Starting from our early childhood we grow up hating the villains and loving the heroes so much that we don’t have the time to critically analyse whether the heroes we are worshipping are really heroes and whether the villains we hate really deserve our hatred? We seem to follow what everyone is following and that is how we live – at face value.
Here is a list of a few very popular ‘villains’ ranging from comics, cartoons, sitcoms, novels and movies that will ignite the dead empathy in you and make you realise that ignorance is not always bliss.
1. Tom from Tom and Jerry
We have always taken the side of Jerry in the show and wanted him to win no matter what. But as an adult, when you see the show and put a little mind to it, you would realise that Tom was just trying to save his home and keeping his master’s orders, and it was Jerry who was annoying and making the mess.
2. Medusa from the Greek Mythology
Medusa is often portrayed as a monster who has serpents instead of hair and has a face so terrible that whoever would look at her would turn to stone. Now, the story of how she became the monster is something we don’t know. She was actually a beautiful maiden. One day, Poseidon, god of sea, raped her in the temple of Athena, which made Athena angry, and she decided to take revenge on (strangely) Medusa and turned her into that monster we know now. She was sent to live alone on an island where ‘heroes’ kept turning up and finally Perseus killed her.
3. Inspector Javert from Les Misérables
Inspector Javert was only doing his duty and trying to bring justice. He didn’t know the circumstances or anything. He wasn’t doing anything villainous, too, and was just following the law. But he took his mission too far and realised it was too late before he died.
4. Mr. Heckles from Friends
Mr. Heckles is one of the most misunderstood men in the series. All he wanted was a little peace, which he could never get, and most of the time the gang would dismiss his claims. But it was because of him that Joey became Chandler’s roommate instead of Eric who had a porn star sister. Plus, he was very selfless and left his possessions to Monica and Rachel after his death.
5. Estella from Great Expectations
Estella was actually a victim rather than a villain. She was brought up to break the hearts of men from a very young age by Miss Havisham. She was full of bitterness towards men, but towards Pip she had a soft corner. And though she had treated him badly, she stayed away from him and didn’t want to deceive and lie to him when she knew he had a romantic interest towards her. She actually went on to live a very unhappy life.
6. Sandman in Spider-Man
Sandman had his reasons to rob. We may argue and talk about morality, but at that moment he did what he thought was the best thing to do. He was consumed by the worry of his daughter who was having cancer and needed money for treatment. He didn’t intend to kill Peter’s uncle, but accidentally shot him. The world considers him a villain now.
7. Frankenstein’s Monster
Frankenstein’s Monster was the subtotal of the people he met and how he was treated. He was like a baby and did what he saw people doing eventually turning into a monster in the eyes of the people while he was actually learning from people themselves. The real villain was the world.
8. Mojo Jojo from Powerpuff Girls
Mojo Jojo was just fighting for the love of the Professor and the only way he could win the Professor back, who seems so obsessed by the ‘Powerpuff Girls’, was to remove them. He was like Professor’s son before the girls came into existence. But once the girls came, he was forgotten. If only Professor had given him love, he would not have turned against the people of ‘Townsville’.
9. Summer Finn from 500 Days of Summer
Summer Finn is surely seen as someone who wrecked the life of Tom Hansen by playing with his heart and breaking it into pieces. But we seem to forget that she had mentioned it upfront that she didn’t want a relationship. But Tom played along thinking Summer would change. But guess what? She didn’t! And it was all the fault of Tom to not have taken Summer seriously when she was saying the truth. Technically, what happened to Tom and the relation was the fault of Tom’s alone.
10. Jenny from Forrest Gump
First thing first: For sanity’s sake, Forrest was not a normal person and Jenny never felt she was in love with him. People criticise her so much just because they think Forrest was adorable. But Forrest was a retard and Jenny wanted to not take advantage of him. She stayed away from him, her best friend despite of everything.
Magneto was just trying to save the mutants from the humans and giving humans a response to their actions against mutants. He had seen what horrific things humans could carry out when he was in the Nazi concentration camp where he saw his father and mother being murdered. When he realised that the same humans were waging war against the mutants, it was understandable that he wanted to survive and if the survival needed the wiping of humankind, it seemed fair.