
      • Dorn was with an adventuring party before he joined the player, and even had a relationship with one of them. They betrayed him and left him to die or take all the blame for the crimes of the group, which stung Dorn badly. He eventually made a Deal with the Devil to become a blackguard, allowing him to break out of prison and take his revenge on them. He is noticably bitter and angry when he fights each of them.
      • Hexxat notes that her mother was always away from home, which led to her being raised by her many aunts. Despite now being evil (and a vampire), she remembers them fondly, and admits they are not responsible for the woman she is now.
  • Dragon Age series:
    • 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.
    • Apparently, Arl Howe is this, too. When you meet his son Nathaniel in Awakening, he plans to kill your PC for murdering his dear dad. Nathaniel, though, didn't know exactly what his father was up to when he wasn't with his family.
    • 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 III 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 imprisoned 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 fought 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. As the sequel shows, the Overlord stayed loyal to Rose.
    • 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.
  • Present among Dark-Side characters who choose to partake in a Romance Sidequest in Star Wars: The Old Republic, but it's especially notable for the Sith. Dark-sided Warriors are typically ruthless, bloodthirsty, intolerant of failure, and quite possibly cannibals; dark-sided Inquisitors are typically Magnificent Bastards and Social Darwinists who love electrocuting people and take sarcasm to Jerkass levels. This doesn't stop them from genuinely loving their chosen paramour.
    • Darth Malak is shown in supplementary materials to have once had a wife named Eleena Daru, who he loved with all his heart and vice versa. When Eleena was held hostage, Malak immediately surrendered to save her life. This incident leads to him forcing himself to remorsefully kill her, as the Sith code holds that all personal attachments must be severed and his enemies would use her against 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 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! Sadly, the former seven are no longer his biological children, but it's still pretty sweet to see how he treats them, so the theory that they are his adopted kids is definitely not out of the picture.
  • 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 his daughter Jing-King, whose distress is the driving force of the third episode in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. He even joins up with the Cooper Gang for her sake.
  • In Sengoku Basara 3 we have Otani Yoshitsugu, a leprous, Misanthrope Supreme Evil Sorcerer whose stated goal in life is to make every other human being just as miserable as he is. Yet, despite all this, he remains completely loyal and dedicated to Ishida Mitsunari, because Mitsunari is already miserable and very good at spreading said misery around. When Mori and Ieyasu make him realize 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: The Third 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.
  • Castlevania's Dracula genuinely loved both of his wives; it was their deaths that prompted him to go evil. Twice. In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, he expresses remorse upon finding out that his actions go against his second wife's last words. He is also rather fond of his son Alucard, even though Alucard has sworn to oppose him.
    • In the Lords of Shadow continuity, Dracula's love for his wife and son is stated to be the only pure human emotion he has left.
  • 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 Renegade Shepard can be played this way (though 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 the spot (often in rather painful ways) and be a jerk. But at the same time s/he can be shown to care deeply about one or more of his/her squadmates and beat the 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. Furthermore, in Fallout: New Vegas, it is found out that ED-E was built by an Adams AFB scientist named Whitley, who was also probably killed.
  • The Big Bad of Radiant Historia. 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 111one 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 Jack's daughter who 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 and replaces his contempt for you for burning hatred. In the case of Nisha, his girlfriend, when you kill her he's more confused by the fact that her death actually pisses him off.
  • In Star Stealing Prince, Edgar and Lina are both nasty pieces of work. But when you defeat either of them in the Dual Boss fight, the one still standing becomes very distraught, showing that at the very least their love for each other was genuine.
  • Metal Gear: Revovler Ocelot may be one of the worst of the lot, but every single thing he did was out of love for Big Boss.
  • Shanath is one of the evilest characters (Though not without a Freudian Excuse) in Baten Kaitos Origins, but he genuinely loves his daughter Savyna.
  • As evil as Alexia Ashford is in Resident Evil: Code: Veronica, she genuinely loves her brother Edward and is pissed right off that Claire and Steve killed him.
  • In Robopon, Dr. Zero loves his brother, Dr. Zeke, their dog, and his father.
  • In The Legend of Zelda, not only does Ganon love his mortal mothers Twinrova, but the Oracle games show Twinrova to be equally devoted to him. When their intended sacrifice for a resurrection rite gets rescued, they choose to sacrifice themselves instead to complete the rite. It... almost works.
