Movie (or TV/book/videogame) "villains" that you sympathise with / want to be successful

  • Mola_Ram 6 Oct 2018 13:48:28 19,337 posts
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    I shamelessly stole this from the AV Club, but thought it would be a fun discussion topic here.

    Of characters in media who are meant to be villains, are there any where you look at them and think "hrm, actually this person has a decent point"? That or you want them to succeed in their plans?

    I'm not thinking of "antiheroes" like Tony Soprano, Walter White etc. where you have some measure of sympathy because they're the main characters of their shows. More outright baddies that you have a different opinion about.
  • Darth_Flibble 6 Oct 2018 13:53:51 3,316 posts
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    Thanos
  • sport 6 Oct 2018 14:24:45 14,820 posts
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    Bowser. Dude just wants someone to spend his life with.

    Edited by sport at 14:25:00 06-10-2018
  • drhickman1983 6 Oct 2018 14:26:05 5,722 posts
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    In Game of Throne's Tywin Lannister is a despot, but by all historical accounts he effectively ran the country of Westeros when The Mad King went, well, mad. And he ruled it successfully, overseeing the longest time of peace the continent had known.

    In Joe Abercrombie's First Law universe, the "big bad" Khalul (who hasn't actually been seen yet) is by all accounts if not good, at least no worse than the "good" magi Bayaz, who is an magnificent, manipulative, hypocritical cunt..

    In the animated series The Legend of Korra the 3rd season antagonist is an anarchist who wants to destroy the monarchy and bring power to the people. Hard not to like him. (and he's voice by Henry Rollins, which is kinda cool).

    In James Cameron's Avatar movie I was totally rooting for Quatrich and the humans. Quatrich was good to his men, kept his promises to them and seemed to care about them. Much rather be on his side than the poncy blue aliens.
  • bbvDJC 6 Oct 2018 14:29:05 2,006 posts
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    Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2, I love that dude.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 6 Oct 2018 15:10:38 9,426 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Bowser. Dude just wants someone to spend his life with.
    Incel in a half shell
  • anephric 6 Oct 2018 15:37:30 3,085 posts
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    Hans in Die Hard. Every time I watch it now I want him to get away with it.

    Edited by anephric at 15:37:44 06-10-2018
  • challenge_hanukkah 6 Oct 2018 16:46:13 9,877 posts
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    John Smith
  • Tonka 6 Oct 2018 19:42:50 29,203 posts
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    Tom in Tom & Jerry. Hate that little mouse.
    Willie Coyote isn't even supposed to be seen as the real bad guy is he?
  • challenge_hanukkah 6 Oct 2018 19:43:58 9,877 posts
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    Iain Duncan Smith.
  • RelaxedMikki 6 Oct 2018 19:54:34 2,990 posts
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    My daughter supported the step-mother in Snow White, from the first time she watched the film aged about 4. Forget "The Little Mermaid 2" or "Lion King 2", what she really wanted was a feature length spin off about the Evil Queen.

    She is 13 now, and still finds herself compelled to be contrary. I reckon she was just born that way.
  • neilka 6 Oct 2018 20:32:59 22,450 posts
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    The AIDS in Philadelphia.
  • RelaxedMikki 6 Oct 2018 20:39:14 2,990 posts
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    Godzilla obvs.
    The base commander in Dr Strangelove
    The German football team in Escape to Victory
    The fellah in the cowboy hat in Dr Strangelove
    Judge Doom in Roger Rabbit
    Dr Strangelove
  • RelaxedMikki 6 Oct 2018 20:42:18 2,990 posts
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    Oh. And any movie with big worms. Dune, Tremors. Tremors 2. Tremors 3. The remake of Tremors.

    I sympathise with the worms.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 6 Oct 2018 20:44:57 14,189 posts
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    De Niro in Cape Fear. Itís really only when he gets rapey that you lose sympathy for him. For most of the film youíre on his side.
  • dominalien 6 Oct 2018 22:09:49 9,038 posts
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    The dinosaurs in any Jurassic Park.

    The Aliens in any AvP. Not in the regular ones, though. They are proper cunts.
  • richarddavies 6 Oct 2018 22:35:17 6,608 posts
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    The wet bandits in home alone. I wanted them to beat the shit out of that little prick.
  • challenge_hanukkah 6 Oct 2018 22:38:19 9,877 posts
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    Brain.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 6 Oct 2018 22:38:28 18,389 posts
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    King Edward I, Braveheart.
  • Your-Mother 6 Oct 2018 22:39:02 2,445 posts
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    Patiently waiting for the first person to say Hitler.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 6 Oct 2018 22:40:44 18,389 posts
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    I've thought about Amon Goeth several times but haven't pushed the button yet.
  • JamboWayOh 6 Oct 2018 22:44:54 11,744 posts
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    richarddavies wrote:
    The wet bandits in home alone. I wanted them to beat the shit out of that little prick.
    +1, plus the little cunt committed credit card fraud while staying in that hotel in the sequel and got no comeuppance.
  • ZuluHero 7 Oct 2018 01:50:40 7,142 posts
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    The guy from Captain America Civil War.
  • Mola_Ram 7 Oct 2018 04:22:18 19,337 posts
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    As I get older, I find that I'm sympathising more with the parent/authority figure "bad guys" in old teen comedies. Like, the baddie teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a bit of a creep, but as a counterpoint Ferris is a smarmy prick that actually is skipping school. Dude's just trying to do his job.
  • fontgeeksogood 7 Oct 2018 04:34:20 4,942 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    I've thought about Amon Goeth several times but haven't pushed the button yet.
    I'm assuming that's a weird euphemism for wanking
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