Villain Whitewashing: Tropers C To F
The Villain Whitewashing Service
is where you take some Misaimed Fandom
, add a lot of Draco in Leather Pants
, a hint of Bunny-Ears Lawyer
, a small chunk of Badass Decay
, and you make your favorite villain sound like a pretty decent but incredibly misunderstood guy. List your examples under your Troper
name, alphabetically, and hide the answers using spoilers
. Avoid links in the answer. Please include the story your character is fromnote
, no matter how popular it is.
Compare Worse Than It Sounds
. Contrast Paint The Hero Black
- He never ignores you. There will always be a room for you. Treats all his people like family. Always willing to explain, even if he seems self-contradictory at first. A firm hand in this time of war, ready to make the hard decisions. Big Brother from 1984
- A friendly rookie cop who tries to bring the world's suffering to an end. Tohru Adachi, Persona 4
- A magician who is on a quest to save the world, even through the world hasn't been too kind to him lately. Black Mage, 8 Bit Theater.
- A race of deathless guardians existing beyond time and space. They believe very firmly in the power of the community, and dedicate themselves to scientific research and making sure the laws of nature continue to function. They once sponsored a major effort to improve timekeeping. The Auditors from Discworld.
- A man of science who only wants to grant the cute little critters who inhabit the neighboring area enough power to strike back against the killer robots who invaded the area and whoever sent them. Keep in mind that his plan harnesses only all-natural ingredients. The Doctor from Cave Story
- A boy who lost everything he held dear to the most terrible monster ever to exist. His stength and bravery helped save all of existence. His reward for this valiant deed was to be locked up with a megalomaniac who kept whispering lies and temptations into his ear. After he broke out with every intention of making the world a better place, most of his so-called heroes turned on him. Now he roams time and space, always looking for a way back home; a way back to his family, the girl he loved, and everything else he misses so. Though he's made some wrong decisions, deep in his heart, he just wants to be a hero. Superboy Prime.
- Through hard work and dedication, he became the best of the best. Still, he was told he could never be the Chosen One, and, thus, he was fated never to achieve his maximum potential. But he decided to Screw Destiny and prove that the only choice that matters is one's own...before the supposed "hero" decided to kill him over a worthless scrap of paper. Tai Lung from Kung Fu Panda.
- An officer of law in a society of AI, he is betrayed by his government when he fails to capture the most dangerous menace to ever threaten that society. He attempts to make a place for himself in the world, and brings many like-minded individuals to his cause, while trying to get revenge on the criminal who ended his career. He is ultimately killed when the government hires that very same criminal to murder him. Agent Smith, The Matrix
- This man founded a company to tirelessly pursue the advancement of Science in ways which had great potential for curing several degrading mental disorders, but even as he became the most powerful man in the world, was still prepared to return to the very bottom of his company in order to help protect the lowliest of his employees. He carefully ensured that the most dangerous technologies invented by his company were concealed, and therefore his death led quickly to the apocalypse. Boyd Langton, Dollhouse
- A man deeply devoted to his village, he'd do anything to ensure it had a strong and capable leader. He grew more and more bitter over time, but never stopped working towards a bright and shining future for his village. He was killed trying to take down the two biggest threats to his home, trying to make something good come from his death, and ultimately failed in one of the more tragic manners. Shimura Danzo, Naruto.
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- A being who travels the world, helping governments and locals in need, this man has dedicated his days solely to making his family happy and bringing a new era of progression to the world. Incompetent workers make his work stressful, and a Pagan Goddess and her deranged eco-terrorists make his life hell. Hoggish Greedly from Captain Planet
- A loving, caring father and a great leader, who had managed to make his kingdom grow in a hostile land, constantly has to face two genocidal bullies and their associates who confront him violently when he simply attempts to bring the one he loves most to his home. Bowser Koopa from Mario
- An old man who has been walking the Earth to find people he shared a drink with years ago and share knowledge and memories with them. Sometimes shares drinks and knowledge with his daughter and even random strangers. Szilard Quates from Baccano
- A queen who wishes to execute all those she deems to be criminals in her kingdom. The Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- An excellent host who gives advice to confused young women and took in an abandoned child when no one else would. Doc Scratch from Homestuck
- Seven children who all love their father and would do anything for him. The Homunculi from Fullmetal Alchemist
- The eldest son who takes great pride in his important position among his siblings. Pride
- The only daughter and Only Sane Woman of the family, who keeps her siblings in check. Lust
- A young man who didn't like the direction his family's goals were going and ran away. Greed
- A young man who is especially enthusiastic about serving his father's goals. Envy
- A very chipper boy with a big appetite. Gluttony
- A boy who works hard, no matter how tired he gets. Sloth
- The youngest son, with the single most important job of all of them: Leader of the entire country! Wrath
- Alternatively, seven tortured souls who seek help from a smiling old lady The Homunculi from the 2003 anime
- A man seeking revenge on his father for abandoning him and his aging mother Envy
- A woman desperately seeking a purpose in life Lust
- A boy longing for parental affection Wrath
- A proud leader of the country Pride
- A woman who is trying to find a way out of her amnesia Sloth
- A woman who takes pride in her looks, misses the man she loves after he leaves her and is afraid of dying Dante
- Gluttony and Greed are left out because they're basically the same in both continuities.
