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"Merryweather are employed by the richest, greediest scum on the planet to shit on the poorest and the neediest. So we're going to enjoy shitting on them."
Trevor Philips, about Merryweather, Grand Theft Auto V

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  • Yellow 13 from Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies isn't all that evil, to be honest, but he does still show disapproval when some of his countrymen set up an AA gun on a hospital.
    • The Yuktobonian Navy from the sequel shows this as well; near the end of the game, a good chunk of a Yuke fleet defects after their Fleet Commander literally executes an entire ship because they were urging him to re-think a decision.
    • From the same game, Pops reveals that he did this in the past when he was ordered to drop one of the seven nukes during the Belkan War.
    • Mission 12 of Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War features a whole squadron of Belkan planes who barge in after Eagle Eye warns you of the incoming bombers carrying nuclear weapons and warn your targets over radio that if they don't turn back right now, they will be shot down. Even Cipher agrees with them as your radar shows them as neutral targets instead of enemies.
    • Bandog in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown thinks everybody in Spare Squadron is a shitty human being, but Count's tendency to inflate his ego while talking down to Trigger gets so much under his skin that he stop the condescending talk to call him out.
  • Lash and Hawke in the Advance Wars series are gleefully into their machinations to Take Over the World and are perfectly willing to gleefully do morally bankrupt things along the way like Lash performing experiments on POWs or Hawke ordering his own men to march to their deaths around a volcano if it means gaining a tactical advantage over the enemy, but they draw the line at destroying the world. When Hawke realizes Black Hole's plan is obliterating the planet he immediately questions their motives and confronts Von Bolt, and after defecting he and Lash join the Allies not only to ensure their own survival, but to stop the world from being destroyed.
  • In Akatsuki Blitzkampf, Wei is The Brute to The Triads and the Tongs, but he despises backstabbing and holds an Undying Loyalty to his boss. So when he finds out that Marilyn Sue is the one who killed him, he's really fucking angry.
  • You would think that the defectors from Hong Shi's Triad organization in Alpha Protocol defected over greed; but in reality, the defectors refused to work under a Triad boss who affiliated with and brokered arms for a terrorist organization that shot-down an airliner full of innocent civilians (despite the fact that they, for all intents and purposes, are a criminal organization themselves).
  • In Angels of Death, Zack, one of the main characters, is this. Sure, he may be an unrepentant serial killer who absolutely loves to murder his victims especially if they show their emotions in their last moment, but hey, at least he accepts who he is, is pure about his love of murders and is direct about it instead of trying to make self-justifications about his actions or make them seem noble. Heck, he even calls out on other characters (even the MAIN character herself) for this.
  • In the backstory to Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, Trellian, known as The First Assassin, severs an alliance between the assassins' guild he leads, The Molochean Hand, and the Derian-Ka, a cult of necromancers, when he learns of the atrocities committed by the cult's founder, Kerghan, and leads the Hand in a war to purge the Derian-Ka from existence. In the present day, The Hand's current leader, Gideon Laiar, will do the same to the Dark Elves of T'Sen Ang if you tell him they want to bring back their leader-in-exile, Arronax the Destroyer.
    • Vollinger, a Hand assassin who you can recruit as a follower, supposedly gets sickened if you take him to a vivisection laboratory/factory farm which the gnomes of Tarant used to force-breed Half-Ogres.
  • Arc Rise Fantasia has Prince Weiss agreeing to a peace treaty. Considering how, until that point, he's expressed very strong imperialistic sentiments, it's something of a surprise to the party.
  • In Assassin Blue, the titular character becomes disenchanted from his boss after being told to kill innocent people. This is also played straight by Red.
  • One of the unlockable Abstergo files in Assassin's Creed: Revelations has the writer describing the reign of the Borgias (Rodrigo and Cesare) atop the Order of the Knights Templar as a "Dark Age," where they sought power and control for their own sake instead of advancing the ideals of peace and enlightenment of humanity whatever the cost, and in fact seeking to keep people cowed and ignorant. Then again, considering the actual behavior of the 21st-century Templars and how thoroughly the Borgias were eventually thwarted, this renunciation may be as much "internal PR" as a sincere distaste for the Borgias' corruption of the Order from the top.
  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate reveals that after Edward Kenway's death, the Templars were eager to go over his home with a fine-toothed comb in search of Assassin lore. They didn't. Instead, they let Jennifer Scott (Edward's daughter from his first marriage, and who never knew he was an Assassin) live out her days in the house and quietly purchased the building from her estate after her death. Granted, that her half-brother Haytham was a high-ranking Templar may have had something to do with it, but Haytham spent most of his career in the Americas and died several decades before Jennifer, and thus can't have been the only thing standing between Jennifer and the British Templars.
  • In Atlantica Online, one of the hero's main antagonists is Ares, who is fought in the Trojan War arc. When Ares learns that the Trojans have made a pact with the Big Bad Riederan to resurrect their heroes and corrupt their soldiers, he's so shocked that he agrees to a truce.
  • Dahlia Hawthorne from Ace Attorney is a self-centered, vindictive, callous sociopath who unabashedly admits to only caring about herself and getting away with whatever she wants. She committed several murders and betrayed multiple people while she was alive, including family members, and never once batted an eye at the consequences. She comes back as a spirit in the final case of the third game to get back at Mia Fey, who revealed her true nature and sent her to the gallows, by collaborating in a plot to have Maya, Mia's sister, killed. It's a blink and you'll miss it moment, especially since you'll likely be focused on solving the murder, but Dahlia expresses sympathy towards her younger half-sister, Pearl Fey, since she knows exactly what Pearl's mother is truly like — power-hungry, spiteful, and, in Dahlia's words, "willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to achieve her goal" of having Pearl become the master of the Fey clan. She refers to Pearl as a "poor child," and that it was "unfortunate" that she was born with such strong spiritual power since it led to their mother "heaping all of her broken hopes and dreams" onto her, which led to the plot to kill Maya, who Pearl absolutely adores.
    • Shelly De Killer from the same series is a Professional Killer who is perfectly fine with taking innocent people hostage in order to hold them for ransom, but he has a code of honor, even if it doesn't make much sense to normal people: He never kills for personal reasons, and would only do so if he were to be betrayed (something that he's never had to do before). He also considers the relationship between him and his clients to be sacred and will take steps to make sure that his kills don't get led back to them (the aforementioned hostage taking was to ensue his client would be represented by Phoenix Wright, who was supposed to cave under the pressure of knowing Maya was held captive and intentionally get his client, who he soon finds out really is guilty, a "not guilty" verdict). He makes it clear that he would never, ever betray a client or try to blackmail them. When de Killer finds out that his client had plans to blackmail him, he releases Maya, thanks Phoenix for letting him know that he had been betrayed, and lets his former client know that they've just became his new target.
    • In the second installment of the spinoff series Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, we find out in the final case that Sirhan Dogen, a universally feared Professional Killer who has Nerves of Steel and never shows mercy towards his targets, actually did something completely selfless many years ago: he was out one day in the dead of winter, walking his Animal Assassin/seeing eye dog Anubis, when suddenly the dog caught a scent and took off running towards something. Dogen followed and discovered an abandoned car parked off the ride of the road with two school-aged boys in the backseat, locked inside and left to freeze to death. Dogen immediately took them to the nearby orphanage where they would be safe. He did this for no other reason but that it was the right thing to do, and he tells Edgeworth years later that they both would have died if he hadn't done anything. A ruthless assassin who commands his dog to tear his targets limb from limb, sure, but he's not going to let two defenseless kids freeze to death.
  • The Baldur's Gate series has a few moments of this.
    • Kagain, a greedy money-grubbing mercenary, is disgusted by banditry. This is because despite his Gold Fever, he's more interested in actually earning his gold by making an honest living as a mercenary. Indeed, when he comes upon a wrecked caravan some of his underlings were hired to defend and realises he could make a lot of money by salvaging it, he realises a moment later that the caravan was carrying innocent women and children and that salvaging it would involve robbing the dead — and for that matter, people he was hired to protect from that kind of behaviour. Kagain then decides to forget it, concluding that the money he'd get isn't worth robbing the dead.
    • Shar-Teel is a violent and bloodthirsty fighter who sees men as weak and incompetent. However, she reserves particular disgust for her Spear Counterpart, Eldoth, not only because of his arrogant and petty nature and his Stay in the Kitchen attitude, but also his exploitation-for-monetary-purposes of his girlfriend Skie, who is hopelessly naive and doesn't realise that he's exploiting her. One of her nicest quotes is telling Skie (and other women in the party) not to think themselves second to any man.
    • Korgan Bloodaxe is an Ax-Crazy Psycho for Hire who makes no secret that he'd happily kill a man as soon as look at him, but he looks down on inter-dwarf clan warfare, which he sees as a bunch of dwarves killing each other for stupid things like a single vein of ore. This standard, as is so often the case with this trope, stems from his personal experiences — his mother and father were both killed as a result of such a conflict. On top of that, he claims he was born via Traumatic C-Section because his mother was heavily pregnant when she died, and he was only a child when his father was killed and had to build his funeral pyre himself.
      • Also, he Wouldn't Hurt a Child. Adults are apparently fair-game for random acts of violence, but children are off-limits. If you pursue Jan Jansen's personal quest to help his friend's child, when it comes to light that the little girl's catatonia stems from being physically abused by her father, Korgan condemns the actions leading to her condition.
    Korgan: Ehhh, there be many things I would do gladly. Harming children be not one of them. Her man be a cur and not worthy of the spittle on me boot.
    • Viconia is a priestess of Shar who is frequently rude and spiteful towards others, often picking fights with other people and pushing their Berserk Buttons For the Evulz, but there's a damn good reason she's on the surface world: She refused to sacrifice an infant for a rite of passage in the drow community.
    • Dorn Il-Khan from the Enhanced Edition voices this in Throne of Bhaal towards his cousin, Gromnir Il-Khan. And he wasn't the only one — the orc tribe they were both born into were disgusted by him as well. To drive home how big a deal that is, Dorn is an amoral blackguard who spends his personal quests killing paladins, solars, and silver dragons and orcs in the Forgotten Realms setting are usually portrayed as Always Chaotic Evil writ-large, particularly during the 2e that Baldur's Gate is set in — and yet, there's someone in the world that even they see as too murderous and trigger-happy? Damn...
      • Dorn also notes that even an orc who had his mouth stuffed with raw pig fat at one point saw Gromnir's victory celebrations as excessive and disgusting, and goes so far as to lampshade the moment.
      Dorn: That I, of all people, say this should tell you something of Gromnir's depravity.
  • Banjo-Kazooie:
    • Gruntilda has many appallingly gross habits and hobbies... but she draws the line at going through a toilet's septic tank.
      Grunty: I can't believe you went in there, wash your hands now, filthy bear!
    • She also despises cheating, and she watches for you to type three Grunty's Code Vengeance-compatible codes in the sandcastle of Treasure Trove Cove. If you ignore her threat after the second cheat and go ahead with the third and final cheat anyway...
      Grunty: You didn't listen, I'm amazed, so now your Game Pak is erased!
    • In the sequel, Banjo-Tooie, in the final battle with Gruntilda, she will actually use a slower attack if you keep answering her questions correctly.
  • Batman: Arkham Series:
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum has a lot of conversations between henchmen delve into this after getting the Batclaw. It varies from some henchmen being less than thrilled about their friends' past exploits, getting fed up with the antics of the super villains, and one case of Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas. Harley released Poison Ivy, even though she wasn't on Joker's party list... not that it bothered him, though. Joker had to give Harley props for all her hard work.
    • Batman: Arkham City:
      • One of the cases the Penguin has set up is for Victor Zsasz, where his recording is more serious than the cases for his other captives or planned ones. Whether this is general disgust at Zsasz's actions, guilt that his cheating Zsasz in a card game led to Zsasz becoming the serial killer he is, or just for dramatic effect is unknown. Likewise, Catwoman refused to even enter Zsasz's hideout, saying he gives her the creeps.
      • Discussed where you can listen in on some inmates regarding Dr. Stacy Baker being kidnapped by Harley Quinn and two of her thugs.
      Inmate #1: I saw her get dragged out of an ice cream van by Harry and Dom.
      Inmate #2: Harry and Dom? Did they... you know?
      Inmate #1: Of course not! At least...I don't think so.
      Inmate #2: Remember the crap they were up to outside of Arkham City? It was disgusting.
      Inmate #1: This coming from a serial murdering cannibal.
      Inmate #2: Hey, I have standards.
      • When some of the inmates guarding Nora Fries make it clear that they intend to thaw her out and rape her, several other thugs in the room show clear disgust and appear honestly shocked by how far the other inmates are willing to sink.
      • Occasionally, you might overhear some of the Mooks talk about how Catwoman "needs to be careful" because "some of these maniacs ain't seen a woman in years."
      • In Harley Quinn's Revenge, quite a few of Harley's henchmen are shown to be more than a little disturbed by just how far Harley is willing to go to kill Batman.
    • Batman: Arkham Knight:
      • Over the course of the game, the various thugs express contempt for the Militia's takeover of Gotham, Professor Pyg chaining dead bodies to various parts of Gotham, and the Arkham Knight's kidnapping of Barbara Gordon. In the first case, they view Gotham as their city, and in the last one, they think kidnapping Barbara is going too far, despite their hatred for Commissioner Gordon. Additionally, in the Playable Epilogue, after Bruce's identity is revealed, some of them come to view Bruce's career as Batman as a waste of his family's resources.
      • The members of the Militia themselves express disgust at Simon Stagg's greed, Stagg trying to profit from Scarecrow's toxin behind Crane's back. Additionally, when it comes to Crane himself, some of the Militia are disgusted to learn that the Nightmare Face he now sports is his actual face, not a mask.
      • Even though the Arkham Knight completely wants the Batman dead for supposedly abandoning and replacing him just months after his abduction as Jason Todd and doesn't hesitate to kidnap Barbara for leverage against him, he never tries to reveal Batman's Secret Identity to his militia or Scarecrow, showing some mild form of respect for the man who taught him underneath all his contempt for the Bat.
  • The Dark Queen from Battletoads knows when to put her foot down. She may be evil, but she doesn't use cheat codes!
