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** ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. Sure, he's a genocidal maniac, and caused a high number of casualties in his quest for mutant freedom. Nonetheless, when he was young, he survived UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust after being taken away from his parents and sent to a concentration camp.

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** ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. Sure, he's a genocidal maniac, and caused a high number of casualties in his quest for mutant freedom. Nonetheless, when he was young, he survived UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust after being taken away from surviving his parents family's execution by firing squad, left in a mass grave with them, and sent to a Auschwitz concentration camp.

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* ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'': [[ArchEnemy The colonel Olrik]], of all people, goes through a lot in ''The Septimus Wave''. Not having recovered from the late Septimus's brainwashing in ''Recap/TheYellowM'', he found refuge in Miss Sing's Chinese establishment, where only morphine injections prevent him from completely going insane. [[BigBadDuumvirate The four Big Bads]] and Mortimer's activities with two Telecephaloscopes (one of Septimus's machines) doesn't help him; he has visions of a horde of Septimus wanting him back, only increasing his mental instability. The main antagonists kidnap him with the intention of brainwashing him again. The aforementioned Septimus horde actually exists and wants to capture him at all costs, forcing him to make an alliance with Mortimer. Desperate to get rid of the {{Mind Rape}}s for good, Olrik even accepts to take over the Mega Wave to end the phenomenon, [[HeroicSacrifice despite risking to permanently lose his sanity on the process]]. In the end, he hasn't recovered from his experience and is reduced to repeating a MadnessMantra in Bedlam Hospice. Despite being the overarching villain of the series, Olrik's weaknesses are heavily present throughout the book, making him a surprisingly sympathetic character.


* Frost in ''ComicBook/NobleCauses'' is an unrelenting asshole, but when you learn the details of his backstory itís almost impossible not to feel sorry for him. Also, since the rest of the Nobles treat him like dirt and constantly assume heís up to no good even when heís actively saving their lives, itís not like anyoneís giving him a reason not to act like a prick.

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* Frost in ''ComicBook/NobleCauses'' is an unrelenting asshole, but when you learn the details of his backstory itís almost impossible not to feel sorry for him. Also, since the rest of the Nobles treat him like dirt and constantly assume heís up to no good even when heís actively saving their lives, itís not like anyoneís giving him a reason not to act like a prick.


** ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. Sure, he's a genocidal maniac, and caused a high number of casualties in his quest for mutant freedom. Nonetheless, when he was young, he survived the Holocaust after being taken away from his parents and sent to a concentration camp.

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** ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. Sure, he's a genocidal maniac, and caused a high number of casualties in his quest for mutant freedom. Nonetheless, when he was young, he survived the Holocaust UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust after being taken away from his parents and sent to a concentration camp.


** From ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', Harley Quinn. It's no secret that she is a villain. However, when you see the Domestic Abuse Joker puts her through and the fact that she's not really enjoying it this time around, you will feel sorry for her. [[spoiler:The fact that she escapes him when so many Harley Quinns before her didn't actually feels so satisfying]]!
** The Riddler. A villain turned Private Detective, turned villain again. He's not as bad a guy as some of the other villains (hence the pretty long reform period), but he still qualifies as a jerk with the grievances he's put people though. So, as established by his history as a maniacal shitheel, he's a big nasty dangerous jerk, but it's not exactly surprising when in "Low" and "Riddle me This", we learn he was raised by two people who openly hated him: "My mother hated me. Not as much as my father, sure, but it wasn't from lack of trying". We already know from his origin comic that they would blame each other for his conception, but in the aforementioned arcs, we learn they also went out of their way to hinder his education by rejecting his test scores. And if that isn't bad enough, his father took it beyond emotional abuse and beat Edward for his accomplishments until he was so emotionally damaged that he developed an OCD while trying to cope with his trauma.

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** From ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', Harley Quinn. It's no secret that she is a villain. However, when you see the Domestic Abuse DomesticAbuse Joker puts her through and the fact that she's not really enjoying it this time around, you will feel sorry for her. [[spoiler:The fact that she escapes him when so many Harley Quinns before her didn't actually feels so satisfying]]!
** The Riddler.ComicBook/TheRiddler. A villain turned Private Detective, turned villain again. He's not as bad a guy as some of the other villains (hence the pretty long reform period), but he still qualifies as a jerk with the grievances he's put people though. So, as established by his history as a maniacal shitheel, he's a big nasty dangerous jerk, but it's not exactly surprising when in "Low" and "Riddle me This", we learn he was raised by [[AbusiveParents two people who openly hated him: him]]: "My mother hated me. Not as much as my father, sure, but it wasn't from lack of trying". We already know from his origin comic that they would blame each other for his conception, but in the aforementioned arcs, we learn they also went out of their way to hinder his education by rejecting his test scores. And if that isn't bad enough, his father took it beyond emotional abuse and beat Edward for his accomplishments until he was so emotionally damaged that he developed an OCD while trying to cope with his trauma.



* DependingOnTheWriter but ''Loki'' mostly qualifies. He's at best an untrustworthy jerk, at worst a villain bent on world domination, but has a lot of valid excuses like parental favouritism, mistreatment by the people of Asgard, and fate being a dick so feeling sorry for him is understandable.