  • Manfred von Karma in the Ace Attorney series is completely ruthless and will murder over the slightest insult, but as seen by the way he keeps making positive offhand remarks about them and how they turned out, he dotes on his wife, daughters, and even adopted son Edgeworth (actually the son of one of his enemies).
  • In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the mother son/ husband wife duo of Towa and Mira really do seem to care for each other.
  • Pagan Min, the psychotic dictator of Kyrat in Far Cry 4 had his lover Ishwari and their daughter Lakshmana, both of whom he loves dearly and the deaths of whom he claims drove him to become what he is today (though he admits he probably would have ended up like that anyways). There's also Ajay, the main character, who is the son of Ishwari and who Pagan wants to basically turn into a surrogate son. He even claims the torture Yuma is going to subject Ajay to in Durgesh Prison is "tough love" and needs to be done for his own good.

  • 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; 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, 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.
      • In his defence, Redcloak regretted that decision afterwards, and still does. He's now tied himself to his Mission from God at the wrist because abandoning it would mean that he killed his brother for nothing. Further, the reason Redcloak is working with Xykon in the first place is that paladins from Azure City killed everyone in his village, including his mentor, his parents and his little sister, which has left him with a lasting vendetta against humanity, Azure City in particular, and a seething hatred of paladins.
    Miko Miyazaki: Pfft! As if the bonds of family had any meaning to a soulless nihilist who seeks to undo creation.
    Redcloak: Proof once more that you paladins have zero ranks in the Knowledge (What the Hell You're Talking About) skill.
    • 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. However, it's a bit more complicated than that: Tarquin supports Elan because he wrongly thinks he's the Big Bad of the piece and therefore a legendary enemy for The Hero (Elan in his Wrong Genre Savvy way of thinking) to overcome, and kills his other son, Elan's twin Nale, on account of his belief that Elan has outgrown him as a recurring adversary.
      • Though it bears mentioning that beforehand, Nale killed Malack, Tarquin's best friend, and boasted about making him suffer as he died straight to Tarquin's face, which Tarquin cites as his reason just after stabbing him ("What did you think the price for killing my best friend was going to be?"). And even before that, Tarquin finally gave him a Last-Second Chance at reconciliation, which Nale proceeded to right throw back into his facenote .
    • 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, that he takes Durkon and bites him to turn him into a new one.
      • Those three offspring? Nale killed them. As such, Malack is out for Nale's blood, and if not for Tarquin's intervention he would have had it by now.
    • 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.
      • Nale is also willing to attempt to fight barehanded against a vamped Durkon to protect Zz'dtri.
    • 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.
    • One of the ways Tarquin controls his soldiers is by threatening their families. On top of that, however, at one point one of the soldiers is about to do something that will make Tarquin mad, and one of the other soldiers is quick to stop him to keep him safe. Even random evil mooks are friendly with each other.
  • 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.
    • Gamzee himself could also qualify in regards to Calliope. During his interactions with her as a young child, she's shown to be quite the Daddy's Girl, and he has a genuine, non-psychotic smile on his face as he hugs her.
    • Deconstructed with Vriska's feelings for Tavros. Her confused feelings of love and poor social skills leads to her abusing and bullying him, expecting him to develop a backbone. Eventually he does stand up to her, but only after she attempts something so bad that he can't stand by and allow it, leading to her killing him.
      • Played straight later on when Vriska enters a happy relationship with the similarly jerkish Meenah. It's rather telling about both characters that the only genuine and healthy relationship they could find was with someone who was also a borderline sociopath.

    Web Originals 
  • 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.
    • King Cold, unlike the original series, is also visibly pissed when Future Trunks kills Freeza.
    • Mr. Popo actually misses Kami after he fuses with Piccolo.
  • 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.
  • Friendship is Dragons features Rainbow Dash as a Chaotic Evil invoked 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.
  • Worm has a couple examples. The supervillain Marquis cares deeply and sincerely about his daughter Amy, putting her wellbeing and happiness ahead of his criminal enterprises and his own life.
    • Similarly, the white supremacist supervillain Purity cares deeply about her daughter and goes out of her way to take care of her stepson.
    • A much creepier example is Bonesaw, an incredibly screwed up little girl who treats the other members of the Slaughterhouse Nine, a band of psychopathic spree killers, like a family.
