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I was driven by Venom... it controlled me, not the other way around. I meant to break you. I meant to rule your city. But the Venom weakened my judgement and I lost everything. Now I know that you were never my enemy. My enemies were lined against me before I was born.
~ Bane telling how his addiction affected him.
Some Villains are addicted to substances or even a certain activities and also their behaviors. Addicts can thus be considered Tragic due to addictions fueling their crimes and most sympathizing with them.

Mental illnesses are worsened by such abuse which is one of the reasons for violent psychoses if coupled with dissociations and/or schizophrenic disorders. Likewise, prolonged use can cause illnesses to manifest as well as the obvious dangers of chemical addictions (which in the case of alcohol is known as alcoholism).

Despite addiction being classed as an illness it is stigmatized in societies with many seeing Addicts as Drunkards or Lowlives (the latter sometimes spelled Low-Lives or Low-lives) who bring misery upon themselves; some use this as justification to abuse and/or kill such individuals as Social Darwinist and/or Harbinger for Rebirth ideals, some Serial Killers specifically targeting such people in order to "purify" the worlds they live in; this makes Addicts a complicated matter for Heroes and societies as a whole with varying degrees of sympathy being put forth depending on factors.

However, Addicted Villains may otherwise go so far they lose their redeeming features and in the worst-case scenarios become Outright Villains or Pure Evils (i.e. Norman Stansfield).

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