->''"We're the Hive Five, and this is our show now!"''
-->-- Jinx, [[HostileShowTakeOver after interrupting the]] ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' opening

A Villain Episode is a type of LowerDeckEpisode or ADayInTheLimelight which focuses on the antagonist. In all cases, the villains get the majority of the screen time. The heroes might not appear at all, or they might appear but get much less screen time than usual. Either way, a villain episode presents an alternative view of the show by showing details of the villains' daily life, their hopes and dreams, and how they interact with their minions during downtime.

In an episodic show, a villain episode is usually used just for the sake of [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent something different]]. For example, if a show normally revolves around a group of heroes fighting a MonsterOfTheWeek, being defeated, learning [[AnAesop a valuable lesson]], and defeating the monster, a Villain Episode shows the villain coming up with an evil scheme, creating a monster specifically to take advantage of [[MonsterOfTheAesop a problem being faced by one of the heroes]], and releasing it, only for it to be defeated again.

In an [[StoryArc arc-based]] show, a villain episode is a good opportunity for CharacterDevelopment. It allows the writers to reveal details about what drives the villain and how they feel about the constant defeats at the hands of the heroes. Often, the villains become more sympathetic after getting such exposure. In quite a few cases, these are considered some of the best episodes by fans.

Sometimes the entire episode will be mostly VillainsOutShopping. Sometimes literally.

Note that in a series with a VillainProtagonist, a Villain Episode would technically be one which focuses primarily on the HeroAntagonist.

See also BreakoutMookCharacter, PerspectiveFlip, SympatheticPOV, VillainShoes, LowerDeckEpisode, and SomethingCompletelyDifferent.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Multiple chapters, as well as one episode of the anime adaptation, could be considered this through their relatively sympathetic focus on the villains. Episode 23 and its counterpart, Chapter 31, focus primarily on [[spoiler: Annie prior to TheReveal that she is the Female Titan]]. Later on in the manga, Chapters 46 through 48 primarily focus on [[spoiler: Reiner and Bertolt]] and provide significant CharacterDevelopment for them.
** Chapters 91-99[[note]]100 is a transition between the "villain" story and the "hero" story[[/note]] are from the point of views of [[spoiler:Reiner and his ChildSoldier subordinates, namely [[GenkiGirl Gabi]] and [[TheWoobie Falco]]]]. It's most definitely a case of making us sympathise with the opposing side, as it contains a ''lot'' of (justified) {{Angst}}.
* In the anime version, Tier Harribel of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' got one of these in the form of a WholeEpisodeFlashback, largely to make up for the fact that in the manga, she's one of the only Espada ranked among the top 6 out of 10 that doesn't either get a fair amount of CharacterDevelopment or a flashback explaining their motives. This episode ended up turning her from possibly the least developed Espada to one of the most developed.
* ''{{Manga/Dorohedoro}}'', in all its [[GreyAndGrayMorality ambiguous]] [[CrapsackWorld glory]], usually has at least one every couple of chapters.
* Any early filler episode of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' features Vegeta and Nappa interrupting their journey to Earth to stretch their legs. They land on a planet of insect people ruled by a tyrant, and allow themselves to be thrown in his arena for their own amusement. They depose the king and leave as heroes - until Vegeta decides the planet won't fetch a decent price and vaporizes it. ''Just'' as the StarcrossedLovers were reuniting.
* Lust from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' received one in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. It's basically scary as shit, depressing as eternal damnation, and a DownerEnding rolled into one Villainous Joint. The episode is "Reunion of the Fallen".
* The "Yoshikage Kira" chapters of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' part 4. Part 4 in particular does this so often with Kira that it seems like half the story is being told from his perspective.
** To a lesser extent, the chapters with Doppio [[spoiler:(who's [[BigBad Diavolo's]] alter-ego)]] in Part 5, particularly the "King Crimson vs. Metallica" sequence.
* King Dedede and Dr. Escargon/Escargoon of ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' have several episodes dedicated to themselves.In "Escar-gone" nobody recognizes Escargoon due to the effect of Boukyakku/Erasem being inside his body. In "Sweet & Sour Puss" Togeira takes away Dedede's ability to get angry and makes him stay calm and friendly through all of the pain inflicted on him by everyone else just to store his anger for one big crazy mega-attack.
* Zenigata (who is a HeroAntagonist) in ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has a television special (''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo''), focusing more on his daily activities as the inspector in the Tokyo Metropolitan, and his successful efforts in arresting a criminal far worse than Lupin. This is also one of the few television specials where he is not as ButtMonkey-ish, but more focus is given on his badass aspects.
* ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' has a few of these. In particular, in the [[AllThereInTheManual second Sound Stage]] of the first season, which featured the backstory of the then [[TheDragon Dragon]] Fate, and in two volumes of the second season's [[ComicBookAdaptation supplementary manga]], which portrayed the daily lives of [[AntiVillain Hayate and the Wolkenritter]], Nanoha didn't even appear at all.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' episode "Separated Sisters", which focused on the Black Beauty Sisters.
* The {{Ecchi}} anime ''Musumet'' did one when it focused on their {{Evil Counterpart}}s.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** After being blown away by Luffy, the ''Manga/OnePiece'' anime spent two episodes following Buggy around as he tries to retrieve the rest of his body and find his crew. This was, at first, a story cover-arc in the manga, but was important enough to warrant the anime to expand on it.
** Other villains (Or members of a QuirkyMiniBossSquad) are given their own cover-story arcs; 'Django's Dance Carnival', which shows Black Cat Pirate Django the Hypnotist joining the Navy, 'Hatchi's Sea-Floor Stroll' where Arlong Pirate Hatchan the fish-man becomes a Takoyaki salesman, 'Wapol's Omnivorous Hurrah'...the list goes on. They also combine these with VillainsOutShopping.
* ''Anime/Persona4GoldenTheAnimation'': Episode 6 "I told you Yu" focuses on the SerialKiller [[spoiler:Adachi]].
* Team Rocket has over a dozen episodes of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' themed around them, individually or as a group. They tend to be considerably more dramatic than other episodes, have an emphasis on their friendship, and [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments be quite sweet]]. More than a few use the {{Recycled Plot}}s of "A member thinks of leaving; drama occurs" and "Pikachu teams up with Meowth".
** "Go West Young Meowth" is Meowth's origin story. He was born in Hollywood and lived [[ParentalAbandonment without any parents]] or a litter for all of his kitttenhood. When he was older he fell for a pampered, pet Meowth but she rejected him. Meowth learned to walk on his hindlegs and speak like a human in order to impress her however that only made her think he was creepy.
** "[[Recap/PokemonS1E48HolyMatrimony Holy Matrimony]]" is about James and his background. It reveals that James comes from a very wealthy family but [[TheRunaway ran away]] as a child to avoid [[ArrangedMarriage marrying]] his abusive fiancee.
** "Meowth Rules" is about Meowth getting stranded on an island that worships Meowth. It turns out they worship Meowth due to their ability to use Pay Day, a move Meowth doesn't know.
** "Sweet Baby James" is a SickEpisode for James' Chimecho that takes place in a Hoenn cottage of James. It's also the introduction of Mime Jr.
** "Noodles! Roamin Off" is Meowth themed episode where Meowth temporarily leaves the team to work at a ramen shop. [[spoiler:Jessie and James also almost get killed by a wild Pokemon.]]
** "Crossing Paths" is a Jessie episode that directly parallels "Butterfree's Goodbye". It deals with Jessie's Dustox falling in love with another Dustox.
** "Dressed for Jess Success" combines this with a SickEpisode. James crossdresses for the first time in years in order to pass as Jessie for a Pokemon Contest.
