I don't get it. You say all this stuff about getting strong and coming over to your side. Are you really that starved for a friend? I think you just don't want to be alone anymore.
~ Yoshimori Sumimura to Kaguro

Not all villains are really evil; in fact, many villains fall under insecure category lash out at the world in an attempt to assert themselves and to find their place in the world. These villains are very similar to Tragic villains, but the defining characteristic of an Insecure Villain is that they are lying, in many ways, both to themselves and others.

Alternatively, Insecure Villains act in a homicidal way due to severe pain suffered by some tragedy. Sometimes, some of them are victims of bullying or severe abuse by someone even more evil than themselves.

Usually, these villains just need a friend or loved one who do understand them, other times they need acceptance, yet it is also common for an Insecure Villain to simply be too far gone and absorbed in his or her own troubles to accept or want help. Ironically, many insecure villains can also qualify as an Arrogant or Egotist villain. These villains suffer from what is called a "Superiority Complex" where they feign arrogance, egomania and narcissism to hide their flaws from others and, more often than not, themselves. A perfect example of this is Yokai.

HIGHTLY IMPORTANT; A Pure Evil villain can never be part of this category, because Pure Evils are truly evil and never seek love or acceptance to make up for their eventual insecurities. This is however an alternative category for villains who committed great-scaled and/or unforgivable crime(s) due to mere excuses which are far too petty to be considered tragedy or those who brought said tragedy on themselves (e.g. Nigel, Lord Shen).

Even if, in a very rare case, Pure Evil villains may fall under Pawns category instead of this category.

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