You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
~ Two-Face
A protagonist villain is a character who is the central focus of a story yet does not have the traditional "heroic" qualities of a classic protagonist. These are the villains that are the main characters of their own stories. Should they have heroic qualities, they are also considered as anti-villains/anti-heroes.

Deuteragonists also are included, because their acts have usually as much importance as those of the protagonist, if not more (e.g. Donald Love who hired Toni Cipriani to blow up Fort Stauton, thus leaving a sustainable brand to Liberty City).

Examples of this kind of character would be the Brain (who sought world-domination), Zim (who wants to conquer the world), Eric Cartman (many episodes focus on it when it comes to Jewish xenophobia), many GTA protagonists (who are criminals) or Dan from Dan Vs. (who formulates destructive revenge plans against anyone he thinks has wronged him).

Some can be falsely seen as the "protagonist hero" as he/she is seen on the cover of the movie/book and there for the reader/watcher are being lured to believe that the character is the main hero of the story. One example is Major Chip Hazard from Small Soldiers.

These characters are quite rarely Pure Evil, because it is very unlikely for a leading character to be actually that evil. Though, there are huge exceptions, such as many horror characters (Damien Thorn, Lucius Wagner, and Chucky), Darth Bane, Cyrus, The Crusader of Hatred, Sweet Tooth, and Sauron from LotR: Conquest (in the Evil campaign only; in the Good campaign, he is the main antagonist).


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