1d50 Villain Ideas: Doing Evil for the sake of Good

On August 3, 2018, Posted by , In Resources, With No Comments

The ends justify the means is a common phrase, and your Villains could transcend the role of just “Bad Guy” to be truly fleshed out people. Someone trying to accomplish good but willing to use evil is a conundrum.

If an NPC is trying to do something good, like stopping rampaging wizards who are trying to lay waste to an entity city, that’s okay.

But if that person is willing to do evil to accomplish this goal, like sacrificing people, stealing, using evil magic or magic items, etc, then that’s bad.

Perhaps your “Villain” isn’t Evil at all?

Instead of using a Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil or Chaotic Evil alignment what if they were Chaotic Good and simply used evil means to justify the good end they were aiming for?

Here are some great traits some “Good” Villains might have that makes them Bad:

  1. Rich and greedy and spends money to hurt others
  2. Bullies others
  3. Gets undeserved rewards
  4. Responds badly to being questioned
  5. Disregards or punishes those who disagree
  6. Oppressive and controlling
  7. Says one thing and does the opposite
  8. Frivolously changes mind
  9. Eats, spends, consumes when others are hungry, poor, without
  10. Punishes innocents
  11. Supports inequality
  12. Rewards unfairly
  13. Cares not the effects their words and actions have on others
  14. Makes unfair rules and laws
  15. Doesn’t follow their own rules
  16. Lies for self-benefit and believes their lies after awhile
  17. Is above the law and cannot be punished
  18. Switches sides – traitorous
  19. Lazy and makes others do all the work
  20. Chooses sides for bad reasons
  21. Distrusts everyone and constantly tests for loyalty and obedience
  22. Has others fight their battles
  23. Uses blackmail and extortion to get their way
  24. Rejects and abuses the rights of others
  25. Doesn’t take responsibility for their decisions or actions
  26. Suppresses freedoms
  27. Makes offensive jokes
  28. Plays favourites to evil or incompetent minions
  29. Enforces their twisted version of normal
  30. Endangers others frivolously
  31. Indifferent to the struggle they cause others
  32. Does not listen to reason and makes bad decisions endangering others
  33. Sacrifices others for their own ego or vanity
  34. Physically, emotionally abusive
  35. Spoiled and pampered and lashes out when demands not met
  36. Keeps others as toys or decoration
  37. Values appearances over character
  38. Must kill to feel good about themselves
  39. Starts or supports war
  40. Responds well to gifts and flattery
  41. Expects adoration and punishes when not given
  42. Has short fuse, temperamental
  43. Flirts or seduces to get their way
  44. Stays unpredictable to keep others off-balance
  45. Hurts other purposefully
  46. Supports anarchy and destruction
  47. Destroys property punitively
  48. Bribes others to do their bidding
  49. Endangers others capriciously
  50. Gossips and ruins reputations

Credit to Johnn Four from Roleplaying Tips and creator of Campaign Logger for these 50 traits.