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"Even in the book of lies sometimes you find truth."
Andrew Ryan, BioShock

Time and time again a story is told with the classic hero vs. villain setup with the villain committing acts deemed evil by good, neutral, and the normally apathetic. The villain usually commits said acts for their own personal reasons, be it pride, ambition, self-righteousness, megalomania, or even love.

But wait, they have a justified reason for their actions? What if they may not be so much evil as they are anti?

Here is a villain who has a justified reason for being what they are, or has justifiable motives, or makes accurate assessments of the world or the hero(es). In any case, this is a villain who unexpectedly has a point about something, or whose reasoning for their motives still hit too close to the truth for the hero's comfort. When this comes to light, the revelation may force the hero to question their own motives or even send them into a Heroic BSoD. With straight villains this can be even easier when they go against other villains who give them plenty of things to criticise and be right about.


Due to the nature of their villainy, if they become too excessive in their methods they can easily fall under Well-Intentioned Extremist. In-Universe they can easily fall under Designated Villain. Compare Anti-Villain and Ambiguously Evil. Compare Hypocrite Has a Point, Jerkass Has a Point and Strawman Has a Point for other characters designed to be detestable who nevertheless are right about something. Compare The Horseshoe Effect, when two people purport to be ideological opponents and yet have beliefs in common. See also The Extremist Was Right.

Has no connection to Spikes of Villainy.



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  • Dragon Ball:
    • Frieza pointed out several flaws of his enemies:
      • When Goku calls out Frieza on his wanton cruelty and puts him off for killing the Saiyans and Namekians, Frieza points out that the Saiyan race was no better than he was, which is unfortunately true: the Saiyans were savage space pirates, and even if they were in Frieza's employ, they still loved their jobs and took great pride in it.
      • Frieza repeatedly tells Goku that he is too merciful and that he has become overconfident, dropping his guard too soon. While undeniably a hypocritical sentiment as far as overconfidence goes, he isn't wrong: Goku's inclination towards mercy has nearly gotten him killed on several occasions, and he has dropped his guard around Frieza several times, nearly dying for it twice.
      • In Dragon Ball Super, When the Universe 9 assassins come to kill him, Frieza naturally starts dropping them like flies. When Goku tells him not to do it, Frieza responds that it doesn't really matter if they die by his hand now or when their universe will be erased after the tournament (which Goku, who has come to recruit him to participate, will make happen by winning, whether he wants to or not). Unlike the above instances, Goku doesn't have any arguments to refute Frieza's claim.
    • In the English version of the anime, Van Zant points out what a lousy hero Mr. Satan is, cooking meals like a nanny for Buu while he is destroying their world. The fact is that Hercule went there to try to assassinate Buu, and accidentally convinced him to pull a Heel–Face Turn, but from Van Zant’s perspective, all Mr. Satan is doing is saving his own neck...and there may be some truth to that between the failed attempts and the turn.
    • While Zamasu, Knight Templar god-student of Supreme Kai Gowasu of Universe 10 has become the Big Bad of Super's Future Trunks Saga and went on to destroy all mortals considering all of them evil and stupid, his overall view on them is not entirely unfounded. Mortals do misuse the knowledge of the gods and have committed several atrocities: Frieza and the Saiyans were cold-hearted planet brokers who regularly committed genocide for profit; Dr. Gero used his great mind to create mass-murdering androids, one of whom (Cell) literally ate people, all to settle a petty grudge with Goku; and Bibidi and Babidi unleashed Majin Buu on Universe 7 and caused the deaths of nearly all of the Supreme Kais and killed billions of people. There's also Bulma, who despite knowing that time travel can bring really great disasters and that it's forbidden by the gods, still went on to create a time machine in the episode immediately preceding Zamasu's defeat. Zamasu's Fatal Flaw, however, is his inability to see that not all mortals are evil by nature.
      • His assessment of the Babarians proves sound; Gowasu brought him there to demonstrate that mortals weren't inherently evil and capable of maturation, yet even after a thousand years, there was no moral growth to observe in the species.
      • He also has a point about the gods' inaction against evil mortals. It's explicitly pointed out that the reason Universe 7 has such a low mortal level is because the gods don't help mortals as much as they should. The Dragon Ball Super manga even points out that Beerus should have dealt with Majin Buu prior to Buu killing all but one of the Supreme Kais and leaving the Incompletely Trained Sole Survivor to rule alone, but he was asleep at the time. He also allowed Frieza to run rampant and encouraged him by approving the Saiyan genocide.
    • In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, while it's clear King Vegeta sent Broly away mainly because he was offended that Paragus' son was stronger than his own, he makes a completely valid point to Paragus that Broly's power was likely to destroy his mind and make him a threat to not just the Saiyans, but everything else in the galaxy as well. Before Frieza kills him, Paragus realizes King Vegeta was right; Broly's power makes him a danger to all life.
  • Attack on Titan has this with Eren Yeager. The villain has seen just how bad the treatment of the Eldians has gone — those living on the island are treated as perpetually-sinning devils incarnate and are planned to be exterminated through extreme measures, while those living elsewhere are treated as second-class citizens, barricaded into 'their' section of a city, get indoctrinated into believing a skewed view of history that makes them believe themselves part of those sinners, and their powers of turning into Titans are used for the government's benefit — and realizes that talking is no longer an option. The mindset of the Eldians being evil is so deeply ingrained into the whole world that there is no way to peacefully resolve things, so they decide to use the Rumbling to kill everyone not on the island. Without having anyone on the outside wanting the island Eldians dead, they can finally live in peace from the world and free of Titans. Even some in-universe characters agree that the villain's method is extreme, but it would work.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL has this with Kaito Tenjo. He believes the Numbers' cards are evil, and from what has been seen, the Numbers can easily make the good bad (Ukyo, Fuya to a lesser extent) and the bad worse, (Jin, Rikuo, Kaio). Also, his claim that the Numbers want to destroy the world seems plausible, seeing the evil from Black Mist who was able to capture Astral and control Yuma's body against his will. The only issue with him capturing Numbers is that he takes the soul of the person who possessed it.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Daimon calls out Kaiba on the way he used and abused both The Big Five, and his own brother, Mokuba, during his coup against his adoptave father Gozaburo. While Daimon‘s a bastard, and in no position to criticize, he's not wrong when he points out how unacceptable Kaiba's behaviour was.
    • The Rare Hunter who beat Jonouchi/Joey up after taking his Red Eyes Black Dragon is a sadistic jerk but he is well within his rights to tell Jonouchi not to help Yugi by revealing his strategies, as such an act is not permitted in any tournament setting.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has Professor Satou, who exists primarily to deliver one of these. Satou may be a jerk who's working for the main villain, but his appraisal of Judai as an idiotic slacker who is squandering his potential through laziness is essentially accurate, and his claim that Judai is a terrible role model is also shown to be true. Furthermore, he claims that Judai's lack of perceptiveness and general passivity make him an inadequate hero, when many prior conflicts have indeed partially arisen from Judai's insistence on slacking off and coasting to victory on natural talent at the last possible second. Judai can't come up with a good answer to any of his accusations, and many of them haunt him to the end of the season.
  • In Bitter Virgin, maybe he doesn't exactly earn the title of "villain" (he's more Jerkass than he is villain), but when Yamamoto grabs Hinako in the final chapter, setting himself up pretty nicely as one more in a long line of abusive bastards, he makes her realise that, without intending to, understandable though her reaction was, she has truly hurt the feelings of some of the guys in her class, most of whom wouldn't even dream of harming her the way her rapist did.
  • In Psycho-Pass, the Big Bad Shogo Makishima may be a sociopathic Serial Killer who instructs would-be criminals how to commit their crimes, but he is spot-on in his criticisms of the society in which he lives, and especially of the sybil system.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • The series Big Bad, Kyubey, is despicable no question, but has a point; a system where a relatively small amount of people are traumatised and killed is a lot more preferable to the premature heat death of the universe. Both the characters who find out about this agree, and while one doesn't try and change it, the other keeps it in place but slightly alters it to make it less harsh on the girls.
    • At the end of Rebellion, the new Big Bad traps the entire universe in a Lotus-Eater Machine. The thing is, Demon Homura just wants to give everyone happy lives. And she brings back three magical girls. One character declares that she will oppose the Big Bad but finds herself crying a Tear Of Joy when she sees her friends again. In the end, the only real problem is that the Big Bad is clearly a bit unhinged at that point and they're nearly omnipotent so it's a question of how sincere they really are since they create the happy lives through force, brainwashing, and threats. Even though that one character is completely at the Big Bad's mercy and an old friend, rather than brush them off they take joy in telling them to beware making such a powerful enemy.
  • Outlaw Star: While it initially seems that Ron was evading Gene's question about the murder of his father, Ron raises a fair point by countering that Gene wasn't specific enough for him to really say whether the accusation was true, or not.
    Gene: (pissed) Don't gimme that! I know it was you! It was the El Dorado that attacked our ship!
    Ron: (calmly) Look, I'm a busy man. You can't expect me to remember every job I've ever pulled, and "10 years ago" doesn't exactly narrow it down. Though I suppose it could've been me.
  • Every antagonist in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is right, and the fears they give for their actions are completely real. The Giha village chief is right that living underground keeps them safe, the Adai village chief is right that they don't have enough food to feed more people so his methods keep the the village as a whole alive, Lordgenome is right that suppressing humanity keeps them safe from the Anti-Spirals, and they're completely justified in their goals because otherwise the universe is at risk. The only reason that the heroes are more right is because this is a universe fuelled by manly spirit, which allows them to kick reason to the curb and come up with a better solution than the cynical one.
  • Kagatane from Black Bullet is your typical masked man ranting on and on about the government and how Humans Are Bastards. Though when you see the overall treatment towards little girls who risk their lives to save their butts every waking moment of their life, which includes lynch mobs, school bombings, and treating them as something less than human, you begin to wonder why the protagonists don't start thinking like him.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • After his brother's Career-Ending Injury, Iida tracks Stain to an alley where he was attacking another Pro Hero. During the fight, Stain notes that Iida is obsessed with a selfish desire for revenge but is completely indifferent to helping his newest victim, which means that Iida is not a true hero at all. When faced with the contrast of Midoriya and Todoroki showing up to selflessly help him, Iida has to admit to himself that Stain was right. This actually freaks Stain out.
      • Stain's whole motive is his hate for heroes who are only in the business for their own popularity and fame rather than to actually help people. While everyone agrees that his methods (killing everyone who doesn't live up to his outrageously high standards) are awful, it is acknowledged in-universe that his complaint isn't entirely baseless. There are a number of heroes who are far more concerned with winning accolades for themselves than actually being helpful. Todoroki, of all people, knows the consequences of such personal gain via his father, Endeavor, who Stain openly calls out upon encountering as the worst of the "fakes".
    • The League of Villains as a whole intend to call out the Pro World for their hypocrisies and failings, and they aren't wrong that the Pro system is hugely flawed. Shigaraki Tomura, in particular, has an exceedingly Dark and Troubled Past that could have been avoided if somebody had stepped in to save him - and All Might damn near has a mental breakdown when he finds out that he's Nana Shimura's grandson. When she gave her child, Kotaro, up for adoption after her husband's death, ostensibly for her child's safety, Kotaro grew up bitter over being abandoned, and proceeded to abuse his younger son, Tenko. Then after Tenko accidentally killed his family with his newly awakened quirk and was reduced to living on the streets, nobody would help him because they all felt that was a hero's job and not theirs, leaving him an easy target for All For One. It's no wonder he feels the hero system is broken.
    • Dabi gets a turn when he sneers at UA for being "pathetic" when they decide to bring sixteen-year-olds to the frontlines of the hero vs villain conflict (with Midnight even telling a terrified-looking Kaminari he "knew what he signed up for"). Of course, Dabi has no qualms fighting teenagers himself, but he isn't doing it and claiming to be a hero.
  • Sword Art Online:
    • PoH founds Laughing Coffin with the sole intent of killing other players for fun, stating that since Akihiko Kayaba is the one who set up the death game in the first place, he'll get all the blame for any deaths that occur in SAO while any and all player killers will get off scot-free. Sadly, he's proven right when SAO is cleared.
    • Sugou Nobuyuki is a total bastard, but he makes a valid point when he remarks to Asuna that Kayaba's FullDive technology had far more potential and uses than simply making a video game, and that Kayaba was foolish to not want more out of it. Indeed, Kayaba's tech has found other uses beyond game development, most notably with the Medicuboid and the Soul Translator. Of course, Sugou's argument is somewhat undermined when the ending of the Mother's Rosario arc reveals that Kayaba was actually the original designer of the Medicuboid, meaning he did in fact see the potential in his invention.
      Sugou: Mr. Kayaba was a genius, but he was also a fool. All he wanted to use his technology for was his game. He couldn't see the potential in it. But I did.
  • Light Yagami of Death Note. He's a mass murderer who constantly lies to everyone who cares about him. But Light put an end to all wars and reduced global crime by 70%. Nobody contradicts him when he says this. In fact, a good part of his in-universe support derives from this. (It's unclear how true this is, given Light's original plan called for pursuing good PR and silencing critics in ways not immediately identifiable as his work, and the camera focus doesn't really give us objective data on what's going on worldwide, but at the least there are no wars and organized crime has been driven pretty far underground.)
  • Embryo from Cross Ange is a raging, narcissistic, psychopathic, hypocritical bastard and on top of that a super creepy and disturbing pervert. He wants to Restart the World because in his eyes, humanity has grown corrupt and decadent, even if he might have had a hand in making it that way. Throughout the series, we witness with our own eyes how this has taken effect: Humanity became drunk on using Mana, becoming Entitled Bastards, Dirty Cowards, and Fantastic Racists, and Norma are discriminated against just because, with only a few even bothering to develop beyond their prejudice-filled mindset (such as Momoka). It is rotten to the core, the same thought that the heroine Ange also has, and the Mana users make up the majority of the world population. Even if Embryo was the one who suggested such a racism system in the first place to avoid war, it's plausible to say that he realized that such a system was a mistake if it created such rampant decadence and there's no other option to fix this except to restart and think of a new one. If Embryo wasn't trying to please his raging hormones or trying to play God and stroke his ego more (or not considering the Norma and predecessors to be just collateral damage), he might've gotten his point across instead of getting every one of the Normas and the predecessors to oppose and kill him.
  • In No Game No Life, the main characters' first opponent, Kurami, is seeking to win the throne of Elkia to make Imanity a Protectorate of the Elves, who are the world of Disboard's largest nation. Her reasoning is that since Imanity, which can't see or use magic, is declining due to being unable to win the games that serve as an alternative to warfare in Disboard, they need the help of the Elves in order to survive. While Sora is disgusted with Kurami's lack of faith in Imanity, he believes that an Imanity-Elf alliance does have potential merit, and after defeating her and becoming co-rulers of Imanity alongside his adopted sister Shiro, sets out to unite all the races under one banner.
  • Muhyo and Roji
    • Enchu, arriving to save his accomplice Rio Kurotori in the Arcanum arc, asserts that the person in question came to him willingnly because the Magical Law Society was to blame for letting her mother die. Yoichi, a mutual friend of Muhyo and Enchu, agrees that the MLS has plenty of corrupt members, but says that Rio, as an artificer was unlucky enough to have to deal with "bad neighbors" due to wanting to stay near her ailing mother. Yoichi's statement is meant to distract Enchu while Muhyo prepares to strike, but considering that he'd investigated what led to Enchu's accomplice's betrayal of the MLS, he seems to mean it.
    • Goryo is a Corrupt Corporate Executive with some cutthroat business practices and callous disregard for those he helps, but he's not wrong when he observes that Roji's teamwork with Muhyo is lacking. Muhyo and Roji ultimately lose to Goryo and Ebisu in the ensuing competition, and Muhyo puts Roji on leave to find out what he needs to do to improve himself. In fact, Ebisu, Goryo's rather unpleasant assistant, helps give Roji some of the advice he needs.
  • Towards the end of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Akio tells Utena in no uncertain terms that she is naive to talk about saving Anthy, because she isn't in this fight to save Anthy, she's in it because she wants to prove herself as a prince and doesn't care about Anthy beyond her status as a princess. Akio has been absolutely terrible for the entire series and has no claim on any moral high ground, but his appraisal of Utena is pretty accurate. Utena never really tried to progress her relationship past their initial impressions of each other, contently played the Lady and Knight role despite the inherent imbalance of that relationship, and never realized that Anthy was deeply miserable and in suffering for their entire time together. All that, along with the fact that Utena's stated goal for almost the entire series was simply to be a prince, suggests that Utena's relationship with Anthy was indeed shallow and fueled by a desire to play out The Dulcinea Effect rather than genuine concern. And Akio is right, because the Rose Bride's prison is self-inflicted: Utena's only been focusing on beating him, which won't free Anthy because it won't make Anthy want freedom. Unfortunately for Akio, this is what allows Utena to figure out the truth about Anthy and show her that she can be free.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Muzan Kibutsuji is responsible for many of the tragedies in the series, as the progenitor of all other demons. However, he's right when he points out that Tamayo has no one but herself to blame for her family's deaths, since she asked him to turn her into a demon. Tamayo briefly protests that she only did it because she wanted to see her children grow up, but concedes that he has a point, which is why she'll sacrifice herself to defeat him as atonement for her sins.
  • In Dr. Stone, Tsukasa is treated as a straw Luddite for opposing Senku's plan to bring every human back to life and return the technology level of the world to where it was. That said, his point about keeping humanity at a primitive level of advancement isn't without some merit, despite it being meant to show that he is selfish and just wants a world that he can rule over as a dictator.note  He argues that restoring the world's technology will cause far more death and destruction than primitive technology could. Just turning on the news and hearing about the latest mass shooting/bombing/war may lead some to agree with his point. He also points out that reviving 7 billion people without first figuring out how to feed, clothe, and house them all just invites disaster, and there are certainly some people (including some of the ones he revived), like murderers, who shouldn't be revived before there's a functional society to make sure they don't start abusing other people.
  • Moriarty the Patriot: William's not exactly wrong that the class system in Britain is hurting people and some people are simply immune to the justice system. Sherlock never even argues with that, just that maybe murder isn't the best way to deal with it, William.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: When Edward Elric furiously attacks Mad Scientist extraordinaire Shou Tucker for using alchemy to transmute his own little daughter and her dog into a chimera, Tucker says that he doesn't understand what the problem is because human experimentation can lead to scientific progress. While it's clear he's desperate to come up with an excuse for his vile actions, later events in the series prove that his statement was unintentionally accurate. The Philosopher's Stone is powered by human souls imprisoned within it, Amestris itself was founded by a being of sentient alchemical knowledge who obtained his power by sacrificing the people of Xerxes, its Military uses alchemy to wage war and performs many unethical biological experiments in secret laboratories, Amestris is ruled by twisted Homunculi who see humans as nothing but a resource and are themselves powered by Philosopher's Stones, and automail mechanics require an understanding of human anatomy and neurology.

    Comic Books 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): When trying to seize the Council of Acorn, Ixis Naugus points out that Sonic and the Freedom Fighters, despite having been the ones to elect them in charge in the first place to keep order, essentially commit treason by regularly ignoring or defying the Council's orders whenever they don't make the decisions they want, questioning if their actions respect the people they vow to protect. The Council themselves made those same points earlier, and this, combined with the Freedom Fighters' recent number of casualties and bad decisions against the Iron Dominion damaging the public's trust in them, leaves Rotor unable to muster a good counter-argument; all he can do is shrug nervously at Sonic.
  • The Batman Adventures: Bane becomes a champion of one of Gotham's downtrodden neighborhoods, and wins them over by pointing out the cops don't have their best interests at heart.
    Bane: They will not (make a move), because they are afraid. They think they are concerned about the welfare of the children. But where were they two months ago?
  • In Doomsday Clock Batman calls Ozymandias out for the fact that he killed millions in a narcissistic plan that didn't even work. Ozymandias counters that the heroes have done nothing for their society besides locking villains up in Cardboard Prisons, that he actually tried to fix the underlying problems and that he actually succeeded in doing things like curing famine and cancer, solving the world's energy crisis and solving nuclear disarmament, and that not only is the DC Universe even more screwed up than the Watchmenverse the heroes aren't doing a damn thing to fix things because they're too busy indulging themselves. Batman is unable to answer the accusation. In this work, apparently, the countless good works done by the Wayne Foundation, not to mention the numerous times he and the rest of the rest of the JL saved their universe, are forgotten or never happened, despite said work being part of DC continuity post "New 52."
  • In Green Lantern, Sinestro left the Green Lantern Corps and started his own Sinestro Corps, because he felt that the Guardians of the Universe were doing a piss-poor job at policing the universe. Given that the Guardians are indirectly responsible for the massacre that destroyed Atrocitius's sector, and that they tried to remove free will during Rise of the Third Army, his suspicions are being proven right. He also made Green Lanterns abolish Thou Shalt Not Kill rule to make them better deal with threats. And let's not even get started with various crises and The Blackest Night.
  • In ElfQuest, Rayek realizes that the accident that brought the High Ones to the World of Two Moons is going to happen in the future, and the Palace is capable of time travel. He brings up the idea of going to that exact moment and preventing the High Ones from being sent into the past and driven from their home, and preempt centuries of struggle and suffering on their part. When Cutter objects, Rayek makes a point: the presence of elves has always negatively affected the World of Two Moons (going back to the first volume, when a human tribe caused a forest fire to drive the Wolfriders out), but they're literally aliens; the world had its own path before they arrived by accident, and it has a right to its own destiny. Of course, that point gets quickly lost in Rayek's otherwise power-hungry, elitist motivations, as well as his dismissal of the fact that, unless they are in the Palace, all elves born since the crash who are not dead and have their spirits tied to the Palace will never exist.
  • Begrudgingly pointed out by Linkara, Mephisto does have justification why he doesn't want Peter's soul in One More Day. The souls he collects would have the satisfaction that they have sacrificed themselves for the greater good, and Mephisto would lose any joy in making them suffer.
  • In Superman story arc Krypton No More, Superman is so frightened of losing another home planet that he goes on a rampage, destroying environmental threats such as super-tankers. Super-villain Protector clashes with him, accusing Superman of setting himself up as judge, jury and executioner. Protector is slimy, violent and entirely self-serving, but he has a point. Even Supergirl called her cousin out on his behavior until Clark backed off.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight: Simone Doffler goes rogue from Buffy's Slayer Organization largely because they repeatedly refuse to let the Slayers use guns. Aside from Buffy's general dislike of guns, the Scoobies really have no real reason to give her why not.
  • Often the case with Magneto, and the main reason why he so often swings between being an enemy or an ally of the X-Men, and even as an enemy, he seldom completely loses the sympathy and grudging respect of both the X-Men and the audience. This carries over to the films, where it is indeed usually humanity (or, at least, a human), who escalates the human-mutant conflict, but his possibly-justified retaliation crosses the line by targeting innocents as well as the guilty.
  • The Transformers: Combiner Wars:
    • Starscream just loves to lace his self-serving ambitions with logical thinking. His insults to Optimus about using titles (like Prime) to put oneself above the others is detrimental to the new peace (which ol' Screamer's obviously being a hypocrite about since his whole Chosen One schtick puts him above others), which Optimus agrees with. Then there's Starscream's justification about using Superion, since Optimus has Devastator, a dangerous powerful monster that Optimus really cannot control. When Devastator does end up a problem, Starscream forcibly conscripts Six Autobots and turns them into a Combiner, and he's completely right in doing so. Devastator is a damaging machine of destruction who took down the only Combiner on their side, but with two, they defeat Devastator and save everyone. Starscream looks the hero, and he has two powerful war machines behind him, even if their true loyalties are to the Autobots.
      Bumblebee: You brought this on yourself, Starscream.
      Starscream: My greatest achievement.
      Bumblebee: History will judge you—
      Starscream: As what? I killed Metalhawk and took control of Cybertron under false pretenses. I lied and deceived and did it all for glory and you know what? I'm still the best leader in the history of Cybertron. I didn't subjugate the populace for eons, I never plunged us into four million years of war—I didn't even come back from the grave to try and destroy the world multiple times. History will see me, at worst, as a step in the right direction.
    • Elsewhere in the IDW 'verse, specifically, in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Getaway isn't wrong that Megatron has essentially gotten off scott-free for starting a war that lasted longer than many of the actual species that were wiped out in it (mostly by people working for Megatron), nor is he wrong that Rodimus is an incompetent asshole. The problem is that Getaway is a stunningly cold-blooded jerk himself, and as such his plans to solve these problems show a certain blunt disdain for things like the lives of any innocents Getaway deems necessary to sacrifice, such as Tailgate.
  • Doctor Strange: The Imperator might be a Knight Templar Mage Killer, but he has this to say about his story (being orphaned by Shuma-Gorath followers):
    I don't blame the demon for being a demon. I blame the men and women who served it. Who sacrificed their own children to appease it. All for the lure of power. Magical power.
  • One of the most psychologically/emotionally charged sequences in the Batman: Knightfall saga comes early on, when Serial Killer Victor Zsasz tells Batman that the two of them are both killers - and when Batman retorts that he does not kill, Zsasz insists that Batman's hatred of criminals makes him want to kill them, and he would actually do it if he believed he could get away with it. This argument then unhinges Batman to the point where he beats Zsasz bloody in a rage, breaking his jaw and fracturing his skull and coming within a blow or two of smashing in his brain before Renee Montoya stops him - all the while screaming that he is not a killer.
    • In the novelization, though, Zsasz's argument is taken in a different direction when Batman is being stalked through the Batcave by Bane and considers using one of his collection of samurai swords to slice Bane open - but then feels guilty when he remembers Zsasz's "killer" accusation. In fact, here Batman would have been completely justified in killing Bane because 1) psychologically tormented drug addict or not, Bane is still a mass-murdering monster and Manipulative Bastard, 2) Batman was acting purely in self-defense and 3) he's no match for Bane physically in his exhausted state and he can't think of any nonlethal way to bring him down. Tragically, then, Batman gets his back broken by Bane because he forecloses his only option due to a point made by an enemy of his that was only partly applicable to real life, and an extremely disingenuous one at that.
    • In another comic Batman suspects the Joker is responsible for a murder he's investigating, only for the Joker to reveal it wasn't him— arguing that it couldn't have been him, since he always takes credit for his work. Batman begrudgingly admits that he's right.
  • Poison Ivy: She is completely right in thinking humans treat other life-forms and the environment in general horribly. The problem is she acts like humans do these things just to be dicks, rather than because they need to eat plants or animals to live and she doesn't seem to realize or care that human civilization needs technology to survive that happens to be bad for the environment, as in a lot of cases there is no better alternative.
  • Doctor Doom is a megalomaniac who wants to Take Over the World. However, the reason he wants to is because he honestly believes that it will be for the benefit of mankind. And he is right. He was able to look into the future and see all the possible futures that could come to pass and the only one free of human suffering and strife was the one where he was in control of humanity. Though the validity of the point is undermined by his methods, which usually amount to depriving most of humanity of its free will, killing or imprisoning anyone who resists, and in short proving that everyone who believes Doom is right is a closet fascist themselves.
    • He actually succeeded in the graphic novel Emperor Doom (with the forced help of the Purple Man), and did make the world a better place. He was so bored, he actually let the small band of heroes who Wonder Man freed from his control win. The heroes aren't even sure they did the right thing.
    • Played With in the 2019 Doctor Doom comic. Doctor Doom gets visions of a Utopic alternate reality, where he has made earth a paradise, various alien civilizations waring in the main Marvel universe are at peace, and he is in possession of various powerful artifacts like the Ultimated Nullfiier for safe keeping. But it turns out he gets there by letting go of his ego and working with his hated rival Reed Richards. Main Marvel Doctor Doom can't handle this, kills his alternate reality counterpart, and destroys this alternate universe.
  • In Inhumans vs. X-Men, despite being the villains of the series, the X-Men are in practice actually in the right. As stated In-Universe, disrupting the Terrigen Mists has no negative effect beyond seeing that people who weren't super-powered to begin with... don't spontaneously get super-powers they never even asked for, whilst letting them saturate the atmosphere will kill off an entire sub-species of humanity who had made no hostile actions towards the Inhumans in the first place. This is lampshaded when the Inhuman Kamala asks if her people are supposed to be the good guys in this situation.
  • During a story set during the Christmas season, plant-controlling villain Plant-Man tried to stop people from buying Christmas trees, stating that cutting down the trees to use them for a brief period of time was a waste, since that meant the trees could not absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. Continuing the cycle just meant more and more trees going to waste.
    Spider-Man: Man's got a point.
  • In Secret Empire, Pymtron, the fusion of Hank Pym and the homicidal robot Ultron, tears into both HYDRA!Cap and AI!Tony and their respective teams over their constant fighting, especially since people will blindly follow whoever might fix the mess du jour that month, specifically pointing out Tony allowing the Superhuman Registration Act to pass and using Wanda to fix the world. He ultimately tells them that he/Ultron doesn't have to kill humanity because humanity will do it for him.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise, Zuko's Archnemesis Dad Ozai proves to be a very competent judge of Kuei's character during the Fire Nation colony crisis, and gives Zuko sound advice that basically boils down to "whatever you do, have the conviction to back it up".
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, Norman Osborn is arrested by Nick Fury for the crime of intentionally and illegally giving himself super-powers, which is a crime in the Ultimate Universe (the fact that he uses said powers to commit multiple murders doesn't exactly help). But once arrested, Norman (and the other villains SHIELD takes into custody after Peter defeats them) are not provided with legal counsel, representation, or are even allowed any form of contact with the outside world. Nick Fury flat-out says he has no problem detaining them in a SHIELD prison facility indefinitely unless they agree to work for him. Osborn naturally points out that whether they altered their DNA or not, they still have human rights (Fury claims otherwise) and that holding them without trial or even contact with the outside world is highly illegal. All good points, though the moral high ground is lost when coming from Osborn, who inevitably goes on a killing spree every single time he escapes custody. The one time he escaped and used the chance to make a media shitstorm by telling everyone he was illegally detained, it was derailed when he flew into a homicidal rage and burned his own attorney to death.
  • At one point, Empowered is captured by some villains who want to get the Superhomeys' attention on a crime, and think they've only captured some cosplaying stand-ins. When Emp asks why they bothered, the leader gasps: "Everybody knows that all the Superhomeys care about is bad publicity," and Emp can't honestly argue with him on that point.
  • The Punisher: It happens very often that a mook/mob boss attempts to be spared by pointing out that he personally had nothing to do with the murder of Frank's family, that killing him won't bring Frank's family back, or even that killing him won't do a thing about the nation's crime levels. This is entirely true (especially in recent stories where Frank's family was caught in a mob war shortly after Frank's return from The Vietnam War, meaning the criminal might not even have been born then), but Frank shoots him anyway (some thinking/responding along the lines of "Tell me something I don't know"). In the MAX version, this is for the simple reason that Frank isn't trying to avenge his family's killers anymore (that happened in The Cell): he's slaughtering as many criminals as he can before he's inevitably killed and can finally join them in death (in this interpretation, he's punishing himself with a Forever War for failing to protect them and having wanted to abandon them due to his Vietnam-induced disconnect).
  • In the wake of Superior Spider-Man, when Doctor Octopus took over his body for a time, Pete Parker has to acknowledge that some of Otto's moves weren't too bad. For example, Otto actually waited for backup from the police when taking on some criminals and using his technology for some advantages rather than Spidey's usual half-written plan.
    • Anna Marie points out that a reason Otto was able to have a better personal and business life than Peter was that Otto knew he didn't have to answer every call for help as New York had plenty of police (and other heroes) to handle run-of-the-mill crime.
    Anna Marie: Otto may have been a jerk...but he knew that "with great responsibility" didn't mean all the responsibility.
    • When Otto goes bad again to join Hydra, he demands Peter give control to Parker Industries to him. When Peter refuses as "it's my company," Otto points out that Peter wouldn't have a company (let alone an actual scientific degree) if not for Otto gaining both under Peter's name.
    • When he's accused of "plagiarizing" Otto's work, Pete is stripped of his degree. At first upset, Peter realizes Otto was right as going around with a degree he never actually earned wasn't ethical and tries for one on his own.
  • Judge Dredd: Call-Me-Kenneth, the Starter Villain in the comic's run and Big Bad of the first Story Arc, was absolutely right in seeing humanity's relationship with robots as abusive and unnecessarily cruel. However, he kind of lost sympathy when he chose genocidal terrorism as his first option to affect change, and started forcibly reprogramming robots into joining his movement.

