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5 Literary Villains Who Were Technically the Good Guys

All fictional characters exist on a sliding scale of hero and villain, except for Umbridge, who’s just pure evil and the one who taught me how to hate.

Sometimes, however, you take a step back and realize the resident “bad guy” of the story isn’t really the bad guy at all. He’s actually a pretty okay dude; he just so happens to exist in diametric opposition to the guy we’re supposed to be rooting for.

Without further ado, here are 5 so-called bad guys whose only real crime was “not being the protagonist.”

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