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Being evil doesn't always mean hatred and negativity 24/7. Even evil characters (and real people) can find someone to love. Often, that love is twisted, a cause for villainy, or an act but sometimes a work can show an evil character's love is genuine and deep. This serves to humanize the character, to give the hero doubts about fighting him/her, or to provide a weakness for the hero to exploit. At an extreme end, can provoke Mama Bear or Papa Wolf reactions if they are threatened, or prompt the loved ones to Avenging the Villain. It also marks the villain as hypocritical and shows his twisted worldview by treating everyone else as insects but excluding the few ones he has feelings of affection for.

Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas and Unholy Matrimony are subtropes.

For the reciprocal situation, where an evil character has someone who loves them, see Even Evil Can Be Loved.

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Compare Even Evil Has Standards when an evil character objects to or is disturbed by certain acts towards anyone and not just his own, Morality Pet, Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, Daddy's Little Villain, The Family That Slays Together, Villainous Friendship, Minion Shipping, and Unholy Matrimony. If the evil character in question is a mook, and said love brings them in conflict with their own boss, that's Even Mooks Have Loved Ones. Guaranteed that it will overlap with Moral Myopia when the villain sees no problem with their own methods, until those methods are turned on the ones they love. When the villain turned evil as a result of their love for others, it's Love Makes You Evil.


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    Asian Animation 
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, the main villain Wolffy is near-constantly hit with a frying pan by his wife Wolnie due to always failing to capture the goats for them to eat, but the two still love each other very much regardless. The two also have a child named Wilie that they care for.

    Music 
  • Slim Shady is entirely amoral, and loves his daughter.
  • Gorillaz: His exact motivations are unclear, but Murdoc seemingly panicked and rushed to help when discovering that the real Noodle was alive and under attack by pirates. It can't be just for the sake of the band, because he still has Cyborg Noodle, which he used to make the Plastic Beach album. Real!Noodle served as his Morality Pet before her disappearance, so...
  • The Evillious Chronicles gives us Gallerian Marlon, who sentenced to death those who hadn't bribed him (or bribed him sufficiently). He was also a Knight Templar Parent for his crippled daughter. Who wasn't his daughter at all. She was a doll, who he thought was his daughter because the sorceress Ma tricked him into it after his real daughter was murdered by her illegitimate step-sister along with her (meaning the murdered daughter's) mother.
    • In the The Story of Evil arc, it is a major story-driving element all around. This is the main focus of the song "The Servant Of Evil", showing the bond between Princess Riliane (A genocidal ruler) and Allen (The Servant).
    • Before The Story of Evil story arc, Banica Conchita, possessed by the demon of Gluttony, shows affection to her lover Carlos Marlon, and has a child by him. She also seems to grieve as she devours Carlos' remains after his failed murder/suicide attempt kills him alone. The poison he uses, though, greatly weakens the demon of Gluttony, thereby allowing Banica to later resist and eat herself instead of her child by Carlos, and become the new demon of Gluttony, having consumed the one that had possessed her.
  • Played for Laughs in the Andrew Jackson Jihad song "I Love You", in which the singer serenades a woman he loves while also going out of his way to sing about just how morally bankrupt he is.
    I like laughing at retards.
    And I like throwing rocks at dogs
    But darling, I love you.
    I love you like the moon and stars
    When little kids get hit by cars
    Girl, you know it's true.
    Darling, I love you.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible mentions this to make a point: If evil people know how to give good gifts to their children, then how much more does God know how to give gifts to His? Also given as one of the reasons we are supposed to love our enemies: Even evil people love those that love them, so there is nothing really extraordinary about loving those that love you.