    Fan Works 
  • In Another Form of Power, Izuku's new alias Imoku helps create a bill that requires all prospective heroes to undergo a psych evaluation, including those currently in training. When it's discovered that a full half of all hero students failed the evaluation, along with a third of the incoming students, many politicians want to scrap the evaluation entirely. However, Imoku rightfully points out that it won't solve any of their problems, citing that Endeavor killed ten people while apprehending a villain wanted for killing twenty. Clearly, the status quo cannot be maintained.
  • Anti-Villain/Villain Protagonist variant in Apotheosis. Midoriya, a well-known villain, manages to convince several high-ranking politicians (including the Prime Minister) to see the many, many faults in the Hero system (Endeavor's Domestic Abuse being one of them). His argument is so successful that they go along with Midoriya's idea of a Hero Regulation Department, with Midoriya himself in charge, of course.
  • Code Prime: While Megatron is definitely manipulating him for his own ends, he's not wrong when he tells Suzaku that most conflicts aren't black and white. This is undermined by the fact that the conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons IS one with clear cut heroes and villains, however.
  • In the Pokémon fanfic, Common Sense, once the leader of the Squirtle Squad encounters Team Rocket again, wanting revenge for them taking his team, Meowth points out that while they did the deed, he was the one that led them into their camp. He's not necessarily wrong. If the Squirtle Squad had fled, laid low, and stayed hidden, then Team Rocket likely would've moved on, either to chase Pikachu or arrive at Vermillion City to prepare the St. Anne operation.
    Meowth: Face it, kingpin; ya crossed da wrong team an' your own paid da price.
  • In the My Hero Academia fanfic Conversations with a Cryptid, All for One may be a criminal mastermind aiming for the destruction of Hero-based society, but he's very perceptive and made many good points in that Toshinori is a bad teacher and his passing down One for All to Izuku has been detrimental to his health. All for One isn't wrong when he points out that Hero society in Japan discriminates against people with stereotypically "villainous" Quirks and that U.A. is effectively "a military academy disguised as a high school." And he's definitely not wrong when he points out that Bakugou's Freudian Excuse doesn't excuses his unpunished decade-long abuse of Izuku.
  • Dumbledore gains no cookie points for trying to convince Cora to give her baby away then knocking her and wiping all her memories about her pregnancy when she refuses in Dark Dynasty. He shows Manipulative Bastard qualities by controlling Harry's life, wanting to create a powerful saviour and being persuaded Harry needs to be kept on the good way because his dark heritage would lead him to become a monster otherwise. Nonetheless, you can't help but agree with him when he declares Cora an unfit mother and the Dark One even worse at being a good parent. Just look at Regina and Baelfire.
  • Distortions: Shem-Ha's Assimilation Plot was terrifying for those who were trapped in it (i.e. everyone except for Hibiki and Miku). Chris points out to Hibiki that this shared trauma could cause people to turn against the Adaptors if Sumphonia is revealed to the public. In light of this and the fact that the Four Horsemen know about Sumphonia, the Four Horsemen's actions are understandable.
    Chris: [To Hibiki] Dummy. You didn’t experience Shem-Ha’s attempt to connect us. It was the most terrifying thing we’ve ever experienced. At that moment, everyone but you and your girlfriend lost everything that made them human - your free will, your emotions, your individuality - and became a part of Shem-Ha’s network. Those kinds of moments leave scars. If people had really thought that we were becoming something like Shem-Ha, then they just might turn against us.
  • Fairy May Cry:
    • During her 'fight' against Vergil, Lucy grows increasingly enraged as he cuts down more of her Celestial Spirits. In response he points out that she is the one sending them against a clearly superior opponent, and that if she doesn't want them to get hurt she should grow stronger herself.
    • Nelo Angelo is a demon without a shred of mercy, but his criticisms of his then allies are spot on, repeatedly warning them against Underestimating Badassery, especially when it comes to the Earthland members of Fairy Tail. Hell, they even dismiss Dante as little threat, something that comes back to bite them later.
  • Fallout: Equestria: Red Eye is a Well-Intentioned Extremist who believes Utopia Justifies the Means and no one race is better than any other; they all need to work together for the sake of the future. Nearly everything he says makes absolutely perfect sense, and Littlepip has a hard time arguing with him. Even the fact that he's employing slavers and horrible raiders seems justified by the fact that it's working; he is creating a strong industrial and cultural base, and his empire is the Wasteland's best hope for the future. And he promises that Littlepip should be able to get rid of the slavery once she takes over from him. Ultimately, Littlepip's final argument against him is that he treats every single person in the Wasteland as a child who needs to be led around by the nose. People will never improve if he doesn't give them a chance to improve.
    Littlepip: We've done what we can... and now it's time for Daddy Red Eye and Mommy Littlepip to get the fuck out of their way.
  • In Free from Force, Darth Maul gives Ahsoka a speech about how her treasured Republic (especially the Senate) is morally corrupt and in the wrong in the Clone Wars, and while she's certain that he is wrong, she can't actually find any flaw in Maul's logic. Especially since Maul openly admits that he's not a good person and is only fighting for the Separatists because his master is.
  • One Harry Potter story explains Voldemort's reasoning as to why there's no such thing as a Fate Worse than Death. His logic is basically, so long as you're still alive, there's hope that things will get better. "The poor may become rich, the crippled might miraculously heal, the insane could claw their way back to sanity."
  • Her Inner Demons: Midnight Sparkle may have been a destructive lunatic, but she was right that no one at Crystal Prep gave Sci-Twi an ounce of respect or appreciation. In fact, she was largely born from Sci-Twi's feelings of resentment. Mentioning this simple fact is what allowed her to manipulate Sci-Twi. When Sci-Twi expresses remorse to her ex-classmates, they acknowledge their role in making her miserable and tell her she has nothing to be ashamed of.
  • In Just A Note, Klavier confronts the killer in "Turnabout Serenade" who killed an Interpol agent while trying to smuggle a Borginian cocoon into the U.S. so he could sell it in order to cure the Chief Justice's son. The killer points out that if Borginia is so worried about people exporting the cocoons that they'd impose the death penalty on smugglers, then they should instead export the cures, as well as how it's possible to make deadly poisons with household chemicals. The killer blames the victim's interference for the Chief Justice's son succumbing to his disease, and asks why the Chief Justice was unable to use any of the alternative solutions he supposedly had. Klavier reluctantly admits the killer has a point, but insists that nothing justifies him committing murder.
  • In Justice League of the Rebellion, during a televised debate between Schneizel and Superman/Rivalz, Schneizel admits that the Justice League are genuine in wanting to topple Britannia and not wanting to take power for themselves. However, he then points out that they are stronger than any human or Knightmare, and if they have children and pass on their powers, their descendants will be unmatched against ordinary humans, eventually dominating them through being the strongest, the same policy that Britannia practices. Even Batman/Lelouch couldn't find a counterpoint to his claim
    • Later on, when Mister Miracle attempts to kill Charles for abandoning Lelouch and Nunnally in Japan and to keep Lelouch from being consumed by vengeance, Charles states that no matter how much Scott and Barda do to protect Lelouch and Nunnally, they, as immortals, will have to watch their children die of old age. All it does is push Scott's Berserk Button further.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H. crossover fanfic Kage (part of Project Dark Jade), Nerissa seethes at Himerish for not stepping in and stopping Phobos himself when the tyrant came to power (though Word of God has hinted that his reasoning will be explored later, it's hard not to see that she makes more than a little sense).
  • The Karma Of Lies: Lila may be a Consummate Liar and Con Artist, but she also has solid reads on people:
  • In Lady Luck's Favor, Danny Phantom agrees that Vlad Masters is right to hate Jack who caused an incident that left Vlad in the hospital for years and stole the girl Vlad was interested in at the same time. Even roughly twenty years later, Jack is a rude, inconsiderate, and reckless idiot who does what he wants without regard for how it makes others miserable. However, Danny still refuses to let Vlad kill his father.
  • Loved and Lost, an extended retelling of the second season finale of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, takes a closer inspection of the point which Queen Chrysalis touches only briefly in canon:
    • "Holy King Jewelius I" and his underlings repeatedly remind the heroes whose reputations he has tarnished (Princess Celestia, Shining Armor, the Mane Five, and Spike) that if they had given Twilight the benefit of the doubt concerning the false Cadance instead of shunning her and having their heads entirely in their wedding plans, they could have stopped Chrysalis and thwarted the Changeling invasion (which had severe consequences for Canterlot's ponies) before it began. Jewelius and Commander Hildread also scold them for behaving this singlemindedly when there was a looming threat of unknown attackers in the air, and they didn't bother to postpone the wedding and deal with the threat first. Though it's revealed that Jewelius aided Chrysalis in infiltrating the city and betrayed her to take the throne for himself, the ashamed heroes acknowledge the validity of the villains' criticisms. When they regain their social standing in the epilogue, they publicly apologize for their screw-ups.
    • When the imprisoned Mane Five ask from Jewelius how he was able to sway Twilight to his side, he responds by saying that in comparison to them, he put more effort in acting like he actually considered Twilight's worries instead of quickly putting them down to jealousy/overreaction. It also helped that he tried to settle the confrontation at the rehearsal peacefully by suggesting that Twilight's outburst was only a case of a big misunderstanding, only for Celestia to shush him immediately.
  • In the Total Drama fanfic Monster Chronicles, Cedric may be the villain of the story, but he's right in that Duncan was being a selfish coward by not revealing him at the first chance he got at the risk of losing his bad boy image.
  • New Tamaran: Lois Lane finds herself agreeing with Lex Luthor in that letting Tamaraneans, a race of emotionally-prone living weapons, live amongst or near humans isn’t a good idea.
  • Chapter 26 of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has a scathing Villain vs. Villain example, with this "The Reason You Suck" Speech Sabrina gives Dario:
    Sabrina: The world is being filled with the inadequate, the dull, and the lazy. Even as the remarkable do prove themselves, your kind crowds them out. No one can see the good artists from the average, the excellent cooks from the boring, the remarkable artist from the one who simply copies…I have felt their frustrations as sure as I have felt them myself. You are a prime example of what your kind does to the truly talented Dario. You had no remarkable skill at anything, you're driven on to produce inferior results, where better talented people could have easily been obtained if you weren't given your cushion of family blood. You couldn't even bother trying to fix yourself; you instead looked at actual talent around you, like Lara Laramie, and tried to bring her down to your level with trickery and sabotage. In trying to make yourself, a waste of space with no talent, look good, you made so many with actual skill and brains look bad. You cost them business, reputation, self-esteem, and caused actual injuries to themselves and the Pokémon they put more time into than you ever did yours. Yet, you can't even manage that, you failed and made yourself so exposed that no one will be surprised when they find your dead body in the water tomorrow. You were so pathetic you reacted the same in two timelines.
  • In the Pony POV Series, Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox points out that Discord is responsible for so much misery (something she knows first hoof, being a potential future version of Dark World!Twilight) that he deserves an And I Must Scream fate which she gave him. While she's undoubtedly a monster, it's hard to argue with the point. The problem is her method ended up being worse than Discord's own crimes and Discord has long since had a Heel Realization.
  • In Power Rangers GPX, Big Bad elf Commander Ragnar points out how Humans Are Bastards on a regular basis, something the usually Shut Up, Hannibal!-spouting Rangers can't seem to respond to. On the other hand, they're more than determined to prove him wrong by making peace with the elves, while still fighting to stop him.
  • In the MLP fic Princess Trixie Sparkle, the villain and Celestia and Luna's long lost older sister Astelle is mostly motivated by slights that are, for the most part, fabricated by her own anger and resentment. But she does raise a good point about Celestia keeping all information about her a secret from everyone, especially Luna, who had every right to know about her.
  • A Rabbit Among Wolves: Jaune unwittingly finds himself in control of a White Fang branch after accidentally killing Adam Taurus. While he's trying to reform the organization, he starts to acknowledge that the White Fang do have legitimate reasons for being angry.
    • Adam Taurus was a violent terrorist and an abusive employer. His ghost points out that most humans don't do anything to actually stop discrimination against faunus, because they live cushy lives and don't face discrimination themselves. Jaune himself admits that if not for his situation, he would've also ignored the plight of faunus.
    • Ilia reveals that when the White Fang tried peaceful protest, Atlas authorities did nothing to protect the protestors, and would straight up arrest them if they tried to hit back. Even Jaune acknowledges how shitty Atlas was.
  • In The Rigel Black Chronicles, Harry has repeatedly fended off Tom Riddle's attempts to endanger the students of Hogwarts in a way that would discredit Dumbledore and would thus open the door to Riddle's anti-miscegenation laws. When they have a private conversation, though, and Riddle insists that those laws are vital, she puts the pieces together and realises that he's trying to halt the looming population implosion caused by inbreeding, by encouraging pure-bloods to marry half-bloods. He really is prejudiced against muggle-borns and muggle influences, but he's also trying to save the Wizarding world.
    What if he's right and wrong?
  • Despite how Celestia and Luna rule Equestria together, The Rise of Darth Vulcan shows that even after she has been forgiven for her actions as Nightmare Moon one-thousand years ago, the underlying issues regarding Lunas' feelings that resulted in the creation of Nightmare Moon haven't been addressed at all; and that during the course of Darth Vulcans' interrogation, he was able to cause Luna to undergo an emotional breakdown by stating the simple truth. It eventually serves as a catalyst in Luna breaking contact with Celestia, no longer believing anything that she says, or willing to go along with any of her plans to try dealing with Vulcan.
    Darth Vulcan: (To Princess Luna) "Rule with her? You can't even match her. You tried to stand up for yourself and she spanked your fanny and sent you to your room, and only let you back out when you promised to be a good little filly and obey her. The only reason you're a princess at all is with her permission. And she could take that away any time she wanted. (gestures to the prison cell) Look at this place. Hell, she built Canterlot while you were gone. It's ALL hers! This is HER castle, HER kingdom, and it has been for a thousand years! You're just the unemployed kid sister she lets sleep on the sofa... Thousand years, and nuthin's changed, hazzit?"
    Darth Vulcan: (To Princess Celestia) "All imprisoning her in the moon did was make things worse. You threw her in a dungeon for a thousand years, till nobody even remembered she existed, and told monster stories about her to little children. Now she's back, she's even further behind you than she was before, and because you're both freaking immortal, that's how it's going to stay, forever. And she knows it. And because you beat her when she rebelled against you, she knows she can never be free of you. That's just how it is."
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act IV: Both Falla and Hokuto point out to the others that Yokai Academy's teachings on peace are more about simply hiding in fear from the humans than actually co-existing with them. Despite both being Ax-Crazy Sadists, and in Hokuto's case, a Straw Nihilist who seeks to wipe out all life on Earth, they make a valid point, especially since at one point, Ms. Nekonome herself mentions that any humans who enter the monster world will be Killed to Uphold the Masquerade, and monsters must hide their true forms when among the humans or be killed themselves.
  • A Shadow of the Titans:
    • Tarakudo makes several to Jade when communicating with her during her time in Gotham
    • Jade is forced to admit that she has become rather used to some of the changes she's gone through, like her new Extreme Omnivore diet, but this only makes her more motivated to find a way to stop Kagehime's plan.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • Regardless of how much Jiraiya hates Danzo, he's not wrong when he says that Akatsuki will come to attack Konoha sooner than later to get their jinchuriki, and that war with them seems inevitable at that stage.
    • During the Akatsuki Invasion arc, Kakashi confronts Obito, who tells him point-blank that while Minato was a great ninja, he failed them as a teacher and protector. In the aftermath, Kakashi talks to Rin about this, and reluctantly has to admit that Minato leaving them to do dangerous missions on their own when they were still inexperienced, as well as leaving the psychological and sentimental issues that both Kakashi and Obito had with themselves and each other unaddressed, might have been the major factor that caused their team to fall apart.
  • A Tale of Two Suns: Circanus is a snobbish and corrupt official who is eager to rip Sunset away from her life at Canterlot for petty vengeance. However, the Rainbooms admit she isn't wrong to say that Sunset's life has been less than perfect and they haven't been perfect friends.
  • The Ultimate Evil and its sequel, The Stronger Evil:
    • In the 14th chapter, Valerie Payne ends up by mistake in Shendu's solitary cell in Hollowland's penitentiary. He convinces her to stay with him and not venture in the main cell block, reasoning that her chances to leave the prison healthy and sane are better with him (the demon who wants her to willingly return his affections and whom she already knows) rather than among inmates that include not only murderers and rapists, but also many criminals her late police father helped catch and who'd seize their chance to have their revenge by hurting her.
    • While arguing with Shendu in the 23rd chapter, Valerie tries to furiously deny that she has any feelings toward him. He makes her falter by saying that if that were true, then she wouldn't have saved him from drowning in the previous chapter. He also says that the way she kissed him in order to do that speaks against her as well.
    • When Valerie and Shendu are forced to work together in order to find Shendu's mother Tiamat in the sequel, he says that honesty isn't Valerie's strongest point. When she retaliates by bringing up his known untrustworthiness, he retorts that he latches onto her so hard because she keeps pushing him away despite his gestures of affection. This makes her realize that neither of them truly trust each other even though they're now bonded as Others, just as the the Guardian of the Book of Ages observed only moments ago.

    Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin: During his Villain Song, Jafar criticizes Aladdin for impersonating a prince in order to get close to Jasmine instead of simply being the person he is. Genie himself told Aladdin the same thing earlier in the movie, but in a nicer way.
  • General Hemmer from Battle for Terra has the completely understandable motivation of wanting to prevent his own species' extinction, a deadline which they have approximately two months to avoid, since their last Colony Ship is literally falling apart around them, leaving humanity with nowhere else to go and no time to look for a more suitable, uninhabited planet on which to establish a colony. His proposed solution to the crisis is quite extreme, but note that nobody else on the ruling council of the Ark actually comes up with any better ideas.
  • Big Hero 6: Despite Callaghan's cruelty in telling Hiro that Tadashi's death was his own fault, he is still somewhat correct in saying so. Tadashi was the one who voluntarily decided to run into the flaming SFIT building by himself without any protection/equipment instead of waiting for the fire department to rescue people possibly still trapped inside. Noble as it may have been, it was a monumentally stupid thing to do, and it did nothing except make Tadashi the only fatality of the fire when he wasn’t even INSIDE the building when it started.
  • During a pseudo-drunken rant in The Boxtrolls, Snatcher gripes about how all Lord Portley-Rind and his fellow White Hats do is sit around and waste taxpayer's time and money on eating fancy cheeses, which is a startlingly accurate description.
  • The Fox and the Hound: The viewers know that Todd is a sapient being who shouldn't be shot, but Amos Slade doesn't, and he has every right to be angry that his wealthier neighbor is letting her carnivorous pet roam loose on his land and possibly kill the chickens he can ill afford to lose. Chief, meanwhile, is a dog doing what he was bred for millennia to do.
  • Kung Fu Panda: While Tai Lung is fighting his former mentor and adoptive father, Master Shifu, he blames Shifu for abandoning him when Master Oogway said Tai Lung couldn't be the Dragon Warrior. Shifu did believe Tai Lung to be the future Dragon Warrior and had him train hard without teaching him humility. Shifu's act of no longer supporting his adoptive son after Oogway's rejection caused Tai Lung to snap. When Shifu's defeated, he admits his responsibility in Tai Lung's fall from grace and sincerely apologizes. Unfortunately, Tai Lung looks momentarily touched, but he casts aside Shifu's words and remains a villain.
    Tai Lung: I rotted in jail for twenty years because of your weakness!
    Master Shifu: Obeying your master is not weakness!
    Tai Lung: You knew I was the Dragon Warrior! You always knew. But, when Oogway said otherwise, what did you do? What did you do?! NOTHING!
    Master Shifu: You were not meant to be the Dragon Warrior! That was not my fault!
    Tai Lung: Not your fault? Who filled my head with dreams?! Who drove me to train until my bones cracked?! Who denied me my DESTINY?!
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): When Ariel is hesitating on making her deal with Ursula to become human, she points out that turning into a human will mean she'll never see her father or sisters again. Ursula agrees with this observation, then says that if Ariel remains a mermaid, she'll never have a chance at winning Prince Eric's heart.
    Ursula: Life's full of tough choices, isn't it?
  • Undertow from The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea is surprisingly insightful as he tells Morgana that she cannot keep trying to blame Ursula for her own failures, and asking Melody what kind of friends Tip and Dash are if they would abandon her at the first sign of danger. Even Morgana herself is quite insightful as she cruelly yet rightfully pointed out that it was wrong for Ariel to hide her mermaid heritage away from Melody, otherwise the latter wouldn't run away and hand over the trident to Morgana; even Ariel sadly admits to this following Morgana's defeat.
  • Monsters University: While she's not a villain, Dean Hardscrabble is antagonistic towards Mike and Sulley, and she gives them a dressing down, by giving them hypothetical scenarios that they both fail, and for which they get kicked out of the program. She fails Mike immediately because as smart as he is, he's just not intimidating, and she fails Sulley because, while he's intimidating, he doesn't use his head to analyze and adapt to scaring situations. The film shows she's right about both, and they need to work together to be efficient.
  • Ratatouille: Up until he plans to cheat Linguini out of his inheritance, you can see Skinner's point about not wanting the new garbage boy to experiment in the kitchen right when customers are expecting their high standard orders. For one, Linguini can't cook, and even Remy who knows how to cook is still inexperienced in the kitchen. Colette barely convinces Skinner to give Linguini a chance since they think he and not Remy made the soup — due to Remy being a rat — and Skinner is willing to hire Linguini as a probational chef and train him.
  • Big Bad Dr. Benedict of Recess: School's Out has a nefarious plan to get rid of summer vacation by moving the moon and disrupting the Earth's weather patterns. His stated reason for doing so is because he's upset by how American kids are falling behind their international peers in academic tests. The guy's planned remedy is definitely a severe case of Jumping Off the Slippery Slope for a few reasons, but that actually is a very legitimate concern.
    • An episode of the TV show, "Recess is Cancelled," actually invalidated Benedict's belief that getting rid of recess would improve test scores. While he's right to be concerned about said scores, it was shown getting rid of recess altogether would rob children of a much needed break between classes. Without that time or space to relax and being subjected to the monotony of work and testing day in and day out, it would not only rob the kids of energy and enthusiasm but causes their test scores to plummet.
  • Shrek:
    • The villains of Shrek 2 may be trying to break Shrek and Fiona up for their own gain, but they do pose a fair question; wouldn't Fiona be better off living as a princess in a castle, rather than an ogre in a swamp? This weighs heavily on Shrek and convinces him to try and make both of them human with a potion, and give up his relationship with her so she can have a better life with Prince Charming. While he changes his mind about giving Fiona up once he realizes they are being manipulated, he ultimately lets her choose whether they will remain human or go back to being ogres.
    • In Shrek Forever After, Rumpelstiltskin dupes Shrek, tired of his celebrity status, into signing a contract that gives him a day as a "real ogre" in exchange for a day from his childhood; the day in question was the day Shrek was born, creating an Alternate Timeline where Shrek never existed, Fiona's parents signed Far Far Away over to Rumpel, and will eventually lead Shrek to suffer Cessation of Existence. When all of this is revealed to Shrek, who blames Rumpel for what happened, Rumpel is quick to point out that Shrek willingly let him take any day from his past that he wanted and signed the contract of his own volition.
      Shrek: You took the day I was born...
      Rumpel: No, Shrek. You gave it to me.
  • In Toy Story 2, Stinky Pete tells Woody that Andy will one day grow up and leave him. Although he was obviously saying this to manipulate Woody into giving up on Andy, he is actually right as all children eventually outgrow their toys and Jessie herself was outgrown by her former owner, Emily. Woody fully agrees with him that he can't stop Andy from growing up. In fact, this gave hints Foreshadowing Toy Story 3.
  • Hungarian animated epic The Tragedy of Man (Az ember tragedija) is a debate between Adam and Lucifer, spanning throughout the entire history of humanity. Lucifer ultimately dismisses all of Adam's idealistic beliefs with toxic, paralyzing rationality. What he fails to understand is that hope, which brings Adam the power to struggle, is irrational.
  • In the Wonder Woman film Persephone's arguments about the wrongness of Hippolyta's hiding the Amazons away from Man's World:
    Hippolyta: You were given a life of peace and beauty!
    Persephone: And denied one of families and children. Yes Hippolyta, the Amazons are warriors, but we are women too.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, although it's quite clear King Candy / Turbo is lying his ass off and has his own reason for wanting to keep Vanellope from racing, being worried that the players might assume the game is broken (which could result in it being unplugged) if they witness her glitching is a valid concern, especially since that's exactly why Turbo Time was unplugged. His point is undermined somewhat by him being the cause of her glitching from messing with the source code in the first place, but still valid. Luckily, the opposite holds true and gamers consider Vanellope's glitching a Good Bad Bug rather than a Game-Breaking Bug, since it can be used to pass other racers more easily.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Vernon Wormer from Animal House is the archetypal Dean Bitterman, but he's right when he makes the point that the Deltas aren't just lovable pranksters; they're drunken and destructive hooligans who need to either shape up or ship out.
    Dean Wormer: Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), due to the Enemy Mine team up between police and criminals, could be called "Villain Has A Point: The Feature Film". Most notably when two of the prisoners decide to abandon the group and make a break for it, and Bishop coldly points out that they could use them as cover to let two others get to a vehicle to get help.
  • The Big Lebowski: The titular Big Lebowski is right when he explains to the Dude that he had nothing to do with the damage to the Dude's rug and does not owe him a new one. After all, it was Jackie Treehorn's thugs that broke into the Dude's home, assaulted him, and peed on his rug.
  • Billy Madison: While Eric is a Corrupt Corporate Executive extraordinare and all-around sleazebag (to the point of literally having no knowledge of business ethics whatsoever), he correctly points out that the fifty thousand employees working at Madison Hotels probably won't keep their jobs for very long if an immature slacker like Billy is in charge, especially since Billy didn't actually finish school legitimately (his teachers were bribed into passing him). Not only does this temporarily convince Billy's father to hand the reins over to Eric, Billy decides after some Character Development that he's not cut out for managing a large company and gives it to Carl, who's a good businessman in both senses of the term since he's honest and competent.
  • In the 1991 remake of Cape Fear Cady is technically correct when he points out that Bowden violated his legal and ethical duty as a defense attorney by burying important evidence that may have secured his client's acquittal or a reduction of his sentence. Hence he bears no grudge against the judge or the prosecutor, who were just doing their jobs correctly. However, morally-speaking, Bowden clearly made the right choice. Using that evidence would've humiliated an already traumatized rape victim (it was her sexual history, which is inadmissible today), and let Cady back on the streets in no time.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy:
    • In Batman Begins, Henri Ducard cautions Bruce that his compassion is a weakness his adversaries will exploit, which Bruce shoots down insisting compassion is what separates them from their opponents. Sure enough his saving Henri's life allows the man, who is actually Ra's Al Ghul, to come back and nearly destroy Gotham. Sure enough the second time around Bruce doesn't make that same mistake: he remarks that he won't kill Ra's but won't save him this time either, coldly leaving Ra's to die on a runaway train.
    • In The Dark Knight, one of the reasons why the Joker is so effective a villain is that he's very good at pointing out the flaws in the principles of others, and exploiting those flaws to his advantage. Some examples are: 1) He immediately recognizes that Batman is the real reason why organized crime is threatened in Gotham and points this out to the mob, which causes the mob to hire the Joker when they realize he was right, giving the Joker access to Gotham's underworld. 2) He exploits the fact that Batman really is an unlawful vigilante by promising to kill people until Batman unmasks, turning the city and the cops against Batman. 3) He convinces Harvey Dent to become Two-Face by telling Dent that the so-called justice system that he supports is filled with corrupt people who constantly tolerate corruption and profit from crime, which is true since Jim Gordon is forced to work with suspect cops in order to have enough men to do his job. 4) He constantly claims that people are complacent and corruptible and backs up his beliefs by putting people in a position where they have to choose to obey the law and their principles, or lose something they dearly love (only Batman consistently demonstrates his incorruptibility).
    • Behind the back of his mobster employers, Joker remarks that their desire for things to go back to how they were before Batman showed up is futile. Of course in the context where he brings this up, he isn't infering this is a good thing, since Joker is taking the opportunity provided by Batman to put Gotham on the path to becoming an even worse place than before he showed up.
  • Day of the Dead (1985): Captain Rhodes makes a lot of logical points that are hard to argue with. He spent months surviving the Zombie Apocalypse inside an unused mine, protecting the scientists who were supposed to be working on a cure. Then he finds out the chief scientist has wasted countless hours training a zombie to be docile, plans on doing it to other zombies, and was feeding said zombie the bodies of Rhode's deceased friends. He rightfully points out that he and the rest of the soldiers risked their lives everyday for a pointless cause, demanding that they scrap the plan and simply take a helicopter out of the mines in search of someplace safe.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Wonder Woman (2017): While Ares does give mankind new ideas for killing each other, he reveals to Wonder Woman that the humans carried out war crimes entirely on their own volition and that humanity is naturally inclined to violence. Given that World War II and several other conflicts occur after his death and without his direct influence, to say nothing of the Crapsack World that is the DCEU, Ares is not entirely wrong. This is acknowledged by Wonder Woman herself in the final scene when she acknowledges that even if she can't change all of humanity, she can still save one human life at a time.
    • Part of Orm's motive in Aquaman (2018) is that he holds the surface world responsible for polluting the oceans and endangering his people. Not one character argues him on this, not even Arthur, but they feel that Orm's desire to wipe out humanity is far too extreme or that the ensuing war would cause devastation to both sides.
    • In SHAZAM! (2019), when Billy and the foster kids hide themselves among the attendees at the festival, Silvana calls them out for endangering innocent people.
  • Demolition Man: Simon Phoenix is a total psycho, but even he is correct in pointing out that Raymond Cocteau's society is horrific. He'd rather have hellish chaos than sissy fascism.
    Simon Phoenix: You can't take away people's right to be assholes.
  • Detonator (2003): Steve Kirwin is angry at the police and feds because he wants them to answer for their misuse among vague happenings in Los Angeles.
  • In this deleted scene from Dogma, Azrael - a fallen angel trying to destroy reality and a general jerkass - makes a rather valid point about the abstract nature of evil.
  • Ernest Goes to Camp has a villain to villain example between Blatz the decent at heart lawyer and Sherman the gun-toting Corrupt Corporate Executive. Blatz keeps urging Sherman to take the legal, if slow, route to get what he wants rather than resorting to bullying and violence, but Sherman always goes for the quick and violent solution. This comes to a point when the kids have trashed Sherman's construction site and thwarted his attempts to destroy the camp: Sherman has legal ownership of the camp (which he got by lying and trickery sure, but there's no evidence of that) and Blatz urges him to just "cut his losses and seek legal satisfaction" which would have absolutely worked, but Sherman decides It's Personal and grabs his rifle again. Cue Screw This, I'm Outta Here! from Blatz, who pulls a Mook–Face Turn and admits Sherman lied to get his hands on ownership of the camp to guarantee the camp's safety.
  • In The Expendables 3, while the team has Conrad Stonebanks, Barney Ross's Evil Former Friend temporarily in their custody and are trying to transport him to The Hague, where he will be brought to justice for his war crimes (possibly by some unsavory means), Stonebanks rightly points out that for all Barney's attempts to stay on the moral high ground, he and the rest of The Expendables are still a band of trigger-happy mercenaries who regularly leave a trail of death and destruction in their wake, and do enjoy their job.
    Stonebanks: Before you drop me off at The Hague to be stoned to death, you might wanna check your own hands for blood.
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Grindelwald himself is despicable but his point about how neither Wizards nor Muggles are really benefitting from The Masquerade is entirely legitimate. He's also 100% correct that another full-scale Muggle war is coming.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Yes, Vice Principal Ed Rooney had gone too far by breaking into the Bueller home, but that doesn't change the fact that Ferris is skipping school, has done so at least nine times before (even hacking into the school computer to change the records), and has done so by blatantly exploiting the good will of everyone around him.
  • GoldenEye: When Janus reveals himself to be none other than ex-00 agent Alec Trevelyan, he points out to James Bond that he's an expendable asset to a government that doesn't particularly appreciate him, and to a society that doesn't particularly understand him, on top of ridiculing Bond for being "a loyal terrier to Her Majesty" who clings on to outdated ideals, whether he has qualms killing people, and losing allies during missions. 007 dealing with this reality after the Cold War becomes a recurring Central Theme in the Bond films made after 1989.
  • Heavyweights: Tony Perkins is an insane and abusive prick, but before he came along the campers were not making any effort to lose weight. The fat kids regularly smuggled junk food into the camp just so they wouldn't get thinner. While confiscating it wasn't a particularly nice thing to do, it is part of Tony's job. In fact, the first thing the camp does when Tony is locked up, is to celebrate with a junk food binge that makes them all sick. To the film's credit, it also directly says and shows that Tony's drastic, extreme measures toward weight loss are unhealthy also. When Pat is put in charge of the camp in the third act, they reach a nice middle ground of trying to lose weight and teach kids personal responsibility about their own diets.
  • The Hobbit: Smaug's comments about Thorin's greed and that the latter judged Bilbo's life "worth nothing" prove right on the money, given that not only did it take a What the Hell, Hero? for Thorin to even enter the Lonely Mountain seeking to save Bilbo, but when Thorin entered he actually held a sword to Bilbo when he didn't have the Arkenstone; to say nothing of Thorin's escalating Sanity Slippage after Smaug's death.
  • The Jungle Book (2016) has Shere Khan demanding Mowgli dead because of what humans have done to him. He does go off the deep end later, but considering how humans have made tigers an endangered species along with other damage they do to the environment, he does have a lot of evidence that humans can be cruel to animals.
    • While King Louie is trying to sway Mowgli whom he believes can teach him the secret of making fire, he shouts at one point "Don't run away from who you are!" As a man-cub who's been told to act like the jungle animals, Mowgli has his identity as a major struggle. Later in the climax, Mowgli decides who he is: after he extinguishes the torch he stole to fight Shere Khan and gets some coaching from Bagheera (who has earlier insisted Mowgli to repress his human creativeness), he defeats Shere Khan by fighting not like a wolf but like a man, embracing both his human nature and upbringing in the jungle.
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Mills may be a greedy sociopath and a Manipulative Bastard, exploiting the dinosaurs for his own ends, but he's not wrong when he calls out Claire and Owen after capturing them. Claire did arrange for the creation of the Indominus rex and was complicit in the exploitation of the Jurassic World dinosaurs herself. Owen, for his part, trained his raptors for years but was enormously negligent in never considering what they were ultimately being trained for or if the people that hired him to train a pack of some of the most dangerous predator history may not have had the best intentions. He also seems to straight-up blame the late John Hammond for every single Ingen-related disaster that has happened ever since he "played God" when he created the first park.
  • Yuri Orlov, the eponymous Lord of War, is an amoral arms dealer who sells weapons to warlords whom he knows will use them to massacre innocent people. But, as he points out, plenty of innocent people are massacred without advanced weapons (the Rwandan genocide was committed primarily with machetes, for example), if he didn't sell them someone else would, and, as he points out to the Hero Antagonist Jack Valentine, a lot of his work is being clandestinely hired by the United States or other governments to arm people they don't want to be shown to openly support. The film ends with statistics showing that independent arms dealers don't even come close to the amount of weapons sold every day by nations like the US and Russia, who consider their arms dealing completely justified.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Loki had a legitimate point in Thor, in that his brother wasn't ready for the throne. It is only because Loki let the frost giants into Asgard, leading to Thor being banished by Odin for recklessly seeking revenge against them, that Thor learns humility and grows into being a worthy future king and protector of the Nine Realms. A deleted scene also shows that, by that point, Loki is made the legitimate king of Asgard while Odin sleeps. In Thor: The Dark World, Thor has emotionally matured to the point that he openly states Loki was right, and even more, Thor doesn't have (nor wants to have) the ability to be as ruthless as the king of Asgard sometimes has to be. He also correctly points out one of the problems with Thor's relationship with Jane: its Mayfly–December Romance aspect, since Jane is a normal mortal and Thor is an Asgardian who could live for thousands of years. (As of Thor: Ragnarok Jane and Thor have broken up, though it's not explained why.)
    • Hela the Big Bad of Thor: Ragnarok wants to take over Asgard and conquer everything in sight. While her would be followers scoff at her, Asgard only became so powerful and influential because she and Odin already did it once before. Odin was a warmonger before becoming the benevolent king everyone knows him as now. He changed history to make himself and Asgard look better, removing all evidence of the war. and went as far as to move all the Asgardian warriors who died from their honored halls to a dark crypt to be forgotten. While he was right to imprison Hela when her desire for conquest grew insatiable, it was he who set her down that path by waging war on the other realms and making her Daddy's Little Villain in the first place. Despite her megalomania all her arguments are fairly justified.
      • While conversing with Thor before the Final Battle, Hela points to the history Odin hide away as a sign that he covered up anything he found unpleasant. Thor doesn't deny it.
    • Black Panther (2018): Part of Erik Killmonger's motivation is the hardship that he has seen and experienced African minority communities undergo in places like America, where their historical presence stemmed from slavery. He condemns Wakanda's isolationism policy, pointing out that the country has had the resources to assist these people in need for centuries and could have alleviated a lot of people's suffering if they intervened instead of continuing to silently support the status quo by doing nothing. He inherited this attitude from his father, N'Jobu, who tried to smuggle vibranium out of Wakanda to arm African minorities and lead a violent uprising. T'Challa does not agree with his methods nor his ultimate goal of committing mass genocide of non-African and African descended people to establish a new world order where he's in charge, but does come to agree that Wakanda has an obligation as an African Advanced Ancient Acropolis to help out Africans in other nations who are struggling. He decides to begin opening Wakandan community centers specifically for this purpose.
    • Avengers: Infinity War: Features a subversion. Thanos's entire motivation is that he believes that the whole universe would soon suffer from Overpopulation Crisis like his own planet did unless he personally steps in and does something about it. It sounds like an example of this, but then one actually thinks about it, and the whole thing can be seen as insane, short-sighted and idiotic. For reference, according to this graph if the world's population was cut in half it would take it about 40 years, a molecule of time compared to the age of the world, to recover, and that's not taking into account the more advanced medical technology we have today that didn't exist in the 70's that would speed it up considerably. How he expected this one-time fix-all solution to do anything more than ever-so-slightly delay the inevitable shows how deluded he truly is. The subversion is taken farther in Avengers: Endgame, when 2014 Thanos discovers that the surviving grief-stricken Avengers are trying to reverse the damage his Prime-Timeline self did in Infinity War. Once he realizes that his original plan won’t work because nobody would accept half the universe’s population being killed off, he changes his plan to using the Infinity Stones to destroy the universe and recreate it how he sees fit, because he now thinks this universe is a lost cause and he believes that the inhabitants of the new universe having no memory of those who get culled would result in them being "thankful" for Thanos's actions. This proves that ultimately Thanos is nothing more than a genocidal, power-hungry monster who's been trying to justify his countless bloodbaths. The subversion is taken even further when one considers that, since the Infinity Gauntlet can apparently create an entire universe, Thanos could have simply doubled the number of available resources instead of halving the universe’s population, which would have worked just as well without turning an entire universe against him.
  • MonsterVerse:
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019): Eco-Terrorist Emma Russell who wants to forcibly release all the contained Kaiju so they can restore natural balance to Earth's ecosystems, though not at all in their right mind, actually makes several good points, with the fact The Extremist Was Right in the ending being just one of them.
      • Although Emma seems to overestimate humanity's capability and underestimate the Titans' Nigh-Invulnerability, the ending shows she was at least right that the world would be a much better place if the Titans were awake and maintaining its balance. Furthermore, the ability of the military's prototype Oxygen Destroyer to severely harm Godzilla indicates she might've been Properly Paranoid.
      • She isn't wrong that Monarch is losing the legal battle with the government to prevent the military attempting to kill the Titans before she intiates her plot, with public opinion massively favoring the government's plan. See Fridge Horror here for the possible outcomes if the government enacted their kill-the-Titans plot, none of which are very positive.
      • Adding to the above, Serizawa and the rest of Monarch know like Emma that the Titans are ecologically essential and beneficial to the world, yet are doing little in the face of the Suicidally Overconfident government's Nuke 'em pressure except attend senate meetings, to argue with politicians who are clearly shown to be deaf to reason (even Serizawa seems to know these hearings are largely an exercise in futility).
  • The Matrix has a couple, both with Cypher pointing out the Questionable Consent of the blue-pill/red-pill without being fully informed what taking the "rabbithole" pill actually entails, and with Agent Smith pointing out that humanity has a biological niche closely akin to a virus, and has indeed devastated the planet; humans had even, by Morpheus' own admission, "scorched the sky" to blacken out the sun to try to destroy the robots that they themselves created, and the robots tried to make a functional solution to that problem that still allowed the humans to survive and even be reasonably happy.
  • O Auto Da Compadecida: After most of the main cast is killed off, they are tried in the afterlife by Satan, who personally wants to damn each and every single one of the characters to Hell. While the Devil is quite the Jerkass, it should be noted that all the charges against the characters aren't necessarily wrong: the priest and the bishop are corrupt as heck, the baker and his wife are horrible bosses to their employees, a notorious bandit who murdered several innocent people and the main hero was a scammer whose charges include inciting simony, adultery, confidence tricking and premeditated murder.
  • Esther isn't wrong in Orphan when she angrily points out to Kate how dysfunctional her family is - all it takes is some slight nudging from Esther to have Kate and John constantly fighting over their unresolved issues, they never agree how to appropriately deal with Esther, they are incredibly ineffectual, indulgent parents to Daniel and while John cheated on Kate in the past, Kate was the one who nearly got Max killed when she passed out drunk at the wheel and crashed into the lake and John pulled her out, which is why Max is deaf.
  • Panic Room: Junior initially intended to pay Raoul a 100,000 fee for helping him steal 3 million dollars. After all the trouble they have to go through when Meg and Sarah barricade themselves inside the panic room, he demands an equal share of a three-way split. However, when it turns out Junior is still fleecing him and the money in the room is closer to 20 million, he shoots Junior.
  • Lampshaded in Plan 9 from Outer Space: at the end when the aliens officiously but defensibly describe humanity as "stupid and violent", one of the humans reacts by attempting to punch him out.
  • Rampage: Capital Punishment: Bill makes points many people would agree with. Of course, it's detracted from by his being a sociopathic mass murderer not unlike those he rants about.
  • The Rock: The SEAL team who are sent after Hummel actually agree that the way the government treated his soldiers is inexcusable and Hummel has every right to be pissed of, even though the means he's using to force the government to change their minds is wrong.
  • In Rocky III, Clubber Lang is outraged that Rocky won't allow him a shot at the heavyweight championship title and publicly accuses him of only ever taking easy matches. He's actually right: it turns out Rocky's manager Mickey has quietly been refusing all challenges to the title except those he knows Rocky can beat, and Rocky is shocked to learn this from Mickey himself.
  • The Ruling Class: Charles Gurney schemes to get his lunatic nephew committed so that he can get control of the family fortune and so it comes as no surprise when he insists that his nephew isn't cured and is still as crazy as a loon. However, it turns out that he is right and Jack has only gone from insane to dangerously, murderously insane. Still, it is clearly more about him not wanting to give up rather than recognising the signs that Jack is now a homicidal maniac.
    • Jack himself after he adopts the cruel, unforgiving Jack the Ripper persona does make some valid points about the ugliness of society and about people being morally weak and needing fear to control them and keep them in line, among the other nationalistic, xenophobic, homophobic and generally bigoted remarks of his.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: The titular Big Bad accuses Kirk of simply leaving him and his crew a planet which turned inhospitable. Khan is of course ignoring that he tried to take Kirk's ship, but he is right. Kirk would always solve some problem of the week, move on and forget about it without considering the consequences.
    • Star Trek (2009): Nero retroactively falls into this trope thanks to Star Trek: Picard. He aggressively confronts the Federation of the new timeline he was partially responsible for creating, bent on destroying it because he claims the Federation of his timeline abandoned the Romulans. Picard revealed he was right, as the Federation, after initially devoting their efforts to evacuating Romulus upon learning of its impending demise, decided to abandoned the evacuation when their shipyards on Mars were destroyed by an army of synthetic androids that had malfunctioned. Such an drastic reversal caused Picard to resign in disgust, leading many of the Romulans to view him and the Federation with disdain for having allowed their homeworld to die (though in Picard's case, it was more of him just giving up when he let "perfect be the enemy of good" and didn't continue his efforts). Thus, Nero had plenty of reason to be upset with the people who supposedly promised to help the Romulans, but it's downplayed in a sense that he wasn't aware that it was his own people, as part of a mysterious cult called the "Zhat Vash," that caused the synthetics to malfunction, believing them to be part of a prophecy where such lifeforms would end all organic life. Even Spock Prime believes Nero has every right to be angry, as he blames himself for not saving Romulus in time.
    • Krall, the main villain of Star Trek Beyond, was right about one thing, though wrong about why: the Federation is arrogant to assume it doesn't need conflict to survive. That said, the "wrong reason" part is that he think Violence Really Is the Answer, whereas the truth is the Federation should always be prepared to defend itself from outside threats.
  • Star Wars:
    • In the Joint Chiefs meeting on the Death Star in A New Hope, General Cassio Tagge is the only officer who acknowledges that the rebels pose a threat since they possess a technical readout of the Death Star, and that the Empire shouldn't rely on the Death Star as its sole deterrent to dissent. Turns out, he was right, as the rebels manage to use the information found in the Death Star plans to launch a successful assault that destroys the station. Also in that meeting, Darth Vader warns the prideful Admiral Motti that there are things more powerful than the Death Star, including the Force; he's then proven right, as it's a Force-sensitive pilot who fires the shot that destroys the Death Star.
    • In Attack of the Clones Count Dooku tries to get Obi-Wan to join him by claiming the Republic is beyond saving and needs to be replaced, that it's so corrupt a Sith Lord has been able to seize control of it entirely. While him being said Sith Lord's apprentice ruins his argument somewhat (Republic's corruption mostly comes from said Sith Lord and the Trade Federation might not have went through their war without his back up), he does have a point; the Republic by this time is incapable of preserving law and order even on the more civilized planets, Mega Corps have legal private armies, and most Senators are more interested in preserving their wealth and power than in actually helping their constituents. In the old EU he's ultimately proven right, as the New Republic established after the fall of Palpatine's Empire focuses more on restoring the spirit of the Old Republic instead of just its bureaucracy; in the new Disney universe the restored Republic is just as bad as its predecessor. In the span of just a few decades, the New Republic falls to the First Order, although it isn't clear to what extent this can be blamed on the leaders of the Republic.
    • While Lando Calrissian isn't really a villain in The Empire Strikes Back, the heroes certainly treat him like one for selling out his friend Han to the Empire. But, as Lando himself says, he had no choice but to cooperate. Vader explicitly threatens the people of Cloud City, which he administrates. From a deontological perspective, his responsibility is to protect them over the long-estranged friend who he hasn't seen for years and who showed up at his doorstep without warning. Since Vader only needs the Falcon crew to set a trap for Luke, Lando bargains with Vader for the freedom of Leia and Chewie, at significant risk to his own life and people, and is rejected. Then he pulls out all the stops to help rescue Leia, Chewie, and eventually Luke, and they almost manage to save Han, but what does he get in return? A choke from Chewie and a verbal beatdown from Leia before he can explain the situation. He even takes the time to visit Han and Leia in their cell after they were tortured to make sure they're as comfortable as possible, and gets punched in the face for his troubles. It all turns out okay for him in the end though. Solo reveals that Lando and Han weren't even that close; over the course of the film, his association with Han leads to his copilot dying, him nearly getting killed thirty times, and his beloved ship nearly getting blown up with him on it. After all that, he deserts Han in his hour of need, and Han pays him back by winning his ship in a game of cards. After all that, it's no wonder Lando puts Cloud City before Han.
    • In The Last Jedi: As screwed up as Kylo Ren is, he's got several good points. One, his uncle did, albeit briefly, consider killing him before he actually did anything wrong. Second, Leia's Resistance is a ragtag bunch with very little chance of surviving at this point. Thirdly, the Jedi and the Sith did a lot of epic screwing up the galaxy and if he could get Rey on board, they'd have a chance to rule the First Order together, and Take a Third Option aside from the galaxy-ruining dogma of Jedi and Sith. Kreia would approve.
    • In Solo, Enfys Nest and Beckett are both right in their own ways. Enfys Nest is a Hero Antagonist, trying to prevent extremely valuable resources from falling into the hand of an evil syndicate, who the "heroes" are willingly working for. While Beckett betrays Han, his assertions that Qi'ra is just using him turn out to be true.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming: When the government agency "Damage Control" took over Toomes' contract and forced him off the cleanup site, they inflicted financial hardship on him and jeopardized his ability to support his family. Toomes points out to Peter that he's young and doesn't understand that the "rich and powerful, they do whatever they want" and just don't care about "guys like us". He even points out that Tony Stark himself first made his fortune as a weapons manufacturer and ultimately claims that everything he has done has been to secure his family's future. Peter, driven by his high moral standards points that selling weapons to criminals is still wrong and while he doesn't relent in stopping Toomes' plans, it does appear some part of what he said resonated with Peter as reflected in his decision to turn down Stark's offer to join the Avengers and remain someone "to look out for the little guy".
  • Surrogates: The Prophet/Lionel Canter might be resorting to extreme measures to make his point about the 'need' to restore humanity to its roots rather than living virtually through remote-controlled robots, but at the end, protagonist Tom Greer acknowledges his point to the extent that he deliberately avoids taking action to save the surrogates from Canter's planned attack, even if he prevents Canter's plan from being fatal to all those connected to their surrogates while simply shutting down the controlling network. He just manages to go about Canter's plan in a less mass-murdery way.
  • Tomorrowland: Governor Nix delivers this rather convincing speech about humanity's acceptance of the end of the world.
  • "Wallstreet" from The Transporter counters with one of these when Frank holds him at gunpoint and demands to know why he planted a bomb in his car to kill him. Wallstreet's response hits Frank hard enough to make the gun tremble:
    Wallstreet: You lied to me. You opened the package. You broke the rules. Your rules. What did you expect me to do? Recommend you for another job?
  • The military in 28 Weeks Later are the villains for wanting to kill the infected but immune Alice and for their "all targets are open" tactic (meaning they are to kill everyone, survivors and infected alike) once the outbreak occurs. However, they were right about Alice as she is indeed contagious (and triggers a breakout within hours due to Don holding the Idiot Ball), and when survivors do escape it ultimately causes the infection to spread to France (meaning it would likely spread across all of Afro-Eurasia).
  • Subverted in the 1961 British film Victim: Among the other issues the British Board of Film Censors had with it over its handling of homosexuality was that the film's most despicable villain is also given dialogue and a speech about just how wrong homosexuality is ... the general position of society at that time, when it was still a criminal offense in the UK. That was completely deliberate on the filmmakers' part.
  • The Wicked Witch of The West in The Wizard of Oz may be evil, but she was still the Witch of the East's sister. As the East's next of kin, West would would be entitled to all of her possessions, including the Ruby Slippers. From her point of view, Dorothy not only killed her sister, but also stole the Ruby Slippers.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • The villain in X2: X-Men United is so extremely anti-mutant that he would experiment on and enslave his own son to exterminate them all. In the process he enslaves another mutant to attack the president of the US, just so he can offer a target for the president to authorize an attack on. Before the strike, though, an objection is made that the target is a school. The villain responds sarcastically "Sure it is," showing x-ray imagery of a secret jet underneath the school's basketball court. A dispassionate observer should note that that is actually extremely suspicious. Normally schools don't have military-grade equipment hidden in their facility, and after all "schools" in some parts of the world have been used as recruiting centers/supply bases/etcetera by terrorist organizations before—both for the purpose of camouflage, and making attacks on them politically troublesome. Not to mention, locations protected by the Law of Armed Conflict, like churches, schools, and historically important locales, forfeit that protection if they're used for a military purpose and Xavier's school would be a legally valid military target. The president then orders a non-lethal infiltration and capture mission, which from his position is entirely reasonable.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past presents the inverse of the situation seen in X1. This time, it's the government who takes the side of the mutants at Trask's Senate hearing and refuse to give the funding he needs to create the Sentinel program. The problem is that Trask has very well-founded fears that the audience can sympathize with. He correctly points out that the U.S. and Russia nearly went to war in the course of a single battle as a result of mutant intervention (which they officially deny, but are later seen to have removed several pieces of clothing and technology from and stored). After the Paris Peace Accord incident, he then points out that the participants include a man who can direct metal (and is the prime suspect/convicted prisoner in the death of a sitting U.S. President), another who believes that mutants will drive humanity into extinction, and a third who can shapeshift into anyone and order a nuclear strike if she felt like it. It doesn't justify his genocidal tendencies towards mutants, but these are some very real fears.
      • Trask went to a lot of trouble to convince Obstructive Bureaucrats that mutants do exist, that they can be dangerous, and that America needs some kind of protection from them... and Magneto proved that Trask was completely right.
    • As said under Comics above, Magneto himself, especially in X-Men: First Class when the actual moment of the inevitable break between him and Charles happens because he wants to retaliate against people who have just tried to kill all the mutants (including the ones to whom they are allied), in an attack solely motivated by fear of what they might do with their power rather than because the mutants were in any way aggressive towards them at the time. Charles protests that the men Magneto's immediately targeting were Just Following Orders, which unsurprisingly does not make the Holocaust-survivor relent.
    • In fact throughout the entire movie series, Magneto is proven right time and time again about the potential danger humans pose. X-Men: The Last Stand saw him state the cure for mutations would be weaponized, and he was right. Now we saw it used against Magneto and his followers, mutant supremacists, but in X-Men: Days of Future Past the humans developed Sentinels that possessed an Adaptive Ability to mutant powers. This led to the movie's Bad Future where mutants and any humans who sympathize with them are rounded up into internment camps in scenes remiscient of the Holocaust. In ''Logan, humans used GMO food to neutralize the X-gene.
  • Zoolander: Mugatu during his Villainous Breakdown of all places has him tell everyone the sad truth about Derek's career.
    Mugatu: Who cares about Derek Zoolander anyway?! The man has only one look for Christ's sake!! "Blue Steel?" "Ferrari?" "Le Tigra?" THEY'RE THE SAME FACE!!! Doesn't anybody notice this?!!!! I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!!!!!