  • The Dark from Brennus is the most powerfull supervillain in the world. He is also a caring father and a Benevolent Boss.
  • Tom Collins of Demo Reel has a girlfriend and treats his film company like his family. When they all leave him for acting like an obsessive ex with Donnie, he takes it out on Rebecca and Tacoma, destroying the movie they made for their friend.
  • Needless to say, given the premise of the school's neutrality, this figures highly in the Whateley Universe. Some villains are more protective than others, however: both Strega and Dr. Diabolik both go to great lengths to protect their families, while Gizmatic, the Troll Bride, and the Bell Witch... not so much.
    • Lady Havoc was a Mad Scientist with a severe mental illness and a body count in the dozens. She had escaped from prison years before, and was on the run, all the while building weird science devises and going on rampages. Yet she risked everything to save her father's life from a terminal illness. Later, she made a deal to turn herself in if the local superheroes would help her save her younger brother from a sadistic supervillain who was holding him hostage... and kept her word afterwards.
  • Teshirock from Noob who turns out to have gone into his villainous activities in hope to restore communication with his estranged son in the first place. He also seems to care deeply about his guildmates from the time he was an actual player, to the point of still being on good terms with the one that turned to Real Money Trade and asking his guild master to stop playing upon realizing that he has a mental condition that makes him a great MMORPG player, but can also cause an unhealthy level of addiction to the game.

    Western Animation 
  • Xanatos of Gargoyles is extremely protective of his son Alexander and loves his wife Fox (who herself wasn't exactly a hero). When Oberon asks them to give up their son, it does not go too well.
    Xanatos: "Now you know my weakness."
    Goliath: "Only you would regard love as a weakness."
    • This also counts for several members of the Third Race, even if they tend to be more chaotic than straightforwardly villainous. Oberon and Titania clearly care about each other, and Titania also has a good relationship with her daughter Fox, at least before she started scheming. Puck, likewise, is an Honorary Uncle in the Xanatos family. The Weird Sisters, who may have been the real Big Bads of the series, considered Demona and Macbeth "our responsibility" and "our children" (or claimed to, at least).
    • Demona herself, who clearly loves her (heroic) daughter Angela—but unfortunately, this just gives her more rationalization for Killing All Humans.
  • In Teen Titans there was the case of Kitten and her boyfriend Fang.
  • Avatar The Last Airbender:
    • Azula loves her father Ozai and is a Well Done Daughter Girl just like Zuko, albeit one who's used to getting the attention she craves. She also loves her mother, Ty Lee and Mai, though because of Ozai's teachings these feelings are twisted.
    • Iroh genuinely cared for his son Lu Ten and his brother's kids. However, he spends the series being a Cool Old Guy, so this only applies when he was the Fire Nation's foremost commander.
    • The Warden of the Boiling Rock values his prison's reputation above everything else, but he also loves his niece Mai he's angry at Zuko for breaking up with her, and when she facilitates an escape from his prized prison, and was arrested, he pulled some strings to help in her release.
    • This trope is the sole reason Zuko took so very long to perform his Heel-Face Turn. He loved his father and wanted nothing more than to return to when his family was happy together.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • The two villainous brothers, Noatak (Amon) and Tarrlok genuinely care for one another in terribly warped ways, Noatak taking Tarrlok with him to restart his anti-bending regime as a family, and Tarrlok committing Murder-Suicide to save his brother from himself.
    • And then there's their father, Yakone, who despite his cruelty ended up in a northern water tribe, with a wife who loved him just as much as he loved her.
    • Eska may not be very nice, but she still loves her brother.
    • Zaheer and P'Li's romance is very sincere and almost sweet. When she dies, he seems genuinely heartbroken. Indeed, losing her as his last material attachment allows him to "embrace the void" and achieve unaided flight.
    • In Book Four, Bataar Beifong Jr. is Kuvira's Dragon, but also her genuinely loving fiancé. Additionally, although the rift between him and the rest of his family is considerable, he cares enough about his little sister Opal to panic when he sees her right in the middle of a superweapon testing target. Sadly, Kuvira values her Empire more than him, so when he's captured by the heroes as a bargaining chip she nukes their location with the spirit cannon.
