|“||Now take Sir Francis Drake, the Spanish all despise him, but to the British he's a hero and they idolize him. It's how you look at buccaneers that makes them bad or good, and I see us as members of a noble brotherhood!||„|
|~ Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island.|
The main characteristic of a person or group in the "Grey Zone" is that some will consider them dangerous, criminal or "evil" while others may see them as good, scapegoats, or fighting for the right thing (even if their methods are wrong). These villains try to act evil, but they have some positive, redeeming qualities.
Some characters in fiction are deliberately designed to be in the Grey Zone and it is up to the reader or viewer to decide if they are a "hero" or a "villain"; as a result, each reader or viewer will probably have a different view of him/her (V is a classic example of such a character, so is Ozymandias).
HIGHLY IMPORTANT: By definition, villains that are Pure Evil can never be in this category, for they have no positive qualities, even if some people like them.