- A creative, brilliant, charismatic young leader, rising up to save his fellow people from the domination of an opposing government which conquered the planet through civil war. Megatron from Transformers.
- Tired of the constant workload he has to endure, along with frivolous laws that include a humiliating dress code, this paper pusher manages to seize control of the monarchy's power, single-handedly wins the war with a rival kingdom, and now seeks to do away with as much of the oppressive system governing his people's existence as he can. But first, he must contend with four foreign rebels and their guardians, who are intent on wresting control from him - made worse when the tool which allowed him to rise to power in the first place falls into the wrong hands. Oh, and in an alternate life, he plays a mean piano. Jack Noir from Homestuck.
- There was once a man, a man with unshakeable belief in himself and in order, who was born with the right to rule over and protect his world. He also had to see to that world's, and therefore his, interests and resources. When he looked around his home, he saw his order implemented to perfection, so much so that his people called him their God. Oh, he had to keep them on their toes every now and then, and had to give them a large amount of work to do, but on a planet like his, harsh environs and all, this was very necessary. He then looked to the endless stars and planets out beyond his realm, and thought that he should bring his order to the chaos out there, maybe even create an entire state, comprising them all in perfect lawful harmony. His, of course. After all, his way had worked so well here, he should bring it everywhere!
- The nearest world, however, was not very receptive to his ideas, or his requisition of territory (they didn't even need it!). In fact, they and their incompetent, superstitious, blowhard of a leader launched a massive, completely pointless war with the man, taxing his world's meager resources almost to its breaking point. Peace came with a terrible, personal cost: the ruler's very own son. In his own son's place was that of his enemy, who would become, despite what little attention the busy ruler could spare him (and military training, too), a lumbering oaf who, more often than not, roared off on reckless campaigns which did not help (or even hindered) his 'father'. Oh, how the man tried to make the impetuous child understand that his attempts to please were going the wrong way, but somehow, none of it got through.
- The Ruler would look elsewhere to bring his ideas to full flowering, resources to properly sustain his governance, worlds lush and chaotic, clearly meant for his fiery gaze to meet and put the law to. He would meet his biological son many more times in his search, now a man in his prime, a nearly unparalleled warrior. Sadly, this most worthy son had been raised and thoroughly indoctrinated by his old foe, and could not be swayed from their inconsiderate and illogical ways by any means. In all their encounters, the father would always praise his wayward son and his fighting ability, no matter how harsh the fighting, no matter how vitriolic the outburst in return.
- Eventually, the Ruler would come across a little blue world in the backwaters of an average galaxy, which nevertheless had many extraordinary things and people upon it. So chaotic, though! Many times he would attempt to make the people of this world see things his way, but he would always be thwarted by the self-righteous hypocrites who would have none of it, foremost among them, a man who didn't even belong to that world! The Ruler gradually became tired of it, seeking a way to easily and instantly bring order to the cosmos, a way which he could handle within his own specific parameters. In the end, this Ruler would find that way...and then die before he could properly bring it to function throughout the unverse, all at the hands of a man who gave up his own beliefs to kill him. Darkseid. Yeah, it's a doozy, but a piece of work like him deserves a doozy.
- This far-seeing teacher takes a young man of prophecy as his apprentice, in hopes that, some day, the two can stop the cult that destroyed his hometown from causing the destruction of the entire world. Master Van from Tales Of The Abyss.
- All he wants to do is become king and replace the corrupt and ineffectual rulers who got his homeland into a brutal war in the first place. While he betrayed his friends to do so, they were planning on abandoning him and his noble cause to pursue their own selfish interests. The one hit hardest by the betrayal, his best friend and second-in-command, was a sociopath who only knew how to kill and took clear enjoyment in slaughtering people weaker than himself. Griffith from Berserk.
- He wants the world to be a better place and actively tries to accomplish his dream. While he is a remorseless killer, he only killed those who either deserved it or got in his way. He admitted that he was not perfect and had no place in the world he was trying to create. His main foe was a man who was hiding two criminals with knowledge of government secrets, and who not only made no attempt to improve his personality, but actively embraced his worst flaws. The Operative from Serenity.