  • Vito Corleone is, for all his Affably Evil ways, a ruthless, murderous gangster. Which does not make his statement that he and his colleagues are morally superior to "the pezzonovanti who have killed untold millions in our own lifetimes" to his fellow Dons one whit less correct.
  • Grimoire’s Soul: Towcard may be willing to kill Medhi because he's learned too much, but he's also quite correct that Kesterline's social system is built on nothing but lies, even if he breaks it to Medhi in the least kind way.
  • In Simon Bloom, Sirabetta, the Big Bad of the first book, is quite correct on how the Knowledge Union has some significant flaws.
  • Isaac Asimov:
    • In The Dead Past, the government agents trying to prevent the protagonists from learning the secret of viewing the past seem like a classic heavy-handed Government Conspiracy... until it turns out that they're simply trying to prevent privacy from being utterly destroyed by the dissemination of devices that can view any place at any past time from a century ago to a microsecond ago.
      "Happy goldfish bowl to you, to me, to everyone, and may each of you fry in hell forever. Arrest rescinded."
    • The short story In A Good Cause... follows two friends over decades as their paths diverge, one of them an idealist desperately trying to unite the human race in the face of an alien threat, the other a soldier and later a political leader who fights in multiple wars against other human factions. When the aliens finally do attack, the human factions unite and make short work of them. The soldier points out to his friend that decades of internal competition had forced humanity to advance militarily, which protected them from outside invaders. Though events have proved him right, he acknowledges that his friend's idealism will make him a hero in the future, while his own militarism will make him history's Designated Villain.
  • Honor Harrington: The Mesans are in the author's own opinion correct in their position on transhumanism and genetic engineering, it's their Utopia Justifies the Means ways that are wrong.
  • John Farson, the "Good Man" of The Dark Tower, is a cruel, power-hungry despot, or so we're told. However, he's right that the Affiliation is ruled by a cabal of thugs with vague aristocratic pretensions who maintain power largely by having the best guns.
  • Georgie, in A Clockwork Orange, is a vicious, amoral hoodlum. That does not mean that his proposal for the gang to start concentrating on crimes that bring in worthwhile profit is wrong. Under Alex's leadership, they're running the same risks for meager, if any, reward.
  • In Firestarter, the Shop's methods are reckless and dangerous, but they cannot be faulted for wanting to get Charlie and Andy under control. Either of those two, alone, is hideously dangerous, and the two of them together could cause untold havoc.
    • The Shop is also unfortunately correct in wanting to keep the two in custody, reasoning that if Charlie's abilities were to become widely known, virtually every other power on earth would stop at nothing to gain control over her. As misguided as the Shop is for planning to use Charlie's abilities for its own ends, in its own twisted way it's keeping America safe.
    • Another King villain (or Anti-Villain, depending on the interpretation) is Jack Torrance. While he's chasing Danny, he notes that Danny took the master key and went into Room 217, despite being expressly forbidden to enter any of the guest rooms. Danny had also promised Hallorann he wouldn't go in there, so some of his problems might have been avoided if he'd behaved.
  • Victor Dashkov from Vampire Academy is portrayed as a villain, but sees himself as a social reformer. At several moments in the story Rose finds herself agreeing with some of the things Victor advocated, including a reorganisation of the Moroi government.
  • Annie Wilkes in Misery is very perceptive in her criticisms of Paul's writing, and Paul concedes this. He especially agrees with her scathing dismissal of Cliffhanger Copouts and Deus ex Machina, and eventually comes around to her dismissing Fast Cars as pretentious. After all, it is not her criticism that's bad its how seriously she takes it.
  • In Star Wars: Shatterpoint, Kar Vastor and the ULF in general are portrayed as brutal murderers seeped in The Dark Side who mercilessly slaughter any off-worlders, set up as one half of the Grey-and-Gray Morality of the Summertime War, but what were they supposed to do otherwise? For thirty years off-worlders have been shooting Korunnai on sight, prospectors kidnap, torture and murder their children, they're forced to shelter in caves in deplorable conditions because any exposed settlement is bombed from orbit, and they can't even take their herds out to graze because gunship patrols fire on them and their animals, while the Republic did nothing to help. All so off-worlders can sell the rare spices and barks that grow on Haruun Kal. While Vastor firmly crosses the Moral Event Horizon in the finale, it's perfectly understandable for them to use extreme tactics to defend themselves from the genocidal actions of a colonial power exploiting their lands.
  • In Percy Jackson and the Olympians and its sequel series, the main villains want to overthrow the Olympians and take over the world in their place. Should they succeed, it would lead to the total collapse of civilization and the enslavement, if not outright destruction, of humanity. That being said, many times they bring up the valid point that the Olympians themselves can be unbelievably petty and cruel, even to those that don't deserve it, and that they can often be inattentive or uncaring to the mortals that need and look up to them. One of the major reasons the bad guys in the first series had an army of demigods on their side in the first place was due to their feelings of abandonment, believing themselves to be forsaken not just by the gods, but by their own parents. Even the main characters admit at several times, that while the Olympians may be overall better than the villains they are fighting against, they sure as hell aren't what they would call good.
  • In Charlaine Harris' ''Southern Vampire'' stories the anti-vampire forces insist that vampirism is not, as claimed by the newly-out vampires, a medical condition, not all vampires will be completely content drinking synthetic blood, and that vampires have a secret government whose laws they consider more significant than human laws, if only because its punishments are more sure and more brutal...and they're right. (They may get the scale wrong, e.g. most vampires adjust to synthetic blood pretty well and stick to willing human donors if only to avoid trouble.)
  • Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River: Grant and the FBI can't help but find the bomber's aim to restore the Colorado River delta to be understandable.
  • In Those Who Hunt the Night, Grippen, the Master Vampire of London, may be a remorseless killer of thousands over his centuries-long lifespan...but he's perfectly correct to point out that the governments waging World War I have slaughtered far more in a month's time than all the vampires of Europe could do. He also points out that he and the hero aren't so different, referring to the hero's past as a secret agent who did his share of killing.
  • Skitter from Worm when talking to almost any hero or their bosses, pointing out that the system they belong to is damaged and imperfect, the heroes aren't as clean as they pretend, or, in one case, that they're deliberately trying to induce a hostage situation. The last one is so convincing that the hostages side with her.
    • She may be slightly biased given that her trigger event was caused by the sadism of a young hero, although really this just supports her argument.
  • Victoria is unusual for placing an intelligent Nazi true believer in this role. Captain Halsing's ideology is, of course, itself described as rather unsympathetic, but he nonetheless makes valid points when he exposes the inconsistencies and flaws in the heroes' own right wing libertarian-ish beliefs.
  • In Gone Girl, Amy brutally deconstructs the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope by bitterly monologuing about the inherent unfairness of women being expected by society to change their personalities to suit male needs and get labelled as shrill, nagging bitches the minute they have differing opinions or interests to their partner. Though she is pretty hypocritical because she ultimately forces Nick into being the ideal man she wants him to be by threatening to turn the American public and his unborn child against him, she's not wrong in pointing out the massive Double Standard.
  • In the Rivers of London book Lies Sleeping, Lesley tells Peter that the City of London itself is a kind of vampire; that it sucks in jobs, talent, money, and people from the rest of the UK and gives nothing back, and that to most people in the UK the entire of London could drop into a huge hole in the ground and they wouldn't give a damn about it. She might be The Dragon to a megalomaniacal bad guy who plans on conquering the UK to bring in a new Dark Age, but she's not exactly wrong. Many of Peter's own monologues have been about how firms, people, and transport links all end up in London.
  • In the first Disney Chills book, while Ursula is a nasty villain you don't want to be making deals with, she rightly chastises Shelly for using the ocean as a dumping ground for trash, and Shelly reflects that she knew throwing a coffee cup in the ocean was bad but did it anyway.
  • The Hobbit: While Bilbo speaks with Smaug, the wicked and greedy dragon brings to the hobbit's attention something he hasn't thought about concerning the Company's quest to take Erebor back from Smaug; even if it were possible for the hobbit to claim his promised share of the treasure without Smaug having a say in it, he couldn't get far away with it all. Despite knowing that Smaug is trying to play mind games with him, Bilbo cannot help but be troubled to realize this.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • In episode 3 of season 1, "The Asset", genius billionaire Ian Quinn, who is revealed as morally corrupt in the same episode and later becomes even more villainous, warns Skye against SHIELD, as he is trying to recruit her to work for him. He tells her that she fits the "profile" of people SHIELD usually recruits: "You're a criminal. You have a warrant somewhere. Specialized skill set. No family. I'm sorry, I didn't meant to hit the nerve, but that's what these people do. SHIELD. They prey on loneliness and fear and desperation, and then they offer home to those who have no one else to turn to." One can't deny the truth in his words, especially after after we get to see Ward's backstory later in the season. Coulson also seems to partially fits the profile as he lost his father early and has no living family.
    • Jiayang initially seems to overreact in Season 2 at the idea of the Inhumans cooperating with SHIELD, but that SHIELD had already been revealed to have been infiltrated by HYDRA gave her some justification, moreso when it's later revealed in Season 3 that HYDRA was trying to bring back a creature called Hive who could control Inhumans, and in retrospect when a listing of registered Inhumans is used as a kill-list (also in Season 3), something she had explicitly warned of.
  • Angel: In "Home", the Angel Investigations crew are forced to question whether they did the right thing by defeating Jasmine when they are offered control of the LA branch of Wolfram & Hart. According to an undead Lilah Morgan, the Senior Partners are making the offer out of gratitude to them for stopping the world peace Jasmine would have achieved with her planet-spanning Mind Control. Angel and the gang are disturbed at the prospect of being thanked by the Senior Partners, and while they insist that Jasmine needed to be stopped, Lilah pretty much shoots down all of their arguments.
  • Arrow:
    • In the episode "Vigilante", while the titular Vigilante Man is clearly a Knight Templar, most of Team Arrow, a group mostly comprised of morally grey anti-heroes, support his actions at first, until his actions result in civilian casualties that Vigilante dismisses as "collateral damage". Oliver, while being against Vigilante from the start, has to concede Vigilante's point that Star City is worse than ever, and Green Arrow's gentler methods aren't necessarily getting the job done.
    • Even earlier, in season one, Tempest's plans to level the Glades have a motivation where it's hard to deny they have some reasons for doing so — namely, that the place is a Wretched Hive of criminals and Apathetic Citizens despite having millions and millions of dollars poured into it via more conventional philanthropic aid. One member mentions his motivation being his daughter, who was gang-raped by Glades-dwellers with such savagery she fell into seemingly permanent catatonia. The Big Bad, meanwhile, had his philanthropist wife stabbed by muggers and bleed to death in a public street over a span of hours. With stories like this, one can certainly understand why Tempest would feel that eradicating the area and driving out the inhabitants is a good idea.
  • Batman (1966): In "Dizzoner the Penguin", Penguin and Batman are running for mayor of Gotham City. The Penguin begins his debate statement by pointing out that Batman conceals his identity and his past behind a mask, which is actually a perfectly valid point (which he, however, uses as a springboard to segue into a comically absurd argument that since Batman is often in close contact with criminals he is probably a criminal himself).
    • Arguably, Penguin's not wrong to call Batman a criminal. Bruce Wayne is not a member of law enforcement, he has no legal right to fight crime. And since Batman puts himself in these dangerous situations more often than not, he can't claim self defense. If criminals knew who Batman was, there would be so many assault charges filed against Bruce it could put Wayne Industries out of business.
  • Big Little Lies: In Season 2, Mary Louise's custody petition may be motivated purely by revenge, but her concerns about the effects Celeste's issues might have on her sons are on point.
  • The Boys (2019):
    • A-Train starts out as a jerk and gets worse from there. He is right, though: his killing of Robin wasn't intended, while the same can't be said of Hughie's acts with the Boys.
    • Homelander's decision to abandon the hijacked Flight 37 is treated as a Moral Event Horizon for the guy, and justifiably so, but his reasoning for writing it off as a loss is pretty sensible. The pilots are dead, so the plane is going to crash unassisted (admittedly, that was arguably his fault for bungling the rescue), he isn't trained to fly a plane, and even if he was, the controls were destroyed in the scuffle (again, admittedly, by him), he doesn't have the Required Secondary Powers to use his Super Strength to right the plane manually without ripping it apart, and he can't evacuate over 120 passengers in a matter of minutes. What pushes it into "irredeemable" territory is that he refuses to save anyone, under the logic that if word gets out that he failed here, his career as a superhero is over, and furthermore, he is completely unbothered at the idea of leaving them to die.
    • Homelander again makes a valid point in Season 2 when he argues with Becca that even with a loving mother present, raising Ryan in a Gilded Cage isn't much different than the labs he grew up in and does little to mitigate the lack of social development or real-world experience. He's proven right later on when he and Stormfront take Ryan to a restaurant and the crowd that approaches them for photos gives him a panic attack.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In "Choices", Mayor Wilkins discusses Buffy and Angel's relationship at length with them, pointing out that Angel's immortality, sterility, and Curse Escape Clause all mean that they basically have no real future together and Angel is keeping her from that kind of life. Buffy's mother later makes those same points, and all of it contributes to Angel's decision to break up with Buffy and leave Sunnydale.
  • Dave Williams, the Big Bad of Desperate Housewives Season Five, is wrong to attempt to kill an innocent kid, but he's not wrong to be angry that Susan killed his wife and daughter in a car crash (accidentally, but still) and never received any punishment for it, letting Mike take the fall for what she did.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Torchwood started as a nationalist organisation with full intention of not just using Imported Alien Phlebotinum to defend Britain, even if they have to steal and kill to get it, but also to ensure its dominance over the world, and possibly other worlds. But given the constant threats that Earth faces and the complete incompetence of UNIT to deal with anything at all without the Doctor helping them, it makes complete sense to resort to drastic measures to ensure the next wandering alien doesn't wipe Earth from the universe.
    • "The Lazarus Experiment": Lazarus is insistent that rejecting death is part of being human. Human beings are hardwired to avoid death, that's why adrenaline kicks in when someone is in danger. And that's why society has made advances in medicine. However, Lazarus' chosen method of avoiding death (accidentally turning himself into a life-draining monster) is definitely not agreeable.
    • "Journey's End": Davros makes a scathing observation about how the Doctor forges his companions into weapons to do the dirty work for him.
    • "Kerblam!": The villain has a point that an increasingly automated workforce is leaving millions of desperate people out of work, and that a minimum of 10% organic staff is pathetically low. This hardly justifies murdering thousands of innocent Kerblam! customers to turn people against robot workforces, though. At the end, the company even intends to enact changes so they hire more organic workers, canning many of their robots.
  • Moriarty/Irene Adler of Elementary is a ruthless crime lord and murderer, but the reason she states for giving up her daughter for adoption are hard to argue with. The head of a criminal empire is not even close to an ideal choice for a mother.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • During a heated exchange when Catelyn Stark tries to insult Jaime Lannister by calling him 'Kingslayer' and dishonourable, Jaime rightly points out that the king in question was an insane monster (he could have equally pointed out that Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon also betrayed the king by rebelling against him in the first place). Then Jaime points out that Ned Stark (Catelyn's husband), while honourable, was not without his flaws either and Catelyn herself hardly fulfills the ideals of "family, duty, honor" either, since she had always resented her husband's illegitimate son Jon Snow, an innocent child, for something that was not Jon's fault. Jaime is an asshole, and his own behavior has not been any better, but he is not wrong when he points out this self-righteous hypocrisy.
    • While he is shown later to not be as bad as initially thought, Sandor "The Hound" Clegane gets this a lot, as he is shown to be mostly correct that being callous and cynical is the best way to survive in Westeros. For instance, when Sansa gets upset with him for being a brutal Jerkass, he points out that he's the only one who could protect her from his boss King Joffrey Baratheon, mostly thanks to his reputation. He also mocks the notion of "knights" as being romantic and idealized, viewing them somewhat correctly as hired killers, and he is better than a good number of them because he at least acknowledges what he is and doesn't indulge in wanton sadism.
    • Tywin is absolutely correct about Joffrey neither being a wise or a good king.
      • Tywin is a god awful father but he's right in the criticisms of his children. Jamie lacks any ambition and has instead spent his life as a bodyguard to the king, and the kings he served in the past were a madman and a drunk. Cersei isn't as clever as she thinks she is, a fact she keeps proving time and time again. Tyrion spends most of his time drinking and seeing whores, though part of why he does that is due to Tywin's abuse.
    • Speaking of, in a rare moment of actual brilliance, there's Joffrey's assessment of the feudal system Westeros runs on. A king is completely dependent on his subordinates, and his subordinates rely on their bannermen, which makes handling a continent the size of Westeros very difficult. Also that many of these bannermen have some really big armies and can really tip the scales if they aren't appeased in every possible way. That's how delicate the balance of power really is.
    • Joffery ridicules Tywin for sitting around during Robert Baratheon's rebellion, Tywin mostly stood by until he was allowed into King's Landing. Joffery is half right. He states his father did most of the work in the rebellion (not aware that Jamie Lanister is his father, not Robert). He is, however, right about how Tywin acted during the rebellion. Tywin doesn't actually deny any of it and simply has Joffery sent to his room.
    • In Season 6, Euron Greyjoy returns to the Iron Island in order to claim the throne. When Yara accuses him of murdering her father, Euron brazenly admits he did it and comments that Balon was a terrible king that nobody wanted, who lead the Iron Islands into two wars they had no hope of winning and brought his people to near-ruin, all because of his personal ambition without any decent strategy or plan to back it up. He's right on all counts and his speech is enough to turn the majority of the Iron Islanders against Yara and Theon.
      • Also, the Ironborn are a culture of raiders. Their motto is "We Do Not Sow," because they take what others have rather than grow their own crops or build their own palaces. Euron killing Balon to claim the throne actually shows him far more fitting a ruler than Theon and Yara, who based their claims based on appeals to honor.
    • In Season 7, Cersei Lannister is able to rally her allies against Daenerys Targaryen due to her bringing a massive Dothraki horde to Westeros. While Cersei is a highly corrupt despot whose aim is to remain in power by any means necessary, the fear and hate of the Dothraki is justified: up until Daenerys took control of them, they were a savage and extremely misogynistic barbarians (one Dothraki widow reminisced how her husband brutalized her after she gave birth to a daughter - and she was 12 at the time!). Even though Daenerys has noble intentions to liberate Westeros from the Lannister's iron grip, the reputation of her own forces is far more feared than even that of the Ironborn, the local Westerosi raiders.
  • Gotham: Salvatore Maroni gets back at the Penguin for playing him for a sap by revealing to his mother, Gertrude, the awful truth about her son. While it is a Kick the Dog moment, since he essentially verbally assaults the poor, innocent lady just to make her son squirm, he does bring a lot of ugly but legit points about Oswald being a cold-blooded monster guilty of too many crimes even for a Gotham criminal. And then, after being pushed too far once again, he proceeds to prove him right by stabbing a delivery boy to death only to vent his pain and rage.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: Aunt Lydia is right that June can afford more defiance as she's pregnant, and therefore they won't harm her. However, they still threaten her with being chained in a dark room alone through her pregnancy if she doesn't do what they want.
  • Just Add Magic: This trope occurs a remarkable number of times for a kids' series; most notably, in Season 2, it turns out that Chuck is motivated solely by his hope to bring his sister back from a half-life trapped inside the Book.
  • Stargate SG-1: Invoked by the Lucian Alliance, a group of human-run planets freed from Goa'uld control that rose to fill the power vacuum after the Goa'uld Empire fell. They start trading in kassa, a type of corn with a highly addictive substance in it. Earth, of course, tries to put a stop to this, which leads the Lucian Alliance to declare war on them. The Alliance points out that Earth does not control the galaxy, and their laws regarding the trade of addictive substances do not apply beyond their own planet. Kassa is perfectly legal in Alliance-controlled systems. Later, in Stargate Universe, a Lucian soldier says she joined up with their army because she felt that Earth was trying to enforce its values on all human civilization in the galaxy, which she felt they had no right to do. Just because they're the original homeworld and were instrumental in taking down the Goa'uld doesn't make them the leaders of space.
  • Star Trek:
    • In the TOS episode "Arena", Kirk eventually becomes able to communicate with the Gorn captain, who promises that if Kirk gives himself up he will be "merciful and quick". Kirk likens this to the massacre of an outlying Federation base that the Enterprise discovered at the beginning of the episode; the Gorn responds that the Federation had established an outpost in Gorn space and "naturally, we destroyed it."
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
      • In "Q Who", disappointed that Picard won't accept his services, Q sends the Enterprise into the Delta Quadrant, where they encounter the Borg, ending in the deaths of 18 crewmembers before Q returns them to Federation space. Although Picard is angered at the loss of life, he privately remarks that "Q did the right thing for the wrong reason", showing them that they aren't prepared to handle threats like the Borg. Later episodes would reveal that Q actually did this in part to provide the Alpha Quadrant with a disguised warning about the existence of the Borg so that Starfleet could start mobilizing and be ready before they arrived.
      • In the same episode, Picard rehtorically asks if Q could have taught his lesson with killing some of his crew. Q points out that the galaxy isn't a safe place and if Picard isn't prepared for people to die, then he should stay home. Q is proven right time and time again as crewmembers on the Enterprise do often die, and even more lives are lost exploring the Gamma Quadrant.
      • In "Birthright", Worf learns about a Romulan prison camp where Klingons POWs have been held for decades. When he arrives, he's shocked to see the Romulans and Klingons living amicably. He is especially outraged that the young Klingons born there know nothing about their heritage. But Tokath, the Romulan commandant, points out he had still done something no diplomats from the Klingon or Romulan empires, or even the Federation has done: forge a manageable peace between Klingons and Romulans. Particularly since he had the choice of killing them or sending them back to the Klingon homeworld, where they'd have been dishonored and shunned.
      • In "Rascals", the Ferengi leading the takeover of the Enterprise says that having the crews' families, and specifically their children, onboard is a negligent risk to take. Yes, he's threatening to kill the children at the time, but that only helps illustrate the point.
    • The Monster of the Week in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Hope and Fear" is an alien who devises an elaborate trap for Voyager on the grounds that Janeway's alliance with the Borg against Species 8472 in "Scorpion" enabled the Borg to assimilate his entire species, whereas if Janeway had stayed out of it the Borg would've been extinct by now. Janeway points out that her only alternative would have been to let Species 8472 exterminate everything in their path, so while she didn't like either option, she chose the lesser evil.
    • Arik Soong in Star Trek: Enterprise states that humanity’s Genetic Engineering is the New Nuke attitude is a rejection of using technology to relieve suffering. He’s not wrong, honestly. Archer in particular seems to sympathize, as his father died from an illness that genetic engineering could have prevented. Phlox also admires Soong's work, noting that his own people have practiced similar techniques.
    • Star Trek: Picard gives us two retroactive ones:
      • The start of the series revealed that Nero wasn't just misplacing his grief by blaming the Federation for what happened to the Romulans; Picard's Cynicism Catalyst was because the Federation did indeed decide to leave the Romulans to die, meaning while it's aimed at the wrong universe's Federation, and the Romulans themsleves (specifically the Zhat Vash) are mostly to blame, and it still doesn't justify his actions, Nero is perfectly in the right to be angry with the Federation.
      • Additionally, while Admiral Satie was still out of line, she wasn't quite so crazy to fear the idea of the Romulans infiltrating the Federation, given that's exactly happened in Picard with Commadore Oh hiding in plain sight.
  • Supernatural:
    • When Dean confronts Lucifer in "The End" about destroying the planet, Lucifer is offended. He points out that the Earth is one of God's most stunning creations and humans have nearly destroyed it. He may be right about that, but Dean is also aware of Lucifer's many atrocities so he doesn't sympathize.
    • Lucifer's speech to Michael about God making him the Devil and setting up the Apocalypse as some sort of test sounds like his usual excuses...except Chuck's monologue at the end establishes it was all a test slanted in favor of humans.
    • At the end of Season 6, it's revealed that Castiel has been working with Crowley all season to stop Raphael from restarting the Apocalypse. Castiel makes a heartfelt plea to Dean, asking for his support and help, and tries to explain just how bad it would be if Raphael succeeded. He also says he needs Dean and points out that Dean and Sam have often done morally ambiguous things for the greater good. When Dean rejects him, this prompts Castiel's jump off the slippery slope into darkness.
    • In Season 9, Crowley warns Kevin Tran not to trust the Winchesters and that people in their circle tend to have short lifespans. Later, after Gadreel murders Kevin, Crowley taunts a devastated Dean with the fact that he had warned Kevin.
  • Taken: In "Dropping the Dishes", General Beers believes the aliens should be considered as hostile and lists the belligerent acts that no nation should get away with. The list includes unwanted abductions, human experimentation, violating airspace and stealing a highly classified energy reactor.
  • The Untamed: In spite of Jin Guangyao being even more sinister than his novel counterpart, he still remains in the right when he coldly reminds Jiang Cheng that he's greatly to blame for all the bad things that happened to Wei Wuxian when he was still the Yiling Patriarch. Even if Jin Guangyao never enacted his plans to screw Wei Wuxian over, the fact remains that Jiang Cheng still didn't trust his friend enough and eventually abandoned him when things got too hot for him to handle, and this was long before Jin Ling's parents were killed. Jiang Cheng can only seethe in anger since he can't refute anything the other says.
  • Vagrant Queen plays with this. While pulling a bloody coup of the Admiralty, Lazaro points out that he helped the Admiralty overthrow the previous monarchy which had ignored and stifled the people...only to become exactly the same type of corrupt government they overthrew and made nothing better. Of course, the point is undermined as Lazaro then makes himself a far worse dictator.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: Walker and his partner Trivette break into a recently paroled convict's motel room, looking for evidence that he's stalking Walker's girlfriend ADA Alex Cahill. When the man returns to the room and catches them, he proceeds to smugly—but correctly—inform them that without a warrant, his permission, or the motel owner's permission, anything they find is useless, and in fact, he can charge THEM with breaking and entering. When Walker grabs him, he threatens to include assault charges as well.
  • The Newsroom: Jerry Dantana, an openly ambitious reporter who investigates Operation Genoa along with Charlie and Mac and cooks an interview with a United States Marine General to that end is definitely morally deficient. However, he has a very good point when he tells the Red Team that their adamant doubt of eleven months of investigative reporting (to the point that they say they trust Jim's gut more than the evidence presented) is just a bit absurd. He's also not wrong when he says that Jim being embedded with two units of the armed forces is not indicative of every American soldier's moral fiber, especially given the darker parts of America's part in the War on Terror. Granted, the Red Team doubters turn out to be right, and ACN is brought to its knees in the ensuing scandal, but his points are still valid despite this.
    Dantana: "Doesn't feel right? We've tortured, droned, wire-tapped, renditioned, and suspended the right to due process, but you think we've drawn a moral line somewhere?"
  • Odd Squad: In "Disorder in the Court", Odd Todd tells Oprah, serving as a judge in Odd Squad Court, to declare Olive (falsely charged with shrinking and stealing the town museum) guilty as charged, fire her, and move on. Otto attempts to turn the tables by remarking that Odd Todd hasn't proven a single thing about where Olive was and that there's no way she did it, but fails, as Odd Todd turns the tables back on him by saying that he can't prove where Olive was between 1:45 and 2 p.m. Although he has been consistently one-upping Otto with every claim he makes, often giving bogus evidence that Olive committed the crime, he's absolutely right in that Otto can't prove where his partner was during that timeframe.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • While in ECW, Mick Foley invoked this during his "anti-hardcore" gimmick, making real points about the fans (who were hungry for more and more risk-taking and violence by the wrestlers that would get to be too much) and still being considered a villain. He'd also invoke this trope when he "quit" as Cactus Jack while in the WWF, citing that he and Funk had been beaten pretty badly and the audience didn't seem to care once they heard uber-popular "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was in the building and started chanting his name.
  • When Stephanie McMahon turned heel for the first time by betraying her then-face dad and marrying top heel Triple H, she cited earlier in the year when her dad covertly arranged her own kidnapping from The Undertaker (and various other things that made her fear for her life) in an overly complicated plan to screw Stone Cold Steve Austin out of the title. Honestly, it's hard to blame her for that one when you take a step back. Triple H at the time had become the most detestable man in the business and his Start of Darkness was betraying DX to join Vince's Corporation and take part in those very plans.
  • Sometimes, a heel will hate a face for some pretty solid reasons and still be a heel nonetheless. An example would be when Chris Jericho had a feud with Shawn Michaels in 2008. Most everything Jericho said about the fans being hypocrites for supporting HBK (Michaels) were pretty much true — except that it wasn't long before Jericho began calling the fans hypocrites for pretty much any reason.
  • Smug Straightedge villain CM Punk frequently called out Jeff Hardy over his past drug use during their 2009 feud. Hardy's lame excuses (like that he's just "living in the moment" or that he's not perfect), combined with the fact that he never admitted fault for his past, caused more than a few fans to turn against the supposed face. Of course, this didn't at all justify Punk's cheating or using cowardly sneak attacks.
    • Punk tends to get this a lot. His point toward John Cena during The Nexus feud that he's not as high on morals as he claims can be argued to be true. John Cena's done some pretty awful things and was saved from being booed by being a face. Of course Punk, being a heel, was booed for pointing this out.
    • Further down the road, he was the heel in a feud with Randy Orton, but it was then-heel Orton who attacked then face-Punk years ago when he was champion, and punted him in the head, forcing him to forfeit the title via injury. Of course, Orton being a pretty textbook Draco in Leather Pants (even as a face) Punk was booed. Where this got particularly dark was when Orton took to using the same punting move on members of Punk's Nexus group, eventually putting everyone in the group except Punk himself on a bus. When you look at it, Punk is seeking revenge for something that a person would be extremely justified in being angry about, but he's the villain, when Orton himself has barely changed from his vicious, psycho heel persona, but the crowd cheers him anyway.
  • Lita's story reason for turning heel in her retirement speech. Read between the lines of the typical heel self-aggrandizing and it was pretty sound. She felt WWE women's wrestling wasn't given any respect by fans or the WWE corporation despite busting her butt to bring up diva's wrestling to the level it was at the time.
  • See also: Beth Phoenix and Natalya's Divas of Doom team-up. Whilst describing the rest of the divas as "perky bimbos" may be going a little far, consider that the two of them have in fact wrestled from an early age and yet often lose to former models who never wrestled before joining WWE and it can be a little hard to see them as outright heels.
  • Muhammad Hassan had spent his entire career in the WWE pointing out the prejudice and racism he has to go through as an Arab-American. When you hear fans chanting "USA" at him despite being billed from Detroit, Michigan, you know he has a valid point. And let's not talk about his appearance in the Royal Rumble match (where every wrestler in the ring, heel or face, teamed up to eject him). What drove home his point is that during his feud with The Undertaker, he had several masked assailants attack Taker. The New York Post's Don Kaplan ran a story headlined with "Undertaker Attacked By Arabs." Hassan brought up the very valid point of "How did they know they were Arab if they were wearing masks?" (Answer: because they appeared after Hassan apparently "prayed" them into existence, and as his theme song played.) Unfortunately, even that wasn't enough to save his character - UPN essentially forced WWE to never show him on Smackdown again when the terrorism angle coincided with the 2005 London bombings, and they saw no other choice but to have Undertaker essentially kill him off in their scheduled match at the next pay-per-view. Sad thing is, he's a kayfabe Arab; in real life Mark Copani was descended from Italian Americans, so it's really just because people see dark skin and assume everything they hear that is negative to be true.
  • During the whole "Eddiesploitation" fiasco, when Chavo Guerrero turned heel against then-Champion Rey Mysterio, he accused Rey of using the Guerrero name to further his own career. He was supposed to come off as jealous (since he failed to win his own tribute match to his uncle), but considering that Eddie's death has been used as Rey's motivation even before his Road to WrestleMania, some fans agreed with him to the point where he was considered to be the true face in all of this (others just thought it was a dumb angle, considering Rey should be able to coast on his own family name).
  • The Fourtune/EV 2.0 feud in TNA seemed to be based around the fact that Fourtune was pissed they had to make room in the spotlight for all the old ECW guys, most of whom they feel can't wrestle. Ric Flair stated that until [the ECW guys] survive a plane crash like he did, they can't tell him shit about being "hardcore". Likewise, AJ Styles feels he's helped make TNA what it is through his duty to the company, calling TNA "The House That AJ Styles Built" and declaring ECW has no right to push him and the other originals out of the spotlight. They both have a point. What sends this into Mind Screw territory is that the ECW/EV2.0 guys were famously loyal to Paul Heyman because they always came first to him (other guys would come in but he never put them over at the expense of his originals). The audience was supposed to boo Fourtune (the original TNA guys, for the most part) because they're complaining EV2.0 (the invaders) are taking over their show, when the invaders' original company (ECW) achieved its success because the original ECW manager was loyal to his originals and never pushed them aside. Furthermore, the ECW guys are supposed to be faces, but they're doing something that the original ECW despised (pushing aside original talent in favor of other, more famous people).
  • The way Batista was treated after Over the Limit was particularly egregious, not the least because it happened on his very last night with WWE. He and John Cena competed for the WWE Championship in an "I Quit" match that culminated with Batista giving up after Cena threatened to give him the Attitude Adjustment off the top of a car. Cena smiled — and then went through with it anyway, nearly killing him! The next night on Raw, Batista showed up (in a wheelchair) to protest Cena's actions and to threaten to bring a lawsuit against WWE, claiming them responsible for nearly ending his career. Raw General Manager Bret Hart then appeared and told Batista that he would be granted another chance at the WWE Championship if he could win a qualifying match against Randy Orton to be held immediately. When Batista pointed out, twice no less, that he couldn't even walk amd threatened to quit if he continued to have him take the match, Hart rather rudely stated that Batista therefore forfeited. Batista went ballistic and screamed at everyone, announcing that he was quitting WWE for being treated so unfairly — and every single person in the arena booed him, like they would any other crybaby heel. Kayfabe aside, it was a really disrespectful send-off for a wrestler who, for the past five years, had been second only to Cena in popularity.
    • Bret Hart's ascension to General Manager was actually Vince McMahon attempting to pull this on him. After Bret dished him a particularly nasty beatdown over the Montreal Screwjob, Vince decided to promote him to GM, showing him that being in charge means being the bad guy and making decisions not everyone will like for the sake of the company. He gets into a disagreement with his family after making such a decision over a match, though Vince quickly seizes the moment and fires him afterwards, ensuring Bret still looks unfairly treated.
  • On the Backlash after WrestleMania XIV, prior to Triple H's match with X-Pac, he and Chyna talked about how much of a Ungrateful Bastard X-Pac was, as he was the reason he got a job in the then-WWF in the first place. While Triple H was a heel at the time and could be dismissed as a jerkass trying to justify himself betraying DX, after thinking about Chyna betraying Triple H for the Corporation and how he was all alone with none of the other DX members coming to his aid, it's no surprise that Triple H decided to sell out his buddies in DX.
  • When Jerry Lawler wrestled The Miz for the WWE title, the next Raw, Michael Cole did have a point in that Lawler was partially at fault, although not in the way he intended or the way he said. While the point Cole made was slightly valid, it really wasn't Lawler's place to interrupt a new champion's victory celebration, but The Miz is a frankly pathetic heel who more or less cheated to win his title and most faces would have done the same, there was a point in that Lawler technically did screw himself out of the win. While yes, Cole did pull him off the ladder and temporarily stop him from winning, Lawler berated and then assaulted Cole on this for at least a full minute. If Lawler had simply given Cole a well-deserved punch in the mouth and gone back to his business, Lawler would have been champion. Although it was still fun to see Michael Cole get beaten down.
  • Michael Cole gets one during the 3/25/2011 segment when he was trolling the hell out of R-Truth. Booker T says he lost respect for him, his reply:
    Michael Cole: It's not about respect. No one gave me respect for fourteen years.
  • The number of people who have turned heel for no other reason than because they had the audacity to be angry after being attacked and/or bullied by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin for no apparent reason is pretty high. Prominent examples include Ric Flair during the initial brand split who was attacked despite doing everything he could to get on Austin's good side, and Vince McMahon himself, who started a nearly five year epic feud simply by asking Austin to be a bit less anti-social.
  • Bobby Roode, after turning heel to take the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, saw the bad side of new authority figure Sting. Sting tried to punish Roode for his outright cheating tactics and jerkass tendencies - including taking advantage of injured ex-partners and practically shooting them In the Back, using Dixie Carter as a shield and spitting in her face, among other assorted tactics - by making life hard for him as the champion. However, Sting in the process took to forcing Roode into repeat title defenses on Impact after certain pay-per-views as well as physically involved himself in world title matters. Roode is a selfish traitor with no redeemable social qualities whatsoever, but he's got a point about Sting's zeal for screwing with him to get a more virtuous champion — he's later exploited that to recreate an old Bret Hart title defense. Sting would still later realize that Roode was right and he would never end Roode's reign this way, turning over power back to Hulk Hogan because it just wasn't working and coming back later as an active wrestler again.
  • Matt Hardy turned heel on his brother Jeff (the first time) because he was annoyed with Jeff costing them matches by being unable to resist doing high spots. Notably in a cage match, Jeff cost them the titles by being at the top of the cage, and instead of escaping (and winning the match), he chose to jump off and ended up getting pinned. Matt had a point, didn't he?
  • MVP's assertion that Bobby Lashley had only become TNA heavyweight champion because of MVP's earlier injury. Bobby took offense to this but not only was it true, MVP also did everything in his power to keep Lashley healthy even after he was healthy enough to wrestle again, not demanding he get his shot until Lashley lost the belt. Nonetheless, Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode tried to milk this for all they could to turn Lashley and MVP against each other.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel Alexander Rusev, during his feud with Cena, pretty much called Cena an arrogant, pompous bully on the downswing of his career, just like America. Considering that just the prior week, Cena told Rusev he had the right to free speech, assaulted Rusev when Rusev later exercised that right, and then put a barely conscious Rusev in the STF until Rusev's crying girlfriend agreed to give Cena what he wanted, Rusev had a point in calling Cena an arrogant dick.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000
    • As part of its efforts to bump the Chaos Gods from their standard Chaotic Evil approach to a more Chaotic Neutral one in Black Crusade, they remade Nurgle, the already Affably Evil God of Pestilence and Decay into an agent of Eternal Recurrence. Nurgle wants to destroy the current galaxy because he deems it's time that it perished and decayed, so that new life and civilisations can rise from the ruins, stronger and healthier than what was. Considering that the setting is a Crapsack World, with the primary human empire being a conglomeration of all the worst aspects of humanity's past, outright described by the authors with terms like "rotting" or "decaying" and spending more of its forces fighting futile battles to suppress internal dissent and political upheaval than against fighting the very real alien invaders, it's kind of hard to argue that maybe it would be best for the setting if it was quietly killed off and something new allowed to evolve in the ruins.
    • Several of the Primarchs who betrayed the Emperor during the Horus Heresy had legitimate reasons to be pissed off at the Emperor: Angron, the savage berserker, who was whisked away to serve as a weapon in another's war while the people he cared about were left to die; Perturabo, the coldly calculating besieger who was willing to sacrifice any number of warriors for victory, who spent a century and a half trudging through the endless hell of sieges while all the other Legions got the glory and looked down on him; and Lorgar, the high priest of a Religion of Evil, who had his genuine commitment treated with brutal disdain by the one he revered above all, in a rebuke that left a city in ruins and its population dead. Even though their path led them into an eternity of damnation in service to mad gods, it's not hard to see some justice in the reasons they each chose to walk it.
    • Fabius Bile, the Mad Scientist to end all mad scientists, sums up Imperial hypocrisy in one sentence, and scarily accurately describes how they've twisted themselves so far from The Emperor's ideals.
      Fabius: Unlike you, whelp, I once walked the same ground as your idol. I breathed the same air as him. And I tell you this, without lie or artifice. He never wanted to become what you have made him. He did not wish to be your God-thing. He abhorred such ideals! The slavery of your crippled, blind Imperium would sicken him, if he had eyes to see it.
  • In the Magic: The Gathering short story "A New Tarkir of Old," Yasova Dragonclaw is made to look like the bad guy, seeing as she chose to work with Nicol Bolas. However, as the audience has already seen, Tarkir is enough of a Death World without giant dragons attacking everything that isn't a dragon. Conversely, Sarkhan may be seen as the villain for opposing her, but he has a point as well, abiet one that no one on Tarkir would be able to comprehend (she's fighting to take down Ugin, who is both the source of all dragons on Tarkir, and the only being that knows how to re-seal the Eldrazi).
  • In Eberron, the Blood of Vol is a fringe religion that exalts undeath as a path to immortality. The afterlife is known and it sucks, so most of its followers are good people seeking escape from an afterlife best summarized as an eternity of crippling clinical depression. Your harmless neighbor could secretly be a Vol cultist, but more importantly he is still harmless. The Game Master is meant to use this to challenge players who crusade against the blatant Religion of Evil, as the faithful are there of their own volition in the hope of finding some better eternal reward for their toils in life. And despite the fact that the Blood of Vol is being run by an evil lich and is unwittingly aiding a terrorist organization, it really is the best chance most any common person will have to escape the afterlife.

