Be it the classic American horror movies, dangerous psychological thrillers, or straight-up adventurous superhero fantasies, somehow, we always chance upon a character who was extremely sweet and fragile initially but turned out to be an evil monster by the movie’s end! The nature of Loki from ‘Thor,’ Jason Lee from ‘The Incredibles’ and Harvey Dent from ‘Batman,’ to name a few. What intrigues the audience the most is that the ones we never doubted to be evil turn out to be the supervillains of the movie.
This serves as a nice plot twist in the movie and shocks the audience and viewers. We have assembled a bunch of films for you that highlight the existence of such characters who gave into their deepest and darkest desires and became wicked, sinful, and even ungodly! Feel free to browse this incredible, jaw-dropping collection of movie characters that became corrupt and evil at the very last moment.
Michael Corleone From ‘The Godfather
Even though Michael was the most powerful member of the Corleone family, he did not want to indulge himself in the family business. Nonetheless, he gets involved when an assassin tries to murder his father. He was a good man who was highly reliable. But, he became highly ruthless once he became a part of the family business. He was pretty mean, surprisingly, more than his father. This behavior of his was triggered when he had to witness his wife getting murdered, in which he was supposed to be the target. He gradually turned into a murderer who started killing anybody who would get in the way of reaching his goal. He slaughtered a bunch of mafia leaders and dons, brutally killing Hyman Roth and his subordinates. In ‘The Godfather,’ the audience can see how the character of Michael Corleone has changed in the sphere of personality and behavior. From a kind, quiet man, Michael became a deadly assassin who was utterly unstoppable.
Anakin Skywalker From ‘Star Wars
In the early ages, Anakin Skywalker was known to be a kind and generous man. He was extraordinarily humble and loved helping people in need. He was a brave boy who was not ashamed of expressing his feelings. Everything about him was sweet and comfortable, except he was terrified of losing people. This fear was triggered after Skywalker lost his mother. This fear, unfortunately, led him to a dark side of his mind. It birthed an evil alter-ego called the Darth Vader. When he fully converted to being Darth Vader, he became mean, arrogant, selfish, and cruel. He would not trust anybody apart from himself. He became impulsive and started executing violently without analyzing the situation or giving it a second thought.
Saruman From ‘The Lord of the Rings
Saruman was a man who liked to be on his own. He was a wizard who had a thirst for more knowledge. Gradually, he even became the leader of several wizards. He started studying the arts of Sauron, which was the study of dark magic. This eventually led him to desire the One Ring. This knowledge of dark knowledge turned Saruman into a greedy wizard who would do anything to have the One Ring in his possession. He decided to meet Sauron and pretend to be his humble servant. His main motive was to manage somehow to steal the One Ring from Sauron and then take off. To own the Ring, a war was held – War of the Ring. Saruman was defeated in the battle, and the hunger of his greed was never fed.
Peter Pettigrew From ‘Harry Potter
Also known as Wormtail or Scabbers, Peter Pettigrew was a wizard enrolled at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He was a great student who became a part of the Marauders. Over many years, he took the wrong path and started serving the evil Lord Voldemort. The fact that he was a member of the Order of the Phoenix did not mean anything to him anymore. He even betrayed his closest friends to please Lord Voldemort. After Lord Voldemort was defeated for the first time, Peter pretended to have died and made sure everyone thought that Sirius was the one who had betrayed Peter’s friends and murdered Peter and twelve other Muggles. Lord Voldemort was able to come alive due to Peter, so he continued to serve him by carrying out evil tasks.
Jean Grey From ‘X-Men’
Jean used to be a humble, polite, and soft-spoken member of the X-Men. She was an intelligent woman who shared strong bonds with her loved ones, especially her lover – Cyclops. Jean was a powerful and brave woman willing to sacrifice herself for her team members or close ones. Nevertheless, this perfect woman had an evil alter-ego named ‘Phoenix.’ The Phoenix manifests her actual, deep, and dark emotions like rage, anger, and selfish needs. Nobody knows how much power the Phoenix holds over Jean’s mind. The Phoenix only seems to appear when Jean is going through a lot of emotional distress and is just unable to cope with anything. She, without any hesitation, murdered her lover, Cyclops, and her mentor, Professor X, and seemed to have shown no guilt after doing so.
Regan MacNeil From ‘The Exorcist
Regan MacNeil was a sweet twelve-year-old girl who was extremely polite and caring. Her mother was an actress, and her father was no longer part of her life. Regan would do anything she could to help her mother and care for her. Her mother would frequently receive animals made of clay from Regan as a gift. She would even bring her mother flowers every day. She was shy and would never behave aggressively. Gradually, her mother saw strange changes in Regan’s behavior. After getting checked by the best doctors, it was declared that these changes were not neurological. Regan started getting incredible mood swings -especially anger and despair. It was said that nothing was wrong with her medically. After showing her to a psychiatrist, once her behavior became extremely violent, disturbing, and unnatural, he suggested that Regan be directed to the priest since she might have been possessed. It was later declared that a blood-thirsty demon owned Regan. The priest was even killed because he was too determined to save Regan.
Jack Torrance From ‘The Shining’
‘ack had a small, lovely family of his wife, Wendy, his little son, Danny, and himself. Jack did not have a great childhood, as he used to be verbally and physically abused by his father. Even then, Jack loved him and tried to care for him. Once Jack grew older, he became an author and was a former teacher. Later, he accepted a position as the ‘Overlook Hotel in Colorado’ caretaker for the winter, and he started living there with his family for a few months.’He was happy that he finally got time to relax and work on the play he wanted to write. In all actuality, the ‘Overlook Hotel in Colorado’ was home to a large number of evil spirits of the ‘people who had died there. ‘these shades make Jack go crazy as they start drowning him in his alcoholism, which, consequently, leads to him to start thinking about his traumatic childhood. The evil spirits of the hotel end up possessing him, driving him into wanting to murder his family. Thankfully, Wendy and Danny could escape the hotel and seek help, leaving Jack to freeze to death.
Nina Sayers From ‘Black Swan
Nina Sayers was a beautiful young ballet dancer from the New York City ballet company. They were about to perform the ‘Swan Lake’. The program director was not very kind or gentle and was named Thomas Leroy. Thomas wanted the same ballet dancer to portray the sweet, innocent, virtuous White Swan and her dark, evil, and sensual twin Black Swan. Nina could do exceptionally well for the part of the White Swan but could not portray herself as the Black Swan. She was not able to do great in her audition, yet she approaches the director, and he says that she needs to become the Black Swan and emulate her characters to be able to dance well for the role. She lacked passion, so to “show her what passion is,” he forcefully kisses her.
From that day, Nina’s men”al disorder, called Alte”-Ego, got triggered. Her other personality, Nina’suel, is dark and uncomfortably bold – just like the Black Swan. Nina starts indulging in bad choices and often hallucinating things, causing her to get violent. She even kissed the director, which took him by surprise. After performing ‘Swan Lake,’ she took the personality of the Black Swan, who stabbed the White Swan (‘who was herself) and, hence, died.
Harry Osborn From ‘Spider-Man
Harry Osborn was a lovely man. He was well-off, never knew who his mother was, and was very attached to his father. As a child, he was a bit rebellious but would do anything and everything to impress his father, Norman. Norman was an extremely busy industrialist and never got time to bond with his son. Norman seemed to like Peter, Harry’s friend, which annoyed Harry.