    Podcasts 
  • Scorpius from Sequinox genuinely loves her stars, and is furious when they're defeated by the Sequinox team. She tells the Sequinox girls that she gave into the sky in order to save her stars, and that there's no shame if they do the same.
    • When the team harms Gemini's star Propus in episode 12, Gemini appears and is much more venomous towards them than their previous interactions. Shannon describes her interaction with said star as something like a mother holding her child.
      • At the end of the arc when Castor is killed, Pollux is left screaming and crying. She even refuses to fight after that, demanding Winter kill her since the girls have already taken everything from her.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • In Prairie Wrestling alliance, notoriously savage heel Michael Richard Blais—who refers to himself as "God's Gift To Wrestling"—calls his valet Connielynn Blais "God's Gift To Me". Their loving relationship is on constant display, as is his brotherly bond with his partner Brandon Van Danielson.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The infamous relationship between Nurgle, Chaos God of Disease, and Isha, Eldar Goddess of Healing. It's kind of one-sided, but it's the closest to nice that a Chaos God can ever get.
    • More generally, this is Nurgle's relationship with all his worshipers. He genuinely loves everyone, even his enemies, and will offer comfort and succor to all who suffer the travails of the condition of being mortal. That said succor involves making a person comfortable with the idea of decaying into a bloated and twisted form for however long they may last, and that refusal will result in his followers battering a person until they accept Nurgle's love is irrelevant to the affection he feels for them.
    • Going even further, Nurgle truly loves everyone and everything, it's just that things like bacteria, germs and vermin deserve love too, and they outnumber sentient life by several orders of magnitude.
    • Beasts of Nurgle are ginormous, acid-spewing slugs with the personality of a Big, Friendly Dog. They're not even trying to kill people, they just see new friends to chase and hug and play with, at least until their new friends stop moving.
  • Warhammer: Warriors of Chaos has a character named Valkia the Bloody. She has a rule called "Consort of Khorne"; it lets her reroll on the Eye of the Gods table if she doesn't like the results. The reason she can is because her patron god, Khorne, who went so far as to resurrect her following her first death, can't stop watching her. This is a god whose throne is made of Nothing but Skulls.
    • Valkia had a great deal of attachment to her late father.
    • Outside of Chaos, there's Vlad von Carstein; an ambitious, ruthless vampire lord, Vlad adored his wife Isabella, even vamping her so she could rule at his side for all eternity (though he was initially hesitant to do so and only caved when she was dying of tuberculosis). The feeling was mutual, so much that when Vlad was killed for real Isabella threw herself off the walls of Altdorf to join him in death. If they are part of the same army on the tabletop, they gain a bonus in combat if the other is killed.
    • Snarsnik, the chief Night Goblin of the Eight Peaks, is a nasty little piece of work, but he adores his pet squig Gobbla and treats the creature as a dear friend. In Warhammer: The End Times, Gobbla is killed by a Skaven Packmaster and Snarsnik suffers a Villainous Breakdown, loses all will to fight and just wanders off into the distance, never to be seen again before the world is destroyed.
  • Rich Burlew covered this as a way to make villains more fleshed-out in his Villain Workshop articles. In the presented example, two villainous siblings were honestly planning to divvy up the world between them and rule without fighting each other, but the heroes believed Evil Cannot Comprehend Good and assumed they were both gearing up to backstab the other. This led to a very shoddy attempt to play one side against the other that failed in the worst possible way.
  • A platonic version is that between Archie-3 and Hagan Lonovich, from Rifts; though the AI initially took Hagan the technopath in as an "idea man" to counter his Creative Sterility, by the time of the second world book (the Mechanoids invasion), the two have actually become very close friends and each would do whatever he can to protect the other.
  • In Pathfinder the archdevil Dispater's most notable trait is his surprisingly functional romances. While neither he nor anyone else has any idea what his relationship with his first wife was like, he's been married two other times. His marriage to Feronia lasted a few centuries, which is a short marriage by deity standards but a long time for a neutral goddess of freedom to stay with the archdevil of prisons, and the two are amicably divorced and stay in touch, while more typical fiendish breakups involve eternal torment or becoming nemeses. His third wife Erecura, also a non-evil deity, is apparently quite happy despite having been thrown into Hell by Pharasma.

