|“||Carrie had some sort of power, but she was just like me. Like any of you. She had hopes and she had fears, and we pushed her. And you can only push someone so far... before they break.||„|
|~ Sue Snell giving a testimony of how Carrie White was bullied into madness.|
Villains who, although acting for primarily evil 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 happy 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:
- 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, Ruvik, Darth Vader, Davy Jones, Loki Laufeyson, Mewtwo, Indominus rex in Jurassic World, Kabuto Yakushi, Tai Lung, Douglas Davenport, Godzilla, Razer in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Jin Kazama, the alternate Frank Miller's Batman, Yokai, Atrocitus, Kratos in the God of War videogames, Harvey Dent/Two Face from The Dark Knight and the corrupt Superman of the alternate universe in Injustice.
- 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, Valentine Morgenstern in The Mortal Instruments series Hro Talak in Justice League, Johnny Klebitz, Doctor Doom, Mana Takamiya, Walter White 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: Euphemia li Britannia, Jack Torrence, Sasuke Uchiha, Lord Garmadon, Skeleton King, Jack-Aku, Majin Vegeta and Savage Opress.
However, Never 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, Scar, Dag, Koba, Lotso, Freddy Krueger, Dandy Mott, the Joker, Huntsman, Kilgrave, Black Doom, Ellen, Archibald Snatcher, Katz, Superior Saturday, Darth Krayt, The Governor, Isaac Ray Peram Westcott, Makuta Teridax , Takeo Saeki, Selina Pereira-Matias, Kefka Palazzo, Ultraman Belial, Michael Myers, Darth Zannah, Ahmanet, Dio Brando, Hades Izanami, Michio Yuki, Swan, Yuuki Terumi, Quentin, Hidan, Drago Bludvist, Piper Shaw, Donquixote Doflamingo, Roman Bridger, Superboy-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 (e.g. Palpatine).
Also, DO NOT add certain characters like these, even if they are not Pure Evil:
- Villains who committed great-scaled and/or unforgivable crime(s) only due to a MERE EXCUSE which is FAR TOO PETTY to be counted as tragedy, and their crimes were too horrible that even their excuse or traumatic experience doesn't justify their actions, no matter how "sad" their experience seems (e.g. Gary Smith, Broly, Eric Cartman, Tighten, Peter Griffin, Syndrome, Adam Taurus, Derek Clifford Simmons, Nigel, Armando Salazar, Madara Uchiha, Ellen Mira Mathers, Ivy Mayfair-Richards, Hades of Valkyrie Crusade and Douche).
- Villains who brought the so-called "tragedy" (no matter how sad it seemed) on themselves but blamed or framed others for it (e.g. Lord Shen, Dimitri Rascalov, Big Smoke, Light Yagami, King Stefan, Cersei Lannister and Jervis Tetch).
This category is for villains whose tragedy is not only true and legitimate, but still holds up even after they've crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
Most of these characters are Fallen Heroes.
This category has the following 4 subcategories, out of 4 total.
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