Anti-Villains Part III

"The road to hell is paved with the best intentions"

That represents the Type III Anti-Villain, the villains who, though evil, don't see it that way and genuinely believe they're doing the right thing. Note that a villain can claim to be this without actually being it. This only lists villains who actually fit this to some degree. Also note that it's possible for these kinds of villains to double as Type V or even IV Anti-Heroes.

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  • Beginning the Marvel examples with Americop, a former police officer who now operates as a Punisher-like figure.

  • Depending on the writer they can be this. Other times though they're just a bunch of mutant supremacist thugs.

  • Sees himself as a slayer of sinners

  • He sometimes professes to be this and does occasionally have shades of it.

  • As the Superior Spider-Man. Also the movie version, who wanted to revolutionize the world with his great invention, but was willing to endanger and murder innocent people to do it.

  • In "Wolverine and the X-Men"

  • As Venom he sees himself as a protector of society and to his credit does play the part fairly well. It's just that he also wants to kill Spider-Man...

  • Sees himself as a crusader against corrupt governments

  • Of a sort. He believes that Spider-Man killed his father and therefore only goes after him because he genuinely believes him to be a murderer.

  • In "Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes" where he's trying to reverse the collapse of his future timeline and save his wife Ravana. In my Marvel Universe he also tries to present himself as this, claiming that the future under his (tyrannical) rule is good for everyone in it, as he provides for his citizens well.

  • Sometimes, depending on the writer. At the very least this is his most common portrayal.

  • Like Magneto and the Brotherhood, it depends largely on the writer.

  • Sometimes professes to be this, particularly during the 1980s.

  • "JUSTICE IS SERVED!"

  • "JUSTICE IS SERVED!"

  • Sees himself as the heroic general trying to stop a crazy, rampaging monster who is a threat to society.

  • A more brutal and militant Ghost Rider

  • Sees himself as being just like his father, namely the only "hero" in a world full of villains.

  • Sometimes, including in the DCAU.

  • Think the Joker if he had genuinely good intentions. This also extends to his portrayals in Beware the Batman and Batman Arkham Origins.

  • The Regime version in "Injustice Gods Among Us"

  • Values life in his own way, but also very big on punishing evil people in a very brutal manner. That is to say incinerating them.

  • Saving the world by conquering it

  • When a villain, she believes that organic life and their emotions are too chaotic and bring too much pain, and that therefore the "kindest" thing she could do would be to wipe out all life and replace it with more orderly machines.

  • The Justice Lords version.

  • The Regime version in "Injustice Gods Among Us"

  • Black Adam does not see himself as evil, and even the worst things he does are, in his mind, done in the name of the greater good. He is all about righting wrongs as he sees fit.

  • The Regime version in "Injustice Gods Among Us"

  • The Regime version in "Injustice Gods Among Us"

  • In my DC universe due to being a member of Project Cadmus and also a military colonel who genuinely believes that superhumans are dangerous and need to be put down before they cause some great tragedy.

  • In the Man of Steel movie due to wanting to revive and preserve his race, but at the cost of humanity. Also says that he has regretted killing Jor-El every day since doing it but also felt like it was a necessary evil.

  • As Yellow Lantern in "Injustice Gods Among Us". Also as Parallax.

  • The Regime version in "Injustice Gods Among Us" as well as the Justice Lords version.

  • He doesn't take any pleasure in trying to destroy the Earth, but views it as a necessary evil to stop the Gordanians and save his people.

  • He kills people, but for the same reasons why Batman does what he does.

  • The Justice Lords version.

  • Determined to bring brutal justice to Gotham City, almost like a darker version of Huntress.

  • Killed the Joker to punish him for his crimes and believes that he's the kind of hero the world needs.

  • The Justice Lords version

  • As shown in "Justice League Generation Lost", he sees the superhumans of the world as dangerous and believes that he's doing what is necessary to keep them in check.

  • In "Beware the Batman" he's an eco-terrorist looking to punish those who have wronged animals. Basically Poison Ivy's MO only with animals instead of plants.

  • Yet another Gotham villain who thinks Batman's too soft and prefers a more violent approach to dealing with criminals.

  • Formed in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy and wanting to keep another one from happening at any cost. A noble goal, but it causes them to become a bunch of brutal fascist warlords.

  • "A world at peace. There had to be sacrifices"

  • Generally portrayed as wanting to protect plant life everywhere, but willing to kill humans to do it.

  • In "Beware the Batman" he's an eco-terrorist looking to punish those who have wronged animals. Basically Poison Ivy's MO only with animals instead of plants.

  • The DCAU version, at least as a whole.