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    Toys 
  • A semi-common occurrence in Transformers Generation One. A number of Decepticons have loved ones that they genuinely care for. This has become more prominent over time, as villains with redeeming qualities has become a bigger part of the franchise:
    • Dreadwind and Darkwing are brothers in some continuities and always protective of one another, with Dreadwind's depressive episodes getting far worse whenever he and Darkwing are stationed in different areas.
    • Likewise, Thundercracker and Skywarp are brothers (or at least view themselves as such) and really do care about each other, though in some continuities they have falling outs due to Thundercracker's doubt in the Decepticon cause.
    • Deathsaurus is married in at least one continuity and deeply loves his wife, being motivated to be a Decepticon partly out of a desire to provide for her. His right-hand-man Leozack has a sister that he's highly protective of and vice-versa.
    • Soundwave is extremely protective of his cassettes and views them as family, flying in an Unstoppable Rage or Villainous BSoD if they're ever hurt or killed. They return the favor and are incredibly loyal to him.
    • In the Wings Of Honor continuity, it's mentioned that Swindle had a relationship with Thunderblast in the past. They're not together by the time of the story, but he clearly still likes her, given that he named a weapon of his after her.
  • Ever After High: For as wicked as the Evil Queen is, she does love her daughter, Raven. (Though she wasn't always a great parent.) Her greatest desire is to conquer the world with Raven, and is sincerely excited when Raven appears to agree... and visibly heartbroken when it's revealed Raven was faking her out.

    Web Animation 
  • The short animated film Reversal Of The Heart is kicked off, after a prince murders a baby dragon... to give the gem in its neck as a gift to his love. The Prince's anger over seemingly losing The Princess and his look of regret when he realized he almost killed her, show that he genuinely did love her.
  • RWBY:
    • Roman Torchwick expresses grief when Ruby manages to knock his loyal minion Neo off the airship.
    • This is the theme of Neo's Image Song. She may be a violent criminal but Roman was her best friend and the one thing she had in this world. After his sudden death she's angry and wants revenge.

