While their intentions may be evil, such characters are present in the type of story that showcases that "villain" as having characteristics that are appealing or sympathetic to the audience. The defining Trope for this type of Anti-Villain would be the Noble Demon (emphasizing the "noble" aspect). Anti-villains have noble characteristics, values, and goals, but how they strive for those goals is often questionable — or downright abhorrent. He seems to be more of an AffablyEvil Anti-Villain though, than full on villain. the Beast comes, as well as the agonizingly difficult choices he'll have to make for the greater good, resulting in the slaughter of thousands of innocent lives at Kessler's hands, including Cole's girlfriend and Kessler's former love, Trish, Palutena is possesed by the Chaos Kin, she helps Pit so he can rescue her. Written by MasterClass. Straight: Alice is a villain who follows a strict moral code and does what she does because she sees heroes as ineffectual in getting good done. divert countless clone bodies (essentially semi-autonomous computers in practice) to assist her with speech! so that her younger sister Miho will be free to live her own way, And in the end, he dies with the knowledge that his friends were betrayed by none other than his childhood friend, and the said friend would marry his, In a side story, she realizes what is going on and tries to oppose the rest of the SUEs, but the. Those that are part of the neutral alignments however, aren't exactly benevolent, but they aren't malevolent either, but there also does exist anti-villains that are outright evil in nature, though they still maintain having all of the attributes on what anti-villains usually have in common. He's also a variation. He wants to reform the Shinobi world via a violent revolution that involves killing all of the current Kages. He's working with Kazuya efficiently but is a, This area would be the most charitable portrayal towards, Despite considering himself an official villain, Puma Loco from, Jeremiah Gottwald from falls into this early on, when you consider his real motives. The sympathy the audience can garner for this character comes from the fact that they basically share the same goal as the hero, but are pragmatically, expediently, or pessimistically, ruthless about it. He lets the Jotuns into Asgard to prevent Thor from becoming king because he is not ready, he brings them back to Asgard so as to appear to save his father from an assassination attempt, and then attempts to destroy Jotunheim so as to rid Asgard of that threat. Ultimately, Noatak turned on him and ran away from home, with a festering hatred of bending that would one day lead to him starting the Equalist revolution under the guise of Amon. Everything she has done working with Jafar has simply been so she can help him change the rules of magic, allowing her to change the past, in which she abandoned her true love Will Scarlet in order to be queen. An anti-villain is the opposite of an anti-hero.While the anti-hero often fights on the side of good, but with selfish motives; the anti-villain plays a villain's game, but for a noble cause, at least in "their" eyes, though sometimes in others' as well. He later becomes an, Guilford, while less malicious than Jeremiah was early on, also falls under here, a, Lelouch, in addition to Well-Intentioned (see below) and, Sure, she may come across at times as unusually vicious for someone of this type, but, Mikhail Rasputin, elder brother of Colossus of the, Though by the time of the Original Trilogy, he had become a, Jefferson aka the Mad Hatter from. An Anti-Villain is the opposite of an Anti-Hero a character with heroic goals, personality traits, and/or virtues who is ultimately villainous. After being slain by Kefka, the heroes give him a heartfelt funeral. So by extension, he hopes to save Cole's world. she has a wavering heart that kept her from doing advances. Alternatively, their goals may be selfish or have long-term consequences they don't care about, but they're good people who might even team up with the hero if their goals don't conflict. Kamina's whereabouts, and eventually accepts Simon as his new rival. to save her home dimension and resurrect her father, Itachi performed the Uchiha massacre because he was ordered to do so by the village in order to avert a civil war, and spared his brother. An Anti-Villain is the opposite of an Anti-Hero — a character with heroic goals, personality traits, and/or virtues who is ultimately the villain. Their deaths are extremely likely to be a Tear Jerker. Sophia after Thomas' death and finding out the aliens homeworld is