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It's Complicated

10 Characters Who Are
Bad at Being Good

Her movie might be delayed, but Black Widow is still on our minds! The ultimate reformed villain, Black Widow, AKA Natasha Romanova, went from mindless assassin to a true hero. We’ve put together a list of 10 complicated characters who also have some “red in their ledgers.” Call them anti-heroes, call them reformed, call them villains, call them bad at being good, but more than anything they are complicated characters that leave us wanting more!

Rodion Raskolnikov

The protagonist of the classic Crime and Punishment. The novel takes you through Rasnikov’s reasoning for a heinous crime, and his spiral of guilt after the deed.

Mark Renton

The protagonist of the Trainspotting series, Mark Renton fights to be better. He makes multiple attempts to kick a heroin addiction that makes him steal and lie. The novels follow his life as he matures.

Tyrion Lannister

George R. R. Martin is a master at creating complex, morally gray characters, but none entrances us as much as Tyrion. Ostracized and bullied from a young age, Tyrion tries to help a community that hates him, but doesn’t always make the right choices.


Driven to prove himself, Okonkwo will do whatever it takes to be a leader that he thinks his tribe needs. Whether that means unspeakable violence or not.


And where would we be without the original protagonist? Gilgamesh craves fame and glory, not unlike a lot of us today. Being driven to bad deeds by desire is definitely a tale as old as…well, ancient Sumeria apparently!
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