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  • Celestin from Ah! My Goddess The Movie is, in tune with the emphasis on romance in the series, a much lighter version of this. Still, the fact that he purposely erases Belldandy's memory of her love for Keichi specifically, infects her with a virus that uses her as a contact point to infect Yggdrassil, and forces her to undergo a procedure that has a 16% chance of working properly, otherwise erasing all of Bell's memories of not only Keichi but her sisters and Heaven itself, all in order to gain the power necessary to eliminate sadness and suffering from the world by force shows that he's not exactly nice either.
  • Akumetsu: The Punisher meets V for Vendetta In JAPAN! is an apt description of the series.
  • The three ruling students in Fly High control their school with an iron fist and won't allow anyone to start a student council because their friend, who didn't stand out physically or academically, was horribly bullied by the previous student president and stopped coming to class. At the end, they acknowledge that they've become the kind of people they wanted to stop.
  • Ciel from Black Butler. Overlaps with Villain Protagonist.
    • Angela and the rest of the organization, too. They want to purify a rather violent manner.
  • Two of the major Filler villains in the Bleach anime fall under this trope, choosing to side with villains or adopt villainous powers and methods to bring about (what they feel) would be positive changes in Soul Society.
  • Hitomi in Code Breaker. He just wants recognition for the scores of anonymous, mostly teenaged Code: Breakers who died in the line of duty by killing 50,000 people and the prime minister of Japan, whose estranged son is also a Code: Breaker. His goal is spat back in his face by his own protégé, who reminds him that all Code: Breakers are just superpowered murderers put to good use and that their anonymity is for the best.
  • Almost the entire cast of Code Geass. In fact, it's probably the point of the series.
    • Magnificent Bastard and Villain Protagonist Lelouch is actually a well-intentioned extremist. His primary goal is overthrowing the oppressive Social Darwinist empire because it tramples on those who are weak or kind-hearted. Oh, and there's lots of mass murder of its third-class citizens and anyone who lives in a country that it wants to take over. In a subversion, even he has trouble stomaching some of the steps it takes to achieve his goal, as seen when he becomes physically sick after killing a half-brother who fully supported the empire - and more than that, killed several thousand people to keep his illegal experiments hidden - and nearly breaks down after unintentionally causing the death of his beloved half-sister who was much nicer and dedicated to similar but less extreme goals. In all, it was a choice between a terrible, terrible thing, and an even more terrible thing. Except for the Euphemia thing. He was, with a little prodding, willing to give up rather than oppose her. Or shoot himself, it's a little unclear.
    • Then the show really messes with the audience when it reveals that both of Lelouch's parents, Emperor Charles (whom he despises) and Marianne (whom he admires) intended on creating an ideal world free of war, strife, or lies, by slaying the gods and starting their own version of Ragnarok. Oh, and they ask him to go along with it too. Though it's likely that the plan wouldn't have worked anyway, due to certain things in the first season.
    • Lelouch throws the "Well-Intentioned" out of Extremist when he becomes a despotic overlord and Emperor of the world, and moves to execute any and all political opponents. Oh, wait, no, that's how he wants to portray himself, so that once the world's hate is concentrated on him, he can arrange for himself to be publicly assassinated, ending the chain of hatred by setting up the infrastructures and political status quos he had set up earlier himself and achieve world peace through his feigned death, symbolically killing the world's hatred with him.
    • Schneizel had his own designs for bringing about world peace. They just happened to involve nuking a bunch of key cities and using the Black Knights as pawns.
    • Even Nunnally, of all people, becomes one when she mixes parts of both Lelouch's and Schneizel's strategies for world peace to concoct her own, somewhat less drastic, scenario. She had indisputably good intentions, but the plan still involves threats, nukes, social engineering, and effective world-domination. It most definitely runs in the family.
      • To her defense, she didn't planned to use nukes, but she just couldn't stop Schneizel. So her plan was to get along with him and, when opportunity arrived, to get rid of him and Damocles, which would become symbol of hate.
