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13 Movies Where The Hero And The Villain Have To Team Up

June 10, 2021 121 votes 17 voters13 items

List RulesVote up the most memorable hero/villain team-ups.

The age-old proverb, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," is never more apparent than with these 13 movies where the hero and villain have to team up. It may seem like the good guy in the white hat should never mingle with the bad guy in the black hat, but sometimes, foes need to work together to defeat a greater threat. 

Blondie and Tuco have to put their deep-seated hatred aside in order to find the gold before Angel Eyes in the Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Warring brothers Thor and Loki have no choice but to place their sibling rivalry on hold in order to save the Nine Realms from the Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World. Even cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter offers the tasty deal of “quid pro quo” to FBI Agent Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs

There is something special about witnessing two mortal enemies uniting. What other heroes needed to set aside all perceived notions in order to work with the villain? Make your voice heard. Vote up the most memorable hero/villain team-ups.

  • Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) are more than just enemies; they are half-brothers. Their family history is complicated and laced with the classic dynamic of good and evil. Thor, the God of Thunder, is one of the most benevolent and powerful forces in the Nine Realms. Loki, the God of Mischief, is a devious and clever villain with magical powers that he has tried to use many times to conquer his brother. 

    In the 2013 sequel, Thor: The Dark World, the brothers are forced to get over their sibling rivalry and differing ideologies. Hero and villain unite in order to save the Nine Realms from the Dark Elves, who hold Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) captive and plan to destroy the celestial bodies.

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  • Sergio Leone wraps up his Dollars Trilogy in 1966 with the Spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. As the title implies, there are three main competing characters. “The good” is Blondie (Clint Eastwood), “the bad” is Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef), and the ugly is Tuco (Eli Wallach). Blondie and Tuco especially despise each other.

    Blondie is a bounty hunter with a heart who would normally not consort with the likes of the Mexican bandit Tuco, a wanted outlaw. However, there is buried gold to be found. Tuco knows the cemetery where the gold is buried, and Blondie knows the name of the grave. One piece of intel is worthless without the other. The job is made more difficult because they have to get to the gold before Angel Eyes finds it.

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  • Perhaps the most intriguing relationship in the X-Men universe is the one between Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender). The pair were once best friends, both on the right side of the law. However, their relationship was ripped apart when the mutants discovered they have different philosophies on how humans and mutants should share the world. Professor X thinks mutants and humans can (and should) coexist together, while Magneto is fueled by his history as a Nazi camp survivor and believes mutants need to take over the human race.

    Throughout the film series, there are several times when Professor X and Magneto fight nearly to the death. However, there is always this underlying love between them. The dueling pair need to unite in several films. In 2014's Days of Future Past, Magneto joins Professor X in both the past and the future in order to save them from the Sentinel robots.

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  • A group of friends find a map and set out on their expedition to find pirate One-Eyed Willy's hidden treasure in the 1985 adventure movie The Goonies. Along the way, Chunk (Jeff Cohen) is captured by the evil Fratelli crime family. The boy is guarded by the deformed Sloth (John Matuszak), who is the youngest Fratelli brother. Initially, Sloth is a menacing-looking villain who scares Chunk. 

    However, Chunk and Sloth become friends. Underneath, the monster is not a monster at all but has been abused by his evil mother and two brothers. Sloth releases Chunk and helps the Goonies find Willy's treasure. He even throws his own mama in the water in order to help save the day.

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