- A jaded teen who was born with powers that isolated him from other people when he tried to interact with them. He teamed up with a person and started a relationship with her only to be double-crossed. In pursuit, he hopes to gain vengeance and give justice to six other people who were also victims of her monstrous treachery (as well as stop anyone from dating her at all, for the sake of the universe, so that no more people suffer), albeit in differing ways. Some Chaotic Evil hipster and a terrible storywriter stand in all of their ways. Simply put, they all had some mental issue and really were just a support group that should have made use of the "group" part of their function, and maybe tried to emulate less of their Crapsack World. Erroneously labelled as a monster on the grounds of his goal of preserving those he loves so they don't die. Gideon Gordon Graves of The League of Evil Exes, ''Scott Pilgrim vs. the World...(shudders) I hate vs. the World outside of the League of Evil Exes. 'Nuff said.
- A man who loved his wife so much that he kept her alive in a water tank and tried to cure her ailment while coping with his own ailment in the process. Mr. Freeze, the Batman series.
- Rank 9 in his group. While too relaxed for his own good, a treacherous member is confronted by him in the most peaceful and intellectual way possible. The traitor's friends make insulting remarks of his psychosocial condition, which provokes him to throttle the three before ultimately being defeated. Demyx of Organization XIII, Kingdom Hearts series
- A great king who took one of the few surviving members of a ninja clan in and raised her as his own daughter. He allows his people to live simple lives in which they never have to worry about anything, and his subjects obey his every command with enthusiasm. Overlord Zenon, Disgaea 2
- An experienced lawyer who will do anything it takes to make sure the guilty are brought to justice. He was even kind enough to take in the son of his fiercest enemy after he was orphaned. Manfred von Karma, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
- A gentleman who believes strongly in honor, and values the trust of his clients above all else. Shelly de Killer, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All (Does it count if he was already portrayed somewhat sympathetically in the series?)
- He is an ordinary man who wishes for nothing more than to live an ordinary life, but is prevented from doing so due to an unfortunate and bizarre fetish. Yoshikage Kira, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
- A brilliant scientist who lost his wife to a terrible accident in the very lab he worked in. Despite the loss of his wife, he continued his research and developed revolutionary technology, just for the chance to be reunited with his love. Gendo Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion
- An angel who provided unconditional love to a depressed and confused child in his darkest hour, and sacrificed his life for the sake of humanity. Kaworu Nagisa, Neon Genesis Evangelion
- A self-driven visionary with unbelievable charisma and ingenuity, with a new resource of extraterrestrial origin, becomes the focus of religious zeal and devotion from his followers. Somehow immortal, and has always re-emerged to help his beloved people not just once, but three times, all the while working to improve their lives and end an oppressive regime. Kane, from the Command & Conquer Tiberium series.
- All she wants is for her cruel, disobedient daughter is to take up an interest in sewing. Other Mother, "Coraline"
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- A young man who is always smiling and has the spirit of a child. His ultimate aim is to eradicate death itself. Jonathan Teatime, Discworld
- A police officer who was crippled when a superhero failed to live up to his responsibilities, but subsequently managed to empower himself. He then dedicated himself to helping the hero who failed him become a better person. Hunter Zolomon/Zoom II, The Flash
- He is a king ruling over a peaceful land. He has a big appetite, but not as much as his rival. He is commonly the target of body stealing eldritch abominations. He just wants to relax. King Dedede from Kirby.
- He wants to enjoy a fine, sophisticated lifestyle. He can't due to his extremely annoying neighbor and co-worker. Squidward, from Spongebob Squarepants. Not really a villian but portrayed antagonistically.
- After losing most of a recipe to a co-worker (who is the epitome of penny-pinching), he then became a competitor with said co-worker. Unfortunately, the one part of the recipe he had was garbage. He was then forced to stoop as low as stealing food. Plankton.
- He got rid of pain, sorrow, and hatred. Once, he tried to share it with others, however, he ended up in a Fate Worse Than Death. Cyrus, from Pokémon Diamond / Pearl / Platinum.
- A man who, while being morally cleaner than his brothers and co-workers, is constantly hated due to the fact that his job description sounds like someone else's. Hades, from Greek Mythology.
- A boy who was cruelly manipulated by a man who may or may not be his father, and who's beliefs, ideals, and dreams of liberation was shattered by the person he considered his only friend. N, from Pokémon Black / White.
- A race of creatures who cannot survive without a radiation that should be lethal, and they need cybertronics, too. They were 100% hated by everyone and everything, and were wiped out by their only friend, the protagonist. The Grox, from Spore.
