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:

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, ScarDag, Koba, Lotso, Freddy Krueger, Dandy Mott, the Joker, HuntsmanKilgrave, Black Doom, Ellen, Archibald Snatcher, Katz, Superior Saturday, Darth Krayt, The Governor, Isaac Ray Peram Westcott, Makuta TeridaxTakeo Saeki, Selina Pereira-Matias, Kefka Palazzo, Ultraman Belial, Michael Myers, Darth Zannah, Ahmanet, Dio Brando, Hades Izanami, Michio Yuki, Swan, Yuuki TerumiQuentin, 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 (e.g. Palpatine).

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

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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