** "A Fork In The Road! A Parting Of The Ways!" has Jessie falling in love with a doctor and almost leaving Team Rocket.
* ''Anime/SDGundamForce'', season 2 has two episodes that focuses on the QuirkyMiniBossSquad's attempts to survive.
** ''Big Revival! We're the Heroes?!'' stars Zapper Zaku, Grappler Gouf, Destroyer Dom and the Zako Soldiers as they reorganize and try to take over the Gundamusai after their capture at the end of season 1. They are suitably repelled by the Gundam Force.
** ''Genkimaru; Samurai Number One!'' features that same gang wandering around Lacroa's caverns after they fell from the Gundamusai. Meanwhile, Bakunetsumaru discovers Talgeese, thought to be killed by DemonicPossession.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'' there was the Battle City episode featuring [[EvilerThanThou Marik's duel against Bakura.]] Yugi appeared only for brief scenes.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' has occasionally had episodes from the point of view of various Judge Dredd foes, including a series of stories focusing on events from the pasts of the Dark Judges Mortis, Fear, Fire and Death.
* There was a famous issue during Creator/JohnByrne's run on ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' that centered on ComicBook/DoctorDoom and did not feature a single member of the titular team. Creator/MarkWaid's run on the book also included an issue in the same manner, which served as a prelude to an entire arc featuring Doom.
* Issue 4 of ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' ended with Johnny successfully dying at last. The next issue was all about two of his prisoners trying to escape the TortureCellar, with Johnny himself only appearing in a few panels at the very end.
* Although ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' does not have a regular hero ''per se'', the Eisner Award winning story "Show 'Em All" is devoted to showing a typical superhero tale from the villain's perspective.
** And "The Voice of the Turtle" detailed the life story of AntiVillain Mock Turtle.
** Another issue is devoted to a shapeshifting alien spy, who is deciding whether or not he should give a go signal to invade the Earth. [[spoiler: He does]].
** Despite technically being the ''Samaritan Special'', one issue concerns Samaritan's archenemy Infidel far more than his heroic counterpart.
** "The Deep Dark Woods" is this for a lowly {{Mook|s}}.
* One issue of ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'' had a fairly brief sub-story in which ComicBook/LexLuthor thought-balloons about what to get his little nephew Val (apparently part of an estranged family) for his birthday. His {{Mooks}} speculate about what scheme he's working on as Lex demands not to be disturbed in his laboratory, figuring he's coming up with a way to defeat Superman or {{take over the world}}. Lex then dodges police as he surreptitiously delivers his invention to Val's doorstep, and is caught and led away to jail immediately afterwards. Val opens the mysterious package to discover someone has given him a Superman cape that even stretches like the real one. Val is thrilled, but at the end says, [[spoiler: "Too bad it isn't a ''Batman cape''. He's my REAL hero."]]
* There's also the comic book ''Comicbook/LexLuthorManOfSteel'', which goes into Luthor's motivations for opposing the [[HumanoidAliens unknowable alien]] whose [[PhysicalGod effortless superpowers]] make a [[HumansAreSpecial mockery of mankind's efforts]]. Subverts the 'makes them sympathetic' aspect, however, in that while we've gotten a glimpse into how Luthor thinks and what would seem to be a more sympathetic approach to his worldview, it's still made pretty clear that he's evil, and all the worse for it because he's deluded himself into believing he's righteous.
* Several issues of ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' during the ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' crossover event are told from the perspective of Crusader, secretly an advance scout for a Skrull invasion. Key word there -- ''a'' Skrull invasion. The particular Skrull invasion featured in ''Secret Invasion'' was a surprise to even Crusader himself.
** Another issue focused on Johnny Guitar, a z-list villain recruited by ComicBook/NormanOsborn's take on the Initiative to essentially be cannon fodder.
* A "Faces of Evil" FifthWeekEvent from DC consisted of villain spotlight issues of many of their major titles. An earlier FifthWeekEvent was "New Year's Evil".
* Creator/GeoffJohns' run on ''Franchise/TheFlash'' featured periodic issues spotlighting one of the {{Rogues|Gallery}}.
* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]] #85'' focuses entirely on [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The Joker]], who gives a warped-but-mostly-accurate rundown of his history with all three Robins so far.
* An issue of Franchise/GreenLantern, intended to be a prelude to ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', shows us what William Hand's childhood was like and how he eventually became the supervillain Black Hand. The main books in the ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' saga focused on Black Hand's thoughts on each of the emotional spectrum corps at the end of each book in a feature called The Book of Black.
* Creator/PaulCornell made Lex Luthor the main character of ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' for the duration of the "[[ComicBook/TheBlackRing Black Ring]]" story arc.
* Comicbook/DarkReign was basically one long villain episode for Marvel. The ComicBook/DarkAvengers concept was specifically revisited in ''Comicbook/NewAvengers #18'', which centered around ComicBook/NormanOsborn assembling a new incarnation of the group and forging bonds with HYDRA, A.I.M., and the Hand. Not a single hero -- much less an actual member of the Avengers -- appeared in the issue.
* Marvel put out a series of one shots celebrating Comicbook/CaptainAmerica's 70th anniversary. Each one-shot starring one of Cap's allies. However two of these one-shots star two of Cap's villains. One has Crossbones as the protagonist and the other has [[FriendlyEnemy Batroc the Leaper]].
** During Creator/MarkWaid's run there was an issue focusing on the ComicBook/RedSkull ... which was subjected to such ExecutiveMeddling that [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/01/18/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-86/ Waid had his name removed from it.]] (Essentially, Waid's attempt to get into the head of a Nazi was stymied by a ruling that a) the Skull was a CardCarryingVillain, and b) despite this, he [[ButNotTooEvil couldn't actually be racist]].)
* ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic Universe]]'' managed to pull three villain arcs in a row, for a full year's worth of issues.
** The "Scourge: Lockdown" arc is all about [[DarkActionGirl Fiona]] and [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Destructix]] helping [[EvilTwin Scourge]] escape from Zone Jail.
** The "Babylonian Rising" arc was mostly about the Babylon Rogues and the Battle Bird Armada [[EvilVersusEvil competing to get into the Babylonian Gardens.]] Sonic and his friends show up midway, though it's still mostly the villains' story.
** And finally, the "Scrambled" arc is about [[BigBad Eggman]] dealing with [[TheStarscream Snively's]] latest betrayal.
** Post Genesis Wave, we have the "Eggman's Dozen", which focuses on Eggman and his Egg Bosses trying to take back Eggmanland from the Naugus Twins.
* September 2013 was when ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' debuted and was also Villains Month, in which all the heroic ongoing series were replaced with one-shot issues featuring various villains. While many were about [[OriginsIssue the origins of]] [[StartOfDarkness the villains]] ({{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, [[ComicBook/LightsOut Relic]], etc.), some were tie-ins to ''Forever Evil'' ([[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Black Manta]]), and some were [[TakeAThirdOption both]] ([[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Deadshot, Harley Quinn]]).
* Issue #30 of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'', titled "Phase Two", is almost completely told from the perspective of the [[AlienInvasion Evronians]] and [[AiIsACrapshoot Two]].
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' is a five issue mini-series all about various ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' villains and their origins. ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendsForever'' #16 focuses on Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon trying to outdo the Cutie Mark Crusaders. While not nearly as bad as some of the examples on the list, at that point the two had been nothing but antagonistic throughout the franchise.
