Villains We Secretly Root For

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Villains We Secretly Root For

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Natalia Buia

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March 9, 2017

In real life, there's nothing better than being a hero. When it comes to movies, we can't help but root for the bad guy—one in a while!

The thing is, in movies, the good guys typically come off as boring and clichéd. Villains are the ones who drive the narrative and entertain us for 90 minutes. Sure, most of them just much die in the end but you can't deny you felt a bit sad when it happened. In some instances, the evil villain was born a good person but unfortunately was forced into a life of crime, making it that much easier for us to lend our support. Here are some villains we secretly root for.

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Plain and simple, this pesky little creature is nothing but a thorn on Sam and Frodo's side. We light up when he's on screen because he's actually kind of fun to be around! Underneath that grotesque body (which probably smells) lies a broken, sad and lonely man. Gollum grew up living a life of solitude and doesn;'t know how to function properly with other people. You just want to hug him and tell him it's all going to be okay. 

The Joker
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Maybe it's just Heath Ledger's incredible performance in The Dark Knight, but this agent of chaos has our back. He knows that people pretend to follow the virtues of Batman but internally think like just him. The Joker wasnt about right or wrong. The joker just was. He had no ulterior motives and understood that nothing really matters at the end of the day. That's a pretty bad ass way to live (minus all the murdering)!  

Hans Gruber
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Sweet Hans went from being a simple mercenary into the exceptional antagonist we all know and love in Die Hard. Hans was the smartest guy in the room. His plan was well thought out, leaving him two steps ahead of his opponents...for the most part! His sinnister delivery was essentially the best thing about the Die Hard franchise and we miss him terribly. 

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Girls who grow up on Disney movies are taught to believe that princesses are good and witches are evil. With Maleficent, viewers are treated to a refreshing origins story about the villain from the Sleeping Beauty film. We discover that the wicked witch had a rough upbringing and experienced something traumatic causing her to grow into a cruel and dark woman. Maleficent is just deeply hurt, and she happens to spends years holding onto that pain. We see cracks in her armour when she plays with little Aurora, proving she's still got a bit of goodness left in her. 

Miranda Preistly
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If you ask me,  Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada is far more scary than Hans Gruber or The Joker. She's rude to her staff, intimidating to strangers and indulges in backstabbing like it's a recreational drug. But at the end of the day, Miranda is just a hard working woman who gets the job done. If everyone thinks she's a bitch then so be it. Miranda doesn't care what your opinion is. That is a true #BossLady.



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