"Not Bad, Just Misunderstood": Fans Rank Villains They Think Are Actually Good People
Even in the world of fiction, not everything is completely clean cut. Sometimes a villain is only a villain because they’re opposing the protagonist. Sometimes they’re the victim of circumstance or unfair treatment. And sometimes they’re just too plain goofy to hate.
Japanese ranking site Goo asked fans which fictional villains they believed were actually good people. Answers occasionally stretched into the world of Western entertainment, with a few American film characters turning up farther down on the list! You can see the full results here, but we’ve got the top ten below:
10. Younger Toguro, Yu Yu Hakusho
9. Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty
8. Doronjo, Yatterman
7. Raoh, Fist of the North Star
6. Oni Child Trio, Ojarumaru
5. Shinsuke Takasugi, Gintama
4. Team Rocket, Pokémon
3. Baikinman, Anpanman
2. Captain Dola, Laputa: Castle in the Sky
1. Gian, Doraemon
Full results also gave benefit of the doubt to characters like Dio Brando, Charlotte (Madoka Magica), and Bowser. More non-anime/game characters like Darth Vader and Draco Malfoy also made it onto the list.
Source: Goo Ranking