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* DependingOnTheWriter but ''Loki'' ''ComicBook/{{Loki}}'' mostly qualifies. He's at best an untrustworthy jerk, at worst a villain bent on world domination, but has a lot of valid excuses like parental favouritism, mistreatment by the people of Asgard, and fate being a dick so feeling sorry for him is understandable.



* ]''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'': The spin-off series ''Incorruptible'' shows this to be the case for Max Damage, Plutonian's former ArchEnemy and [[HeelFaceTurn reformed supervillain]]. Much like Plutonian, his powers (which he'd gotten by paying a MadScientist to experiment on him because he realized being a low-level crook was useless with actual superheroes in the world) have made his life nearly unbearable, and his journey from bad guy to the BigGood is fraught with hardship and bumps that sometimes cause him to give up. And keeping with the 'jerkass' part, he's definitely not a nice guy at all, [[CharacterDevelopment though he does get better]].

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* ]''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'': The spin-off series ''Incorruptible'' shows this to be the case for Max Damage, Plutonian's former ArchEnemy and [[HeelFaceTurn reformed supervillain]]. Much like Plutonian, his powers (which he'd gotten by paying a MadScientist to experiment on him because he realized being a low-level crook was useless with actual superheroes in the world) have made his life nearly unbearable, and his journey from bad guy to the BigGood is fraught with hardship and bumps that sometimes cause him to give up. And keeping with the 'jerkass' part, he's definitely not a nice guy at all, [[CharacterDevelopment though he does get better]].

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** Wally West, the third Flash, started out as this. He was very self-centered, lecherous, lazy, and arrogant. However, he was also rather depressed, had incredibly Abusive Parents, and the only people who ''did'' care for him, his aunt and uncle, were killed. These days, he's grown as a person and is just TheWoobie, without the {{Jerkass}} element.


* Superboy Prime. Many of the things he's done are monstrous, true. On the other hand, his superhero career started with his universe getting destroyed, followed by spending a few years with nothing to do but watch either his past life or the worst of the Dark Age. [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength His first superhero fight after getting out went horribly wrong after he accidentally punched just a little harder than he meant to and knocked a heroine's head off.]] His life since then has mostly been an attempt to hide from his inner pain by using his vast power on anything that reminds him of it. [[NoFourthWall Oh, and he's aware of the writers doing all this the whole time.]]



* The Plutonian of ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}''. Yes, he's an AxCrazy Franchise/{{Superman}} {{expy}} who [[EvilIsPetty takes as much enjoyment]] in his [[KickTheDog personal acts of evil]] as well as the [[MoralEventHorizon mass atrocities]]. But then you read through the flashbacks showing his ''deeply'' messed up childhood and the [[MyGreatestFailure incident that drove him]] to the edge and into villainy, and it's clear that even before he snapped he was '''very''' [[BrokenAce deeply broken inside]]. Not helping matters was the fact that [[FlyingBrick his powers]] made him [[BlessedWithSuck unable to really have a normal life]]. Not just that, but it's also shown that Plutonian, on some level, still wants to be a hero again and desperately wants to love and be loved, and yet his insanity makes him unable to really accept it.
** The spin-off series ''Incorruptible'' shows this to be the case for Max Damage, Plutonian's former ArchEnemy and [[HeelFaceTurn reformed supervillain]]. Much like Plutonian, his powers (which he'd gotten by paying a MadScientist to experiment on him because he realized being a low-level crook was useless with actual superheroes in the world) have made his life nearly unbearable, and his journey from bad guy to the BigGood is fraught with hardship and bumps that sometimes cause him to give up. And keeping with the 'jerkass' part, he's definitely not a nice guy at all, [[CharacterDevelopment though he does get better]].

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* The Plutonian of ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}''. Yes, he's an AxCrazy Franchise/{{Superman}} {{expy}} who [[EvilIsPetty takes as much enjoyment]] in his [[KickTheDog personal acts of evil]] as well as the [[MoralEventHorizon mass atrocities]]. But then you read through the flashbacks showing his ''deeply'' messed up childhood and the [[MyGreatestFailure incident that drove him]] to the edge and into villainy, and it's clear that even before he snapped he was '''very''' [[BrokenAce deeply broken inside]]. Not helping matters was the fact that [[FlyingBrick his powers]] made him [[BlessedWithSuck unable to really have a normal life]]. Not just that, but it's also shown that Plutonian, on some level, still wants to be a hero again and desperately wants to love and be loved, and yet his insanity makes him unable to really accept it.
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]''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'': The spin-off series ''Incorruptible'' shows this to be the case for Max Damage, Plutonian's former ArchEnemy and [[HeelFaceTurn reformed supervillain]]. Much like Plutonian, his powers (which he'd gotten by paying a MadScientist to experiment on him because he realized being a low-level crook was useless with actual superheroes in the world) have made his life nearly unbearable, and his journey from bad guy to the BigGood is fraught with hardship and bumps that sometimes cause him to give up. And keeping with the 'jerkass' part, he's definitely not a nice guy at all, [[CharacterDevelopment though he does get better]].