  • Kale in Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, otherwise cold and heartless, genuinely cares for her dragon, calling it her "big baby" as his "momma".
  • Mr. Boss, from Codename: Kids Next Door, despite siding with Father and claiming to be a child-hater, has 3 kids of his own that he marks as an exception to his hatred. One of his kids is Fanny, a.k.a. Numbuh 86 of the Kids Next Door themselves, no less. In turn, Numbuh 86 also unconditionally loves her father, despite being one of the most militant, borderline Knight Templar KND agents.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: In "Humiliation 101", Jenny tries to avert an embarrassing presentation by her mother. She calls up her entire Rogues Gallery only to find they're all too busy to come to Earth and make a scene. The last on her list is Skippy the Wonder Puppet:
    • And in "Planet of the Bikers", the Dominatrix Space Bikers turn out to be a respectable elementary school staff on their home planet, and the mention that one has a kid on the way even causes Jenny to D'awww.
  • Oroku Saki of the 2003 version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has one shred of humanity in the fact he truly loves his adopted daughter Karai.
  • Hoggish Greedly from Captain Planet and the Planeteers may be a supervillain, but he truly loves his son Junior. The one time his polluting put his son in harm's way, he performed an Enemy Mine with the Planeteers to fix it.
  • The first most prominent antagonist of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy had Nergal who went on to marry Billy's aunt, Aunt Sis, and produce their son, Nergal Jr - Billy's cousin. He still remained a villain, but was considerably more easy on Billy and often spoke of his love for his wife.
  • Although his evil can be debatable, Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb deeply cares for both his daughter AND his arch-nemesis. For the former he spent years looking for a doll she wanted and the latter is a Friendly Enemy; when Heinz isn't doing anything evil, they hang out in his suburban backyard.
  • The Monarch and his wife Doctor Miss The Monarch (formerly Doctor Girlfriend before she got married) are frequently considered the strongest, most loving relationship in the entire Venture Brothers show, even if they are deranged supervillains.
  • The X-Men: Evolution version of Mystique seems to genuinely care for her son, Kurt, despite trying to take out the rest of the X-Men.
  • Cybron from Skysurfer Strike Force has a very low list of morals being the show's Big Bad and trying to use his Bioborgs to take power by force. However, he loves his daughter Cerina so much, he practically begged the Skysurfers to save her.
  • Knock Out, the Deadly Decepticon Doctor from Transformers Prime, cares when it comes to his partner Breakdown. In "Tunnel Vision", when he mentions Breakdown's death he becomes visibly saddened, and later on in "The Human Factor", Knock Out is overjoyed when he thinks Breakdown is alive, only to become furious when he finds Silas/Cylas running around in Breakdown's corpse, wanting to dissect Silas/Cylas. He gets his wish at the end of the episode, though a later episode reveal that he came up with a better way to honor Breakdown's memory and punish Silas/Cylas.
    • Dreadwing is also bent on revenge when he finds out Optimus killed his brother Skyquake, and more so when he finds out Starscream desecrated his corpse by raising him as a dark energon zombie. In the end, his loyalty to Skyquake's memory is greater than his loyalty to the Decepticons, and Megatron kills him to save Starscream.
    • It's hinted rather strongly that Soundwave cares for Laserbeak. When the drone sent him an S.O.S., Soundwave drops everything and leaves immediately to go assist it, even though there was absolutely no reason he couldn't have taken a moment to finish off Wheeljack first. He also seems to be friendly with Megatron, though whether it's actually friendship or a more professional sense of loyalty (and appreciation for that loyalty on Megatron's part) remains to be seen.
    • Predaking was the first Predacon clone made, and cares deeply for the Predacons to come after him. When his fellow Predfacons were destroyed before their lives could even begin, he swore a similar extinction on those responsible.
    • In The Transformers Season 3, the closest thing to Decepticons having loved ones is how Cyclonus behaves towards Galvatron, who despite all the abuse Galvatron dishes out to his Second-in-command, is undyingly loyal and seems to genuinely care about his Leader.
      • If friendship counts (though some fans like to read Ho Yay into it), Starscream's bond with Skyfire is an example. Skyfire is a walking relic of Starscream's youth, before he had committed himself to evil, and he's the only character we ever see Screamer act sincerely nice to. When Skyfire "betrays" Starscream by refusing to be a Decepticon, note  the last vestige of decency in Starscream dies.
