Sure, heroes get all the glory, but villains live on in infamy. Nobody ever forgets a twisted, menacing villain.
But just because some actors choose to play hostile provocateurs on the big screen, it doesn't mean they're terrible people IRL. In fact, the 2015 MTV Movie Awards nominees for Best Villain aren't d--ks at all! They're some of the nicest people in Hollywood.
Just to prove our point, we rounded up this year's nominees and dug into their philanthropic pasts.
J. K. Simmons
No matter how many Academy Awards this Detroit-native wins -- okay, so he's just won ONE so far -- he'll always keep the Motor City close to his heart.
The actor, who mentally and physically terrorized Miles Teller's aspiring drummer in "Whiplash," is actually a pretty stand-up dude IRL. He most recently agreed to throw the first pitch of the Detroit Tigers' first home game of the season on April 6. He said yes, but only if a charity event for the Neighborhood Services Organization could be held at Comerica Park on Opening Day.
All of the proceeds from the benefit will go to the NSO. The NSO is a nonprofit that provides services -- from mental health and addiction treatment to early childhood education, youth programs, and crisis and suicide intervention -- for the people of Detroit.
Simmons is also an advocate for parents everywhere. He famously told us all to call our moms during his Oscar acceptance speech. "If you're lucky enough to have parents or two alive on this planet... Don't text, don't email," he said.
"Call them on the phone tell them you love them," he added. "Talk to them for as long as they want to hear you. Thank you, mom and dad."
We're sure Bell is lovely inside and out. While we can't find any evidence of her philanthropic deeds online, she did take her sister to her "Late Late Show" taping -- with John freakin' Mayer! Is she the best sister ever or WHAT?
As if we needed another reason to worship the ground our dear queen Streep walks on, the actress has donated millions to various charities throughout her career.
In 2012, Forbes reported that the "Into the Woods" star donated $1 million to Vassar College and a generous amount to a number of other organizations, including Oxfam America, New York's Meals on Wheels, the Coalition for the Homeless and the National Women's Museum.
Streep is also set to narrate "Shout Gladi Gladi," a documentary highlighting the efforts of philanthropist Ann Gloag and her mission to improve maternal health in Africa.
The three-time Academy Award winner has been vocal about her women's rights advocacy. She even stars in the upcoming period drama "Suffragette," which follows the early 20th century campaign by feminists for women’s right to vote.
And we all know how she feels about women's pay equity.
Dinklage played ruthless supervillain Dr. Bolivar Trask in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," but IRL, the man really loves animals.
The "Game of Thrones" actor -- and longtime vegetarian -- has been a national sponsor for Farm Sanctuary's annual Walk for Farm Animals campaign, a fundraising event that helps support the charity's rescued animals and the group's efforts against factory farming abuses. During his Reddit AMA, he said became a vegetarian for his love of animals and "for a girl. Of course." And he stayed with it because of his "great respect for animals."
More recently, Dinklage showed his support for NYC mayor Bill de Blasio's stance on banning horse-drawn carriages in the city.
Pike is nothing like her manipulative, onscreen counterpart Amy Dunne. (Unless, of course, she faked her death and mercilessly killed her high school sweetheart.) In fact, Pike is way more amazing than Amy, the twisted antagonist of "Gone Girl." For starters, she supports Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization committed to saving the lives of malnourished children around the world. See? Nothing crazy here...