Twists and turns in movies are necessary to keep the audience hooked, and while there are a lot of ways to deliver an unexpected plot development in films, the idea of sneaking in deceitful characters in the protagonist’s team never gets old. Though villains disguised as good guys are common in almost all genres of fiction, the revelation of their true identities is always shocking and heartbreaking to some degree. Below are 25 of the most popular benevolent movie characters that are actually evil all along.
Alexander Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness
When Starfleet Admiral Alexander Marcus (Peter Weller) reinstated fan-favorite Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) after a bungled mission on the planet Nibiru, viewers of 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness immediately assumed that the former is one of the good guys. But later in the film, Admiral Marcus was revealed to be the mastermind of a conspiracy that awakened the despicable Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), which subsequently initiated a war with the Klingon Empire.
At the end of the movie, Admiral Marcus was dispatched by Khan before the latter was ultimately turned back to his frozen stage. The film producers said that the conclusion of the film was inspired by a Hong Kong cinema trope where heroes and villains team up to take on a greater evil.