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.
Kakarot… Please… Destroy Frieza. He made me what I am. Don't… let him… do it… to anyone else. Whatever it takes… Stop him… Please.
~ Vegeta before his first death.
I didn't chose to be this.
~ Sandman about him being a supervillain.

Villains by Proxy are a subset of Amoral villains (except for few cases, such as the murderer of Roblox) who have absolutely NO wish to be evil, but are pushed into it either by circumstance or as a result of the story's unique angle; in other words, they are villains despite themselves.

Villains by Proxy include several kind of characters:

Whether blackmailed, tricked, a hired hand, amoral, ill, 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.


  • All characters must still function as antagonists. Please do not use this category to try to pass off antagonist heroes or some antiheroes as villains; antagonists MUST either have at least have some malicious intent to them or must cause conflict in order to apply.
  • None of these characters are Pure Evil since it applies to intentional evildoing.

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