What's a great movie character to you? Is it the cute actor playing the hero? Is it the fierce female taking the lead? Or is it the scheming bad guy ready to take over the world? Who's your pick?
In filmmaking, characters are explicitly designed to provoke audiences. This is intentional, by the way. A great story won't stick with viewers if the characters supposed to carry them are weak. By weak, we mean they're not credible enough to tell the tale. Think about it: what made kiddo Kevin credible in "Home Alone" as he fought his enemies? He's got fantastic anti-burglar ideas for sure! But these are also ideas that kids might definitely think of in real life, right? Credible!
A character's main job is to bring us closer to the film's climax, plot point by plot point. If they don't appear believable enough to do this, then the story might fail. What do you think will happen if Tony and Maria caved into peer pressure and nipped their affection in the bud? No "West Side Story" for you, loves!
Both villains and heroes should do their parts in pushing the film story forward. A villain's primary job is to prevent the hero from achieving their goal. A hero's goal, meanwhile, is to push against all odds, no matter what. They don't start out as heroes, though; they become heroic through their journey. Have they ever seen "Hancock" with Will Smith? That's a perfect example of what we're talking about here.
Now that you know more about how heroes and villains are made, time to name them! We'll give you three at a time, and you tell us which film they're from, OK? Let's go!