    Web Original 
  • The Magnus Archives: in the episode "A Father's Love" a woman tells the story of living with her serial-killer father as a child. She recounts that her father, despite his crimes, always seemed to love her, and she believes his love was genuine. And unlike everyone else, she doesn't think her mother was one of his victims.
  • In Survival of the Fittest, Danya is usually presented as a monster who orchestrates the game for no known reason and treats most of his subordinates like crap. However, versions one and three gave him a Pet the Dog moment when announcements showed him visiting his family, who he loves dearly and is viewed as a hero by.
  • Tails Series:
    • Subverted in Tails of Fame with Rast Racklyn. He acts friendly towards his sister Carla and his best friend Lamson, but both of them annoy him; he just tolerates them. Rast, at one point, comes close to killing Lamson but doesn't solely because he didn't feel like cleaning up his corpse from within his apartment.
    • Tails of the Bounty Hunter has Milz Dillvor, an assassin who cares about her best friend's well-being and even surrenders herself to Cale Tomlik just to save her. And when Cale allows her to have a phone call before heading to prison, she immediately calls her parents and warns them to go into hiding so her employers won't kill them for her failure.
  • Diamanda Hagan threatens to kill The Nostalgia Chick's puppy, friends and BFF Nella if she doesn't shout the word "paaaaink" in a cameo for the former's review. As you can imagine, Chick's pissed off about this.
  • Worm has a couple examples. The supervillain Marquis cares deeply and sincerely about his daughter Amy, putting her wellbeing and happiness ahead of his criminal enterprises and his own life.
    • Similarly, the white supremacist super villain Purity cares deeply about her daughter and goes out of her way to take care of her stepson.
    • A much creepier example is Bonesaw, an incredibly screwed up little girl who treats the other members of the Slaughterhouse Nine, a band of psychopathic spree killers, like a family.
  • The Dark from Brennus is the most powerfull supervillain in the world. He is also a caring father and a Benevolent Boss.
    • Also, Basil's older sister Amy/Mindstar. She's The Dark Chick for the Dark, an unrepentant murderer and rapist, and more than a little Ax-Crazy at times, but she's extremely protective of her brother, and she even supports his decision to become a superhero rather than joining the Dark like her.
  • Mirror World has Zeil, an antagonistic Jerkass who doesn't care who he has to slaughter in order to avenge Pye, a member of his House who was like a sister to him.
  • Tom Collins of Demo Reel has a girlfriend and treats his film company like his family. When they all leave him for acting like an obsessive ex with Donnie, he takes it out on Rebecca and Tacoma, destroying the movie they made for their friend.
  • Legatum:
    • Smirvlak's Stone has Wervin and Loxx, both of whom are very close friends. It's even implied they may have been lovers, considering that Loxx broke down sobbing hysterically after Wervin died and begged Lorko Maeliss to resurrect him.
    • The Green Wanderer has Marrox, a former Blood Knight who slaughtered hundreds in his past, but still loves his daughter dearly, despite everything he's done.
    • The Road to Hell... has several orc soldiers working for the Big Bad and killing anyone on his orders. Many of them also have their own friends and/or family that they care deeply about.
    • Scrambled Egg has Sonya, a dark mage who became distraught after she miscarried and her husband committed suicide. Even when she's moments from death, she's content knowing she'll be reunited with her lost ones.
  • Needless to say, given the premise of the school's neutrality, this figures highly in the Whateley Universe. Some villains are more protective than others, however: both Strega and Dr. Diabolik go to great lengths to protect their families, while Gizmatic, the Troll Bride, and the Bell Witch... not so much.
    • Lady Havoc was a Mad Scientist with a severe mental illness and a body count in the dozens. She had escaped from prison years before, and was on the run, all the while building weird science devises and going on rampages. Yet she risked everything to save her father's life from a terminal illness. Later, she made a deal to turn herself in if the local superheroes would help her save her younger brother from a sadistic supervillain who was holding him hostage... and kept her word afterwards.
    • This trope is also why the titular Superhero School is a Truce Zone recognised by almost every superhero and supervillain. However much they may hate each other, no one wants to see their kids dragged into it, and will temporarily join forces even with a hated arch-rival in order to drop anyone violating this truce into a world of hurt.
  • The Kindness of Devils:
    • The Dreams of Lonely Stars has Thomas Nero, the leader of a cult trying to destroy the world. Despite this, he still mourns for his wife and daughter, both of whom died several years before the story began.
    • Subverted in Under The Cold Moon with Siegfried Gunmarsohn. He doesn't care about any of his children except Sieglinde Nomura, one of his daughters he's very close to. However, when Siegfried finds out that she was killed by Erin, he shrugs off her death and tells himself "oh fucking well."
  • Teshirock from Noob who turns out to have gone into his villainous activities in hope to restore communication with his estranged son in the first place. He also seems to care deeply about his guildmates from the time he was an actual player, to the point of still being on good terms with the one that turned to Real Money Trade and asking his guild master to stop playing upon realizing that he has a mental condition that makes him a great MMORPG player, but can also cause an unhealthy level of addiction to the game.
  • While not necessarily evil, Dr. Jack Bright is one of, if not the, craziest of the scientists working for the SCP Foundation, being driven insane as the result of his unwanted immortality. However, he does seem to genuinely care for his younger brother, TJ. Though, this doesn’t entirely play out in TJ’s favor as Jack ends up reducing TJ to the mind of a toddler by having him cure several cases of mental retardation as a way to protect him from realizing he was being used as nothing more than a tool by the Foundation.
  • AFK: Vanya is a pretty brutal guy with few compunctions, but he seems to genuinely love his girlfriend Sheena, bringing healers in succession for her when she's injured and near death by septicemia.


 
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