The Favorites of Fiction series continues with my favorite fictional redemption villains. I know I am not the only one who loves me a good villain, and even more so, I love a good villain redemption story. Now, not villain has been redeemed or even is redeemable *ahem Cersei Lanister* but this list focuses on those who have or did or who had well placed intentions, even with misguided actions. Let’s get started.
Is there a more iconic villain with a heart of gold than The Grinch? Cuddly as a cactus and charming as an eel? Come on, you can’t help but love him. And honestly, he is completely right about Whoville and the Whos only caring about the materialistic things of Christmas. I love when the villains are actually right in their conviction, even if they are wrong in their actions.
Not going to lie, I totally have a crush on Kylo Ren. If you can’t tell, I love a good redemption arc and Kylo is the epitome of redemption. I loved his character growth and if you haven’t yet seen Star Wars Episode IX, please do so asap. Not only was Ren a great redemption, but let’s be real, that film redeemed the awfulness that was Episode VIII.
Killmonger is one of the best villains of all times, change my mind. Again, he definitely did not go about things the right way, but he spit nothing but truth and facts the entire time. And while I don’t believe in people’s pasts being an excuse for their actions, I definitely think his ‘evil’ is a product of circumstance and revenge over cruelty. It also doesn’t hurt that Michael B. Jordan is extremely nice on the eyes ;).
I am not sure why, but I was always rooting for Magnus, from Falling Kingdoms. I love how he overcame circumstances and the cruelty of his family. I love how he carved a space for himself and ended up being one of the most loyal, caring people in the series.
Last but not least, is Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn. I looked online and I realized the only drawings of Khalid are fan art, so Ahdiem, please get on this haha. Anyways, it is not really Khalid that is the villain, but the curse, but since it is tied to him, we will go with Khalid. Khalid is burdened by the curse and his role, and I love how the truth will literally set you free.
Alright, thanks for reading about My Favorite Villains: Redemption Arc! I am sure I could add lots more to this list, but honestly five seemed as good of a number as any. Who are your favorite villains? Does anybody else love a good redemption arc as much as me or am I a loner in that? Stay tuned for the next of my Favorite of Fiction series with ‘Characters I Want to Meet.’