10 Comics Where You Couldn’t Help But Root For The Villain

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy... who you also kinda root for.

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When you read a comic book, who do you find yourself rooting for? It's almost always the guy in the cape, right? With the cool gadgets and one-liners? Batman; Superman; Spider-Man; The Avengers; after all, they have their names on a bunch of books for a reason, surely?

Well, it's not always that simple. As Dexter, Breaking Bad, the Punisher and countless others have proven across decades of TV, cinema and comic books, audiences love to hate a good bad guy.

Whether it's a deliberate choice on the writer's part, complete accident, or one just happens to go for the underdog, some audiences can't help but find themselves relating to the villain of the piece. We now live in a society where Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar for his performance as the Joker - people just can't get enough of a good baddie.

Here we run through ten comic books where we found ourselves rooting for the villain of the piece - either through design, accident or pure sympathy. Not that we condone any of the acts of villainy portrayed herein... but sometimes, well, it is fun to watch.

And let's face it, those heroic types could do with taking down a peg or two.


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