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Subj: Re: should killer villians be recurring?
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 at 08:51:23 pm EST
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Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 at 05:03:08 pm EST (Viewed 173 times)

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> Doom prides himself on being honorable. The Joker doesn't. Besides, Doom has no problem killing. His failing is his insanity doesn't make him as off kilter as the Joker. The Joker views life as a joke and could care less if someone lives or die. So long as he can have his punchline and get under Batman's skin, that's all that matters. Life has no meaning to him, while it does for Doom.

That is one interpretation of the Joker. I don't have a problem with this Joker, just that a psychotic killer like this interpretation of the Joker should not be allowed to live or at least should be locked up deep underground in a padded cell in a hush-hush facility so that he could not potentially get out again and kill some more.

However, there have been other interpretations of the Joker, and not all of them depict him as a psychotic killer. As an example, the Joker in the Batman: The Animated Series does not kill. In fact, I would say that ALL the villains in the BTAS are a good example that a villain does not have to be a killer to be interesting.

> > I am not saying that killers should not be used in comics, just that they should not be recurring characters because I think it would be a miscarriage of justice to the victims in letting them live to potentially continue their work.
> That's what makes the ones like the Joker both loved and hated. He mocks the judicial system and the people who want him to be punished. He is chaos and anarky. The punchline of life. Besides, no matter what happens, whether he lives or dies, it still won't change that the lives are lost.

It would bring justice to his victims and to the families of those victims and it would prevent any further killings.

If a villain like the Joker is to be a recurring character, he or she should not be depicted as a psychotic killer because it would be nonsensical to let him or her live.

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