We’ve all heard it
said that, “The end justifies the means,” – but what about cases in which the
end is unjustified from the outset?
There is, of course, a breed of heroes - like those peppered throughout the works of Shakespeare - who make a judgment error that inevitably leads to his own destruction, or outright baddies like Norman Bates who appear to be good but then turn out to be utterly rotten.
But more interesting are the heroes who aren't at all what they appear to be. Who simply don't match their supposedly wholesome legends. This is an ode to those hailed cinematic heroes who are secretly just really bad.
You may think you’ve come to know some of your favourite
protagonists over the years, but did you ever stop to consider why they did
what they did? Or acted in the way in which they acted?
10. Edward Cullen Didn't Want To Be Lonely - Twilight
Born in 1901, Edward Cullen was transformed
into a vampire by his adoptive father, Carlisle Cullen, after nearly succumbing
to the Spanish Flu. Bella, on the other hand, is described as having been born
in 1987, making Edward 86 years her senior.
That dose of paedophilia not enough for you? Not
only does Edward pine after a high school girl who could have been his great-,
great-granddaughter, but once the sparks start flying he makes a point of it to
hide out in her room at night, watching her while she sleeps, and slowly
isolating her from her fellow (high school aged) earnest friends.
Except for the creepy stalking and isolation,
Edward also refuses to have sex with Bella for fear of hurting her. He quickly
changes his opinion once he’s married to her, because marriage turns women into
indestructible sex objects (right?) and ends up nearly costing her her life
after impregnating her with Renesmee, a half-human, half-vampire hybrid who
slowly starts consuming Bella from within during her pregnancy – nearly leading
to Bella’s untimely demise.
And Edward’s motivation for putting his “true
love” Bella through months of emotional turmoil, before nearly costing her her
life? Well, he’d prefer not to be lonely.