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6 Fictional Heroes Who Were the REAL Villains of the Story

We’re all the hero in our own story and the villain in someone else’s. For instance, I’m the hero in my life, but I’m the villain in the eyes of anyone who’s ever had to watch me try to open a snack during the quiet part of a movie. (I always think it’s going to be less disruptive than it actually is. I’m so sorry. Please don’t be mad at me.)

Similarly, the following characters consider themselves heroes. They seem to fancy themselves the morally upright, sword-wielding sort. But I’m here to tell you they’re actually not.