- A trio of men who work for the man who saved their lives, moral or not. Some are convinced they're women. The Shadow Triad, from Pokémon Black / White
- A man following his leader's ideal of making a better world. When that fails, he tries to simply find new recources for mankind. Saturn, from Pokémon Diamond / Pearl / Platinum.
- Throughout his childhood, he was picked on because he was small and weak. When he finally escapes this place, ho goes into a place that is only worse. Despite a huge disadvantage in this new land, he manages to turn a collection of rogues into a strict, orderly band of workers. Scourge from Warriors
- Understanding that the world he lived in was corrupted beyond repair, he used his powers to ensure that the world would be properly reborn in a better state. Kyurem, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
- She had lived in the depths of despair for who knows how long in a hostile world. Despite this, she managed to find a loyal group of friends, who brought her out. She deeply cares about her friends and is saddened by their suffering, and hopes that by rebirth of the world, her friends' pain will finally be relieved. Munna, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
- Bullied and teased as a child, he could only find refuge in the silver screen. The actors there provided him with the idea that he could rise against those who had troubled him. His fierce determination led to him finally getting the strength to show that he was no longer going to tolerate being pushed around. Muggshot, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
- As a poor child, he was fascinated by the New Year fireworks displays of the noblemen of his country. He spent well over a decade refining his talent... only for them to not hold up. With fierce determination, he improved his skills and became a powerful leader... only to be defeated and humiliated by a small-time thief. Combined with his beloved daughter being taken away to be married to an unscrupulous tyrant, this was enough to break him. He struggled with finding inner peace, and was unable... until, ironically, he somehow was roped into working with his fiercest enemy. The Panda King, Sly Cooper series
- He was only just starting to make a name for himself when he was rendered frozen alive in a freak accident. Once he awoke, he resumed work in a land of new beliefs and values, making him a big-time Fish out of Temporal Water. He sought to tame the wilderness in ways that would've made his people proud back in his time. In addition, he managed to create a shipping empire consisting of tireless trains- the fact that he got four artifacts of incredible power are a big sign of what he's capable of. Only problem was, in the new age, his practices made him a big target by environmentalists... and other criminals. Jean Bison, Sly 2: Band of Thieves
- His talents were incredible, and it seemed like he was on the way to become a big-time opera star... until the times changed and opera was replaced by a more disagreeable genre of music. Enraged and out of work, he still had some loyal fans, and with these he rose to prominence once more. One day, he hopes to show the world the talents that they had rejected long ago. Don Octavio, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Strong, agile, wise, bold- these words aren't enough to describe this lawful-good man. Proud of his capabilities and appreciative of his workers, he keeps the town safe from any intruders. He even managed to bring a notorious criminal to justice. Sheriff Toothpick, Thieves in Time
- He was uprisen from his life of street crime for his art talents... and the art world hated him. Nowadays, he refines his art techniques and is a renowned paleologist, recovering never-before-seen Stone Age artwork with pinpoint accuracy. However, he is constantly at odds with his uncaring and greedy boss. And besides, he just loves to skate- the one thing that lets him escape from reality. Grizz
- Just a simple baker of the royal court, the greedy and unscrupulous king framed him for a crime he didn't commit. Thus, he was executed. He managed to rise later, seeking to prove his rightful name against the one who resembles the king that framed him. The mummy baker, Courage the Cowardly Dog
- It is a simple-spoken being that truly means no harm. All it wanted was to assist a young man who was struggling with heavy self-confidence issues. Unfortunately, its appearance, combined with its strange mannerisms and method of communication, led to it being associated with fear and dread. The blue nightmare creature (call it whatever you want) from "Perfect", Courage the Cowardly Dog
- All he ever wanted to do was to retrieve a valuable artifact of his that was stolen. Nothing can ever beat his persistience. King Ramses, Courage the Cowardly Dog
- A simple-minded man that is unknowingly hurting people, while he only sees that the people that he is hurting are incredibly happy and enjoying his presence. The Pyro, Team Fortress 2
- Despite being a scientist at the top of his field and achieving results that nobody else can, this loving father still struggles to keep his job. On top of that, he actively involves his family in his research. Shou Tucker from Fullmetal Alchemist
- He took over the kingdom after his brother died. Scar from The Lion King
- He wanted to marry a nice girl who liked to read. Gaston from Beauty and the Beast
- She's a single mother who runs her own business. Mom from Futurama.
- A tireless servant of the few government departments that works efficiently, this individual protects the earth from several serious alien threats and has dedicated his spare time to keeping the FBI doing what it should be doing, fighting crime and not worrying about bizarre conspiracies. Regularly checks on his old co-worker's son and his partner at the FBI, who never even bother to learn his name and just refer to him by the serious illness he has! The jerks! The Cancer Man / The Cigarette Smoking Man. The X-Files.