  • Taoism is basically this trope. They see good and evil as not a strict moral dichotomy, but as complementary. In fact, it mentions instances where things that seem crooked are actually more good than supposedly good things. Here's a sample passage.

  • 1776.
    • John Dickinson, rather than being a strawman, is depicted as having sound arguments against fighting for independence. One of his main objections to independence is that a bunch of ill-trained militiamen has no chance of defeating the British armed forces, then the strongest in the world. It's a very good point, really.
    • Edward Rutledge gets a couple of these moments. The first comes when he submits a motion that a vote for independence must be unanimous; John Hancock actually agrees with this on the grounds that the states would be forced to fight each other if it's not and actually casts the tie-breaking vote in favor of unanimity. Later on, he responds to Adams and Jefferson's criticisms of slavery by (historically accurately) pointing out both that Jefferson is a slaveowner and that Adams is from Boston, a city heavily involved in the absolutely horrific trans-Atlantic slave trade.
  • The SQUIP in Be More Chill is a coldly logical, manipulative AI. It also accurately points out that Christine is not interested in Jeremy, so it would make more sense for him to date a girl who actually likes him. Jeremy is forced to concede at the end fo the musical that the Squip was right. During "The Pitiful Children", it tells Jeremy that all his fellow students, even the popular ones, are every bit as insecure and scared as he is, deep down. While it's saying his just to manipulate Jeremy into doing its bidding, anyone who is or has ever been a teenager can confirm it's not off the mark.
  • Hamilton: King George III points out in "What Comes Next" that there are a lot of difficulties involved with running a country and predicts that America will struggle to govern itself. He's proven right in the second act, since adjusting to self-government turns out to be quite the challenge and much of Act II's plot revolves around nasty and unpleasant political bickering.
  • Both of the antagonists within the first and second act of Into the Woods make legitimate points.
    • As the Witch points out, the Baker's father was stealing vegetables from her garden for his pregnant wife without even asking to buy them; she let him off "easy" by telling him she just wants the baby as payment but then his father stole magic beans which weren't supposed to be touched, which cursed her with old age and ugliness. The Baker really has no response to his father's misdeeds and agrees to the witch's bargain to get her four ingredients for a potion. Later, she tells off the whole cast for blaming each other as the Giantess is rampaging because they all had a part to play in her coming down from the land in the sky. Much later, she tries to break up her adopted daughter and the prince who's coming to visit her, telling Rapunzel that princes come and go, and the world is as dangerous as it is lovely. She's proven right when Rapunzel comes to her in Act Two, revealing that her prince is a philanderer and impregnated her with three twins; then the giantess crushes Rapunzel, with the Witch lamenting I Warned You. Of course, as Rapunzel points out scathingly, what "Mother" did to her and the prince did not justify her points in any way.
    • The Giantess took in Jack after she saw him climbing the beanstalk and looking exhausted, feeding him and giving him a place to sleep. In return, he stole from her house and murdered her husband. The cast even admits that she has every reason to be angry with Jack. The witch wants to turn him in so the Giantess will stop rampaging around the countryside; the only reason that the others protest is that he's just a kid and the Baker promised his dying mother to protect her son. They realize, however, that the Giantess is no better when she's killing people by accident due to her size and shows no remorse for that, so for pragmatic reasons they need to defeat her. Little Red at least acknowledges that they're killing a sentient person, even for self-defense. Jack laters goes My God, What Have I Done? when he learns his mother died begging for his life from the Giantess, knowing that if he hadn't stolen from the giants, she would still be alive.
  • Over time the biblical Judas has become an archetype of a traitor who betrays their closest friends for personal gain. Judas in the Webber-Rice rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is however a much more complex character and an example of this. He nails the point in "Heaven On Their Minds": the whole Jesus thing started nicely, but now, it's getting out of hand, as the followers are speaking more and more openly of a violent rebellion against the occupying Romans. Judas sees that Jesus can very easily lose control over people following him, and while Romans can tolerate some religious sect wandering around, any attempt at the revolution will lead to a brutal suppression and nasty reprisal for the entire Judea. Judas has basically a Morton's Fork thing: betray his friend and have his name spoiled forever or see the bloody slaughter of his fellow countrymen. Basically he chooses The Needs of the Many.
  • While it's impossible to argue some of his actions aren't excusable, given he was put in a traveling circus as a freak while a young child and abused by his master and has to hide in the basement of the Opera for most of his life to avoid being killed for being deformed, Erik has a valid point when he says "The world showed no compassion to me!"

