25 villains disguised as good guys

Benevolent movie characters that are actually evil all along

villains disguised as good guys

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

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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.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”