"Marcone was still a black hat. [...] Marcone's good intentions could have paved a new lane on the road to hell.
But dammit, I couldn't hate him anymore".
Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files
We were once so close to heaven,
Peter came out and gave us medals,
Declaring us the nicest of the damned.
— They Might Be Giants, "Road Movie to Berlin"
"I think of her kind of as an 'anti-villain', a person in the villain's role who is not actually villainous."
Rich Burlew, creator of The Order of the Stick
Why was it that everyone always had to have sympathetic reasons for being [Alex's] enemies? Why couldn't he ever have to kill someone who was just a raving murderer, driven by hate and evil and an urge to kick puppies?
"Black-hearted evil, Brave-hearted hero,
I am all, I am all, I am."
—Theme of Shadow the Hedgehog
"From a distance, one's adversaries seemed fiends, but with a closer view, one saw their sincerity and it was as great as one's own. Perhaps Satan was the sincerest of the lot."
"Because I want to be the heroic villain, okay? There's got to be at least one time where I'm the one who has a victory!"
"No one knows what it's like
To be the bad man.
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes
No one knows what it's like
To be hated
To be fated
Standing here, I realise
You were just like me, trying to make history
But who's to judge the right from wrong?
When our guard is down, I think we'll both agree
That violence breeds violence,
But in the end it has to be this way