    Video Games 
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2: During the Final Boss, Carnage tells Spider-Man that's he's just like him, and that he was glad when he killed other criminals. He tells him that he wants to do the same thing, to stop criminals forever. Surprisingly, Spider-Man agrees with him, but also points out that feeling anger and the desire for revenge is human. What's important is whether or not he acts on those feelings.
  • Baldur's Gate: the player might find a village of xvarts, little blue humanoid monsters. Since the fantasy setting of the world enforces Always Chaotic Evil and What Measure Is a Non-Human?, xvarts are just the usual low level evil mooks that spawn as hopeless hostiles for you to kill them and get the XP and the loot. Except, one of them shouts that they didn't nothing wrong and they were just minding their own businesses, when you suddenly came and started rampaging their settlement...
    • The popular mod NPC Project also lampshades this if you have Kivan in the party, as after the fight he will remark how they had no guilt except being just "evil creatures" by default who accidentally were on the path of the party.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine: Like many of Joey's business partners and employees, Bertrum is aware of what a bastard he is, which was why he wanted to be accredited for Bendy's theme park, not Joey; after all, it was Bertrum who built it. He calls Joey out on it, revealing his motive for attacking Henry in the Chapter 4 audio log that isn't an audio log.
  • In Mega Man 9, Dr. Wily convinces Dr. Light's newest robot masters, all of whom are about to reach their expiration date and due to be recycled, that they shouldn't have to die because the law says so and that they can still live perfectly useful lives. While Wily is just saying this so he can use them to frame Dr. Light, he is right in that the robot masters are still sentient living beings that are being trashed because of the law and not by choice.
  • Sly Cooper:
  • Diablo III:
    • Your main character and their allies are forced to negotiate with the ghost of Zoltum Kulle, an Obviously Evil villain who makes no attempt to hide the fact he is using you to be revived. During your cooperation, he passes most of the time explaining to your character that he actually is a Well-Intentioned Extremist who want to awake Humans' true power, and that your own allies are manipulating you for their own purpose. At the end of Act III, it turns out one of your allies, Adria, was indeed using you to prepare Diablo's resurrection.
    • Adria the Witch is treated as a Hate Sink due to betraying humanity to Diablo, cruelly sacrificing her own daughter to him and assisting him in his resurrection and subsequent war on Heaven. However, she does make one valid point in her pre-Boss Fight speech; many angels do not view humans in a positive light and seek to either manipulate or destroy them, and while the demons have brought much destruction to the human world, they're less rigid in their beliefs.
  • Mundus in DmC: Devil May Cry mocks Dante's desire to free humanity by pointing out that humans had freedom before Mundus arrived, and "They fought. They killed. They starved." Vergil shares Mundus' opinion of humanity, to the point that he wants to rule humanity with Dante after Mundus' defeat.
  • Darth Traya from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords justifies her actions by proclaiming that the Force uses people as tools and that she wants to break free from the cycle of massive galactic wars by destroying it. Though her arrogant assumption that she is fit of standing above the conflict, instead of being just another Sith urged by the Dark Side to plan an action that will likely end all life in the Galaxy makes her a villain, she has a point: the wars between Jedi and Sith rage on for millennia afterward, with countless innocents in the crossfire and no end in sight. There's also the matter of a single Jedi or Sith being able to influence the entire galaxy; is that sort of power something any one person should have when individuals will lay waste to everything just to obtain it? Of course, the ending reveals that this entire argument was probably nothing more than a lie to manipulate the Exile into confronting her.
  • Assassin's Creed III:
    • William Johnson in his Hannibal Lecture before his death claims that if the British control on the colonies was broken the colonists will encroach on the Native American lands and displace the inhabitants ...something that obviously occurred in Real Life and is even later touched on in universe.
    • Haytham has a conversation with Connor about The Templars. Haytham angrily points out that the people Connor works for are not much different then the Templars and that the only difference between them is Haytham "doesn't feign affection". The Templars wrote the history books and manipulated information and society both through subtle means and by blatant means like the piece of Eden, whereas Samuel Adams himself says that since nobody knew who fired the first shot that started the war he was going to spin it to look like self-defense rather than treason for the greater good, just like the Templars do.
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue further backs Haytham's point. It shows that the Assassin's ideals of absolute freedom for everyone ultimately leads to anarchy and lawlessness while the Templar's desire for power and control is ultimately to spread order and stability. The Assassins are also shown to be just as ruthless as the Templars they oppose as well, targeting innocent people for simply writing articles calling attention to their actions or getting in the way of their agendas.
  • The terrorist group Ilias Kreuz in Monster Girl Quest are a gang of criminals who show no mercy whatsoever toward monsters and slay them without hesitation regardless of their intentions. However, when these monsters also tend to show no mercy to humans whatsoever and either devour, enslave, or kill For the Evulz any human they encounter, it's kind of hard to not understand where Ilias Kreuz is coming from. Out of over 200 monster encounters, about 9 of them are actually friendly, and three of them had to be beaten in a fight first. Of course, then it all goes off the rails when the angels decide to kill the humans and monsters with their legions of angels and chimera-cyborg monsters, their goddess having decided both races were far too gone to bother keeping around anymore.
    • It's noteworthy that most monsters in the story are entirely sympathetic to the existence of Ilias Kruz, their aims of omnicide against all monster species (which would destroy humanity as well, but it's not their fault they aren't allowed to discover that), and even their brutal tactics as entirely fair given the natural advantages monsters possess. They revile the group for its strategy: due to a streak of trauma-induced cowardice in the present leadership, members are under orders never to target a monster who's actually attacking or threatening humans, or intervene in an attack. Ilias Kreuz only targets unresisting monsters attempting to integrate into human society (using methods which generally cause human casualties, especially as their children are priority targets), or humans also working for peace, the argument being that the only hope of winning their desired war is to radicalize all of humanity to their degree. After accepting an opportunity to fight to protect somebody, many of the members start changing their beliefs rapidly.
  • The Big Bad of Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, Kerghan, believes that the afterlife is far more peaceful and pleasant than existence as a mortal and therefore intends to act on the logical conclusion. As two certain party members who have died and then been raised as undead can confirm, he is right.
  • Cardinal Albert Simon, the Big Bad of Shadow Hearts, wants to wipe out humanity and restart civilisation because of the brutal repression of human elites. The party doesn't even disagree with him about the repression, but still fights him because of the loss of innocent lives. The sequel reveals that his actions in the first game were a misguided attempt to stop Rasputin.
    Albert Simon: Only an illusion of peace exists in the superficial calm of our lives. In fact, the blood and tears of the poor are sacrificed daily by a handful of elite power-mongers. No matter how far science and technology advance, repression will never cease. We're only human. Whenever the calls for revolution turn into concrete action, instigators are met by the full resistance of the elite, who stop at nothing to keep their power.
  • In a bizarre mix of this and Even Evil Has Standards, Azrael of Blazblue, sociopathic monster he may be, is quick to call out Sector Seven's motives for releasing him. It's difficult to disagree with him.
    "So, let me get this straight: First you guys get Kokonoe to capture me and put me on ice, and now you're releasing me so I can kill her? That's the joke of the century right there. You're a bunch of selfish assholes by any standard."
  • Mass Effect:
    • Cerberus is portrayed as evil for using extreme measures to make humanity strong without the Citadel Council, with their primary argument as "When the going gets tough, the aliens will abandon us". Guess what happens at the beginning of Mass Effect 3?
    • Near the end of Mass Effect 2 Shepard's morally ambiguous benefactor the Illusive Man wants Shepard to preserve the Collector Base instead of outright blowing it up as was originally intended. The Paragon option to destroy the Collector base prompts The Illusive Man to plead that they could use the technology to help fight the Reapers, which is understandable. The Renegade position is to more or less agree with his arguments by willingly using the enemy's technology, hence indirectly taking advantage of their heinous actions, to gain an advantage in the war.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei IV, no one can say Tayama isn't an arrogant, amoral asshole, or that the Red Pills his Ashura-kai create aren't unspeakably vile, considering the production method, but unfortunately he's not bluffing when he stresses the importance of both for Tokyo. After the events of the Alternate Timeline arc are over, the prentice Samurai return to a Tokyo that's now worse than the two Death Worlds they've just visited, due to the fall of the Ashura-kai and the collapse of the Red Pills' production lines.
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse features the Divine Powers as the newest and biggest threat not just to Tokyo, but the entire universe, as their plan is to reap human souls en masse and create a new universe. The Divine Powers are notably the one supernatural faction in the game that cannot be sided with (unlike Merkabah, Lucifer, Danu, and Dagda) and all other factions work together grudgingly to stop them, yet their leader, Krishna, makes a very good point as to why they're trying to replace the universe: order and chaos are not inherently bad things, but they've been twisted by YHVH and His minions, who have forced Law to equal "side with the angels and usher in a World of Silence" and Chaos to equal "side with the demons and bring about a world of Asskicking Equals Authority."
  • In Half-Life 2, Dr. Breen is The Quisling who sold out humanity to the Combine so he could be in charge. He's also completely right that surrender was preferable to annihilation, and that if he doesn't convince the Combine that humanity are useful in some way they'll just kill them all anyway. In the midst of his desperate ramblings at the protagonist to dissuade him from accomplishing his mission during the endgame, he delivers this line:
    "Tell me Doctor Freeman if you can, you have destroyed so much... what is it exactly that you have created? Can you even name one thing?? I thought not."
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy X, before Maester Seymour is revealed as a villain, Wakka questions why a maester of Yevon is supporting a mission using technology that's taboo to their faith. Seymour explains that he should stand against the use of machina, but that so many are willing to risk their lives and put forth so much effort to destroy Sin, it's really for the good of everyone that he turns a blind eye to the teachings. Even Tidus, who never liked Seymour to begin with, had to admit it made sense to him. Though it's ultimately subverted by Maester Kinoc, who says in so many words that the maesters know this isn't going to work, and are trying to send a message to anyone who still doubts them.
    • Even his Omnicidal Maniac status has justification—in the world of Final Fantasy X, people who die can come back as Unsent, who are almost as functional as regular living beings except the fact that they never age. When Seymour himself died and became an Unsent, he apparently experienced a strong feeling of peace and his worries faded away, and since Seymour figures that Sin is probably eventually going to kill everyone anyways, he might as well speed along the process and give everyone a Mercy Kill, allowing them to experience that same peace. Unsent typically gradually transform into monsters out of resentment for the living, but that might not be a big deal when there's no one living to begin with.
    • Final Fantasy XIV:
      • Patch 5.2 features Elidibus claiming the people of The First must rise up and become Warriors of Light, because the player character and their companions won't be in that world forever. They all came from a different world, and have to return to their own world. Every word of that is true. In fact, every day spent in The First jeopardizes your companions' safety, as they've been separated from their bodies long enough their souls are wearing through at the seams. And seeing as it's a whole separate WORLD,if it needs saving you probably won't hear about it in time. The First really DOES need a crop of heroes. Later, you and your friends manage to speak to him alone. He flatly dismisses the group's appeal to his emotions, citing that people with mortal lifespans really can't relate to his people's grief at the destruction of their world. It only took 100 years for the First's heroes to be twisted into villains in people's minds by their stories and legends, how can mortals claim to memorialize a world that was shattered before they even lived?
      • Elidibus also mocks the naivety of expecting him to just detail his plans, just because Alphinaud confronted him. His biggest advantage is that the heroes legitimately have no idea what his next move is, why would he give that up?
      • Just before Shadowbringers, the leaders of the Eorzean Alliance and Doma parley with Emperor Varis zos Galvus of Garlemald, hoping to preempt a massive bloody war. Varis is certainly not pleasant about it, but it's hard to argue with his goal of defeating the Ascians. You've been fighting the Ascians for most of the game, their plans would result in The End of the World as We Know It. They really do need to be dealt with. While you can disagree with his assertion that his goal can only be achieved through the Garlean Empire conquering the world, it's hard to disagree that the factions working together would make quick work of the Ascians. The Scions know the ins and outs of how to kill them, the empire could easily replicate said methods, it would take about a week to ensure the Ascians never set foot in the Source again.
      • In Shadowbringers's post-credits scene, as Zenos is preparing to kill him, Varis claims that Zenos wouldn't be able to accomplish anything toward his previously stated goals, and that Zenos would be completely inadequate as an emperor. He's right about both, he learned about the Ascians maybe weeks ago, he doesn't have a plan for that. And given that he lost Doma because he didn't kill Hien, and lost Ala Mhigo because he was reliant on Doman conscripts who had no reason to be loyal once Doma was freed, under Zenos's rule the Empire would have torn itself apart within the month.
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake: President Shinra says that the ecological effects of Mako as a power source are known to the public and that they don't care so long as they have cheap power and their lives are made convenient. This is Truth in Television to a degree: the push to transition to sustainable energy in real life didn't get much traction until the cost became at least somewhat comparable to the less environmentally friendly alternatives.
  • In Neverwinter Nights 2 Mask of the Betrayer a player that does a Face–Heel Turn can justify it by being sick of getting constantly yanked around by cosmic forces. Essentially, they call the gods out on their general dickery and declare war on them. While some gods don't abuse mortals much, most do and all manipulate lives to their own benefit.
    • Meanwhile, in the Storms of Zehir expansion, the player is eventually given the opportunity to confront the local representative of what is essentially their version of The Illuminati. When accused of trying to rule the world from the shadows, she points out that the human governments of the Sword Coast have spent the past several decades failing spectacularly in their own attempts to bring peace and order to the region. While they are trying to secretly conquer the world, their actions promise to improve quality of life for everyone, not make it worse. The player can actually agree and decide to join her.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, the New Regime trailer. While Injustice!Superman and his fellows established a dictatorship and went to the deep end, their motivations are very understandable: before their coming to power, criminals were unstoppable, as it was essentially nothing to fear for them: the government did nothing to properly imprison or punish them, and heroes didn't kill in any circumstance. "Look at the Joker. Would he even exist if not for you?"
    • Likewise in Injustice 2, Regime Superman and his loyalists bring out the flaws of Batman adhering to Thou Shalt Not Kill and traditional superheroics, pointing out how his misplaced mercy has let villains like The Joker or Gorilla Grodd break free from Cardboard Prisons like Arkham, run amok menacing society, and face no repercussions for their crimes. And when Superman and Batman argue over what to do with Brainiac once he was defeated, the fallen Man of Steel asks the Caped Crusader how many innocent lives would have to be shed before he realizes it's necessary to kill villains like Brainiac, the Joker or Gorilla Grodd.
  • Iji pulls this out multiple times as part of its White-and-Grey Morality, with every villain having at least one good point either about the overall plot or the title character herself (except for Asha, who's just a dick). The Anti-Villain Big Bad tops them all; everything he says is right, there's really nothing he nor Iji can do to stop the inevitable, and Iji only continues her mission because the only other option is death, just like him.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • In Morrowind, Dagoth Ur is pretty well established as a particularly homicidal Well-Intentioned Extremist once you look past the Tribunal Temple dogma, but it goes even further when you look at his hatred of outlanders. The Tribunal pretty much set themselves as undisputed rulers that freely encourage slavery and look down on the native ashlanders.
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has this with almost every villain, each expressing in their own way the purity of violence, the strong controlling the weak, Might Makes Right, and that Raiden isn't so different to them. Ultimately Raiden agrees with them and takes bits of their philosophy into his own... and kills them anyway, so that he can use their ideals but put them into practice in his own way.
  • In Star Trek Online's Klingon Defense Force tutorial, the Player Character's CO, Captain Jurlek, conspires with the crew of the USS Musashi to illegally transfer a prisoner back to the Federation, treason the Player Character kills him over. Part of his reasoning is that he believes the war with the Federation is pointless, that the Federation is the enemy the Klingons cannot beat: during peacetime they were slowly changing the Klingons by cultural influence, and in war Starfleet was always able to stonewall them effectively despite simultaneously fighting any number of border conflicts and Space Cold Wars. Cowardly? Perhaps, but when you think about it he kinda comes off as Properly Paranoid.
    • Another Klingon character, B'vat, is obsessed with keeping the war with the Federation going because without it, the Klingons will descend into internecine conflict. His actions are atrocious, but given that this has happened with the Klingons within living memory, it's a valid concern.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic:
    • The questline for The Empire's capital Dromund Kaas has the player being tasked by an apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Charnus to root out the leader of the Revanites, a cult dedicated to Darth Revan. Charnus' argument is that the Revanites' secretive allegiance to a Lord known for being a Heel–Face Revolving Door over The Emperor makes them potential traitors, and the Dark Side option is to agree with him and snitch on their leader. However, he's eventually proven completely right in the Shadow of Revan expansion where the Revanites infiltrate both galactic governments in a bid to have the Came Back Wrong Revan take over.
    • Darth Malgus, one of the few Reasonable Authority Figures the Sith have, decides to stage a coup in the Ilum storyline for the sake of Equal-Opportunity Evil. Between the Fantastic Racism repelling potential allies and the Chronic Backstabbing Disorder between the various Sith, The Empire is on the verge of collapse and Malgus attempts to name himself Emperor to force a reformation. By the start of the Hutt Cartel expansion, Darth Marr is telling Imperial players that the lack of experienced Sith, officers, and officials, along with their military losses and lack of infrastructure, have pretty much left the Empire screwed and it's seen that they're more open to allowing aliens to serve in the military as a result.
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction: During his Motive Rant, Tom Reed says he was motivated to assassinate President Caldwell because she was threatening to shut down Third Echelon which would have left the country open to attack. Though this undermined by his true motivation being to simply stay in power, they're ultimately proven right in Blacklist, when 3E's absence allows for a devastating terrorist attack on Anderson AFB and Caldwell being forced to create Fourth Echelon to combat the Engineers.
  • Flowey the Flower from Undertale makes a lot of valid points in a Meta sense once you learn of his Medium Awareness and ability to see you right through the fourth wall.
  • Agent Edgar Ross in the Playable Epilogue of Red Dead Redemption blames John for his own death by pointing out the man chose to be an outlaw in the first place. True, John had honestly turned over a new leaf and Ross pulls one hell of a Kick the Dog by deciding to just kill John anyways, but it's definitely true the man would never have been hunted down by the law had he never become a criminal.
    • Dutch eventually becomes an Ax-Crazy outlaw but he has many valid reasons why he opposes modern civilization and the industrialization of the American Frontier. His ideals and conviction is partly why the gang is so loyal to him until he becomes too insane and dangerous to be around. Dutch is also proven absolutely right when he tells John that John won't be absolved of his crimes and the government will just find another criminal aka John himself after Dutch's death to justify their existence. Guess what happens in the end?
  • In Red Earth, Scion (or Valdoll in Japan) plays this trope straight to the hilt, lecturing every hero in his defeat cinematics why he made the mess: The classic bad humans reason.
  • The tie-in comic to Batman: Arkham City has a cop denounce the Joker for killing "a lot of good husbands and fathers". Joker complains, not unreasonably, that nobody ever laments the dead bachelors. Though the usual format is "husbands, fathers, and sons".
    • Also from City, Strange points out that Batman's mere presence creates his villains, and later games show that he is largely correct. You can link several villains' rise to power and/or motives directly to Batman; he possibly created Joker who destroyed Black Mask's criminal empire which allowed Penguin to take over, Harvey was scarred in retaliation for Batman's actions against the mob, and Riddler did have good intentions and worked for GCPD before he went nuts and started risking innocent lives. Even Scarecrow takes his revenge by attacking the city, and the Arkham Knight would not exist if not for Batman.
    • There are some good ones from Batman: Arkham Origins:
      • The Riddler is an egomaniac and Tautological Templar who thinks he's Paying Evil Unto Evil by exposing dirty secrets in Gotham. During one of their exchanges, Batman demands that he stop. After Riddler states that he's mainly trying to clean up the streets, entice the police to do their jobs, and remove corruption, Batman replies that this is simply blackmail. Riddler then asks if what he's doing is worse than beating criminals up. Batman noticeably doesn't have a rebuttal for this.
      • Listen to Anarky's Character Filibuster after he's been apprehended and tied up, and he actually starts out with some good points. It's too bad that he quickly nose dives off the slippery slope and invalidates his own argument a few moments later.
      • The Joker points out how Batman hasn't accomplished much in his war on crime in the past two years, while he has only been in Gotham for two weeks yet he's done more help for Gotham by randomly doing his actions. These action include executing Commissioner Loeb, dethroning Black Mask, and exposing Blackgate as a Cardboard Prison. Despite being a psychopath, The Joker is entirely correct about these particular points.
      • The real Black Mask, after you capture him after the fight in the church, states that he will soon go free, as his resources are enough to buy or threaten the officials to release him, the judicial system (at least in Gotham) is a lie, and Batman himself is the sign of this. Add Anarky's information and your own knowledge about Gotham City, and it's difficult to disagree with his point.
  • In Wild ARMs 2, the villain Judecca mocks the simplistic idea of "the 'Demon' and the 'Hero'" during one of the first fights against him. And, the thing is, as far as the game's concerned... he's right. The game spends a lot of time analyzing The Hero, concluding that individual heroism is a good and necessary thing in the moment, but the world as a whole can't operate on Black-and-White Morality like that, and a person can't live that way without setting themselves up for a Heroic Sacrifice or a fall. The problem is that Judecca uses his dismissal of such simplistic morality as a reason to ignore morality entirely, instead of as a starting point for developing a more mature morality.
  • Perhaps most surprisingly, a Pokémon villain delivers one of these to the player in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Lillie yells at her mother Lusamine that people and Pokémon are not things to be collected. Lusamine promptly responds that that's exactly what a trainer does, even going to say that a trainer will remove Pokémon from their party to replace with others. They're not incorrect in that regard - the player has most likely done exactly that multiple times by that point in the game.
    • In Pokémon Black and White, Ghetsis reasons that Legendary Pokemon can be defeated, or captured and controlled by Trainers, just like any other Pokemon, so worshiping them like gods is superstitious nonsense.
  • Far Cry 4 gives us Pagan Min who is a neverending source of these. It was entirely intentional, as Amita and Sabal are revealed to be almost, if not more, villainous than him.
    • Not one minute after his first appearance he laments that "when you give food to monkeys they just throw their shit at each other". Implied racism aside, considering he ordered his men to stop the bus and it instead ended in a fierce gunfight, everyone except Ajay and Darpan dead, and the bus in flames, his frustration at their aggression isn't unjustified.
      Pagan Min: I distinctly remember saying "stop the bus!" Yes, "stop the bus," not "shoot the bus." I'm very particular with my words. "stop" "shoot" "stop" "shoot". Do these words sound the same?
    • One of his radio messages has him gloat about robbing and hoarding Kyrati treasures to sell off for personal gain, with members of the Golden Path lamenting that they are "losing a piece of their heritage with every treasure Min sells". This is true, heritage is very important, and Min is using the money for entirely selfish things, but he justifies doing so over the radio in a way that's very hard to refute:
      Pagan Min: The Golden Path says I stole its wealth, but I did no such thing! They robbed themselves for centuries instead of putting it to good use! There's a lesson for you, Ajay. People are hypocrites, and they all want someone to blame for their shit-filled lives, they never want to accept their share of the responsibility. The next time they're whining about building schools or clinics, remember they've been hiding away their fortune in dusty old monasteries for centuries!
    • Near the end when you confront him, he points out that all you've done is wasted your time running around with the Golden Path and that you should have just stayed with him. He's absolutely correct: staying at the table at the beginning for about fifteen minutes has him return and peacefully take you to Lakshmana, ending the game right then and there.
  • Speaking of Far Cry, Vaas Montenegro from Far Cry 3 also raises some good points. When he finds Jason has gained a tattoo and warrior training from Vaas' sister, Citra of the Rakyat. Vaas promptly gives Jason a breaking lecture:
    Vaas: You are angry, Jason. You... are angry. I get that. I get it. I mean, without family, who the fuck are we? There was a time I would do anything for my sister. I mean, the first time I ever killed was for my sister... Not enough for her, no, no, no, no, no, please. You see, the thing about our loved ones, right- our FUCKING loved ones!- they come and they BLINDSIDE you every fucking time. So they say to me, they say, "Vaas, Vaas... Who the FUCK is it going to be?! THEM or ME?! MEEEEEEE!!! OR THEM?! Like, like you know... like they fucking think that I need to make a fucking choice!
    • By the end of the game, you learn that Vaas was correct when he said that Jason couldn't trust Citra. Their relationship was one-sided, consisting of Citra emotionally manipulating Jason, and she only ever mentions Vaas in a sob story to get Jason to fight Hoyt Volker for her. Once he succeeds in overthrowing the Privateers, Citra has his friends and loved ones taken prisoner, forcing him to either kill his friends and join the Rakyat, or spare them and leave the Rook Islands behind. If he kills his friends, Citra stabs him to death after he has sex with her, on the logic that their child will end up surpassing Jason as the Rakyat's greatest warrior, and therefore Jason has outlived his usefulness. No doubt Citra presented Vaas with that same decision, which is what drove him to side with Hoyt in the first place.
  • Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak's antagonists are Kiith Gaalsien, a religious extremist faction that opposes the development of space travel for fear of divine retribution. At the very end of the campaign, the Big Bad goes on a long rant about how the good guys will bring fiery death and destruction down on all Kharak if they continue down this path... And anyone who has played the original Homeworld will be acutely aware that that's exactly what happens, albeit for reasons that have a lot less to do with divine wrath than the Gaalsien believed.
  • Ghaul's "Reason You Suck" Speech to the Guardians in Destiny 2, while self serving, isn't entirely wrong. He calls them out on how undisciplined they are, and claims that they are not brave but have simply grown unafraid of death thanks to their Resurrective Immortality. Despite being the protectors of humanity and the Traveler, the Tower and Vanguard are only Mildly Military at best. With only a vague command structure, which does not issue orders so much as post bounties to entice Guardians into action. The closest thing to standardized training being arena combat in the Crucible. Being depowered sends a lot of them into Heroic BSoD with Ikora admitting that she has forgotten what its like to live without the Light, and is afraid of dying permanently.
  • In Persona 5, while the villains/targets are ultimately responsible for their own actions, they do bring up a good point that the rigid Japanese society's flaws are to partly blame for the way they turned out, such as the public's mistreatment towards the poor (Madarame, Kaneshiro, Okumura), the stress due to people's high expectations (Kamoshida), undeserving blame for those looking for a scapegoat (Futaba), sexist discrimination in a male-dominated workplace (Sae), the stigma of being an illegitimate child (Akechi), or the belief that they need to preserve themselves and a chosen few in a continuously declining society (Shido).
  • Summed up perfectly by Valerian Mengsk when he first meets Jim Raynor in Starcraft II and proposes an alliance. Granted, Valerian is a far better man than he first appears, but when introduced as a villain...
    Raynor: So I'm just a cog in your machine?
    Valerian: If it gets you what you want, do you care?
    Raynor: ... Guess I don't...
  • In Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion, while Commander Tatar is working off an heavily idealized view of long-deceased humanity (which caused its own extinction following five World Wars) for their comparison, they aren't completely wrong in their assessment of the cephalopod-dominated world. The games have made a point for some time now that the Inklings are fashion-obsessed, sport-focused hedonists who have a bad tendency to overlook or forget the harm they cause others, while the Octarians have taken their desire for revenge over the war to heights that border on irrational, with their entire society heavily implied to be geared towards military combat training and engineering. So you can see where the villain is coming from in calling both species disappointments, even if their "solution" is to cause a Class 6 apocalypse and create their own genetically superior species.
  • In Yandere Simulator, though Ayano was mostly saying it to manipulate Kokona into doing her bidding, she was completely right when she points out that all the gifts, money, jewelery and expensive items Musume gets from her Loan Shark father is directly a result of him exploiting Kokona's father, and Musume isn't even grateful for any of it.
    • She also brings up the accurate point that Osana's abrasive attitude towards Taro doesn't do much to prove that she that she actually does love Senpai.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: Xehanort may be a Manipulative Bastard and Drunk on the Dark Side, but his statements that Master Eraqus only thinks in absolutes regarding light and darkness aren't entirely wrong, considering the fact that Eraqus failed Terra in the Mark of Mastery Exam for showing a mere spark of darkness in his fighting style, accidental or otherwise.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, when the party invades Magnius's ranch and Lloyd calls him out on imprisoning the people of Palmacosta and vows to save them, Magnius retorts that Lloyd failed to do exactly that in Iselia, which resulted in the death of Marble, which pisses off Chocolat so much that she refuses to be rescued by her grandmother's murderer (even if Lloyd didn't intend to kill her).
    • When the party escape Welgaia into the Tower of Salvation and confront the Big Bad, Lloyd calls him out on preventing the Great Seed from germinating just so that he can revive Martel. Yggdrasill retorts that Lloyd did more or less the same thing when he abandoned the dying world of Sylvarant just to save Colette. Lloyd has no rebuttal to this.
    • Rodyle isn't entirely wrong when he angrily rants about how Colette's Cruxis Crystal failed to power the Mana Canon and blames it on Colette, pointing out she's thus far failed to save the world and consistently puts her friends in danger. Given this is the third time in the game (and not even the last) the party have to drop everything they're doing to save her, he's got a point.
    • What kicks off the Lloyd's journey. He and Genis are forced to flee their village after an attack by the Desians. The Desians' attack is Disproportionate Retribution, and they establish themselves as a bunch of murdering racists, but as they point out, they had a non aggression treaty with the village that Lloyd broke by going to their ranch and killing a couple of their men.
  • The Outer Worlds: The opening level in Emerald Vale revolves around a conflict over electrical power between Reed Tobson, the manager of a Company Town, and Adelaide McDevitt, the leader of a community of deserters living a low-tech existence in an old botanical lab. If you side with the deserters, routing power away from the town to their settlement (this being an Obsidian game, the badly damaged geothermal plant can't power both at full capacity and you need a critical electrical part from one settlement to repair your ship), you have the option to justify yourself to Tobson. Depending on your dialog choices, he may point out he never asked you to "liberate" him or the town from the Mega-Corp, and that Adelaide hates him personally, wanting revenge for her son who died of plague because there wasn't enough medicine. (Of course, the "plague" is at least partly due to nutrient deficiency from the town subsisting entirely off its own canned fish—the deserters are able to grow vegetables—and Tobson followed company policy to only treat "good workers" in the event of a shortage, here meaning workers who weren't sick.) However, the player can Take a Third Option and route power to the town but have Adelaide take over and improve everyone's quality of life.
  • Trails Series:
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC's primary antagonist, Alan Richard, insists on finding a forbidden artifact because he wants to have something powerful enough to intimidate other nations into submission. Unlike in most stories like this, his motivation is not to Take Over the World, but simply to defend his country from invasion from the larger superpowers surrounding Liberl, which he claims only survived the last war due to their technological advantage with airships. Although Estelle rightfully chews him out for this, his fears are not unfounded considering the neighbouring Erebonia is not only much bigger than Liberl, but also a militaristic nation that is raring for another fight. Indeed, the sequel has Erebonia take advantage of Liberl's moment of weakness, a nation-wide power outage, in order to invade despite having a non-aggression pact with them, and only some deft diplomatic maneuvering manages to forestall it until the power returns.
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero reveals in its sequel Trails to Azure that several characters were Evil All Along. Dieter, Arios, and Ian all had the common motivation of making Crossbell a strong nation that doesn't bend over for the sake of Erebonia and Calvard, two larger nations fighting with each other for the right to rule over Crossbell. Police Are Useless in Crossbell because of the influence the two nations have on Crossbell's internal politics. A lot of criminals have ties to either the pro-Erebonia or pro-Calvard factions, and are thus able to bribe their way out of trouble. The two nations also help themselves to a chunk of Crossbell's tax revenue because it has the "privilege" of being a buffer state between the two conflicting nations. Factors such as these and more make it understandable why the villains want Crossbell to be independent.
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel gives us Chancellor Osborne, who is shown to be expansionist and militaristic, but whose policies have also stripped the nobility of a lot of their power. Considering a lot of the nobility in Erebonia cares more about indulging their desires than leading their subjects, Osborne has a good case for enacting policies that lessen their power. This point has made him a Villain with Good Publicity among Erebonia's commoners, who have benefitted from his policies.
    • Roy Gramhardt, the new president of the Calvard Republic, becomes a retroactive example in the epilogue of Cold Steel IV, as it wouldn't be until the next game that hints are dropped about him being a President Evil. During the post-war negotiations between Erebonia and Calvard, while he was still president-elect, he pressured then-active president Samuel Rocksmith into making Erebonia pay huge reparations as part of the ceasefire conditions, even though Rocksmith didn't support the idea. However, this makes sense when one remembers how Erebonia instigated the war in the first place. Erebonia tried to frame Calvard for the failed assassination of Emperor Eugent, and used it as a Pretext for War. Said war would've engulfed the entire continent and lead to casualties in the millions if a ceasefire wasn't called. The epilogue also makes it a point to note how furious the rest of Zemuria was with the empire's actions when the truth got out, showing Roy's not alone in thinking Erebonia needs to be held accountable for its actions.
  • A minor instance in Celeste, as by that point in the game, Badeline isn't considered a villain anymore. In Chapter 9, they attempt to serve as a voice of reason for Madeline at the beginning of the chapter, regularly pointing out that she's clearly in denial of Granny's death and that they're both dreaming anyway. They're shut down each time, and Madeline continues onwards.
  • In Mortal Kombat, Noob Saibot is Made of Evil and has thoroughly embraced the role. However, some of his prematch dialogue, he is not wrong about the points he makes.
    • He was unjustly killed by Scorpion as he tells Raiden and "losing trust" in him was not justice at all.
    • He was killed before he could pass on the Sub-Zero mantle, so technically he never did relinquish the name willingly, even if Kuai Liang said, "the name was Grandfather's first".
    • When Frost says she will become the Grandmaster, he points out his younger brother (whom he despises) would still be a better leader than a whiny, entitled brat like her.
    • Shao Khan offers him to join him and conquer realms. Nobb demands him to name one realm he controls, which Shao Khan obviously cannot answer.
  • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War has A World With No Boundaries, rogue soldiers fighting for global anarchy and the abolishment of nations following the surrender of Belka. Sure, their methods are horrendous, using stolen Belkan superweapons and a nuclear missile to topple down governments and once defeated, some of them (Wizard 1 and Pixy) see their methods were flawed, but they're right on the money with their claims about how wars always end up with the winners squabble about who gets the bigger piece of the pie and that borders will always be a source of conflict, with the Circum-Pacific War and the Lighthouse War orchestrated by Belkan nationalists working as scientists or government insiders, aiming to avenge their country as proof.
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, nobody argues that the ingrained societal problems the Flame Emperor a.k.a. Edelgard von Hresvelg is trying to fix don't exist - they just take umbrage with their methods (terrorism and a continent-wide war with the intent of conquest).
  • In League of Legends, Sylas is absolutely right that Demacia has been committing basically genecide against mages and magical beings and created a system of oppression that lasted decades and has people imprisoned for life and exacts capital punishment upon them simply because they have magic. However his ultimate goal is to dismantle the Demacian government by force and he doesn't care that there will be blood. He also doesn't have any plans or consideration for any practical policy to replace Demacia once he does destroy it, hinting his revolution is more about personal revenge than any real altruism.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry's Meakashi-hen, as completely insane and sadistic is Shion Sonozaki is at this point, she's actually got a good point when she's calling Kimiyoshi out over Satoshi being treated unfairly due to Sins of Our Fathers. Might be a social commentary by the author, since it comes up again in Minagoroshi-hen.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Erika Furudo mocks the series' Arc Words ("Without love, it cannot be seen"), and says that love can make people see things that don't exist. Later on, the story delves into the more negative aspects of love, such as Kinzo Ushiromiya deluding himself into believing his daughter Beatrice Ushiromiya was her mother's reincarnation and the tragic results.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
    • At the very end of the first game's bonus case, Damon Gant admits that the reason he had gone vigilante was because he couldn't stand how much the law limited his ability to bring justice to criminals, and indicates that Edgeworth may soon have the exact same problem. True to form, in the Ace Attorney Investigations games, one of the biggest problems that Edgeworth faces is criminals hiding behind their wealth, influence over the law community, and various laws (such as extraterritorial rights or the Statute of Limitations), or corrupt political entities like the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee preventing him from investigating crimes and using cover-ups by falsely charging criminals (like charging Knightly for attempting to assassinate president Huang (the assassination attempt was actually a fake publicity stunt), instead of for murdering his superior). Even Dogen, a former assassin in Investigations 2, recognizes how fucked up the system is.
    • Morgan Fey is a bitter woman who is jealous of her younger sister Misty for being chosen as Master of Kurain instead of her. Her desire to have her daughter Pearl become the next Master instead of Misty's daughter Maya is so great that she tries to frame Maya for murder in 2-4, and kill her and/or frame her for murder in 3-5. That said, she has a legitimate point about how Pearl is a more talented spirit medium than Maya at a younger age, since Pearl channels Mia perfectly on her first attempt, whereas Maya only manages the feat after Phoenix is nearly convicted of Mia's murder.
  • Fate/stay night: An All There in the Manual example. Gilgamesh plans to use the corrupted Grail to unleash all of humanity's sins upon the world, which will kill off ninety percent of the population, and then rule over what remains. The heroes never discuss this plan; he obviously needs to be stopped, there is no need to talk about it. But due to the way magic works, there's nothing inherently wrong with his plan. The people of Uruk were practically a Precursor race, part of the reason for humanity's decline is because magic has been spread out among too many people, and as humanity's first king Gilgamesh does have the divine right to make this sort of decision. But it never gets brought up in text because obviously he can't be allowed to kill billions of people.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • While Ilia Amitola may be with the White Fang and support Adam's extremism, she makes a valid point when she insists to Blake that humans either hate Faunus or stand back and let the hate happen. Her words serve as a Call-Back to Volume 1 when Velvet, a rabbit Faunus, was being harassed by Cardin Winchester; although both Teams RWBY and JNPR all expressed disgust with Team CRDL's behavior and sympathy for Velvet's plight, none of them intervened to help her — not even Blake. While Blake still doesn't condone Ilia's actions and insists she's going about it the wrong way, she notably cannot refute Ilia's claim.
    • Tyrian is an insane serial killer with an insatiable lust for chaos and bloodshed. However, he's also extremely perceptive. When Emerald and Mercury argue about whether it's right for them to be working with Salem without Cinder, Mercury declares that this is the place where he feels like he belongs. Tyrian correctly states that Mercury is just an abuse victim who is staying with Salem's team because he's terrified of leaving the cycle of pain and violence he grew up with. He then points out to both of them that leaving Salem is no longer their choice, so they better find a place for themselves or he'll be the one ordered to kill them... and he'll enjoy that.
      • Later, in Volume 8, Tyrian mocks the other members of Salem's circle for not realizing that Salem's intentions are to cause The End of the World as We Know It, telling them that it's plainly obvious rather than the spiels she used to attract each of them into her service.
    • Cinder is a sadistic sociopath with an insatiable hunger for power, but when she learns that Raven is the real Spring Maiden, she remarks that the previous Maiden likely trusted Raven closely, which was most likely a mistake. It clearly strikes a nerve with Raven, and for good reason; in the very next episode, Yang deduces that Raven murdered the previous Spring Maiden and took her power for herself, which Raven does not deny.
    • Despite Adam's anti-human extremism, well-intentioned or not, his overall views of humanity aren't entirely unfounded. For as long as the in-universe history shows, humans have been treating Faunus as nothing more but animals to either be enslaved or to make monsters out of them. In the current time of the setting where the kingdoms are experiencing an incredible time of peace (Pre-Volume 3), Faunus discrimination is still at large, ranging from shops that refused to serve them to exploiting them for unethical labor practices. Considering how his Amity Arena bio describes Adam's past of him being forced to work as a laborer for the SDC and gotten branded with their logo on his face, it's not hard to see where he's coming from.
  • Hazel is the Token Good Teammate for Salem's faction, disliking needless killing and trying to avoid battles if it can be helped. But he's also with the villains because he has a very personal grudge against Ozpin, who is the Salem's main opposition, over the death of his sister. This leads him to outright refusing to see any good in Ozpin's actions and partake in a lot of blame shifting towards him, despite his willing alignment with an Omnicidal Maniac. When he gets called out on this in Volume 8 he elaborates on his motives. While there is a lot of self-serving rhetoric (a mix of the fact he can do jack squat to Salem so he sees Ozpin as an easier target and her straight up lying about her plans) he does have one very valid condemnation of the man; Ozpin has been recruiting others into an endless war against an enemy he knows can not be killed, all while hiding the truth from everyone. As selfish as Hazel's motives are he's absolutely right about this point, as the heroes turned agaisnt Ozpin in Volume 6 for discovering the exact the same thing.