  • Bioshock:
    • Booker DeWitt, protagonist of BioShock Infinite, was a Pinkerton Detective until he was fired for "behavior beyond the acceptable bounds of the Agency".
    • There's also Preston E. Downes, a Bounty Hunter hired by Comstock to kill Daisy Fitzroy who sets up bear traps to capture one of the Vox Populi for interrogation. He's disgusted to learn that Fitzroy uses kids as message runners, remarking that it's a form of "low cunning", and ends up taking personal responsibility of a child of Sioux heritage who ends up caught in one of his traps, forcing him to amputate the child's legs. Similarly, in an alternate timeline where Booker joins the Vox, when Preston finally meets him, Booker helps translate for the child. Upon learning of how life is like for a non-white child in Columbia, Preston decides to go after Comstock.
    • The beginning of Burial at Sea Episode Two sees Elizabeth waking up in Rapture in the immediate aftermath of the previous episode, surrounded by Atlas (from the original game) and some of his goons, who are trying to pull Sally out from the vent Elizabeth left her in so they can harvest her ADAM. One of them is playing a cruel game of Russian roulette with Elizabeth, taunting her, but Atlas is disgusted with his cruelty, and demands that he just Mercy Kill her, insisting that "this ain't a sportin' event" and that they're "not animals, you know." Of course, since Atlas is secretly Fontaine, this kindness evaporates once Elizbeth becomes useful to him, and later on, he's willing to resort to Cold-Blooded Torture, both on her and Sally, to try and get the information he wants.
  • While Terumi of BlazBlue fame appears to be playing this trope straight the two times he voices it, he nearly immediately subverts it on the grounds that what he's calling out is harmful to him.
    • In The Wheel of Fortune, he hears out Relius' interest in Makoto note  and calls it "random and untoward". In Slight Hope, however, he finds it less so after fighting her, and then condones Relius' experimentation when he starts perceiving her as a threat.
      "She called her Noel... who the hell IS that damned squirrel? Hmph! I'll leave her for Relius. I'm sure he'd like that."
    • In BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, when Kokonoe corners him with Celica, he yells at her over evoking a chronophantasma note . The subversion is that this particular entity suppresses seithr in an area around her, thus impairing the functionality of all Azure Grimoires note , ars armagus, and ars magus in the affected area, and that if Tager, Valkenhayn or Hakumen were to show up, all he can do of his own power is kiss his ass goodbye. Kokonoe states that she'll do what it takes to put him in the ground, no matter how unscrupulous, urging him to beg Phantom for an immediate evac.
  • Borderlands and Borderlands 2 has a few examples:
    • Marcus Kincaid, The Scrooge, a Corrupt Corporate Executive and apparently the only available Arms Dealer on the entire planet of Pandora. He kills his competition, hires the Vault Hunters to do his dirty work, has a Porn Stash of his ex-wife, sets up hapless live targets to test weapons on, sells overpriced junk to anyone who'll fall for his pitches, has the Vault Hunters steal back refund checks he mailed out in a drunken stupor, shoots a man who asks for a refund, sends an egotistic [s]pod[/s]ECHO-caster on a suicide mission with an overpriced horrible-quality gun, and has no qualms about playing both sides of a conflict just to sell more guns. In spite of all this, he openly declares that Handsome Jack is a "greedy, murdering son-of-a-bitch who needs to die screaming." In an unexpected moment of generosity, he gives you a free high-quality assault rifle with which to do the job. (He also plays relatively fair with the village in the "How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day" DLC, although given that the boss of that one is a giant murderous snowman, the canonicity is a little dubious.)
    • In an in-character Reddit AMA, Handsome Jack is mostly condescending, arrogant, self-righteous, and pretty much the closest thing Pandora gets to Space Stalin/a fascist Caligula with an overblown hero complex. But when asked if gay marriage is legal on Pandora, he confirms it is, confused by the possibility that it WOULDN'T be, and asks if it's not legal on Earth. And in Episode 2 of Tales from the Borderlands, he's outright disgusted and shocked at Vasquez's threat to Rhys, which is either making a wallet out of his head or skinning him. Keep in mind Jack strangled people in his own board room on a regular basis, imprisoned his daughter and pumped her full of Eridium, and shot Helena Pierce in the face after making fun of her. Also, if Rhys expresses pity for his former boss Henderson being killed by Vasquez, Jack tells him that it's not worth getting upset over because he was actually a "massive racist" and engaged in dog-fighting. With kittens.
    • Jack also seems to have issues with outright lying to people. At one point in the Wildlife Preserve, a recording of him telling the "test subjects" of the facility that they're going to help further the cause of science with the experiments is cut off when he starts getting annoyed and yelling at the script-writer for having him lie to people who know they're about to be used in horrible mutagenic experiments.
    • In the Pre-Sequel, Lady Aurelia Hammerlock is an Egomaniac Hunter Rich Bitch who treats everyone like crap for not being as insanely wealthy as her, bullied her Nice Guy brother for years and simply wants to shoot things for cheap thrills, but even she finds Jack's atrocities to be a bit too much for her tastes. At the end of the game, she straight-up tells him to kill himself to spare him from all the bad karma he's accumulated.
      Aurelia: Darling, I'm evil, let's not kid ourselves, but you... You're something else.
    • Wilhelm in the Pre-Sequel approves of some of Jack's most brutal actions, enjoys fighting and killing, and will do basically anything if the money's good. He still finds Nisha's sadistic tendencies troubling. He has fun shooting people, sure, but he isn't getting off on it.
    • A unique enemy in Borderlands 2, Rakkman, was denounced as insane by his peers. Keep in mind that his peers are bandits. They then kicked him out and sent him to the Fridge, a cold, forbidding area filled with cannibalistic Rats...and the Rats will not go anywhere near that cave.
    • Parodied with Captain Scarlett of the titular DLC in 2, who states that she finds bragging about murdering children to be tasteless. She apparently doesn't care about the act itself.
  • Bravely Default:
    • Swordmaster Kamiizumi, commander of the Black Blades, is fine with leading the Swordbearers and wiping out the Shieldbearers, but is horrified with Salve-maker Qada's method of using poison to wipe out thousands of enemies at once.
    • Templar Braev Lee, the Grand Marshal of Eternia, actually disapproves of how many of his underlings abuse their power, which is why he sent his daughter, Edea, to act as their Token Good Teammate. Unfortunately, thanks to the difference between her power and the Jobmasters',she ends up defecting in alternate worlds where she survives while getting killed by Black Mage Ominas Crowe in worlds where she doesn't.
    • Valkyrie Einheria Venus doesn't approve of her superior's cruel orders and horrific experiments on women, but whether or not she openly defies him depends on the current alternate world the party visits.
  • Trilby, from the Chzo Mythos series, may be a thief, but he's a GENTLEMAN thief. Though he is the protagonist.
    • Even the Tall Man won't kill children. Which may be why he was replaced...
  • City of Villains players early on complained that the missions they received didn't make them feel evil enough. Then the developers added Westin Phipps and his set of missions, which were instantly criticized for being too evil. Mainly because working for Phipps skips the Kick the Dog phase and sends you right over the Moral Event Horizon. note 
    • In the game's in-game background story, the titular City (more like a country than an actual city) stays Neutral during WWII with strong allied leanings. That's right, folks, not even a City of Villains is evil enough to consider supporting the Nazis.
    • In one mission, a bit of Enemy Chatter has a member of Arachnos expressing doubts about working with Phipps:
      "I don't know how I feel about this with Phipps. It's...I don't know. There's wrong...and then there's WRONG."
    • Several of the Rogue Morality Missions were this for the player character, particularly "Easy Job, Easy Money!", where you're hired by Arachnos to pilot a giant robot and destroy the homes of poor people, and your character refuses and takes out the entire Arachnos base instead.
  • Clive Barker's Undying: Despite already having murdered her brother and pursuing the forbidden knowledge of the dark arts, apparently Bethany was still horrified at what Keisinger was planning to do with the power of the Gel'Ziabar stone. Any misgivings she might have quickly go away after Keisinger kills her and she resurrects as an evil undead intent on bringing about the apocalypse.


  • From Danganronpa
    • Not even the surviving Token Evil Teammate (aka Genocide Jill) was a fan of Junko Enoshima's Lack of Empathy and delight in making other people suffer. Togami, whose personality in the first game is, for the most part, "a huge asshole," even calls the mastermind nothing more than "a childish criminal."
    • While Gundham Tanaka is more pretending to be evil than actually being evil, he still finds disgust in Nagito Komaeda's justification for murdering for the sake of “hope”. He responds with “murder is simply murder.” He's the killer in the fourth trial (because everyone was being kept in the funhouse without food until a murder occurred, and he refused to lay down and die), but he makes no excuses for what he did, although he believes that getting executed for murder is better than everyone slowly starving to death. As a bonus, he doesn't put up any resistance when he's executed for his deeds and makes sure his hamsters will be safe. He's also just as freaked out as the other students by Peko Pekoyama's Knight Templar philosophy as Sparkling Justice and her demanding they give their lives to let her escape the island to continue the pursuit of "justice".
  • In Darkest Dungeon, when the woman who is now only known as the Hag went overboard with her powers to the point of sacrificing her physical attractiveness, the Ancestor became disgusted and lost any more interest in dealing with her.
  • Dark Souls has Trusty Patches, who routinely gets people either killed or into inescapable traps for the sole purpose of stealing their belongings from their corpses and lining his pockets. Survive his traps and he'll lie and apologize profusely. However, he has a special distaste for clerics, who belong to the Way of White. The Way of White being a corrupt religious order dedicated to sending Undead to their deaths on journeys disguised as pilgrimages. Considering Dark Souls III brings us Aldrich, one of the most vile entities in the franchise and a fairly high-ranking cleric himself, Patches may have the right idea about clerics.
  • In Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising, there is a traitor in your ranks who grants your vox channel's access codes to Apothecary Galen, who is possessed by a daemon and working with Azariah Kyras, who has more than willingly betrayed the chapter in favor of the ruinous powers. As he is doing so, however, he explicitly warns Galen not to use the vox to set up an ambush, lest their deal be undone.
  • Seems to be implied with Mad Jack in Donkey Kong 64, in the level Frantic Factory, an evil toy factory. The boss, a freaky, crocodilian cyborg jack-in-the-box with Donald Duck's voice, and evil laughs every minute, drops into the battlefield through a chute labeled "Reject".
  • DOOM Eternal: The demons are a literally soulless congregation of Always Chaotic Evil monsters who want to scour the universe, but even they think Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil. When one of the Night Sentinels offered them passage into his home world in exchange for the resurrection of his son (resulting in the destruction of his world), they brought his son back as a demon Titan, the Icon of Sin, because (in their own words) "the wages of treachery are suffering."
  • Dragon Age: Origins:
    • Morrigan expresses disgust when she sees Sten locked up like an animal in a cage by the Chantry in Lotharing and left to die at the hands of the darkspawn horde. She remarks that if the Grey Warden can't find a use for this warrior, then they should help release him out of mercy. Alistair is pretty shocked by Morrigan's display of compassion. She responds to this shock by stating that they should lock Alistair in the cage in Sten's place instead, which Alistair dryly notes is far more in-character for her.
    • She will surprisingly also gain approval if you decided to undo the curse of the werewolves when you are recruiting the Dalish.
    • In general, Morrigan is against control being taken away from others. Sten is left to his fate without his own input (at least he appears that way when she made the above comment) and the werewolves were forced into their transformation and associated bloodlust. This is pointed out during the Circle of Magi quest where she resents the mages for willingly allowing themselves to be under the control of the Chantry.
    • Loghain knows when he's been defeated, and willingly accepts execution, dying secure in the knowledge that The Warden will do a better job than he in halting The Blight. This stands in stark opposition to his daughter Anora or even Alistair, who leaves the party in a rage if you choose to spare Loghain's life.
    • Also, despite being a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Loghain states that he would not kill his daughter Anora just for power, even though Shale tells him that it'd be the quickest way.
    • Zevran may be an amoral assassin, but he will deliver a What the Hell, Hero? to the Warden if they side with the werewolves to kill the Dalish clan or decide to kill all the mages in the tower. He also tells the Warden to "look into their eyes" before deciding to let a Tevinter slaver leave with the elves he captured. The fact that he's an elf may have something to do with it.
  • Dragon Age II:
    • Even with the Gray-and-Grey Morality of the mage-templar conflict which turns into Evil Versus Evil by Act III, Anti-Villain Ser Cullen begins to realize just how crazy Knight-Commander Meredith has become near the end of the game when she orders for Hawke's execution regardless of whether the player supported the mages or the templars, when they originally were going to arrest the Champion. He ends up turning against Meredith when she uses the lyrium sword to fight Hawke. After Meredith's defeat, he and the templars either bow down to Hawke or let them and their companions peacefully leave the city.
    • Meredith herself shows this in Act 2, when she dismisses Ser Otto Alrik's "Tranquil Solution" as too extreme, since it would involve essentially lobotomising every mage in Kirkwall. Unfortunately for, well, everyone, she kind of loses it after that.
  • Dragon Ball Fighter Z: After Android 21 pretends to collapse in pain, only to suddenly destroy Android 16 when he tried to help her, even Frieza was shocked she would do that.
  • Caim, the Sociopathic Hero of Drakengard, gleefully kills everyone in his way, including Child Soldiers, and loves to kick decidedly harmless people around for the hell of it. However, when faced with the revelation of his sister Furiae's incestuous love for him, even he seems disgusted.
  • A meta-example: the Dwarf Fortress fan community tend to consider Video Game Cruelty Potential something of a way of life. There is, however, one thing someone came up with that was so bad that the game developer made it untenable in a later update just because it horrified him so much: farming sentient, friendly merpeople and air-drowning them for their valuable bones.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • In the series' lore, Sanguine, the Daedric Prince of Debauchery and Hedonism, was said to be a regular in the court of Reman Cyrodiil, at least until Reman's violent decadence went so far as to make Sanguine uncomfortable.
    • Morrowind has two assassin's guilds; the the honorable, professional, legally sanctioned Morag Tong and the illegal, Psycho for Hire Dark Brotherhood (who also follows a Religion of Evil). The Dark Brotherhood was originally part of the Morag Tong, but split off for reasons now lost to history. The two groups are adversarial, and a major part of the Morag Tong questline is to eliminate the Dark Brotherhood's presence in Vvardenfell. (Later games would give the Dark Brotherhood more characterization.)
