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    28 Characters Who Seemed Like The Villain In A TV Show Or Movie, But Then Actually Came Across As The Hero Upon Reflection

    "Most Spongebob episodes I watch nowadays have me rooting for Squidward to just murder those two morons before they induce a depression breakdown on our squid boy."

    Have you ever been watching a TV show or movie, and gone, "wait a minute...the villain is right!"

    Well, recently Reddit user u/Chadderbug123 asked just this — here are 28 TV and movie villains that weren't the villain at all...or at the very least, made some solid points!

    1. Benny from Rent

    benny coming downstairs to ask for rent from two other characters

    2. Ken from The Bee Movie

    Ken asking his girlfriend has other bugs in her life

    3. AUTO From WALL-E

    4. Ozymandias from the Watchmen comics, film, and TV show

    close up of Ozymandias

    5. Screenslaver from The Incredibles 2

    screenslaver saying it's in control

    6. Chuck McGill from Better Call Saul

    closeup of chuck at a desk

    7. Aria’s parents from Pretty Little Liars

    Ari's parents telling her teacher/bf that he needs to leave their house

    8. Captain Hook from Peter Pan (the original story)

    captain hook

    9. Squidward from SpongeBob Squarepants

    squidward enjoying waking up at his leisure until spongebob shows up to start asking questions

    10. General Hummel from The Rock

    general hummel

    11. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb


    12. Stevie from Wizards of Waverly Place

    stevie saying that it's not fair that only one person gets to keep their powers, she would do away with the competition

    13. Lex Luthor from Superman comics, films, and TV shows

    lex leaaning against a table

    14. Miranda in Mrs. Doubtfire...

    miranda telling her ex husband to stop painting her as the bad guy

    15. ...and also Stu

    close up of Stu

    16. Gorr the God Butcher from Thor: Love and Thunder

    Gor saying that the gods will use you but not help you

    17. Doctor Zaius from Planet of the Apes

    closeup of Doctor Zaius at a desk

    18. Roger from Friends

    Roger and Phoebe

    19. Magneto from the X-Men comics and films

    Magneto saying everything's been taking from him so now he's going to do the same

    20. Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Vulture leaning on a table

    21. Poison Ivy from the Batman comics, films, and TV shows

    Poison Ivy saying it's not nice to fool with mother nature

    22. The Red Hood from the Batman comics and related movies/TV shows

    the red hood being pinned against the wall

    23. Agent Smith from The Matrix

    Agent Smith saying that humans are a cancer to the planet

    24. Roy Batty (and the other Replicants) from Blade Runner

    Rutger relaying memorable moments from his life, then saying they will be "lost in time like tears in rain"

    25. Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

    closeup of the cartoon

    26. Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace

    Mr. Wilson turning back to a flower that once bloomed but is now dead in under his view

    27. Mojo Jojo from Powerpuff Girls

    close up of the cartoon character

    28. And finally, Killmonger from Black Panther

    Killmonger saying that Wakanda has the tools to liberate everyone that looks like them