In movies, villains are often presented as completely wicked with few to no redeeming traits. They almost always have some objective or motive that benefits no one and causes catastrophic destruction. However, now and again, a villain appears who either wants something simple or has entirely legitimate intentions.
Maybe they’re simply doing their job, or maybe their motivation isn’t that awful after all. In any case, correct villains tend to seem more human since they have more redeemable characteristics and, most importantly, a totally understood purpose.
In a lot of quality movies recently, the villains are built with clear motivation and each of their actions has meaning to step-by-step achieve the final goal. After watching the films several times, we may truly understand those villains and their actions.
In this article, we list 15 popular movie villains and their motives during the films. Scroll down to see whether those villains’ actions in the movies are right or not.
#15 Syndrome – ‘The Incredibles’ (2004)
Buddy Pine (Jason Lee) evolves into the monstrous Syndrome after being abandoned by his idol in The Incredibles for lacking superpowers. Syndrome creates superpowers through science, claiming that if everyone is “super,” then no one is. How he presents his idea to the superfamily is certainly petty and harsh, but he does have a point.
The syndrome is a whimsical and somewhat funny take on a topic that is frequently tackled in superhero films nowadays. When unfettered power is concentrated in the hands of a few, the repercussions for everyone else can be disastrous. Having said that, it’s important to emphasize that Syndrome’s objectives in the film are entirely selfish.
#14 Erik Killmonger – ‘Black Panther’ (2018)
Killmonger is a fan-favorite villain because of his captivating tale in Black Panther. In Wakanda, the angered villain made his intentions known, seeing their seclusion as selfishness. Killmonger intended to uncover and share the technology in the hidden nation, which he thought might aid individuals suffering throughout the world in the same way he did.
Of course, Killmonger went too far by threatening to slaughter millions in reprisal, but the most crucial element of his plot remained with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). Wakanda would embrace diplomacy and share what they have with the rest of mankind, thanks in large part to the villain’s faulty deeds.
#13 Ken — ‘Bee Movie’ (2007)
Ken appears to be always agitated, but he has every cause to be. One of the many strange aspects of Bee Movie was Ken’s wife falling in love with a bee. Yes, indeed. Clearly, if you happen to be a fuzzy tiny pollinator with a stinger, multiple years of courting and planned marriage don’t mean much.
Ken tries repeatedly to kill the bee-like many regular people do when they find one in their home, but his attempts are continually thwarted by his wife. With a bee destroying his marriage and Ken being blamed, it’s no surprise he’s irritable all the time.
#12 The Hyenas — ‘The Lion King’ (1994)
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Hyenas are carnivores, which should go without saying. They must consume meat in order to thrive. It isn’t their fault that Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Aside from the fact that Simba, being a lion, isn’t really innocent. He may not have eaten meat on film, but he’s a carnivore, and it’s unlikely that he grew up eating solely greens.
Granted, working with Scar (Jeremy Irons), the royal usurper, isn’t exactly a good look for them, but their purpose is to get the right to hunt in the Pride Lands, which is lion territory. Basically, the lions are usually obtaining nice prey at the top of the food chain, and the hyenas want part of it as well. Who can blame them for doing so?
#11 Ava – ‘Ex Machina’ (2014)
In Ex Machina, Ava’s (Alicia Vikander) plot takes numerous unexpected twists and turns. The film recounts Ava’s relationship with programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), who is invited to see her by Ava’s inventor and eccentric CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). It quickly becomes clear that Ava has been manipulating Caleb into releasing her all along, and she murders everybody in her way before abandoning Caleb to die in the lonely home.
Her atrocities are unforgivable, but it is worth noting how she was pushed and prodded, held in a cage, and experimented on while plainly possessing consciousness. The finale, which depicts Ava staring in the mirror and donning conventional clothes, emphasizes her wish to be free and live among the people who dread her.
#10 Jigsaw — ‘Saw’ (2004)
Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) may appear to be a ruthless and methodical killer on the surface, but when you delve deeper, his motivation makes sense. His approach, on the other hand, was less than stellar. Jigsaw is a retired civil engineer who is suffering from a brain tumor and is reaching the end of his life. Following his diagnosis, he had greater respect for his life and wished for others to feel the same way about theirs.
Regrettably, not everyone does. His answer is to kidnap people and compel them to take part in a series of tests, all of which are designed to be solved but can have fatal implications if they fail. Many of the persons he abducts are irresponsible individuals who are addicted to strong drugs or other self-destructive vices, and those who survive frequently come to value their life more. So, in a way, he was correct, albeit there must be a better way to make a point without putting people in death traps.
#9 Ed Rooney — ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ (1986)
Ferris Bueller’s (Matthew Broderick) high school is led by Principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones). Therefore, when Bueller chooses to take a day off by pretending to be unwell, Rooney is skeptical, because Bueller had been missing nine times that semester for no apparent reason. In the film, Rooney is presented as an elderly fuddy-duddy, but Bueller is a jerk as well.
Bueller feigned illness and ended up rallying the entire town and establishing a charity to save him while he is off enjoying the time of his life, and Rooney appears to be the only one who wants to put a stop to it. Certainly, Bueller is loved by fun-loving youngsters, but as the same kids grow older, they come to appreciate Rooney more. To be sure, he shouldn’t have broken into Bueller’s residence.
