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The love story that enslaved a galaxy.

"I feel like we hear the phrase "love and justice" a lot, but no one seems to ever mention "love and evil". An evil guy whose love is deeper than the ocean. If the object of affection is narrowed down to Celty, then I am one. If it's for the love between Celty and me, I'm pretty sure I can become as bad as bad can be. "
Shinra, Durarara!!
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The Power of Love ain't always a good thing.

How many times have we heard this? "I did this for you! So we could be happy together!" Love can be a strong motivation for good. But if you are in a Love Triangle, or your loved one is dying of cancer, it can also be a great motivation for murdering the hypotenuse, making a Face–Heel Turn, embracing The Dark Side, selling your soul to the devil, raping your love interest, or cursing yourself by opening the Tome of Eldritch Lore, up to causing The End of the World as We Know It. And if that person should die, they are willing to go to horrific lengths to bring them back.

This often happens when a simple love spirals into a dangerous obsession; the love goes out of control, becoming their number-one motivation beyond everything else, including their reason, morals and others' well-being, and they self-destruct in the end. A common, yet, severe manifestation of this is usually cries of "If I Can't Have You... Then No One Will." If both lovers follow the downward spiral, you may end up with Outlaw Couple or Unholy Matrimony.

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Sometimes, it's not quite "love" but the lack thereof that drives a rejected suitor to serve the Big Bad for revenge. The object of their affections will probably think whatever damage they cause is All My Fault.

Sometimes, the person who will go to extreme, evil lengths for love is a villainous Stalker with a Crush who has no grasp of the true concept of love, and emulates it as best he can. With knives.

Sometimes, it's a genuinely well-meaning, severely Genre Blind Love Martyr who wants their beloved to be happy or protect them from their enemies, even if it means damning themselves in the process. They will hear endless rants of What Were You Thinking? before breaking out in cries of My God, What Have I Done? and dying nobly, using their last breath to assure their beloved, "I still love you. I always will love you."

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Frequently, the motivation for the sympathetic Fallen Hero to fall. The belief that, had he been a little less lenient, a little less forgiving, that special someone who was Stuffed In A Fridge might still be alive. Leads into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory.

An especially unpleasant extent of how Love Hurts and Makes You Crazy. Might start with, or end in, Destructive Romance. Since this is both a Love Trope and a Betrayal Trope, there will be spoilers. See Yandere for a version of this trope that is mixed with, or camouflaged by, Moe tropes. If the character who is in love was evil before falling in love, it's a Villainous Crush. Contrast Evil Virtues, where a villain has love as a good trait, or Love Is a Weakness, where a (usually villainous) character avoids love for fear it will spoil them.


