10 Movies That Redeemed Hated Characters In A Single Scene
Boromir's sacrifice in The Lord of the Rings caps off an all-time great redemption arc.
A well crafted movie scene holds the potential to reduce audiences to tears, leave theatres illuminated with laughter, or spread nail-biting tension that feels almost visible.
Yet, these magical exchanges, riveting back-and-forths, and pulsating climaxes have also been known to transform a character that was once utterly despised by audiences, for a variety of reasons, into a different entity altogether, redeeming them in the process.
Whether they were completely rejected due to a questionable performance or vision early on, or simply occupied the role of massive a-hole for much of their time in a feature or franchise, each of the following characters once found themselves on the outside looking in when it came to fans' list of celebrated movie personalities.
However, either through a rousing final sacrifice, a movie-stealing altercation we'd been praying for all along, or even a sprinkle of added depth to a character once seen as nothing more than a two dimensional pain in the ass, the ten names on this list found a way to recover from once being labeled as one of, if not the most hated part of their respected projects, in just one all-important scene.
Redemption arcs are usually great, but they don't get much better than the ones featured here.
10. Draco Malfoy - Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
For the longest time, it appeared as though Draco Malfoy had simply been put on planet Earth to ruin the lives of Harry Potter and his mates.
So, it's safe to say that he was pretty much detested by just about every single fan of the series up to a point. But, that point at which this bitterness towards the white-haired son of Lucius Malfoy turned to admiration came one movie on from becoming a Death Eater and nearly killing Albus Dumbledore.
During a scene in the Deathly Hallows Part 1 which saw an abruptly disguised Potter come face to face with his old tormentor, instead of admitting the person before him was Harry, Draco claimed he couldn't be sure.
It's during this moment that we realise that perhaps Draco, clearly realising it was Harry in this moment, was risking his neck to ensure his old rival lived long enough to stop the Dark Lord Voldemort in his tracks. He may have been simply awful for much of the time we knew him on screen, but this brief moment of hesitation showed us there was in fact some good in this often infuriating soul.