  • Desires to usher in a peaceful utopia, but like Poison Ivy, is a ruthless eco-terrorist who is quite comfortable with committing genocide in the name of his perceived greater good.

  • When a villain

  • The original, being essentially an even crazier Punisher.

  • Believes in maintaining order through fear

  • As the Titans of Tomorrow's Superman

  • In "Superman Red Son" as well as the Justice Lords and Regime versions, with all three alternate Supermen being brutal, militant, fascist dictators, but still firmly believing that they're saving the world.

  • Sometimes portrayed as this, but not as much as daddy.

  • The New 52 version, who's very much an Ozymandias-type figure.

  • The Teen Titans answer to the Justice Lords

  • As the Titans of Tomorrow's Batman

  • Alan Moore deliberately made it so that V in the comics could be considered a hero or a villain, and he's definitely got shades of both. But ultimately the comic book version blows up buildings, tortures friend and foe alike, wants to bring anarchy to England, and is willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.

  • Frequently tries to present himself as this, which extends to his animated versions. His Young Justice counterpart at least, could maybe qualify.

  • One of DC's many answers to the Punisher

  • Wishes to "cleanse" Gotham City in his "pure" light.

  • The Regime version in "Injustice Gods Among Us" as well as the Justice Lords version.

  • Beginning the Star Wars examples with Saul Karath, who at least started out as this before becoming a borderline Complete Monster.

  • After falling to the Dark Side, a fall that in itself was caused by her belief that the Jedi were losing sight of what they were meant to stand for by fighting in the Clone Wars (seeming to forget that Jedi are supposed to protect the Republic if it's threatened) and resorted to terrorism and murder to prove her point. She meant well, but she was still a hypocrite who couldn't see how far she'd fallen.

  • Fell to the Dark Side because he had lost faith in the Republic and the Jedi Order's ability to get stuff done, and as a Sith Lord generally believes that he and the CIS will help bring true order to the galaxy.

  • Some of their members delude themselves into thinking that the Empire is right and that they are doing the right thing.

  • During the Clone Wars. After that...not so much.

  • As Darth Caedus

  • Seemed to believe that he was this anyway.

  • After falling to the Dark Side, Revan decided that only he could bring order to a galaxy ravaged by chaos and war and thus set out to conquer it.

  • Beginning the Mass Effect examples with the infamous human supremacist terrorist organization. Having said that though some of them do genuinely believe they're working in humanity's best interests and only want humanity to succeed, it's just their methods tend to be pretty callous and brutal.

  • Possibly the Renegade version depending on the player

  • As merciless and nasty a guy as he is, he also believes in the Illusive Man's stated goals of helping humanity...by any means necessary.

  • The leader of the terrorist organization Cerberus. A ruthless and fairly amoral individual, but one who thinks he's right and is ensuring humanity's future in the galaxy.

  • Beginning the Kingdom Hearts examples with Organization XIII. As Namine puts it, they're a group of incomplete people who wish to be whole again. And they'll achieve that by any means necessary.

  • When with the Heartless, due to joining them out of fairly benevolent (if not horribly misguided) intentions.

  • Lost his heart to Darkness, but thought he was doing the right thing.

  • Beginning the Video Game examples with Abstergo Industries, the modern day front for the Templar Order. As evil and ruthless as these people are and have been throughout history, it would be erroneous to refer to them as universally evil, as by and large, the organization genuinely believes they're doing the right thing and helping to usher humanity into a golden age. They're just willing to do some very evil things in the pursuit of that goal.

  • One of the chief scientists at Abstergo and a very evil dude, but one who is also trying to help usher in that golden age I mentioned earlier.

  • Their goal is the preservation of humanity but like Cerberus they go to brutal ends to achieve that goal. And the sad thing is, compared to the Covenant they're really nowhere near as bad. Still bad though.

  • Desires to protect her children and keep them safe, but is willing to join Nightmare and his forces to do it.

  • Desires to stop Soul Edge and bring peace and order to humanity, but is willing to go to very extreme ends to achieve that goal. This brutality is due to the fact that Soul Calibur is really just an extension of Soul Edge.

  • The Kaiju Battra, who like Mothra is supposed to protect humanity, but is much more brutal and villainous about it than the heroic Mothra.

  • What he started out as before realizing how wrong he was and making attempts to get better. Sadly, old habits die hard.

  • Sometimes has shades of it.

  • The lord of rot and decay, but one who genuinely believes that he is spreading "gifts" to the rest of the universe. Really he'd be quite happy to share them with you, it'd just be hazardous to your health.

  • During the Silmarillion, he became evil not out of greed or cruelty, but rather a genuine desire to establish what he perceived as being "true" order in Middle-Earth. Sadly, as time passed, this didn't stick and he became more evil than before.