    • Oblivion introduces the Five Tenets of the Dark Brotherhood, a set of rules that, when followed, make the Brotherhood like this at least toward each other. However, when completing a contract, there are no standards. If the Night Mother orders a death, that target must be eliminated.
    • In Skyrim, the Thieves' Guild has a lot of rules and standards for a group of thieves. Guild leader Mercer Frey mocks the idea that the Guild is anything more than a band of thugs out for themselves and is perfectly willing to take all of the Guild's fortune (in the monetary and lucky sense) for himself. During your final confrontation, you can actually agree with him — then kill him because he has a couple of huge expensive gems that you want for yourself.
  • If you look closely in Epic Mickey, Mickey will feel bad for some of the things he did. Examples include giving Damian Salt Ice Cream for his love interest, using thinner on the fake blot, and starting the Thinner Disaster.
  • EVE Online has a curious Rogue Drone entity, called "Unit P-343554" that was apparently so unhealthily obsessed and cruelly creative experimenting with living beings that even a normally unfeeling Blue-and-Orange Morality Hive Mind had to do a double take and designated the unit to patrolling -presumably- uninhabited stellar bodies.
  • Similarly, if you choose the evil path in Fable II, you're pretty limited in the kind of evil things you can do. Sure, you can murder the town, sell people into slavery, steal their stuff, scare people with your nasty growl, and eat baby chickens alive, but that's it. You can't do anything evil to children, rape is non-existent (in fact, in Albion, so is bad sex and extra-marital pregnancy), vandalism is limited to doors and crates, and the fire spell suspiciously only causes damage to your enemies but can't actually burn anything. You also can't do anything to hurt your dog, apart from being cross and refusing to heal him, and the worst that will do is keep him from following you. It's necessary so that the dog can heroically sacrifice himself for you at the end of the game.
  • In Fallen London, there's the spirifiers, people who, in a place where souls are commodities usually given away consensually, are more or less soul poachers who steal them from the helpless to sell to less-than-scrupulous buyers. However, when a certain quest has your, ahem, pet, the Starveling Cat, asking one to stain yours...
    No, you damnable beast, I will not! A man has got to draw the line somewhere, and I won't you hear me!? I won't!
    • Devils from HELL will break their own ruthless and sadistic codes of conduct to protect the universe from the all-consuming hunger that is Mister Eaten. As in, if you corrupt yourself with increasingly self-destructive rituals meant to bring rot and ruin to everything you can get your hands on, a horde of demons will attempt to hunt you down and return your soul to your body. That's right, you're so disgusting that devils are repulsed by your soul and will give it back from the depths of hell just to keep you from continuing down this path.
    The Quiet Deviless: *retches* Get out! *whispers* That's the worst thing I... Get out!
  • Colonel Augustus Autumn of Fallout 3 is quite willing to shoot helpless innocents in order to make a point; however, he is genuinely shocked that his boss President John Henry Eden was planning to spread a modified virus, which would kill every non-Enclave person in the Capitol Wasteland — and eventually Enclave personnel, too. That's the dangerous folly of biological weapons.
    • Allistair Tenpenny may want to detonate Megaton's nuke because he thinks the town spoils his penthouse view, but he has enough morals to at least want the townspeople evacuated before the deed is done. Too bad the guy he put in charge of the operations doesn't have such moral qualms.
    • The Talon Company mercenaries do the jobs that other mercenary organizations would consider too unconscionable for their tastes. Reilly of Reilly's Rangers is honest that her work as a mercenary is essentially killing for money, but even she is disgusted by the jobs that Talon Company is willing to take on.
    • Butch is the resident Jerk Jock of Fallout 3, but later in the game, if you recruit him and start doing evil things, he'll begin to comment on your actions by saying things like, "Bad is one thing, evil is another". Even he doesn't approve of half the things your evil Wanderer does.
    • Unlike previous installments (where Fallout 2 even had a specific karma score for the act), Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas will absolutely refuse to let you target children. Children are in fact completely invincible in these games; on the other hand, they are also completely passive, unlike the ones in 1 and 2, more than one of which will rob you blind if you let them. Also, becoming a Childkiller in 1 and 2 will make both good and evil NPCs hate you.
    • For one quest in New Vegas, you need to steal a ledger from two slave traders so that the NCR can arrest them. If you read the ledger yourself, it reveals that the slavers have decided not to sell any more slaves to Cook-Cook, a pyromaniac Serial Rapist and sadist, after he torched one of the kids they sold him for fun before they had even left.
    • Legate Lanius will gladly crush anyone who opposes him in his quest to bring the might of the Legion to bear in the Mojave. If you oppose him in a certain way, he expresses his intent to nail you to the west-facing side of the Hoover Dam "so you can watch your world die", or to outright rape a female courier — and yet he finds the methods of the Frumentarii, such as dirty-bombing Searchlight and subjecting Nipton to a sadistic lottery, distasteful. He also refuses to lead his men to a Pyrrhic Victory where they will inevitably die of attrition and reveals that he personally believes that he's lost too many of his men getting to this point, despite what Caesar thinks.
      • Caesar also is subjected to similar standards, as he disapproves of Vulpes Inculta's methods of expansion (the aforementioned dirty-bombing and Lottery of Doom).
    • The Legion themselves are all the bad parts of the Roman Empire — crucifixions, enslavement, ransacking various other societies — but they really, really hate drug dealers... something you can use to your advantage if you're trying to give the Great Khans a reason to defect.
    • Despite their racism towards non-humans, the Legion won't shoot them on sight the way they do anyone who appears to be affiliated with the NCR.
    • The Garret Twins run The Atomic Wrangler, one of the seedier bars in New Vegas, and are generally considered people you really don't want to cross (one quest is even given to the Courier by Francine with the line "Nobody crosses the Garret twins!"). However, if you approach them and ask them to supply the Followers of the Apocalypse (an ironically-named organization of good samaritans who, among other things, help people deal with drug problems), they're happy to set up a mutually beneficial agreement; as it turns out, they really don't like having drug addicts around, because addicts cause trouble for them and for potential customers, and are generally bad for business. Their treatment of their prostitutes is also fair and honest and incredibly more ethical than Gomorrah. If the player has a negative reputation with Freeside, both Garrets will lecture the player about not liking thugs who "hurt our friends" and it should be noted the Garrets are also able to raise the Courier's reputation in Freeside, for a price. Compared to their neighbors down the road, the Van Graffs (whose questline involves murdering a companion just because they can), the Garrets come across more as pragmatic business people than anything else. The fangs only come out if you cross them.
    • The Fiends are one of the loopier Raider bands in New Vegas. A loose collection of chemed-out psychopaths, wreaking anarchy all over the Mojave. Which should tell you something when even they're creeped out by the high-ranking Fiend known as Cook-Cook. Who is a pyromaniacal, cannibalistic, cow banging Serial Rapist.
    • In Fallout 4, the Brotherhood of Steel is questionable at best, given that they're willing to extort resources from settlements and take it upon themselves to instate themselves as the Commonwealth's military power, but the fact that the Institute replaces people with synthetic duplicates and experiments on people's DNA for research on Super Mutants definitely explains why the Brotherhood is so disgusted with them.
  • Kirei Kotomine, one of the major antagonists of Fate/stay night is, by his own admission, an abhorrent individual only capable of taking pleasure in the suffering of others. But even he is disgusted by Zouken Matou.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • From Final Fantasy IV: Rubicante was perfectly willing to serve Golbez/Zemus in conquering the world, even committing some atrocities, yet when Dr. Lugae turned Edge's parents into Chimeras, even he was disgusted with this.
      • He is also willing to kick your ass, but he heals your party before doing so, as he prefers a fair fight. If you cast Fire spells (which he absorbs) on him, he'll return the favor and cast Raise on your entire party.
    • Final Fantasy VI: The Gestahlian Troops were perfectly willing to torch a castle to get the occupants to surrender to their demands, as well as invade Narsche to steal an Esper fossil. However, when Kefka Palazzo orders them to poison Doma's water supply, even they were horrified at such a dirty tactic, especially seeing how there were still Imperial POWs in Doma.
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake: When Hojo suggests that they could have SOLDIERs "impregnate" Aerith Gainsborough to produce a "backup", the other Shinra executives react with either discomfort or outright disgust. Note that not even two minutes earlier, these same people were talking about torturing Aerith with the same level of enthusiasm one would see from a child on Christmas morning.
    • Gaius van Baelsar is the Big Bad of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, being a deadly Legate in The Empire who wishes to conquer Eorzea. Conquest, however, is as far as his ambitions go. Thus, in the original 1.0, he aids the Player Character and their allies in stopping a wayward Legate from attempting a Colony Drop using a small moon: you can't very well conquer a realm that's been flattened and its people all killed. Later, in Stormblood, it is also revealed that he had halted development of "Black Rose" for much the same reason: it was far too deadly to be used for anything other than genocide.
    • In the Dissidia Final Fantasy subseries, the Emperor was perfectly willing to betray Chaos and screw over his own allies to become god of the remnants of the universe when Chaos killed Cosmos.note  However, when facing Kefka in battle, he says "A taste of hell may be just what you need!" as his intro quote, implying that even he was extremely disgusted with Kefka's atrocities. Ditto with Cloud of Darkness and her saying to Kefka "We will not allow you your sordid cries!" in the same game. Sephiroth also expressed disapproval of the Emperor's plan when he attempted to recruit Sephiroth to his cause, and he's the guy who, in his own game, tried to ram a meteor into the planet to become a god (though this case is less about standards and more because Sephiroth didn't give a rat's ass about anything except for recovering his memories).
    • Final Fantasy Tactics: Gafgarion expresses dismay when he finds out what his employers are up to, but not enough to quit his day job.
      • Wiegraf is the antagonist for Chapter 1, and it's clear that the Corpse Brigade/Death Corps don't care about killing Noblemen who raise weapons at them. However, when he learns that the Marquis and Teta were kidnapped, Wiegraf says that they are beyond that. He even kills Gustav for kidnapping the Marquis and tells Ramza, Delita, and Argath to take the Marquis to safety.
      • Wiegraf is an odd case. Excluding his ultimate fate, his backstory and actions could easily have allowed him to be the protagonist of the game. He is a Holy Knight fighting for the rights of the disenfranchised veterans of the previous war against an uncaring nobility. He most closely falls into being a Hero Antagonist, so he doesn't actually fall under "evil" himself.
    • Crime syndicate Duelhorn in Final Fantasy Tactics A2. They know they are nothing but criminals, but they say that they do not attack innocent people, and they even attack other criminals that go after innocents. Alys saves a caravan that is attacked by a band of thugs and Marquis had saved an innocent girl from Kahmja. Duke Snakeheart eventually conspires to break up his fellow bosses and take over the clan as the sole boss just because he doesn't agree with the whole "protecting the innocents" thing and he wanted more power. He even went and attacked the girl that Marquis saved, but Marquis got his revenge.
  • Every Fire Emblem game has at least one scene where one of the villains — and not a sympathetic one! — comments on how even more evil one of his comrades is, and how that's terrible.
    • In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War:
      • The Loptous Sect conducts a horrifying project known as the "child hunts", in which children and pre-teens across the continent are either sacrificed to the God Loptous or forced to fight each other to death, with the few survivors becoming noblemen that in reality are little more than puppets of the Sect. Several of the minor and major villains in the game are disgusted by these acts, and two of them (Emperor Arvis and his sorta daughter-in-law Princess Ishtar) are even willing to secretly aid the heroes if it'll put a stop to them, and two more openly defect to the heroes' side (Iuchar and his brother Iucharba, though only one joins you). And you know an opponent is especially terrible if they openly support such a plan (like Arvis's son/Ishtar's boyfriend Prince Julius aka the vessel of Loptous itself, or Ishtar's Evil Matriarch mom Hilda).
      • Duke Lombard is a Smug Snake willing to participate in the conspiracy that ends with the death of Prince Kurth and Sigurd's dad Vylon, but when he learns that his co-conspirator Andrey killed his own dad Lord Ring for the inheritance of Jungby, he expresses deep disgust about it.
        Lombard: That contemptuous little brat. He shows absolutely no remorse for killing his own father. Lord Ring... may you rest in peace.
    • In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Uhai works with the Black Fang, at the time built up as the antagonistic group. Even though he takes Lyn hostage, he immediately lets her go because it is dishonorable to take hostages in battle. (He had only held Lyn to deliver a message.)
      • The Black Fang in general used to be this trope before Nergal took over; formerly, they only targeted nobles who were especially corrupt. Now, not so much, though.
    • Caellach views Valter this way in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, due to the way he is implied to victimize women. Caellach is a sociopathic Professional Killer who killed Queen Ismaire.
      Caellach (to Carlyle): I'm not like that freak Valter. I'm kind to women.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's:
    • Even the incredibly corrupt, incompetent, amoral, and blatantly criminal Bad Bosses at Fazbear Entertainment think that the Flawed Prototype hybrid suits are too unsafe to use. Considering these people are the poster children for creating Dangerous Workplaces with No OSHA Compliance where an animatronic bit off a chunk of someone's head, that's saying something. Though Phone Guy himself doesn't seem to care either way:
      "That being said, we are free of liability, do as you wish."
    • The "Blacklisted" ending of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator requires the player to rack up at least three lawsuits every day with high-risk attractions but finish the game without going bankrupt. The ending cutscene says you are too dangerous for Fazbear Entertainment to handle, and that you're fired and unlikely to be employed in your town ever again.

  • Subverted in Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars where Yaroslav Demidov seemed horrified when the Zemya leader decided to leave his soldiers to their fates when the Ghosts storm their base. But he ended up following him without any need for the leader to convince him.
  • Dandy in Ghost Trick acts the perfect gentleman to Kamilla after he and Beauty kidnap her, even scolding Beauty (who he adores) for taking her to the house where she accidentally murdered her own mother. If he'd wanted to be really nice, he probably shouldn't have kidnapped her in the first place.
