"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
Vladimir was one of those old-time bad guys with honor and morals, which made him almost one of the good guys.
"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."
— The Who, "Behind Blue Eyes"