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You being the hero of all of this, means that I have to be the villain. BUT I NEVER WANTED TO BE THE VILLAIN! I wanted to be the cute sidekick who gets his own plush toy and a spinoff show!
~ Rob to Gumball.
It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. He had tried to do all the things his MAN and his WOMAN, and most of all his BOY, had asked or expected of him. He would have died for them, if that had been required. He had never wanted to kill anybody. He had been struck by something, possibly destiny, or fate, or only a degenerative nerve disease called rabies. Free will was not a factor.
~ The narrator about Cujo.

Villains by Proxy are villains who DO NOT wish to be evil but are pushed into it by circumstance or a story's unique angle; in other words they are not villains by choice.

Villains by Proxy include several kind of characters:

  • Pawns: Those who are tricked, blackmailed or forced into becoming regular threats to the forces of good against their better judgment. Often they don't want to fight, but the Big Bads or Bigger Bads force them to cooperate (e.g. Itachi Uchiha and Nooroo).
  • Incidental Villains: Villains who are only precisely as evil as they need to be to reach their goals, which are for the greater good. They commit evil acts for purely practical means to an end, similar to Extremists and often overlapping with Rivals, except that it is never personal (e.g. V, Hadir Karim, the SCP Foundation and Sandman).
  • Predators: Carnivorous Animals and/or Monsters are usually only hostile out of hunger and survival instincts. They usually have no true hatred or dislike for the protagonists; and like incidental villains, it's nothing personal. They simply view their targets as prey and want to eat them, like any real-life wild animal views its prey (e.g. Anacondas and Great White Sharks), unlike these characters who are fully aware of their moral agency (e.g. Critters and Indominus rex).
  • Unaware Villains: Characters who are unaware of circumstances surrounding what they are doing. They are often Misguided Heroes and nearly always redeem themselves after realizing what they are doing (e.g. Alister Azimuth, N, Freddy Fazbear, and Sid Phillips).
  • Possessed/Brainwashed: Individuals who became antagonists due to hypnotism, brainwashing or possession (e.g. Cynder, Vanny, Akaza, Winter Soldier, and Boris the Wolf). Regardless of how cruel or unnecessary their acts are, it is never their fault unless they have someone brainwash them.
  • Mentally Ill Scapegoats: Characters who lived horrific events and perpetual abuse through their lives which completely shattered their sanity with no hope of recovery (e.g. Hansel & Gretel, Joker and Leatherface). These characters, while still dangerous, usually don't understand the difference between right and wrong. As such, the punishments they get from the heroes are not warranted, even though the heroes think that they are.

Whether blackmailed, tricked, amoral, unwell, enslaved or simply by merit of being in a protagonist's way, just about all villains by proxy are antagonists because they need to be and not by their own design.


  • All characters must still function as antagonists. Please do not use this category to try to pass off Antagonist Heroes and/or Antiheroes; Antagonists MUST either have at least some malicious intent or cause serious conflict in order to apply.
  • Unless they were tricked into committing atrocities they didn't intend to do, Mercenaries and Assassins are not Villains by Proxy since they willingly choose to work under a villain's orders for some kind of profit or monetary gain.
  • Villains that were forced into being evil by circumstance but want to be evil just as they were forced to (e.g. Metal Sonic, Eveline and Aku) do not count. A Villain by Proxy has to wish that they didn't have to be evil.
  • None of these characters are Pure Evil since, unlike Villains by Proxy, that category applies to intentional evildoing. The same applies to villains who commit reprehensible actions and their crimes were warranted, even if they are not Pure Evil. In the case of the Mentally Ill, they can count if they do understand the difference between right and wrong and meet all of the criteria.

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