    • And then there is Kallen, who is, without a doubt, the most straightforwardly heroic character in the series, but that didn't stop her from seriously considering stabbing Shirley to death for almost blowing her cover. Not to mention her mecha's face meltingly devastating signature attack. Yeah, the whole series is filed to the brim with this trope.
  • Light Yagami from Death Note started out like this: he wanted to use the Death Note to rid society of its worst scum. However, his massive ego combined with so much power gave him a god complex that would soon lead him to jump off the slippery slope into true villainy. By the end, he's screaming bloody murder and has killed tons of innocent people, including his own father
  • Yamaki in Digimon Tamers wants to destroy all Digimon, or, at the very least, every single one in the real world, good or not. He has a Heel Face Turn when he realizes that his efforts are actually helping Digimon get into the real world by damaging the barriers.
    • Mirroring this, Zhuqiaomon wants to destroy all humans and conquer the real world because he feels they endanger the Digimon's chances of defeating the D-Reaper. He also does a Heel Face Turn when Azulongmon convinces him that they should be focusing on defeating the D-Reaper instead.
  • Furumori from Dragon Crisis. He was angry at the society because, when he was a researcher there, a female researcher he was working with was afflicted with a cursed precious treasure. He wanted to get a lost precious from one of the higher ups, but they constantly refused, which caused her to die. As a result, he went rogue and kidnapped/raised a girl to help him steal lost precious in order to share it with the world. Unfortunately, he didn't care how he got it and who had to get hurt or die in the process (although, in the anime at least, they never show him or his "dog" Ai actually killing anyone, although he does try to do that to Ryuuji).
  • Jellal Fernandes of Fairy Tail wanted to create a world where everyone could be free and no one would ever suffer. He decided to do this by attempting to ressurect Black Mage Zeref, the Ultimate Evil of the entire series, and using his power to achieve that goal. Laxus Dreyar is a more minor example. He wanted to make Fairy Tail a stronger guild, but his plan for doing so was to take it over by force and boot out everyone who didn't meet his ideal of a powerful mage.
  • Donan Cassim, the governor of the colony planet Deloya in Fang of the Sun Dougram, stages a fake coup d'état and uses it as an excuse to order a planet-wide hunt for dissidents and guerrillas, simply because he believes that the planet can only prosper as a part of the Earth Federation and that most Deloyans are opposed to independence anyway. He actually believes in making the colony prosper a bit too much to become the show's Big Bad, so he is later killed by his Evil Chancellor aide.
  • Inverted with the Black Lotus Syndicate in Franken Fran. They do things like establish orphanages and give aid to the order to cause overpopulation and drive mankind to self-destruction. This ends up driving Sentinel II into becoming a straight example, burning orphanages and the like for the greater good.
  • Makubex of GetBackers is a great example of this trope. He's introduced as the villain of the I.L. story arc with the goal of creating an atomic bomb to use as a bargaining chip for the God of Infinity Fortress, in order to say 'stop controlling us or else'. Of course, trying to make a deal with God by using an atomic bomb may not be the best method of madness, but, at heart, his goals are to make life better for the enslaved masses of Infinity Fortress' Lower Town, which has become a living Hell since Ginji left.
  • Most of the villains from Getter Robo, curious for a classic Super Robot series. The Dinosaur Empire was caught up in a war of species dominance, trying to stop their extinction, while Burai and the Andromeda Flow Country were committed to stopping the use of Getter Energy - the power of evolution - before it endangered the whole universe.
  • Kuze from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a complete Anti-Villain and even all around likable. You kind of have to cheer him on once his motives become clear and you learn more about what he has accomplished so far. But arming terrorists with guns, attacking the prime minister with a katana, using kokaine as a weapon to damage the leadership of the countries he opposes, and building nuclear bombs to threaten his enemies puts him quite far in the deep end of extremist territory.
    • And there's, of course, Gouda, who tricked Kuze into doing all these things. If Japan wasn't willing to face all it's social issues, he would force them to deal with them.
