While they may be a lot scarier than the hero of the story, sometimes you just can't help rooting for the villain.
They're cool, unique, and usually they have the best song. In some cases it's hard not to feel sorry for them. There are a few movies where the "bad guy" isn't so bad after all. Here are 13 movie villains who actually had the right idea.
1. Captain Hook from Peter Pan
The older you get, the more you just have to ask "what is wrong with Peter?" We get that he never grows up, but he must know it's not okay to whisk three kids out of their beds in the middle of the night for some crazy adventure.
And as for Captain Hook, it seems like he got the raw deal in this story. Yes, he's a pirate, but Peter cut off his hand and fed it to a crocodile who follows Hook around waiting to eat him.
In fact, the original play the movie was based on didn't even have a villain, since Peter was weird and antagonistic enough.
2. Sid from Toy Story
Sure, Sid isn't very nice to his little sister, but just try and find a pair of young siblings who get along well. Sid's biggest fault in the movie is the way he "tortures" his toys, but of course he doesn't know they're alive.
From Sid's point of view, he's just "playing" with his toys, until they come to life and traumatize him. Now that scene isn't so funny, is it?
3. Mr. Hector from Home Alone 2
We have no sympathy for the Wet/Sticky Bandits and they way they menace Kevin in these first two Home Alone movies, but as far as we're concerned Tim Curry's character is innocent.
As a hotel clerk, Mr. Hector is just doing his job by uncovering Kevin's lies and pointing out that he's using a stolen credit card. Or should we side with the unsupervised minor who's running amok in New York City?
4. Gaston from Beauty and the Beast
Yes, no one has more backwards ideas than Gaston, but for the time period he was probably about average. Meanwhile, we can't blame the village's bravest hunter for trying to kill the huge buffalo/boar monster living in a nearby castle.
Of course we know better, but should we expect Gaston to realize there's a heart of gold inside this horrifying creature? I don't think so.
5. The government agents from E.T.
This is another case where despite what the audience knows, we can't fault the "bad guys" for their good intentions. All they know is that an alien crash landed in the woods behind a suburb. Maybe they didn't feed the little guy Reese's Pieces or let him watch old movies, but somebody has to figure out if an alien life form is really safe or not.
6. Dean Rooney from Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Let's take it from the top: Ferris hacks into the school's computer system and phones in a fake death to get his girlfriend out of school, and we're supposed to root for him? As we get older it's hard not to feel bad for Dean of Students Rooney.
This dedicated educator gets beat up, attacked by dogs and humiliated all day, just for trying to get Ferris punished for something we know he did. Actions have consequences, Mr. Bueller!