Fuuuuu, I was talking to JB about heroes, Anti-heroes and Villains today and so he brings up the topic of anti-villains. So I had to have a look into them >.<
I managed to find this on tvtropes.org:
“The Anti-Villain is a villain with heroic goals, personality traits, and/or virtues. Their desired ends are mostly good, but their means of getting there are evil. Alternatively, their desired ends are evil, but they are far more ethical or moral than most villains and they thus use fairly benign means to achieve it, and can be downright heroic on occasion.
They reach a kind of critical mass that makes them more good than normal villains but not quite heroes, blurring the line between hero and villain the same way an Anti-Hero does.”
But the Anti-Villain is not the opposite of a anti-hero. The way I see it is that, the Anti-Villain is a character that’s labeled as a villain but you have sympathy for them, good example are Darth Vader and Dr. Horrible.
Also, there doesn’t seem to be any “who is your favorite anti-villain” post on reddit but there are “what villain could you sympathize with” and “Reddit, has there ever been a fictional villain you feel sympathy for?” Which are pretty awesome to read :)
I don’t really think I’ll go too deeply into the Anti-Villain, but I’ll see if I can track down any papers on them, JB got me hooked, I gotta learn more about then now.