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10 Most Obvious Fantasy Movie Betrayals

Fantasy films, in all their supernatural excess, can sometimes be quite predictable. They tend to feature recurring archetypes such as, more broadly, hero and villain. Beyond these often simplistic categories, there are more specific characters, in this case the traitor.


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The traitor thrives on his ability to keep his true goals hidden until he succeeds. These characters, while exciting, don’t always succeed in their cunning, at least from the audience’s perspective. Sometimes their true intentions are clear because the film is a prequel, which is common in the fantasy genre. Other traitors are so obvious in their intentions that it’s more about learning why the protagonist suspects nothing.

10/10 Gawain is not prepared for the road

When Gawain, nephew of King Arthur and protagonist of The green knight, is sent from Camelot to complete his quest, he is a naive boy brought up by the stories of his uncle’s adventures. He quickly stumbles upon the remnants of a battlefield, where he is joined by a young man who is picking his way through the corpses, searching for valuables.

Gawain follows the instructions given by this man only to later be assaulted by him and his companions. The young man from Camelot was quick to trust the young man, or at least his own ability to defend himself. This first scene sets the tone for the rest of Gawain’s journey to learn about his reality, filled with deep symbolism.

9/10 Selene should never have trusted Viktor

Viktor, one of the Three Ancient Vampires and the ultimate threat to underworld, is, according to Selene, her greatest ally as she investigates corruption in her organization. It was he who took her in after the death of her parents and framed her in the life of a Death Dealer, a Vampire Warrior.

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Selene isn’t worried about the corruption she uncovers over the course of the film, as her only goal has become to wake Viktor up and get him to fix things. Her heavy reliance on humans, as well as the extent of corruption, are clear indicators that Viktor would not be her savior, but rather the one behind all her suffering.

8/10 Dorian Gray is the only non-tragic character

Although based on a beloved comic, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has a few issues, and the predictability of his betrayal turn is just one of them. The film’s cast is filled with characters from late 19th century literature in an early attempt at a superhero team-up.

One of the members, Dorian Gray, is revealed to be a mole placed on the team by the film’s villain, Professor Moriarty. He is notably separated from the rest of his team by his temperament. There are four members of the team with supernatural abilities, but the others, a vampire, the invisible man, and the hulking Mr. Hyde, all consider their abilities to be curses on some level. Gray revels in his immortality and craves more riches.

7/10 Hans is a fun but predictable third-act villain

Frozen is praised for overturning the usual Disney princess paradigm. Instead of the usual “love at first sight” type of story, it focuses on love between sisters. Although it features a classic Prince Hans persona, he turns out to be the film’s final villain.

While Hans and Anna are presented as falling in love at first sight, the superficiality of this connection becomes clear the moment she meets Kristoff. While Hans always says the perfect thing, Kristoff is honest. Anna’s quest with the Iceman to save her sister clearly places him as the true romantic prospect, which means that, narratively, there must be something else for Hans.

6/10 The scar is clearly coded as evil

The Lion King is a great movie for a million reasons, but one of the biggest is the scene of Scar’s betrayal of his brother Mufasa. While the scene is iconic, especially as Scar drops Mufasa, it’s hardly a shock.

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Film can be an unsubtle medium, and character design can reveal a character’s inner thoughts. For Scar, that comes in the form of his namesake facial scar, a classic sign of meanness. If a viewer combines this with Mufasa’s explicit discomfort with Scar spending time with Simba, Scar’s betrayal becomes apparent.

5/10 It is rare not to know the future of Anakin

If the original star wars The trilogy chronicles Luke Skywalker’s rise to Jedi Knight, the prequels tell of his father Anakin’s descent into evil. One of the shortcomings of the previous films is that the original trilogy established Anakin Skywalker as Darth Vader almost 20 years before the younger version of the character was introduced.

Every scene in the prequels featuring Anakin comes off with an eerie undertone because viewers know where his story is heading. There are no real surprises in this version of the character, just an effort to clarify his story. The only real shock of his betrayal is how easily he switches sides when he joins the Sith.

4/10 Thor should never, ever trust Loki

By the time Thor: The Dark World happens, Thor has already faced his brother Loki as an enemy twice, in Thor and The Avengers. Loki knows very well why he continues to betray his family; the God of mischief is destined for greater things.

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Thor believes that after Frigga’s murder, Loki’s love for their mother is enough to compel him to be trustworthy. He seriously underestimates his brother’s nature and Loki fakes his death before the final conflict. The MCU’s original Loki is a selfish man obsessed with his own legend. Loki is also smart enough not to fight the wielder of an Infinity Stone with only his brother as a stand-in.

3/10 Ursula Makes Betrayal Cool

The fear that King Triton expresses to his daughter Ariel in The little Mermaid, that she is far too naive to experience the surface world, is largely true. His only flaw is that he underestimates the dangers of the sea. In a dark cave hides the evil Ursula, the sea witch.

Ursula is a mysterious magical being, living in darkness, offering to make wishes in exchange for signing a magical contract. She couldn’t be more clearly mean. Her song, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, begins with an acknowledgment of her past as a witch, then discusses how she is a magical loan shark. It serves above all as a device to show that Triton’s concerns for his daughter are well-founded.

2/10 Norrington loved being in the navy

When James Norrington returns to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, he lost his position as Commodore and all the glory that goes with it. He’s a filthy drunk, so unrecognizable in his shame that he fits in with the rest of Jack Sparrow’s crew. Even though at his most desperate moment, Norrington served briefly under Jack Sparrow, his loyalty was clearly never given.

Norrington hates Sparrow, and it’s clear he blames the pirate for his downfall. When given the opportunity to hand over the Dead Man’s Chest to the East India Trading Company and return to his station, his plans are never in doubt.

1/10 Gollum’s loyalty was a brief exception

Gollum, the troubled creature of The Lord of the Rings, is central to the film’s final conflict. As the forces of Man and Sauron meet outside the gates of Mordor, Frodo approaches his objective. At this moment, he yields to the One Ring and decides to keep it. Just then, Gollum bites his finger to claim it as his prize.

Gollum had a difficult life and spent centuries in the grip of the One Ring. It’s really no surprise that he assaulted Frodo at the last moment. Gollum is a devious creature despite his simple speech. He first tries to separate and feed the Hobbits with a giant spider, so his final attack isn’t a shock.

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