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When she was two years old, that little girl sat on my lap. That is when I swore to God I would rip the f*cking skin off of anyone who f*cking wronged her.
~ Trevor Phillips about Michael De Santa's daughter Tracey.
Villains who are the opposite of what many expect from an antagonistic "boss"; they genuinely care for another being. Whether it be paternal/maternal, romantic, or simply a "matter of principle", these villains will not only treat their minions well, but often go into a rage when their minions are threatened or harmed.

Sometimes, this can be because the minions are relations to the villain, the villain's lovers, friends, or (as mentioned above) the villain genuinely values those who aid them.

A Pure Evil can never be added to this category, because they do not care about the well-being or safety of anyone (except their own). And even if in some cases, they seemingly show care to someone, it is only because they have interests behind or for convenience; furthermore, they are not willing to save others lives by altruism because they lack empathy. For instance, Lord Voldemort cared about Nagini only because she was one of his horcruxes; otherwise he would have killed her. However, this does not mean that all of these villains can be redeemed, but a genuinely protective villain is never completely evil.

For villains who protect things or places (including those labeled as Pure Evil), see the Guardians category instead.

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