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    Comic Books 
  • Happens to both Aquaman and Martha Wayne in Flashpoint. Aquaman does this out of vengeance for his wife's murder at the hands of Wonder Woman, after his wife caught them in an affair. In Martha's especially tragic case, she bears witness to her son dying in her arms at the hand of the mugger who originally killed her and her husband. Unable to bear it, she quickly goes from crying over their loss to manically laughing with her son's blood staining her face in a look reminiscent of the Joker. Which she just so happens to become.
  • In Supergirl (Rebirth) Cyborg Superman does horrible, horrible things like turning corpses into reanimated, soulless zombie cyborgs and making human sacrifices. And everything — everything — he does is because he loves his daughter — Supergirl — and wants her to be happy. He says "I'm doing this for you!" over and again, and he means it.
  • Inverted with Thanos of the Marvel Universe, who was evil from the very beginning (or best case, a Noble Demon), but through it found love in (the Lady Death) itself. However, their tumultuous relationship has been known to drive him crazy at times.
  • Black Adam in The DCU first turned to totalitarianism when his wife was killed while he was away. Eventually (as in thousands of years later) he started to reform, especially when he fell in love again with Isis as seen during 52. When Isis was murdered, he leveled an entire nation and took on every active superhero on Earth at once. Later he combined this trope and With Great Power Comes Great Insanity. When he resurrected Isis with a fraction of his power she turned evil, ripped Captain Marvel from his powers and wrought chaos in the world seeking revenge. Later in that same story Mary Marvel, corrupted with powers Black Adam gave her, threatens Billy's ex-girlfriend, forcing him to take a part of her powers, which turned him evil.
  • Batman:
    • Harley Quinn in the DCU. She was a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum until she was assigned to The Joker. Falling in love with him, she broke him out and joined him as his girl sidekick. To what degree the Joker returns her feelings is questionable, ranging from 1% to zero. However, almost all her evil acts are an attempt to secure his affection.
    • Also, in some versions, this is why Mr Freeze is a villain, for the love of his Ill Girl wife Nora.
    • And according to The Killing Joke, The Joker himself would not be who he is if he did not (once upon a time) have good intentions to give his late, pregnant wife a better life.note 
  • Ramona Flowers of Scott Pilgrim has seven evil exes that the titular character must defeat, and in a few cases the ex-boyfriends have been hinted at as being not exactly evil to begin with, but turning evil after the inevitable breakup. The same fate may befall Scott, as well.
  • Depending on the writer, Marvel Comics villain Whirlwind is this. At one point, he accuses The Wasp of "owing" him, because his attacks on The Avengers were attempts to get her attention.
  • The Jackal's Start of Darkness began with the death of Gwen Stacy. As Professor Miles Warren, he was secretly in love with his student, and could never get it out of his head that Spider-Man (who he later discovered was another of his students and her boyfriend) was more to blame than the Green Goblin was. (Why he would actually work for Norman Osborn, the true mastermind behind The Clone Saga, is anyone's guess.) Indeed, he tried to recreate her with a clone of Gwen (dozens, actually, but only one shared Ben Reilly's apparent immunity to the degeneration factor). When the second Carrion (Malcolm McBride) appeared (with Warren still believed dead) Spidey called Warren "A sick man obsessed with a dead woman" in disgust. But even when revealed to be alive, he would never let Spidey forget it. In fact, in one of the last fights between them (when his consciousness was inside the body of a coroner who had turned himself into the third Carrion, in Spider-Man: Dead Man's Hand), Spidey told him, "Still hung up on Gwen, huh? Some things never change."
  • The Mighty Thor:
    • Skurge the Executioner fought on the side of evil because he was in love with Amora the Enchantress. At first it seemed like she only strung him along, using him as valuable muscle, since he was strong enough to fight Thor. But she actually did miss him and even tried to bring him back from the dead several times.
    • A juvenile, nicer incarnation of Loki gleefully explains to his current love interest that he was willing to postpone whatever plan he had to help Asgardia, thus risking it failing, just to increase the odds of saving her too. Loki, when he has people he cares for, which is admittedly not often, has a general tendency to do terrible things for their benefit. Putting them before the fate of the world or making deals with literal devils several times over.
  • In the Squadron Supreme limited series, Golden Archer brainwashes his girlfriend after she rejects his marriage proposal. Hyperion's extradimensional duplicate murdered Zarda's husband after falling for her. Admittedly, this is more accurately an example of "Love Makes You More Evil Than You Were Already".
  • At some point in time during The Ballad of Halo Jones, Toby the robot guard dog brutally murders his owners in secret. When Halo listens to his old memory tapes and hears her friends dying, she asks herself why he did it. Whereupon he promptly appears in the room and says "Love, Halo. I did it all for love." Toby's owners had left him to Halo in her will and apparently the robot dog's love for Halo was powerful enough to override any programming he might have along the lines of "Hey, robot dog, don't kill your owners." Cos Halo is just that sexy, obviously. Anyway, Halo pretends to be pleased that he loves her that much, but Toby can tell from her heartbeat that she's hell terrified, so he attempts to kill her. And fails, of course.
  • Jean Loring's ultimate motivation in Identity Crisis. The "so we can be together" quote in the trope description is even repeated, almost verbatim, at The Reveal.
  • In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, Fiona Fox pulled a Face–Heel Turn because she fell in love with Sonic's Evil Twin Scourge. At least, that's her story; considering who we're talking about...
  • Becomes a Discussed Trope in Archie Comics' Mega Man. Agent Stern warns Dr. Light that giving his robots emotions is a really dumb idea because of this trope and gives some nice Foreshadowing of the Mega Man X series in the process.
  • Ivan Petrovich, the handler and guardian of Black Widow had unrequited feelings for her for almost as long as he knew her despite her only seeing him as a friend and father figure. Eventually this caused him to snap and concoct a plan in which he faked his death, unleashed nanobots that targeted everyone Natasha knew and cared for including her former lovers, transferred his brain into a cyborg body and unleash nuclear devastation upon the world. Natasha was forced to kill him to put an end to his evil plot and as a result lost her oldest and dearest friend.

