|“||I'm really not sinister, just misunderstood.||„|
|“||I don't get it. You say all this stuff about getting strong and coming over to your side. Are you really that starved for a friend? I think you just don't want to be alone anymore.||„|
|~ Yoshimori Sumimura to Kaguro|
Not all villains are really evil; in fact, many villains are insecure and lash out at the world in an attempt to assert themselves. These villains are very similar to Tragic villains, but the defining characteristic of an Insecure Villain is that they are lying, in many ways, both to themselves and others.
Alternatively, Insecure Villains act in a homicidal way due to severe pain suffered by some tragedy. Sometimes, some of them are victims of bullying or severe abuse by someone even more evil than themselves.
Usually, these villains just need a friend or loved one, other times they need acceptance, yet it is also common for an Insecure Villain to simply be too far gone and absorbed in his or her own troubles to accept or want help. Ironically, many insecure villains can also qualify as an Arrogant Villain or Egotist. These villains suffer from what is called a "Superiority Complex" where they feign arrogance, egomania and narcissism to hide their flaws from others and, more often than not, themselves. A perfect example of this is Yokai.
A Pure Evil villain can never be part of this category, because Pure Evils never seek love or acceptance to make up for their eventual insecurities. This is however an alternative category for villains who committed great-scaled and/or unforgivable crime(s) due to mere excuses which are far too petty to be considered tragedy or those who brought said tragedy on themselves (e.g. Lord Shen).
- Napoleon Complex at the The Evil wiki, for further information about short-height villains with high temperaments.
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