We’re super excited about Despicable Me 2. Are you? If you aren’t, you should be! There are lots of reasons why this movie rules, and one of them is the awesome main character, Gru (Steve Carrell).
Inspired by Gru, the lovable supervillain-turned-hero, we’re counting down our favorite baddies who have seen the light. Even though they might seem evil at first glance, these one-time villains make a total turnaround. Who’s your favorite bad guy turned good? Take a look at our picks, vote for your fave, and let us know which ones we missed in the comments!
Snape did a lot of stuff that made him seem like a terrible person: terrorizing Gryffindors, selling Harry’s family to Voldemort, killing a beloved headmaster. The usual. But not only was Snape working for the good guys, he was super in love with Harry’s mom. It may have been a kind of creepy, unreciprocated love, but hey, Harry still names his kid after Snape, so we guess it’s all water under the bridge.
Admit it: You totally love broody, evil, topknot-sporting Zuko, but shaggy-haired, benevolent Zuko is awesome, too. Zuko struggles with his identity, and it’s really tough for him to leave the Fire Nation behind to help the Avatar. But he finally regains his honor (er, excuse us, we mean, HONORRRR), even if it is a little awkward to switch sides. (“Hello! Zuko here!”)
Artemis Fowl is an evil genius. He commits all kinds of crimes to increase his family fortune, but he starts to see the error of his ways as the series progresses. Like in the first book, he kidnaps Holly Short to get tons of cash from the (apparently loaded) fairy commission. But by the end of the series? They’re total besties, and Artemis only steals, like, sometimes.
There’s nobody grumpier than the Grinch. He’s so evil, he wants to deprive all the adorable residents of Whoville of the magic of Christmas. There’s a whole song about what a jerk he is. But he has a change of heart—literally. When his heart grows three sizes, he learns there’s more to the holidays than presents (debatable . . .), and he renounces his old, bullying ways
When we first meet Spike, he almost kills Buffy. It’s sort of hard to come back from almost murdering the protagonist, but Spike manages it. He and the Scooby Gang team up to fight an even bigger baddie, and he and Buffy get to be great friends . . . well, more than great friends. His punk-rock attitude and famously terrible poetry just make us love him that much more.
River’s history as a villain is a little complicated. Technically, all those times she tried to kill the Doctor weren’t her fault—she’s been trained by the Silence to murder him. And we’re thinking she more than makes up for it by using her regenerations to save the Doctor’s life. Plus, she’s got awesome hair and killer catchphrases, so she’s firmly in the “good” camp by now.
Which of these baddies made the most dramatic transformation? Vote for your favorite below, and be sure to let us know which ones we forgot in the comments!