Two days ago I was poking around and found this on Youtube: This got me thinking, what are peoples opinion when it comes to Sylvanas Windrunner? Sylvanas is a complicated character to put into terms of black and white as she always seems to blur the line. An additional issue is that I've to this day yet to encounter an unbiased opinion on the matter. Even my opinion is biased as I'm a massive elf-fan so Sylvanas is a character who has more than once peaked my interests. In many ways Sylvanas is an interesting character who does, many times rather cruel and malevolent deeds in order to protect her people. And while her actions aren't as questionable as those of for example Illidan she's certainly a complicated character who needs to be discussed. Is she justified in doing what she does. But for my opinion on the matter, Sylvanas has always struck me as someone who's willing to protect her people no matter what. And that's the key no matter what that both makes her great and forces her to sometimes go to far. From my viewpoint it doesn't seem like Sylvanas likes to create mindless husks or keep slaves, all the people under her command seem to have free will and make their own decisions as clearly seen with Lilian Voss and Nathanos Marris. Well... that's up until this happened. This is one of two lore moments where her actions are really difficult to defend, the other being when she tortured Koltira because she's just not in a moral grey-area any more she's just plain wrong. But even though she's wrong I can, unlike when she decides to torture Koltira see why she does what she does. Her actions are absolutely unacceptable but they are somewhat understandable. During the Cataclysm we see how fragile her people's position actually is, they can't reproduce and hence slowly nearing extinction. To counter this Sylvanas gets the aid of the 9 val'kyrs, the only problem is 5 of them are now dead. The Forsaken are in constant threat of extinction and Sylvanas as well as her people need the val'kyrs to survive. So in my opinion is Sylvanas evil? No not really, while she does what's often cruel deeds she doesn't do them to inflict pain she does it because it's her view of what's best for her people. So no I don't see Sylvanas as evil. But what do you think please share your opinion.