Quotes / Anti-Villain

"Our enemy is never as evil as we imagine. And maybe we're never quite as good."
Amanda Waller, Justice League

"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?

" I'm not some cannibal, Lee. Some killer out in the woods. Some...v-villain. I'm.... just a... dad. I coach little league."
The Stranger, The Walking Dead

"Black-hearted evil, Brave-hearted hero,
I am all, I am all, I am."
— Theme of Shadow the Hedgehog

"I neither understand you nor accept you. Whereas for the Hero Killer...I don't accept him either...but I do understand him. For both me and the Hero Killer we started out...by watching All Might. And back then, I was saved by him. At the very least, he didn't destroy because he wanted to. And he didn't give up so fickly. His methods were wrong, but he tried to live according to an ideal."
Midoriya talking about Stain to Tomura Shigaraki, My Hero Academia

"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
To telling only lies.
But my dreams
They aren't as empty
As my conscience seems to be.

"She isn't a bad guy. She was scary and mean. But she's not bad."
Ben, Worm, on Skitter

"I know I was wrong. But in my head, I thought I was wrong for the right reasons."
Frank Sobotka, The Wire

Nanoha doesn't have villains, it has antagonists.

"And tho' I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint,
I'm finding it hard to be really as black as they paint.
I'm reviewing the situation.
Can a fellow be a villain all his life?"
Fagin, Oliver!, "Reviewing the Situation"