20 Villains People Think Were Made More Terrifying By Being Right

Ashley Hunte
An ominous barren tree in front of dark clouds.
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A villain is generally a villain because they're doing a bad thing. Or, at the very least, they're opposing the hero. Sometimes, their motives are actually in the right (even if their methods were purely bad).

These Reddit users pointed out instances where the villain wasn't actually wrong, but was still the villain. Some of them were kind of mistreated, while others just took their ideology too far.

"Stevie from 'Wizards of Waverly Place.'" - LunarRabbit18

"Her entire goal was to stop families from giving up their magic to just one person in the family. Like…we’re really supposed to be rooting against her? It just seemed super out of character for Alex to go against that plan."

"Ken from 'Bee Movie.' I too would go absolutely berserk if a talking bee stole my girlfriend and gaslit me into thinking I was crazy." - _shes_a_jar

When you really think about it, Bee Movie made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

"The bears from 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.'" - throwaway_0x90

Three confused cartoon bears looking at one another.

We're really led to believe that Goldilocks is the victim, when she's the real villain. Who breaks into someone else's house, eats all their food, and then sleeps in their beds?

"General Hummel from 'The Rock.'" - SideQuestWriter87

"This is a good one," another commenter added. "Literal terrorist, but he got sympathy from pretty much every character in the movie, including those trying to stop him. Loyal leader, made concrete demands, and never actually intended on killing anyone."

"Mojo Jojo from 'The Powerpuff Girls.'" - TheMustardisBad

Mojo Jojo, one of the main villains in The Powepuff Girls.

"He wanted to bring free energy and advanced technology to the people. And in one episode he actually did. He made the world an amazing place. And then the Powerpuff girls ruined it all."

"Colonel Kurtz. 'We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won't allow them to write '[expletive]' on their airplanes because it's obscene.'" - Big-Leadership5185

Kurtz muttering "The horror" in Apocalypse now.
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Another user added, "Apocalypse Now is one of those movies where depending upon when you watch it and what version you watch, your view of it can change."

"King Kong. Not even because he was right. He was just alive." - rocopotomus74

The large, fictional ape, King Kong.
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"Minding his own business and blam... taken out of his home and made to be the villain without any choice. A real good example of human nature."

"Frankenstein's 'monster.'" - kingbad

Frankenstein's monster, who is commonly mistaken for Frankenstein himself.

"Created by a shortsighted, arrogant doctor as the first of his race, then denied the opportunity to be part of a community (of his own, manmade beings, or the human community).

"He only became monstrous after it became clear that Frankenstein would never create another of his kind, and was driven mad by his desire to punish Frankenstein's hubris."

"Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin from 'Spider-Man.'" - bucketsz

Green Goblin as portrayed by Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

"'In spite of everything you've done for them, eventually, they will hate you.' Dude was right about how the perception of public figures changes over time."

Well, he was definitely right about that.

"I root for Magneto when watching the X-Men movies. He’s objectively right, and 'Days of Future Past' proves it." - ElodinPotterTheGrey1

Magneto, one of the villains in the X-Men universe.
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Another user replied with, "First Class too. They save the world and are immediately betrayed, just how Magneto thought they'd be."

"Not a true villain but Squidward. Damn is SpongeBob an annoying neighbor I'd hate him too." - JeffreyHugh

Poor, misunderstood Squidward is always portrayed as a buzzkill.
Giphy | SpongeBob SquarePants

Another said, "Squidward was right about adulthood. Especially if you work low-wage/on-call, stressful jobs."

The older you get, the more relatable Squidward really is.

"The Red Hood." - ZenithCrests

Red Hood, as seen in the Gotham Knights game.
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"They go to Arkham, are usually experimented on there and come back worse. In a way I [think] that makes Batman one of the worst perpetuators of Gotham's constant decline into savagery.

"The Red Hood just straight up kills them."

Poison Ivy is an environmentalist at heart and Raj Al Ghul is a humanitarian." - Chasingtheimprobable

Poison Ivy, one of Batman's villains.
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"Both were pushed into extremism after the broken system they're trying to fix simply refused to change for so long that they decided the system itself needed to be torn down."

"Ultron, browsed the internet for 30 seconds and decided humanity had to go." - saucyboi9000

Ultron, who was inadvertently created by Tony Stark.

This user is definitely, like, half joking. But also totally right. Humanity... kind of sucks. Which in itself is a pretty terrifying thing to think about.

"Maleficent. The king was a piece of [expletive] and deserved everything she did to him." - Romirose86

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the Disney villain.

Another commenter pointed out, "She wasn’t invited to a party that pretty much the whole kingdom was invited to. That’s a major snub especially in the time period the story is theoretically based in."

"Dexter Morgan. I wouldn't say he was a villain, but what he did was right even if illegal." - DogIsBetterThanCat

Dexter was a serial killer who mainly targeted serial killers.
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"Other than the innocent he took to protect himself ofc... but yes the main concept of tamed serial killer who kills untamed serial killers. Brilliant," another user commented.

"Killmonger from 'Black Panther.'" - motioncitysoundwhack

Erik Killmonger had some good points, but an ultimately flawed plan of execution.
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"It may not seem obvious at first why Killmonger’s resentments led him on the path that took place in Black Panther — but looking at his personal experiences in feeling abandoned by Wakandans, and larger societal impacts from white supremacy, it absolutely makes sense."

His anger was justified. His actions, not so much.

"Aria’s parents on 'Pretty Little Liars.' They’re villainized for not letting their high school daughter date her teacher??" - clarabelle220

I mean, I think what's the most terrifying thing about this dynamic is all of the implications...

"Heath Ledger’s Joker." - r2celjazz

Heath Ledger's Joker is still considered on of (if not the) best portrayals.

"Specifically with this quote: 'Their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see. when the chips are down, these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See I’m not a monster, I’m just ahead of the curve.'"

"Luke Castellan from Percy Jackson." - Serpopard-Squad

"He was right about the Gods. Most of them didn’t truly give a [expletive] about their kids and only saw humans as playthings to toy with. They never truly kept their word, and tbh the world probably was better off without them."