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  • Disney Animated Canon examples:
    • Jafar in Aladdin has fans that see him this way. They say that he just wants to save his home from ruin that's caused by an idiot sultan, a con artist, and an irresponsible princess. Remember that he commits treason, tries to murder Aladdin, twice, enslaves the ruler and his daughter, and turns into an evil giant snake and an evil genie. Also that he was pretty much already in charge by hypnotising the Sultan and tried to openly assume power out of egotism more than anything and hated the Sultan despite him trusting him and respecting him.
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    • Ursula from The Little Mermaid. In most websites, Youtube especially, many fans of the movie speak so well about Ursula and justify her behavior by saying that she explained the fine print to Ariel, and how Ariel was gullible for signing the contract. This is ignoring the fact that Ariel was just an Unwitting Pawn for Ursula to get close to the latter’s goal to rule the land and sea. It also doesn't help that it is never explained in the original movie why exactly Ursula was banished from Triton's kingdom (Later adaptations like the stage musical based on the Disney version reveal that Ursula was behind the death of Ariel's mother.)
    • Rourke in Atlantis: The Lost Empire has a similar fanbase to Colonel Quaritch: people who insist he's the paragon of civilization beating back the savages and traitors of the Atlanteans and the other expeditioners. However, whatever positive traits you can name about Quaritch, Rourke lacks all of them. His motivation is unapologetically mercenary - he plans to sell a superpowered weapon to the highest bidder (on the brink of a World War, no less) while killing off the last survivors of an ancient culture in the process. He's not impersonally evil, either, having no qualms about mortally wounding the nearly-infirm Atlantean king with his own hands while holding him hostage. The one positive trait suggested in the film is regret at the deaths of his men... but even that goes out the window when he jauntily tosses his loyal second-in-command to her death strictly to lighten the load and uses his surviving soldiers as cannon fodder in the final battle.
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    • Some people tend to see Gaston as a victim who deserved to marry Belle, overlooking the fact that he's a rude, murderous, misogynistic Yandere. Occasionally, they even try to play Gaston trying to lock up Maurice as mere honest concern, as opposed to what it is (namely, blackmail).
      • To a much, much lesser extent, the Bimbettes are often more well-liked and idealized than one would expect loyal fangirls of the villain to be. Although they're certainly not as villainous as he is, fans often gloss over their cattiness towards Belle in the beginning when expressing disbelief she dare reject Gaston's advances and their never-wavering worship of Gaston even after seeing him callously have Maurice, a man begging for help to save his daughter, tossed out from the tavern (some even going so far as to claim they have "more inner beauty" than Belle and demonizing Belle in the process). It might have something to do with having more obviously sexualized appearances than Belle and the fact they have little impact on the plot to the point of completely disappearing in the third act.
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    • Claude Frollo in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. There are many people who think he should have ended up with Esmeralda instead of Phoebus. It doesn't help that he's much more sympathetic in the book. Disney split him into two characters because they didn't want religious backlash for portraying a clergyman as a total monster, hence the good Archdeacon and the evil Frollo, who is a judge rather than a priest.
    • While a lot of Hades fans find his evilness to be part of his charm, others take this route. The latter camp tends to present him as a fun-loving and sarcastic animal lover who was only driven into villainy due to being snubbed by the other gods. While the fun-loving part is true, his "fun" is usually at the expense of others and there is no evidence he wants anyone to be happy but himself. The animal lover comes from the fact that he has an army of monsters and of course Cerberus as a pet, but Hades dilpers tend to forget he also considers them quite expendable and was quite satisfied with the turn of events when he thought the Hydra and Hercules had killed each other. Besides that, he wanted to murder a baby, frequently abuses his underlings just because he's mad and has outright enslaved Megara and possibly Pain and Panic as well. His snarkiness and humor don't exactly change the fact that he's still an evil Jerkass. And then there's the fact that, in the original myths, he wasn't even a villain at all.
    • From The Jungle Book, Kaa's DILP fanbase could be justified because, like Hades, in the source material he wasn't a villain. The true reasons, however, lie elsewhere. Cartoon Kaa is an Affably Evil being, an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, and a Chew Toy. Even when he is doing something that by all rights should be horrendous — namely, constricting Mowgli in preparation to eat him during "Trust in Me" — the potential for horror is underplayed. Disney made its snake a villain, wanted him for comic relief and so minimized the sense of villainy, but did manage to show Kaa had some charisma, lots of skill at hypnotism, and moments of competence.