    • Oh, and in the alternate past where Kamila was accidentally killed by Dandy (he fell on a lever that released a concrete statue that landed on her), he has a Villainous Breakdown at that.
  • In the video game of The Godfather, your crew will stand by you and not say a thing as you murder hundreds of police and civilians, or bomb a bakery. However, if you attack a woman, they will snarl remarks like "That could've been someone's mother!" and "We don't hit women!" Doesn't stop them from helping you, though.
  • The Horrors in Goosebumps HorrorLand are Always Chaotic Evil just like in the books who find it entertaining to watch people (your character, a child, included) face the many dangers of the titular Amusement Park of Doom. Despite this, the Horrors go to great lengths to keep the Great Gargantua secured and contained, as it is a gigantic monster who would love nothing more than to cause chaos around the world and turn it into its own personal HorrorLand. With this in mind, it certainly explains their Determinator status in recapturing Gigi, who you just so happen to "save".
    • While explaining the final ride, "Certain Death", to the player, the announcer mentions that not even the Horrors would ride it. Makes sense, since it's, well, Certain Death.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Drug dealing is presented as the ultimate evil in Grand Theft Auto III and San Andreas, though it's perfectly acceptable in Vice City and Chinatown Wars.
    • Niko Bellic from Grand Theft Auto IV may be a mass murderer and a smuggler, but he detests men who are violent towards women. He also helps a drug-addicted woman on the street to quit and to move out of the city and get an education. Niko will never harm a woman unless the player makes him (when carjacking a female driver, he just pulls them out the car and will never harm them). The one exception to this rule is Gracie Ancelotti, who he happily slugs after she grabs the wheel from him a few times. In addition, when encountering random character Jeff who asks him to murder his second wife for him because he is insane jealous that she is cheating on him, Niko will refuse and this is a guy who has no problem killing people as long as he is paid.
    • Of all of the main cast of the GTA series, Trevor Phillips of Grand Theft Auto V is by far the most insane and despicable of the lot: a meth dealer and addict that will kill you for so much as looking at him funny. However, he has also shown kindness and even romantic affection for the abused wife of a mob boss, and — when ordered to kill an innocent man who he had just tortured for information — he spared said victim and even gave him a ride to the airport, just to defy the one who nonchalantly gave the kill order. The player can also have him help people whose wallets or cars are stolen, which he often rationalizes by shouting at the perp, "Your petty crime displeases me!".
      • On the other hand, he can sell people to an insane cult, presumably to be eaten — but when they backstab him and threaten to eat him alive for the crime of being younger than them (and ate the others immediately), he cleans out the entire fort out of spite.
      • He also cannot stand betrayal and racism. In the latter, he thought the two border patrolmen (one of them is a Russian who barely understands English) were too crazy even for him.
      • Michael directly uses this trope when rationalising him killing Trevor. He states that his limit is Human. Stew. A reference to the suspicious "meal" Trevor prepared for him. He also seems to dislike white-collar criminals who are afraid to do some physical work.
      • Trevor, again, however, shows this trope if you betray Michael instead; he absolutely despises Franklin for killing Michael, more so because Michael was like a father to Franklin and Franklin betrayed him than because Trevor was Michael's friend. Apparently trust is a big thing for Trevor too.
    • Martin Madrazo is the head of the local Cartel in Los Santos and deals drugs, runs whore houses and even has people killed to protect his public reputation. He was going to kill Michael for destroying one of his houses, but lowered it to paying back the money for the destroyed property when he finds out that Michael was getting revenge for a tennis coach cuckolding him. Also, he is completely disgusted by the horrendous treatment the prostitutes working for the Lost Hayley undergo and hires the Online PC to rescue one from their whorehouse.
  • Gauldoth The Half-Dead in Heroes of Might and Magic IV ultimately fights against the Omnicidal Maniac demons.
    • Archibald Ironfist notes that Even I can't bear the thought of my brother remaining in their [the Kreegans/Demons] hands. So he helps you rescue Roland, the man that deposed Archibald from what he sees as his rightful throne, and then made him into a statue for ten years.
      • He personally helps get Roland back to Erathia, despite knowing full well that that means putting himself into the hands of Catherine Ironfist, a person that would be more than happy to kill him (she nearly does, too).
    • Charna, one of the Death Faction's heroes in IV, is described as being capable of evil that 'even the demons balk at.'
  • The Biker in Hotline Miami may be a violent and grisly Blood Knight and thrill seeker, he very much opposes the 50 Blessings' plans to start a nuclear war.
  • In Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, recurring bad girl Underling joins the protagonists in a mutual bout of "the hell, man?" during one of her boss's episodes of heavily implied sexual harassment of two young characters, insisting he should "can the borderline illegal crap and kill them already".
  • Injustice 2: All of the other villains (including Brainiac, Darkseid, Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd, and Reverse-Flash) in this game agree that what The Joker — or at least, the Injustice version — did by nuking Metropolis and causing Superman's Start of Darkness by tricking him into killing his wife Lois Lane and their unborn child in the previous game was one step way too far. The tie-in comics also revealed how Joker stole a nuclear sub and dosed Supes with a Kryptonite-laced version of the Scarecrow’s fear gas, making him see and fight his enemy Doomsday, only to discover he actually killed his pregnant wife, Lois Lane, by accident. Even worse, her death triggered the detonation of a nuclear bomb in Metropolis. The shock of losing Lois and Metropolis in a single day caused Superman to kill him and establish a totalitarian dictatorship, which is exactly what Joker wanted in his twisted way all along. And his rationale for causing all of this mess? All For the Evulz, as the clown was bored of constantly losing to Batman, so he wanted to go after an easier target and see if they'll snap by breaking the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule. It's easy to see why the the Injustice-verse version of the Monster Clown is seen as the resident Hate Sink of the game, as virtually everybody loathes him for what he did so far. And in the interquel comics, even Ra's al Ghul agrees that what Joker did was too heinous. It's implied Word of God decided to write everyone referring to him as evil and chaos incarnate, even moreso than he is usually portrayed as. Even his lone redeeming quality — being funny — is often still used to call attention to the psychotic monster he is, thus making him the resident Hate Sink of the Injustice-verse.
    • Within the plot of Injustice 2 itself, when it's revealed Gorilla Grodd is willing to let Brainiac destroy earth, sacrificing the entire planet and even his own nation to further himself, the entire Society unceremoniously drops him like a hot brick. And this is a group of drifters and one-heroes who consider even the Regime too restrictive for them. When Grodd is eventually executed by Black Adam and Aquaman, the story doesn't even pretend he has any sympathy.
  • Speaking of the original Injustice: Gods Among Us game, the moment that Flash decides that enough is enough is when Superman, in full Villainous Breakdown mode after Luthor's betrayal, the rescue of Batman, and the destruction of the Watchtower, murders Shazam, his biggest fan and in reality just a prepubescent boy, for objecting to his plan to destroy Gotham and Metropolis in revenge for turning against him after Superman killed Luthor.
  • In Inazuma Eleven GO, Tsurugi Kyousuke gets outright pissed off at the attempts to deliberately break Tenma's leg and make it look like an accident, to the point where he starts defying Fifth Sector's orders out of spite and eventually does a full Heel–Face Turn.
  • Black Whirlwind in Jade Empire is somewhere between Bloodaxe and HK-47 in terms of body count, set a monastery on fire, chopped an innocent woman in half to "settle" a dispute, and is often stinking drunk when he fights, but even he draws the line at forcing a little girl into talking into a demon-infested cemetery to get a cursed artifact with the threat of certain death at The Wall if she doesn't comply.
    • Judge Fang is quite depraved and corrupt, but even he disapproves of the Lotus Assassins. If you manage to have his courtesan steal his ring and use that to blackmail him into resigning for the purpose of infiltrating the Inquisitors, he'll reluctantly comply, but warn you that you're getting involved with a very dangerous organization.
  • Though Jak 3 established Veger as a Knight Templar in favor of Light Eco research, some fanworks still portrayed him as joining the Dark Makers, or responsible for the Dark Warrior Program, because Dark Is Evil after all. However, his cameo in Daxter has him vehemently arguing with Erol against the DWP, saying that it's "disgusting" and a "failure", and warning Erol that it will be his downfall and those "eco freaks" won't save them. He's half-right.
    • This is less Standards than it is just his total (though not completely unjustified) hatred of Dark Eco, which he believes nothing good can come out of, including the Dark Is Not Evil Jak.
  • In Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, you are told by Shelly, a convicted killer on death row, that Lynch killed his wife. At this point Kane, another convicted killer who has killed armies of cops at this point, gets pissed at Lynch.
    • He also acts in the same way when Lynch goes off his meds and begins killing hostages, although this is partly because it screwed up the bank robbery.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: Viridi may hate humans, but when she discovers that Hades is using the human souls he is collecting to create Underworld monsters and as a food source, and just how many souls are used in the former, she's absolutely appalled. Furthermore, she considers humanity the Lesser of Two Evils when compared to the Underworld Army. After his defeat, she remains an aloof ally of the Overworld, but still has a disgust for the humans.
  • Killer7. Garcian and Dan Smith, two experienced and hardboiled (and sadistic in Dan's case) killers, are disgusted and appalled by the actions of Curtis Blackburn, who abducted young girls, sodomized them, and killed them. He also abducted young boys and harvested their organs for sale on the black market.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: Xehanort is a monstrous evil scientist who plans to bring about the Apocalypse and drown the Universe in Darkness. However, when his attempt to turn young Ventus into a living weapon led to Ventus being fatally injured, Xehanort felt guilty over his actions apparently causing the slow death of a child, and took the comatose Ventus to the Destiny Islands so he could at least die peacefully. Granted, Ventus subsequently revived, with Xehanort's experiment proving a success, thus spurring Xehanort to continue using him, but the thought was ther until then.
  • Knights of the Old Republic
    • When Malak ordered Saul Karath to bomb Taris to prevent Bastilla from escaping, Karath objected, as they would be slaughtering countless innocent people, as well as their own soldiers. Karath relents however when Malak warns him of what happened when Karath's predecessor objected to his orders.
      • Also, on Manaan, a Mercenary admits to being as cold-blooded as the next merc, but he does not like the Sith because they do not seem to care about who they kill, as exampled of the destruction of Taris and later Dantooine. He would rather work for the Republic.
    • Speaking of Taris: In the Upper City, there is a man named Gorton Colu who constantly preaches for the extermination of all non-Humans on Taris, claiming there will be a "Day of Reckoning". He calls aliens a "plague", "pox", and "terrible scourge". Even though many humans on Taris (particularly in the Upper City) generally look down on aliens, they believe Gorton is insane and out of line. They even ask the player (if in a Sith Costume) to shut him up.
    • HK-47, our lovable killing robot, has a fine degree of standards and function compared to his successor. While he adores violence, his programming by Revan was to prevent the collapse of the Republic and never to kill his master (although accidental suicides still work). Another point is that when assassinating his targets, it must be his target only; he can't kill anyone else unless it was collateral damage, which is fine by 47. HK-50, on the other hand, will gleefully kill everybody to obtain their objective, and it didn't ride well with HK-47.
    HK-47: When I kill, when I dispatch a target, it is not about wanton slaughter, about body count. It is about finesse, function. Doing more with less. It is art.
    • Granted, HK-47 was objecting to its impracticality rather than seeing it as wrong.
    • There's the reason that HK-47 was created to begin with. Revan believed that mass slaughter like what happened at Malachor V should never be necessary again, when killing just one influential person and watching everything they held together fall apart on its own worked just as well.
    • On Tatooine, your character has the option of betraying a hunter and demanding more than you agreed to take. If you do this with Canderous in your party, he will scold you. Canderous is an otherwise ruthless mercenary who has no qualms about taking from the weak or killing people, but he does have a sense of honor.
    • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Coorta, a Peragus miner wanted to sell you to the The Exchange because of their bounty on Jedi. He would cut any deals if it meant a profit. He even knocked out a Sullustan when overhearing his plan to alert security. Despite this, he was horrified when he discovered that the miners trapped in the dormitories were all going to be gassed by HK-50.
    • Kreia in the sequel makes it pretty obvious early on that she is an Evil Mentor by encouraging the Exile to manipulate everyone around them, and quickly revealing that she was a Sith. However, she believes in Pragmatic Villainy and will pretty much outright call the Exile a moron if they take the frequent Stupid Evil Dark Side conversation options. As such, she shows up as "neutral" on the Karma Meter. She is the foil to Jolee Bindo in the original, who was likewise neutral but always leaned towards the Light Side. She helps the Exile fight Darth Sion and Darth Nihilus, as the latter is a threat to the galaxy and both betrayed her.

  • Near the end of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, Osborne orders Alberich to detonate the bomb stored on The Courageous when it arrived to help Class VII. The heroes are momentary stunned, while their opponents, including The Stahritter, McBurn, Shirley, and Campanella, are repulsed by such a dirty tactic.
  • MadWorld is a game filled with terrible people and killers, all of which sponsor Agent XIII is just dandy with, enjoying the terror and spectacle. Well, except for when he finds out why the current Deathwatch games are being held. Turns out that Leo's dad started the games because his company was going under and he created a need for a cure for an illness used in the game. With the world aware of the horror of the illness, he could jack up the price of the cure and make a lot of money. However, Leo himself didn't actually care, he just wanted to watch the chaos. This made Agent XIII mad since the games usually decide the fate of the known world, shifting around major powers without the need for war. A pointless genocide for the sake of something as small as profits was disgusting to him, disrespectful to the reason the game was made. As a result, he later decides to give Jack information.
  • Mafia III: Lincoln Clay is reckless and is willing to kill hundreds of people just to take down the Marcano crime family by any means necessary, particularly when he takes over their rackets. However, he is utterly disgusted when he discovers that the Southern Union are using Bellaire's Supermarket during afterhours for human trafficking. This is reinforced by the fact that there is not an option to spare the racket's boss, and that when he gives the racket to one of his underbosses, he explicitly states that he will no longer use the supermarket as a human trafficking front. He also spared Olivia Marcano out of principle, as killing women isn't something he'd dare do, despite Olivia being part of the family he was so bent at destroying. Not that Olivia was safe though, as she would be later killed by his own relative afterwards, something Lincoln isn't surprised to know.