  • PLANT Chairman Gilbert Durandal in Gundam Seed Destiny, inspired by Rau Le Creuset's inability to understand his own existence (which drove him insane and allowed him to nearly wipe out the human race), decides that human conflict stems from their dissatisfaction of their own roles and abilities, and attempts to implement an utopian society through the Destiny Plan, which would craft a world civilization under genetic determinism. To this end, he is perfectly willing to manipulate the masses, assassinate his political opponents, destroy countries, and use superweapons, all while maintaining an extremely high level of charisma.
    • Durandal also believes that uniting the world will prevent future Le Creusets from having any real success. After all, if there's only one nation, there won't be different factions for people like Rau to set against one another.
      • To his credit, his goals also included the elimination of LOGOS, a military-industrial complex that was perpetuating War for Fun and Profit (mostly profit, since they owned most/all of the mobile suit manufacturers).
    • And another Gundam example, Zechs Merquise/Milliardo Peacecraft of Gundam Wing, who became convinced, in the final episodes of the anime, that the only way to end humanity's penchant for war was to destroy the Earth, the cradle of humanity's bloody history, as he believed that the people of the space colonies were purer in purpose in regard to peace than those who lived on Earth.
      • More than that, though, it was an idea hatched by Zechs and Treize to show humanity a conflict so bloody and violent that humanity would lose the will to fight ever again. It's sort of like an intentionally planned World War I, and actually ends with the same results: mainly, that people do lose the will to fight...for a while.
      • Both of them were inspired by Char Aznable (Durandal even has the same Seiyuu) from the first Mobile Suit Gundam series, or, to be more precise, Char's Counterattack, in which Char tries to make the Earth uninhabitable to force the population to migrate into space, which he believes will prevent wars by making everyone a Newtype.
    • And G Gundam has Master Asia, Domon Kasshu's Old Master. When he's first revealed as a villain, he seems to be just another Brainwashed minion of the Devil Gundam, but he eventually reveals that he's Not Brainwashed and is aiding the Devil Gundam of his own free will. From his time on Earth in the previous Gundam Fight, Master Asia concluded that humans were destroying the planet. The Devil Gundam had been made (as the Ultimate Gundam) to restore the Earth with its Nanomachines, but, due to a malfunction, it concluded that this mission required it to Kill All Humans. Master Asia agreed. When Domon finally defeats Master Asia near the end of the series, Master sees the error of his ways. But, of course, Redemption Equals Death.
    • Let's not forget Gundam 00s Celestial Being. The whole point of their actions is to beat up/kill any human factions who wish to wage war against each other.
      • They get better about this as the story progresses, and become much more selective in their targets. They even ally with an anti-government military force in the second season. Their overall goal of eliminating conflict through force remains, though.
      • All of it was a Xanatos Gambit by Schenberg to unite humanity in order to prepare them against an Alien Invasion.
    • It's often forgotten that the protagonists of Gundam Wing are outright called terrorists, though, unlike most, they limit their attacks to the military and have no intention of harming innocent civilians. The line still gets crossed a few times, though: Heero destroys a plane full of OZ leaders (only. it's actually peacemakers and he was tricked), and Wu Fei blows up a barracks full of sleeping soldiers (sadly, people tend to gloss over his obvious displeasure with this act).
  • Takano Miyo, main villain of Higurashi When They Cry, just wants her grandfather's work to be acknowledged. The way she does this? Killing the entire village of Hinamizawa.
  • In Hunter X Hunter, Meryem, the Chimeran Ant King, suddenly makes a dramatic change into becoming a Well-Intentioned Extremist from a Complete Monster who wants to Kill All Humans. After befriending a human girl (whom he originally kept alive so he could one day defeat in the only strategy game he wasn't prodigal at), he learns that there are certain humans that deserve to live, and remakes his plan for the Chimeran Ants inheriting the Earth. Instead, he decides to protect the weak and remake the world so that it is so equal, the word "equality" doesn't even exist anymore. The extremist part? He wants to abolish the old system by force, and is only willing to protect the weak that he deems "have the right to live."
