Villains tend to be a pretty uncomplicated lot in the film world. Sure, they've got tragic backstories and they might possess nuanced characters, but we're always pretty sure of who's the villain of the piece because they usually do something uproariously evil, like kill indiscriminately or in the case of one-man trauma machine Judge Doom (of Who Framed Roger Rabbit fame) dip a cartoon in acid. These actions are important as they let us know who to root for and who to pelt with rotten fruit. Of course, we might often find our villain going through a redemptive arc, but even then there's usually a worse villain around to fill their shoes. However, occasionally the scriptwriters fail to make the villain boo-hissable enough, whether through negligence, an attempt to create nuance or just plainly assuming that because this guy is opposite the hero, they must be evil by association. Well, I'm here to tell you that this often isn't the case sometimes movie villains just seem like OK guys who made bad choices, or in rare occasions, probably a better hero than the hero themselves. So without further ado, I'm going to run through 10 cases where the villain clearly got some undeserved bad press. Be warned, there is a SPOILER WARNING in effect.
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