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TJ Burns

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The overlord

Subj: Re: But how evil should a villain be?
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 02:31:31 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: But how evil should a villain be?
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 02:04:32 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)

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> While Puppet Master's scheme in Ms. Marvel was something new, I felt it was a little bit extreme for the character. He's controlled people before but making locals beat each other to death while their families watch and trafficking in the slave trade(and the implied sexual abuse of the female heroines he was abducing)? I felt that was too big a slide down the sleaze pole for the character.
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> > That's why I liked Brian Reed's take on the Puppet Master in MS. MARVEL #18-20. Masters realized how dumb it was to keep going after the FF with the same old plots and always get defeated every time. So he moved to Chile and started his people trafficking business, where no hero would be around to stop him. Or so he thought.

A big question is, how evil should a villain be? People liked it when Purple Man became more depraved, but didn't like it when Dr. Light became a rapist. I guess its all a matter of context.

Likewise I always thought Mr. Hyde should be far more evil than he has been written in the past, but I think it would be weird if Shocker became a depraved serial killer.


> A big question is, how evil should a villain be? People liked it when Purple Man became more depraved, but didn't like it when Dr. Light became a rapist. I guess its all a matter of context.

Or the character being used. Purple Man was always a scumbag, ordering suicides and the like, not to mention the Purple Girl origin. Dr. Light was either a bumbling idiot played for laughs, or a scientist who had even prided himself on not being distracted by human lusts in the past. To have him suddenly become a rapist was a jarring choice. The Puppet Master was always sort of a sympathetic villain, after we found out his origins. Having him suddenly get to be this sort of villain was jarring... whereas if you used the exact same scheme with the Controller, I wouldn't bat an eye. It's all about the villain.

> Likewise I always thought Mr. Hyde should be far more evil than he has been written in the past, but I think it would be weird if Shocker became a depraved serial killer.

Agreed, 100%.


TJB


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