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Top 10 Movie Villains Who Made Things Better

This is the inverse of the WM video "Top 10 Movie Heroes Who Made Things Worse".
These movie antagonists tried to engage in an act of evil, but it's one that has the effect of actually helping our heroes defeat the villain and save the day.
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    1Syndrome (The Incredibles)
    After Syndrome and Omnidroid, superheroes were allowed to operate openly once more, the public liked them again, and most importantly, the Parrs were happy, proud, and very closely-knit, making them even better superheroes than they ever were as individuals.
    Before Syndrome, the Parr family was in a rut, trapped by monotony, dead-end jobs, and the memories of what once was. Even Bob and Helen's marriage was on the rocks. And for superheroes in general, public opinion was negative, and they had to live in hiding. After Syndrome and Omnidroid, superheroes were allowed to operate openly once more, the pub

  • 2Emperor Palpatine (Return of the Jedi)
    When the Emperor decides to forgo turning him and instead try to kill him directly, he ended up getting the exact opposite: instead of Luke turning to the Dark, Darth Vader turns back to the light and saves his own son.
    Luke is struggling with the Dark Side, but it's actually the Emperor's constant taunting - and explicit goading him to fall - that keeps Luke from going over. Not only that, when the Emperor decides to forgo turning him and instead try to kill him, he ended up getting the exact opposite: instead of Luke turning to the Dark, Darth Vader turned back

  • 3Shady Tree (Diamonds Are Forever)
    Shady Tree discovers just in time that the diamonds were fake and got James Bond out of the retort Wint and Kidd had put him in. Bond takes the opportunity to casually stroll out of Slumber, Inc. during the inevitable questioning and later figures out that someone's bumping off the diamond smugglers when Tree gets shot later on.

  • 4Venom (Spider-Man 3)
    This leads to Harry turning good and sacrificing himself, which actually saves Peter and sends Brock to his doom.
    After the symbiote bonds with him and he gains all of Peter Parker's memories, one would think maybe Eddie Brock, AKA Venom, would catch Peter unawares, or at the very least if he wanted an ally, go to Harry Osbourn, who was still hating Peter at that time. Instead, however, Brock/Venom first recruits Sandman and then kidnaps Mary Jane. This leads

  • 5Loki (Thor)
    Also, near the end, Loki is in in charge, Thor was trapped on Earth and mortal. But Loki just had to send the Destroyer to finish Thor off. That gave Thor the chance to make the sacrifice that restores his powers.
    If Loki hadn't ruined Thor's big day and gotten Thor banished, Thor wouldn't have learned humility and remained the same reckless and arrogant god that he was, instead of maturing like he did.

  • 6Lex Luthor (Superman II)

  • 7Scar (The Lion King)
    Later, Scar tries to bargain with Simba for his life, and the hyenas are about to help him, but he scapegoats the hyenas instead, not only leaving Scar to fight Simba alone, but after Simba spares Scar's life and exiles him, he meets his end against a pack of justly angry hyenas.
    Scar is about to finish off Simba, but not before confessing that he killed Mufasa - thereby relieving Simba of his years of guilt and providing the heroic resolve to fight back.
    Later, Scar tries to bargain with Simba for his life, and the hyenas are about to help him, but he scapegoats the hyenas instead, not leaving Scar to fight Simba alone, but after Simba spares Scar's life and exiles him, he meets his end against a pack of justly angry hyenas.

  • 8Jafar (Aladdin)
    Aladdin reminds Jafar that the Genie will always be more powerful than him, so Jafar's third wish is to be an all-powerful genie - not realizing until it's too late that he is to be trapped in a lamp.

  • 9The Japanese (Tora! Tora! Tora!)

  • 10Darla Dimple (Cats Don't Dance)
    Then Darla yells at the animals for the accident she caused and frame the animals for, thus clearing their names and ending her career once and for all.
    At the musical finale, Darla tries again and again to sabotage the animals' performance, only for each attempt to make the performance more spectacular, ensuring their future.

  • 11Senator Paine (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington)
    Unbeknownst to Paine, however, this project happens to be a boy's camp in Willet Creek, which leads directly to Smith blowing the lid off Paine and Taylor's graft scheme.
    To encourage Jefferson Smith, who's dejected after his run-in with the reporters, Paine suggests he introduce a bill to fund one of his dream projects.

  • 12The English (Braveheart)

  • 13Bluto (Popeye)
    Originally, Popeye hates spinach, so Bluto force-feeds him some out of spite. It proves to be a fatal mistake, as the spinach provides Popeye with the power to utterly trash Bluto for good.

  • 14Lord Farquaad (Shrek)

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