- A troubled individual raised by his abusive mother, who just wants to get closer to people, especially his children, who he takes a special interest in, even after his tragic death. Became an important part of the bureaucracy of the afterlife upon his death, he has previously been romantically involved with angels. Regularly fights/foils the plans of Death himself. Invented a new variant of musical chairs. Drip, The Sin of Lust. Jack.
- A consummate politician who works tirelessly to raise the earth to its rightful place amongst other planets, this individual has done more to ensure human-alien integration that any other individual. In fact, because of him, thousands of humans and aliens co-inhabit. And all this despite the repeated efforts of a small cell of terrorists (who use child soldiers) supporting a corrupt alien empire to stop him. Visser Three, The Animorphs.
- A tireless law enforcement officer for the gods themselves, This individual has to protect the people despite his boss apparently believing every lie fed to him by the inhuman, demon-using, opiate-addicted thug who has corrupted the avatar of a god, the chosen one, a poor, mentally disturbed teen, the local healer, and an elderly librarian. No-once else appears worried by the actions this partial nudist who hangs out with Demonspawn, convicted murders, cannibals, and hags and lures people into traps full of vampires and who, let's not forget, burst into this world from who-knows-where, destroying part of an ancient temple in the process; only our hero can see this thug for the non-human evil she is. Captain Jhalm, Digger.
- A man who always keeps a smile on his face, constantly compliments even his foes, and saves a princess from being brainwashed. Dimentio, Super Paper Mario
- A man who will do anything to resurect his master. He is constantly being stopped by a man who breaks into people's houses and destroys their property, as well as kill thousands of his minions. When he does resurect said master, the master kills him and traps his soul inside of a blade. Ghirahim, The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
- An angel who's simply taking care of his sister and trying to fulfill her final wishes by ending all discrimination. Mithos Yggdrasil from Tales of Symphonia.
- A beautiful Queen who governs several trillions of people effectively, while making sure they've all got a job in their only industry, which was once chaotic. Queen Sadako from Yu+Me Dream
- A group of Environmental Activist trying to take back what was once theirs, and at the same time attempting to save it from destruction at the hands of those who do have it. The Aliens from Tokyo Mew Mew
- A Father-Son team trying to bring peace to their waring societies. Hawkfrost and Tigerstar from Warriors
- The son and most favored general of a warlord bent on conquering all of humanity and eradicating all religions, he led a group of his brothers and their followers against his father, seeking to secure their right to worship whatever gods they wished. He was rewarded for his efforts by being wiped from existence by his father, and his followers were scattered. Horus, Warhammer 40K.
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- An entire race who've managed to deal with all those painful emotions that cause people so much hurt and distress, and who just want to share this with the rest of the universe. The Cybermen from Doctor Who
- A charming, cultured, and remarkably brilliant man with piercing insight and impeccable taste, who has helped law enforcement officials locate vicious serial murderers and stop them from hurting innocent people. Dr. Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs.
- A brilliant genius who just wants to help humanity reach its full potential without having to rely on an aloof Messiah figure to solve all their problems for them. Lex Luthor from Superman.
- A brilliant environmentalist who is deeply in touch with nature and wants to remind people of the ecological damage they do to the planet. Frequently attempts to extract her best friend from an abusive relationship. Is persecuted by a ruthless, brutal, and single-minded industrialist fiercely opposed to everything she stands for. Poison Ivy from Batman.
- Superheroes who are just looking for something to eat. The Marvel Zombies
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- A man who just wishes to stop the cruelty and racism in his hometown, as well as make it a better place for his adopted son, who was almost killed by his birth father due to the hysteria caused by the aformentioned racism. Momochi Zabuza, Naruto.
- A horribly abused little girl who just wants her distant, emotionally and physically abusive father to love and be proud of her and her big brother. Azula, daughter of Fire Lord Ozai, from Avatar: The Last Airbender
- A kind, caring woman who only wants her adopted daughter to be happy and loved after being forgotten and pushed away by her biological parents. Other Mother
- An old soul who's taken up the life of a hermit, trying to get rid of all the war and hatred encompassing the world, some of which he had a hand in creating back when he was young and foolish. Uchiha Madara, Naruto.
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- He wanted to reform a corrupt society. When he was almost killed, he just wanted another body. Morbius
- They merely got people to help them breathe. The sentient Macra
- The Chosen One, he fights against The Empire, which is run by a man who commits infanticide For the Evulz. Eragon Shadeslayer
- The chosen hero of his people journeys to a foreign world to gain the energy he needs to save his dying homeworld. He is blessed by his gods and devises a plan to save his world without harming the other. Dhaos from Tales Of Phantasia.
