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You being the hero of all of this, means that I have to be the villain. BUT I NEVER WANTED TO BE THE VILLAIN! I wanted to be the cute sidekick who gets his own plush toy and a spinoff show!
~ Rob to Gumball
Oh, I know what I've done, believe me. I take no pleasure in it.
~ Hugh Darrow saying he had no desire to do what he did, but didn't have a choice
Villains by Proxy are villains who have absolutely no wish to be and know that they are not evil but are pushed into it either by circumstance or as a result of the story's unique angle.

There are a few different forms of this that can be done:

  • The Amoral: Many villains do not do what they do out of malice but are just far above or beyond conventional morals or life and as such despite being vastly destructive are forces of nature rather than villains. One of the better examples of this is Galactus.
  • The Pawn: Those who are tricked, blackmailed, or forced into becoming regular threats on the forces of good against their better judgment. Murtagh from The Inheritance Cycle & Itachi Uchiha are note worthy examples.
  • The Incidental Villain: This is for villains who are only precisely as evil as they need to be to reach their goals. These are villains who commit evil acts for purely practical means to an end. This is similar to Extremists and often overlapping with Rivals, except that it is never personal. This can be seen with villains like Carmen Sandiego and V.
  • The Punch Clock Villain: Mercenaries, Bounty Hunters, Assassins for hire, and other hired hands who work for or follow another villain's directive simply because they offered them reasonable money. These characters are amoral and only serve whoever pays them. To them it's just a job. See Mercy Graves or Lobo for the best examples of this.
  • The Hungry Predator: Carnivorious animals or monsters that are only hostile out of hunger or survival instinct. They often have no true hatred or dislike for the protagonists, they simply want to eat them, like any real life wild animal views its prey. See Sabor, Sharptooth.
  • The Unaware: Villains who are simply completely unaware of the circumstances surrounding what they are doing. Often, they are heroic characters who simply don't know any better in that situation. These villains nearly always redeem themselves after realising what they are doing. Examples would include Alister Azimuth and Sayaka Miki.
  • Possessed/Brainwashed: Individuals who have become antagonists via hypnotism, brainwashing, or possession. Examples include Cynder and Euphemia li Britannia.

Whether blackmailed, tricked, a hired hand, amoral, enslaved, or a villain simply by merit of being in the protagonist's way, just about all Villains by Proxy are only antagonists because they need to be and not by their own design.

Editing Note: All characters must still function as antagonists. Please do not use this category to try to pass off heroes as villains, antagonists must either have at least have some malicious intent to them or must cause conflict in order to apply. Also please note that, the Complete Monster category is contradictory as it applies to intentional evil-doing.

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