Not all villains are really evil; in fact, many villains are insecure and lash out at the world in an attempt to assert themselves. These villains are very similar to tragic villains and can overlap with attention-seekers, but the defining characteristic of an Insecure Villain is that they are lying, in many ways, both to themselves and others. Alternatively, Insecure Villains act in a homicidal way due to severe pain suffered by some tragedy. Sometimes, they are victims of bullying or severe abuse by someone even more evil than themselves. Usually, these villains just need a friend or loved one, other times they need acceptance, yet it is also common for an Insecure Villain to simply be too far gone and absorbed in his or her own troubles to accept (or want) help.
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