      • The fact that he's voiced by the same actor who voices WINNIE THE POOH doesn't hurt either.
      • Shere Khan is almost a canonical entry into this. While a bloodthirsty predator intent on killing a small child solely out of hatred for mankind, he has a highly affable and whimsical charm akin to Kaa (only twice as fearsome). This was downplayed in the sequel, that made him more ruthless and void of comical traits, The Disney Afternoon series TaleSpin on the other hand, anthropomorphized Khan into a highly suave and calculating businessman with a strict moral code, even assisting the good guys on occasion. This depiction came to be even more popular than the original Jungle Book interpretation.
    • Scar, Zira and the hyenas (particularly Shenzi) from The Lion King received this treatment from some in the Furry Fandom.
      • Scar is a villainous murderer who committed fratricide and tried to even kill an innocent, young cub with no clemency. To add on to this, when he actually DID supplant his brother's position as the king, he did nothing to show for it and had the lioness do all the dirty work while he lazes around in the comfort of his own cave singing random tunes and throwing childish tantrums whenever his brother's name is mentioned around him. That doesn't even include the fact that he failed to keep his promise to the hyenas and even went as far to throw them under the bus after he begged Simba to spare his life when the latter confronted him. Not only do some fans overlook that, but there are even fans who claim that Mufasa has mistreated Scar his whole life and even say that Scar had the right to murder him.
    • There are people who think Facilier and Lawrence were just poor, misguided folks who never would have tried to swindle an innocent girl of money and murder her father and let a pack of demons loose to prey on New Orleans if they had only gotten Mama Odie's message. Oh, and opening Naveen's jar a little so he could breathe apparently redeems Lawrence.
    • Mother Gothel from Tangled. Fans have debated back and forth on whether or not she truly loved Rapunzel, but by the way some put it, it makes it seem like the kingdom using the flower (that she found, not grew, and selfishly hoarded and kept to herself for centuries, and that they probably didn't even know "belonged" to her) to heal the dying pregnant queen was some horrible sin against her, and that her kidnapping, scare tactics, and stabbing Flynn were just because she loved Rapunzel so much. Not to mention that it's pretty clear that her style of mothering was, at the very least, rather emotionally manipulative, if not actually abusive.
    • King Candy aka Turbo from Wreck-It Ralph is getting this treatment as well. Specifically his backstory is what makes some viewers feel bad for him.
    • In Frozen, it's Hans who turns out to be the main villain of the movie, revealing that he only romanced Anna because he wanted to take over her kingdom, while laughing about how convenient the royal sisters have made it for him to gain power, before leaving Anna to freeze to death while he tries to murder Elsa. Despite this, he has accumulated a fairly large fanbase, largely due to the way he acted prior to the big reveal (which most definitely was an act— other fans have noticed he's deliberately imitating Anna), plus his status as a Tragic Villain (as seen in the Tie-In Novel A Frozen Heart, his father and brothers were really nasty and abusive towards him, so he wanted to become king to prove they underestimated his potential, but being thirteenth in line made that unlikely, and offing all twelve of his older brothers would have raised some eyebrows, so he decided to go to Arendelle and kill Elsa and Anna for their throne), rumors of his possible redemption in the sequel, and yes, his good looks.
    • In Zootopia, Dawn Bellwether (Mayor Lionheart's assistant) gets this treatment due to being mistreated by Mayor Lionheart. Of course Mayor Lionheart is a Corrupt Politician who does belittle Dawn and even calls her "Smellwether" at one point, but there are fans who ignore Bellwether using the Night Howler serum to dart the predator animals, make them savage, have the prey animals segregate the predators, and rule a city where only prey animals live.
    • Many people defend Yzma, claiming she's the real hero of the film, and only wanted to save the kingdom from an arrogant and despotic ruler. Some going even far enough to say she actually cared for the kingdom and its people, Forgetting that in her first scene she scolds a man for being poor, she regularly abuses Kronk, and her entire motivation for killing Kuzco is being fired for attempting to rule behind his back. It's also implied that she's responsible for much of Kuzco's behavior.
    • Tamatoa from Moana, to his credit, does very little in the movie. However, he's still a cannibalistic narcissist who would gladly use the power of a goddess when presented the opportunity to do so for Papatūānuku knows what, a trait that's usually overlooked in order to make him the flamboyant friend of the main characters.
  • Steele from Balto and his sequel counterpart Niju from Balto II have received this treatment in the Furry Fandom, similar to Scar and Zira above.