* Nominally, the ''JLA'' one-shot in Creator/TangentComics was one of these, the Justice League of America being a government agency dedicated to neutralizing superhumans by any means necessary. In practice, the issue is mostly about the heroes the JLA targets (namely Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, the Green Lantern, and the original Atom) fighting them off and forming an alliance; little is learned about the JLA's history, inner workings, or individual motivations.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' has done this quite a few times:
** ''ComicBook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' is essentially a Spider-Man story told from the perspective of the average, D-List supervillains, showing Boomerang and his gang as they try to keep the lights on and eventually get tangled up in a local gang conflict. Spider-Man only appears in (mostly silent) cameos as [[TheDreaded a vague threat feared by many]].
** One issue of Dan Slott's run is told from the perspective of the Sinister Six as they prepare their latest evil plan and get into conflict with another supervillain gang. Spider-Man never appears, only being obliquely mentioned as the Six's enemy.
** Another Slott-penned story was told from Hobgoblin's perspective as he tries to escape or fight off a vengeful ComicBook/NormanOsborn. Hobgoblin later got another spotlight story during ''{{ComicBook/Axis}}'', in which he attempts to [[HeelFaceTurn go straight]] in [[OnlyInItForTheMoney the worst manner possible]].
* Issue 39 of ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' leaves the two protagonist groups (the Lost Light crew and the Scavengers), and instead focuses on the main villains, the Decepticon Justice Division. The issue gives a peek into their everyday lives, shows how they've come to [[TrueCompanions consider each other family]], and explains why they do what they do.
* A notable story in ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' is told from the perspective of the Joker. Specifically it starts immediately ''after'' a typical Batman story, showing how he has to make his way back to his hideout after getting punched off a blimp to his supposed doom [[JokerImmunity for the hundredth time]]. ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' is another notable "spotlight story" for the Joker, showing his point-of-view on his conflict with Batman, MultipleChoicePast, and motivations.
* ''Comicbook/{{Trinity}} (2016)'' #7 stars Comicbook/LexLuthor, Comicbook/RasAlGhul and Comicbook/{{Circe}}, complete with their own versions of the narrative captions Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman usually provide.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* One chapter in FanFic/AeonNatumEngel is focused to the cultists and the citizens of the Order controlled Iceland, and with what will happen later, it will make you feel somewhat sympathetic for them.
* The ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/125998 "IMP"]]. Focuses on one of the eponymous [[TheGoomba imps]], as he keeps getting killed by TheHero and respawning elsewhere, accepting this fate in a happy-go-lucky manner.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4318613/60/The_Tainted_Grimoire Chapter 60]] of FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire focuses on Khamja and Duelhorn ending with Duelhorn [[spoiler: declaring war on Khamja]].
* A planned miniseries for [[FanFic/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRevised ATLAR]] would have introduced and developed Azul, the series' BigBad, leading up to her main-series introduction in the eighteenth chapter, which would've been entirely from her perspective.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' already has Jade as a VillainProtagonist, but chapters still tend to be evenly mixed between focusing on her and on the J-Team's attempts to stop and capture her. Then comes chapter 10, where aside from two very short cameo scenes, the heroes don't show up at all, and the chapter focuses on [[SmugSnake Lung's]] attempts to [[EvilVersusEvil break Jade to his will]], and [[CoDragons Left and Right's]] attempts to save her.
** The following chapter, the heroes likewise barely appear, as the plot focuses on Drago's attempts to [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight alter history]] in his favor -- the heroes do eventually confront him, but only after he's spent the entire chapter [[EvilVersusEvil dealing]] with [[FutureBadass Karasu]] and [[EnigmaticMinion Blankman]]. The rest of the chapter deals with [[SuperpoweredEvilSide The Queen]] consolidating her hold on Jade's mind, and Jade herself recovering from the previous chapter's events.
* [[VideoGame/DieAnstalt Dr Wood]] gets one of these in ''Fanfic/APosseAdEsse''.
* FanFic/TheNuptialverse has "Metamorphosis", which is all about Chrysalis reflecting on her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 recent defeat]], remembering her StartOfDarkness, and finally [[SequelHook swearing revenge]].
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse'', the last third of ''Luna and Celestia: Unwanted Half'' is written from the perspective of the BigBad [[spoiler: Nightmare Phobia]].
* Three different chapters of ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' have focused on [[EvilCounterpart the Anti-SOS Brigade]]. Chapter 39 is a story about what would happen if Sasaki found a Manga/DeathNote. Chapter 64 makes fun of the LoveDodecahedron trope by applying it to the Anti-SOS Brigade.[[note]]See AllLoveIsUnrequited for details.[[/note]] However, the greatest example is Chapter 84, named "Fun Times with the Unfab Four", which contains three short stories that, put together, tell the story of [[VillainsOutShopping the Anti-SOS Brigade members' daily lives]], written specifically for his friends, who are fans of the Anti-SOS Brigade.
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', the chapter "A Common Enemy Without A Common Cause" focuses on the [=SUEs=] ({{Parody Sue}}s who are in opposition to [[Anime/MaiHime the Himes]]), specifically what would have happened if they had been forced to work together. [[spoiler:They end up killing each other before they even encounter the Himes]].
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', the fifth chapter of "The Evil Gods Part 1" has Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}} meeting with Satan, who demands that he kill Jerry and says that there is [[TheMole a traitor]] among the Prayer Warriors.
* The ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' side story/sequel "Another Happy Mother's Day" is written from the perspective of [[BigBad Checker Monarch]] [[spoiler: after her defeat and [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness decent into insanity]] at the end of the main fic]].
* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', the first half of the [[BadFuture Dark World Series]] is this, taking place from the [[CoDragons Chaos Six's point of view]] and not switching over to a heroic POV until Twilight's HeelFaceTurn.
** [[spoiler:"A Fading Future" (not the RecursiveFanfiction "Fading Futures", though it's basically the same with an AlternateEnding), which revolves around [[GreaterScopeVillain Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]]'s StartOfDarkness. While she starts a heroine, by the end she's [[FaceHeelTurn become a villain]] and [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget forgot the reason she reset time in the first place]].]]
** [[spoiler:"Nightmare House", which involves Nightmare Eclipse and her [[ThePsychoRangers Psycho Rangers]] discussing an attempt by Eclipse to find a Nightmare of Rarity and failing, then her interacting with Nightmare Mirror. In a twist, we're shown them trying to imitate their old lives to some degree...and failing due to what they've become.]]
* A lot of chapters from ''FanFic/BadFutureCrusaders'' focus entirely on the villains and shows that a lot of them (particularly the {{Mooks}}) are actually fairly decent and reasonable ponies. Even the high-ranked characters like [[TheDragon Princess Dinky]] and [[TheDreaded Captain Rumble]] are shown to have redeeming qualities.
* ''FanFic/EquestriasFirstHuman'': The prequel story ''Tale of Hellfire'' explains how the titular character [[spoiler: lost his family to a dragon]], lost his mind, and became the maniac who would threaten Ponyville in the first story.
* The final released chapter of ''FanFic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless'', "The Doctor and the Chaotician", takes place from the villains' point of view. It also explains a few inconsistencies within the story, such as how Eggman got Discord in the first place, where King Sombra's horn came from, how the additional characters were added to the cast, and how Eggman was controlling Trixie during her duel with Twilight.
* Several [[ExpandedUniverse tie-in oneshots]] of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' put the focus on the bad guys. The Cipher, Guzma and Black Rose Tournament Interludes depict what they're up to in the present time, while the Dakim, Twenty Gyarados Bill, Sabrina and Mars Gaidens focus more on their origins and [[StartOfDarkness how they came into villainy]].

* In a Russian movie ''The Secret of the Snow Queen'', said Queen has many in-built episodes in which her personality is explored.

* The ''Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct'' novel ''He Who Hesitates'' is told from the POV of the murderer with the cops who are the usual protagonists of the series only appearing when they cross the killer's path.