  • Abraham Kane, the Big Bad of Motorcity, has his daughter Julie. He doesn't know she's a Burner and the Burners don't know she's his daughter.
    • Most notable in the finale when Mike Chilton pretends to take her hostage.
  • In Adventure Time, we have two examples of this:
    • Hunson Abadeer is one of the most evil entities in the series (which is saying a lot, considering this is Adventure Time we're talking about) and he was sad when he found out that Marceline still begrudges him for eating her fries by hearing the Fry Song.
    • Ice King has his penguin, Gunther, whom he always carries around with him, and more or less all the other Gunthers in the Ice Kingdom. Also, before he was Ice King, he had his fiancée, Betty, whom he always called his "princess" and was visibly and verbally heartbroken when he left her.
  • In Young Justice, Cheshire genuinely cares for her younger sister Artemis, even saving her life mid-battle. She even names her daughter after Artemis' middle name. In season two, it appears that Black Manta has grown to care for his son, Aqualad.
  • Futurama: "Whenever I said, "Kill all humans," I would always whisper, "Except one." Fry was that one."
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Heloise is the most competent villain on the show, but she still genuinely cares about Jimmy.
  • A one-off gag in Batman: The Animated Series had Detective Bullock undercover as a Mall Santa, and got this little surprise.
    Bullock: Wait, your dad's "Mad-Dog", er, Mike McSweeney?
    • This gave him enough of a guilt trip that he hands the little girl some money out of his wallet to buy her father a present – so long as it's not a nail file.
    • This was the series that also invented Mister Freeze's tragic back story about trying to revive his cryogenically frozen wife.
    • The Joker sometimes seems to care about Harley Quinn, though that seems Subverted by the end of the series. Harley, however, has a legitimate friendship with Poison Ivy and other Arkham inmates. At one point the Joker is planning to blow up the city, but Batman gets Harley to rebel by reminding her about them—not to mention her pet hyenas.
    Harley: *gasp* The babies!
  • Wunschpunsch: Bubonic and Tyrannia might hate each other and have no qualms about casting evil spells (despite being usually too lazy to start before their supervisor shows up) but love their respective pets. Then again, unlike their book counterparts, they don't know said pets are the ones who ruin their spells.
  • On Justice League Unlimited, the Huntress is an Anti-Hero on a quest to avenge her murdered parents; the irony is that her father, while very loving to her, was a crime boss who was usurped by one of his own nastier lieutenants. She ultimately finds herself unable to go through with it when she discovers that the murderer has a young son whom he loves just as much.
  • In The Simpsons, Chester "Snake Jailbird" Turley might be one of the well-known criminal, often taking actions dealing with convenience stores thanks to Moe stealing Mayan coin Snake had found while working as an archaeologist and planned on given them to a museum, but he’s surprisingly a good father towards his son, Jeremy, even if it means sharing in his ‘current’ business.
    Jeremy: [riding away on a stolen bike] "I'm stealing, Daddy! I'm stealing!"
    Snake: [wipes away a tear] "That's my little dude…"
  • In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it's made clear in the end that brothers Darth Maul and Savage Opress cared for each other.
    • Otherwise ruthless hunter Garnac is shown to have a son named Yung Dar who he cares about deeply and is training in the ways of hunting. When Ashoka accidentally kills Yung Dar in self defense Garnac completely loses it, screaming madly while shooting at her and shouting "YOU KILLED MY SON!" over and over. This event transforms the previously impersonal conflict between Garnac and Ashoka into a bitter and personal hunt for revenge on Garnac's part.
  • Darkly subverted in the Batman Beyond episode "Ascension". Derek Powers' son Paxton initially seems concerned for his father's health and safety. Paxton later reveals that he purposely set up the protest by the Verdeza activists in order to expose his father as Blight. He then hired Batman to search for Blight pretending to plan to help him when he was actually intent on killing Blight and taking control of the company for himself.
  • Even though the eponymous dog in Mr Pickles Good Boy is a demonic psychopath who regularly kills people, frightens and/or has sex with other animals, and conducts satanic rituals in his doghouse, he seems to genuinely care about Tommy.
  • In The Little Rascals episode "Tiny Terror", even though Butch is a bully, he is fiercely protective of his baby brother.

...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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