    Fan Works 
  • A Crown of Stars: Shinji loves Asuka so much he — someone who hates killing even in self defense — would kill with his bare hands, crush or burn alive whoever hurt her, and he would "burn Heaven down for her". It disturbs him severely when he realizes that he would become a monster if something happened to Asuka. So that he tells her he would do anything for her, even becoming a monster, and he trusts her to hold him back.
  • Advice and Trust: It's pointed out several times in-story and out-of-story by the author that Gendo does that he does (which includes treating his children and subordinates like crap, using child soldiers and treating them like replaceable and expendable troops, using suppressant drugs to turn Rei into an obedient, mindless puppet, firing Shinji and Asuka — his best pilots — for a so-called insubordination and plotting the end of the world) because in his mind nothing — NOTHING! — is so important like his wife and he will do everything and anything to save her.
  • Child of the Storm has, towards the end of the first book and in the sequel, Harry teeter on the edge of this trope. He mentions after the fact that if his best friend (who he's about one step away from being Mindlink Mates with) had died in the Bloody Hell arc (which she very nearly did), he was willing to threaten the Council Elite of Skyfathers with his unleashing the Phoenix - risking unleashing the original Dark Phoenix and destroying the Nine Realms - if they didn't bring her back. That said, he also added that if they'd called his bluff, he'd have gone somewhere else, somewhere safer, before unleashing the Phoenix to do it himself. However, Thor and Jesus, somewhat horrified, point out how awful an idea this would have been, risking the Disproportionate Retribution of multiple pantheons of Jerkass Gods, and the second coming of the Dark Phoenix. While Harry seems to come to accept this, this is not the only time that he's noted as being willing to do some very frightening things for the sake of/to avenge his loved ones - methodical dismemberment (of a vampire Dudley Dursley) is definitely a representative example. However, the Power of Friendship and The Power of Love hold him in check, as well as that it unnerves him as much as anyone else.
  • HERZ: Misato feels she has much blood on her hands because she has done many questionable, shady things. And she did everything because she loved Shinji and needed to see him happy.
    "Everything I did, I did it for Shinji. I wanted to... I needed to see him grow up. To have a family. A chance to be happy. I needed that..."
  • The Bleach fanfic series Heirverse, Jac's backstory and Freudian Excuse it doesn't make him less of a monster though. Well maybe a little.
  • The One I Love Is:
    • Gendo tells that his hands are blood-stained because he thought it would be the only way to reunite with his wife.
    • In an alternate ending Shinji is so determined to get Asuka back that he is following on his father's steps.
  • Koga from The Sun Soul qualifies for this trope. He might have betrayed his clan, city, and code to Team Rocket, but only because he wanted to take care of his daughter.
  • MALIK from the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command / Lilo & Stitch / Invader Zim crossover series Both Syllables is a dedicated, if misguided and aggressive, space ranger... until she meets Zim, and goes over to the side of the planet-conquering Irken Empire.
  • My Immortal: "When Voldemint was in Hogwarts before he became powerful he gut his hearth borken. Now do you fink he would still become Volxemort if he was in love?"
  • The Second Try: Shinji caused Third Impact because Asuka rejected him ("No one loves me, so everyone must die"). In the altered timeline, he almost caused the Third Impact again because he believed Asuka was dead.
    Yui: Is it okay now?
    Shinji: Yeah. She's fine. That's all that matters to me.
  • RE-TAKE: Shinji, very nearly — "I will throw the world into the pits of hell to find Asuka again!"
  • In Til the Sun Grows Cold and the Stars Grow Old, a fanfic of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, this is the reason behind Zant's conquest of both the Light and Twilight realms — he proposed marriage to Midna and was rejected.
  • In The Official Fanfiction University of Middle-earth, all of the Legolas fangirls are willing to stab each other.
  • Inner Demons: It's implied throughout the story (and eventually confirmed posthumously at the end) that Trixie is in love with Twilight Sparkle. That's why she ignores her moral compass and becomes The Dragon when Twilight is consumed by the Darkness and becomes the Big Bad.
  • The first finale of Children of Time has two examples, the latter an Ironic Echo of the former. Sherlock Holmes submits to Professor Moriarty's Sadistic Choice — Moriarty is playing with a full deck and uses the Watson card. On the other hand, Holmes later explains that he jumped off the slippery slope willingly because he was tired of hurting.
    • The Ironic Echo is Beth, who, having previously dressed Holmes down for willingly surrendering, does so herself, trading her life for his, Watson's, and the Doctor's. Also, like Holmes, her motivations are not entirely pure: part of her bargain is that she be kept in Victorian London and not have to leave that era (and, by extension, Holmes).
  • While Vanitas from The Shrouded Path certainly isn't a good guy, he does seem to have some morals. Then he gets a chance to finally be with Aqua and Terra and all those go out the window.
    • Likewise, many of Ven and Terra's morally ambiguous actions, especially in the sequel, are motivated by their need to protect each other and Aqua.
  • Phaedra from My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, turned to evil because her boyfriend Royce left her.
  • In Thousand Shinji:
    • Played straight with Gendo, who would do anything to get his wife back.
    • Zigzagged with Shinji. On one hand, he became slightly tolerable when he got a girlfriend, family and friends. On the other hand, he'll kill ruthlessly and bloodily whoever threatens them, and started an Impact event to bring Asuka and Misato back from the dead.

