When she was two years old, that little girl sat on my lap. That is when I swore to God I would rip the f*cking skin off of anyone who f*cking wronged her.
~ Trevor Phillips about Michael De Santa's daughter Tracey.

Villains who are the opposite of what many expect from an antagonistic "boss"; they genuinely care for another being. Whether it be paternal/maternal, romantic, or simply a "matter of principle", these villains will not only treat their minions well, but often go into a rage when their minions are threatened or harmed and they are willing to go out of their way to save them at their own risks.

Sometimes, this can be because the minions are relations to the villain, the villain's lovers, friends, or (as mentioned above) the villain genuinely values those who aid them.

A Pure Evil can never be added to this category, because they do not care about the well-being or safety of anyone (except their own). And even if in some cases, they seemingly show care to someone, it is only because they have interests behind or for convenience; furthermore, they are not willing to save others lives by altruism because they lack empathy. For instance, Lord Voldemort cared about Nagini only because she was one of his horcruxes; otherwise he would have killed her, Blackbeard cared about Angelica only because she was helping him reach the Fountain of Youth to save his own skin and Ego cared about Quill only because he had the Celestial genes so he can help him to realize the Expansion unlike all others kids of the Celestial who ended up killed. However, this does not mean that all of these villains can be redeemed (e.g. Ursula, Maleficent and Aaron the Moor), but a genuinely protective villain is never completely evil. Also, do not add these villains to this category if they genuinely care about someone else but without doing more, even if they are not Pure Evil (i.e Thanos genuinely loved Gamora but still sacrified her to obtain the Soul Stone; Lord Shen had a genuine relationship with the Soothsayer but severed ties with her when she tried to reason him about his parents and his project of conquering China; Isabel Aretas truly cared about her son Armando, but did not hesitate to lie to him about his father Mike, and even wound her son when he tried to stop her to kill Mike simply out of revenge).

For villains who protect things or places (including those labeled as Pure Evil), see the Guardians category instead.

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