Villainous Rescue

"Wow, thanks Mr. Crocker, but why'd you save me?" Have you ever heard the old phrase, the enemy of my enemy is my friend? "No." Then, you get an F. Tomorrow! But first you get this. A Gold Star.
~ Denzel Crocker to Timmy Turner on why he save him from Ms. Doombringer

It is true that villains must have a cold heart, but sometimes redeemed villains decide to make the right choice if feel they like it or not

The reasons can be many. Maybe the villain...

  • Is the only one allowed to defeat You.
  • Still thinks you are his best bet against the villain he was saving you from. This can be Big Bad versus rival Big Bad, or The Dragon using you against his master for good or not-so-good reasons.
  • Wants to gain your goodwill in order to betray you later.
  • Hates the other bad guy more than the heroes.
  • Is just very, very hungry and doesn't care what he eats.
  • Is an Anti-Villain (or even Good All Along).
  • Wants to run the world, and the other villain wants to destroy it.
  • Has a plot in the works that requires the heroes' continued survival to function.
  • Is a bit more affectionate towards the hero than they admit.
  • Simply feels that losing to another villain is an unworthy end for the hero.
    • Has a cordial relationship with the hero or really, genuinely is the hero's friend and does not want the hero to get hurt. Or at least not unnecessarily when it's not a matter of foiling the villain's important plans.
    • Has good, if somewhat extreme intentions but otherwise protects those that cannot protect themselves. Luckily, they respect the hero enough to include him or her under that category.
    • Was done a good turn by the hero at one point such as the hero saving them from certain death, and the villain feels he owes them a favor. The rescue will probably end with the statement from the villain, "Now, we're even," and the usual antagonism resumes as before. Alternatively, the villain would genuinely treat the hero as his friend, but not the others.
    • Maybe it is genuinely a coincidence, an unintended consequence of an attack on a rival. In this case, the villain is probably not all that happy that he just saved the hero's hide.
    • Has amnesia because of the last season's events and only remembers the Hero's name, thus decided to help him/her because he feels like it. Can be faked out of remorse.
    • The villain doing the rescuing simply thought it would be funny to mess with the other villains scheme, does not actually have any personal stake in the matter and of course it's always possible that it is not a rescue at all.

The villain gave the hero a Hope Spot, the relief of escaping from his enemies, it's possible for him to destroy that hope himself.


  • Megamind rescues Roxanne and all of Metro City from Tighten, but by that point Megamind was well on his way to completing his Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Lizard saves Spider-Man from falling off of a building after his Lizard-ness starts to wear off and he regains his mind.
  • Jason Voorhees actually pulls this off a few times in the Friday the 13th series. For one, Rennie is being attacked by two gang bangers and Jason kills them (and proceeds to try and kill her afterward) in Jason Takes Manhattan. And who could forget the scene in Freddy vs. Jason when Jason stabs Freddy with his own clawed glove as he is about to kill Lori and Will.
  • Neopolitan is about to execute Yang Xiao Long, but Raven Branwen teleports in and silently challenges her, and Neopolitan flees immediately.
  • Wolf O'Donnell rescues his rival, Fox McCloud from an Aparoid attack and the latter nearly falling to his death.
  • The SA-X steps in and attacks the Omega Metroid just before it can destroy Samus Aran, although in this case the rescue was because the X parasites were the natural enemy of the Metroids, and it failed to destroy the Omega anyway, but when the X is destroyed instead it gives Samus back her Ice beam which allowed her to defeat the Omega.
  • Doctor Doom teams up with the Fantastic Four to defeat the Over-Mind, who had telepathically took control of Mister Fantastic.
  • As the X-Men lose their first fight against the Purifiers, Magneto shreds their high-tech metal suits and turns them into mummifying bonds.
  • Donquixote Doflamingo comes all the way from Dressrosa to Punk Hazard to rescue his subordinates after he hears nothing from Monet while on the line in the Den Den Mushi when he fails to realize Caesar Clown killed her by mistake by stabbing her heart, mistaking it for Smoker's, and eventually manages to rescue only Baby 5 and Buffalo.
  • Crocodile saves Ace from being executed during the Marineford War. Later, he also protects Luffy and Jinbe that are being pursued by Admiral Akainu.
  • On multiple occasions, Vegeta saves Goku when he is being beaten by an enemy, since he doesn't want anyone else defeating his rival besides himself.
  • Kylo Ren's master (Supreme Leader Snoke) orders him to kill Rey but as he had developed strong feelings for her, he decides to betray and kill Snoke to save her life.
  • On multiple occasions in Bendy and the Ink Machine, the eponymous Bendy rescues Henry.
    • When Sammy Lawrence attempts to sacrifice him to Bendy in Chapter 2, Bendy kills Sammy first, which gives Henry enough time to escape from his ropes. He still chases Henry afterward though.
    • One way for Henry to deal with minor enemies in Chapter 3 is to wait for Bendy to show up, hide in a Little Miracle Station, and then let Bendy kill all the other enemies for him.
    • In Chapter 4, when Henry is cornered inside a Little Miracle Station by the Projectionist, Bendy tears open a metal vault door, runs in, and gets into a fist fight with the other monster.
    • One way for Henry to deal with the Butcher Gang in Chapter 5 is to get all of them to chase him to the crafting machine while he has the ink for the first pipe. As soon as he makes the pipe, Bendy will spawn in a walkway overhead and his ink will kill the Butcher Gang.
  • The Indoraptor arrives just in time to kill the armed guards with Eli Mills after he reveals to Owen, Clarie and Maisie that the latter is actually a clone.
  • Red saves Caesar by killing Preacher and allowing Caesar to escape back to save his fellow apes. Unfortunately, Red is killed by a nearby soldier as punishment for going against the Alpha Omega to save Caesar.
  • Helen Cutter saves Claudia from a swarm of violent carnivorous pterosaurs.
  • Eric Cartman rescues Kyle's family from the about-to-be-destroyed San-Francisco, because he misses picking on Kyle.
  • Daffy Duck pulls officer Porky Pig back from falling over the side of a building during a chase.
  • Zim rescues Dib from the Halloween monsters, only to abandon Dib once more after Zim escapes back into their own dimension.
  • Roy kidnaps Princess Peach, but he also saves her from falling from a tree and potentially breaking her neck.
  • Queen Chrysalis saves Tirek and Cozy Glow from the Ophiotaurus, but states it is simply because she needs their help getting to the top of the mountain. She later catches Cozy when the latter is blown backwards by wind.
  • Quicksilver rescues Jimmy and Black Box from Wildchild.
  • Count Dracula rescues Jonathan Harker from his vampire brides.