  • In Makai Kingdom, when it's revealed that one of the Demon Overlords once tried to rape a woman — and is now trying to get revenge on her for having fought back — the other Demon Overlords agree that he's scum. Considering that the demons of Nippon Ichi's games tend toward the Anti-Villain, Affably Evil, Card-Carrying Villain, and Noble Demon types, this actually makes sense.
    • Aurum gets a massive tongue lashing by the entire party (even the demons) in the last chapter of Disgaea 3 after all the horrible stuff he did to Mao and Almaz... and the latter had nothing to do with his plot and was the one he wanted dead the most simply because he was screwing up his plans 200 years in the making.
    • We see this again in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters: one New Game+ option is to play the "Demon Path". In this, the main character is such a sadistic child-killing bastard that many of the other villains are so horrified that they turn good to get away from him/her and to try to ensure the world survives. Even Gig is impressed by the sheer evil of some of the things that take place. And Gig is even disgusted by the state of Drazil in the main story.
    • As a general rule, most Nippon Ichi games draw the line at killing your own allies, as this is usually a flag that triggers Bad Endings. (In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, just one kill is enough to lock you out of the Good Ending.) You can be as brutal as you like to your enemies, but attacking your allies is apparently reprehensible.
    • This is a major running theme in Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, with main villain Void Dark trying to destroy so many Netherworlds and the various overlords trying to fight back. Void Dark resorts to making siblings fight to the death, and one of his generals constantly revives the dead under her mantra "Kill and Recycle". All Red Magnus did was be an idiot in comparison, and Killia at worst was just a self-indulgent demon who followed his own interest.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order has two examples of this trope:
    • The first one comes from Green Goblin of all people. He definitely seems to draw the line at destroying the universe, as when the Time Stone gives him a vision of a bad future in which Thanos wins, he goes into a Villainous BSoD, muttering "This is how it all ends" over and over.
    • Thanos himself gets a moment of this when his son Thane uses the Infinity Gauntlet to summon the full set of Infinity Armor. Even Thanos knew that was a bad idea:
      Thanos: That armor is a curse, far too powerful for any mortal being to contain! There's a reason I chose to wear only one of its gloves.
      Thane: You knew?
      Thanos: Of course. And, more importantly, I knew better.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Helena Blake definitely qualifies, if she is being honest with the PC. She tells Shepard that she is a crime lord who is wanting to be rid of two business partners, due to their habits of selling a highly addictive drug to people, then selling the addicts to slavers when they fall into debt. She makes it plain that she is disgusted with them and will run the operation in a more tasteful manner once she is in charge.
    • Though Wrex isn't precisely what you'd call "evil", he is a ruthlessly pragmatic Blood Knight and doesn't view killing as any particularly big deal. He is quite disturbed after seeing indoctrinated test subjects on Virmire.
      Wrex: This is no way to treat prisoners. Kill them, sure, but this...?
    • Zaeed of Mass Effect 2 is an amoral, revenge-driven mercenary who's done some really bad things in his career, but even he thinks what the people who experimented on Jack did to her was messed up. Horrific experiments on kidnapped children will do that.
      • In the interim between 2 and 3, Cerberus went off the deep-end. When they offered Zaeed a new contract, "negotiations ended badly" and Zaeed started actively looking for jobs where he'd be killing Cerberus agents.
      • A dialogue option on Illium with Zaeed will also reveal how he prefers mercenary work over a desk job, as it forces him to care about who he's killing instead of being another name on a piece of paper.
      • Yet another example involving Zaeed comes from a dialogue exchange during his loyalty mission regarding Batarians.
        Zaeed: "Cheaper labor," he said. "Goddamn terrorists," I said.
    • Likewise, The Illusive Man claimed that the facility that created Jack in the first place was one that went rogue and later ordered the death of all the scientists involved. Records at the facility indicate that the scientists there were keeping at least some information from him, and the Cerberus post-mission report written by him mentions that he genuinely did have the scientists terminated for their actions.
    • A conversation overheard in Mass Effect 3 has a turian smuggler asking a human smuggler if she still has a ship and is looking for work. He then suggests that there are a few crates of medi-gel in customs, bound for Alliance soldiers, that they could make off with. When he asks her what she thinks of this, she responds that she thinks she should slit his goddamn throat, and proceeds to angrily berate him for suggesting that they screw over the people who are fighting and dying for the galaxy, especially while her homeworld is being burned to the ground.
    • Even Renegade Shepard expresses absolute disgust for Cerberus tricking war refugees into coming to their Sanctuary facility on Horizon, then using them as experimental subjects to find out how Reaper huskification and indoctrination work.
    • A Renegade Shepard also shows a moment of this in the ending of Overlord, when a scientist subjected his vulnerable autistic brother to torturous experiments in an attempt to create something that could communicate with and control the geth, and then pleads with Shepard to allow the experiments to continue. In keeping with characterization, Renegade Shepard agrees, but breaks the scientist's jaw and tells him he's a sick bastard who's only walking away from the encounter alive because his cruel experiments could end a war. The later revelation that the geth are mostly peaceful renders the man's experiments utterly pointless.
    • Renegade players also sometimes run into this on a meta-level; there's a number of players that freely embrace Shepard being brutally pragmatic, utterly merciless, and full of rage and snark, but find Renegade options to be needlessly petty or racist towards your crew or several Renegade options to sadistically betray them when they're counting on you most too distasteful to pursue.
    • Saren may have been a racist bastard without a trace of scruples or restraint even before he became the pawn of an Eldritch Abomination, but even he finds a batarian who was planning to beat a prostitute to be a repulsive waste of oxygen. Bonus points because the prostitute was human, a species he loathed without restraint.
    • In the comics, Miranda Lawson and Maya Brooks, both high-ranking Cerberus members (the former makes a Heel–Face Turn but the latter doesn't) considered Kai Leng to be little more than The Illusive Man's personal Psycho for Hire.
    • In Mass Effect: Andromeda, on the planet Kadara, you can find a pair of ex-Cerberus scientists who got kicked out of the organization by the Illusive Man for their experiments, which basically boil down to reprogramming alien brains to forcibly meld living people's minds together to create an organic super-computer. Considering some of the other Cerberus projects seen in the original trilogy, that's saying something.
  • In Master of Orion, a game in which everybody spends lots of time destroying whole planets, two things that are sure to make AIs mad at you are annihilating a race, and using biological weapons.
  • Behold Teisel Bonne's Funny Moment while raiding a helpless village in Mega Man Legends 2:
    Teisel: Listen up everyone! I want you to take everything that isn't nailed down, you hear me?! I don't want there to even be a toothpick left!
    Servbot 1: Master Teisel, we've taken all the supplies and loaded them onto the ship!
    Servbot 2: What should we do with the toilet paper?
    Teisel: We may be pirates, but we're not barbarians. We'll let them keep the toilet paper.
  • Metal Gear:
    • In Metal Gear Solid, Sniper Wolf is a Sniper who develops Stalker with a Crush feelings for her targets. However, she does follow a strict code in regards to never killing women and children and thus does not wish lethal harm on Meryl. As opposed to Ocelot, who had no such qualms.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Vamp and Fortune did not like the fact that Fatman was trying to blow up the entire Big Shell, as well as the fact that he sold out his loyalty to Commander Jackson.
    • Olga Gurlukovich does not like it when she is forced to betray her comrades of the Gurlukovich Mercenary Group, especially when she values them as not only comrades, but also her family.
    • Ocelot had no qualms with helping Colonel Volgin in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and in fact gained his love of torture from watching Volgin have a go at it, but even he balked at the man firing nuclear warheads at his own countrymen for shits and giggles. On top of that, when Naked Snake fights Volgin one-on-one and starts to get the better of him, Volgin calls out to the onlooking Ocelot and orders him to help him, only for Ocelot to tell him to act like a man and do it himself.
      • The exact extent about whether he had absolutely no qualms about serving Volgin is debatable, however, as Ocelot implies a few times that he really doesn't like serving Volgin but has to put up with him anyway, especially after the above incident.
    • Although not outright stated, it is implied in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker that the CIA was apparently not too happy with Coldman, a former CIA Director, for the events of the Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater and had him Kicked Upstairs to the CIA Station Chief of Central America as an excuse to have him exiled. It also works under Pragmatic Villainy, since, as he knows the true purpose of Operation Snake Eater and the Virtuous Mission too well (since he was the one who planned them), and he wasn't willing to keep quiet about it, exiling him was the only other option to keep the cover story solid.
    • In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, even as Venom Snake and Miller are sledding down the slippery slope in pursuit of revenge, they still refuse to allow infanticide on missions or to use children as soldiers. And even Ocelot is visibly disgusted by the revelation that Huey Emmerich was willing to use his own son as a child test pilot for his Metal Gear prototype... then let his wife suffocate in retaliation for thwarting this plan.
  • In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Celebrimbor continuously veers closer and closer towards Jumping Off the Slippery Slope into He Who Fights Monsters, but even he's not mad enough to try dominating a Balrog, unlike Zog the Eternal.
  • General Shepherd in Modern Warfare 2 was willing to use a False Flag Operation to start World War III between the United States and Russia and betray his own men after framing them for treason, but he draws the line at using nukes in the war. Both because the nuke in question was being used against the U.S. and because it reminds him of the act that caused his Start of Darkness, when a terrorist used a nuke to blow up thirty thousand American soldiers years prior.
  • Normally, Mortal Kombat characters don't have much standards, like Mileena and any of the gods, save Raiden and Fujin. That is, until Mortal Kombat X where Kano finds out that Shang Tsung had not only made many clones of Mileena, but also Kano himself. Clear to say, Kano's none too happy.
    • Some of the match intro dialogues from X use this trope. D'Vorah says that she finds Kano 'repulsive.'
    • Mortal Kombat 11: While they may be unpleasant, even many of the evil kombatants such as Noob Saibot, Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung and even Kronika see Frost as nothing but a bratty and immature whiner when she insists they make her the leader of their organizations. Some of them even call her out on for betraying her former mentor Sub-Zero just because he refused to make her his successor. And if you think she has it rough, wait until you see the Joker, who literally everyone wants dead. Yes, even Frost.
    Frost: So you're the infamous Joker.
    Joker: The man, the myth, the legend.
    Frost: All three die today.
  • In NetHack, any god (even the chaotic ones, who reward you for sacrificing members of your own race) will get angry with you for eating the corpse of a dog or cat.
    • And in Slash'EM Extended, a chaotic (dark) Jedi is punished for attacking a peaceful monster because it violates the way of the Jedi. Averted for chaotic knights though; knights only need to follow their code of conduct if they're lawful.
  • Bishop from Neverwinter Nights 2 may be a back-stabbing, puppy-kicking bastard, but even he regards Luskan as pure evil.
    • Qara may be a sociopathic egomaniac who's quite possibly lower on the moral spectrum than Bishop, but she'll be completely horrified by Garius's methods of recruiting troops.
    • In addition, both of them will express disgust at Ammon Jerro brutally murdering his granddaughter Shandra for being in his way, which is particularly notable in that neither of them even liked Shandra.
    • One of the leaders of the Shadow Thieves, Axle, will sniff disdainfully at the orcs' habits of torture, considering it to be "so...undignified".
    • Ammon Jerro is one of the only recruitable evil party members, and he's also one of the five characters in the playable cast who will never turn on you, no matter how low your influence with him is. He just cares more about stopping the King of Shadows than anything else. Gaining influence with him is more determining if his view is "I'm proud to fight by your side," or "I guess I don't have any other choice."
  • Nocturne: Rebirth has an example where two villains disapprove of each other's methods. Reviel, who starts as the Villain Protagonist, claims that Ristill's Maxwell experiments on monsters and people are too cruel even for him. On the flip side, Ristill originally wanted to kill him because even she was sickened by his pointless mass murder of humans.

  • Glukkons from the Oddworld franchise are an entire race of Corrupt Corporate Executives who treat their employees like crap, run spectacularly unsafe businesses and only care about making as much Moolah as possible regardless of the consequences. They're also freaked out by the Vykkers, a race whose hat is a sadistic obsession with vivisection.
  • Father Knoth, the Big Bad of Outlast II, has no issue in murdering his own kin. He will not, however, murder the children of his followers, merely suggesting/forcing them to do so. True to his word, he cannot bring himself to kill Blake's newborn child. He merely suggests that Blake do so before slitting his own throat.
  • Gnarl from Overlord almost quotes this word for word when you're travelling through a dense and murky area to retrieve some Green Minions, who are known for poor hygiene anyway.
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous: There is literally no-one in the game, from demon lords to liches to bandits to serial killers, who will not call you out for taking the Path of the Swarm.
  • Affably Evil Professional Killer Shelly de Killer from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All has very strict standards. To win the game, you have to show him just how amoral his current client is, up to and including planning to blackmail him over the murder he was hired to commit. Disgusted, Shelly decides his client is now his next target, causing the man to declare himself guilty rather than face De Killer's wrath.
  • Pokémon:
    • One of the biker gang guys in Pokémon Gold and Silver and the remakes says he won't hang out with Team Rocket even though he's a bad guy.
      • Even one of the Team Rocket grunts you defeat in the Slowpoke Well at Azalea Town has this when you defeat him. He says that he's alright with trying to make money, but tearing the tails off Slowpoke and selling them? That's a bit too low for him.
    • Elite Four Malva was The Quisling for Team Flare and resented the Player Character for stopping Lysandre's Evil Plan, however she helps them stop Xerosic in the postgame citing "honor among thieves" as she's disgusted by him manipulating a teenage orphan to do his dirty work.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The Team Skull Boss Guzma is a perfect example from caring about his underlings to taking in misfits. When in Ultra Space, he even warns the player that Lusamine had gone off the deep end thanks to the Nihilego. The fact that he is sitting it out shows how even Guzma isn't willing to get caught in Lusamine's craziness...though he did try to capture one. He realized that it wasn't a good idea.
    • In the second installment of the Spin-Off series Pokémon Ranger, one of the Side Quests entails a man asking the Player Character to bring a Nosepass to him... so he can make fun of it. Cue a Team Dim Sun Mook walking in from offscreen to chastise him for his selfish request and make him see how wrong it was to ask a Ranger to do something like this.