  • Girl Genius features two examples of people who are more "antagonists" than out-and-out villains, but still...
    • Othar Tryggvassen (Gentleman Adventurer!!) and his one-by-one Spark-extermination policy. This is viewed as bad by our heroine and her friends, mainly because she's a Spark, but Othar is highly regarded and loved by the general (non-Spark) populace of Europe for his efforts. As summed up by one put-upon minion in a side-story:
      Squibbs: Let me see if I understand this. He thinks all the problems in Europe are caused by the mad scientists who build all the monsters. The mad scientists who vie with each other to see who can be the first to turn the population into wombat bats or clam people or stylish furniture. The raving lunatics who set off life-size chocolate volcanoes and unleash flash floods of porridge upon innocent villages. Othar wants to destroy these people, and you think he's insane?!
    • Klaus Wulfenbach, who maintains order (along with genuine peace and prosperity) across Europe via merciless naked force against all current and potential threats, cowing aforementioned Sparks to his cause and focusing their efforts into productive avenues and killing those who refuse to fall in line. He ruthlessly hunts down/tries to kill the protagonist Agatha because of the quite-genuine threat her mere existence brings to everything he's accomplished. Unfortunately, part of the problems he's having is due to Poor Communication Kills and a bit of Wrong Genre Savvy regarding how to deal with Agatha, which is one of the reasons why Agatha ran away from him and ended up setting off the Disaster Dominoes that ended up with the Pax Wulfenbach ending. And then there are hints of there being a Stable Time Loop in place...
  • In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures, Beings (the "normals" of the setting, assorted morphic animals) are repeatedly called out over Fantastic Racism towards Creatures (supernatural entities with drastically superior power, such as Demons, Dragons, Fae and Incubi). Particular criticism is laid against the Being practice of sponsoring adventurers, who are given actual licenses to hunt and kill Creatures and are noted as being susceptible to Van Helsing Hate Crimes. However, Beings license adventurers because Creatures are not only drastically more powerful than ordinary Beings, but because Creatures proudly preach their adherence to their own Blue-and-Orange Morality and, as such, will butcher, eat and otherwise abuse Beings if they see fit. Worse, Creatures tend to assume roles of political and legal power and so they gladly bend the law to support them — witness how a Creature is punished for murdering a dozen Beings with just a cheap fine. Beings don't really have any options between "train individuals to kill off the most openly abusive Creatures" and "be toys and fodder for any Creature who comes along", because Creatures will not try to get along equitably.
    • It should be noted that the majority of adventurer-hate is laid against Demons and Incubi. Demons are the major believers in Might Makes Right, to the point of complaining of the "Moral Myopia" of Beings getting offended at being eaten because they weren't strong enough to stop a hungry Demon and officially not caring when one of their own kind is killed because a Demon weak enough to be killed deserved to die. Incubi are Emotion Eaters and shapeshifters with Charm Person powers who tend to casually manipulate, abuse and kill Beings for food, for their own plans or just for the hell of it. It's kind of understandable why Beings hate them so much.
    • A more specific example is the attempted assassination of Kria Soulstealer. As much as the assassin is portrayed as the bad guy, they do have the point that Kria is a ravening cannibalistic mass-murder who proudly boasts of her Chaotic Evil status. This is a woman who encouraged her infant daughter to eat other people's children, makes it a habit of killing and maiming at random For the Evulz, and eats people whenever she's angry, hungry or bored. It's rather understandable that people want her dead. Even Kria herself acknowledges she causes murderous responses and so she just assumes everyone she meets probably wants to kill her for some atrocity she inflicted but doesn't care enough to recall.
    • A cynical observer might contemplate that the Early Installment Weirdness was invoked, in that the author realised she had to whitewash just how bad Creatures are as a whole because, as it was, the Being adventurer attitude of "kill them all, they almost certainly deserve it" made far too much sense. Even half-Demon Lorenda, the "nice one", chowed down on multiple people in the early stories despite being explicitly called out as not being as predatory as a pure-blood Demon, to the point she was evicted from her original apartment because she had eaten so many of the other tenants.
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, McBonald eventually comes to the realization that the Dr. sees him as one of his villains, which he considers hilarious. While McBonald is not the most ethical business man, he points out to the Dr. that all he did was sell some novelty burgers that coincidentally shared his name, and the Dr. responded by knocking out a restaurant full of customers, destroying his robots, and assaulting him. The Dr. admits he has a point.
  • Schlock Mercenary has Xinchub, one of the most oleaginous villains ever put to print, delivering a surprisingly excellent speech after Jevee Ceeta and Tagon pass the buck — sending him a collection of biocidal, and thoroughly idiotic robots, to take care of. Well, he is a politician...
    Jeeta: Just because he's right doesn't mean you're not allowed to hate him.
  • Redcloak from The Order of the Stick is a goblin who saw all the ugliness of assuming a race is Always Chaotic Evil - bigotry, squallor, and even guilt-free massacre of his people - and has decided to carve a path of bloody revolution to see his people's debts repayed. When Durkon finally learns why the goblins are fighting, he can't help but agree that the goblins deserved better, even if Redcloak himself might be going too far. (It turns out he's wrong about it being done on purpose, but that doesn't make it any better.)
    Redcloak: The larger point is that goblins do not have- and never had- the same opportunities as the rest of you. If you and your friends raid a goblin camp, kill everyone and take all of their money, they call you adventurers. If me and my friends do the same to a human village, they call us monsters. And it's not by accident! This was done to us on purpose! Your gods made us fodder for you! We were put here so your "heroes" could kill us and become more powerful! We were betrayed by our own creators from the moment we first drew breath- and that betrayal has led to goblin suffering ever since!! We want goblins to be on equal footing as everyone else. No more. Not one drop less.
  • I Don't Want This Kind of Hero: Discussed. Orca tells Naga that the organization Spoon belongs to isn't exactly clean, and the fact that the existence of Knife hasn't been publicized throws further suspicion on them. When Naga then relates this to Dana, asking for answers, she admits that that's all true—but does it matter? Even if Spoon has its shady areas, that doesn't change the fact that Knife is full of mass murderers who need to be stopped.

    Web Original 
  • Cracked: Invoked with "9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along".
  • Linkara invokes this in his rant about why Izaak Crowe's whining in Batman: Fortunate Son is idiotic, followed by the relevant clip from The Dark Knight:
    Linkara: I hate to agree with a villain, but The Joker is right!
  • Deadcoders Reviews has this opinion in regards to Code Lyoko:
    "Some people ask why XANA immediately tried to kill Jeremie in this episode, given that Jeremie really isn't a threat. I think I figured out why XANA tries to exterminate humanity. When XANA was first created, the very first person he met was Franz Hopper, a man so crazy that even Aelita pointed it out at one point. The next person he met was Aelita. Since XANA has at least a peripheral understanding of the outside world, he can sense what's going on in the factory. That means that he can sense the horrors of French engineering. He can also sense the school, which means that he can sense the amazing incompetence of a school that hired Jim, hired a man as crazy as Franz Hopper, keeps open containers of toxic waste near children, and is run by a man so spineless that Sissi can manipulate him. He can also sense the hospital, and the horrors of the french mental healthcare system. Based on all these things at once, my guess is that XANA encountered all of these horrors of humanity, and it's first reaction to a species that consistently produced such horrible things was, "AHH! KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE! actually, SCREW FIRE, KILL IT WITH FIRE, ORBITAL BOMBARDMENT, DEATH LASERS, CAPTAIN JANEWAY'S CYBERNETIC SPIDERS, ARMIES OF ROBOTS, THE POWER OF STEPHEN KING NOVELS, WEATHER, ELECTRIC TAR, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT COMES TO MIND!" XANA is not evil. It's just trying to save itself and all other species from the horrors of humanity. Given that the main and secondary cast includes Yumi, an implied domestic abuser; Ulrich, a disturbed stalker; Jim, a person who smiles at the thought of rubbing himself with poop; Jeremie, a necrophile; Aelita, a pedophile; Odd, a manwhore moron; and other horrors, I kind of have to side with XANA on this one."
  • Discussed at length and ultimately deconstructed in this blog post by Eliezer Yudkowsky of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality fame. Yudkowsky deliberately made the villains of HPMOR, and their perspectives, as believable and easy to understand as possible, not to cheerlead them but to demonstrate, in his opinion, how the psychology of evil actually works. Taking care to distinguish this trope from other, similar tropes like Both Sides Have a Point and Gray-and-Grey Morality (the latter of which HPMOR is often pegged as), he points out that "self-justification is cheap," and that a villain who makes a strong argument is not necessarily justified in what they do.
    "When I'm writing HPMOR's Death Eaters, I'm trying to pass the Ideological Turing Test for Death Eaters—-when I write Draco Malfoy's viewpoint, I'm writing about Death Eaters the way that Draco Malfoy would see them. The goal is that a real Death Eater would read my Draco Malfoy viewpoint and not say, “Aha! This was clearly written not by the real Draco Malfoy, but by someone who wanted to make Death Eaters look bad.” ... Professor Quirrell is being written with a goal of making sure that the real Professor Quirrell wouldn't be able to point to one of his lines and say, “What? I wouldn't say that. There are much more persuasive arguments for a nation that stands strong under a strong ruler, like—-“"
  • Outside Xbox brought up a couple of video game examples in the video "7 Bad Guys Who Had a Point, Now I Think About It"
  • The Onion:
    • "U.S. Authorities Can't Really Fault Al-Qaeda For Deadly Bombing Of Carnival Cruise Ship"
      Following Monday's deadly terrorist attack on a Carnival Cruise Line ship, U.S. officials have had difficulty issuing a stern condemnation of the incident, saying that while any act of terrorism is inexcusable, they couldn't completely blame al-Qaeda for wanting to blow up what is essentially a giant, floating symbol of everything that is truly god-awful about America.
    • "Hostage Negotiator Has To Admit Terrorist Has Good Point"
      "Well, I don't approve of threatening the lives of over 300 innocent civilians, but I have to agree that the Turkish troops have no business being in Cyprus, the only European country occupied by a foreign army."
  • Neopets: Xandra did have a legitimate point: the Faeries do comparatively little for Neopia, and yet everyone idolises and reveres them. However, her response was... well... there aren't many people who'd say that crashing Faerieland into Neopia was the right thing to do. The Fairy Queen actually admits that she DID have a point and she and the rest of the Faeries resolve to do more for Neopia.
  • In season 15 of Red vs. Blue, there's Temple, leader of the Blues and Reds. While his retribution is a little extreme, as he he unhesitatingly kills people with very little to do with his grievances, he definitely has a point that the UNSC and Project Freelancer used them as Cannon Fodder for a war that didn't even exist, which resulted in him losing his best friend to a petty grudge between Tex and Carolina. He definitely has a good reason to be upset. Later, he chews out Tucker and Simmons for treating their teammate Caboose like a baby instead of adult. Although he does this while mocking Caboose over Church's death and revealing he's never coming back he does make a few good points that because Caboose is treated like a baby just because of his lower intelligence he can't understand basic concepts like death.
  • Dragon Ball DC Lex Luthor quizzing Gohan on how to handle a crisis. Luthor is as a much of Jerkass as you'd expect, but he makes a valid point when asking Gohan on what he should try to save first, he tells him to focus on buildings before people because emergancy responders can save the people, but not the entire buildings like he can. That show doesn't frame Luthor's line of thinking as correct but he does have a point.
  • The whole premise behind the podcast The Villain Was Right, where they examine movies from the antagonist (or Hero Antagonist) point of view and discuss whether they were wrong or perhaps some of the heroes were in the wrong.