* ''Visser,'' of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, is told from the perspective of Visser One as she's put on trial [[EvilVersusEvil by Visser Three]] and their bosses, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Council of Thirteen]]. It provides back story about how she began the invasion of Earth and reveals some startling details about her motives.
** Individual chapters of ''Hork-Bajir Chronicles'' are written from the perspective of Esplin Nine-Four-Double-Six, the Yeerk that would later become Visser Three (and, even later, the ''other'' Visser One).
* The ninth ''{{Literature/Everworld}}'' book, ''Inside the Illusion,'' is told from [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]]'s point of view. Not only does she manage to play some impressive XanatosSpeedChess against [[BigGood Merlin]], the readers find out that [[spoiler:she plans to take over Everworld by importing a cult of gun nuts who think she's a god]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' acts as this for Lord Voldemort. Several chapters are devoted to flashbacks to his childhood and journey to villainy. Ironically he doesn't actually appear in this book in the present time. The second book ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' dabbles in this as well - with TheReveal being that [[spoiler: the boy Tom Riddle we've heard so much about ''is'' Voldemort's teenage self]].
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''[[Literature/MasqueradeCycle Nemesis]]'' is this to the Weatherlight Saga, set almost entirely in and around the Stronghold as various characters attempt to fill an EvilPowerVacuum.
* The ''Literature/NightWatch'' series novel ''Day Watch'' centers upon and is told from the perspective of the members of the Day Watch, who would be the bad guys of any other series. Anton and the other Night Watch protagonists are relegated to secondary roles.
* In ''Literature/{{Relativity}},'' the story "Rune" is the origin story of the villain, and aside from a couple of extremely brief appearances from the major characters, the entire focus is on Rune himself.
* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' has the Atrocity Tales, which are short story prequels about the beginnings of the villains.
* The ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Literature/TheFinalReflection'' served as this. Nowadays a ''Star Trek'' novel from the Klingon point of view would hardly be considered a Villain Episode, but it was published [[TheEighties in 1984]], well before their status as a ProudWarriorRace had been codified.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** The ''Literature/DarthBane'' trilogy was largely an example in that it revolved around the titular Sith Lord and his apprentice.
** Similarly the novel ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' revolved around the Sith Lord and his apprentice Palpatine.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, a novel called ''The Pillars of Creation'' deals with two half-siblings of the main protagonist. He has no idea they even exist until they meet towards the very end of the book, when the main cast [[DeusExMachina shows up]] to interact with them. The only main character of the series to show up in the novel at any point up to that is the main antagonist (to manipulate the half-siblings) and the [[BadassBookworm First Wizard]], who [[StuffBlowingUp blows up]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction half the big bad's army]] in one scene. But, other than that [[BestKnownForTheFanservice one scene]], the novel was the second-worst of the series.
* For ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' the short story "River of Souls", comprised of material cut for pacing and worldbuilding reasons from the final book[[note]] it was felt to be jarring to jump to a POV halfway around the world during the beginning of the GrandFinale, and also since it took place in a region Robert Jordan had only loosely outlined, Brandon Sanderson had to do a lot more worldbuilding than normal for it as well[[/note]], that focuses on fan-favorite villain Demandred and deal with his rise to power [[spoiler: in Shara]].
* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', the chapters written from Hexarchate [=POVs=] are sometimes interspaced with messages one of the heretics is sending to another.
* The Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse short story anthology ''The Missy Chronicles'' focuses on the titular ArchEnemy of the Twelfth Doctor. Some stories are standalone adventures, while others lead into, happen parallel to, or take place during a TimeSkip of the televised continuity, filling in details about how she hatched certain schemes or made important decisions in her episodes. A key point is that the Doctor himself never appears, although his presence is sometimes alluded to (as in "Lords and Ladies", which is set during the events of "Heaven Sent") and the final story "Alit in Wonderland" has him as a significant offscreen presence (as it's set during the two-week TimeSkip in "The Doctor Falls").

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'':
** The episode "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E17Tricksters Tricksters]]" of ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' is partially one. While the main plot involves the Flash and his allies foiling the latest villain of the week, the subplot is a series of flashbacks which [[spoiler:tell the story of how the Reverse-Flash got stuck in the present (as he is from the future) and how he took the identity of an innocent scientist in order to kickstart the events of the series proper]].
** The ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "Legion of Doom" is mostly about the partnership between the three villains, and shows them going from a state of constant jockeying for position and resenting needing each other's help to actually working together. The Legends themselves appear throughout the episode, but while their storyline is important to the [[AnArc Arc]], it doesn't involve any actual superheroing.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "The Corps Is Mother, The Corps Is Father", which focused on Bester and the Psi Corps. The opening is even [[SpecialEditionTitle modified]] replacing the Babylon 5 shield with the Psi Corps insignia.
* The ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' episode "Downloaded" for the Cylons, and later an entire villain movie ("The Plan"), focusing mainly on Cavil.
* The ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "Hermanos" gives some special focus on [[Creator/GiancarloEsposito Gus Fring]], showing his backstory.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The fifth-season episode "Fool For Love" focuses on Spike and his backstory. At that time, present-day Spike [[VillainDecay wasn't that much of a villain any more]], but flashback-Spike certainly was. "Who Are You" focused on Faith.
** One half of the Season 9 comic ''The Hero Of His Own Story'' focuses on the pasts of Pearl and Nash and Whistler explains his backstory to Angel in the other half.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "True Night" is arguably an example of this, as it has about 75% of the screentime going to the killer. We don't even get to see the BAU deliver the profile, which is otherwise a OncePerEpisode occurrence. Instead, we see the different parts of the profile on a whiteboard in the police station when the killer is brought in.
* ''{{Series/CSI}}'':
** The episode "Killer" - as its title suggests, it focused on the murderer.
** The later episode "Working Stiffs" also has the perp as the main character.
* The eighth episode of ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'', "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E8ShadowsInTheGlass Shadows in the Glass]]", gives special focus on [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk]], telling his backstory, exploring more about the difficulties he's facing, and developing his relationship with his love interest Vanessa.
* The ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "The Prussian Officer" is one for the SS officer Reinicke. It expands Reinicke's backstory and puts him in a difficult situation that the viewer can empathise with -- which he then handles badly, because he's Reinicke, leaving the viewer feeling sorry for Reinicke ''and'' confirmed in the opinion that he's a terrible human being whose sorrows are his own doing as much as anyone else's.
* The third-season ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode 'Incubator' focused on [[BigBad Scorpius]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast his backstory]], [[CharacterFocus and how he came to be the person he is]].
* The ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' episode "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?" is partly told from the perspective of one of [[{{Mooks}} the Shapeshifters]], named Ray Duffy. The episode spends a significant amount of time developing Duffy, showing that he started a family while in his current disguise and steadily [[BecomingTheMask became the mask]]. He's established as a tragic and reluctant figure who's secretly scared of both being called back into duty (he would have to change forms again and thus be separated from his family) and that his family would view him as a monster if they learned his true origins. [[spoiler: In the end he's murdered by Thomas Jerome Newton after his clash with Fringe Team, as Newton realizes that Duffy won't willingly aid him anymore because of his devotion to his family.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** The episode "Company Man", which also served as [[BadassNormal HRG's]] BackStory.
** Also the aptly named ''Villains'' in Volume 3, which served as backstory for that volume's BigBad and expanded it for a few other characters.
* The third-season finale of ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', "The Gas Man".
* ''{{Series/Lost}}'':
** Ben's [[CharacterFocus centric episodes]].
** "Across the Sea" as well, since it gives a sympathetic backstory to the Man in Black.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me". The show's main character Frank Black only appears sporadically, with the episode proper centering on four demons discussing their different strategies about how to spread misery and death. All things considered, [[TheDevilIsALoser these demons are actually pretty lame]].
