We have seen a lot of hero-villain interaction in media, be it television, movies, comics, or video games. Although these two roles are very opposing forces, there are times when heroes and villains feel much more than hatred for each other, and yes, I am talking about love.
It is hard to imagine the hero loving the antagonist, but producers have often used this technique to make movies more interesting…
The Witcher – Geralt of Rivia and Yennefer of Vengerberg
Fans of the videogames will be quite surprised with how Yenn is portrayed in the Netflix show, given that the Sorceress is better known for her acerbic tongue and heart of gold in all other media. However, the producers of the show did capture a lot of the tragedy that surrounds her to explain her somewhat darker tone. One thing that has remained the same is her relationship with the White Wolf of Rivia.
Geralt’s love for Yennefer forces him to take drastic measures to ensure her well-being, but the situation with the Djinn causes a deep rift between them.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Buffy Summers and Spike
Buffy’s first love, Angel, was once the most vicious of bloodsuckers, although, by the start of the series, he was already the brooding vampire with a soul that we all came to love, so he doesn’t technically count.
Anyway, Buffy’s first real romance with a villain would be with Spike, the leather-clad Slayer-slayer who goes from wanting to rip her heart out to simply wanting her heart. The two meet in the middle of a fight before developing a bizarre relationship that eventually develops into one of the best parts of the show.
Good Girls — Beth Boland & Rio
Most people who observe Beth and Rio can feel the sexual tension between them — batted eyelids, sarcastic smiles, warnings of mutually assured destruction — all of which attempt to disguise their desires for one other.
Aside from the ethical implications of such a connection, it doesn’t appear that anybody can stop these two from going for it. Unfortunately, Beth maintains her marriage to Dean while having ambiguous flings with Rio, implying that neither of them understands creating the trusting environment necessary for all partnerships.
Frozen – Anna & Hans
Anna was immediately impressed by Hans’ excellent looks and charisma; after Hans confessed that he had a rough background owing to his twelve elder brothers, Anna felt she could identify with him and consented to marry him, despite having only known him for a day.
In time however, Hans exposed an entirely another side of himself, claiming that he simply proposed to Anna to achieve his own goals. Anna was horrified to learn that Hans would abandon her, kill Elsa, and seize the power of Arendelle.
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Rey & Kylo/Ben
Rey and Kylo/Ben’s relationship was complicated, with an intriguing transformation. They began on opposing sides, battling and almost murdering each other on multiple occasions. The realization that they were Force-bound later led to a bond and a less antagonistic attitude between them. In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo/Ben sacrificed himself to bring Rey back to life.
That touching sequence came to a close with Kylo/Ben and Rey’s only kiss—one of the finest Reylo moments in the whole Star Wars universe. Kylo/Ben, however, vanished after that, never having the opportunity to atone for his mistakes or pursue a relationship with Rey.
The protagonist and antagonist are able to work through their differences and see the best in one another in spite of the sad ending.
Love is prominent in cinematography., Be it horror or science-fiction; we will eventually encounter couples and the theme of love. But sometimes, it’s even more interesting when it is between two enemies; we can feel the tension that further softens to warming emotions. Let us know in the comments what do you think about these antagonist-protagonist couples.