->''"Our enemy is never as evil as we imagine. [[NotSoDifferent And maybe we're never quite as good.]]"''
-->-- '''Amanda Waller''', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''

->''"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''', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''

->''We were once so close to heaven,\\
Peter came out and gave us medals,\\
Declaring us the nicest of the damned.''
-->-- '''Music/TheyMightBeGiants''', "Road Movie to Berlin"

->''"I think of [[KnightTemplar her]] kind of as an 'anti-villain', a person in the villain's role who is not actually villainous."''
-->-- '''Rich Burlew''', creator of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

->''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 [[KickTheDog kick puppies]]?''
-->-- ''Fanfic/{{Unfamiliar}}''

->''" 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''', ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''

->''"Black-hearted evil, Brave-hearted hero,'' \\
''I am all, I am all, I am."''
-->-- Theme of '''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'''

->''"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. [[Main/VillainousRescue 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''', ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''

->''"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."''
-->-- ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz''

->''"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!"''
-->-- '''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Dr.]] [[StupidEvil Brainstorm]]''', ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS3TVM2Thunderstorm "Thunderstorm"]]

->''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.''
-->-- '''Music/TheWho''', [[Music/WhosNext "Behind Blue Eyes"]]

->''Standing here, I realise\\
[[NotSoDifferent You were just like me]], [[VisionaryVillain trying to make history]]\\
[[GreyAndGreyMorality But who's to judge the right from wrong?]]\\
When our guard is down, [[VillainHasAPoint I think we'll both agree]]\\
[[ViciousCycle That violence breeds violence,]]\\
[[ThereCanBeOnlyOne But in the end it has to be this way]]''
-->-- "It Has To Be This Way" ({{final boss}} theme), ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''

->''"She isn't a bad guy. She was scary and mean. But she's not bad."''
-->-- '''Ben''', ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', on [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]]

->''"I know I was wrong. But in my head, I thought I was wrong for the right reasons."''
-->--'''Frank Sobotka''', ''Series/TheWire''

->''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha]]'' doesn't have villains, it has ''antagonists''.
-->--''[[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?720814-WIW-Nanoha-A-s/page27 WIW Nanoha A's]]''

->''"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''', ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'', "Reviewing the Situation"

->''"Not even 15 minutes later\\
I'm still walkin' down the street\\
When I saw the shadow of a man creep out of sight\\
And then he swept up from behind\\
He put a gun up to my head\\
[[PunchClockVillain He made it clear he wasn't lookin' for a fight]].\\
He said, "Give me all you got.\\
[[OnlyInItForTheMoney I want your money not your life]],\\
But if you try to make a move I won't think twice."\\
I told him, "You can have my cash,\\
But first you know I gotta ask:\\
What made you wanna live this kind of life?"\\
Oh, there ain't no rest for the wicked\\
Money don't grow on trees\\
I got bills to pay\\
I got mouths to feed\\
And ain't nothing in this world for free\\
No, I can't slow down\\
I can't hold back\\
Though you know I wish I could\\
Oh, no, there ain't no rest for the wicked\\
Until we close our eyes for good" ''
-->-- '''Music/CageTheElephant''', ''Ain't No Rest For the Wicked''