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Remorseful Villains are characters who feel sorry for their past actions, but have not necessarily "turned good".

It is important to note that, with almost every of these characters, their remorse can eventually lead to their redemption (though this is not always the case). 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).

There are several reasons a villain can feel remorse, which includes:

  • 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 themselves.
  • For helping another villain far more evil than them, unaware that they were tricked and then get eventually betrayed once they are not of their use.
  • Having committed atrocities in the past and now showing concern in the present on how to fix everything they've done.
  • 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.
  • Admitting that they were wrong all along about what they thought and believed.

IMPORTANT: this category is solely intended for villains who have genuine remorse but don't redeem themselves anyway. Do not forget that Pure Evils CANNOT be remorseful by definition as they completely lack empathy, never feel bad about their wrongdoings and are utterly remorseless. Therefore, if villains feel ANY remorse at all, then they're never completely monstrous, even though 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.
  • Those who give a sarcastic apology to their foes (they should go under Faux Affably Evil instead).
  • 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.
  • Or look like they're feeling bad for their actions, but then proceed to try to attack/kill the hero(es) anyway.

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