|“|| Mr. Freeze: Tonight, I mean to pay back the man who ruined my life... our lives.|
Batman: Even if you have to kill everyone in the building to do it?
Mr. Freeze: Think of it, Batman. To never again walk on a summer's day with a hot wind in your face, and a warm hand to hold. Oh yes, I'd kill for that.
|~ Mr. Freeze and Batman.|
|“||Then why, my lord, do my tears fail to cease?||„|
|~ Allen Avadonia|
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.
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:
- A villain with a backstory that has caused them anger and depression, shaping them into destructive and hateful beings. However, the broken heart is what is causing their evil actions. Rather, they're forced upon a path of darkness, and their past has caused them to become distrustful and misled. (Examples: Shadow the Hedgehog, Darth Vader in Star Wars, Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Loki Laufeyson, Mewtwo, Indominus rex in Jurassic World, Kabuto Yakushi, Tai Lung, Douglas Davenport, Godzilla, Razer in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Jin Kazama, Frank Miller's Batman, Yokai, Atrocitus, Kratos in the God of War video games, and the corrupt Superman of the alternate universe in Injustice).
- Anti-Villains and/or Protective Villains who commit crime, even murder, to protect the ones they care about. They are only looking out for whoever they love or care for, but use extreme measures to do so; due to this, they are stopped by the heroes, making it even more difficult to save them. (Examples: Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series, Hro Talak in Justice League, Johnny Klebitz, Doctor Doom, Walter White in Breaking Bad, and Jax Teller)
- Brainwashed/Possessed characters who are ether controlled or corrupted by some kind of evil presence. Therefore, they are not willingly evil, but are manipulated by the power that is controlling them. (Examples: Sasuke Uchiha, Lord Garmadon, Green Goblin in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, Skeleton King, Jack-Aku, Majin Vegeta, and Savage Opress)
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, Koba, Lotso, Freddy Krueger, Dandy Mott, many versions of the Joker, the mainstream Norman Osborn, Huntsman, Kilgrave, Black Doom, Ellen, Archibald Snatcher, Superior Saturday, Darth Krayt, The Governor, the main universe William Stryker, Isaac Ray Peram Westcott, Takeo Saeki, Selina Pereira-Matias, Kefka Palazzo, Ultraman Belial, the Manga Version of Light Yagami, Peter Pan, Darth Zannah, Hades Izanami, Michio Yuki, Swan, Quentin, Drago Bludvist, Piper Shaw, Superboy-Prime, and Diana Walter. 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 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 Complete Monsters:
- Villains who committed great-scale crimes only due to a MERE EXCUSE which is FAR TOO PETTY to be counted as tragedy, and/or their crime(s) was/were too horrible that even their excuse or traumatic experience doesn't justify their actions, no matter how "sad" their experience seems (e.g. Broly, Eric Cartman, Tighten, Derek Clifford Simmons, Gary Smith, Nigel, the Anime Version of Light Yagami, and Madara Uchiha).
- Villains who brought the so-called "tragedy" (no matter how sad it seemed) on themselves but blamed others for it (e.g. King Stefan and Jervis Tetch)
This category has the following 3 subcategories, out of 3 total.
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