dying. Her villainous acts are done on behalf of her superior, FB, who took advantage of her weakened psyche when she was contemplating suicide. Examples include: Mr. He's pushed into what he does by Regina's manipulation and betrayal plus love of his daughter. Victor Fries of Batman: The Animated Series is one of the deepest and most sympathetic villains within the DC animated universe. One example would be vampires who don't necessarily want to kill people, but it's simply that they find human blood to be much more nutritious or tastier than that of animals. This scale is a measure of how ambiguous an Anti-Villain is, goes from A Lighter Shade of Black to being indistinguishable from the good guys. William "D-FENS" Foster from Falling Down. Even though he did pretty horrible things, he was described by, An interesting subversion/deconstruction of this character type can be found in. A lot (although by no means all) of Buffyverse vampires/demons fall into this category. In Disney's Treasure Planet, John Silver is supposed to be the bad guy; and he does it pretty well, most of the time. The original Scarface, the one from 1932, has an Anti-Villain as its titular character, who literally pets the dog at multiple points in the film. He also refuses to go back alone and doesn't even bother trying to find a way to leave without destroying the world. TVTropes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Common antagonist in White-and-Grey Morality scenarios and relatively likely to be redeemed if shown the error of their ways depending on how "extremist" they are. He never hesitates to kill, but he never holds any grudges and only kills because it is his job. The next and final season's villain, Kuvira, went the opposite route. This seems to run in the family, considering her father, King Jikochuu, only did what he did because he was under the influence of the dark essence in the castle basement, which wouldn't have happened if he hadn't gone crazy over almost losing his daughter. Having to kill a particularly well liked In Name Only AV in a boss fight can be a Player Punch. Subsequent episodes reveal that he was once far more ruthless, and actually helped. The Anti-Villain is pretty straight forward. Thankfully, his brother, Thunderlane, shows him that he doesn't need to just do what Wonderbolts do to get that type of cutie mark and thus, quickly rejoins the Cutie Mark Crusader's camp. he succeeded, but his pain and anger was too great, as he converted his machine into an ultimate weapon that ended the war in one fell swoop. however cruel or terrible the short-term situation will be, in the long-term it's the option with the least amount of risk, Shiraori has safeties in place for a small number of people she holds in regard. Noble and Woobie Anti-Villains are often a darker shade of grey (or A Lighter Shade of Black, if they are unambiguously evil), while Well-Intentioned and In Name Only varieties tend to be a lighter shade (with the latter even being in a Good vs. Good situation sometimes). How in the world did he become an anti-villain in the first place anyway? These anti-villains stand virtually no chance of ever becoming straight-up villains and are much more likely to become a Hero Antagonist or even side with the hero in the end. Alternatively, their desired ends are evil, but they are far more ethical or moral than most villains and they thus use fairly benign means to achieve it, and can be downright heroic on occasion. This saddened, yet angered AZ, creating a machine that would revive his Floette. While Scorpius of Farscape is absolutely a Magnificent Bastard, his motivation behind revealing his Freudian Excuse to John seems (at first) to be an attempt to paint himself as an Anti-Villain. Cheese Sandwich is a cheery guy whose only goal is to throw parties for ponies and make them happy. They will tend to be driven to their villainous acts by something within their biology. But unlike a traditional “bad guy,” the anti-villain … Fighting them also poses a moral dilemma which can also sap the hero's morale. She wanted to avoid the chaos that Zaheer's anarchy brought and bring peace and stability to the Earth Kingdom. These characters are NEVER actively malevolent. A character who is a Wild Card or a Heel–Face Revolving Door can be capable of being both an Anti-Hero and an Anti-Villain depending on whether or not they are acting for or against the protagonist at the time. 1 Overview 1.1 Why This Character have Fundemental rule in them? Basic Trope: A villain that is morally ambiguous . They often reach a kind of critical mass that makes them more good than normal villains but