Bad guys, redeemed
Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:25 PM
Just a few that came up, and YES there are some SPOILERS:
-Spike (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer): vicious vampire who, over multiple seasons / shows, becomes one of the good guys
-The Operative (from Serenity): Learns about what the Alliance is REALLY up to, stops killing/chasing heroes, (presumably) becomes a recluse.
-Alpha (from Dollhouse...what is it with this Whedon guy?): Rogue serial-killing active with compounded personalities, eventually helps the protagonists after...well, it's a long story.
-Ben Linus (from LOST): This still might turn a weird turn, but it looks like the manipulative once-leader of the Others might actually seek redemption
And so on. Help me out, folks!
Posted 11 March 2010 - 02:49 PM
Here's what I've got. (Question marks indicate uncertainty about meeting your criteria, or possibly I may not remember the movie well enough to be sure.)
A couple spoilers:
Matthew Poncelet? (Dead Man Walking)
Doctor Octopus (Spider-Man 2)
Yubaba (Spirited Away) and the Witch of the Waste (Howl's Moving Castle)
Sour Kangaroo (Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who)
Fegan Floop? (Spy Kids)
Johnny (The Karate Kid)
Roscuro? Miggery Sow? (The Tale of Despereaux)
Flambeau? (The Detective/Father Brown)
Posted 11 March 2010 - 05:28 PM
Steven, I mean genuine antagonists, since — no matter what the heart is like of a protagonist — I feel like the audience is asked to follow them around. I'm concerned about the guys we're cheering against.
EDIT: I should also add that if the redeemed baddie survives, that's a plus. Killing an antagonist off often feels like an easy way (as in, many in the audience might say, 'well, even if he became good at the end...at least he was punished because he was so bad!' or something).
Edited by Jason Panella, 11 March 2010 - 05:30 PM.
Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:40 AM
Then there's Stef's favourite: Last of the Mohicans
Posted 13 March 2010 - 03:23 AM
Come to think of it, Edmund and Eustace in the Narnia Chronicles, and perhaps Saul of Tarsus?
Posted 13 March 2010 - 10:12 AM
Oh, fantastic! Thanks, David.
Posted 14 March 2010 - 12:52 PM
As for Saul of Tarsus, which narrative version of him? One could argue, I guess, that Saul is an antagonist of the early church in his first few appearances in Acts. Is there a movie that begins by focusing on early church heroes like Stephen and the apostles with Saul as an antagonist, and then Saul is redeemed?
Posted 14 March 2010 - 01:54 PM
Good points on the Lewis-related stuff, but that didn't initially cross my mind (it's been a while since I've read the books). As for Saul, well...I AM keeping this broad, and his a good example to tie some of these in together. Don't think there's a movie, but hey, this thread isn't just about movies.
Posted 14 March 2010 - 02:11 PM
: Is there a movie that begins by focusing on early church heroes like Stephen and the apostles with Saul as an antagonist, and then Saul is redeemed?
The 1981 TV-movie Peter and Paul certainly begins with Saul as an antagonist (and one of the first scenes is the stoning of Stephen, IIRC), but his conversion comes fairly early, I think.
The 1985 five-episode mini-series A.D. Anno Domini delays the stoning of Stephen until the middle of the 2nd episode (I'm pretty sure it cuts straight from the death of Tiberius to Stephen being dragged through the streets), and thus delays the conversion of Saul to some point after THAT (either late in the 2nd episode or early in the 3rd episode). But Saul is not quite an out-and-out villain there. The mini-series begins by introducing Saul and Stephen as members of Gamaliel's school in Jerusalem, which allows the mini-series to explore some of the debates between different kinds of Jews (Pharisee, Sadducee, Hellenistic, Zealot, etc.) at that point in history. And when Saul turns against Stephen, it is presented as a somewhat tragic choice that Saul makes against one of his "friends". So the antagonism, as it were, is an arguably qualified one.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 11:04 AM
Um. Does Eustace really count as a bona fide antagonist? Even in the early chapters where he's bullying Lucy I don't know if I would call him a villain, exactly -- either as Lewis presents him or as seen in the movie, where he's much more sympathetic than in the book.
Thank you, SDG, I think you're quite right...
Posted 15 March 2010 - 11:35 AM
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