  • From JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean: the truly faithful Father Pucci, whose ultimate goal is to reach the "Heaven" he heard his mentor Dio talk about. He'll do anything and sacrifice anyone to get to it, and apparently, he does: he rewinds, remakes, and resurrects the world (that he completely messed up), but is killed before he can join it.
  • Admiral Gil Graham from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As wanted to stop the Book of Darkness and its multi-dimensional destructive ways, even if it would cost the lives of the Wolkenritter and result in Hayate being sealed away with the book.
    • From Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S, the TSAB high council, who are responsible for creating Scaglietti and letting him build combat cyborgs and artificial mages for them to ensure the safety of the TSAB controlled worlds.
  • Many of the "villains" in Mahou Sensei Negima, but especially Fate, who claims to be trying to save the inhabitants of the Magic World by erasing it from existence. Kurt Godel would probably count too, if we can ever confirm his ultimate goal, though he also claims to be trying to save the world by keeping Fate from destroying it.
    • Turns out, they both have very similar plans. The magical world's running out of energy, and when it goes, most of its 1.2 billion inhabitants will vanish, with 67 million being dumped onto an empty, airless Mars. Kurt wants to evacuate those 67 million before it's too late to save those that can be saved, whereas Fate realizes that it isn't fair to those that can't be evacuated, and Earth can't deal with 67 million refugees - so he'll just kidnap everyone and send them to a pocket dimension that is suspiciously afterlife-like.
      • The latter is kind of hilarious, when you stop to think about it. As of the most recent chapter, it seems like the Final Battle will boil down to who can save the world better.
    • Fate and his band also make a point of not harming anyone from Earth, except when Fate notices that Mahora will be collateral damage. But by that time, he has switched to full-on Blood Knight and no longer cares about anything else.
  • The Mai-Hime manga: While not so much evil as antagonistic, Haruka has the goal of having her Ori-Hime unit deal be the only one entrusted with destroying the Orphans. To accomplish this and dispose of her Orphan Resistance rivals, she tries to have Nao lure Yuuichi away by seducing him, orders Akira to steal Mikoto's Element, and kidnaps Mikoto and Kazuya. When word of this gets out, her approval rating plummets, and Mai and Natsuki defeat her and Yukino, ending her plans and resulting in the two groups working together.
  • Nagi from Mai-Otome believes that the Otome system of sending female bodyguards off to war in place of their country's leaders is an outdated model, and wants to put an end to it (which is exactly what series protagonist Arika wants to do) literally destroying the system from which the Meisters derive their abilities, using ancient weaponry and a horde of sentient monsters (summoned by cultists willing to give up their lives for the cause).
  • The entire cast of Mirai Nikki, no exceptions. Yes, even him. No Exceptions.
  • Monster has Lawyer and Secretary.
  • Pain in Naruto whose goal is to eliminate war. His plan involves collecting all of the Tailed Beasts (killing their human containers in the process) to make a weapon of mass destruction that will kill millions and scare all of the countries into not fighting for a while before fighting inevitably returns, at which point, one side will get hold of and use this weapon again, giving rise to another short time of "peace." Small periods of peace is his goal, which shows that he has a better grasp of human nature than Watchmen's Extremist.
      • Human nature perhaps, but international relations? No. He fails that forever.
    • Danzo also qualifies. His ultimate goal, much like Naruto and Pain, is to bring about peace in the ninja world. However, he believes that this can only be done through power, to the exclusion of hindrances like emotion. He's not above brainwashing people or attempting to subjugate all other ninja villages, even if that requires the deaths of countless people, to achieve his goals.
    • Subverted, however, with Madara, who, at one point, says that he is doing all these horrible things because he wants peace. Naruto sees through the lie and accuses Madara of not giving a shit about peace and only wanting power. Madara agrees. Since he's not really Madara, that might have been a lie.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: SEELE's leaders want to eliminate sorrow in the world...through a murder and manipulation galore. Gendo wants to reunite with his dead wife and not cause his son pain...which causes him to be a Jerkass of a father and a cruel manipulator of a lover.
  • The eponymous Noein is suffering from grief from losing the love of his life, Haruka. He then searches for other dimensions where she might have survived, but finds that she's always destined to the same fate in every universe. His intention is then to converge all universes to stop all suffering, erase all existence and start it anew.
