I'm really not sinister, just misunderstood.
~ Bushroot

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 and can overlap with attention-seekers, 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, they 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 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 Lord Hater.

A Pure Evil villain can never be part of this category. This is however an alternative category for non-Pure Evil villains who committed great-scaled and/or unforgivable crime(s) due to mere excuses which are far too pity be be considered tragedy. Either that or they brought the "tragedy" on themselves. For more information, see Tragic.

See also

  • Napoleon Complex in The Evil Wiki, for further information about short-height villains with high temperaments.