(Dark Bowser: Still here? Has the dark power not crushed your puny hopes? Soon this kingdom will vanish along with all who dwell within. And you, too, will sleep eternally in the dark power's embrace.) GWAHAHA! Great dark hurricane! Seriously, perfect backdrop for an awesome final battle! You really sweat the details! Listen up! You're saying the kingdom will vanish? NOT TODAY! THIS KINGDOM IS ALL MINE! SO YOU VANISH!
~ Bowser upon saving the Mushroom Kingdom from being plunged into darkness by Dark Bowser.
STAY your hand from the Human Torch, Over-Mind. DOOM approaches!
~ Doctor Doom teaming up with the Fantastic Four to defeat the Over-Mind, who had telepathically took control of Mister Fantastic.
Sheath your claws, Wolverine. Magneto is here as a friend... and, if you'll have me, an ally.
~ Magneto after saving the X-Men by shredding the Purifiers' high-tech metal suits and turning them into mummifying bonds.
(Neopolitan pulls a hidden blade from within her umbrella and approaches the unconscious Yang. She prepares to deal the finishing blow, grinning sadistically while doing so. Suddenly, a masked warrior - raven-haired and clad in red and black - comes out of nowhere and knocks Neo back. Neo's eyes change from brown and pink to white, mirroring her fearful expression. The mysterious swordswoman slowly draws her sword again - long and crimson red - and holds it up intimidatingly. Neo, realizing the imminent threat before her, wastes no time and disappears in a flash. The swordswoman looks down at the still unconscious Yang, and slashes her sword to the side, opening an eerie red portal. She walks away from Yang and into the portal. At that moment, Yang regains some consciousness and slowly gets back up. As she opens her eyes again, she gets a brief glimpse at her rescuer before the woman disappears. Yang rubs her head, still reeling after just regaining consciousness, before standing up and leaving the scene.)
~ Raven Branwen saving her daughter Yang Xiao Long from being killed by Neopolitan.
You're a pitiful sight, pup! (Fox: Huh! The Wolfen? Wolf!) (Fox runs between two Aparoids as Wolf starts blasting them away) (Fox: Aaargh!) (With no other options left, Fox jumps off the building: YAAAAAAAH!) (Wolf swoops down and Fox safely lands on his wing) (Fox: Wolf! What are you doing here?) You're the one who dropped in unannounced. And if anybody's going to tan your hide, it's going to be me. (Panther: Riiiight…) (Leon: ...Hmph) (Fox: Wolf...) Wipe that stupid look off your mug! We're not done yet!
~ Wolf O'Donnell rescued Fox from the Aparoids as well as catching him as he fell from a skyscraper
I know what I have to do. (Rey: Ben.) (Snoke laughs at this.) (Snoke: You think you can turn him? Pathetic child. I cannot be betrayed. I cannot be beaten. I see his mind; I see his every intent. Yes! I see him turning the lightsaber to strike true!) (Without him knowing, Ren uses the Force to face Anakin's lightsaber toward Snoke.) (Snoke: And now... foolish child... he ignites it... and KILLS his true enemy!) (Ren clenches a fist. Snoke's smile suddenly vanishes in an instant as his face contorts with a combination of shock and pain, the sound of a lightsaber's ignition filling the air. Rey is dropped to the floor and looks up at Snoke, who looks down at himself in horror as the camera pans backward to reveal that Ren had used the Force to ignite the lightsaber, impaling his leader through the waist! The last thing he sees is the lightsaber flying back into Rey's hand before the upper half of his body falls to the floor.)
~ Kylo Ren saving Rey from Supreme Leader Snoke by betraying and murdering him.