  • Dagda from Epic, who has barely been seen in clips and trailers, already has a small female following on Tumblr.
  • Soto from the first Ice Age film. He can appear Unintentionally Sympathetic due to his pack being wiped out by the human hunters with some fans ignoring that he caused the death of Roshan's mother for the sake of revenge against Roshan's father and wanted to kill the baby Roshan, not stopping at anything to get his vengeance. And they ignore that he threatened his own pack with death for failing him, which apart from rather nasty also makes his motivation even more questionable. And in the script, it is said that he never helped the others and left each one to fend for himself.
  • Syndrome from The Incredibles. There are some who think he had a point in accusing Mr. Incredible of being biased against non-supers. And it doesn't bother them that he murdered dozens of other superheroes to get back at Mr. Incredible, or gleefully shoots down a plane with children aboard. And though he did intend to sell his inventions to the public, the publicity campaign for the launch would kill thousands while he played hero, all of which is motivated entirely out of spite. And when that plot fails, his Plan B is to kidnap an infant and raise him as a murderous villain, like himself. And yet some people want to frame this as a Pet the Dog moment for him on the Insane Troll Logic that he can't really be bad because he didn't kill the baby instead.
  • Kung Fu Panda is on its way to setting a record with both of its genuinely complex big bads sporting leather pants:
    • First is Tai Lung with the vast majority of Fan Fics based on redeeming him. Fans apparently ignore that he's an entitled, self-centered brat who was willing to take his frustration out on a valley of innocent people just because he didn't get his way. Fans try to pin blame on Shifu for making Tai Lung want the Dragon Scroll, despite the fact that Shifu never said Tai Lung was destined to be the Dragon Warrior. All Shifu said was that he was destined for greatness. Fans also overlook his repulsive mannerisms (his Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy attitude, his taking pleasure in scaring an innocent bird, his mock-friendly small talk with his enemies when they all know he's planning to either hurt people or steal things, etc.).
      • In the director's commentary, it was pointed out that, in trying to make sure Tai Lung would not be a flat, one-note villain, they went too far in humanizing him and making him sympathetic, to the point that many viewers felt so sorry for him they forgot he was the villain. End result: the flashback sequence of his rampage was added in expressly to remind people why he was in prison in the first place. Unfortunately, some still glossed over the fact that Tai Lung has long since stopped being the "Well Done, Son!" Guy who won't take "no" for an answer and is now entirely willing to, at the very least, beat up the rest of China, including his foster parent, if they stand between him and his goal. Worse, some people vilify Oogway and Shifu because of the Dragon Scroll incident, despite the fact that Tai Lung's reaction to it indicates that Oogway's belief there was darkness in his heart was completely right.
    • Lord Shen, Big Bad of the sequel, seems to be well on the way to his pair of leather pants as well, even though he, albeit not a flat villain, is a genocidal murderer, with a fraying grip on sanity and a Freudian Excuse that the creators deliberately made very weak in the final version of the script.
      • Originally, his Parental Abandonment issues were going to extend much further, with his albino coloring and sickly stature causing his parents to neglect him and leave him solely in the care of the Soothsayer. Shen gets the leather pants treatment because a lot of fans still treat this as canon, despite it not being mentioned in the final film.
  • The Once-ler in The Lorax seems to be turning out this way; many fans are starting to portray him as a Jerkass Woobie who was doing his best to heed the Lorax's words instead of a Corrupt Corporate Executive who realizes his errors just a little too late. The fact that he's surprisingly pretty as a youth has very little to do with it.
    • It actually goes this way pretty much throughout the Once-ler's character arc, given the very ambiguous nature of his personality as a whole note . A lot of fans forget that Once-ler was pretty much always a snarky, bratty Manchild.
    • The original Once-ler has gotten hit with this too. Fanon often has him as near-identical to the young movie Once-ler, but wearing flamboyant green clothing. He's more greedy than the movie version even within fandom, but it's toned down a lot.
  • There are genuinely a minority of people who romanticize Hal from Megamind as a Woobie who just needed a chance, and likewise interpret Roxanne as a superficial and shallow bitch. Granted, the moment when he invites her to his "party" is awkward to watch, but this is more Hal's fault than Roxanne's. It was bad enough that he hired a DJ and a bouncy house for a party that was just meant for the two of them, in the vague hope that she would attend, but the wedding photographer took it to a whole other level. Not to mention his unsubtly rude behavior around Bernard/Megamind, and of course his actions later on speak for themselves. It's also noteworthy that Roxanne, while clearly (and rightly) creeped out by Hal's actions and attentions, nevertheless consistently makes a clear effort to be nice to him (or at least let him down gently), and that Hal's rant that she never took the time to get to know to him is yet another example of how deluded and entitled he is.
