They cursed us. 'Murderer', they called us. They cursed us, and drove us away. And we wept, precious. We wept to be so alone. And we forgot the taste of bread, the sound of trees, the softness of the wind. We even forgot our own name....
~ Sméagol, recounting about his transformation into Gollum.

Villains who (although acting for primarily evil or selfish goals) have understandable reasons for their motives due to suffering; hence, the reader/viewer can sympathize with them. Most of these villains are not in full control of their actions/emotions due to them not being evil by choice, but rather by them being (for the most part) a victim of circumstance. It can also mean that the villain was a good and normal Person before.

These villains are often suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and can develop into Delusional villains or Megalomaniacs because their experiences develop their beliefs into obsessions, twisting them to insanity.

There are several ways to declare a Tragic villain:

NOTE: Do NOT add villains that fall under Pure Evil. Even if they are given a reason for doing what they are doing that involves a traumatic experience in their lives, they are far past tragedy due to their horrendous actions, as seeing in the case of Lord Voldemort, Lord Cutler Beckett, ScarDag, Koba, Lotso, Freddy Krueger, Dandy Mott, many versions of the Joker, the mainstream Norman Osborn, HuntsmanKilgrave, Black Doom, Ellen, Archibald Snatcher, Katz, Superior Saturday, Darth Krayt, The Governor, the main universe William Stryker, Isaac Ray Peram WestcottTakeo Saeki, Selina Pereira-Matias, Kefka Palazzo, Ultraman Belial, the Once Upon a Time Version of Peter Pan, Michael Myers, Darth Zannah, Ahmanet, Dio Brando, Hades Izanami, Michio Yuki, Swan, Quentin, Hidan, Drago Bludvist, Piper Shaw, Donquixote DoflamingoRoman BridgerSuperboy-Prime, Diana Walter, and The Collector. Either their "tragedy" would be extremely pity to be realistic, or they'd simply use it as an excuse to justify themselves and nothing more. Some of their excuses are just what they deserved (e.g. Mason Verger , Randall Flagg and Max Cady) and some even fake at least one "tragedy" occurred on them. This category is for villains whose tragedy is not only legitimate, but still holds up even after they've crossed the Moral Event Horizon.

Also, do NOT add certain characters like these, even if they are not Pure Evil:

Most of these villains are Fallen Heroes.


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