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Heroic Characters Who Come From Evil Families

List RulesVote up the heroes who prove evil isn't genetic.

There is nothing quite like characters who come from evil movie families. A reminder we are more than a product of who raises us, these characters prove a good person can come out of the most harrowing of circumstances. A reminder that purity of heart can be found in the darkest of places. A reminder that those who are fundamentally virtuous can be borne from those who are undeniably abominable.

This is Sirius Black rebelling against the Dark Arts-obsessed Black family in the Harry Potter franchise. This is Rey shunning her Palpatine bloodline to live her life as a Skywalker in the Star Wars films. This is Gamora and Nebula breaking free of their adoptive father's harsh worldview and becoming heroes who help take him down for good. You can't choose your family, but you can choose your disposition. 

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  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Talk about a masterstroke of casting. The team behind Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban decided getting Gary Oldman, who was mostly known for his villainous roles at that point in time, would be a good idea - and boy, were they right. A member of the "pure-blood" Black family of wizards, Sirius was born into a clan of evil magic-wielders who thought they were better than everyone else. Do names like Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy ring any bells? Yeah, the Blacks were that kind of family.

    But Sirius rejected them from the start, eventually being sorted into Gryffindor instead of Slytherin. The casting of Oldman lends credence to the idea that Sirius could be as evil as the rest of the Black family before the reveal that he's a heroic figure. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a solid flick, you guys.

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  • Photo: Matilda / Sony Pictures Releasing

    Matilda may be a little rambunctious and a tad bit of a troublemaker from time to time, but the girl is practically a saint compared to her parents (played to perfection by Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman). Those monsters wouldn't even enroll her in school! And sure, Matilda can make a television blow up with her mind, but at least she's considerate to others! The only thing the Wormwoods care about is themselves, and that certainly doesn't include Matilda.

    Thankfully, Mara Wilson's character ends up being adopted by the delightful Ms. Honey by the end of the film as her father is hauled in by the FBI due to complications from his seedy car dealership. Wouldn't life as a child have been easier if you had telekinetic powers? 

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  • Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    As the adopted daughters of Thanos, Gamora and Nebula were never going to come out unscathed. The Mad Titan doesn't seem like the touchy-feely type, does he? Considering he had these two fight each other for his entertainment as children, probably not. And yet, by the end of Avengers: Endgame, these two children of a genocidal maniac had bested their father and earned their place among Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

    Sure, it took Nebula quite a bit longer to turn to the heroic side than her sister, but she got there eventually! All it really took was playing some finger football with Tony Stark while stranded in space to prove that to audiences worldwide.

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  • Photo: Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Say what you want about the Star Wars films of the Disney era - and goodness gracious, do people have a lot to say - but the general consensus is that Rey is a dynamite protagonist. And how could you not love her? This girl kicks all kinds of butt. She also comes from just about as evil a lineage as there is in the blockbuster era of Hollywood filmmaking.

    Rey's grandfather is Sheev Palpatine, AKA the Emperor, AKA Darth Sidious. You know, the man who ruled over the entire galaxy with an iron fist? Like any Jedi, Rey felt the pull of the dark side of the Force, but it had to be even more difficult for her to fend off those urges considering she literally has Sith blood running through her veins. 

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