10 Movie Heroes Who Are Actually Villains

10 Movie Heroes Who Are Actually Villains ...

"Every human heart has a line between good and evil." The greatest characters have both good and bad in them. Severus Snape, Jackie Brown, and Michael Corleone are compelling figures because they are so morally grey. However, some characters are shown as decent, but they start appearing like villains on further reflection.

Some of these characters have pure motives but are willing to commit evil acts for the greater good. Others are selfish and do not care for the people around them. Some of them are simply jerks. Who needs villains when you have heroes like these?

Optimus Prime

Optimus tells the humans that he deliberately avoided intervening sooner in order to make them aware of the evil robots. In other words, he let innocent people die to prove a point.

Optimus commits many Geneva Convention violations over two and a half hours. He crushes several Decepticons as they beg for mercy. When Megatron offers Optimus a truce, the Autobot brutally decapitates him.


The caped crusader is one of cinema's most iconic anti-heroes, but he may be more deadly than most fans believe. After all, he's a billionaire and a tech genius, but instead of investing them in his vigilantism and cool outfits, Batman never addresses the root causes of crime in Gotham.

Bruce Wayne is more interested in fulfilling his own heroism rather than dealing with these persistent issues. Bateman damages numerous structures, wrecks roadways, and wrecks bridges in a city like Gotham.

Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka is one of literature's most well-known whimsy and delighters, but he also has a dark side: he's paranoid, he's selfish, he basically keeps the Ooma Loompas as slaves, and he visits terrible fates upon the children who displease him. Yes, the children are children, but to be fair, they are children.

Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp captured these more unsavory aspects of Wonka's personality in their respective roles. It'll be interesting to see how Timothee Chalamet interprets the character in the upcoming Wonder Woman.

The Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters was one of the most well-known comedy horror films of the 1980s. With actors such as Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, it's no surprise that the goofball characters are so relatable. However, when one considers what the Ghostbusters actually do, things start to take on a darker tone.

After all, they've trapped wayward spirits in their nuclear-powered devices, and they've no intention to release them. They're essentially dumping lost souls to Limbo for ever. It's time to reconsider your career path.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire is a popular comedy-drama about Daniel (Robin Williams), a father who is pursuing a ruthless plot to be able to spend time with his children after an acrimonious divorce. He disguises himself as a woman in order to weasel his way back into the household.

Daniel (Sally Field) and his new boyfriend Stu (Pierce Brosnan) go as far as to sneak cayenne pepper into Stu's food, knowing that he's extremely allergic. If someone attempted any of these in real life, they would be immediately arrested.

V ('V for Vendetta)

"The only outcome is vengeance, a vendetta." The titular character from V for Vendetta is charismatic and funny, skilled with a knife and extremely brave, willing to fight any adversary in his pursuit of his ideals. Anonymous is famous for co-opting V's mask.

V is also a terrorist and a murderer. He's happy to sacrifice the innocent, conceal information from his pals, and even deceive them outright. He is morally clear by design.

Ferris Bueller

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a shaman for rebellious teenage spirit. He skips school and encourages his best friend (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend (Mia Sara) to do the same, leading to all kinds of shenanigans. He's also the devil on Cameron's shoulder. He's the one who takes Cameron's dad's automobile.

Ferris seems to be open to putting Cameron in jeopardy. When Cameron protests against his schemes, Ferris dismisses him. This isn't to say that Ferris is evil or anything. He's still a nice guy, but he's also a bit of a jerk.

Jerry ('Tom and Jerry')

On the surface, Tom appears to be the villain and Jerry the victim, but upon closer inspection, things begin to look a little different. After all, Jerry is an intruder in the house, who often steals food from Tom's owner. Tom tries to catch Jerry, but usually, it's Jerry who initiates things, and he inflicts far greater harm on the cat than vice versa.

Tom is in a difficult position as his owner repeatedly threatens to throw him out unless he can catch the gnarly mouse, so Jerry might suggest some sort of compromise between the two, but the truth is he loves tormenting Tom. The pair are therefore destined to repeat the same pattern over and over.

Seth ('Superbad')

This August was the 15th anniversary of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's coming-of-age classic Superbad. It's still a funny tale of teenage misbehavior, but when one rewatches it, one can't help but notice that Seth (Jonah Hill) is a bit of a sleazebag.

He's creepy and objectifies love interest Jules (Emma Stone). He's also self-centered, a big whiner, and extremely immature. Not to mention, he bullies buddy Evan (Michael Cera) at the end of the film. Make no mistake: Seth is no hero.

Joe Fox ('You've Got Mail')

You've Got Mail by Nora Ephron is a collection of three well-known comedy series starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. But Hank's character Joe isn't quite as nice as he appears.

Tom Hanks is a good enough actor to imbue Joe with warmth and likability, but the Joe Fox of the script is a disaster.