->Ellen, with this I am certain. A peace-loving idiot is much scarier than anyone with dementia. Let's check it our way.
-->-- '''Sir Isaac Ray Peram Westcott''', ''LightNovel/DateALive''

Bad guys aren't usually pacifists, [[TechnicalPacifist technical]] or [[ActualPacifist otherwise]]. Even if their goals don't necessarily require force (such as embezzlement or fraud), then there's still a good chance they either resort to violence or indicate that violence is a desirable option for them ("You cross me, you're finished.") in the course of the story. Being any sort of pacifist is generally a sign the villain is an AntiVillain, HarmlessVillain, or at least AffablyEvil.

Please list only aversions and subversions. Compare and Contrast TheUnfought, where the villain may or may not be pacifist, but the main character never fights him. Contrast ConMenHateGuns.
!!Aversions and Subversions:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Aiber from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is a conman who absolutely abhors violence of any kind.
* Akio Ohtori from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' avoids violence to the last moment, preferring to talk his victims down. He only grabs a sword personally when the heroine leaves him absolutely no choice, and even then he leaves the ''coup de grace'' [[spoiler:to his sister.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is said to be a pacifist and a vegetarian, although his final plan for world peace isn't exactly non-violent. However, this being ''Watchmen'', he's really more of an AntiVillain, and whether what he does is considered "evil" is open to interpretation.
** Rorschach does point out that Hitler was also a vegetarian, averting HitlerAteSugar while reinforcing this trope.
** Not totally pacifistic, as he was also [[spoiler:a former super hero.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Sandman tries to talk Spider-Man out of battling him.
* Grí­ma Wormtongue in ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'' is notably in favour of peace... or at least of Rohan refraining from military action. However, this is [[TheMole just an act]] to allow his true master, Saruman, to pillage Rohan's countryside and slaughter its people with impunity.
* In the Creator/ValLewton film ''The Seventh Victim'' the antagonists are pacifist [[spoiler: Satanists]] who refuse to kill, and instead find ways to drive the title character to kill herself.

* Overlapping with AMillionIsAStatistic, the Komarran terrorists of the novel ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'' are pleasant, non-violent intellectuals who are very distressed when they inadvertently cause the death of a colleague and the other deaths they cause in the novel are similarly accidental. They are also oblivious to the fact that their plan to cut off all interplanetary travel to Barrayar would kill ''millions'' of people via starvation and technological collapse. To be perhaps overly fair, [[NecessarilyEvil they fully expect to be killed for their deeds]], either by Barrayarans or their own countryman who aren't grateful for their actions.
* The ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' infamously has evil pacifists, although they are closer to a [[StrawmanPolitical different trope]].
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Moist von Lipwig]] prided himself on never even carrying a weapon. However, he is more of a LoveableRogue than truly evil, and his EvilCounterpart in the first book did have a lot of people killed, even if he didn't do it himself. Nevertheless, his {{Golem}} parole officer claimed that he had killed 3 and a bit people overall because his crimes indirectly hastened many people's deaths.
** His refusal to carry weapons is not strictly because he's a pacifist, though. He dislikes carrying a weapon because doing so sends the message "if I have to, I WILL fight you", while he would prefer to never raise the stakes that high in the first place. (Basically, carrying a weapon means you are prepared to use it, which, in turn, invites others to use weapons against you. Probably bigger and sharper ones, too.)
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', [[SixthRangerTraitor David]] is a TechnicalPacifist. He refuses to kill any humans, but [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman is fine with killing people that have]] [[{{Animorphism}} shapeshifted into animals]]. [[spoiler:It is later suggested that he might have broken this code to murder Jake's cousin, but since he had already been badly injured in an accident, David might have simply stopped him from getting treatment and left him to die of his own injuries, which by his twisted morality still wouldn't be murder.]]
* Subverted in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' novels, at least initially; [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Nicolae]] [[DesignatedVillain Capathia]] starts his political career as an outspoken pacifist pushing for global disarmament.
* [[DarkActionGirl Lara Raith]] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' tells the protagonist she loves peace and will protect it, and will ultimately strangle him with it. [[PragmaticVillainy This is because]] she's a ManipulativeBitch vampiress who works by seduction and manipulation and whose political power and influence is less useful in disturbed times. She's pretty [[EmotionEater monstrous in her own way]] but usually ends up being the lesser evil.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lord Yuna, of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' who is also an example of TheUnfought, declares himself to be "a scholar and a pacifist," and refuses to fight your characters, although he has no qualms about having people tortured or [[PlayingWithSyringes turned into supernatural monstrosities]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' Decadent Hierarchy AI empires are "pacifists", [[MartialPacifist insofar as they avoid starting wars with their neighbors and generally leave well enough alone]], but their society is utterly dependent upon brutal slavery. To a [[AmbiguouslyEvil lesser extent]], Harmonious Collectives, who also won't start wars, but run their own [[HiddenElfVillage isolated]] societies as {{Totalitarian Utilitarian}}s.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'', Carmen would rather get caught than kill or severely injure anyone while committing her thefts.