The Top Seven Bad Guys Who Were Ultimately Good
Most bad guys are bad right to the very end: they set out to make the world a worse place, and they either succeed or fail. But every now and then a bad guy comes along who redeems him or herself at the very end. He or she sees the error in their ways and pulls a flip-flop. It is to these flip-flopping bastards that we look today.
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7. Jeanie Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
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Jeanie Bueller is kind of the sister from hell. She’s angry, bitter, and out to get her brother Ferris right from the start. She’s one of those siblings who spends her whole life being mad because everyone out there – including her brother – is having more fun than she is.
But she comes around in the end. Right when it looks like Principal Ed Rooney is going to nab Bueller for missing a zillion days of school, Jeanie lightens up and takes Ferris’s side. When was the last time your uptight sister put the smack down on the principal on your behalf? Still, credit must be given to Charlie Sheen, seeing as he infused a little bit of bad-boy life into her soulless being.
6. Francis X. Hummel in The Rock
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Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris) seems like a pretty bad egg, even if the domestic terrorism he’s committing is in the name of patriots who lost their lives for their country. He aims fifteen rockets armed with a chemical weapon called VX. It’s true, a lot of Navy SEALs get killed because of Hummel and co. But when the poop hits the fan it turns out Hummel doesn’t have the heart to kill a bunch of innocent civilians attending an Oakland Raiders game. Even when he’s on his deathbed Hummel shows he’s turned over a new leaf and tells the good guys where the last rocket is. Guess we shouldn’t be surprised Ed Harris winds up being a good guy, but Hummel is still one of the classic bad guys gone good.
5. Ogre in Revenge of the Nerds II
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Here’s a frat guy who made his name by beating on every nerd he could get his huge hands on. But something happens deep inside Ogre (Donald Gibb) that makes him turn against the preppy pricks who used him as their go-to muscle guy and stand with the dorks at the end of the day. Sure, the nerds commandeered a submersible tank and literally bulldozed a caucus of the cocks, but it took real backbone to turn away from his bullying ways. Ogre is one of the bad guys that learned a lesson most bad guys don’t: when the other side gets a tank, you team up with them.
4. Frank Cross in Scrooged
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Sure, Scrooged is basically Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, but Bill Murray brings a certain insanity to his role. When Frank Cross finally returns to the land of the living, he does more than buy a goose or give alms, he loses his mind on national television. It’s hard to say whether this is because of some serious mood enhancers or the various spirits that visited him throughout the night, but whatever inspired his role-reversal, it’s one of the funniest in the history of role-reversals.