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Top 10 Redeemed Villains

The most complex and facsinationg characters from both Film and Television who may have started out as villains, but had eventually redeemed themselves and fought on the side of good.
Animation and live action are to be considered!
Magus - Chrono Trigger
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Some of the most well-rounded and complewx villains in both Film and Television who managed to see the light when at their lowest point. We should look at the the consequences of their actions, the amount of harm they'd caused others, and how far they went to redeem their actions.
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    1Prince Zuko- Avatar the last airbender suggested byMaliser8
    Zuko has one of the most satisfying and complete character arcs I've ever seen, with a complexity and depth to him not seen in many "Kids" TV shows (or any TV show, for that matter). I especially love how he has to deal with all the mistakes he made after he finally switches sides, and how he has to work to gain everyone's trust.
    Aang got us through the door, but Zuko kept us in the room. His character redemption arc is the greatest I have ever seen in all of fiction for a wide variety of reasons. The biggest reason being, he was never really a bad guy to begin with. He definitely had a lot of problems, daddy issues being at the top, he had a short fuse, and was almost alwa
  • 2Darth Vader: Star Wars
  • 3Spike: Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel
    Spike has fought constantly to show others that they can trust him, and still remains the only villain in history that is just as good, when he's bad. Yet we love the fact he's on our side, as we have an ally in him anyone would kill for!
    Then he falls for Buffy and finds himself struggling as hard as he possibly can to redeem his past actions, and became the first ever vampire to fight for his soul. As opposed to Angel, who had his sould forced upon him.
    He's the best
    Spike has had possibly the greatest ride in the history of Television He was purely evil and totally enveloped in the nature of Vampire malevolency and totally in love with his evil girlfriend Drusilla.
  • 4Severus Snape - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone suggested bydrewbrown
  • 5Xena Warrior Princess: Xena Warrior Princess and Hercules The Legendary Journeys
    Along the way she befriends Gabrielle, a young girl captured along with others from her village where nearly forced into slavery. As well as an aspiring Bard who longs to see world and make a difference. She becomes as close to Xena as a sister, and a dear soul-mate whom brings out the best in Xena when she feels at her lowest.
    But then, after having a few skirmishes with Hercules and Iolas, Xena decides to take down her own army, and then leaves to right her past wrongs.
    This amazonian Warrior in her own right was once evil and hell-bent on the idea conquering the world at the head of the mightiest army the world had ever known.
  • 6Angel: Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel
    That, takes a special kind of determination that few others could ever hope for in a being.
    As a side-note, he can also never experience true happiness as the gypsy coven caused him to lose his soul should he ever experience a full minutes worth of ecstasy. Angel therefore has sacrificed more than his fair share of joy so that others can live and be happy.
    Once considered to be the most evil and sadistic vampire in history, the vampire Angelus formerly an Irishman named Liam who had savage issues with his father was cursed with a soul that would cause him to feel the burden of all the evil he'd ever wraught on earth.
  • 7Piccolo: Dragonbll Z
  • 8The Grinch - How the Grinch Stole Christmas suggested byJenna Rizzo
  • 9Diego - Ice Age suggested byMichael Ross
  • 10Faith: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel suggested bymitchellrobynb@yahoo
    A girl like that desrves a chance to make things right, and Faith most certainly has.
    Seriously, how desperate can you be to not want to do bad when you hate your past misdeeds so much you practically beg a guy to kill you whilst crying in the rain.
    While occasionally she still runs into a conflict of interest with Buffy, she remains true to her word that she wants to make things right, and eventually teams up with Angel to help other slayers.
    Faith showcased what Buffy could have so easily been had she no friends and family to lve and support her, and her actions throughout her time in seasons 3 and 4 of the show managed to show us how bad she could be. Though later with the help of Angel, she managed to work on the road to redemption and even fought besides Buffy and her allies in the
    For the third season's main threat, Buffy managed to consistently run into a clash of interest which eventually led to an outright rivalry with fellow slayer, Faith Lehane.
  • 11Gru: Despicable Me
  • 12Calisto: Xena Warrior Princess and Hercules The Legendary Journeys
    Thereon, she became an angel and was later reincarnated as Xena's daughter Eve.
    She served as a major obstacle for Xena, and her most constant reminder of the horror she'd inflicted upon the world. Eventually however, she'd been granted herself a path to heaven by Xena who'd begun to serve as an Arcangel.
    This chain reaction led her to take up a mantle of warlord herself and mercilessly took out her anger and despair on villages whilst Xena was on her own path to redemption.
    During the tales of Xena Warrior Princess, it was revealed that in much of a similar way to Xena's own sucumbing to the dark side, it seems that she had lead her army to ransack a village in which she had killed a younger Calisto's sister and mother.
    During the tales of Xena Warrior Princess, it was revealed that in much of a similar way to Xena's own sucumbing to the dark side, it seems that she had lead her army to ransack a village in which she had killed a younger Calisto's sister and mother. This chain reaction led her to take up a mantle of warlord herself and mercilessly took out her ang
  • 13The Winter Soldier - Captain America: The Winter Soldier suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH
  • 14Diabolico: Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue
  • 15Shadow The Hedgehog - Sonic
  • 16Vegeta: Dragonball Z
  • 17Mewtwo - Pokemon the First Movie suggested byJenna Rizzo
  • 18Doctor Octopus - Spiderman 2 suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH
    Personally, I see him the same as we do in the comics. So I don't see him as a redeemed villain.