#8 Ra’s Al-Ghul — ‘Batman Begins’ (2005)
Ra’s Al-Ghul (Liam Neeson) is yet another example of a villain with a fine idea but bad means. Ra’s purpose as the commander of the League of Shadows is to bring peace to locations where there is none. Gotham City is one of these many such locales. He intends to do this by releasing poison into the air, which will rid the city of most human life. The city can then be rebuilt from the ruins to become a beacon of hope and harmony.
Ra’s motivation is simple: Gotham is a quagmire of crime, disorder, and corruption, and he believes it is irredeemable. Despite being halted by Batman (Christian Bale), he is ultimately correct. In the sequels, Gotham is subjected to crime waves considerably greater than the one shown in Batman Begins, and many more innocent people die as a result of the devastation. Maybe Gotham is indeed irredeemable.
#7 Jareth the Goblin King — ‘Labyrinth’ (1986)
When Sarah (Jennifer Connely) becomes tired of babysitting, she wishes her baby brother away. She only understands her awful error when she encounters Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie). He tells her she has one more opportunity to bring him back, but only if she can cross a mystical labyrinth within thirteen hours.
Jareth is revealed to be not so awful when she does this. The infant is properly cared for at Jareth’s palace, where he spends hours performing musical performances and dancing. He even begins to have fun. Perhaps Jareth is a better caregiver for the youngster than the child’s own sister. Apparently, Sarah physically threw her brother away so she wouldn’t have to deal with his sobbing.
#6 Lord Cutler Beckett — ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ (2007)
Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) makes his first appearance in Dead Man’s Chest, although he plays a larger part in its sequel, At World’s End. He is always cool, serene, and confident, and he is shockingly clever. While he has no difficulty stomping on people to acquire what he wants, his ultimate purpose is extremely honorable.
Beckett wishes to rid the globe of piracy, which was so prevalent during the time period depicted in the movie that it is still referred to as “The Golden Age of Piracy.” Essentially, he wants to put an end to the devastation, theft, and murder of innocent maritime traders. Though his techniques are dubious, he has a compelling motivation.
#5 Mr. Hector — ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ (1992)
Mr. Hector (Tim Curry), like Ed Rooney, is a responsible adult merely trying to do his job. He struggles in the same way as Rooney does, in that he is represented as a cranky old party pooper, but in this case, his antipathy is for the protection of a youngster.
Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) ends up in New York by mistake after catching the incorrect flight. Fortunately, he has his father’s credit card with him and uses it to book a hotel room entirely on his own. Mr. Hector appears to be the only one who is dubious of a lone youngster using a credit card to reserve a hotel stay without an adult present, and with reason. If this were a true circumstance, the youngster would be at grave risk, especially being alone in New York City.
#4 The Government – ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ (1982)
Elliot Taylor (Henry Thomas), a 10-year-old boy in the classic sci-fi film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, encounters and befriends the titular extraterrestrial, who longs to return to its planet. The wicked government dispatches federal agents to prevent Elliot and his companions from returning the E.T. to its ship, as they are on a mission to recover and experiment on the entity.
The joyful childhood film poses some fresh problems for adults who revisit it since it’s difficult to envision permitting an E.T. to connect with a youngster telepathically (and endangering his body with intoxication). It also seemed silly to prevent the government from at least quarantining and testing the alien, as there’s no knowing what they may have learned about extraterrestrial life from it.
#3 Bruce – ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003)
Bruce (Barry Humphries), like the hyenas in The Lion King, is a shark and so carnivorous by nature. He survives by consuming smaller fish. It’s not his fault that Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) were present.
It should also be emphasized that Bruce made every effort to avoid eating fish. Dory’s carnivorous impulses did not emerge until he was inadvertently injured and began bleeding.
#2 Roy Batty – ‘Blade Runner’ (1982)
Blade Runner is a well-known sci-fi film that needs no introduction. It pits disgruntled officer Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) against the insurgent replicant commander Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer). While Roy is originally portrayed as a dangerous criminal who must be stopped, his tale gradually reveals the terrible predicament of the replicants.
Roy’s experiences accurately capture the pain that sentient replicants must endure: he is lost, furious, and in quest of purpose. By the end of the film, he has evolved from a fugitive villain to a sympathetic leader who only wants to demonstrate to the world that replicants should not be mistreated and exploited.
#1 Russ Cargill —’ The Simpsons Movie’ (2007)
In the hugely popular film The Simpsons Movie, Russ Cargill (Albert Brooks) is the President of the EPA who is fed up with the quantity of pollution in Springfield. Though the Springfielders make an admirable attempt to prevent trash by erecting hundreds of “No Dumping” signs along the lake, it is ultimately ruined when Homer (Dan Castellaneta) disregards the signs and dumps a silo full of pig poo into it.
As a last resort, Russ envelops Springfield in a massive glass dome and plots to blow up the entire city. Even if the tactics are absurd, Cargill’s ultimate goal is to reduce pollution and waste in the city, which isn’t such a terrible thing.