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5 Movie Characters That Went From Villains To Friends

Movie villains are often portrayed as evil and wicked creatures who only know how to terrorize and hurt people. They are either born or made and nothing else. But sometimes, a change of heart is inevitable, especially when they come to the realization that life is so much better when you have friends.

And this is why we have listed a couple of movie villains who became good characters. They have sought redemption and have demonstrated that they can be trusted again despite the mistakes they have done. Here are some of our favorite villains turned friends:

Maleficent (Maleficent)

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Maleficent is terrifying and ruthless, not to mention that she cursed an innocent baby because she was not invited to the party. As time went by, she and Aurora started a bond that a not-so-typical mother-and-daughter has, and this only strengthened their relationship.

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Maleficent started feeling motherly affection for Aurora, and she tried to revoke the spell, but it was too late. Only a true love’s kiss could save the princess. And now, Maleficent has officially adopted Aurora in the sequel!

Sullivan (Monsters, Inc.)

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Sullivan is the scariest creature in Monsters, Inc., and he is often the pride of the Scare Program where monsters are tasked to frighten little children. When Sullivan met Boo, he realizes that kids are harmless beings and that they should stop what they are doing.


He saved Boo from the evil pair Randall and Waternoose, and, together with his best friend, Mike Wazowski, they reframed the program and turned it into something fun and less scary.

Nebula (Avengers: Endgame)

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Nebula started as a villain in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. She and Gamora became mortal enemies, and she is often regarded as a complicated character. But, her cold and calculating tenacity is also what makes it difficult for her to stay grounded and rational.

With everything that Nebula has experienced, she finally realizes that it is easy to forgive than hold on to anger. When she has come to accept that Thanos only used her, she finally came to the aid of the Avengers on their quest to take down the evil titan.

Vivian Kensington (Legally Blonde)

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Vivian is the type of classmate who will make you feel small and insecure about yourself. At least, that’s what she attempted to do with Elle Woods. But no matter how much she tries to bring her down, she can’t help but admire Elle’s confidence.

In the end, they realized that there was no use fighting over some guy or academic recognition. They became good friends, although Vivian no longer appeared in the second movie.

Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph)

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Ralph is the main villain in the arcade game Fix-it Felix Jr. His job is to destroy everything, and this is why nobody likes him. He is tired of being the ‘bad guy’ so he decided it is time to change things.

Along the way, he met a lot of the other arcade-game characters. Because of their adventures, they all became good friends with one another.


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Written by Ariane

Ariane, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.