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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:

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.

Notes

  • 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 ”wish” to be evil just as they were forced to (e.g. Metal Sonic, The Batman Who Laughs, Enmu, Lord Commander, Eveline, Giant-Man and Aku) do not count. A Villain by Proxy has to wish that they didn't have to be evil.
  • For obvious reasons, it is near-impossible for Psychopaths to be Villains by Proxy because they have the willingness to be evil. however, rare exceptions can exist if the circumstances that lead them into villiany destroys their empathy towards everyone.
  • 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 cases of the Mentally Ill and Delusional, they can count if they do understand the difference between right and wrong and meet all of the criteria.

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