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14 TV Characters That Started As Bad Guys Before Joining The Team

We all love a good transformation story. There are times when we see a bad guy causing all the ruckus eventually have a change of heart and turn into a good guy. What excites us is the journey of this character and the events that transpire this change. Many franchises and tv shows have that character that starts off as the bad guy but gradually acts for the greater good. So here’s a list of 14 TV characters that started out as bad guys before joining the team and being on the right side. Check it out.

1. Jaime Lannister – ‘Game of Thrones’

Jaime Lannister in ‘Game of Thrones’ 
Everybody remembers how cruel Lannister was in the series. He literally pushed a 10-year-old Bran Stark off of a tower which cripples him and puts him in a coma. It was a long journey for this ‘bad’ guy to somewhat redeem himself. it was Brienne who allowed Lannister to have a new outlook on life. He opened up about his past and set himself on a path of redemption.

2. Vegeta – Dragon Ball Z

Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z
Prince Vegeta originally planned to kill anyone who stood in his path. Vegeta was simply too powerful for even Goku. The latter was warned by Raditz about the Saiyan Prince. Even with his extensive training in the afterlife, he could barely put a scratch on Vegeta. But eventually, he was taken down. But it wasn’t too long before he became somewhat of a good guy. However, Babidi took control of Vegeta’s mind. In this long character arc, Vegeta is now one of the strongest and thankfully a good guy.

3. Steve Harrington – ‘Stranger Things’

Steve Harrington in ‘Stranger Things’ 
Harrington is not necessarily a full-blown evil, but he’s a bully which isn’t good either. So when this bully was beaten up by Jonathan, the audience didn’t feel all that bad. However, Steve soon realized that he bullies people because he’s a jerk and he does so hide his insecurities. The tables turned and Steve became one of the most-loved characters of the series.

4. Michael – ‘The Good Place’

Michael in ‘The Good Place’
He is actually a demon who is in charge of torturing the inhabitants of the Bad Place. He tortures Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani. However, after attempting his experiment on 800 people over the course of 300 years, he began to sympathize with the human condition. He realized that there is something wrong with the afterlife judges souls. So they all collectively make a better afterlife.

5. James ‘Sawyer Ford – ‘Lost’

James ‘Sawyer Ford in ‘Lost’ 
Ford killed an innocent because he believed he found the man who destroyed his family. If it wasn’t for love, this character development wouldn’t have happened. Ford fell in love with Kate and their bond sets Ford on the right path.

6. Dwight Schrute – ‘The Office’

Dwight Schrute in ‘The Office’ 
If you have seen The Office, then Dwight K. Schrute is the official villain of Dunder Mifflin Scranton. Well, more or less. The guy tricked Angela into marrying him which was straight-up evil. But he was always good even though somewhere deep in his heart. By the end of the series, Dwight was the star of the show and became the man you would want to be friends with.

7. Bobby Briggs – ‘Twin Peaks’

Bobby Briggs in ‘Twin Peaks’ 
Briggs was a twisted character honestly. He was jealous of James Hurley, the guy his girlfriend Larua was seeing behind his back. However, Laura died and he became the prime suspect in the case naturally. His redemption was seen in the recent revival series, Twin Peaks: The Return, Bobby is revealed to be a now 50-year-old deputy and a divorced dad. He no longer had his daddy issues and was a calmer person,

8. Valencia Perez – ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Valencia Perez in ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
Perez was dating Josh which was the only obstacle in Rebecca’s happily-ever-after. As we saw the show from Rebecca’s perspective, Perez was told to be a vindictive and manipulative person. But it was later shown that it was Josh who was a part of the problem. Not long after, Rebecca, Heather, and Valencia ended up becoming the main trio of the show.

9. Petra Solano – ‘Jane the Virgin’

Petra Solano in ‘Jane the Virgin’

She is downright evil and there is no denying that. She falsely accused Rafael of domestic abuse. So when Rafael goes to jail in Season 3, she had to become a better mother to her children. Being a mother is what eventually softens her which helps her to bond with Jane. Over the course of 5 years, she becomes a better person and a true friend to Jane.

10. Cheryl Blossom – ‘Riverdale’

Cheryl Blossom in ‘Riverdale’

She literally convinces her family that they ate up Uncle Bedford’s body in their meat pies. Then, they told them to stop investigating Bedford’s disappearance or else she’ll tell the world about their acts of cannibalism. However, in the following season, she became a nicer character and vulnerable.

11. Spike – ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Spike in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ 

His journey is a bit long. Spikey remained evil till the end of Season 3. But in Season 4, a chip was implanted into him which stopped him from harming anyone else. Then, in Season 5, he develops feelings for Buffy and tries to prove his worth, hence transforming.

12. Al Swearengen – ‘Deadwood’

Al Swearengen in ‘Deadwood’
This guy literally stepped on the neck of a prostitute in Season 1. But he loves his town more than anything and hence was shown in the light as a hero when a new baddie (George Hearst) arrived in Season 2.

13. Logan Echolls – ‘Veronica Mars’

Logan Echolls in ‘Veronica Mars’ 
The character goes on a long ride of sweet and sour. His relationship with Veronica is complicated as they fall for each other every now and then. But after many difficulties, they end up getting married.

14. Captain Hook – ‘Once Upon a Time’

Captain Hook in ‘Once Upon a Time’ 

To put it simply, he’s a murder. In order to become good, he offers to help Emma Swan and the company rescue Henry from Neverland. It was eventually revealed that t was her love for Emma that led him on the path of redemption.

Written by Deepak Vasisht