In most movies and TV shows, the Good Guys tend to be, unsurprisingly, good guys. Sure they may be a little rough around the edges and little overly fond of socking bad guys and making snarky comments, but all in all, they're heroes for a reason. But some heroes are so violent, nasty, or downright despicable that they barely deserve the name. With their record body counts and destruction-fuelled rampages, it's hard to tell just what it is that separates them from the bad guys.
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10. The Man With No Name
The original avenging madman, Clint Eastwood's quiet, stone faced Western hero is so iconic that he doesn't even need a name. The star of a dozen different movies, Eastwood's Man With No Name is pure malevolence in a cowboy hat and long jacket. The scariest part of this psychotic cowpoke is his total lack of emotion when it comes to taking out the garbage. The details may change from flick to flick, but basically he shows up, finds a group of various dirty scuzzballs doing various dirty scuzzball things and proceeds to fill them full of smoking hot lead as fast as humanly possible.
And that's it. If he has any moments of regret at the frankly shocking piles of corpses he leaves behind everywhere he goes, The Man With No Name never lets on. He just kills and kills some more. A cold, heartless machine, he doesn't take any satisfaction in his slaughtering. There's no rule saying you have to like being a ruthless killer of bad guys, but at the very least you can take some pride in your work.
9. The Terminator
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In the first Terminator movie, the Terminator is a lot like Eastwood. He's a cold, ultraviolently efficient machine designed only for killing. The only difference is he kills cops instead of bad guys. It isn't until the sequel Terminator 2 Judgment Day that he becomes a hero. But unfortunately his turn to the light side doesn't include any upgrades or patches in his morality or ethical programs. He still shoots, slices, burns, and blows up everything in sight. In fact, he destroys even more property than he did in the first one. All that's changed is he wants to protect the hero instead of kill him. And, oh yeah, he learns how to crack a few wiseass comments.
Schwarzenegger plays him with a lot of charm, but all the jokes in the world can't change the fact that he's basically a robot that murders everything he lays his eyes on.
8. Capt. Willard (Apocalypse Now)
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One of the most tragic dudes on this list, Captain Willard is a drunken soldier haunted by his service in Vietnam and unfit for anything but a life of murder and war. Although he does have a totally awesome tan. Assigned by the army to take out the rogue Colonel Kurtz who's decided to set up his own shop with a ragtag band of mercenaries and only wear black pajamas, Willard travels down a muddy river hell-bent on killing Kurtz even as he comes to sympathize with his particular brand of nutty cultism.
The only problem is that until Kurtz shows up in the third act, Willard is pretty much the worst guy in the world. He puts his young escorts into all kind of harm's way, kills civilians, and generally sits around smoking endless cigarettes and looking like a world class a-hole. But like all the best a-holes, he's a survivor. At the end of the movie, he and the stoned surfer are the only two to make it out alive. Proving once and for all that when the craziness gets turned up to 11, you've got to be pretty evil to be good.
7. The Bride (Kill Bill)
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Okay, Beatrix Kiddo had a pretty good reason to be pissed off. Nine months pregnant, she's forced to see all her friends ruthlessly gunned own by a cadre of the world's greatest assassins, shot in the head, and left for dead the day before her wedding. Understandably, she's going to want some payback. And she gets it in the bloodiest ways imaginable. Armed with her razor sharp sword and high fashion wardrobe, Kiddo slices and dices her way down her list of the people who wronged her. Filling the air with screams and the gutters with blood, she makes everyone who crossed pay dearly. The audience cheers her on as she hacks of limbs, yanks out eyeballs, and dismembers dozens of people in her quest for vengeance. It helps that she looks pretty hot doing it. Being attractive helps a person get away with a lot of evil stuff.
6. V (V for Vendetta)
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Fighting evil isn't always straightforward. Sure, there are times when you can just throw on a white hat, march down to the bad guy's hide out, and drag him off to jail. But what about when you're a lone voice of freedom waging a lonely war against an all powerful Fascist regime? A white hat alone just isn't going to cut it. No matter how nice it is. When faced with an incredibly powerful foe that has massive resources and isn't afraid to destroy anything or anyone to maintain its power or achieve its goals, sometimes you got to get a little nasty. And few heroes fight as dirty as the revolutionary V in V for Vendetta.
Driven mad (and given superhuman abilities) by years of torture and experimentation in a concentration camp, V breaks out and begins a one-man campaign to bring down the government. But instead of using reasoned pleas, grassroots organizing, and bake sales to get his point across, he opts for explosions. Big ones. Sure, he may have a point, but did he really need to burn down half of London to make it?