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QOTD: What if the villains were actually the good guys?

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

We all know how it works: The winners write the history books. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the losers were bad guys. You’re familiar, I’m sure, with the famous scene in Kevin Smith’s Clerks in which the case is made that Luke Skywalker is a war criminal… as he certainly would have been cast had the Rebellion failed.
That may be the best known application of thinking outside a hero/villain narrative as presented to us. Let’s add some more examples.

What if the villains were actually the good guys? Pick a character whom pop culture has cast as a villain and tell us what not-very-evil thing he or she was actually up to that has been perverted by the winners’ propaganda. You know, like: Was Sauron merely hoping to unite all of Middle Earth under his benevolent rule?

Have fun!

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