10 Young Adult Movies That Make You Root for the Murderer

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Murder is never a good idea, right? Well, some films have made a pretty convincing case as to why it’s sometimes impossible to hate the killer in the film. It’s crazy, but it’s hard to deny that anyone could watch the Hunger Games and not want for Katniss to murder someone and end it all — which she did. Multiple times.

We’re not condoning murder, but we are condoning kick-ass characters who know how to stand up for their rights (even if that means building a body count in the meantime). It happens! We rounded up the movies that made everyone root for the murderer of the flick. Check out below which 10 films brought out your psychopathic tendencies:

The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen definitely had to drop a few bodies to get to her eventual destiny — Marvel being the first — and we were not mad about it. That guy killed Rue! You're just not a true Hunger Games fan if you didn't get just a little excited when she needed to take someone out as a necessary evil. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

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Another bad-ass woman doing what it takes to get the job done. Bodies were dropping left and right in this film, and many of them at the hands of fellow faction members. There were no limits, and it was hard to deny that we didn't want any. If that's what it takes to restore the world to its rightful rotation, then you can't deny that sometimes murder was a necessary evil. (Though, we are sorry about Will.)

Photo: Summit

Harry Potter

Yes, even Harry Potter himself did some killing. Technically speaking, even though half the world is in denial, Harry did kill Quirrel. But he's Harry Potter, so you can't really fault him for much. He's just too lovable. But murder is murder, and at the end of the day we still wanted Harry to prevail. It was either kill or be killed.

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As much as you may love the flick, it was based on a very twisted plot. Like the fact that the main love interest sucks people's blood. Everyone wants a love like Bella and Edward's. So what if a few people had to be drained of their blood? It's the sacrifice for creating the perfect love story.

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The Mortal Instruments

When you really think about it, all of the shadowhunters did the world a favor — they were, after all, killing demons before they had a chance to attack us oblivious mundanes.

Photo: Screen Gems

The 5th Wave

Evan Walker turned out to be a part of a species sent here to destroy humans, but he was super hot. Of course you shouldn't root for a murderer because of their level of attractiveness, but when you saw how great he was with Cassie, you know you kinda ignored his murderous past.

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Ender's Game

Ender Wiggin does what he has to do to survive, but that doesn't make any of his transgressions any less murderous. He had good reasons, though, and for those we totally wanted him to beat out everyone standing in his way. Hard not to love a man on a mission.

Photo: Summit


Kissing Kate Barlow, as she was called, was the best part of this film. So what if she basically killed all of the men in the town? Some of them deserved it. It's hard to make murder and red lipstick look fashionable at the same time, but Kate nailed it. She had us screaming, "Yas, Queen!" throughout the whole movie.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

It's hard to root for a guy who kidnaps three orphans in order to steal their fortune, and continually tries to kill them at every turn. However, Count Olaf was the perfect character. You wanted him to get caught, but you still wanted to see what next scheme he had up his sleeve.

Photo: Paramount

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Four friends conspire to hide a murder, and then find themselves the targets of a murderer — it makes for the perfect thriller! It's not hard to want to see four spoiled rich kids spend their summer running from a crazed killer, and it's even harder to want them to survive (which *SPOILER ALERT* they all did not).

Photo: Columbia Pictures

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