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* [[EvilVsEvil Whichever way you look at it]] in ''Fanfic/FarceOfTheThreeKingdoms.'' Liu Bei, the DesignatedHero, is cowardly, hypocritical, and self-centred, and Zhuge Liang is arguably a CompleteMonster. Cao Cao is generally more likable, and frequently [[PetTheDog Pets The Dog]], but he's definitely a paranoid, murderous tyrant. Sun Quan is ALighterShadeOfGrey, but he gets much less focus.

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* [[EvilVsEvil [[EvilVersusEvil Whichever way you look at it]] in ''Fanfic/FarceOfTheThreeKingdoms.'' Liu Bei, the DesignatedHero, is cowardly, hypocritical, and self-centred, and Zhuge Liang is arguably a CompleteMonster. Cao Cao is generally more likable, and frequently [[PetTheDog Pets The Dog]], but he's definitely a paranoid, murderous tyrant. Sun Quan is ALighterShadeOfGrey, but he gets much less focus.


* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Due to the BlackAndBlackMorality setting, every faction could be seen as a villain protagonist when they're being played. From war-crazed Ork swarms to Chaos demons to fascist, genocidal humans, no one group could be said to be "the good guys."

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Due to the BlackAndBlackMorality EvilVersusEvil setting, every faction could be seen as a villain protagonist when they're being played. From war-crazed Ork swarms to Chaos demons to fascist, genocidal humans, no one group could be said to be "the good guys."



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* ''Franchise/XMen'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/DevilsDiary'' is told from ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s point of view and delves into his inner thoughts and motivations, as well as his firm belief that becoming a dictator is the only way to save his people.

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** Peter Griffin has turned into this thanks to {{Flanderization}}, having gone from "well-meaning but incredibly dumb" to "unbelivably selfish and callous".


* Music/TheKinks/ "Sunny Afternoon" is told from the prescriptive of a [[RichBitch Rich Bastard]] who complains about "the tax man [taking] all [he's]" (yet he still lives in a "stately home"), being unable to use his yacht and is an [[TheAlcoholic Alcoholic]] that is "cruel" to his girlfriend.

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* Music/TheKinks/ Music/TheKinks "Sunny Afternoon" is told from the prescriptive of a [[RichBitch Rich Bastard]] who complains about "the tax man [taking] all [he's]" [he's] got" (yet he still lives in a "stately home"), being unable to use his yacht and is an [[TheAlcoholic Alcoholic]] that is "cruel" to his girlfriend.


* Music/TheKinks/ "Sunny Afternoon" is told from the prescriptive of a [[RichBitch Rich Bastard]] who complains about paying taxes, being unable to use his yacht and is an [[alcoholic]] that is cruel to his girlfriend.

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* Music/TheKinks/ "Sunny Afternoon" is told from the prescriptive of a [[RichBitch Rich Bastard]] who complains about paying taxes, "the tax man [taking] all [he's]" (yet he still lives in a "stately home"), being unable to use his yacht and is an [[alcoholic]] [[TheAlcoholic Alcoholic]] that is cruel "cruel" to his girlfriend.

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*Music/TheKinks/ "Sunny Afternoon" is told from the prescriptive of a [[RichBitch Rich Bastard]] who complains about paying taxes, being unable to use his yacht and is an [[alcoholic]] that is cruel to his girlfriend.


* ''Series/TheBoys2019'': The Boys are certainly villains in-universe. Butcher callously uses his friends, blackmails people, kills people, breaks into government facilities, and has a general disregard for anyone's welfare (including his own, to be fair) unless it gats him closer to his goal of killing Homelander.

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* ''Series/TheBoys2019'': The Boys are certainly villains in-universe. Butcher callously uses his friends, blackmails people, kills people, breaks into government facilities, and has a general disregard for anyone's welfare (including his own, to be fair) unless it gats gets him closer to his goal of killing Homelander.

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* [[{{Music/Chieftain}} "Strong"]] by Clamavi de Profundis tells the story of a Viking tribe who goes to invade a monastery, fully intending to kill everyone there, and loot all their gold.


* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', [[OurLichesAreDifferent the Horned King]], the deceased BigBad of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', is resurrected by [[CosmicEntities the Fates]] for unclear reasons and forced on a RedemptionQuest. If he manages to fulfill it under eighteen months, he'll be freed permanently from [[SoulJar the Black Cauldron]]; otherwise, he'll be [[SealedEvilInACan sealed into it]] for [[AndIMustScream all eternity]]. He initially doesn't believe he can fulfill [[ImpossibleTask the absurd quest]] (earning a human's love) and decides to settle for killing Taran, whom he believes to be responsible for his fate. However, he encounters a young human named [[PurityPersonified Avalina]]. He imprisons her, but during the long months [[MoralityPet the prisoner]] and her [[LimaSyndrome jailer]] spend time together, the Horned King slowly turns from a CardCarryingVillain into a NobleDemon. It remains to be seen if the Horned King manages to save his soul from eternal damnation.

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* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', [[OurLichesAreDifferent the Horned King]], the deceased BigBad of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron'', is resurrected by [[CosmicEntities the Fates]] for unclear reasons and forced on a RedemptionQuest. If he manages to fulfill it under eighteen months, he'll be freed permanently from [[SoulJar the Black Cauldron]]; otherwise, he'll be [[SealedEvilInACan sealed into it]] for [[AndIMustScream all eternity]]. He initially doesn't believe he can fulfill [[ImpossibleTask the absurd quest]] (earning a human's love) and decides to settle for killing Taran, whom he believes to be responsible for his fate. However, he encounters a young human named [[PurityPersonified Avalina]]. He imprisons her, but during the long months [[MoralityPet the prisoner]] and her [[LimaSyndrome jailer]] spend time together, the Horned King slowly turns from a CardCarryingVillain into a NobleDemon. It remains to be seen if the Horned King manages to save his soul from eternal damnation.



* Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. He's very mean and arrogant, and everyone hates him, but his EvilChancellor Yzma is way eviler than him, and the film revolves around him going on an odyssey that [[HeelFaceTurn helps him become a better person]].

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* Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''.''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. He's very mean and arrogant, and everyone hates him, but his EvilChancellor Yzma is way eviler than him, and the film revolves around him going on an odyssey that [[HeelFaceTurn helps him become a better person]].



* PlayedWith in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', as the title character only ''[[PunchClockVillain plays]]'' the villain, but is clearly otherwise ''[[MeanCharacterNiceActor not]]'' a villain in reality. His quest is to prove to the so-called "[[IronicNickname Nicelanders]]" that he's capable of doing good, much to their disbelief (particularly from Mayor Gene).

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* PlayedWith in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'', as the title character only ''[[PunchClockVillain plays]]'' the villain, but is clearly otherwise ''[[MeanCharacterNiceActor not]]'' a villain in reality. His quest is to prove to the so-called "[[IronicNickname Nicelanders]]" that he's capable of doing good, much to their disbelief (particularly from Mayor Gene).


* Late in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Daring Do is revealed to be a VillainWithGoodPublicity when it's revealed that Ahuizotl is actually a guardian spirit assigned to protect the temples and treasures she steals and she's a thief capitalizing off of stealing from him and writing books that cast her as the hero. In her defense she's at least a good person who thought he was evil and his fierce behavior certainly didn't help sway that, but it's never-the-less brought up that if she shouldn't have just assumed he was the bad guy. The fact was even subtly {{Foreshadow|ing}}ed in an earlier episode when she prevents him from unleashing an 800 year heat wave on a valley: [[RewatchBonus watch it again now]] and you'll notice all the native ponies who live in the valley are actively helping him accomplish it rather than being victimized by it.



* Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. He either serves as TheDragon for an even greater evil, or IS the BigBad in most episodes. Occasionally though, he functions as a NominalHero.

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* Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. He either serves as TheDragon for an even greater evil, or IS the BigBad in most episodes. Occasionally though, he functions as a NominalHero.NominalHero and, on one and only one occasion, he had genuinely heroic intentions when he saved cats in ''Major Boobage''.


* The''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Due to the BlackAndBlackMorality setting, every faction could be seen as a villain protagonist when they're being played. From war-crazed Ork swarms to Chaos demons to fascist, genocidal humans, no one group could be said to be "the good guys."

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* The''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Due to the BlackAndBlackMorality setting, every faction could be seen as a villain protagonist when they're being played. From war-crazed Ork swarms to Chaos demons to fascist, genocidal humans, no one group could be said to be "the good guys."


Very often leads to MisaimedFandom. Do ''not'' confuse with the AntiHero, who lacks traditional heroic qualities and may have some unheroic ones, and may be more morally ambiguous, but is still ultimately on the side of good (although an AntiHero can end up becoming a VillainProtagonist if they end up [[HeWhoFightsMonsters crossing one too many lines]]). Also not to be confused with ByronicHero, who is simply a deeply flawed person, heroic or not. Many Byronic Heroes tend to zone in and out of Villain Protagonist territory, though. If the main character is the villain to ''themselves'' in their own story, they are HisOwnWorstEnemy. If a heroic protagonist is revealed to be EvilAllAlong towards the end, this is TheKillerInMe.

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Very often leads to MisaimedFandom. Do ''not'' confuse with the AntiHero, who lacks traditional heroic qualities and may have some unheroic ones, and may be more morally ambiguous, but is still ultimately on the side of good (although an AntiHero can end up becoming a VillainProtagonist if they end up [[HeWhoFightsMonsters crossing one too many lines]]). Also not to be confused with ByronicHero, who is simply a deeply flawed person, heroic or not. Many Byronic Heroes tend to zone in and out of Villain Protagonist territory, though. If the main character is the villain to ''themselves'' in their own story, they are HisOwnWorstEnemy. If a heroic protagonist is revealed to be EvilAllAlong towards the end, this is TheKillerInMe.
TheKillerInMe. If you get to see how a heroic protagonist gradually becomes evil over the course of the story, this is ProtagonistJourneyToVillain.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheButcherBird'', the entire crew of the Nightmare Pirates counts as this, being a pack of pirates who have a MadScientist captain, a [[Manga/TokyoGhoul ghoul]] as a first mate, [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores various breeds of hardened killers and criminals as crewmen]], and a group of officers who range from PsychopathicManchild to BloodKnight in temperament. The OnlySaneMan is the Bosun, and even he's a PunchClockVillain by the standards of the setting.


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* ''Fanfic/MastermindStrategistForHire'' follows [[Manga/MyHeroAcademia Izuku Midoriya]], who, after finding himself unable to find a job due to [[FantasticRacism prejudice against his Quirklessness]], becomes the titular Mastermind, using his [[AwesomenessByAnalysis analytical prowess]] to [[TheStrategist produce and sell plans to other Villains]] to make a living and quickly becoming one of the greatest threats to Pro Heroes in Japan as a result.

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