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has numerous episodes devoted to the villains. They'll usually get two or three per season.
** Rumplestiltskin has "Desperate Souls", which shows how he became the Dark One to save his son from being killed in the Ogre Wars. Later on there's also "The Stranger", which reveals his son's eventual fate and his reason for getting Regina to cast the Dark Curse. He later gets other focus episodes but they don't fit this trope.
** Regina has "The Stable Boy" - where we discover that she grew up with an abusive mother who wanted her to be Queen - going so far as to murder her lover (the titular stable boy). Season 2's "The Doctor" shows her actual FaceHeelTurn in action.
** Cora has "The Miller's Daughter" - revealing that how she went from poor peasant to Prince Henry's wife, as well as her history with Rumplestiltskin.
** TheReveal is that the episode "Think Lovely Thoughts" is one for [[spoiler: Peter Pan]].
** Hook gets one called "Good Form", to a lesser extent since he's already made a HeelFaceTurn by that point.
** Zelena's is "It's Not Easy Being Green", showing how she learned of her true identity and came into her powers. Later on "Kansas" shows that there was a HeelFaceDoorSlam in her past.
** Ingrid's is "The Snow Queen", which reveals what happened to her missing sister Helga and how she got trapped in that urn.
* The second season ''Series/PrisonBreak'' episode "Unearthed" is that show's best example of a Villain Episode; while the audience sees newly-introduced AntiVillain Alexander Mahone operating under the thumb of the series' [[TheDragon dragon]] Kellerman (a new revelation, as he'd previously been portrayed as the InspectorJavert), protagonist Michael digs around into Mahone's DarkAndTroubledPast and [[{{Pun}} unearths]] his deepest, darkest secret.
* One of the "His Story" episodes of ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'' focused on The Janitor; JD was locked in a water tank at the start of the episode and not released until the end.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' shows the POV of a Wraith named Michael in the eponymous episode, which makes the main characters look morally ambiguous if not downright evil for their treatment of the Wraith-turned-human. The sympathies of the audience remain with Michael during most of the episode, and for a large part of the fanbase, well after Michael became a threat to the team in his own right.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', a couple of episodes are concentrated on Jem'Hadar, the Dominion soldiers. And there is one episode where we concentrate on Damar and VU-s... and [[spoiler: shortly afterwards Damar makes a HeelFaceTurn]].
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' two-parter "In A Mirror Darkly" focusing entirely on the MirrorUniverse characters. Complete with [[SpecialEditionTitle different intro scenes]].
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' season 9 episode "Meta Fiction" focuses on the evil Angel who has become the new BigBad. The episode opens as [[BreakingTheFourthWall he directly addresses the audience]] to tell them a story about how he outsmarted the Winchesters and has [[AGodAmI become as omnipotent as a god]]. He proceeds to rewrite everything as he sees fit to cast himself as a "hero" against the "villain" Castiel. Even the intro title is changed to reflect his name instead of that of the show.
* The ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'' series finale episode Eric's POV does this for the most part, focusing on the protagonist's main rival and his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend Eric and his friends. The protagonist and his friends are given subplots and Eric is fleshed out.
* In the fourth-season of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', episodes "Live Bait" and "Dead Weight" focus entirely on the journey of the Governor post Woodbury.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had a few over the years. "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" details the backstory and StartOfDarkness for the titular character (the BigBad for much of the show's run), though how much of it is true is debatable, since it's told from [[ConspiracyTheorist Frohike's]] perspective and parts of it clearly contradict what had been revealed about CSM's past up to that point. "Hungry" and "Orison" both focus on the MonsterOfTheWeek, with Mulder and Scully playing supporting roles and the latter barely appearing at all in "Hungry".

* Music/GloryHammer's two albums are both concept albums, although we don't get to see the villainous Zargotthrax's Point of View until their second album ''Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards'':
** "Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy" is told from Zargothrax' perspective, and this is the Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy talking to him:
-->This magic crystal
-->is the artifact you seek
-->To unleash evil from the sky
-->You must find the portal
-->The crystal is the key
-->All universe alive will die!
** Parts of "Apocalypse 1992" are also narrated by Zargothrax, the [[EvilSorcerer dark sorcerer]] of Auchtermuchty:
-->My ancestral demon army
-->Will ride a cosmic sphere
-->And liberate the multiverse
-->From slavery and fear
-->With the power of the crystal
-->From an ancient galaxy
-->The force of evil will prevail
-->It is my destiny

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* ''Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo Souled Out'', a pay per view put on by the new World order to prove that "Wrestling/{{WCW}} sucks!"
* When Ray González was revealed to be TheMole in IWA Puerto Rico, looking to use his WWC shares to takeover as it's owner, he initially announced the company would now be called Capitol(WWC's old name) and went so far as to put a crude copy of the Capitol logo over the IWA PR website.
* The 320th episode of Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Wildside was dedicated to the NWA Elite PowerStable, down to John Johnson and Jeff G. Bailey being on commentary.
* Downplayed with ''Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH A Night Of Hoopla'', a pay per view run by '''L'''ife '''I'''ntervention '''E'''xpert Truth Martini. While Martini and his [[PowerStable House Of Truth]] did [[SpotlightStealingSquad get more focus than they usually do]], they were also much more {{affabl|yevil}}e than usual and even in the opening match with Matt Taven, the rest of the ROH roster was having a really hard time taking the whole thing seriously.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* While most of the [[Literature/TheBible Five Books of Moses]] focus on the journey of the Israelites, Numbers 22:225:9, or Parshat Balak, instead centers on the perspective of the Moabite king Balak and the Midianite diviner Balaam, who join forces in an effort to formulate an effective curse against the [[MookHorrorShow unstoppable Israelite nation and their terrifying God]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX'', you can play an alternative PerspectiveFlip as Vile after defeating the game as X.
* In ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', the player characters are all Hyperion mercenaries sent to claim the moon base in behalf of [[BigBad Handsome Jack]], the main villain of ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. Two of the playable characters (Wilhelm and Nisha) would eventually go on to become bosses in that game.
* There are several of these in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', where the player periodically takes control of the God-Emperor Fou-Lu and his own experiences. Though it is debatable as it is these events that set up his motivation rather than focusing on a villain the heroes have faced for a while, [[spoiler:and due to the fact that he and Ryu are two parts of the same individual]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has "The Knife of Dunwall" and "The Brigmore Witches" [=DLCs=], which focuses on Daud, Corvo's EvilCounterpart and the Empress' assassin.
* One of the DownloadableContent packs for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' lets you play as the darkspawn.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', which focuses on Roxas and his life with Organization XIII in the year leading up to the events of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* ''[[VideoGame/MegamanLegends The Misadventures of Tron Bonne]]'' is a prequel starring the QuirkyMinibossSquad pirates of the Legends series.
* Done a few times in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' franchise, not counting the non-canon Mercenaries minigames:
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' let you play as [[EnsembleDarkHorse HUNK]] of the Umbrella Security Service and follows his escape from the sewers after Birkin destroyed his unit in the beginning of the game.
** ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles The Umbrella Chronicles]] and [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles The Darkside Chronicles]]'' had chapters where you got to play as [[BigBad Wesker]] and HUNK's mission from ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 RE2]]''. Both of them let you see ''exactly how evil'' these two are.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity'' would be an entire-game example of this, that is if [[FanonDiscontinuity that game existed.]]
** The various Ada missions ''could'' count, depending on where you interpret her vaguely defined spot on the Hero/Villain gauge to be.