* Brian in ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''. He's a ManipulativeBastard who regularly cheats, backstabs, and swindles his friends to get ahead. He's also a deeply insecure man who lost both his parents, has an unrequited crush on Sara, and tells people he has a 'beloved uncle' who takes him away on Thanksgiving when, in reality, he just goes down the the game store and plays in tournaments to pass the time.

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* Brian in ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''.''WebComic/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''. He's a ManipulativeBastard who regularly cheats, backstabs, and swindles his friends to get ahead. He's also a deeply insecure man who lost both his parents, has an unrequited crush on Sara, and tells people he has a 'beloved uncle' who takes him away on Thanksgiving when, in reality, he just goes down the the game store and plays in tournaments to pass the time.


* Brian in Comic/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable. He's a ManipulativeBastard who regularly cheats, backstabs, and swindles his friends to get ahead. He's also a deeply insecure man who lost both his parents, has an unrequited crush on Sara, and tells people he has a 'beloved uncle' who takes him away on Thanksgiving when, in reality, he just goes down the the game store and plays in tournaments to pass the time.

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* Brian in Comic/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable.''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''. He's a ManipulativeBastard who regularly cheats, backstabs, and swindles his friends to get ahead. He's also a deeply insecure man who lost both his parents, has an unrequited crush on Sara, and tells people he has a 'beloved uncle' who takes him away on Thanksgiving when, in reality, he just goes down the the game store and plays in tournaments to pass the time.


* ComicBook/EmmaFrost from ''ComicBook/XMen''. As a kid, she was raised by a heartless father and a doormat mother. Her older sister was a [[AlphaBitch queen bitch]]. Then, the [[PsychicNosebleed headaches]] started. After losing several friends and lovers, suffering FantasticRacism, nearly being a victim of sororicide, et cetera, it's not surprising that Emma Frost acts coldly even after joining the good guys.
** It went FromBadToWorse since she joined the good guys, what with her students dying and all. She's something of a MamaBear now, though she's still as cold as ever.

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* ComicBook/EmmaFrost from ''ComicBook/XMen''.''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/EmmaFrost.
As a kid, she was raised by a heartless father and a doormat mother. Her older sister was a [[AlphaBitch queen bitch]]. Then, the [[PsychicNosebleed headaches]] started. After losing several friends and lovers, suffering FantasticRacism, nearly being a victim of sororicide, et cetera, it's not surprising that Emma Frost acts coldly even after joining the good guys.
** *** It went FromBadToWorse since she joined the good guys, what with her students dying and all. She's something of a MamaBear now, though she's still as cold as ever.


* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Chief Judge Thomas Silver ruthlessly crushed the Democracy movement, and made an appalling number of bad decisions that ended in Necropolis, a nightmare that cost the lives of 60 million people. ''Return of the King'' makes him rather pitiable when we see the sheer magnitude of the suffering he went through at the hands of Judge Death and his cohorts, who turned him into a zombie pet so they could torment and humiliate him indefinitely, constantly reminding him about what they were doing to his city.

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Chief Judge Thomas Silver ruthlessly crushed the Democracy movement, and made an appalling number of bad decisions that ended in Necropolis, a nightmare that cost the lives of 60 million people. ''Return of the King'' makes him rather pitiable when we see the sheer magnitude of the suffering he went through at the hands of Judge Death and his cohorts, who turned him into a zombie pet so they could torment and humiliate him indefinitely, constantly reminding him about what they were doing to his city.city.
** ''Judge friggin' Fire'' actually managed to achieve this for a split second, who for the record is as much of a genocidal walking corpse as his brothers, who has actually burned alive hundreds of children in one day on the excuse of "noise pollution". In ''Dreams of Deadworld'' it's shown that he was in love/obsessed with a female Dark Judge who killed herself rather than submit to him. He just keeps staring at her skull for decades to relive the memory, [[MadnessMantra constantly reiterating]] that as a Dark Judge he shouldn't have feelings anymore.

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** David Cain is a tremendous asshole, whose treatment of his daughter easily crosses the MoralEventHorizon. Still, it's hard not to pity him when he tries so desperately to hold onto the only things he has left of her, the tapes he recorded of her training sessions, and spends most of his time when not being an assassin drinking and watching those tapes over and over, desperately trying to understand where he went wrong.


* [[DependingOnTheWriter Sometimes]], Victor Von Doom falls in this trope. On the other hand, this is the guy who brought every bad thing that has ever happened to him down on his own head because he was too much of an arrogant prick to listen to Reed Richards' advice, opting instead to try to maliciously destroy the latter's life because he accidentally bruised Doom's ego by daring to be smarter than him. So he's crossed over the line to WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.

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* [[DependingOnTheWriter Sometimes]], [[ComicBook/DoctorDoom Victor Von Doom Doom]] falls in this trope. On the other hand, this is the guy who brought every bad thing that has ever happened to him down on his own head because he was too much of an arrogant prick to listen to Reed Richards' advice, opting instead to try to maliciously destroy the latter's life because he accidentally bruised Doom's ego by daring to be smarter than him. So he's crossed over the line to WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.

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