    Western Animation 
  • Azula can sometimes be a source of uncomfortable truths in Avatar: The Last Airbender. She tells Zuko at the start of season 2 that he wouldn't have been sent on a Snipe Hunt in the first place if his father cared about him at all, let alone welcoming him back after he completely failed. She also tells the Dai Li that no matter what they do they are simply never going to be trusted by the earth king or his soldiers again. The moment she says that, the screen cuts to a rather sad looking agent acknowledging the obvious truth. They won't be trusted again, in part because a large number of their members simply aren't trustworthy, even if that doesn't apply to all of them.
    • In season 3, she warns Zuko against visiting Iroh in prison since it can make him look suspcious. It's a rare moment where Azula actually appears to looking out for her brother.
    • The introduction of Zhao back in season 1. He quickly establishes himself as a Jerkass he belittles Zuko at every opportunity, saying Zuko has no chance of catching the Avatar before him due to Zhao's resources, while Zuko is just a banished prince. Zuko rebuttles that he will be allowed to return home when he captures the Avatar, to which Zhao points out if the Fire Lord wanted Zuko back he would have allowed him to return. The more the show goes on the more it's made clear that Zhao was right, even before Azula was sent to arrest Zuko.
  • The Batman: Francis Grey's complaint about his 17 year sentence for stealing a small item:
    Francis: I took a watch! Everything else was just an accident.
  • Castlevania (2017):
    • Alucard argues with his father Dracula over his plan to Kill All Humans because the Bishop executed his wife at the stake, pointing out he can't wipe out all humanity based on the actions of one person. While Alucard is certainly right, Dracula makes a damn good point when he points out that anyone could have stood up for Lisa, but chose not to do so. The show's main hero, Trevor, later echoes this exact same sentiment and, when told why Dracula is on the warpath, simply swears because he knows this trope is in effect.
    • Carmilla makes a good point against Dracula next, by pointing out that he could have taken better (or really any steps to protect his somewhat Ditzy Genius wife and that starting an all-out genocidal war to avenge her makes no sense.
    • One of Dracula's monsters gives a Breaking Speech to the Bishop about how said execution ultimately led to their rampage, because no matter how much he insists she was a witch, it's clear that God Is Displeased with him.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door. In "Operation FOUNTAIN" the Delightful Children want to destroy the Fountain of Youth, claiming that if news of it spread, children would be tempted to use it to stay young forever. Well, their overall goal is far from noble, but they may have something. The Fountain's effect is temporary, and Leona has used it so much that her childhood has become something of an addictive drug that she can't shake. Even if it was not, the idea of eternal youth has downsides that they don't seem to consider.
  • DC Animated Universe:
    • Batman: The Animated Series:
      • Lock-Up points out that Arkham is a Cardboard Prison with a revolving door, and the villains keep coming back. This doesn't justify his excessive punishments, but it's telling that, when he shows up in the comics, Batman does briefly team up with him.
      • "Joker's Wild" inverts this when Batman, caught in one of the Joker's explosive death traps with which he also plans to level a casino, manages to talk his way out by pointing out to the Joker that he's playing into the casino owner's hands, since the guy is trying to get the casino destroyed as part of an insurance scam. Much as it infuriates him, Joker realizes Batman is right, and he decides to abandon his death trap to go settle accounts with the casino owner instead.
        Joker: I hate it when you make sense!
    • It's quite hard to fault Agent Bennet's fears and animosity for the titular synthoid from The Zeta Project, even in spite of all the signs that the thing developing a conscience is genuine. His fears that its "conscience" is merely a Manchurian Agent ploy programmed into it by terrorists or just a malfunction is valid, and notably the synthoid used lethal force against Bennet's men in its Batman Beyond introductory episode until Max convinced it not to, proving it is indeed willing and able to hurt people to get what it wants.
    • Justice League Unlimited:
      • Although they shot themselves in the foot multiple times by being more of a threat to the world than the Justice League, it's acknowledged even In-Universe that Project Cadmus has a point about the scary potential of what the Justice League could do if they wanted (especially since they were visited by an Alternate Universe League, the Justice Lords, who had conquered their world and come to do the same to this one), especially given some of the questionable decisions that the Justice League has made. Most notably, installing a giant laser in their orbital base and aiming it at the planet without asking for anyone's permission or even telling them about it.
        Martian Manhunter: We must also consider the possibility that Cadmus is right to be afraid of us...
        Supergirl: [outraged] WHAT?!
        Martian Manhunter: ...and there is strong evidence of Cadmus having legitimate connections to the government.
        Superman: Maybe, to some rogue black ops group! The real government wouldn't get involved in anything like this!
        Green Arrow: Hey, I'm the only guy in the room who doesn't have superpowers, and let me tell you: you guys scare me. What if you do decide to go down there, taking care of whoever you think is guilty? Who could stop you? Me?
        Supergirl: So you want the government to have a bunch of superhuman weapons just to keep us in check?!
        Green Arrow: No... I don't know... Yeah.
        [Superman and Supergirl recoil in shock]
        Green Arrow: Look, I'm an old lefty. The government must do for people what people can't do for themselves. The people sure can't protect themselves from the likes of us.
      • The Justice Lord Batman pulled one of these on the League one in a scene that even the writers were unable to directly respond to.
        League!Batman: You grabbed power!
        Lord!Batman: And with that power, we've made a world where no eight year old boy will EVER lose his parents, because of some punk with a gun.
      • Subverted later on when League!Batman does gain a retort to this, after he watches a man get taken away by armed policemen just because he correctly pointed out his bill was wrong and refused to pay. League!Batman snidely informs Lord!Batman their parents would just love this place. Yeah, the Justice Lords have created a world where it's less likely for another kid to have his parents killed by a random mugger. Instead of worrying about that, he can worry about watching his parents get dragged away to life in prison for doing something as harmless as argue against being overly charged for their meal.
      • In fact, the Justice Lords themselves only took over the world because America had elected Lex freaking Luthor as President and allowed him to almost cause a nuclear war. You can kind of sympathize with their viewpoint that people that dumb shouldn't be allowed to rule themselves.
      • The Luthor from the Justice Lords' universe had a point in his Breaking Speech to Superman, saying that it wasn't the law that kept Superman from killing him. Superman liked the attention he got from being a hero. Superman admitted he was right, but seeing where that path led, he was done, and killed Luthor.
      • Justice Lord Superman had a point when he berates Superman for letting Luthor out of prison to stop them. Luthor doesn't turn on the Justice League, but because he was released his Evil Plan leads to him using the Justice League's Kill Sat on a civillian target, nearly uploads his brain into a new Amazo to kill Superman, fuses with Brainiac causing both villains to become more dangerous than ever and nearly destroy the Earth, and goes onto take over the Secret Society in attempt to revive Brainiac. His efforts to revive Brainiac fail, which instead brings back DARKSEID, who ends the Evil Power Vacuum on his planet that started after his death and leads his army to destroy all life on Earth.
      • In "The Return", the one who finally manages to get rid of Amazo is Luthor, who causes the god-like android to question his purpose and motivation, telling him, quite simply, that he's doing nothing with his near-omniscient power. It seems that, if Amazo has a weakness at all, it's lack of imagination. Amazo can't deny this, and leaves to find a purpose.
      • In "Destroyer", after the League and the Legion of Doom defeat Darkseid together, the villains protest that they deserve better than being immediately incarcerated. Batman concedes the point sufficiently to give them five minutes to run for it.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • Rasslor, in his eponymous episode of Dial M For Monkey (a back-up segment focusing on a super-powered monkey) pointed out that Monkey had a lot of spirit and would not give up, which lead to Rasslor making a Hazy Feel Turn. Sure, he was the villain of the episode.
    • Simion, a Villain of the Week monkey modelled on Planet of the Apes apes with a Charlton Heston voice had a point about humans experimenting on animals and also Apes in Space (the main focus of the issue) being cruel, oppressive and dangerous for the animals, even though he was the one who had been experimented on. He did have a very valid point that still rings true today, and this was in 1996 when animal rights activism was in the news, although before widespread Internet access was common.
    • In the episode "Comic Stripper", Mandark (who by this point was more of an annoyance/rival than a true threat) points out to Dexter that he had to learn moves from another comic and not "Mister Misery" as Dexter (in disguise) bought all the copies. His line at the end of the episode says it all:
    Mandark: How was I supposed to learn them if you bought them all?
  • Xanatos in Gargoyles is nothing if not pragmatic, so this trope is particularly evident when the heroes are... not so pragmatic. Most notably, in the middle of the "City of Stone" four-parter, when Goliath is about to attack Xanatos for helping Demona curse Manhattan, Xanatos asks Goliath "Do you want vengeance, or a solution?"
  • In Gravity Falls episode "Sock Opera", while it is a strategy to manipulate Dipper, Bill Cipher is not wrong when he points out to him that while he has regularly sacrificed and compromised his own needs and wants for Mabel, his twin has at best never really done anything to repay the favor and will at worst just continue to put her needs before his. Later on, when the triangle-shaped demon fights Mabel for the journal, he tells her that she had no problem abandoning her brother to obsess over her latest crush, not to mention taking one of his possessions without permission to use a prop in her puppet show. Unfortunately for him, Mabel realizes he's right, and resolves to stop him for her brother's sake, even if it means ruining her play.
    Bill: I mean, who would sacrifice everything they've worked for just for their dumb sibling?
    Mabel: ...Dipper would.
  • This is the cause for the plot of the Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure, in which Boogey presses charges against Grim for misusing his powers. The thing is, the facts that he brings up to the Underworld Court are perfectly accurate; Grim is indeed very irresponsible with the handling of his cosmic powers, routinely letting his scythe and other objects of arcane power get stolen. Also that he doesn't have enough will of his own, to resist being forced by the two self-serving kids to placating their selfish whims. He is even right when he says that Billy and Mandy are only Grim's friends because they can use him and about the other ugly things that he says about them being barbaric and wickedly loathsome. Of course, he says that all to get them into trouble and make Grim lose his job as psychopomp out of spite, but the points still remain.
  • In the Grand Finale of Jackie Chan Adventures, Shendu's son Drago becomes powerful enough to conquer the Earth after he has absorbed the elemental chis of the Demon Sorcerers. Shendu demands Uncle to release him from his confinement, arguing that he's the only one who can stand a chance against his son. Uncle refuses to trust the villain who has a history of backstabbing and tries to find a way to depower Drago. He's eventually forced to admit it's beyond his skills and releases Shendu. As the two villains fight one other, the heroes are able to banish both of them to the Netherworld.
  • The Legend of Korra: One of the recurring themes of the series, with Toph directly stating in the final season that every Big Bad started off with good ideas (equality, spirituality, freedom, unity) but went too far with them. Tenzin also tells Korra that she needs to learn things from her enemies.
    • The Equalists under Amon claim that benders in the United Republic of Nations are forcing non-benders to live as second class citizens. This belief carries some weight since the state is governed entirely by an unelected council that at the time was chaired solely by benders, the heavy hitters in the military and the police are mostly benders, the biggest sport in town is one that only benders can play, and benders apparently get more job opportunities (such as firebenders who power the generators with lightning) than non-benders. They attempt to get rid of this injustice through terrorism, armed revolution, and Amon using his mysterious power to permanently take people’s bending away. The unsuccessful Equalist Uprising does convince the United Republic to abolish its unelected council and hold elections for a democratic government, leading to the victory of the non-bender President Raiko and, according to Asami, a system in which non-benders also have a voice.
    • Unalaq is a tyrant who wants to unleash a Sealed Evil in a Can upon humanity and take over the world, but his goal of removing the barrier between the material world and the spirit world might not in itself be a bad thing. The dark spirit attack on the Southern Water Tribe's festival at the start of the season—and Unalaq's success in handling it did establish that there are problems resulting from humans falling out of touch with the spirits. After defeating him, Korra decides to leave the spirit portals open so that spirits can live among humans. While bringing back the spirits does cause some problems of coexistence in Republic City, it also results in some people around the world spontaneously developing airbending powers in season 3, which enables Tenzin to rebuild the Air Nation. Admittedly, that also leads to Zaheer getting airbending and managing to break himself and his companions out of prison.
    • Varrick has a point about the right of the Southern Water Tribe to use military force to resist Unalaq and his Northern Water Tribe's takeover despite the refusal of other countries to get involved, and while his "Nuktuk" movers are hilariously propagandistic, they do a lot to create popular sympathy for the Southern Water Tribe in the United Republic. He crosses the line with his plan to steal Future Industries from Asami and stage a False Flag Attack against President Raiko to persuade the United Republic to join the war.
    • Season 3 gives us Earth Queen Hou-Ting, who conscripts all of the new airbenders in Ba Sing Se as her personal army against their wills. While this is shown to be nothing but despicable, both she and Commander Bumi point out that as their monarch and head of state she really can conscript any of them she pleases. The problem is she's having them abducted in secret, keeping them from contacting their families and loved ones, having them "trained" by a Drill Sergeant Nasty Dai Li agent (he basically just earthbends projectiles at them and forces them to try and deflect them and punished Kai when he kept another airbender from getting hit), and is treating them like slaves.
    • At one point, a group of bandits tries to steal tax money the Earth Queen demanded Korra deliver to her in exchange for helping find the new airbenders in Ba Sing Se. After she and Asami fight them and drive them off, one of them exclaims that she's on the wrong side, and the gold belongs to the people. Korra admits that she has a feeling that he's right, but still delivers the gold in the hopes the Earth Queen would uphold her end of the bargain, and calls the Earth Queen out when she doesn't.
    • The main villains of Season 3, the Red Lotus society and their leader Zaheer, want to remove all world leaders and replace them with anarchy in the name of freeing people from the tyranny of their governments. Considering some of the authority figures we've already seen—the warmongering Fire Lords who preceded Zuko and Izumi, the inept President Raiko of the United Republic, and the cruel, vindictive Earth Queen—even Korra can’t deny that Zaheer is correct in identifying the problem. However, the Red Lotus is willing to murder Korra and innocent people associated with her just because they stand in the way. Furthermore, the Red Lotus's assumption that people will become happy and free if they simply destroy the existing governments without replacing them with anything turns out to be hopelessly naïve. This is demonstrated in season 4, which shows the Earth Kingdom has spent three years divided into many weak states which cannot protect their people from bandit attacks or guarantee the availability of food. This situation ends up creating the villain of the fourth season, Kuvira, who becomes a dictator as tyrannical as the Earth Queen was in her quest to reunite and rebuild the Earth Kingdom. Korra makes sure to point this out when she visits Zaheer in prison.
    • Zaheer is 100% right when he tells the Earth Queen that imprisoning Korra is idiotic because she’s flirting with causing an international incident. She and Raiko are the only world leaders to whom Korra doesn’t have a personal connection. Her dad, cousins, and Izumi could all send their armies in after her and Tenzin wouldn’t take it lightly either.
    • General Kuvira in Season 4 usurps the throne of the Earth Kingdom and instead crowns herself Emperor due to the heir apparent (Hou-Ting's bumbling nephew Wu) being an incapable leader who would essentially be a puppet installed by the other nations instead of a strong leader with enough authority to be able to push back against them. She also blames Suyin Beifong, her former mentor and surrogate mother for her complete refusal to stabilize the Earth Kingdom, not even with supplies, thus allowing the situation to get so bad. Having said that, Kuvira relies on Appeal to Force in all her negotiations, subjects her citizens to forced labor and reeducation camps, develops a superweapon to use against her enemies, and finally tries to conquer the diverse, democratic United Republic on the grounds that Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko created it out of the Fire Nation colonies that were stolen from the Earth Kingdom in the first place (ignoring the fact that the then-Earth King approved this). Wu himself eventually agrees with Kuvira about the obsolescence of the traditional monarchy after she is defeated, and decides to reform the Earth Kingdom into a republic with elected leaders.
  • In the original 1972 adaptation of The Lorax, the Once-ler tells the Lorax that if he shuts down production of the Thneed factories which are destroying the Truffula trees, it will put hundreds of workers and family members out of a job and be detrimental to the economy. Even the Lorax concedes that this would be too drastic a solution. Unfortunately, the Thneed production goes too far and the very last Truffula tree is cut down to make them, resulting in not only the permanent closing of the Once-ler's factory, but the complete destruction of a beautiful forest. And he deeply regrets this mistake.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
    • During her Near-Villain Victory in the season two finale, Queen Chrysalis indulges in some villainous gloating and points out that her plan could have easily been foiled earlier had the others actually listened to Twilight Sparkle's warnings that her brother's bride, Princess Cadance (who was all along captured and impersonated by Chrysalis herself) was evil instead of believing her to be just possessive of her brother and focusing in their wedding preparations. This prompts Applejack to apologize to Twilight on everyone's behalf.
    • In the Season 5 finale, although having ulterior motives of stopping Mane 6 from ever befriending one another, Starlight Glimmer does save past Fluttershy from the bullies and preaches to Twilight how in her utopian society of equality (which Twilight helped destroy earlier) Fluttershy wouldn't have been bullied in the first place. Twilight, while admitting that's not exactly a bad thing to strive for, quickly turns the tables back by pointing out the aforementioned ulterior motive.
    • Obvious motives aside, Principal Cinch from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games is fairly justified in accusing the Wonderbolts team of cheating after witnessing Rainbow Dash "pony up", and also noting that Canterlot High's sudden (and unexpected) boost in academics and athletics coincided with the introduction of magic. However, her point is somewhat invalidated by the fact that the Rainbooms only used their powers to save the students and did not use them in the games whatsoever.
    • In the episode Once Upon A Zeppelin, Twilight accuses Iron Will (who's more a Designated Villain) of using underhanded business tactics and exploiting her fame for his own purposes without her consent. Iron Will points out that said business practices were outlined in the contract he offered Twilight's mother. It was Twilight Velvet who signed it without reading it through first. Offering the "free" vacation to Twilight Velvet instead of directly to Twilight (Sparkle) may have been a bit underhanded, but it wasn't his fault that she didn't tell her daughter about the fine print and he had every right in the world to expect them to uphold their end of the bargain after he delivered his half of the bargain.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Phineas And Ferb Save Summer has L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. on the verge of bringing about a new ice age, part in thanks to Doofenshmirtz's -inator actually working. Not wanting any part in that, he rants to a fired Major Monogram on the streets, saying that while he knows this whole situation is his own fault, Monogram could have done something to prevent things from going so far instead of moping over the loss of his job. This is something he actually takes to heart and pushes him to free the O.W.C.A. agents.
  • While the Reach is just using it to discredit the Justice League, both they and early on, Mr. Twister point out that the version of the Justice League seen in Young Justice are using their teenaged sidekicks as Child Soldiers. Twister goes as far as to point out their ages and say he's disturbed by it.
  • Protagonist or not, Rick from Rick and Morty will gleefully point out that he's always right, and barring very rare occurrences he always is. He also tends to be the source of very uncomfortable but very accurate truths, particularly when he delivers The Reason You Suck Speeches to people:
    Rick: [on Beth and Jerry] Sorry, please proceed with your story about banging my daughter in high school. I'm not sure you wanna take romantic advice from this guy, Morty. His marriage is hanging from a thread [...] Jerry, it's your house. Whatever you say it is how it is, but I think a blind man could see that Beth is looking for the door. I barely have a reason to care and even I noticed.
    Rick: [on Jerry] I took your family?! Who do you think had taken more from them when you shot 20 CCs of liquid dream-killer into my daughter? She was Rick's daughter, Jerry! She had options! That all ended because she felt sorry for you. You act like prey, but you are a predator! You use pity to lure in your victims! That's how you survive. I survive cause I know everything, that snake survives because children wander off, and you survive cause people think "Ooh! This poor piece of shit he never gets a break! I can't stand the deafening silent wails of his wilting soul. I guess I'll hire him or marry him."
    • Evil Morty, after ascending to become President in 'The Ricklantis Mixup' immediately purges various Ricks and Mortys from the Citadel. While the act of course is heinous, most of the Shadow Council of Ricks wanted to rule over Mortys as their Puppet King, looking down and discriminating upon any Rick or Morty beneath them (which even our own Rick doesn't do), and most of the Mortys shown in the episode proved to be jerkasses who love to profit off their suffering, President Morty's actions look more like Pet the Dog than Ax-Crazy due to the fact that many (not all) good Ricks and Mortys are spared by him, and the ones he did off he did so because they were a direct threat to him rather than For the Evulz.
  • School For Vampires: Vampire Hunter Polidori is presented as the villain of the story, but while the child vampires may be more or less harmless, there is no denying that adult vampires can be quite a threat to humans, not in the least since they hunt humans for blood.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Toffee has the goal of destroying all traces of magic within the multiverse and nearly accomplishes this at the start of season three, only being stopped by Star at the last second. While his reasoning for this was based mostly on his centuries-long burning hatred for Mewmans (and the royal family in particular), fast-forward to the end of season four and Star coming to agree with him on the non-Fantastic Racism half of his argument: magic is such a dangerous and chaotic force that has been the source of so many issues throughout history that getting rid of it entirely may be the best way to stop the present conflict she's dealing with, as well as prevent any future conflicts from escalating in a similar manner. Of course, whether or not this was properly built up to is a major point of contention within the fandom.
    Star: I guess this means Toffee was right.
    Tapestry Toffee: SURPRISE!
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • In "The Hidden Enemy", one of the clones is revealed to be a traitor spying for the Separatists. After being caught and asked how he could do this, he retorts that the Republic and the Jedi are enslaving him and his brothers and forcing them to fight and die in a war they have no stake in without anything in return, that the other clones are too indoctrinated to realize how badly they're being treated, and that he only started working for the Separatists because they promised him freedom. And the thing is, everything he says is absolutely true. While his actions solved nothing and ultimately only resulted in the deaths of more clones, his motives are hard to find any fault in.
    • Captain (later Moff) Tarkin argued that the Jedi's role as peacekeepers made them unsuited for combat and Anakin agrees, stating that the Jedi Code often prevents them from doing whatever it takes to secure victory.
    • In "The Phantom Apprentice", Maul tells Ahsoka that We Can Rule Together and that he needs to kill Anakin before Palpatine sinks his hooks into him. Ahsoka doesn't know it yet, but he's completely right - the Republic and the Jedi are about to crash and burn, and Anakin is about to become the monstrous Darth Vader.
  • Total Drama: Scott points out to Zoey that she has very little chance of winning if she doesn't vote off Lightning at this point in the game, in order to convince her to keep him. Zoey declares that she'd rather go up against him than keep Scott, but at this moment, Lightning pulls off a major athletic move and high-fives a seagull, proving that Scott is actually right.
    "I hate it when Scott makes a point!"
  • Robinson Sucroe: Grumbleston, the villain of the show, is the only person who knows that protagonist Robinson Sucroe is not truly living on a dangerous, deserted island (it's actually quite populated), and that all the stories Robinson writes for The New York Herald about his adventures are lies. He unsuccesfully tries to prove this throughout the series.
  • Unintentionally so in The Spectacular Spider-Man, when Peter is torn between buying a new camera and giving the money to Aunt May to pay her outstanding bills. It's something The Shocker of all people says that hammers home what he is supposed to do:
    Shocker: Ain't nothin' personal, Hoss. The simple truth is, if a man's a man he honors his responsibilities. And you're one of mine.
    Peter: But... if a man's a man he honors his responsibilities. You're one of mine. Aunt May, please, let me help.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • Hordak is a central antagonist but his anger over Shadow Weaver and Catra lying to him makes sense. Trust is an important trait in relationships and lies means the person can't be trusted.
    • Hordak’s military strategy is measured and restrained. In “The Price of Power”, he initially refuses to “squander” troops on a “wasteland” like the Crimson Waste, and only changes his mind when he recognizes an opportunity to exile Catra. In season 4, he criticizes Catra for spreading troops too thin. It turns out that his military restraint was a smart course of action. Catra’s bold, unrelenting blitz won the Horde multiple victories in the short term, but by spreading troops too thin, her strategy meant that the Horde was left in shambles after one large-scale ambush. In addition, by pushing the troops too hard, she also drove several soldiers to defect.
    • Catra's anger at Shadow Weaver taking credit for her successful mission of capturing Glimmer, Bow, and the Sword of Protection is quite understandable, as Catra did all the work and planning. As such, when Hordak scolds Shadow Weaver for losing all three in the rescue, Catra's mocking smirk towards the dark wielder is karmic.
    • Catra was right to point out how wrong it was of Shadow Weaver to abuse her, an orphaned child who was in her care.
    • In season 4, Shadow Weaver tells Glimmer that one thing she really needs to think about moving forward is what kind of queen she will be. But, Glimmer letting her emotion guide her judgment to the point of reckless decisions was not what Shadow Weaver meant.
    • At the end of Season 4, Catra is on the receiving end of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech delivered by Double Trouble. While incredibly cruel, it's also entirely correct, as they systematically call out of of Catra's issues, summarizing that the main reason for her own unhappiness is her incessant need for power and tendency to push all her friends and loved ones away in pursuit of it.
  • Elena of Avalor: Victor telling Esteban that he always has a choice, and how he did nothing when Shuriki banished him and his family from Avalor becomes very important in Season 3; all those years Esteban lied to his whole family and never told them that he let Shuriki in. Once Elena finds out the truth in the most visceral way possible, Esteban got what was coming for him. The fact that he didn't tell his family the truth sooner and that he refused to take his punishment with dignity proves Victor being right about how Esteban's choices were to his own benefit and no one else's.


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