10 Supervillains Who Thought They Were The Hero

Sometimes, being the "villain" isn't black and white.

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There are many supervillains who thoroughly enjoy playing the role of the bad guy. The Joker loves creating chaos. The Green Goblin laughed maniacally as he tossed Gwen Stacy off a bridge to her death. Thanos adores wiping out entire civilisations.

Now, there are some criminals who claim to be pure but their actions show their true intent. Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom state that they have humanity's best interests at heart but they clearly love torturing their enemies and don't give a second thought about killing civilians if it furthers their agenda.

But there are some evildoers who truly believe they are noble. Despite performing despicable acts such as enslavement, murder, and genocide, some people manage to convince themselves they are simply misunderstood.

Some of these villains used to be superheroes but changed so gradually over time, it's hard to tell when they became the same type of monster they used to fight. While you look at the characters on this list, you might understand where these villains are coming from. You might sympathise with them. You might feel like their goal is somewhat justified. But no matter how you argue it, every villain on this list has voluntarily committed unspeakably act of evil.

10. Ra's Al Ghul

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DC Comics

Using sacred rituals, Ra’s Al Ghul has regenerated his body for years, allowing him to live for over eight centuries. Seeing how humanity has been sapping every resource on Earth over the last 800 years, Ra's believes that mankind will cause the world to become uninhabitable within a generation.

His goal is simple; cull the world’s population so a small portion can control the remaining resources of Earth. Ra's knows it can take decades to mould the world to his liking. Due to his pseudo-immortality, Ra's believes he is the only one who can shape the world for the better.

He may be a rival to Batman but Ra's respects him and has worked by the Dark Knight's side many times. He doesn't think what Batman does is wrong; it's just unrealistically idealistic. Despite the fact Batman has been waging war against every criminal in Gotham for years, crime never goes down. Why? Because Batman refuses to take a life.

Ra's believes killing is vital, even necessary to bring about the greater good. Ra's does not see the killing of millions as genocide but as a sacrifice. He does not enjoy killing but he believes it is necessary for mankind to thrive.

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