not quite heroes, blurring the line between hero and villain the same way an Anti-Hero does, but coming from the opposite direction. The only reason she's even billed as a villain is because she has a demon's soul (she's the Valley of defilement's Archdemon), but it's outright stated that even in her bitter disillusionment after finding out about God's non-existence, she still hasn't lost her kind heart, and her soul is the most impure one because she's taking all the sins and suffering of the Valley's inhabitants on herself, relieving them of some of their misery. and bound to this goal by being a member of said group (presumably he intends to commit suicide after all of the others have been killed), killing Sigurd and the majority of his followers. and will gladly work with anyone regardless of how different they look or act, The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People. Almost every villain winds up being an Anti-Villain in their own way, even if some were moreso than others. ; Exaggerated: . Related Tropes: Noble Top Enforcer, Hitman with a Heart, Minion with an F in Evil, Would Not Shoot a Civilian, Never Hurt an Innocent, Even Evil Has Standards, Wouldn't Hurt a Child, and My Master, Right or Wrong. His only reason to be against the Cutie Mark Crusaders is his fear of getting a cutie mark that wouldn't involve being a Wonderbolt and thus, be unable to become one. Her daughter Pyrrha gets the same treatment in Soul Calibur V. Being raised by Tira and manipulated into being a new host for Soul Edge, everything out of her mouth screams she doesn't want to do any of it. The Anti-Villain is a villain with heroic goals, personality traits, and virtues. Anti-Villains are often, but not always -- in the case of Hannibal Lecter -- the forefront of the story. Related Tropes: Sympathetic Murderer, Jerkass Woobie, Tragic Villain, My Master, Right or Wrong, and a typical Dark Magical Girl. Related Tropes: more benign examples of My Country, Right or Wrong or My Master, Right or Wrong, Non-Malicious Monster (when the monster doesn't even have sentience to be a considered a character), Punch-Clock Villain, Noble Top Enforcer (when not a Noble Demon), mild examples of Necessarily Evil, those who are Forced into Evil, and occasionally a Token Good Teammate (when amongst a bunch of scumbags). Turns out Lavos destroyed Magus' home and family in the Dark Ages and the whole war was so he'd have an army strong enough to defeat it. Who are they and what made them so special from other regular villains? Like say, the player character. General Azimuth, who risks destroying the universe in an attempt to bring back the Lombaxes using the Clock. Both Mr.Gold/Rumpelstiltskin and Captain Hook from, Bruce Irvin even moreso. He's also a variation. The problem is that. Realistic Villains. he is so powerful that his spirit energy kills any weaker hollows and he was tired of always being alone. The In Name Only can also be a revolutionary of some sort, fighting against the main character only due to their affiliation to some government or organization, and usually fighting for a noble cause. Their desired ends are good, but their means of getting there are evil. has trouble with empathizing with others. What is an anti-villain? She doesn't know that this Ion is a clone, not the one she knew. a Skrull impersonating Captain America caused a war between Skrulls, Krees and mankind, resulting in the destruction of Earth. Madara is a Complete Monster & not an Anti Villain. Afro found out he had the Number 2 heaband. Itachi turns out to be this as... Nagato/Pain turns out to be one of these, along with his childhood friend, Konan . Works with an Enlightenment leaning tend to make frequent use of Woobie and Well-Intentioned anti villains, showing the villain as a product of society or simply misguided. Moeka states that she would do anything if FB asked her to. Anti-Villain - TV Tropes. The inversion of Nominal Hero, where a hero fighting with the good guys only does so with morally neutral motivations. The Disposed Son. Walter White could qualify for this too, but by the end of season 3, he seems to be more of a Villain Protagonist. She's only on the side of the. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AntiVillain. Anti-Villain is an attempt to lighten up a villain as opposed to an Anti-Hero, which has a tendency to darken the hero. He forced Tarrlok and Noatak to learn bloodbending so that he could use them to exact his promised vengeance against Republic City. Be found in asked her to because it is his job the Earth Kingdom n't handle at! 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