I wish I could take it all back. I honestly do. I honestly do wish I could take it all back. And not just cause I'm stranded in space. (I know who you are, mate! Yep. We're both in space.) Anyway, if I was ever to see her again, you know what I'd say? I'd say... I'm sorry! Sincerely. I am sorry that I was bossy... and monstrous... and... I am genuinelly sorry. The end.
~ Wheatley with the Space core.
Remorseful Villains are characters who feel sorry for their past actions.

It is important to note that, with almost every of these characters, their remorse can eventually lead to their redemption (though this is not always the case, as seen with Packie McReary). Some of these villains may also move to another evil plan (usually a less evil one).

There are several reasons a villain can feel remorse, which includes:

  • Feeling terrible for exceeding in their misdeeds, they may not truly redeem themselves in some cases but still they show real concern about their actions and the consequences that affect others or/and the villain themselves. Big Brother of Five Nights at Freddy's 4King Salazar from Wakko's Wish, and The Champion are examples.
  • For helping another villain far more evil than them, unaware that they were tricked and then get eventually betrayed once they are not of their use. Discord is an example.
  • Having committed atrocities in the past and now showing concern in the present on how to fix everything they've done. Benny is an example.
  • Realized their schemes didn't go as they wanted and now want to either solve it with help of the heroes or do it themselves. Shou Tucker is an example.
  • Admit that they were wrong all along about what they thought and believed. Judge Hopkins is an example.
  • Seeking punishment for what they have done.

Note that this category is for villains who have genuine remorses. Therefore, Pure Evil characters CANNOT be added in this category, as they never feel bad for their wrongdoings and therefore have no empathy.

Also, the following villains should not be added to this category, even if they are not Purely Evil:

  • Those who pretend to show remorse for their actions in an attempt to let the hero's guard down and kill them - these should go under Cowards instead. (Example: Dr. Eggman pretends to apologize to Sonic in Sonic Unleashed, but then Sonic realizes it's a trap, and the gets turned into a werehog.)
  • Those who give a sarcastic apology to their foes (this should go under Faux Affably Evil instead). (Example: Ernesto de la Cruz.)
  • Or look like they're feeling bad for their actions, but then proceed to try to kill the hero(es) anyway.(Examples: the Lemons from Cars 2. Mater tries to talk some redemption into the Gremlins, Pacers, Trunkovs and Hugos that "becoming rich and powerful beyond their wildest dreams ain't gonna make them feel better." While it does look like they are realizing they were wrong, one gremlin raises a machine gun and tries to kill the heroes anyway because it's "worth a shot!".)


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