    Films — Animated 
  • Yokai a.k.a. Professor Callaghan of Big Hero 6 becomes a villain because he is consumed with grief about the apparent death of his daughter and wants to avenge her, no matter the cost.
  • Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear from Toy Story 3. After believing he was spurned by his owner (who loved him more than anything in the world), he becomes a twisted tyrant of the daycare center and a G-rated nihilist.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars
    • Once-noble Jedi Anakin Skywalker became the Sith Lord Darth Vader because he hoped the Dark Side of the Force would grant him the power to save his pregnant wife from the death by childbirth he foresaw. She ended up dying anyway, partly because of his turn to the Dark Side. What's interesting is that, three films later, his son's love for him made Anakin good again.
    • In fact, an ironic commonality in Star Wars is that both the Jedi and the Sith believe this. The Old Jedi Order believe love is an inherently corruptive emotion that at best draws a person's attention away from the Force towards the physical world and at worst makes them vulnerable to the lure of the Dark Side. The Sith, meanwhile, believe something closer to Love Is a Weakness, with a philosophy that love should be shunned because it can quench hatred and rage, weakening the power of the Dark Side.
  • When Sarah finally confronts Jareth at the end of Labyrinth, he claims that he's put her through all this because he loves her. Whether he is sincere, taking a desperate gambit to delay her until time runs out, or trying to tempt her to The Dark Side is an open debate. Most of the Fanfic community (naturally) falls into the first camp or a combination of the three.
  • In Ghostbusters II, Jaonsz falls into this. He's initially a Dogged Nice Guy, but then undergoes Demonic Possession for most of the film. In the third act, he rejoices at the prospect of Dana becoming his wife if he helps Vigo abduct Oscar. He gets better later in the end.
  • The hidden setup of So I Married an Axe Murderer as we find out in The Reveal. It is questionable, however, on whether the culprit, Rose Michaels, is actually insane the whole time.
  • The version of Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula declares war on God because of love (specifically, because his fiancee killed herself upon hearing lying reports of his death, and the church taught that her act irredeemably damned her soul to Hell).
  • The 1956 horror film The Black Sleep stars Basil Rathbone as a 19th century neurosurgeon named Cadman who uses experimental brain operations to turn his colleague into a mindless brute with an incestuous longing for his daughter and keeps him around to force his daughter to work for him, has his assistant abduct homeless people with promises of shelter and pay, destroys a test subject's ocular faculties so he cannot see and escape, frames his star pupil for murder, fakes his pupil's death, and then blackmails him into helping him or risk exposure. Why is Cadman doing this? So he can learn enough about how the brain functions to save his wife from a paralyzing brain tumor.
  • Imhotep in The Mummy Trilogy. He spends most of the two movies he's in trying to bring Anck-Su-Namun back. And, you know, raining down the ten plagues of Egypt and sucking the life out of anyone who stands in his way. He's a combination of this trope and Cursed with Awesome, with some Bad Powers, Bad People thrown in for good measure (that is, even if you weren't so evil to begin with, becoming able to rain down the ten plagues of Egypt is a sure sign of villainy). In a rather brutal twist, it turns out that all of Imhotep's actions were in vain. He finds out in the last moments of his life that Anck-Su-Namun doesn't love him as much as she loves her own life, and she certainly doesn't love him as much as Eve loves Rick.
  • Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. He fell in love with Calypso, goddess of the Sea, and became Captain of the Flying Dutchman so they could be together in ten years. When she failed to show up, Jones carved out his own heart, helped the Pirate Court trap Calypso in a mortal body, and made the Dutchman his personal torture chamber, (turning himself and its crew into Fish People as a side-effect).
  • Auntie in the Japanese campy slapstick horror-comedy movie House (Hausu) kills and eats young, unmarried girls and possesses the body of her niece just so she can remain immortal and marry her long dead fiancee, who she believes will return to her.
  • Lifetime movie Stalked At 17 flirts between this and Love Makes You Crazy. Chad, a twenty-two-year-old college student, becomes obsessed with his sixteen/seventeen-year-old girlfriend, Angela, when she reveals that she's pregnant. When Angela's parents find out about her pregnancy and the father of their grandchild, they try to create some distance. This doesn't set well for Chad as he starts to stalk them and tries getting in contact with them. His Yandere levels go through the roof when he tries attacking Angela's father for getting a restraining order against him. He even turns to his mother, who was recently released from prison, for help on kidnapping Angela and their newborn son so that they can be a family together.
  • The Three Musketeers (1993). Arthos has a bit of a story about love. It doesn't end well.
  • In The Brain That Wouldn't Die (seen on MST3K), Mad Doctor Bill Cortner only went Jumping Off the Slippery Slope when his fiancee Jan was decapitated in a car crash and he had to use Mad Science to turn her into a Head In A Pan; going from just "borrowing" spare limbs for medical research to cruising strip clubs and seducing Broken Birds to get a replacement body for his loved one, even as she only asks "Let me die".
  • The Hole combines this with Love Makes You Crazy in not just one, but two examples, owing to its use of "Rashomon"-Style. In the first version of the story, Liz explains that Martin's love of Liz and jealousy of her liking Mike led him to lock Liz, Mike, Frankie and Geoff in the titular bomb shelter (in which they had been hiding to avoid going on a school trip) until she realized she didn't really like him very much. In the second, true version, it is revealed that Mike wanted to leave the bomb shelter early to go patch things up with his ex, but Liz had become so obsessed with him that she decided to lock herself and the others inside the bomb shelter to prevent him from leaving, ultimately leading to Frankie, Geoff and Mike dying. She then kills Martin too to cover her tracks.
  • The loss of his wife is what primarily pushes Khan over the edge in Star Trek II. Not that Khan was ever a nice guy, of course, but beforehand he was an apparently sane Social Darwinist, as seen in "Space Seed". Nero has similar issues in the new film due to his own dead wife.
  • This can be said of Two-Face in The Dark Knight after Rachel Dawes dies.
  • In every incarnation of Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour slowly becomes a murderer because he believes success is the only way to win Audrey's heart.
  • Doctor fuckin' Phibes! He slowly kills the doctors he believes responsible for his wife's death.
  • In Hot Fuzz Frank Butterman forms a deadly city council to eliminate all flaws to the community after his wife commits suicide after Travelers ruin the town, causing them to lose the Village Of The Year award. Lampshaded by his son: "If Mum knew what you were doing she'd kill herself again!"
  • If you assume that this trope could come up in a film called Love Is The Devil, you are most certainly right in doing so.
  • It appears that this is Horvath's true reason for betraying Merlin and siding with Morgana in her quest to destroy the world in The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He just couldn't handle Veronica choosing his best friend Balthazar over him.
  • In The Last Circus it is Javier's love for Natalia that leads into his downfall and eventual descent into insanity.
  • Non-romantic love, but Loki in Thor loves his father and his Asgard home very, very much. His desire to be acknowledged and loved on par to his brother Thor leads him to attempt genocide.
  • In The Other Boleyn Girl Henry tells Anne how he broke off from the Catholic church for her. "I have torn apart this country for you, gone against every principle in my heart, I've endured the doubts and counsel of good men and silenced them with the axe...just to be with you."
  • In the 1960 French horror film Eyes Without a Face, Dr. Génessier's beloved daughter Christiane is in a car accident that leaves her with a horribly disfigured face. Obsessed with making her beautiful again, the doting father starts kidnapping other young women and transplanting their faces onto his daughter's.
  • Subverted with Professor Fassbender in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, who would rather die than help Dreyfus destroy the world and succumb to Stockholm Syndrome, but he can't bring himself to let his daughter suffer either.
  • In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Victor did not take his brother James leaving him for a life of peace well... not in the least.
  • In I Shot Jesse James, Robert Ford kills Jesse James, attacks John Kelley, and gets into a final duel to win Cynthy's hand. However, not only does this drive Cynthy away from him, it also leads to his eventual downfall.

