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    23 Chilling Hero-To-Villain Transformations From TV And Movies That People Still Think About

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    Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community what hero-to-villain story they thought was done well. Here are some of the best responses!

    SPOILERS AHEAD!

    1. Vanya Hargreeves from The Umbrella Academy

    Netflix

    Vanya spent her entire life being overlooked, and this deep-seeded pain growing and being unleashed as she was manipulated by Leonard was done so well. It was heartbreaking to see her own family (with the exception of Allison) be scared of her and lock her up, basically ensuring she explodes. Vanya may always be the bomb, but her family is always the fuse.

    theshadowartist

    2. Harvey Dent from the Dark Knight trilogy

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "Gotta be Harvey Dent to Two Face. He pretty much sets the standard for a fallen hero. The whole 'live long enough to see yourself become the villain' bit is his line!"

    greyladybast

    "He had a brilliant mind and kind soul that was darkened by the evil of the world."

    ktparrish

    3. Morgana from Merlin

    BBC

    "She started off as this kind, selfless person who cared so deeply about helping others, and so it was heartbreaking to watch her turn into the person she became. As she discovered her own magical abilities, you could literally watch the self-loathing grow inside her until it filled her up with nothing but revenge and hate. Watching people she once trusted persecute and kill others simply for having magic slowly stripped away her empathy. Her journey was a poignant allegory for the way self-hate can grow and destroy a person in our own society through persecution, discrimination, and being forced to hide a part of yourself."

    Spn42

    4. Will Graham from Hannbial

    NBC

    "He went from being a 'good guy' and working for the FBI's Behavioral Unit that caught serial killers and murderers to literally working with Hannibal and KILLING PEOPLE HIMSELF. It was a glorious spiral into madness if I've ever seen one."

    gabbyloverne

    5. Walter White from Breaking Bad

    AMC

    "Walter White is THE most epic protagonist to villain story. When he’s staring down Skylar and says 'I am the one who knocks,' I get chills every single time."

    turnipcakeafficionado

    6. Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    The WB

    "She was an outsider from the beginning, but her descent into chaos is done so well. You want to hate her, but you still feel bad for her at the same time."

    tatertots03

    7. Carrie White from Carrie

    United Artists

    "Seeing her as a bullied outcast reach her breaking point and finally lash out at not only her tormentors but anyone who happened to be in the area was heartbreaking."

    eclipsecat14

    8. Light Yagami from Death Note

    Nippon TV

    "He started the show as someone who wanted to make the world a better place and it was pretty heartbreaking to see him become mad with this god-like power. He became everything he stood against and hurt so many people along the way...yet you still couldn’t fully hate him because you remembered the person he was before."

    kgillie93

    9. Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    The WB

    "I know he turns back into a good guy, but holy shit. The second season destroys you. The Scooby Gang and the viewers keep thinking maybe some of the old Angel is still in there. But then he kills Jenny and you know there’s no redeeming him."

    2000semokid

    "Overnight, he went from brooding knight in shining armor to sinister villain who tortured Buffy and her friends. He played it so well, I don't know which version of him I like most!"

    joanneb447c2e55a

    10. Olivia Crain from The Haunting of Hill House

    Netflix

    "She became so protective of her kids, and Poppy used this against her, causing Olivia to kill Abigail and attempt to do the same to the twins. It’s so tragic, especially when we see her willingly step off the staircase after she realizes what she’s done."

    sophmar

    11. Lex Luthor from Smallville

    The WB

    "Over the seasons, he went from an eager to please nice guy and friend of Clark's to the silver-tongued nemesis of the friendly neighborhood Kryptonian. It was a challenge Michael Rosenbaum more than lived up to."

    jbmasta

    "I mean, you knew he was going to be a villain at the start. But to see how he developed into the notorious villain and Superman’s archenemy over time was amazing. Props to Michael Rosenbaum for his acting skills."

    zoepaynecarter

    12. Anakin from the Star Wars prequels

    Lucasfilm

    "Is there a more iconic hero to villain character arc than that of Anakin Skywalker?"

