Elijah Price in Unbreakable
Samuel Jackson’s Elijah Price of the 2000 superhero thriller Unbreakable is one of the perfect examples of movie villains disguised as good guys. Introduced as an unfortunate comic book geek diagnosed with a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, Elijah appeared pretty harmless at the beginning of the M. Night Shyamalan film. A respectable member of society, the highly intelligent Elijah was anxious to see the world improved by the presence of a superhero, even serving as a mentor of sorts to the film’s protagonist David Dunn (Bruce Willis).
But in the latter part of the film, it was revealed that Elijah’s obsessions were far more dangerous and violent than his initial actions suggested. Suffering from an intense inferiority complex due to his disability, Elijah vowed to find his heroic antithesis by any means necessary, believing it to be the only means of justifying his existence. In the end, Elijah made no apologies for his actions, nor did he ever believe that his crimes were anything but justified.