Top 10 Main Protagonists that Were Also AntagonistsThis list contains a group of main protagonists that were also the antagonist in their franchise.
Walter White is a 50 year old high school professor who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Wanting to leave his family with something before he passes, Walter builds a drug empire to make money. However, Walter's selfish choices have consequences, and he is forced to cover up his crimes by committing more of them.
If you saw the original trilogy before you saw the prequels, you would know that this powerful Jedi would one day become one of the most memorable villains in cinematic history. Anakin goes from Tatooine slave to Jedi Knight, but he starts to drift to the dark side after that. Eventually, he becomes the menacing Darth Vader, the iconic sith lord that the entire fandom loves.
At least in the English speaking world I feel he would have to be the best known example.
The main character in the manga/anime Death Note, Light is a gifted student with a God Complex, and he uses his weapon, the Death Note, to slaughter criminals all over the world. Light's actions result in the death of hundreds of thousands of people. He may have been the protagonist, but he was also definitely the villain.
The main character in the Shining, Jack is known for his antagonistic role in the film, and his iconic "Here's Johnny" quote. The Shining shows the path of a man turning crazy, and Jack here is the victim of that insanity.
In this adaptation of the Joker, Arthur Fleck is a mentally unstable individual who has been bullied, humiliated, and looked down on by society his whole life. Here, the Joker has a more compassionate backstory, that really shows the audience that even good people can go crazy if they are pushed enough.
This despicable individual is known for his plotting and genius strategies. In his franchise, Gru starts off as the villain, but he starts to get a change of heart after learning what it is like to be a father.
Megamind is a villain who does what he does for fun, and only becomes a hero when being the villain gets too boring. Megamind proves that anyone can have a change of heart, as long as they have the support they need to do so.
Kratos, a spartan soldier in the God of War franchise, is on a path for vengeance. At least, he was in the Greek Gods Saga. He becomes responsible for the deaths of the entire Greek parthenon, all as a result of his goal to kill Zeus. Kratos is many things, but a hero, he is not.
The American Psycho. Patrick lives a double life, as a wealthy investment banker during the day, and cold-hearted serial killer at night. This character is another key example of how the villain can also be the protagonist.
Lelouch, the exiled prince, takes the alias of Zero to lead a Japanese terrorist group against his corrupt father. With his Geass power, he can control the minds of anyone he wishes one time, manipulating others into doing his bidding.
In the first movie, Shuya acts as the hero of the story. But in the second film, he plays the role of the antagonist, as the leader of a terrorist organization who has the hopes of burning the corrupt government to the ground.
The Homelander is an egotistical maniac who considers himself better than everyone else around him due to his superpowers. Despite that, he is, or at least plays the role of, a superhero that protects the city,
Jack the Ripper is a serial Killer who killed his mother and Father as a child because he see a "Beautiful colour in them" when they are struggling or dead, he then kills 5 other women. However he is chosen to save humanity against the Gods and he defeats Hercules which gets humanity to win 2 rounds in a row.