  • Elite Four Lance in Pokémon Special. He views humans as completely incompatible with Pokémon, so he plans to commit genocide against the human race so that Pokémon can live in peace and the world can return to its natural glory.
    • Maxie and Archie from the R/S arc had the same ambition in the manga as they did in the games. Of course, corruption by the Red and Blue Orbs drove them Bugfuck insane before all was said and done.
    • There's also Mewtwo from Pokémon the First Movie. Enraged by humanity using Pokémon as tools and disgusted by the acceptance of this by the Pokémon, he sought to remake the world by exterminating everyone and replacing them with clones. This way, he thought, Pokémon would have the freedom they deserve.
      • Of course, Mewtwo didn't bother asking Pokémon just why they accepted humans as masters. It may seem cheesy, but friendship and trust are basically what make the Pokémon world even work. Just don't expect fanfiction to acknowledge this.
    • Mewtwo even hated whenever clones were being mistreated, not just Pokémon in general. In fact, the first movie (at least, the original Japanese version) states that Mewtwo wanted to wage war not only against humanity, but against all natural-born life in general. Contrast that with Mew, who feels that clones (including Mewtwo) are inferior and must be destroyed.
    • Marcus in Pokémon Arceus and The Jewel of Life wanted to preserve Miichina Town, something he believed would result in it reverting to a wasteland if the Jewel of Life was returned to Arceus. However, he ended up brainwashing Damos and forcing him to betray Arceus, and it was implied that he did the exact same to the other Pokémon.
    • The Big Bad of Pokémon the Movie Black And White wanted to restore his civilization by reviving one of the two legendary Pokémon (which one depends on which movie is viewed).
  • An interesting case is Princess Mononoke, as both sides of the conflict are led by Well Intentioned Extremists. The central plot of the film is Ashitaka's attempt to stop the unnecessary fighting.
  • Kyubey in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. What it's trying to do is avert, or at least delay, the heat death of the universe. Doing this just happens to involve driving young girls over the Despair Event Horizon, since those emotions can be efficiently harvested as energy for that purpose. Kyubey doesn't see anything wrong with this: its species doesn't have emotions, and so does not understand human value systems. It even thinks that it's being unnecessarily nice in the way it goes about it, since it will only make a girl into a Puella Magi if she agrees to it (though Kyubey will rarely reveal all the details until after the agreement is made).
  • R.O.D. the TV: The British Library honestly believes that the world will be a better place if Mr. Gentleman rewrites everyone's memories and personalities however he pleases, including their own. Strangely, they never think to ask him if he thinks it's a good idea....
  • Sailor Moon: Sailor Galaxia started out like this, at least in the anime.
  • In Space Runaway Ideon, the Buff Clan's supreme military leader, Doba Ajiba, was willing to risk the destruction of the majority of his race if it meant the destruction of the Ideon. Of course, when one considers that the power of the Ide was forcing the Earthlings and Buff Clan to genocidally slaughter each other, it probably is the lesser of two evils.
    • Not to mention that the home planets of both the Earthlings and the Buff Clan were just destroyed by meteors, leaving those fighting as the few left of their kind.
  • In Speed Grapher, the Big Bad Suitengu's life was ruined by greed, money, and corruption. His intention was to destroy these things. However, he had to become a monster in order to do it.
  • In Supercar Gattiger, the Big Bad, Emperor Black Demon, wants to conquer the world so he can put an end to war.
  • All Ryoko Asakura from Suzumiya Haruhi wants to do is to break the status quo and incite some reaction from the titular character. Her method happens to be trying to murder the narrator, and major love interest, Kyon. When she returns in the tenth novel as a Boxed Crook, she still wants to kill Kyon because she still believes that her actions were justified. Still, she protects him, because she wants to be the one to kill him.