  • Poker Night at the Inventory
    • During a random conversation, Heavy Weapons Guy entertains his poker buddies with his favorite story about an enemy engineer and a wrench. Said buddies are all jerks at best and sociopaths at worst, and at least one is completely insane. All three are stunned to several moments of horrified silence.
    Strong Bad: That is some (bleep)ed up (bleep), man!
    • During the trailer, Heavy casually comments that if he loses three times, he'll be sent to his death. Tycho and Max make horrified expressions while Strong Bad looks down at the table in silence.
  • [PROTOTYPE]: The hero, Alex Mercer, is a "man" with Lovecraftian Superpowers who physically assimilates people in order to regain health and take their memories and skills, on a bloodthirsty quest to find who made him that way. Later, we discover that the protagonist is actually the virus itself, using Mercer's form and memories. The real Alex Mercer was a sociopathic scientist who worked on improving the lethality of Blacklight, not caring about the consequences simply because it wasn't his job to care. After he caught wind of a coming purge of his company, he tried to make a run for it, carrying a vial of his improved Blacklight as insurance. When that failed, he broke it and released the deadliest virus ever created into Manhattan out of spite, not even caring that his own sister was in the city. When we learn this, the Blacklight virus itself is disgusted.
    • In [PROTOTYPE 2], one of the sidequests involves capturing scientists involved in "Project: New Templar". When they finally reveal that the project involves sterilizing immigrants and poor people, Heller is so disgusted that he refuses to consume them, instead choosing to fly to maximum altitude on the helicopter they're in and then jump out so that the scientists plummet to their deaths.

  • Radiant Arc: Seperus's sword tries to convince Derek to brainwash Lexie into loving him. Derek is appalled by that idea because he still respects Lexie's free will and plans to get rid of the sword after he defeats Linky so that the sword doesn't corrupt him enough to do that.
  • No matter how low your honor is in Red Dead Redemption, John cannot cheat on his wife Abigail. He’s been away from her for several months in the game and there’s no shortage of prostitutes who will solicit him. He automatically says some variation of “Sorry, I’m married.” The Mysterious Stranger he meets who's implied to be God, The Devil, or the incarnation of death even lampshades this. He tells John for all the bad things he's done in his life, he takes his marriage very seriously. When he finally reunites with Abigail, it’s clear that theirs is an egalitarian marriage despite the game taking place in 1911 when it was very rare.
  • Arthur Morgan gets a lot of this in Red Dead Redemption II, even in Low Honour playthroughs where he plays as an unrepentant outlaw and killer of men:
    • As many of the Van der Linde gang are from different ethnic and national backgrounds, he doesn't hesitate to voice his disgust at racists and bigots like the KKK, a former bounty hunter who recaptured escaped slaves during the war, and a eugenics advocate in Saint Denis.
    • He treats women without a hint of misogyny and fully supports their right to vote in 1899, if only because he thinks anyone dumb enough to vote should still be able to. If he finds out about any woman being held hostage, being harassed or raped somewhere, he'll bust down doors full-force, storming in, and once he finds the culprit, calls him "a Goddamned animal" in a loathing tone reeking of absolute anger and abhorrence before all Hell breaks lose on the guy who was just about to harm the woman in some way.
    • He cares about animal rights and the way they are treated, expressing disgust about the mindless slaughter of bisons and will take in abused or abandoned horses in his care. He'll also help someone look for their lost dog, even grow concerned for their safety. While he does hunt wild animals himself, it's mostly necessarily done in order to feed the people in his camp, not senselessly wasting it.
    • He utterly loathes Leopald Strauss' business and being forced to work as his debt collector. When things get bad enough that he is forcibly collecting money from people who are working themselves into the grave trying to pay it back, Arthur returns to the camp in a rage and gives Strauss the unceremonious boot himself.
      • On that note, Strauss himself apparently has an Undying Loyalty to the point where even after getting said boot, he was ultimately captured and tortured to death because he wouldn't give away any of the gang's secrets.
    • He gets upset when he feels that John isn't contributing much to support Abigail and Jack, stepping in as a surrogate father and caretaker for them.
    • Arthur is disgusted by Micah's obvious sociopathy and cruelty.
      • Micah himself tries to declare this of himself when he states that he disapproves of Strauss' loan sharking, though this is treated as him either being sarcastic or just outright being a hypocrite considering he's guilty of far worse.
    • He outright calls the Murfree Brood evil, and reacts to their atrocities with disgust and horror.
    • He is deeply sympathetic to the plight of the Native Americans and respectful to their culture. He refuses to antagonize them or brandish a weapon while in the reservation, regardless of his Honour level. He's also disgusted and furious at Dutch in the endgame for leading them into a Hopeless War with the US Government for the gang's benefit, and this is what finally causes Arthur to turn on Dutch for good.
    • Players can also have Arthur lend a hand to the strangers he may come across, from helping someone get back home, taking an interest and supporting someone in their hobbies/career like photographing or collecting fossils, to sucking venom out of a guy's leg. Arthur will also comment on how it feels nice to do good for others. Even when players make him do bad, he tends to still have sympathy and even regrets killing.
    • The Van der Linde gang isn't above killing people who get in their way if needed as part of their robberies but Dutch frowns upon outright murder and when confronted by Angelo Bronte about it, he claims they are not murderers for hire.
    • When Agent Milton first manages to track down the Van der Linde gang, he offers to let all the members free with a three day head start if they surrender Dutch to him. When Dutch asks him why, Milton claims he "[doesn't] want to kill all these people, Dutch. Just you." However once the gang declines his initial offer, Milton becomes spiteful and more petty towards them.
    • Angelo Bronte may be a mob boss but when a kidnapped Jack is given to him as a hostage, he treats the boy kindly. It's also implied he despises graverobbers which is one of the possible reasons he sends Arthur and John to get rid of them.
  • In Resident Evil Village, Heisenberg is revealed to be the only one of the Four Lords and Mother Miranda who refuses to experiment on living people. Yes, he steals corpses from the local graveyard for his Cadou experiments, but that's still a damned sight better than the sick and twisted experiments that the others perform on living victims. His notes even confirm that he's fearful that experimenting on anything besides corpses would make him no better than Miranda.
  • Retro City Rampage has this. Your character, who up to this point has stolen cars, probably offed a few cops and pedestrians, killed store owners for not paying up their dues, and regularly participated in mini-game 'sprees' (consisting of using a particular method of violence to score points within a time limit), DOES apparently have standards: In one scene, someone who has hired him to steal something from a company orders him to kill an innocent person. 'Player' refuses, saying that even though he aspires to be a 'super criminal', this is going a little overboard.
  • Pamela Arwig from RosenkreuzStilette is an Anti-Villainess who devotes herself to hunting the "witches", as she calls the Magi for the army of the church. Nevertheless, she's appalled by being vilified when she learns that she's been branded a holy traitor to both the Schwarzkreuz and the church by the pope, and not to mention she is repulsed by Count Michael Zeppelin's desire to destroy the old, "corrupt" world and make a new one in its place, and she is especially disgusted by Iris' brainwashing of Spiritia.
  • Saints Row:
    • The second game has a moment in the DLC Ultor Exposed when The Boss discovers the corpses of former test subjects of Ultor, who were buried to cover up their deaths. Even the Boss him/herself is horrified by it.
    • In Saints Row: The Third, the Boss is fine with murder, theft, human trafficking, insurance fraud, and wanton destruction. Hypercommercialization, on the other hand, is something the Boss starts having doubts about. This may or may not stick depending on the ending chosen. They're also disturbed when Pierce talks about collecting sex dolls and doesn't like the way the director of the movie (that they happen to be starring in) treats the co-star actress, and quickly begins trying to screw with him in an effort to get him to stop. This is even though the director does nothing but praise whatever Boss does. They also try to get the poor girl to stand up for herself so he won't pick on her so much.
    • In The Trouble With Clones, Boss becomes kind of heroic, fighting off an army division that's attacking Pierce and Johnny Tag, even showing remorse for the Saints failing Gat (er… Tag. either or.)
    • The Boss also draws the line at nuclear war and human genocide.
    • Matt Miller is hardly the most ruthless crime boss, merely doing the cyber work for Philippe’s Syndicate. As a result, he shows extreme distress when Killbane murders Kiki DeWynter in front of her twin sister, putting his head in his hands and screaming “Christ, Killbane!” Even the Boss recognizes this and lets him live later on, allowing him to instead work for MI6 in Saints Row IV, having redeemed himself.
  • Like in the movie, Tony in Scarface: The World Is Yours refuses to harm innocent people. Go ahead and try to shoot someone that is not an enemy. Tony will flat-out refuse to shoot them.
  • In one of School Days's paths, Makoto Itou, who can become The Casanova Jerkass who plays with the bodies and hearts of all the girls in his harem... decides to protect one of them, the ojou Kotonoha, when he finds out that other girls are bullying her. Doubles as Kick the Son of a Bitch, considering that Kotonoha's bullies are among the few who can compare with Makoto in jerkassery.
    • Also, Makoto is pissed in the sort-of sequel Cross Days when he finds out that a bunch of guys (including his Bromantic Foil) gangraped his Gay Option, Yuuki Ashikaga. He's actually so angry that he tries to physically attack the culprits. It fails, though.
    • In fact, one of Makoto's few persistent good traits is that bullying is a VERY sore spot for him. You can make him either the nicest and kindest guy in the world or the worst womanizing jerk, but that will almost always remain. And you better make him always follow through with it, because if he doesn't stop Kotonoha's bullies... she will snap, and Sekai will pay dearly.
    • Also, this is a more minor example, but Makoto apparently dislikes people who are lousy in bed and don't please their partners. When he has sex with women, after all, he does his best to make them feel good. In fact, his standards in this regard is how he can potentially win over Hikari in Hikari's route, because while he was supposed to be teaching her sex so she could please Taisuke, it turns out that Makoto is much better in bed than Taisuke is because Taisuke is too rough and just plows away, so Hikari hooks up with Makoto instead.
  • The Secret World:
    • Säid the Mummy might be just as selfish and greedy as the rest of the Kingdom, but he does not look kindly on terrorism: upon discovering that his clients among the Atenists and the Morninglight were behind a number of highly-destructive bombings, he opts to sever all ties with the cult and support the Big Three in their attempts to bring the Atenists down. Part of this is due to simple pragmatism, but it's also abundantly clear that the cult's extremism personally disgusts Säid. Later, he expresses even greater disgust towards the Phoenicians when they continue to do business with the Atenists in spite of the growing list of atrocities to their name, and actively sneers off their attempts to hire him as a broker in spite of this.
      Tanis: So what do you want, huh? Money? Blood sacrifices? T-the Spear of Destiny? We have the wealth of Carthage, there must be something you want!
      Säid: Goodness, let's not debase ourselves any more than we absolutely must. Not wealth: honour. Carthage has long sold out of that stock.
    • The Dimirs might be a pack of ravenous killers fully prepared to slaughter countless supernatural beings — innocent or not — and butcher them into home-cooked meals, but one tenet they've at least tried to abide by is "people are not for sausages."
  • Now, in the majority of Shin Megami Tensei, both God and Lucifer are evil (or at least extremely amoral), but as noted in this boss battle theme, even the demons you're fighting hate humanity for killing Jesus.
    • In Nocturne, a bonus scene unlocked through the Labyrinth of Amala shows that the Gaea cult wanted to kick Hikawa because they felt he was too extreme. It says a lot when a group that regularly worships demons and strives to reconcile even diametrically-opposing beliefs think you're too extreme.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei II, YHVH calls down apocalyptic scenarios, one after another, on a humanity that's already living in a miserable Crapsack World ravaged by nuclear destruction. When it's revealed his ultimate plans are essentially ruling over all that exists at the cost of any kind of freedom, no matter how many have to die to make his vision a reality, the Archangel Gabriel and Satan himself get desperate and angry enough to seriously consider joining The Hero to finally put an end to the tyranny. Satan, in particular, in his role as God's Judge, proves he's not just YHVH's personal killing machine, fulfilling both sides of his title and rising along with Aleph to judge Him for His actions. YHVH also counts — the Archangels other than Gabriel treated the survivors of the first game in a horrible, biased manner, which is what drove YHVH to continue with His goals.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei IV, friggin' Lilith herself, The Dragon to Lucifer himself, is horrified by how Tayama makes the Red pills. Mastema, himself an arrogant asshole, views it with extreme distaste and only went along with it because he hoped the humans would eventually revolt and establish themselves on a better foothold.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, despite being mortal enemies, both Merkabah and Lucifer were willing to declare a truce between humanity and each other in order to focus on Krishna and the Divine Powers, who've established themselves as a major threat to everyone.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei V, the angels may be as lawful as you'd expect them to be, but it's pretty telling when angels say that the God of Law's tyrannical totalitarian rule was too harsh and that humans deserve better than that.
  • In Shuyan Saga, The Guer pay Jian to help kidnap Shuyan, but he makes it clear to her that he's "getting paid to bash you. Not kill you." Even then, he only goes along with it until he learns who's paying him — he won't work for them knowingly. Eventually, he does a Heel–Face Turn.
  • In Silent Hill, Dr. Kaufmann allies with Dahlia Gillespie so he can profit off her drug trade (and is implied to have been blackmailing a woman for sex on the side), but when she roasts her own daughter alive and reveals that her endgame involves unleashing Hell on Earth, he turns on her.
  • In Skullgirls, both Marie and Samson share traits of this, granted that Marie isn't evil and Samson is holding something back who's worse than he is.
  • Muggshot in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves outright refuses a challenge to a fight from Bentley because, among other reasons, "it wouldn't feel right pounding a four-eyed runt in a wheelchair". He continues to refuse, no matter how much you push him, until you talk smack about his mother.
    Bentley: Your mother is a broken down tub of junk with more gentleman callers than the operator.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Dr. Eggman is a mix between this and Pragmatic Villainy, but he's frequently downgraded to assisting the heroes, lest an even crazier person tries to destroy the planet… since that means he'd be dead or at least have nothing to conquer, after all.
