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    Anime and Manga 

"I mean come on, were any of us not rooting for Cell just now?"
Krillin, Dragon Ball Z Kai


"I'm rooting for the crocodile. I hope he swallows your friends whole."
Mrs. Bickerman, Lake Placid note 


I'm not the good guy, if you couldn't tell
I may be bad, but I do it so well
Video Game Legends 2: Villains Rap, JT Music

I know that secretly everybody's rooting for me
Villain, Theory of a Deadman

    Live-Action TV 

"I'm starting to root for the shark."
Jasmine, I Didn't Do It

The Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones, a body-count extravaganza even by the HBO series’ carnivorous standards, has boosted an unusual form of protest: sympathy for the ice zombies. Angry fans have taken to Twitter to declare that they are now rooting for #TeamWhiteWalkers, the undead army threatening to overrun the land and destroy humanity. The show's world, Westeros, they say, is so horrible that it doesn't deserve to survive, and besides, the White Walkers couldn’t be any worse than its current masters.

    Web Original 

Up to the very end, almost everything Lex said in this show was right, certainly more so than the petulant whining or trite platitudes that vomited out of Tom Welling’s face.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Finale")

In The Dark Ape Rises, the 'good' ape leader is Caesar and the 'bad' ape leader is Koba. Caesar is the reasonable one, the compromiser, who wants peace with the humans. Koba is the nasty one who can't let go of his resentment of humans, who doesn't trust them, who betrays Caesar and launches an all-out war against the humans. Thing is, Koba is fucking awesome.

    Web Video 

"You wanna hear something funny? Right now, they're all rooting for me".

"Congratulations, movie! You have me totally siding with the bad guy. Walter Peck in a mullet is the more credible choice here. That's how bad we've got!"

"I sort of sympathize with Leatherface here. Sure, he is a serial killer...but it is rather annoying to keep catching people breaking into your house."

"It's a combination of factors that make Vaas so likeable- the flippant madness to his every action: you're never quite sure when he's going to snap out of monologuing and kick you off a cliff. Plus voice actor Michael Mando has done a superb job delivering a brilliantly unhinged performance, and I also really like his haircut. Why would you not like Vaas? (to himself, in a Gollum voice) Because he's a murderer, you stupid, fat, villain-lover!
Rob Pearson, Playstation Access

    Western Animation 

"Can't believe I have to root for Afghanistan now."
Peter Griffin, Family Guy

Ebenezer McGrew: Spirit! Surely there is some time to reform my selfish ways?!
Homer Simpson: Come on, Death; leave McGrew alone! Take Tiny Tim!

"I have a confession, Hank. I only like the Batman because he has the greatest villains!"
Jean-Claude Le Tueur, The Venture Bros.

"They got applause! THE BAD GUYS! People clapped FOR THE BAD GUYS!"
Hiro Hamada, Big Hero 6: The Series

    Real Life 

Are zombies the protagonists of The Walking Dead? Because they're the ones I'm rooting for. They're the only ones who have a clear motivation, i.e. brains, and behave in such a way as to bring those desires to fruition. They're clearly the best written.

"Everybody loves Autobots, but you gotta give a little love to the Decepticons. They're just trying to find a home, and sometimes you have to kill people for that."

"Because Walter is the show’s protagonist, there is a natural tendency to empathize with and root for him, despite his moral failings. (That viewers can identify with this antihero is also a testament to how deftly his character is written and acted.) As the one character who consistently opposes Walter and calls him on his lies, Skyler is, in a sense, his antagonist. Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, wanted Skyler to be a woman with a backbone of steel who would stand up to whatever came her way, who wouldn’t just collapse in the corner or wring her hands in despair. He and the show’s writers made Skyler multilayered and, in her own way, morally compromised. But at the end of the day, she hasn’t been judged by the same set of standards as Walter."


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