    • Also, both Tachibana Kyouko and Fujiwara, in the Anti-SOS Brigade, qualify as well, though the latter is more of a Knight Templar. Kyouko wants to protect the universe from destruction, and so believes that Sasaki, rather than Haruhi, is the best person to have godlike powers, since Sasaki has no desire to reshape the world. She says that she has no ill will against Kyon, but disagrees with the SOS Brigade's philosophy. Fujiwara, on the other hand, believes that the existence of Stable Time Loops in this series prevent any possibility of free will, so he wants to prevent the discovery of time travel, thus changing history and proving that free will exists. Unfortunately, he will stop at nothing to achieve this goal, including the attempted murder of children.
  • The villain of the third Tenchi Muyo! OVA, Z, becomes one due to unfortunate circumstances.
  • The Anti-Spirals from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are out there to prevent the universe from being destroyed by an overload of Spiral Power, and in order to do that, they take The Heartless way and prevent any feelings of hope and courage from sprouting around the Universe.

 Rossiu: Sometimes the best intentions can lead us down the wrong path.

    • Similarly, Lord Genome. To protect humanity from growing too numerous and being wiped out, he forced it underground and had the Beastmen kill anyone who wandered onto the surface.
    • Finally, at least from the viewpoint of the three above, Simon himself and the Dai Gurren-Dan, who are doing exactly what the antagonists fear will destroy humanity/the Earth/the universe, and with no other justification than "Who the hell do you think we are?" Some of them come around by the end, though.
  • To Aru Majutsu no Index: Aureolus Izzard, who isolated himself three years ago after failing to save Index from having to have her memories erased and has been desperately trying to find a cure ever since.
    • Several magic side characters fall under this, especially under the Roman Catholic Church, and most especially, God's Right Seat, with most of them bordering on Knight Templar.
    • Also Accelerator, who tried at least to make the Sisters run away by talking in an aggressive way before each "experiment" starts.
      • However, the "Well Intentioned" part of the trope is very suspect when it comes to anyone involved in the Level 6 development projects. Other than reaping its benefits (and likely being used again later by its supervisors), Accelerator doesn't have any good intentions in his involvement with the Sisters experiment, or with anything, for that matter, at least, until Last Order shows up.
    • From the spin-off To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, Professor Kiyama Harumi, who developed the Level Upper as part of a scheme which ultimately led to the saving of a group of comatose children from a failed AIM diffusion experiment. What sets her apart is that, while her plan does involve putting at least ten thousand esper aspirants in comas, she prepared a cure beforehand and has the full intention of using it once she's done. She also tried more legitimate means first, but after nearly two dozen failures and the fact that the city's administration and law enforcement aren't going to budge, not least because of the whole Academy City conspiracy, she resorted to this.
  • Lucif from Venus Versus Virus sought the True World, which is some kind of Utopia without suffering.
  • In the Vision of Escaflowne anime, Emperor Dornkirk and Folken sought an Instrumentality where there would be no war or fighting, even if it involved kicking a few puppies along the way.
  • Yoki in Waq Waq, who wants to end the tyranny of the red-blooded humans over the black-blooded ones by sacrificing a red-blooded girl, then betraying the villains.
  • Witch Hunter Robin: the characters discover that they're a part of this when the truth about the witch-proof substance, Orbo, is revealed (it's made of witches!).
  • X 1999's Dragons of Earth seek to save the Earth from those destroying it -- Humans -- by eliminating them, and allowing the Earth to regrow and return to its natural state.
  • The Koorime from Yu Yu Hakusho. They believe that, as long as there are no males living among them, they will survive and be peaceful, and they'll do anything to keep it that way, even if it means separating a baby from his mother and tossing him off a floating island miles high in the air.
  • Rex Godwin in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, who just wants to deal with the Signer conflict permanently by combining the powers of his brother's Signer Birthmark and his own Dark Signer Birthmark he picked up to overpower both gods and destroy the world to rebuild it anew so that the cycle doesn't start all over again in 5000 years' time.
  • Kazuo Tengan is the big bad of Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy, and is purportedly trying to find a way to demolish the Despair. Much like Evelyn Deavor, his plan ultimately doesn't make that much sense, and it turns out Junko was influencing him all along.