* There are six points of view available in ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'', slowly added as you get further into the game, one of which only becoming unlocked upon beating the game with all 108 characters. [[spoiler: The final POV focuses on the villains of the story, and what they were up to throughout the game's events. It's actually really interesting, and strikes a good balance between making the villains seem sympathetic while retaining their status as clear villains.]]
* One of the DownloadableContent for ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' takes the point of view from [[TheEmpire The Imperial]] {{Arm|iesAreEvil}}y, as led by Selvaria, [[TheEmperor Prince Maximillian's]] LoveMartyr [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', a post-ending mission chronicles how [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII Baldren Gassenarl]] gets his hand on prototype V-armor.
* Chapter 3 of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' qualifies as one. It parallels the events of Chapter 2, but is from the villain's (primarily Fassad's) point of view. The Pigmasks that were enemies in Chapter 2 are perceived as allies in Chapter 3... that is, until Salsa gets set free. A lot of the cutscenes in Chapter 2 are repeated in Chapter 3, sometimes with modifications.
* The Ryder White DLC for ''VideoGame/DeadIsland.'' In the main game he's the final boss basically on account of losing his head and injecting himself with the so called cure, only to become infected. When playing as him we learn that he's after the cure for his wife despite his orders to kill her, only for her to become infected and die. He's essentially a ''villain'' in name only.
* The expansion packs for ''VideoGame/{{Descent}} II'' and ''3'' have you play as mercenaries of [[BigBad Dravis]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue'' has as its protagonist an Assassin who defects to join the Templars, the AncientConspiracy who are the villains of every other entry in the series. The protagonist in question is very much an AntiVillain, with sympathetic motivations for all of his actions, but he's still working for a group of [[AristocratsAreEvil sinister plutocrats]] who believe in TheEvilsOfFreeWill, he's the first ''Assassin's Creed'' protagonist who is allowed to [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential injure or kill civilians]], and the ending reveals that [[spoiler:he has [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] and will become the prime mover in devolving UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution into the Reign of Terror]].
* Minigames found in ''Videogame/SpookysHouseOfJumpScares'' feature the game's antagonist Spooky as the playable character, and they are also [[{{Parody}} pastiches]] of other popular arcade games such as ''VideoGame/PacMan''. They are also very gory, although it is all PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Pirate Queen's Quest'' in ''[[VideoGame/{{Shantae}} Shantae Half Genie Hero]]'' is a PerspectiveFlip game where you play as series BigBad and Shantae's ArchEnemy Risky Boots.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Strong Bad Emails on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' started out as this; they became so popular that they ended up eclipsing the original concept of the site and turned Strong Bad into a comic VillainProtagonist. Although some of the emails are just Strong Bad making fun of other people, other times they go more into Strong Bad's personal life, such as his relationship with his [[TheEeyore whiny brother]] [[TheChewToy Strong Sad]].
* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Volume 3, Episode 7, "Beginning of the End" focuses on [[StraightManAndWiseGuy Emerald and Mercury]], [[BigBad Cinder's]] loyal allies, and how Cinder recruited them. In addition, it shows how [[PsychoExBoyfriend Adam Taurus]] came to work for Cinder, as well as teasing us with a little bit of Cinder's past, and showing us how Cinder defeated the Fall Maiden Amber.

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s Recap/StartOfDarkness prequel book.
** And, on a smaller scale, the occasional plot threads that follow [[BigBad Xykon]] or [[ThePsychoRangers the Linear Guild]] for a while.
* ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' does this for Kyran and the 'villains' from time to time.
* ''Webcomic/MonsterOfTheWeek'' has ''Musings of Cigarette Man'' in which [[BigBad Cancer Man]] goes philosophical.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' did this with the "Meanwhile In The Dimension Of Pain" strips. Depending on where you place Oasis on the Good/Evil scale, the "Phoenix Rising" story arc might also count, and the appropriately named "Year in the Life of a Villain" arcs focuses around Dr. Schlock and Hereti-corp.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The Midnight Crew Intermission, which focused on the alternate universe counterparts of the BigBad and his cohorts. We are later given a proper one after Jack [[spoiler: murders John and Rose's parents]].
** There's also the Doc Scratch intermission.
** Act 6 Intermission 4 follows [[spoiler:Caliborn, who is the BigBad Lord English before he became so big. Still pretty bad though]].
* ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' has regularly shot back to stand alone pages and entire storyarcs following baddies Mac and Shmeerm. These always stand apart from the more regular pages in that the sex, violence, language, and mayhem are all turned up to eleven.
* ''{{Webcomic/Archipelago}}'' has one in the fifth chapter, entitled Snowflakes. It centers around the Captain Snow going and finding his (equally evil) wife and child. The chapter constantly zig zags between PetTheDog and KickTheDog moments, with Snow showing genuine concern for his child, then asking whether or not same child has tried to burn down the school.
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'' has two Villain-centric story arcs. Though it is the [[VillainProtagonist main cast]] playing villain.
* The ''Webcomic/TailsOfLanschilandia'' story "Ooze Busters" (referred to as a "Tales of [[{{Mordor}} Alluvia]]" story) is centered on ThoseTwoBadGuys Bad Bat and Batty pursuing an escaped monster for the BigBad without featuring any of the heroes at all.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* The first season of ''{{WebVideo/lonelygirl15}}'' included a three part villain story, "Subjects Apprehended"/"Psychological Torture"/"Communication Terminated".
* The Literature/WhateleyUniverse has done this several times. The story "It's Good to be the Don" centers on Don Sebastiano, the head bad guy of the Alphas at Whateley Academy. "Ask Not For Whom Belle Tolls" centers around four supervillains at the school who have some problems of their own to handle - like covering up a murder. "Bad Seeds" focuses on a campus club that you can't get into unless you're the child of a supervillain.
** [[spoiler: In all three, Karma is both swift and merciless. Interestingly enough, the Bad Seeds are all Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains at worse, though Jobe is competent. Jadis herself wants to be a ''hero''!]]
* ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' did this twice, once with the "Counterfactual" three-episode miniseries in Season 2 and then again with the episode "Whatever Happened to the CF.netters?" in Season 5.
* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is captured by [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Nella]], the latter decides to do a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtH_ry5pAl4&index=7&list=PL66c4W8cttvwIdXrPXm03if0SMHHj7kOH review]] of ''Film/{{Tron}}'' in an effort to understand (and mock) the nerdy mind.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the author regularly writes "Interludes," scenes told from a perspective other than [[VillainProtagonist Taylor]], and never uses the same character for an interlude. Thus, interludes have involved supervillains, [[HeroAntagonist superheroes]], civilians, or none of the above.
* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the end of each arc (group of chapters) features an Enemy chapter, told from the POV of an adversary to the Lambs. [[spoiler: After Sy and Jamie desert the Academy, these chapters change their titles to "Lamb".]]
* In ''Literature/{{TOT}}'', chapter 7 focuses entirely on [[BigBad Maximus Slade]] hanging out with a bunch of vandals and delving deeper into his backstory and character.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has "The Last One", which focuses on the Mooninites gathering together every villain in the series so far, to destroy the Aqua Teens. Predictably, all of them [[HilarityEnsues fail miserably]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had two:
** "Zuko Alone", in which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Zuko was the only main character to appear]], except in flashbacks, which are used to further his development and show more of his tragic backstory.