- After generously funding the civil war against the unfair goverment of planet Inon II, this honourable member of an advanced alien species was imprisoned and marooned on a primitive world, and forced to adopt a new identity. Out of respect for the new planet's history, he decided to restore the honour and legacy of a once great, but corrupted hero, who had died years earlier, by adopting his name and identity. And out of sheer kindness and good will, he adopted an orphaned girl (who didn't even belong to his species) and lovingly raised her as his own daughter. Although his sole desire was to simply return to his homeworld, he was eventully banished away to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.The Shredder as decipted in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
- A multicultural alliance of various races that banded together in order to complete one of their most sacred religious rites. They are constantly threatened by a racist, authoritarian government, soldiers that give them very demeaning names, and a Sociopathic Soldier who mows down thousands of their own troops, even when they try to run away. The Covenant, Halo
- This beautiful young woman ran away from her home when she discovered her sexual identity. She is always on the run from her mother, a psychotic, Lawful Evil Knight Errant who would kill anything if they disobeyed some obscure, outdated religious laws. Disobeying almost every religious law unfairly forced upon her, she seeks nothing more than to enjoy her unique version of bisexuality. Known for her outstanding charm, she has refined tastes and prefers to date struggling artists over dumb brutes. Her beauty, intelligence, and pure psychic power often brings up comparisons to various mythological creatures. Morinth, Mass Effect 2
- When the galaxy faces a massive invasion, this spec-ops agent disobeys his government in an attempt to live in peace with the invaders rather than face annihilation. He also tried to save a dying alien race from a Depopulation Bomb. Saren, Mass Effect
- This organization puts profit, politics, and religion behind them in order to fulfill the idealistic goal of promoting human advancement and protecting humanity from extraterrestrial threats. When the Galactic and Human governments fail to act to act against terrifying race of aliens, they recruited a war hero and gave him the equipment, men, and contacts needed to save the galaxy, and all of humanity, once again. Cerberus, Mass Effect
- When human colonization pushed far into their ancestral lands, these men disobeyed their own government, the Galactic Council, and the Human governments by sharing one of their most treasured and threatened cultural practices with impoverished human colonists. Batarian Slavers, Mass Effect
- The oldest of an extremely intelligent race, this nomadic alien observed and interacted with many different alien races, but found himself intrigued by the true potential of humanity. With the help of another alien race who was recruited to the cause, he gathered numerous humans to contribute in one of the most psychologically compelling scientific enterprises in galactic history to provide immortality for millions of people so we could Ascend To A Higher Plane Of Existance. Along with his interest in human development, this extraterrestrial is also known for his battle cries, which manage to motivate both his troops and the enemy in one unified display of joy. His work will never be forgotten as he shows humanity their true genetic potential. Harbinger, Mass Effect
- Teenager having family problems gets picked up by a corporation, which uses his insecurities in their nonsensical war. Scout, Team Fortress 2
- Born bound to a small area, he worked his way up to founding a country which he calmly rules from a fancy throne. He works on a special project with his children whenever he can, which is often, as he is a stay-at-home dad and a devoted father. Father from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga.
- A young man who must take over his father's business after the latter is killed by a murderous psychopath. Opposing him is a ragtag group who think nothing of using terrorism to achieve their goals. Eventually, one of his most trusted and scrupulous employees joins them. He maintains his composure, even when faced with certain death. Rufus Shinra, Final Fantasy VII.
- A creature that was shunned and feared, who only wanted a friend. He was killed by the resident "hero". So strong was his want for happiness that he came back from the dead and showed the whole galaxy what he was feeling, so that people would sympathise and love him. He searched for the only thing that could alleviate his sorrow, a magical crystal, and it was promptly taken away from him. The "hero" took the crystal from him and used it to kill him again. Zero/Zero Two, Kirby series.
- A former ruler who was betrayed and cast onto a plane, and into a body, she didn't belong in, something that caused her painful insanity every day for (apparently) twenty-five years. She desperately wanted to go home. She kept herself together all that time, never giving up hope, and was murdered in her most helpless state immediately before she could go home like she wanted. Glory from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
- He/She was wronged and ended up dying, and now wants to punish people who do similar things to others. Most ghosts in Supernatural
- He/She was trapped in an alternate dimension and tortured, then forced to torture others, and has finally managed to get free. The demons in Supernatural
- A man who would face hell for the woman he loves - indeed, he did, yet his efforts still went tragically unnoticed by her. Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- He lives in squalor and, throughout his series, only seeks to better himself. Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events.
- He'll do anything to be the governor of his country. Snattle, Pokémon XD.
