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The world took everything away from me! Everything I have ever loved!! But I'm going to make sure we're even. I'm going to track down anyone who would even think about being loyal to you... and I'm going to put their ass in the dirt right next to Zuri!!
~ Erik Killmonger on his father N'Jobu's death.
It all began on the day of my actual birth... both of my parents failed to show up.
~ Heinz Doofenshmirtz telling a story about his childhood.

Villains who although acting for evil goals have understandable reasons for their motives; hence audiences can sympathize with them. Most are not in full control of themselves due to being evil not by choice but instead being victims of forces beyond their control. This also applies to Organizations and/or Hostile Species whose members are driven by tragedies.

Villains who are tragic or sympathetic suffer posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD and become DelusionalInsecure and/or Egotists because their experiences twist them towards insanity; many of them can also be Fallen Heroes and/or Vengeful, if not both. Some may even become Addicts because of their experiences.

There are three ways to deem a villain as tragic:

/!\ However, villains that are Pure Evil CAN NEVER be Tragic. Either their tragedies would be extremely and outrageously logic-defying or they'd simply use it to justify themselves and nothing more. Through their actions and lack of feelings, they manage to destroy their own innocence and as a result are no longer sympathetic. Their excuses may be what they deserved and some fake at least one tragedy (e.g. Jagi, Chairman Drek, Scarlet King, Dark Danny and Queen Ingrith).

Even if they were given reasons for what they were doing involving traumatic experiences, they are FAR PAST it (e.g. Johan Liebert, Arcturus Mengsk, Sauron, the Master, Lord Voldemort, Koba, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, Isaac Ray Peram Westcott, Donquixote Doflamingo, Dio Brando, Freddy Krueger, Captain Phasma, Lady Van TasselMuzan Kibutsuji, Porky Minch and Envy). They should go under Envious and/or Vengeful categories instead.

Also, DO NOT add characters like these even if they are not Pure Evil:

  • Villains crossing the Moral Event Horizon due to MERE EXCUSES FAR TOO PETTY to count (e.g. Ernesto de la Cruz).
  • Villains whose crimes were so horrible no excuses or experiences justify their actions no matter how unfortunate they seemed (e.g. Madara Uchiha).
  • Villains faking tragedies and/or bringing it on themselves while blaming others (e.g. King Stefan).
  • Villains with defeats like being Betrayed but no tragedies to begin with (e.g. Naria).

This is for characters whose tragedies are not only TRUE AND LEGITIMATE but STILL hold up after crossing the Moral Event Horizon.

IMPORTANT: In order for a villain to qualify as Tragic, they must be a hero/a good person or a neutral character BEFORE turning evil to qualify. If a villain suffered a tragedy or loss while during the time they were already evil, they DO NOT qualify (e.g. Killian and Nigel). Instead, save those for the Protective, Insecure and/or Scapegoat categories.

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