    Music 
  • Sound Horizon's Elysion Paradise Illusion Story Suite album is full of seemingly nice girls doing really terrible things due to love (like the girl who loves her brother so much that she stabs him to death so they can go to Paradise together, or the one who kills the girl she loves for rejecting her...)
  • The Mountain Goats song 'Love Love Love' is sorta about this. It's off an album about the songwriter's stepfather abusing him as a child; his point was that his stepfather may have done terrible things to his kids, but he still loved them, and love can make you do terrible things.
    Love love is gonna lead you by the hand/Into a white and soundless place/Now we see things as in a mirror dimly/Then we shall see each other face to face
  • Dschinghis Khan's "Der Verräter" (German for "The Traitor") is about a guy who went AWOL from gate guard duty to see his girlfriend and allowed the enemy to enter the city. Afterwards, he's brought up on charges of treason and sentenced to death by hanging and everybody believes that him claiming to have been seduced is only a pretext for the collaboration with the enemy and that his real motivation was promises of wealth and honor.
  • Downplayed in Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack". The song is about a Casanova who fell in love with a woman who promised to never leave him. She did, and left him heartbroken, prompting him to return to his womanizing ways. So it's less "love makes you evil" and more "love makes you kind of a dick".
  • In The Willow Maid the titular willow maid is murdered by a man who claims to be in love with her. After she rejects him, he chops down her tree, and forces her to leave the forest with him. As he wanted to force her to marry him, and it was clear from the beginning that there would not be a happy end, the fact that she turns in a flower and wilts after leaving the forest comes across as Bittersweet Ending. At least she is spared worse.

