ByChristopher Douglas, writer at Creators.co
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Christopher Douglas

It seems as though in this day and age, studios are shelling out countless adaptations, reboots, prequels and sequels of well known franchises. With sequels, in order to make a profit of what worked the first time, formulas are revisited and villains from the previous films return, but in a different role. So, I have to ask: Do villains lose street credit when they help their enemy? Of course they do. It totally defeats the purpose of them becoming sinister in the first place. After watching The Fate of the Furious, I had to scratch my head a few times to see Shaw, played by Jason Statham, aiding the team he tried to kill in the previous movie.

The movie was entertaining, but it was definitely cringeworthy seeing him partner up with Dom's crew like he wasn't responsible for the death of Han. Now, Shaw isn't the only villain in film history to have turned over a new leaf. Here are five more villains that started out dastardly, but under different circumstances, found the light and partnered with the heroes.

5. Storm Shadow

'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

In G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, we're introduced to Storm Shadow, played by Lee Byung-hun. Storm Shadow was the childhood rival to the Joes' Snake Eyes, mastering in martial arts. After a deadly battle with Snake Eyes in the first film, he falls to his death — or so we thought?

Then comes the the second film: Retaliation. Snake Eyes is sent to rescue an unconscious Storm Shadow to get him to confess that he killed his master. Throughout the film, Storm Shadow is assists the Joes and seeks to avenge his master: Zartan. Once that mission is complete, Storm Shadow vanishes.

4. Magneto

'X-Men: Apocalypse' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'X-Men: Apocalypse' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

The master of magnetism has helped the X-Men on several occasions in the comics, but in film, he aided Xavier's team when young (Michael Fassbender) and as an elderly man (Ian McKellan). In X-Men: First Class, his first appearance as a youth, Magneto was a member of Xavier's team hunting down the man who murdered his mother: Sebastian Shaw. After succeeding, Magneto decides to follow in Shaw's footsteps and start a war against non-mutants.

In the Days of Future Past, both young and old Magneto assist Xavier in two different timelines. To help ensure that mutants aren't extinct, Magento is summoned to help locate Mystique to prevent her from being experimented on by Trask Industries. In the middle of doing that, Magneto learns of the Sentinel program and controls them to exterminate humans. In the future, Magneto assists the X-Men in battling the upgraded Sentinels, that can take form of any mutant.

Finally, in Apocalypse, after the death of his wife and daughter, Apocalypse seeks the help of Magneto in world domination. After realizing family doesn't always mean blood by the film's climax, Magento not only double crosses Apocalypse, but he returns to the Xavier Institute and remodels.

3. Loki

'Thor: The Dark World' [Credit: Marvel Studios/Disney]
'Thor: The Dark World' [Credit: Marvel Studios/Disney]

Loki, God of mischief, made his debut in Thor and carried out more of his sinister plan in the Avengers. If you've been following my articles, you know that I always point out the major flaw in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That flaw, is that their villains are mediocre. Loki would've reigned supreme as their only good villain had he not teamed up with his brother in The Dark World and seemingly once more in Thor Ragnarok, as he and his brother are looking for both Odin and Doctor Strange. Granted, in the comics, Loki also has done some good. When turned back into a child, he joined the Young Avengers.

2. Dr. Evil

Austin Powers in 'Goldmember' [Credit: New Line Cinema]
Austin Powers in 'Goldmember' [Credit: New Line Cinema]

The name says it all. Dr. Evil, played by Mike Myers, is the Joker to Austin Powers's Batman. In the first film, he tried to dominate the world. In the second he tried to blow up the Earth a la Death Star style. In Goldmember, he desired to melt the polar ice caps to flood the Earth until Nigel Powers, Austin's father, revealed to him that he, too, is related to Austin. After that revelation, Dr. Evil decides to terminate his plan, stop Goldmember, and attends a movie premiere with his former enemy/brother.

1. Captain Barbosa

'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' [Credit: Disney]
'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' [Credit: Disney]

With the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arriving in theaters in a few weeks, it's only right that the king of switching sides takes the top spot. Captain Hector Barbosa, the original captain of Jack's Black Pearl, sought to bring his body back to life. Killed at the climax of Curse of the Black Pearl, Barbosa is revived at the end of Dead Man's Chest to assist Jack's crew in At World's End by rescuing Sparrow himself from Davy Jones's Locker. When that mission was over with, Barbosa joined the British Navy and helped Jack in finding the Fountain of Youth in On Stranger Tides. We're not sure what his goal is in the upcoming film, but from the looks of it, Barbosa seems to be paired up with Jack on a few occasions, especially since the new villain (played by Javier Bardem) is ridding the seas of pirates.

Who are some other villains that started off sinister, but found the light?

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