#2: Subtle Evil


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Slight subtleties and minor inconsistencies in the villain’s philosophy should point them out as evil but they should never be obvious. Perhaps the villain abolishes slavery in favor of indentured servitude or military conscription. The wording is different but the outcome is the same. Perhaps the villain offers a verdant paradise to the worshipers of her dark god but at the cost of the bloody sacrifice of a virgin every night at midnight. Perhaps they don’t see the slaughter of innocent civilians as evil but an unfortunate sacrifice in the name of a greater good.
Hypocrisy, in short. Another good one, which I've usd myself, is the oppressed minority or super-soldier race who want an independent country where they can do the oppressing instead. -- Pteryx
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