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Every day, humans come one step closer to self-destruction! I'm not destroying the world, I'm saving it!
~ Albert Wesker's twisted belief that he is "saving" the world.
Judge Claude Frollo longed to purge the world of vice and sin. And he saw corruption everywhere, except within.
~ Clopin Trouillefou on Judge Claude Frollo's beliefs of how he saw the world.

Delusional villains are characterized by or holding beliefs or impressions that they are good people regardless of their acts.

Delusional villains are similar to Vigilantes, Extremists, Anti-Villains and Grey Zone Villains, and in some cases even overlap with them. However, the main difference is that these villains have lied to themselves into believing that their acts are righteous, even if the causes they are pushing are nothing close to noble from the perspective to anyone but themselves.

These villains also believe that whoever disagrees with or opposes them is a bad person. Therefore, many of them are very paranoid and pay little to no attention to the opinions of others. These villains are often greedy or hypocritical, but cannot even see it. Worse, some of them tend to blame other people for the destruction they cause (especially those who oppose them) while, in reality, it was their fault (e.g. Koba, John Ratcliffe, Shiro, Bradford Buzzard, Dawn Bellwether, General Lunaris, King Runeard and Slagar the Cruel).

The scope of these villains' delusion can range from being a relatively minor trait (usually just simply believing they are doing good and not fanatical about it) to dangerously extreme to the point of mental illness (such as villains who are extremely outspoken that what they are doing is right and there is absolutely no chance to convince them otherwise).

Delusional villains can also be nihilists who do not believe in good or evil, thereby justifying their own heinous actions with their twisted logic. The best examples of this would be Gaku Yashiro, Masayuki Kaneki, Isaac Ray Peram Westcott, Douma, Eurus Holmes, and Ultraman Tregear. Xenophobes/genocidal villains who believe a certain/some foreign races to be "evil" can also count as delusional (e.g. Count Bleck's Father, Judge Claude Frollo and Hody Jones); the same thing with Misanthropes, who think humanity itself, whether an individual is truly innocent or not, is evil and should be punished (e.g. the Crusader and Alan Jonah). Social Darwinists can use their twisted philosophy to justify oppression of the weak instead of helping them (e.g. Albert Wesker and General Mandible). There are also robots/artificially intelligent beings who are much more commonly known to be delusional and misanthropic towards human life as they view them as "irredeemable" and "flawed", and see their acts as noble goals by enslaving them (e.g. PAMA) or wiping them out (e.g. Ares). In fact, even omnicidal maniacs can be delusional if they genuinely believe it’s the right thing to do (e.g. Infinity Ultron).

However, in the uncommon case where a certain delusional villain truly wants to do good, that can be a redeeming quality and a Messiah and/or Pure Good can aid in redemption. Through that can the villain truly see and accept their mistakes and then choose true righteousness over their delusional one (e.g. Satsuki Kiryūin).

They are also the evil counterparts of Misguided heroes.

Note: Villains that only think of themselves as a higher person than other people and are self-righteous do not qualify (e.g Cinder Fall, Emperor Palpatine, The Thousand, Yuuki Terumi, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, Ozai, Mysterio, John Garrett, Esdeath, General Dreykov, Syndrome, Professor Marmalade, Daniel Whitehall and Lord Voldemort), those should go under Arrogant or/and Egotist instead. Villains who are delusional always think of themselves as actually a good person and keep their mindset even if their actions and motives prove the opposite.

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