What does it mean to be bad? Should we label people—or fictional characters carrying out their daily tasks—as bad simply because they challenge the beliefs of the protagonists? Or should we strive to see both sides? Better yet, are there instances where the “bad guys” actually prove a point?
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The “nefarious” woman who turns men into stone when they make eye contact with her isn’t evil, but a protective Gorgon running from evil men.
Medusa wakes up every day, determined to live out her days with an irreversible curse, and yet men still won’t give her peace.
2. Card Counters
A card counter calls out documentaries that paint card counters as bad people.
“Any documentary about card counting told from the casino’s perspective. Card counters are made to be the bad guys in these documentaries, even though we really aren’t doing anything wrong. Casinos are inherently morally corrupt and terrible for communities. They use several tactics to make it impossible for the average person to realize how much money they are actually spending.
And card counting isn’t even cheating. It’s not like how the movies make it out to be. Real card counting is simply looking at the cards as they come out of the shoe. There is no trick. It’s just looking at the cards and using a memorization system to keep track of everything.”
3. Sharpay and Ryan
“Troy and Gabriella didn’t respect people’s time, efforts, or even each other. And Troy folded the moment he was alone with his friends. They showed up late all the time. Sharpay and Ryan were just kids who knew what they wanted and worked their ass off for it since birth practically,” a High School Musical fan explains.
4. Characters in Continuum
The sci-fi show Continuum focuses on a cop from the future and criminals from the past who meet in the middle thanks to time-traveling devices. Now, these criminals are not trying to destroy the world and take over to orchestrate evil. Instead, they want to prevent corporate greed from running the world.
5. Shere Khan
This Jungle Book tiger knew the truth about humans. Fans make him out as the bad guy since he mentions the thrill behind the killing, but numerous members on this thread back his belief that humans contribute to the mass destruction of ecosystems.
6. King Triton
The king of the ocean did not want his teenage daughter to go above the water and find a random man to marry. Who can blame him? He longed to keep his youngest daughter away from the danger underneath and above the water. Still, the teenager found a following by giving in to a siren’s call.
“Most of the time, he is seen as the bad guy because he rules over the Underworld, but he was sent there, and he’s just doing his job (maintaining the souls inside, delivering punishment when needed). And Zeus is a horrible guy. Hades is one of the most mild gods in there,” a mythology expert delivers.
8. Sid From Toy Story
A Toy Story enthusiast claims that Sid represents innocence and empathy because his toys never showed him they were in pain. The moment he discovers that his toys have more self-awareness than he thought, he hopes never to hurt them again.
9. Mall Guy in Hannah Montana
Here’s a bit of a comical spin on the infamous Hannah Montana Movie. “Why did the writers expect a bunch of five to 12-year-old girls to hate malls? What would’ve been so wrong with building a mall? It wasn’t like that Joni Mitchell song where they took paradise and put up a parking lot. It was an open field in a country town with nothing to do. I’m not the biggest fan of capitalism, but people need jobs. If anything, Hannah’s the villain for writing that square dance song,” someone states.
10. The Shark in Jaws
The main antagonist of the film, Jaws, is a terrifying, great white shark that threatens and kills multiple civilians. This is sad for the residents, yes, but the shark doesn’t know any better. When a foreign object—a boat—invades his territory, he fights back to protect himself.
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