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In the Universal Soldier franchise Luc Deveraux (mostly played by Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a Universal Soldier created by the government to go on several missions to save the country and its people.

But in the last installment (Day of Reckoning), the government looks to be the real villain and Deveraux is still a protagonist who has created a separatist group who seek infiltrating the government; because they feel the gov is responsible for their pain.

At the end, even John himself decided to infiltrate the government.

Is the government the villain of US:DoR? Is Deveraux a protagonist?

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  • Given that his role is basically an extended cameo to allow them to put his face on the poster, I'd say that he's not the protagonist; "the leading character or one of the major characters in a play, film, novel, etc.". This all seems very opinion-based though. You could argue that his presence looms large even when he's not on screen since most of the action is about him, like Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.
    – Valorum
    Sep 26, 2023 at 11:05
  • But government is the villain. We can also say that Deveraux is a good guy (or an anti-hero) even if we don't call him a protagonist. Sep 26, 2023 at 11:08
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    In real life and on film...
    – Valorum
    Sep 26, 2023 at 11:10
  • Not on all films. In the past installments of the franchise government was good. And on so many other films. Sep 26, 2023 at 11:13
  • IIRC doesn't US:DoR start with Deveraux and some other thugs executing a man's wife and daughter? Doesn't seem very heroic to me. Sep 27, 2023 at 1:29

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