Remorseful Villains are characters who feel sorry for their past actions, but not have necessarily "turned good".
With almost every of these characters, their remorse can eventually lead to their redemption, but this is not always the case, as seen with Patrick McReary. However, redeemed villains can no longer fall under this category; some of these villains may also move to another evil plan, usually a less evil one than their previous plan.
There are several reasons a villain can feel remorse:
- Feeling terrible for exceeding in their misdeeds, they may not truly redeem themselves in some cases but still they show real concern about their actions and the consequences that affect others and the villain(s) themselves (Raditz of DragonballZ and King Salazar from Wakko's Wish, etc.).
- Helping another villain far more evil than them, not being aware that they were tricked and then get eventually betrayed once they are not of their use.Circus Baby and Count Dooku are Examples.
- Having committed atrocities in the past and now showing concern in the present on how to fix everything they've done. Benny from I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream is an example.
- Realizing their schemes didn't go as they wanted and now want to either solve it with help of the heroes or do it themselves. Shou Tucker in the 2003 anime series of Fullmetal Alchemist is an example.
- Admitting that they were wrong all along about what they thought and believed. Count Bleck from Super Paper Mario and Judge Hopkins from ParaNorman are examples.
- This category is solely intended for villains who regret their past actions and feel bad for what they have done, but don't actually redeem themselves anyway.
- Pure Evil villains can be in this category as they completely lack empathy, never feel bad about their wrongdoings and as a result are utterly remorseless, whereas remorseful villains are in positive ways regardless of how terrible their acts they feel sorry for are. Therefore, if villains feel ANY remorse at all, then they are never Pure Evil, despite the fact that they may never completely redeem themselves due to their acts.
- Also, the following villains should not be added to this category, even if they are not Pure Evil:
- Those who pretend to show remorse for their actions in an attempt to let the hero's guard down and kill them - these should go under Cowards instead. (Example: King.)
- Those who give a sarcastic apology to their foes, they should go under Faux Affably Evil instead. (Example: Ernesto de la Cruz.)
- Those who merely regret for not being able to commit the crimes, or merely the failure of their crimes, instead of regretting over their evil actions. (Example: Henry Bowers from the 2017 film adaptation of IT said to Mike Hanlon that he was sad over not being the one who killed Mike's parents.)
- Those who look like they are feeling bad for their actions, but then proceed to attempt to attack/kill the hero(es) anyway. (Examples: the Lemons from Cars 2. Mater tries to talk some redemption into the Gremlins, Pacers, Trunkovs and Hugos that "becoming rich and powerful beyond their wildest dreams ain't gonna make them feel better." While it does look like they are realizing they were wrong, one gremlin raises a machine
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