And as promised, here is part 2 of my villains post!
2. Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
When I first read Harry Potter, I knew in my heart that Severus Snape was a good man. But no one would believe me, especially when the sixth book came out and Snape Avada Kedavra’d Dumbledore (who asked him to, by the way). Even though everyone was all up in arms about it, yelling, “I knew it! I knew he was a bad guy! He killed Dumbledore! Haha, I told you so!” I believed in him.
I knew Snape had to have had a reason.
And in the end, I was right. The seventh book revealed his true self, a selfless man who acted as a double agent on the side of good; a man who had to watch his friends die and stand by as the entire Wizarding World dragged his name and character through the muck. Then you have to take into account the fact that he did all this to honor the memory of the woman he loved, a woman he had lost to his worst enemy. And after failing to save her, he decided he would give his life to protecting her son Harry, whom he had to watch grow up in front of him, always half-hating and half-loving him because he was the son of a jerk (who also goes by the name of James Potter), but he was also partly Lily.
Touching Quote: “Always.” (Here he reveals how he never stopped loving Lily Evans)
- 1. Loki (Thor)
I think everyone can agree that Loki is probably the most sympathetic villain to come out of movie theaters in a long time. First of all, he had to grow up in the shade of his older brother’s greatness, always wondering why his father didn’t love him as much as Thor. Then he finds out why: surprise! He’s adopted. He’s not an Asgardian prince as he had been led to believe, but a Frost Giant, “the monster parents tell their children about at night”. Oh, and did I forget to add that he wasn’t even lovingly adopted, but only taken in by Odin in the hopes that the Allfather might use him to build a bridge between the two races? He is, as he accuses Odin, “nothing more than another stolen relic, locked up until he might have use of him”.
It gets worse if you’ve read the comics. Loki was abandoned by his birth parents for being considered too small and weak for a Frost Giant. So he wasn’t wanted by either sets of his parents, and now has to watch as his arrogant, brawn-over-brains brother gets to be king. Even though some might argue that he’s jealous of Thor, I disagree. I don’t think he’s jealous of Thor (after all, Loki’s much smarter than his lusciously-locked brother), but I do think he’s jealous of the attention Thor has gotten, especially from his parents. He even tells Thor, “I never wanted the throne; I only ever wanted to be your equal!”
In the first Thor movie, he wants to eliminate the Frost Giants to prove to his father that he is a worthy son. And even at the end of the movie, there he is, hanging off the edge of the Bifrost, and still seeking his father’s approval. He looks up at his father, tears in his eyes, and says, “I could have done it, father! For you! For all of us!”
And what does Odin do?
He looks down and says, “No, Loki.”
No reassuring, no “It’s okay, son. You went about this all wrong, but I’m sorry that we didn’t tell you that you’re adopted. Still, you are my true son, and I love you.”
Just, “No, Loki.”
Wow. A+ at parenting, Odin.
No wonder your kid is so messed up.
Touching Quote: “I could have done it, father! For you! For all of us!”
Now, if I didn’t manage to convince you to feel at least a little bit sorry for these characters, message me and I’ll give you a few more reasons.