- He was king of the world, and had so much time on his hands that he was willing to make his army kill each other, until he started working under somebody to alleviate his boredom. Baraggan Luisenbarn, Bleach.
- An attractive, highly intelligent man who served his people and deity loyally. When his beloved succumbed to illness, he and his closest ally discovered and enacted the means to prevent him from suffering the same fate, ensuring him a long and fulfilling life. He eventually became a great leader and found himself a second betrothed who would bear his child, one of the strongest forces for good in existence. But she was murdered, so he set a plan in effect to properly punish the people responsible for the crime. He continues to return sporadically, especially in times when evil is at its worst, to fight against those who permit such evil to thrive. Dracula from Castlevania.
- A powerful being who is notable for his imposing physical presence, more intelligence than his outward appearance suggests, and skill in a wide variety of combat methods that include his natural abilities, weaponry, and sorcery. His goal is to kill or otherwise dethrone a noted and almost universally despised evil king who seeks to destroy the world's entire population. His first attempt involved gaining the leadership of his enemy's army and using it against him and his surviving heirs. His next notable attempt involved teaming up with a powerful ally to allow him to travel back in time and eliminate the king before he could ever come into power, thus undoing a long life of evil deeds and gaining the throne with a minimum of bloodshed. He is most commonly remembered for an occasion when he was trapped in an out-of-the-way room of his enemy's fortress from which he could not escape. Even then, he didn't actually do anything before he was attacked and killed by his enemy's only son in an act that served no actual purpose aside from giving the son the power to subject others to a slow death with his mere physical presence. And worst of all, everyone would rather have the evil king in power than him, for no adequately explained reason. Galamoth, also from Castlevania.
- A young teenage boy strives to bring order to a Teenage Wasteland, and handles a massive disaster much better than anyone else. Unfortunately, his attempts to achieve peace have all been thwarted by his twin brother, whose main hobby seems to be sabataging whatever plans there are for peace, then whining when people expect him to take responsibility. Coming up on his sixteenth birthday, this boy has driven away and temporarily defeated an Eldritch Abomination all for the love of a girl, escorted all his friends to safety and comfort only to return when the townsfolk who rejected him were in danger, and defeated huge monsters while his brother—still hailed as The Hero—took a hike. Meanwhile, he's still despised and looked down on, has paid an incredibly high price for whatever he's worked for, and has been betrayed by almost everyone he knows. And, to top it all off, his pregnant girlfriend just abandoned him. Caine Soren from Gone
- He just want to get the love of his life to laugh. The Joker from Batman
- Because she is too afraid to reveal her true feelings, this is the only way she can spend time with her one true love. Shego from Kim Possible
- After saving the empire from a racist military dictatorship, he spends the rest of his life protecting the empire from an out of control uprising led by domestic terrorists. King Galbatorix from The Inheritance Cycle
- A brilliant man, born with a severe disability, dreams of one day inspiring the emergence of a genuine superhero. Elijah Price, Unbreakable.
- A socially maladjusted genius. He just can't seem to find Ms. Right; why do his efforts towards that end cause so much controversy? The antics of his ungrateful daughter eventually get him killed. Joseph Grey Veil, S.L. Viehl's Stardoc series.
- A team of complete and utter badasses, genuinely close to one another and even including at least one couple, who toppled a tyrant and were willing to challenge a Physical God in the name of freedom. For their troubles, they all did over a decade of hard time; then, shortly after getting out, all but one of them met horrible deaths. The Red Lotus, The Legend of Korra.
- A perfectly rational man who doesn't let emotions get in the way of getting his job done and understands it's not his or anyone else's place to deem if he crossed a line or not; it's history's and history's alone. Cancer Deathmask from Saint Seiya
- Granted, he's a Blood Knight and has very high expectations for his teammates in fights, but he also adheres to those same rules himself and punishes himself accordingly when he loses too. He also helped make a Joke Character take many a level in badass and is set up for fighting one of the antagonists of the current story arc. Neptuneman from Kinnikuman Nisei
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- A noble and cultured king dressed in black who just wants that troublesome white knight and his allies to leave him and his princess alone. The Phantom Blot, essentially in his own words in a 90s era Mickey Mouse comic
- A strong leader who gave hundreds a newer, better way of life, and is only looking to improve it by seeking territory that can support them. Scourge of Warrior Cats
- A brave leader who wants to merge warring groups and 'purify' their ranks. Tigerstar, also of Warrior Cats
- A proud chief of police who believes that, if he is given control of things, the job will be done correctly every time. Gant of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
- A man, who was taken from his home when he was younger, has dreams of a better world. Along with his friend, he tries to make the world a better place. The Brain, Pinky and the Brain
- A great warrior, this man discovers that a rival superpower has developed a horrifying weapon of genocide. The rival government claims that it is a device for "peaceful terraforming", but even if this claim weas not laughable, the fact that the device was invented by the son of the rival nation's most notorious military commander tells him all he needs to know. The warrior leads his men on a quest to destroy the weapon and the research developing it, or, failing that, to at least secure the horrible weapon for his own people, ensuring MAD-enforced peace. After some hesitation, he decides he has no choice but to kill the inventor. He is slain in battle with the enemy commander, dying for his people and bringing honor to his family. Commander Kruge, Star Trek III.
