Betrayal is quite a common plot used in films, for a really long time. While being relatable and a driving force, it’s also emotionally moving, serving as a way to up the stakes of the story. Now, whether the betrayal is at lower stakes or it is one of the heroes renouncing the side of good, it does appear in many films.
The feeling of betrayal is way more cutting when it’s arising from the character’s best friend or someone they are close to in the course of the movie. Playing on the sympathies of the fans for the loss of a friend might create some bitter interpersonal relationships in fiction, similar to what can be found in many feature films.
Charles Xavier Was Like A Brother To Erik Lehnsherr
The relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr is quite complex and is one of the central points of the X-Men movie. While the two of them are dedicated to solely protecting their kind, their different methods often lead them into conflict, however, they usually make common cause with each other.
As shown in numerous movie and shows, and also perfectly depicted in X-Men: First Class, both were best friends in their youth and were incredibly close.
Optimus Prime & Megatron Were Once Friends
While this may be a surprise to many, in every continuity of Transformers, there isn’t any greater foes than Megatron and Optimus Prime, the leaders of the and Autobots and the Decepticons respectively. While there are a few continuities that keep their relationship as nemeses, others give them a deeper turn.
Gandalf Went To Saruman As A Friend
The true wizards—angels called the Maia—in The Lord of the Rings were all really close. The most prominent, Gandalf the Grey and Saruman the White, once enjoyed a meaningful friendship—something we have seen briefly during The Hobbit trilogy.
Thanks to some alarming behavior from Saruman, Gandalf still considered him a friend, even going to him during The Fellowship of the Ring to provide him information and also, asking for aid. However, he found Saruman already in an alliance with Sauron, and he subdued after a brief wizard duel.
Tony Stark Faced A Very Heroic Betrayal
It’s rare in a movie where a betrayal sees one hero betraying another, and both end up remaining sympathetic. Yet, in Civil War, that is exactly what happened to Tony Stark.
Spending a whole trilogy watching the friendship between Bucky and Steve, fans could understand the actions of Steve. Tony saw it as a clear betrayal from one of his best friends in the Avengers team—before he justified the decision of Steve by trying to take Bucky’s life.
Albus Dumbledore & Gellert Grindelwald Planned To Take Over The World
In Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore was seen as one of the most highly-renowned wizards at that time, with his notable achievement being the downfall of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
However. it was quite a major revelation that the two were actually best friends for some time in their younger days and Dumbledore even agreed with Grindelwald’s world-conquering plans. However, in an unusual twist, Dumbledore turned out to be villainous at the time of the betrayal, however, not before Grindelwald began hostilities by attacking Dumbledore’s own brother.