Villains in Name Only

Villains In Name Only, also called Villains by Proxy, is a trope related about characters who are not villanous or dangerous to no means.


Why these characters are Villains In Name Only?

Villainy represent what a character try to enforce in the story, Anti-Villains, for example, are character who strictly in a Grey Zone, In this case Villains In Name Only are characters, who are not Villains at all.

Many of them could be Designated Villains or Incompetents villains who dont have the "Evil Bone" (E.g. Nazboo, Selina), other could simply be Misguided Heroes who usually begin antagonist until they see the wrong of their ways (Alister Azimuth, Blackarachnia and Rei Hououmaru are good Examples), even many of them can be Tragic Villains.

In other hand, Villains in Name Only, Can be amoral or animal who simply are doing what other animal do, like hunting or preying (The Xenomorphs from Alien are an example).

However, Never add Complete Monster at this category, Even if they begin sympathetic or tragic, this could count as an excuse to justify their acts and proclaim they are "Pitiful" and theirs "tragedies" are far past gone, As see in the cases of The Plutonian, Sir August DeWynter, Superboy-Prime, Dr. Destiny, Jill Robertson, Ultraman Belial, The Joker, Zanza,The Mainstream William Stryker, Selina Pereira-Matias, The Injustice Joker, Solaris, Dandy Mott, Patrick Ross, Ellen, and Michael Myers.

None of them have "excuses" who justify their actions or behavior, many of them are wholly irreconcivably evil, this category is only for characters who are Villains in name Only (Like Zeta the Sorceress).


Western Animation

  • Zeta the Sorceress (Shimmer and Shine).
  • Cedric the Sorcerer (Sofia the First).
  • Ludo (Star vs. The Forces of Evil).


  • Xenomorphs (Aliens).
  • The Blob (The Blob).
  • Frankenstein's Monster (Frankenstein).
  • Seth Brundle (The Fly).


  • Rei Hououmaru (Kill La Kill).
  • Satsuki Kyruin (Kill La Kill).
  • Karin (Naruto).
  • Obito Uchiha (Naruto).
  • Neji Hyuga (Naruto).
  • Kabuto Yakushi (Naruto).
  • Eto Ushirimoya (Tokyo Ghoul).
  • Kureo Madeo (Tokyo Ghoul).
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