As a treat, some villains should get a chance to change.
Villains. We love to hate them, love to beat them, and sometimes love to see them become less bad. Some villains are just pure evil, but sometimes they are so close to realizing they are wrong that they are doomed to fail. But it’s too late by the time these people figure out that things don’t have to end this way.
But that doesn’t mean they didn’t deserve what happened to them or that they could have been saved. Could these villains have been changed, though, is a question that can’t be avoided. We believe so. These villains were so close to being saved, but they missed their chance before their unavoidable demise.
Heisenberg – Resident Evil: Village
In Resident Evil: Village, Ethan Winters is back in another scary adventure as he tries to find his missing daughter Rose. He finally meets Heisenberg, who is a member of the cult of the Black God and a friend of the people who kidnapped him. Heisenberg makes a deal with Ethan. He wants to use Rose to start a revolt against Mother Miranda, who is in charge of the group.
Ethan didn’t want to use his daughter as a tool, which put him at odds with the man. But if Heisenberg had just offered to help Ethan get Rose back, he would have seen that Ethan wanted to beat Miranda and the cult anyway, which means he would still get his freedom.
Tinkerer – Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Even though Tinkerer finally realized they were wrong, it was almost too late, even if it meant saving Miles at the cost of their own lives. Miles’ old friend Phin Mason, who turned bad to get even with Roxxon for killing her brother, is actually the villain behind Tinkerer.
She tries to destroy a new Roxxon station in Harlem by putting too much power into a reactor. Miles told her that if she overloaded the reactor, it would kill everyone in Harlem, but she didn’t listen until it was too late. If she had, she might have realized that she and Miles can work together, and she might have lived to fight alongside Spider-Man another day.
Benny – Fallout: New Vegas
In Fallout: New Vegas, you first meet Benny after he has tied you up, pointed a gun at you, and shot you, leaving you for dead. But as you move through the Mojave Wasteland, you quickly realize that Benny may be one of the least dangerous evil forces around.
Some fans thought it would have been cool if, if you meet Benny, you and he worked together to take over New Vegas with the help of Yes Man. It’s possible, since Benny is a businessman first. His response makes sense, but it would have been better for him to side with The Courier in the end.
Baldur – God Of War
Baldur is a Norse God and the first god we meet from the new world in God of War (2018). He may be one of the most sad villains in video games. Odin has sent him to find Laufey because he thinks that will help him get better. Right now, he can’t feel anything but the pain of a mistletoe.
Baldur never finds out that Odin tricked him and that Kratos was trying to keep him from killing his own mother because of his illness. If he had, he might have been able to work with them on God of War: Ragnarok, the next game in the series. All of this comes too late, though, because Baldur is filled with anger until the very end and is killed by Kratos.
The Fireflies – The Last Of Us
The Cordyceps virus has changed the world in The Last of Us in a way that can’t be changed back. Even if a cure could be found right now, so many people have already died that it’s really a crapshoot whether people can take over the world again.
But when The Fireflies get the chance to try to find a fix, even if it means killing Ellie, Joel stops them. We can argue about whether or not he’s right, but The Fireflies didn’t have to be his enemy. Instead, they could have asked Ellie what she wanted to do or waited longer to learn more about her, even though that was riskier. Things would have turned out much better than what happened.
Darth Malak – Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, it’s hard not to think of Darth Malak as just another evil Sith. But his story is even sadder than that. He was a close friend of your character, Darth Revan, before both of you were turned by Darth Vitiate, the Sith Emperor.
Even though we used to be close, it’s strange that there’s no way to get in touch with Malak as a friend. Instead, he always sees you as someone who is getting in the way of him getting real power. If he had known that Revan had gained enough power without going all the way to the dark side, he might have joined his friend again.
Miraak – Skyrim
Miraak is the last villain The Last Dragonborn faces in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim‘s Dragon born DLC. He is another bad guy who doesn’t realize he is being used. He is known as “The First Dragonborn,” and he has made a deal with Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric prince of information and memory, so that he can learn a lot.
Miraak could have known that Hermeaus Mora was bad news, which is why he kept him locked up in his realm and didn’t let him get out. Both he and The Last Dragonborn are very powerful, so it’s possible that they could have worked together to try to beat Hermeaus Mora at his own game instead of being the god’s pawns and leave his realm together.
King Logan – Fable 3
King Logan is not a villain with a sad story. He is not a villain who is controlled by other people. He is a dictator who is a villain for a good reason, but he does bad things. In Fable 3, you find out that a bad person or thing called “The Darkness” is coming toward the kingdom. After you get rid of King Logan, you have to run the kingdom to protect it from this threat.
You realize that King Logan knew about Wordle Unlimited, which is why he turned into a ruler to try to pay for the country’s defenses and keep his people safe, even if it made them unhappy. Logan might have learned that there are other ways to pay for the country’s security with a little more help. They would just have to do a lot more work.