How to Accept That the Good Guy's Gone Bad

You've just sat down to watch your favorite television show or read your book. The plot's getting up to the climax, you're so excited to find out who's behind the murder, when...oh no! The murderer turns out to be one of the good guys! This situation is just too horrible to deal with, but it is possible to accept it and move on...with a little help, of course.


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    Understand his reasons. There has to be a good reason why he went bad (we'll just assume the murderer's a boy, but generally the same rules apply to females.) Watch the reruns/read through the book and find key points which indicate their reasons for turning to 'the dark side of the force' (yes, Anakin Skywalker, we're talking about you). Try to see the whole thing from their perspective, not yours!
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    Reread/watch the part where their true nature is revealed. The more you see it, the easier it is to accept: they're the bad guy, and there's nothing you can do about it.
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    Reread/watch happier times. This particular character has had his ups and downs in life. Observe times when he didn't realize that he was bad.
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    Cry a bit. This helps in any case. If they repent at the last moment, it makes everything a little better. NOTE: this step is optional.
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    Understand moral. There's good and there's bad, this character just did what he believed was right. Everybody has their own personal beliefs. It's easiest just to accept it.
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    Enjoy the aftermath. Oh, the irony! It will be simply smashing to see how the other characters react to this sudden betrayal. Savour this part, trust me, this is always an exciting part of a story.
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    Move on. The other characters, unless they are extremely emotional, will accept their betrayal and get on with their lives. After all, none of us can linger on the past. Follow their example. It may take a while to get it through your mind that he did wrong, but take your time and don't pressure yourself. After all, these characters aren't perfect.


  • Discuss the character's demise with fellow readers via social gatherings, chat rooms, etc.
  • Keep in mind that this character is fictional, henceforth there really isn't a logical reason to be upset. But then again, that's what makes a good story.
  • Shouting, bawling, and smashing things WILL NOT, I repeat, WILL NOT help.
  • If you're about as angry as I described above, tear up lots of paper (recycle, please! Might as well save the environment, in your rage.)
  • Why not write some fan fiction about the betrayal from their perspective? Or about times when they were good? Or them turning good?

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