  • 19Anton Ego - Ratatouille suggested bydrewbrown
  • 20Maleficent - Maleficent suggested byJenna Rizzo
    I almost down-voted this and then realized that it's the Maleficent from the recent live action movie, not the original animated cartoon. That makes a bit difference!
  • 21Nux - Mad Max: Fury Road suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH
  • 22The Terminator/T-800 suggested bydrewbrown
  • 23Sandman - Spider-Man 3 suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH
  • 24Loki suggested bydrewbrown
    As much as I love Loki, I don't know if he ever really redeemed himself
  • 25Apollo Creed - Rocky Series suggested bydrewbrown
  • 26Ransik - Power Rangers Wild force suggested byDirector22
  • 27Peridot - Steven Universe suggested byfallonfish
    I agree with this because of her character development
  • 28Eret- How to train your Dragon 2 suggested byShawn Mark
  • 29Megamind - Megamind suggested byGodslayer79
  • 30Starlight Glimmer - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic suggested byBonaFIDE
  • 31Discord - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic suggested byMichael Ross
  • 32Iago - Aladin: Return of Jafar suggested byRazorRex
  • 33The Man Upstairs - The Lego Movie suggested byMichael Ross
  • 34Sunset Shimmer - My Little Pony: Equestria Girls suggested byTripod75
  • 35Shira - Ice Age: Continental Drift suggested byBlack Jesus
  • 36Dragon - Shrek suggested byMichael Ross
  • 37Black Widow - Marvel Series suggested byJessica Fendt
  • 38Anastasia - Cinderella II: Dreams Come True suggested byJessica Fendt
  • 39Gambit - X-Men Franchise suggested byJessica Fendt
  • 40May Day - A View to a Kill suggested bydrewbrown
  • 41Gajeel Redfox - Fairy Tail suggested byCheschire-Kaat
  • 42Riku - Kingdom Hearts 2 suggested byJessica Fendt
  • 43Princess Luna - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic suggested byMichael Ross
  • 44Walter White - Breaking Bad suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH
  • 45Jellal Fernades - Fairy Tail suggested byCheschire-Kaat
  • 46Dr. Evil suggested bySandiee
  • 47Sesshomaru - Inuyasha suggested byJessica Fendt
  • 48Kisshu - Tokyo Mew Mew suggested byJessica Fendt
    Dren - Mew Mew Power
  • 49Frank Hummel - The Rock suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH
  • 50Riddick - Pitch Black suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH
    He was always an anti-hero
  • 51Harry Osborn - Spider-Man 3 suggested byTripod75
  • 52Long John Silver - Treasure Planet suggested byDirector22
  • 53Mr. Big - Zootopia suggested byMichael Ross
  • 54Mike Ehrmantraut - Breaking Bad suggested byJames Ryan
  • 55Senator Kelly - X-Men suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH
  • 56Harley Quinn - DC Comics suggested byMissJasmine305
  • 57Deadpool - Marvel suggested byDaniel Fong
    He wasn't a bad guy nor a good guy to begin with. He's just Deadpool.
  • 58Majin Boo - Dragon Ball Z suggested byDirector22
  • 59Winter Soldier - Captain America suggested byDaniel Fong
    Just a note, this is a duplicate, see above.
  • 60Locus - Red vs Blue suggested bynogoodnamesleft
  • 61The Once-ler - The Lorax suggested byEmzyBoo
  • 62Sasuke Uchiha - Naruto suggested byAhmed Maklad
  • 63Sasuke Uchiha - Naruto Shippuden suggested byAhmed Maklad
  • 64Knockout - Transformers Prime suggested byRazorRex
  • 65Greed - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood suggested byEdan
  • 66Lordgenome/ The Spiral King - Gurren Lagann suggested byEdan
  • 67Lord Dominator - Wander Over Yonder suggested byJenna Rizzo
    Almost
  • 68Lionel Luthor - Smallville suggested byMo_Khan88
  • 69Lucy - Elfen Lied suggested byDaniel Fong
  • 70Magus - Chrono Trigger suggested byLeland Hepworth
    The first known villain in the game and one of the toughest boss battles for when it takes place in the game. Once his back story and real intentions are known, he can actually become a playable member of your party.
  • 71Karone - Power Rangers Lost Galaxy suggested byDirector22
  • 72Pain-Naruto Shippuden suggested byGrimwar
  • 73Gin - Bleach suggested byEdan
  • 74Emperor Zurg - Toy Story 2 suggested bydrewbrown
  • 75Jindarax and Toxica- Power Rangers Wild Force suggested byElisabeth Nunez
  • 76Theodore Ogelvie and Amos Tucker - The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • 77Callie Ross - Killing Daddy suggested byDaniel Fong
  • 78Obito Uchiha - Naruto Shippuden suggested byAdam Garfinkel
  • 79Byrne - Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks suggested byAdam Garfinkel

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