Have you ever found yourself watching something, only to realize that you actually kinda like the villain more than the heroes? Or even worse, thinking that the villain might have a point?
Well friend, you’re not alone in this! There have been plenty of “big bads” throughout history that are maybe not as bad as people say. In the case of these 10 evildoers, we kinda have to wonder if maybe they weren’t so awful.
Hades – Hercules
In Greek Mythology, Hades has always kinda gotten the short end of the stick, having to watch over the Underworld after being stuck there by Zeus. Honestly, who hasn’t gotten mad at their job sometimes and just wanted to break free? Nobody, that’s who.
The Grinch – How The Grinch Stole Christmas
He’s a miscreant who’s spent his life on his own aside from a dog who can’t actually talk to him, and we all wonder why he kinda snaps when he sees everyone else having a great time and enjoying Christmas? Honestly, it’s hard not to feel bad for the guy.
Hexadecimal – Reboot
Hex was spawned from the same super-virus that also birthed Megabyte, but unlike her scheming, maniacal brother, she mostly was just super emotional to a scary degree. Heck, she helped them fight against Daemon, and ultimately became good!
Harley Quinn – Batman: The Animated Series
Harley probably has one of the most tragic backstories in comic book history. A budding psychologist who tried to evaluate The Joker, she ended up being twisted and broken by him into what she is now. Sure she’s often homicidal and borderline insane, but deep down she’s a scared woman constantly being hurt by the man she loves.
These next few “villains” really just got a raw deal…
Syndrome – The Incredibles
Okay, he was an absolute tool, but Syndrome was interesting because he also had a point. Life has to suck when you’re a normal human in a world full of superheroes, and giving everyone powers would definitely be an equalizing factor.
Captain Hook – Peter Pan
Have you ever actually sat down and read the story of Peter Pan? Turns out Peter is a total jerk child who abandons the Lost Boys when they grow up and he gets bored of them, and basically treats everyone around him like crap. No wonder Hook hates him so much!
Sid – Toy Story
I know Sid is supposed to be super evil given what he does to his toys, but there’s two problems with that: 1) Find me a kid that’s never wrecked a toy or two on purpose before, I bet you it can’t be done, and 2) He has no idea they’re alive! None of the humans do! He even freaks out when he discovers that and tries to mend his ways.
Magneto – X-Men
After surviving the Holocaust and the scorn of humans around him, Magneto becomes convinced that humans will never accept mutants and that they should break away from society and form their own nation. The thing is… he’s kind of right. The mutants in just about every version of X-Men are treated like garbage by the public even after saving their asses multiple times, and that’s even before things like the Sentinels and Genosha happen.
The Shark – Jaws
He’s a shark. He’s doing what sharks do. Sure, he’s a danger to swimmers, but did they really have to blow him up?
Edgar – The Aristocats
He works his butt off as an old rich socialite’s butler for years, only to find out that the’s leaving her entire fortune to her CATS?! Not gonna lie, I’d be pretty pissed too.