    • In Sonic Adventure 2's Last Story, when the Eclipse Cannon malfunctions and a program left behind by Professor Gerald sends the ARK hurtling towards the Earth, Eggman's response to his grandfather's plan for vengeful omnicide is quite simply, "That mad scientist!" (Amy: "That should be you, right?") He then proceeds to form a temporary alliance with Sonic and company to stop the colony from hitting the Earth. He also expresses disgust at the actions of the Black Arms in Shadow the Hedgehog, but makes it clear that it's due to them interfering with his goals.
      "How can I take over the city and create the Eggman Empire, if there is no city?!"
    • However, by the True Final Boss in Shadow, Eggman makes it abundantly clear that he's disgusted at the Black Arms' plan and that Gerald allied with them fifty years ago. Never mind that the cutscene before the fight reveals that Gerald metaphorically stabbed Black Doom in the back to thwart the Black Arms.
    • In Sonic Lost World, Eggman has a machine that extracts energy from the world. He only uses it to "borrow" a small amount of the world's energy before deactivating it. However, when the Deadly Six turn against him, they reactivate the machine and begin to completely drain his and Sonic's world of all of its energy. When this happens, Eggman teams up with Sonic and Tails in an attempt to restore their world. In one cutscene, he even saves Tails from a Brainwashed and Crazy Cubot, and in another, he saves Sonic, his worst enemy, from falling to his death. Granted, it was all part of a greater plan to get his army back.
      Sonic: I can't figure you out. One second, you're contemplating genocide, and the next, you're saving one of your worst enemies!
      Eggman: I'm a complicated guy.
    • This behavior is incredibly ironic given that, in Sonic Forces, Eggman's plan is to drop the sun on the planet, but even he gets fed up of Infinite's needless sadism and pettiness. So much so that when the latter is defeated for the final time, he promptly pulls a You Have Failed Me on him.
  • In Space Tyrant, it is possible to discover a culture that practices geriacide-executing the elderly. The narrator states that this is "against Imperial policy". The eponymous Tyrant has no qualms with several other, even worse atrocities; for example, weaponizing the most deadly disease in the known galaxy. This is a game where oppressing the populace of a conquered world is a core mechanic, but old people have EARNED their retirement. It says a lot that the inhabitants gift you a pair of frigates for stopping the practice, presumably crewed by the same old folks whose lives you saved.
  • Bianca in Spyro: Year of the Dragon helps kidnap dozens of dragon eggs for her mistress, but her initial dealings with Spyro are simply trying to scare him off and is clearly uncomfortable when the Sorceress orders her to make a monster to kill Spyro. She eventually pulls a Heel–Face Turn when the Sorceress reveals she intends to kill the baby dragons and use their wings to fuel an immortality spell; prior to this Bianca thought they stole the dragon eggs because their world's magic was fading without dragons.
  • In the upcoming space simulation MMO Star Citizen, shooting a pilot who has bailed out of his ship is said to be considered so reprehensible that even some pirates will turn on you for it.
  • Subverted by the VUX in Star Control. They give you this reason if you try allying with them, and then again in Star Control 3 when they defect away from you. In reality, they are xenophobic bigots who find humanoids absolutely hideous and will confirm if you pester them enough about why they distrust humanoid races so.
    • Played straighter with the Ur-Quan Kzer-Za. They are out to enslave everyone in the entire galaxy, but maintain that it's for your own good because their counterparts, the Ur-Quan Kohr-Ah, are out to destroy everyone in the entire galaxy. They are also unfailingly polite, never kill or destroy needlessly, give their slaves a choice about whether they want to join them (and thus have more freedom) or simply be imprisoned (and thus have security), and will even accept your surrender no matter how many of them you have destroyed (and your crew at least will be spared). And both factions of the Ur-Quan, even the genocidal one, will delay battle with you and explain the rationale behind their actions if you ask them in the right way.
  • Star Fox: Even Wolf O'Donnell couldn't stand Pigma Dengar and kicked him out of Star Wolf. And in one of the endings to Star Fox Command, it's implied that all the members of Star Wolf were disappointed in Krystal defecting to them from Star Fox.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
    • Darth Marr is a member of the Dark Council, and is as ruthless as any Sith Lord. Furthermore, it's rumored that the reason he never takes off his mask is because his face is so horribly grotesque that it once drove an Imperial officer to suicide. However, he is repulsed by the fact that the Sith keep fighting each other as much as their Jedi and Republic enemies, because this has allowed the Republic to gain the upper hand and costs the Empire in manpower and equipment. He begins working feverishly to unite all the Imperial factions to win the war. He also seems to genuinely care about the Empire's people. He also shows a lot of respect towards Jedi Grandmaster Satele Shan whenever the two are forced to work together against a worse enemy, the latest being the Sith Emperor himself, who is now known to be an Omnicidal Maniac, who plans to consume all life in the galaxy to become immortal. Obviously, Marr doesn't like that too much.
    • The Sith Emperor is mysterious, but well known to be immensly powerful, having lived for more than 1400 years. Normally no one in the Sith Empire would dare challenge him. But when it's revealed that he plans to consume all life in the galaxy to give him unlimited power and become immortal (he plans to go to other galaxies and live his never-ending life there afterwards), all other Sith and Imperial characters are understandably horrified. The Emperor's personal assassin had been planning for 300 years to betray him for this reason.
    • The Jedi Knight storyline has at least 3 examples.
      • The Imperial spymaster "Watcher One" has a very strict code of honor and will always honor a bargain or deal he makes when trying to accomplish a mission. He also does not like harming innocent people or needlessly killing prisoners. He even ratted out a Sith who was about to attack a colony full of innocents, although he did this primarily to divert the Jedi's attention away from his objective.
      • Lord Praven is a Sith sent after the player on Tatooine. However, like Watcher One he has a very rigid code of honor, and unlike other Sith does not like harming innocents. When he reveals these traits during and after his battle with the Knight, the player has the option of convincing him to come fully to the light and join the Jedi. If this option is taken, then by Chapter 3, he will be a full-fledged Jedi and will show up to aid the player on Corellia.
      • Lord Scourge is the Emperor's personal assassin, and has been for 300 years (the Emperor's powers keep him from aging). Upon encountering the player, however, he reveals he was actually playing a double game because he realized long ago that the Emperor is nuts and an Omnicidal Maniac. He will then join the player's party.
    • In the Trooper storyline...
      • Fuse, one of your traitorous former squadmates, regrets his defection to the Empire very quickly when the officer he's assigned to starts "testing" bombs he made on innocent civilians on Tatooine. He quickly contacts the Republic and defects back. He's not really "evil" after all, but it still counts.
      • Needles, another traitor, terrifies and disgusts his fellow Imperials with his medical experiments involving Rakghoul infections... on his own troops.
    • The Smuggler storyline. Rogun the Butcher is a crime boss whose thugs hunt you down throughout the game because he feels you lost a blaster shipment for him. When you finally confront him, it turns out he is actually a fierce supporter of The Republic, and is devoting some of his resources to help their war effort. When the Sith show up and reveal they manipulated you throughout the story, he calls off his feud and joins forces with you.
    • In Rise of the Hutt Cartel, it's shown that most of the Hutts disagree with their leader Toborro's attempts to go to war with both the Republic and Sith. Partly because it's bad for business (they're crime lords primarily), but also because they know Toborro is completely insane.
    • On more than one occasion, The Republic and The Empire have had to call a temporary truce to gang up on an even more menacing threat.
    • In general, when playing on the Imperial side, there are bound to be times where the player's willingness to do evil things is tested, even if during an all-Dark side run.
  • Street Fighter:
    • Word of God is that despite all of his ingame comments, Akuma has an honor code that forbids killing anybody too weak to push him far enough to do so. Also, in spite of the Satsui No Hadou being winning at any cost, he won't use dirty tricks to win, which led him to stopping his fight with Gen because of Gen's terminal illness.
      • Akuma is looking to be the strongest in the world. Cheating and killing the innocent have no part of that. Case in point, he kills Bison after he fights Ryu and Ken to a standstill, and then switches to a new body now that they're exhausted and broken (but victorious). Akuma jumps in and one-shots Bison, calling the move "unfair".
      • Akuma could even just be Affably Evil; one official art of him depicts him selling fruit to a child. Without glowing eyes and all.
      • Oh, and judging by this winquote in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, he thinks lowly of child abuse as well:
    Akuma: Defeating you takes less effort than smacking a baby. Not that I'd ever do that!
    • In Vega's Street Fighter Alpha III storyline, he displays disgust over what Bison would do to Cammy. According to him, an individual with such beauty as Cammy should never be used as a puppet or vessel. While it is unknown if he actually got in a fight with Bison over it, it's official canon that Vega saved Cammy from Bison and delivered her to the Delta Red squad. Ever since then, he has been keeping an eye over her, making sure she remains a free individual to develop her beauty (It is worth noticing that Vega doesn't only consider Cammy's physical appearance as beautiful but also her mental state, as he considers true valuable beauty can only come from a combination of looks and emotion). It is also worth noticing that Vega actually despises Bison because he considers him incredibly ugly, not only for his horrible body, but also because of his endless desire for power, and only continues to work with him as a means to obtain the technology for body switching in order to preserve his beauty forever. He hates F.A.N.G. for pretty much the same reasons as well. And so, by the end of V, he never tries to help them and actually leaves once he ensures Cammy and the Dolls are free.
    • Balrog might be known as a psycho boxer who only cares about money and fame. But even he has heart enough to save a child who's about to be crushed by the colapsing Shadaloo base. Sure it helped that the kid in turn showed some promising use of the Psycho power that could be useful to him, but the fact that he actually raised him for some 5 years, named him (Ed), trained him, turned him into his equal partner in crime, and even kept him in secret from Bison in order to protect him, makes us think he might be a decent person deep inside. Oh and he also got really sad and angry when Ed had to leave.
    • In Rolento's storyline in Street Fighter Alpha III, he displays an interest in acquiring the Psycho Drive, but destroys it when he finds that it's a Mind Control machine; by his logic, a utopia would be meaningless if its people couldn't think for themselves. Similarly, the arrogant and pompous Adon takes his distance and expresses disgust over what Shadaloo does.
    • Juri Han is a psychopathic hedonist whose Blood Lust rivals that of Vega's. But for all her raging sadism, she draws the line at hurting kids. Best shown in her OVA where after destroying an amusement park and killing thousands of people while testing out her Feng Shui Engine prototype, she spares a young child whose mother was killed by the explosion. Also, despite joining S.I.N. for her own sadistic kicks, even she has nothing but hatred for Shadaloo. Both of these stem from having her parents killed by Shadaloo and Bison. By the time of V, she even joins Urien's team in order to stop Bison and by the end, she's actually helping the good guys (Cammy in particular).
  • This is invoked by Lymsleia in Suikoden V during the climax. Lymsleia tells the Prince to seize Gizel, even though he has a sword pointed at her. Gizel tells her his plan is to slay her right in front of her beloved brother, but Lym points out that he is a proud man, and would never commit such a heinous act. She's right.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Bowser may kidnap Princess Peach every week and have committed many war crimes, even he has some limits.
    • He invokes this trope in Super Paper Mario during Chapter 6, if you control him when returning to the destroyed Sammer Kingdom.
      Bowser: I'm all for being evil, but this is just overkill!
    • He does this again in Paper Mario: The Origami King when he learns, alongside Mario and Olivia, that King Olly wanted to use 1,000 paper cranes to wish for the Toads to become blank lifeless paper, which according to Bowser, they can't come back from.
      Bowser: I wouldn't even do that. And I've done some pretty mean stuff, believe me! Ask Kamek!
    • In Mario Super Sluggers, Bowser SAVES Mario from a Bullet Bill Wario and Waluigi put in the baseball machine after being invited to dinner. See it in action here.
  • In Super Robot Wars K, this trope is invoked by Gainer who, after seeing the destruction of Berlin at the hands of the Destroy Gundam, comments that, even at its worst, the Siberian Railroad never even came close to Blue Cosmos' acts of depravity.
    • In Super Robot Wars Compact 3, Maysis starts out like your basic, cookie-cutter villainess, but is disgusted enough at Mizal's scheming that she was willing to kill him. Altis had to restrain her from not going off the rocker on the former.
    • One of the bigger villain team-ups in Super Robot Wars Z is between a group of alien conquerors from Super Robot series. By the time you start taking them out for good, almost all of them are well and disgusted by Killer the Butcher, whose tactics include turning people into bombs and blowing them up, women and children included. Even King Vega from Grendizer is horrified by him, and he had at least one planet totally razed.
    • Super Robot Wars V:
      • Even after kidnapping several love interests for Embryo, Leonard shoots the man in his last few moments, saying he would never do anything to upset women he loved. Makes sense since in this continuity, he never slaps Kaname.
      • Professor Saotome also has this, throwing the fight away and giving a speech against Embryo that would make Mayuri Kurotsuchi proud.
    • Super Robot Wars X:
      • During his time under Misurugi's employment, Mask snarks over protecting the Empire's worthless leadership who only got their power through nepotism.
      • Nestor may have gone along with Dr. Hahn brainwashing Ple into thinking that Nestor was her big brother, but he wasn't comfortable with the whole thing. After a brief moment of shock when X-Cross broke the brainwashing, he admits to himself that they should've never used those methods to start. Having his own little sister (according to the Buddy Complex mobile game) might have something to do with that.
      • The BD Alliance continued to be an obstacle for the X-Cross, but then Purple decided that his next plot would be "Let's piss Maito and the X-Cross off by publicly executing Sally, Relena and Ciela in front of them when they can't do anything." That brought down the morale of usually prideful and greedy people from Shogun Mifune to Catherine Vuitton to Hoi Kow Low that they're fine with 'nefarious crimes for money', but that level of pettiness is just disgusting to them and the only reason they had to do it was because Purple cowed them with a mysterious overwhelming power, to the point that they jump on board with Prof. Wolfgang's plan to sabotage Purple's, which enables the X-Cross to save the day.

  • In Team Fortress 2, the Mercenaries are two teams full of psychopaths, sadists, murderers, narcissists, and a bunch of other whack-jobs. But on average, they seem to like children and while they enjoy their work more than is healthy, do seem to maintain a fairly professional approach to wholesale murder.