** "[[BeachEpisode The Beach]]", which spent substantially more time on [[FanNickname the Zucrew]] sunbathing and {{Breakfast Club}}bing than on the Gaang being pursued by [[ProfessionalKiller Sparky Sparky Boom Man]], because EvilIsSexy.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a couple. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman The Man Who Killed Batman]]" followed a two-bit thug who was thought to have killed Batman, while the titular hero was obviously absent through most of the episode. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE56HarleyAndIvy Harley and Ivy]]" was basically "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Show]]" with the Joker as the guest star. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE46AlmostGotIm Almost Got 'Im]]" also qualifies. Batman had a bigger role in "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE16HarleysHoliday Harley's Holiday]]", but Harley was undoubtedly the star.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' goes one step further giving the Joker his own episode complete with a cold open where he destroys the future earth (with an appearance from obscure DC character ComicBook/{{Kamandi}}), his own title sequence renaming the show "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous" and a plot featuring him teaming up with obscure DC villain [[ADayInTheLimelight The Weeper]] against Batman.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' gives us "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" and "The Story of Jimmy Rebel", both of which star BoomerangBigot Uncle Ruckus (no relation) and relegate the Freeman family to minor supporting roles. The episodes usually try to portray Ruckus as a slightly sympathetic figure (but only slightly). In the first, his self-hatred almost drives him to commit suicide. In the second, meeting him convinces a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Johnny Rebel to give up anti-black music ([[spoiler:but not racist music]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' had several, including "Operation: P.A.R.T.Y." and "Operation: "F.L.U.S.H."
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had two episodes devoted to [[TheRival Mandark]]. The first centered around his attempts to impress Dee Dee in a surfing contest, with Dexter not appearing at all. Though the effectiveness of that episode wavers a bit considering, other than using his science to cheat in a surfing contest, he wasn't up to anything particularly villainous. The second was pure VillainsOutShopping, with Mandark going through his morning routine to the meter of his EvilLaugh before going out to battle Dexter. [[HostileShowTakeover Taken one step further]] when a set of shorts were all dedicated to Mandark -- even the intro was altered with Mandark electrocuting Dexter instead of Dee Dee and the usual ''Dexter's Laboratory'' title card reading ''Mandark's Laboratory''. [[spoiler: Though Dexter does get back at him by the end of the show when he tricks Mandark into electrocuting himself much like Dexter in the intro.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' - "Back to the Norm"-it focuses on [[LiteralGenie Norm the Genie]] and [[SadistTeacher Crocker]] as they try to destroy Timmy Turner. Norm spends most of it {{Deadpan Snark|er}}ing Crocker. Later on there's "Crock Talk", focusing on Crocker gaining notoriety through his online talk show.
* David Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has two of them. In the first one ,"Eye of the Beholder", Xanatos struggles to save [[spoiler: Fox after he gives her the Eye of Odin as a gift to seal their engagement. Fox turns into a werewolf and Xanatos is shown for the first time with worry and panic, something he's not known for. Ultimately, it serves as an episode to reveal that Xanatos is not the ruthless villain he wants people to believe, because he's capable of loving someone besides himself]]. Another Xanatos episode is, "The Gathering", where he [[spoiler: battles the King of the third race, Oberon, after he starts the Gathering, calling all of his children back home. Turns out Fox (now his wife) is the daughter of Oberon's wife Titania, but wasn't born with any spiritual powers. Her son by Xanatos on the other hand, was born with great power potential. In the end, Xanatos is able to defend his home, and because Goliath helped him during both examples, it would ultimately foreshadow his HeelFaceTurn at the end of season 2]].
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' inverts this with several episodes that focus on HeroAntagonist Dib rather than VillainProtagonist Zim, with a few episodes leaving Zim out altogether. One could argue this happens so much the show has ''two'' protagonists, breaking the usual hero/villain mold. Also "Game Slave 2," which focuses on Gaz rather than Zim or Dib. She's not ''[[SociopathicHero technically]]'' a villain...but she's pretty close.
* ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' had two:
** "Pepper, Interrupted", despite its title, focused mostly on Gene and his dealings with the Maggia and Pepper's attempts to form a friendship with him.
** "World on Fire" covers Gene's childhood backstory and hints at what his ultimate goals are after he collects the five Makluan rings.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** The first is "The Bands Break Up". Stormer is the TokenGoodTeammate but she's still a Misfit nevertheless. It involves her and Kimber breaking up from their respective bands and forming a duet. It's also [[HoYay infamously subtext laden]].
** "Roxy Rumbles" is both AVerySpecialEpisode and a Roxy episode. After leaving the band after being mocked for being illiterate, Roxy wins the lottery and decides to lead her own life. It fails but it's a good characterization episode that shows Roxy's nicer side and has her [[CharacterDevelopment learning to read]].
** "Britrock" is basically Jetta's episode. In it the Misfits go to Britain and we learn Jetta is (unsurprisingly) lying about being rich and important. She tries to keep the charade up with help from her parents and almost scam Pizzaz out of millions but gets caught. The Misfits are furious they toyed with her but don't kick her out.
** Clash, the resident groupie of The Misfits, gets one in "Video Wars". It's also her last episode. It [[DownerEnding doesn't end well]]. [[spoiler:She makes The Misfits mad one too many times and they abandon her.]]
** Pizzazz doesn't get a proper one though the episode "Father's Day" does discuss her backstory and [[FreudianExcuse Daddy Issues]].
** Riot has "Riot's Hope". In it we find out how his dad disowned him for being a musician and have them reconciling.
** Minx's Villain Episode is "A Change Of Heart". After nearly dying she tries to make amends with Jem and The Holograms but her bandmates kick her out due to her personality change. Rio ends up becoming her LivingEmotionalCrutch when she's [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] and with nowhere to go, but her gratitude soon becomes annoying.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' had "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS3E12Alive Alive!]]", focusing on the Secret Society's EnemyCivilWar, with the heroes only showing up for a few seconds at the end (without any lines) and "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E4TaskForceX Task Force X]]", where four BadassNormal villains infiltrate the Watchtower to retrieve the ContinuityNod stored there.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "Skeletons in the Closet" focuses on telling Amon's and Tarrlok's {{backstor|y}}ies.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" is an episode that heavily deals with Diamond Tiara. In it she is given the FreudianExcuse of having an [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive mother]]. [[spoiler:It's also a huge WhamEpisode as Diamond Tiara takes a HeelFaceTurn ''and'' the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally get their Cutie Marks, at the same time at that.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Hail Doofania!" turns the show's [[StrictlyFormula usual formula]] on its head by focusing on Doofenshmirtz's daily scheme, inverting some of the lines (Phineas spouts the "entire tri-state area" line, Norm asks "Whacha doing?"), and instead of Phineas and Ferb's plan for the day being disposed of by Doofenshmirtz's invention, their invention disposes of his.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Just Another Manic Mojo" features Mojo Jojo going through a normal day - which, for him, consists of [[VillainsOutShopping getting breakfast, reading the paper]], and plotting to destroy the titular heroes. The Powerpuffs themselves show up later on, but the focus still remains on Mojo. In "Custody Battle" he and Him fight over who gets to be the father of the [[ThePsychoRangers Rowdyruff Boys]] and in "Prime Mates" he has to deal with Mopey Popo (the girls appear briefly in the latter).
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** "Aku's Fairy Tales" where Aku, tired of all the hero worship Jack gets from the children, decides to tell stories with him as the hero and Jack as the villain. Jack himself only shows up in these stories.
** Two more showed up in the fourth season: "The Princess and the Bounty Hunters" concerned an AntiVillain bounty hunter who convinces several others to gang up on Jack to capture him. Jack shows up near the end [[ShaggyDogStory and defeats them easily]]. "The Tale of X9" involves an old robot of Aku's with a PersonalityChip forced to go after Jack after Aku steals the only thing he cares about. As you could expect, [[DownerEnding it doesn't end well]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has three of them for Sideshow Bob:
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E13DayOfTheJackanapes Day of the Jackanapes]]" has Bob {{brainwash|ed}}ing [[KidHero Bart Simpson]] into becoming an ActionBomb in an attempt to kill Krusty the Clown [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and then Bart once he is done with Krusty]].