    kabuttano

    13. Alice from The Magicians

    SyFy

    "She goes from shy, traumatized school girl, to murderous magical creature, to kind of terrible human being, and the whole time she is the BEST!"

    margolehane44

    14. Saul/Jimmy from Better Call Saul

    AMC

    "I remember when they announced Better Call Saul and I said 'There’s no way I want to watch that slime ball,' and yet, the show made me genuinely care about him. His arc from down-on-his-luck Jimmy to completely criminal Saul is unmatched."

    meghanb4efb79fb1

    15. Kuvira from The Legend of Korra

    Nickelodeon

    "We first meet her in Season 3 when Korra and the group travel to see Suyin and her family so Korra can better train as an Earthbender. And you can see throughout the season the disconnect that Kuvira started having with Suyin and the other Earth Kingdom leaders. Kuvira does make some good points as a leader, but seeing her take on this evil dictator style of leading in Season 4 really shows how absolute power can ruin someone. I thought the writers did a really good job showing how someone you know and trust can easily exploit that trust for their own self-gain."

    megana459810788

    16. Emma from Once Upon a Time

    ABC

    "Don’t @ me for this but...Emma as the Dark One in Once Upon a Time Season 5. Even if you thought it was poorly executed, you have to admit it was clever to make the SAVIOR the villain."

    sarabi_slytherclaw

    17. Barbara from Gotham

    Fox

    "I’m sorry, but her transformation into a villain was *chef's kiss* and I absolutely LOVED her for every minute that she was evil after she turned."

    lastparismango22

    18. Kate Barlow from Holes

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "Ooooh, I gotta say when Miss Katherine from Holes turned into Kissin’ Kate Barlow after the townspeople killed sweet 'I can fix that' Sam. I hated that he died, and I wanted her to burn it all down after that, so I kinda loved her villain arc."

    bfranks87

    19. Dan from Gossip Girl

    The CW

    Dan is the villain of Gossip Girl and I will die on this hill. Even if he was Gossip Girl all along, I think he was an okay person in the beginning. But as the seasons progressed, he took more and more advantage of his Upper East Side status while still proclaiming that he was an "outsider" and had the moral high ground, despite consistently manipulating and lying to his friends. As he continued to lose/not get things he felt he deserved (acclaim for his book, recognition as an author, full acceptance to the Upper East Side, and Blair), he became even more bitter and entitled. He was truly a manipulative, horrible person in Season 6. Gossip Girl is literally the origin story for You, and you can't tell me otherwise.

    laurenb429c9f902

    20. Magneto from the X-Men films

    20th Century Fox

    "Even though he was only really the good guy for a handful of X-Men films, First Class and Days of Future Past did a really good job pushing Erik toward evil."

    bennbennmw

    21. Buddy/Syndrome from The Incredibles

    Pixar

    "In the beginning of the movie, Buddy is a bright-eyed kid who admires his favorite superhero, Mr. Incredible, and genuinely wants to help the world. Mr. Incredible discounts Buddy because Buddy has no powers, and Buddy's resentment fuels his innovation of high-tech weapons. I know this movie is for kids, but Syndrome's character arc poses vital considerations about underlying motivations and dependance on public image."

    hiitsnicetomeetyou

    22. Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    The WB

    "She turned bad after the heartbreak of her girlfriend being killed and used too much bad magic in her pursuit of vengeance. Luckily, she was saved by the Scooby Gang before she destroyed the world."

    clareamyhewitt4

    "Willow’s journey from sweet kind girl to full-on villain was great. She was one of the best Big Bads the show ever had, and then she got a redemption at the end too."

    thetimble

    23. And finally, Selina Meyer from Veep

    HBO

    "At the start of the show, she seems like a hilariously power-hungry but incapable politician, but as the seasons go by, she does more and more horrible things in order to fight and cheat her way to the top. After the series finale, I sat there with my jaw open realizing that what I thought was just a political comedy was actually the origin story of a lifelike supervillain."

    chrism1290

    Submissions have been edited for length/clarity.

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