    The Sniper: "Feelin's? Look mate, yah know who 'as a lotta feelin's? Blokes what bludgeon their wife to death with a golf trophy. Professionals have standards. Be polite. Be efficient. Have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
    • For all the questions of their collective mental stability, the mercenaries are just that, mercenaries. They mostly keep their acts of psychotic murder to each other, as that is who they are being paid to kill. There's no money in murdering civilians. Except Soldier, who kills civilians with neck-snaps on impulse. But that's probably the lead-poisoned water talking. He'll also...uh...Neck-fix someone if his victim wasn't deserving (by his standards) of the action.
    • Merasmus has no qualms with setting the mercenaries on fire, decapitating them with his staff, blowing them up, or otherwise massacring them, but he seems to regret having put the Jarate rain effect in the wheel of fate.
    "Jarate for everyone! I'M SO, SO SORRY!"
    • Medic was kicked out of medical school for gross violations of standard medical procedure, i.e. stealing his patient's entire skeleton, among other things. Keep in mind the medical school in question was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany during "a period where the Hippocratic Oath had been downgraded to an optional Hippocratic Suggestion" (although Word of God is that he was never an actual Nazi).
    • Saxton Hale is a Blood Knight who views most of the world's wildlife as things for him to punch, stuff and/or eat, cares so little about the people around him that he mistakes a funeral for a party, and has a form letter that indicates he solves most disciplinary problems with beatings, but even he has limits.
      Hale: Saxton Hale will not fight a child!
    • Every mercenary, including the overconfident scout, are outright terrified of the Pyro.
      Spy: One shudders to imagine what inhuman thoughts lie behind that mask... what dreams of chronic and sustained cruelty?
  • Even members of series-wide villain group Ouroboros from the Trails Series, who fomented at least one revolution in every game, often at the expense of hundreds if not thousands of lives, have enough decency to not start a fight in the ruined village of Hamel, from whence came one of their members. Enough blood was spilled there already. They even let the protagonist’s group pay their respects to the memorial at the back of the town.
    • In multiple entries, you hear about a cult of demon-worshippers who used to perform physical and psychological experiments on little kids, some of which you learn about in Trails in the Sky the 3rd. When two members of the resident Nebulous Evil Organization Ouroboros discovered what this cult was doing, both of whom experienced trauma of a similar level as kids, they broke in, destroyed everything, and killed everyone except for a little girl who survived the experiments. This little girl eventually became one of the group's more demented Enforcers, with whom they paired a Humongous Mecha named Pater-Mater, but the point is even Ouroboros wouldn't stoop so low as to experiment on kids.
  • The Combaticons in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron are a violent and brutal bunch, but they pride themselves on their courage, dedication to the cause, and professional teamwork — which means that the self-important Dirty Coward Starscream disgusts them on a personal level, especially his command of the Decepticons after Megatron dies.
  • In Tropico, you can use the personal edicts of "eliminate [kill]," "arrest [send to political jail]," "capture [send to dungeon]," "brand heretic [unfairly cause someone to lose everyone's respect]," and "bribe [give $1,000]" on any adult citizen (though for practical reasons, it doesn't really work on rebels). However, if you try to do it to a child, tourist, or animal, you won't be allowed to.
    • Trying to use the eliminate edict on a child and then being told, "You can't do that to a child!" makes you feel like a monster who just got scolded. The sense that the message may have come from your advisor rather than the game itself creates the sense that he just told you that even he has standards. That's saying something, considering that your advisor is a My Master, Right or Wrong Yes-Man who's so much more loyal to you personally than to the country or any kind of decency that he encourages you to embezzle money because you "deserve" it.
    • Branding a child a heretic might actually be practical if it worked (if you wanted them to be a future general who isn't respected enough to be able to lead a coup, or were simply worried that the child in question has such a good leadership skill that they might run for your job someday), but the other possiblities for using the harmful edicts on children, animals, and tourists would mostly be sadistic.
      • That's not to say that the way you use those edicts on adult citizens can't be sadistic if you're willing to risk sparking rebellions...
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy: Nadine Ross teams up with Chloe Frazer to find the Tusk of Ganesh, hoping that she'll make enough money to get her company Shoreline back (the main antagonistic force in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End). But Shoreline returns sooner than she expected when they appear for an arms trade with Big Bad Asav, which never happened under her watch and disgusts her now.
  • Undertale:
    • Meta example: Some people quit the Genocide route because Papyrus is too innocent to kill.
    • Flowey also gets in on this if you spare Toriel and then reset and murder her (commenting "Wow, you're utterly repulsive"), and if you kill Toriel and then reset to kill her a second time, he calls you a "disgusting animal." Though his reaction to you resetting to kill her three times has him saying that you remind him of himself.
    • If you complete the Genocide route twice, The Fallen Child will remark that you're "wracked with a perverted sentimentality." They also suggest outright you try completing another route if you play again. Though The Stinger in the Golden Ending after a Genocide run shows them taking over your player character with implied malicious intentions, so they may have only been trying to get you to complete a Pacifist route to be unleashed on the surface world.
  • Until Dawn: The Psycho, aka Josh, Chris's best friend, forces Chris to choose between the life of his best friend and the life of his crush, can punch both Chris and Ashley unconscious twice, forces Chris to again choose between Ashley or his own life, can torment Sam (the closest thing Josh has to a love interest) by showing her video footage of Josh being sawn in half (as well as knocking her unconscious after a long chase, leaving her tied up in nothing but a towel), and it is safe to assume he had something planned for Mike and Jessica, considering how fast he told them about the guest cabin. However, all "The Psycho"'s actions were staged, none of his actions lead to another character’s death, and when confronted by Mike and accused of killing Jessica, he’s flippant due to his mental instability but he appears to be genuinely offended, stating that he wouldn’t think of killing any of them.
  • In Valkyria Chronicles, even though Prince Maximilian is a Magnificent Bastard who likes kicking dogs, he expects his troops to be disciplined enough to follow the rules of war. In one of the side chapters, an Imperial war criminal finds this out the hard way when he is court-martialled by his own superiors for his war crimes. This also serves to accentuate the Empire's racist double-standards, as imprisoning and executing Darcsen civilians is a-okay in their book, but doing the same to non-Darcsen civilians is inexcusable.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Vandal Cleaver is a Nightmare Fetishist ghoul who works at the blood bank, kidnapping vagrants and runaways to keep their stock high; he's excited by stories of people being badly mutilated and killed, worships vampires who embrace the Beast, considers blood to be the most beautiful thing, and Doesn't Like Guns because cutting someone up with a knife is more elegant. In the event that he refuses to sell you any blood, you can try to seduce him. Turns out he does not believe that Vampires Are Sex Gods and is disgusted by the idea of fucking someone clinically dead. Plus, the last time he did so, he ended up getting Ghouled by Therese Voerman.
    Vandal: Start breathing, you corpse!

  • In the 400 Days DLC of The Walking Dead: Season Two, one of the segments follows Vince, Justin, and Danny, three criminals who are chained to each other on a prison bus when the outbreak strikes. Vince killed a man, Justin swindled people out of millions of dollars in a pyramid scheme, and Danny, although he insists that he didn't do it, was convicted of raping an underage girl. Justin, while openly admitting his crime and feeling no remorse, telling Vince that he didn't steal from anyone who wasn't a Wall Street bigshot, has nothing but contempt for Danny's crime and makes it clear that he finds what he did absolutely disgusting.
    Justin: Danny, I know you don't realize this because you're you, but you probably ruined that poor girl's life, you piece of shit.
  • In a cinematic of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Sylvanas Windrunner orders Varimathras to kill his brother, Balnazzar. Varimathras is repulsed by this, saying that Dreadlords are forbidden to kill one another. However, it is revealed that in World of Warcraft, Balnazzar is alive and heading the Scarlet Crusade. It would seem that Varimathras isn't as loyal to Sylvanas as most might think...
    • The Drakkari Empire consists of the trolls so savage and vile the ancient troll empires banished them. One Zandalari writes in his journal that he's less than pleased that the Zandalari are including the Drakkari in their alliance of the troll tribes.
    • Garrosh Hellscream, a warmonger and all-around jackass (as well as the final boss of Mists of Pandaria), is disgusted by Sylvanas using necromancy on fallen Alliance soldiers.
      • He's also shown anger towards Overlord Krom'gar for destroying a village with innocent people living there, and towards Sky-Reaver Korm Blackscar for saying that a group of Horde soldiers who attacked Alliance soldiers on the Broken Front, resulting in both groups being destroyed by the Scourge, were heroes for stopping the Alliance from taking the Death Gate.
      • Similarly, when he finds out that Overlord Krom'gar had ordered the construction of a massive bomb that was dropped onto a Druid sanctuary, Krom'gar is unceremoniously "dismissed". This ends up being hypocritical when he uses a mana bomb to destroy Theramore.
      • Also, when he found out Magatha Grimtotem poisoned his axe prior to his duel with Cairne Bloodhoof, he exiled her from the Horde. Not because he was fond of Cairne, but because he felt that she cheated him out of a fair victory.
    • By the end of it, Sylvanas returns the favor: she's also disgusted at Garrosh's actions leading to him being the final boss of Mists of Pandaria, and is willing to use all those necromancy soldiers to put an end to his new tyrannical rule after he's Drunk with Power, and even stood in Garrosh's trial and eventually proves herself that she agreed not to outright kill Garrosh even if she could do it at that time.
    • In Hillsbrad Foothills, you find Warden Stillwater, whose monstrous experiments are considered disgusting even by the standards of the Forsaken.
    • Directly related and responsible for a character making the decision to take down Stillwater, the Forsaken consider it a crime worthy of immediate execution to strip away another Forsaken's free will, which makes sense, considering where most of them came from.
    • In Throne of Thunder, one of the bosses is Megaera, a cloud serpent who was transformed into a hydra as part of one of Lei Shen's experiments and exists in a state of constant agony. The Dungeon Journal says that "Even the most callous among the mogu quaver at the thought of the dark experiments performed at the Thunder King's behest," which says quite a bit when you consider the Mogu's various atrocities, such as ripping people's souls out to use them to power golems.
    • Played with as far as Skadi the Ruthless goes, as it's implied that even if they consider the act "ruthless," he's still honored.
    Dungeon Journal: The vrykul assign nicknames based on accomplishments. Cleansing a Drakkari bloodline or decapitating taunka might garner the appellation of dutiful but it takes a true act of depravity to be called "ruthless". Skadi earned his title long ago for relentlessly hunting down vrykul who sheltered the malformed infants predecessors of humanity condemned by Ymiron.
  • Though the Stalker from Warframe goes after players to avenge corporate tools and expansionist xenophobic fascists, he draws the line at Captain Vor, who abuses Orokin technology and won't bother avenging him. However, it's more of the fact that Vor is a Starter Villain and forcing players to contend with Stalker at that point would be brutally unfair.
  • Lu Bu is a Blood Knight who doesn't just suffer from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder; he enjoys it! In the first two installments of the Warriors Orochi series, he gladly aligns himself with the titular antagonist, but in the penultimate chapter of Wu's story in the second game, he defects because the trickery employed by Taira no Kiyomori offends his sense of martial honor. He prefers to cut down his opponents on the battlefield (as opposed to simply leading them into a trap, which is more Kiyomori and Da Ji's speed), and therefore fights alongside you for the rest of that chapter and the final chapter to take down Orochi for a second time.
  • The deep web as presented by Welcome to the Game plays up its Wretched Hive by making nearly every site as evil as can be. That being said, it is clear that even some of the most vile and despicable have some form of moral code, as hitmen and a Doctor Murder will refuse to harm pregnant woman or those under 18 (which, thankfully, actually is Truth in Television based on most hitmen sites on the dark web). In particular, one group of hackers who take requests to spy on and find others gets a request from a pedophile. Their response is to immediately deny it, and have the pedophile assassinated in short order.
    • If the player tries to access a certain website about pedophilia the game is immediately over as the kidnapper, breather, or both show up.
  • Morkvarg in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a notorious pirate who razed villages and raped women all across Skellige. After he murders a group of priestesses in a sacred garden to prove he didn't fear the gods, one of his crewmen decided a line had been crossed and used a cursed pendant to turn him into an immortal werewolf.
  • In the X-Universe, the Paranid Empire is a xenophobic totalitarian theocracy. But in X3: Albion Prelude, they're so disgusted by the Argon Federation's destruction of the Earth Torus and subsequent invasion of Sol with artificially intelligent warships that they side with the Terrans. (Though it doesn't hurt that the Paranids are the Argons' traditional rivals anyway.)
  • Yakuza 2 has Ryuji Goda, who may be an Omi Alliance enforcer and all-around brutal, but he makes it clear that there are lines that even he won't cross. Case in point, when Sengoku has Haruka held hostage, Ryuji shows up after he retreats to his office and slashes him across the chest, making it abudantly clear that he was not going to tolerate something like that. Then after Sengoku's big mouth gets him run through and thrown off his balcony, he outright lets Kiryu and Haruka go, but not before making clear that the Go-Ryu Clan would move on Kamurocho in a matter of days.
  • Yandere Simulator:
    • Delinquents will chase you down and knock you out if they witness you murdering someone or carrying a dead body. They also don't take kindly to you being possessed by the Flame Demon.
    • Yan-chan is openly disgusted with Info-chan's modus operandi. (Demanding panty shots as payment for info in order to sell them.)
    • However, Info-chan draws the line if offered such pictures taken from corpses or unconscious girls, though that may also be her knowing better.
    • In the debug builds, if you choose to talk to Kokona when you meet her on the rooftop — rather than push her over the railing to her death –- Yan-chan will sound audibly disgusted upon hearing that Kokona's father is being extorted by loan sharks, and her tone of voice when she says that she's gonna get him out of debt could be interpreted as Tranquil Fury.
  • Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz : A text adventure where your main opponent is the titular Wizard, who will randomly appear and harass you with all sorts of spells that begin with the letter F, and some of which may incidentally result in your death. One other character you will meet is a woman in a trance. If you should be such a heel as to attempt to besmirch her honor, the Wizard (who has shown no particular interest in helping her before) will immediately appear and cast a spell on you reserved for that particular happenstance: "Fry!" (Although some fatal mistakes still allow you to finish the game with a reduced score, this particular one will make it impossible.) The narrator of the adventure will throw in his two cents as well: "Serves you right, too, if you ask me."