  • Randall Boggs from Monsters, Inc. has an enormous Scaly Fandom rivalling Kaa from Disney's The Jungle Book and Preed from Titan A.E... Then there's Hopper from A Bug's Life, Scroop from Treasure Planet, and the ultimate head scratcher of Chick Hicks from Cars; all of them have been given the Leather Pants treatment at least once.
    • Randall got it worse after pictures of him from the prequel film came out, which showed him as a shy, nervous nerd. But it subsided after he ended up being a minor character with not that much of a backstory. It also helped that in the movie proper, it was made clear that although he wasn't an asshole from the beginning (more of an earnest, awkward kid who desperately wanted to be popular), his Start of Darkness was very clearly on his own terms.
  • Sonata Dusk of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. Despite being The Ditz, she's presented as just as bad as the other two Dazzlings, Adagio Dazzle and Aria Blaze. Sonata willfully engages in kicking Sunset Shimmer while she's down, taunting the heroes, and trapping them so that they can't interfere with the Dazzlings' plans. Sonata also has, at best, Teeth-Clenched Teamwork with the other Dazzlings, especially Aria, whom she argues with a lot. Fanon tends to portray her as being tricked or forced to help Adagio and Aria (with the two of them portrayed as even worse than canon), being regretful over having to spread hatred and anger to survive, and potentially pulling a Heel–Face Turn, none of which was hinted at throughout the film.
  • Oogie Boogie of The Nightmare Before Christmas tends to get this a lot, often making Jack into a bully to do so. Also, Jack is probably one of the rare, if not the only, heroes who get this. Fans bash the military for shooting Jack down, even though they were justified in doing so.
  • Thrax gets this treatment in a lot of Osmosis Jones fanfics, even though he is ruthless and has absolutely no problem with killing people, and does it For the Evulz. There is even a series of fics where he marries a human (after being given human size, granted) and, to add insult to injury, is also a vampire.
  • Pitch Black from Rise of the Guardians. He's attractive, which of course helps, but many also felt sympathy for his despair at not being believed in. Because of this, some fangirls will try to paint his actions as completely justified, despite the fact that he planned to kill an innocent child because said child was standing in the way of his plans.
  • There are a rare few who give Lotso from Toy Story 3 this treatment due to his tragic backstory. In "The Art of Toy Story 3" book, the movie's creative staff note that members of an early test audience reacted this way, wanting Lotso to pull a Heel–Face Turn and become good. In response, they went back and amped up his cruelty by adding a plotline between him and Big Baby, in which he lies to Big Baby about their owner not loving him anymore, and when the lie comes out later on and brings Big Baby to tears, Lotso responds by smashing his locket and then striking him with his cane. As the film director put it, the audience had to realize that Lotso was way too far gone now and deserved what he got in the end.
  • Charles Muntz from Up, while not as extreme as the above examples (well, not very often anyway), is often painted as a young-at-heart adventurer who was simply doing what he enjoyed and pursuing a life's dream, and Carl and Russell were trouble-makers who had no business sticking their noses in, never mind the fact that he tries to kill them and is implied to have killed people who come within 100 miles of his prize.
  • Kent Mansley from The Iron Giant is praised by some fans as a "patriotic American just doing his job" and "the real hero". They're overlooking the fact that Kent is a paranoid McCarthyist with a "destroy them before they destroy us" mentality who performed an unauthorized (and therefore illegal) interrogation on a minor (doubly illegal) whom he assaulted and threatened to abuse with his government connections, knowingly and needlessly escalated the situation with the Giant multiple times (mostly by lying to and withholding information from his superior officer) thereby endangering both soldier and civilian lives, almost nuked a populated American town, and immediately attempted to desert his post while screaming "Screw our country, I want to live!" once he realized what he had done. Real "American hero" there.
    • To be fair, he does raise the legitimate point that Hogarth has absolutely no idea where the Giant came from or what he's doing on Earth. But not only are those points also raised by the far more likable Dean, but Mansley also ruins his case by being paranoid and completely unreasonable about dealing with the Giant, which in a movie that speaks out against xenophobia and in favor of Odd Friendships, only serves to make him more hate-worthy.


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