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E6TheGreatLouseDetective The Great Louse Detective]]" has Bob investigate who the unknown assailant is and how s/he is so bent on killing Homer. Once the case is solved, he resorts to killing Bart, but can't do it [[FoeYay because he has grown accustomed]] [[NoYay to the boy's face]].
** The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS27E5TreehouseOfHorrorXXVI Treehouse of Horror XXVI]]" segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive" has Bob having the entire segment to himself once he has finally killed Bart; but then he quickly finds out that [[VictoryIsBoring life is meaningless without Bart around]], and that the only joy he had in his life was killing his ArchEnemy, so he creates a Reanimator machine and brings the boy BackFromTheDead only to use him as a cosmic punching bag over and over again in a DeathMontage. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Bart pulls through with help from his family (and Santa's Little Helper) and defeats Bob once again by [[OffWithHisHead having Homer cut off Bob's head]] and mixing his head with other animal parts before reanimating him as a [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix-and-Match Critter]].]]
* Plankton on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has had his share of villain episodes. "The Algae's Always Greener" and "Plankton's Army," to name a few.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' episodes "Outsmartered", "Octocataclysm", and "Of Masters and Minions". In the first, Smarty Smarts builds a machine to make everyone smarter, but gets annoyed when he's now become the dumbest one. In the second, Smarty Smarts becomes too depressed to do evil, causing Octocat to take over for him and turn out to be a HypercompetentSidekick, though Smarty Smarts sees it as betrayal. In the third, Octocat becomes fed up with being blamed for everything and leaves him for Peri.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has two episodes in Season 2 that focus on Ludo to the extent that (outside of a single flashback) the heroes don't make any appearance at all. Episode 1B, "Ludo in the Wild", shows his transition from [[HarmlessVillain a hapless joke villain]] into [[NotSoHarmlessVillain a legitimate threat]]. Episode 18B, "The Hard Way", highlights Ludo's motivations and [[spoiler:reintroduces the ''real'' BigBad when [[DemonicPossession Ludo is possessed by Toffee]] in the final scene]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', via the anthology format, had entire story arcs focusing on minor villain characters. One involves Asajj Ventress' and her betrayal by Count Dooku, and her trying to take revenge and later rebuilding her life as a Night Sister and, later, a bounty hunter. Savage Oppress also has his arc where he locates an exiled and mutilated [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]] and their story bridges together a couple of other arcs involving pirates, bounty hunters, crime syndicates (like the Hutts) and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Deathwatch]]. In most Jedi only appeared in supporting roles or not at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' episode "Power Grab" focuses entirely on the main villains of the series. Master Cyclonis and the Dark Ace leave Cyclonia in Ravess' hands while on a mission, and her obsessive control drives her brother and fellow commander Snipe to take command from her. However, ''his'' idiocy drives PsychoForHire Repton to take over, and then his brothers. Through it all, a nameless Talon commander tries to get the rank and prestige he wants.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' has three episodes:
** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S4E9AliensAmongUs Aliens Among Us]]", focusing on Agent Bishop as [[WellIntentionedExtremist he plans his own alien invasion and kidnaps the president in order for him to get respected]].
** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S4E19InsaneInTheMembrane Insane in the Membrane]]" has Stockman attempting to regain a human body, [[BodyHorror but it all went wrong]].
** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S3E18HunOnTheRun Hun on the Run]]" focuses on Hun as he tries to rescue Karai from Bishop.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Lightspeed" focuses on the H.I.V.E. Five confronting Kid Flash while the regular Teen Titans are out of town. Despite the title, it focuses more on the former, especially Jinx. Notably this episode also serves as a vehicle for [[spoiler:Jinx]]'s eventual HeelFaceTurn.
* Happens occasionally on ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** ''Generation 1'':
*** "Triple Takeover" was about [[EvilVersusEvil Blitzwing and Astrotrain wresting leadership of the Decepticons from Megatron]]. The Autobots did appear, but didn't really do very much.
*** "Starscream's Brigade" similarly focused on the Decepticons' internal problems, following Starscream as he concocted a new scheme to overthrow Megatron.
*** "Webworld" follows the Decepticons as they try to cure the madness Galvatron has been afflicted with. The Autobots only appear very briefly at the beginning and end, and are otherwise only passingly mentioned.
** ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]'' had "Rebellion" in which the Autobots only appeared for a few seconds. Sideways even {{narrat|or}}ed the episode instead of Rad.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' had "Crossfire", "Patch", and "Thirst".
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', "Me Time" ends up being this for Doctor Octopus. The episode focuses on Doctor Octopus trying to capture Spider-Man himself [[spoiler:lest he be played off by Osborn]], showing him ''winning'' the fight between Spider-Man, as well as [[spoiler:implying that his EvilCripple condition has taken a toll on his appearance, hygiene, and sanity]]. Before this episode, Doctor Octopus was scarcely seen except in scenes which are in his lab.
* The third season premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' centers almost entirely on The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend and their respective {{Mooks}}, only briefly involving Dr. Venture and Brock Samson, neither of whom have any lines. The title characters are nowhere to be seen, and are even replaced in the opening sequence by the Monarch and Dr. [[strike:Girfriend]] Mrs. the Monarch.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'' has "The Overthrow of Merklynn", in which Darkstorm deposes Merklynn and seizes control of the Shrine atop Iron Mountain. But, in his arrogance, he summons the Sacred Secret Spell, only to find that he has "unleashed forces that none can contain"; the rest of the episode, from which the Spectral Knights (whom Darkstorm turns into statues) are almost entirely absent, sees the Darkling Lords racing to return Merklynn's crystal orb to its rightful owner. Darkstorm then learns that the Sacred Secret Spell is simply a fail-safe, designed to prevent power-hungry mortals like himself from stealing magic from wizards and using it to cause destruction.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has a bonus episode focusing on [[TragicVillain Nox's]] StartOfDarkness. It's as much a TearJerker as one would expect.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' has ''many'' episodes focusing on [[CardCarryingVillain Lord Hater]] and [[BeleagueredAssistant Commander Peepers]]: "[[Recap/WanderOverYonderS1E8TheBallTheBounty The Bounty]]", "[[Recap/WanderOverYonderS1E13TheLonelyPlanetTheBrainstorm The Brainstorm]]", "[[Recap/WanderOverYonderS1E15TheFancyParty The Fancy Party]]", "[[Recap/WanderOverYonderS1E16TheGiftIITheGifteningTheGift The Gift 2: The Giftening]]", "[[Recap/WanderOverYonderS1E20TheDateTheBuddies The Date]]", and "[[Recap/WanderOverYonderS1E20TheDateTheBuddies The Buddies]]", to name a few. These become more common in season 2 as Hater progresses into full VillainProtagonist territory.
** According to WordOfGod, the writers were somewhat restrained on this point by ExecutiveMeddling during season 1--because the title of the show was ''Wander over Yonder'', they weren't allowed to do episodes that didn't include good guy protagonist Wander in some way. They got around this in "The Funk", the first episode to focus on Hater and Peepers with no Wander-related plot, by giving him a brief cameo at the end (arriving on the planet that the bad guys have just left, without interacting with them at all). The success of such episodes allowed the writers to do entirely Wander-free outings in season 2.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' ChristmasEpisode "Just Like Old Times" Carmen 'kidnaps' The Chief. He suffers memory loss due to a virus and still thinks Carmen is an [=ACME=] agent. She uses this to her advantage and gets him to help with her thievery. In a twist on the usual formula, Ivy and Zach give out clues to Carmen about Christmas-related things to steal.