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15 Details In Movies That Secretly Give Away The Villain

September 1, 2021 167 votes 28 voters15 items

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In most films, the writers make it very apparent who the villain is right off the bat. Other movies like to toy around with the audience, dropping little hints until they're ready to reveal who the real antagonist is. Famous movie plot twists don't just come out of nowhere, well, the good ones anyway. There's usually a couple of hints preceding the big reveal that could spoil the entire film if you pay attention closely. And now, thanks to Reddit, people have begun to trace big plot twists back to small details throughout the movie. 

Here are movies that give away the main villain with a clever hint. 

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    From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    Apple doesn't let villains use iPhones on camera. Ransom, the murderer, doesn't use an iPhone.

    While this feels like total speculation, it was actually confirmed by director Rian Johnson in an interview with Vanity Fair:

    Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies, but, and this is very pivotal, if you're ever watching a mystery movie, bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera. Every single filmmaker who has a bad guy in their movie that's supposed to be a secret wants to murder me right now.

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  • From Redditor u/The8bitdin0:

    Throughout the scene, Mr. Pink and Mr. White are in an argument about why Mr. Pink should tip the waitresses. This shows us how Mr. White is compassionate and has a heart for others, which gets him killed at the end, while Mr. Pink only looks out for himself, which saves him later on. When Joe comes to collect the tips, he asks who didn’t tip, and Mr. Orange tells Joe that Mr. Pink didn’t tip. This represents how Mr. Orange is the rat, who set them up. Also, Mr. Blonde throughout the scene jokingly threatens to shoot someone, and this shows us that Mr. Blonde just wants to kill people.

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    In 'Alien: Covenant,' You Can Figure Out David's Identity By His Hood  

    From Redditor u/bardhosh

    When evil android David first appears he is wearing a hood, later in the movie when he is pretending to be the good android Walter, the wind blows his hood foreshadowing his real identity.

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  • From Redditor u/SortOfDaniel:

    Shortly after the failed attempt to remove the facehugger, Ash is seen observing an embryo on a monitor. He immediately turns off the monitor when Ripley appears to question him, revealing that he knows Kane is impregnated and that he does not intend to disclose that knowledge.

    It is later revealed that Ash is an android tasked with bringing back the alien at any cost. 

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