(Tirek assembles his accumulated bits and pieces into a serviceable lawn chair and starts a campfire in his clearing. The two logs he carries are thrown into the flames, just before Cozy emerges from the underbrush—dripping snow, heaving for breath, and very much out of sorts. Her bedraggled appearance prompts Tirek to uproarious laughter.) (Cozy Glow: It's not funny, Tirek!) (Tirek: Didn’t make it to the top? Surprise, surprise.) (Cozy Glow: You didn’t make it to the top either.) (Tirek: I didn't try to.) (As soon as she hears this, Cozy's eyes pop.) (Cozy Glow: What?!?) (Tirek: It took about five minutes to deduce that Grogar was right. None of us could make it up alone. So rather than subject myself to the elements— [standing on his chair] —I decided to let you two face the danger, take what you learned, and use it to my advantage.) (He winds up sitting on his haunches by the time he finishes this line, and he adds a wicked chuckle to cap it off.) (Cozy Glow: ) I put up with your “I’m smarter than you” attitude in Tartarus, but I’m over it! [She rises to his eye level.]) (Tirek: I’d had enough of you trying to manipulate me with that insincere syrupy sweetness! At least now we can see the real you!) (Cozy Glow: This is not the real me! I’m cute and lovable!) (Cut to a silhouette slithering through the trees—upright and snakelike, but with the head, horns, and forelegs of a bull.) (Tirek: [o.s.] You’re annoying and you snore! [It emerges gradually into the fading light.]) (Cozy Glow: [o.s.] I do not snore!) (Cut back to the quarreling pair; the big centaur mimics resting his head on a pillow and snores loudly, pointing at her in a silent “oh, yes, you do!” He has stood up from his chair. Cozy smiles nastily.) (Cozy Glow: At least I don’t talk to my Gram-Gram in my sleep.) (Needled, Tirek leans right into the filly's face.) (Tirek: Don’t you dare bring Gram-Gram into this!) ((The beast—an “Ophiotaurus”—rears up from the bushes and uncorks a thundering, squealing roar that gets their attention in a very big hurry. The bovine mouth contains a snake’s fangs and forked tongue. Cozy and Tirek then point at one another.) (Cozy Glow and Tirek: This is your fault!) (Snap to black in time with a second roar. Fade in to the two villains backing fearfully away before the approach of the Ophiotaurus. A second, differently colored one emerges from the opposite side of the clearing and roars in answer; the shape of its eyes and the fringe of dark hair running down the back of its head suggest that this one is a female. She bats her eyelashes seductively at the first, male Ophiotaurus, who becomes instantly smitten as hearts appear in his eyes and float up between the deadly sharp horns. He slithers over to her, sighing blissfully.) (Cozy: [to Tirek] Quick! It’s distracted! Let’s go!) (Tirek: Wait!) (With a roar, the female disappears behind a swirl of green fire and is replaced by Chrysalis, horn aglow and mouth open as far as she can force it. A tiny ball of pink light is visible at the back of her throat, matching the energy that has begun to emanate from the male’s chest. All the vitality leaves him, and he utters a tired moan and slumps where he “stands” as she sucks down his love like a strand of spaghetti. When the last of it is gone, she licks her chops and cuts the spell, and he collapses woozily onto his belly.) Mmmm, so much love. I haven’t eaten this well in ages. (The male groans softly. Cozy gags.) (Cozy Glow: So gross.) Just so we’re clear, I didn’t save you because I like you. I did it because... because I... (Cozy Glow: [grinning, flying slowly over to her) Neeeeeed us?) Yes. (Tirek: Clearly I was right to wait. Now tell me everything you learned today. Leave nothing out.)
~ Queen Chrysalis saving Tirek and Cozy Glow from the Ophiotaurus.



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