- This nation was carved from the wilderness by outcasts and political refugees. It eventually grew into a continent-sprawling great power which proceeded to liberate Eurasia from the Nazis. It then set about unifying the world under a regime wherein every man can live up to his full potential, yet even the lowliest menial worker would be satisfied, nay, happy, with his lot in life. The nation has accomplished this utopian dream, though it still faces attacks from the descendants of the people who sent its founders into exile in the first place. The Domination of the Draka.
- A beautiful young Action Girl who manages to maintain her sense of humor even in the face of overwhelming tragedy and enjoys giving hugs. Laughing Octopus/Laughing Beauty from Metal Gear Solid 4
- The champion of beauty, pleasure, and passion in a world dominated by grim, dictatorial militarism. Slaanesh from Warhammer 40K.
- A clever, determined, and rather kinky Ensemble Dark Horse with a lot of style and a talent for multitasking, who gave up everything for the sake of the ideals of the man he loved and a free world. Ocelot, Metal Gear saga
- A devoted mother who just wanted justice for her disabled son. Pamela Voorhees, from Friday the 13th (1980)
- A brilliant, inner-directed Genius Bruiser who used his unique talents and vision to conspire against Nazi Germany from within. Unfortunately, his efforts to unlock his full potential put him on the wrong side of Beauty Equals Goodness and made him an outcast from normal society. The Red Skull, from Captain America: The First Avenger
- A strong woman who managed to build a successful career for herself under a highly patriarchal right-wing regime, and now wants to find a man who can keep up with her. Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS
- A woman who's unconventionally beautiful, badass, and, after some consciousness raising, comfortable in her own skin. She had always been different. After spending her childhood trying to hide, she finally chose to embrace her distinctiveness and fight for a world in which she wouldn't have to pass for normal - this alienated her from the only family she had. After she suffers a disabling injury while fighting for their shared cause, she's rejected by the man who introduced her to radical identity politics. Mystique in the X-Men movies.
- This tortured soul was a tireless animal rights crusader, out to end the tradition of ritualized blood sport plaguing his world. He was also a devoted father who took a great interest in raising his son right, allowing him the honor of gaining all the glory and attention while he was content to stay out of the spotlight. He was also responsible for saving the lives of at least three people. Even after his defeat he was so magnanimous as to give the boy who selfishly undid everything he worked for three unique and powerful artifacts. When he returned, he made contributions in reversing global warming. He's also physically disabled, but hasn't let it get in his way. Ghetsis, Pokemon Black and White
- A fragment of an Artificial Intelligence that was mind-raped and fragmented by his "father" in a callous attempt to save money, he uses his cunning and craftiness to work with his "brothers" and undo what was done wrong to them and become whole again. Oh, and he helps a clumsy, brutish soldier take a level in badass. Sigma, Red vs. Blue
- A heartbroken man who is persecuted for his well-intentioned attempts to help the armed forces. Thankfully, he was able to escape via Loophole Abuse. The Director, Red vs. Blue
- A surgeon who only wants to make his clients beautiful. Dr. Steinman, Bioshock.
- An artist, abandoned by his best friend and betrayed by his colleagues, requests only four pictures from someone before sending them exactly where they need to go, and even goes so far as to supply them whatever they may need to collect the shots. Sander Cohen, Bioshock.
- An independent thinker who once worked on a creative project in collaboration with several members of his family. At one point, he added a unique and original contribution to this project and presented it to his colleagues/family members. They proceeded to disown him and violently drive him out of their family home simply because they disliked his idea. Not discouraged, he continued to work independently, developing his own idea and expanding its scope, but his family members continue to interfere with his work whenever they can. The Lone Power, Young Wizards
- An elderly scientist who conducts research to create a medicine that dramatically improves the long-term health of whoever takes it. His personal goals include reconnecting with some old friends he used to drink with a long time ago and expanding his knowledge of the world. He likes to pat people on the head. He has fathered many children, but all of them have eventually rejected him. Szilard Quates, Baccano!
- A little boy who wants to be loved and have fun. Everyone in his community hates him, even his own family; his attempts to make himself liked only intensify their hatred. Anthony Fremont, It's a Good Life/The Twilight Zone