    Opera 
  • Giuseppe Verdi loved the trope, as proved by:
    • Count di Luna in Il trovatore.
    • Amneris in Aida.
    • Eboli in Don Carlo.
    • Abigail in Nabucco.
  • Gérard in Giordano's Andrea Chenier.
  • Scarpia from Puccini's Tosca is a subversion - it's not love, it's lust, and he was pretty evil to begin with.
  • Claggart in Britten's Billy Budd, if you interpret it as Foe Yay.
  • Alberich from Wagner's Tetralogy "Ring of the Nibelungs". Rejected by the Rhei

    Western Animation 
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, there are plenty of akumatized villains that came about because of something bad happening to a victim's loved one; for example, Mayor Bourgeois was akumatized because his beloved daughter was going to leave him and Paris for New York, Marc Anciel was akumatized after his crush accused him of playing with his feelings, and Luka Couffaine was akumatized when a Corrupt Corporate Executive threatened his crushnote .
    • This extends to the main villains as well; Hawk Moth wants the heroes' miraculouses in order to undo the events that left his beloved wife comatose, while Mayura is driven by her unrequited feelings for Hawk Moth. Even Lila Rossi falls into this - her vendetta against Ladybug began because the heroine harshly humiliated her in front of her crush (the fact that Lila was not guiltless slips her mind).
    • The process of turning a person into an akuma (effectively a demon) seems to require said person to feel intense emotions of anger and hurt. So several of the akumatized villains are people who were angry over the mistreatment of their loved ones (love interests, family members, or close friends), or were in emotional pain because they were betrayed by someone they loved. Lê Chiến Kim felt betrayed because his crush rejected his romantic advances and humiliated him, Sabrina Raincomprix felt betrayed because her best friend was angry with her and wanted to terminate their friendship, and Chloé Bourgeois felt betrayed because the hero she idolized rejected her genuine efforts to help with a case.

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