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The Black Guardian

Subj: Re: What is better: Evil Villains or Sympathetic Villains?
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 07:05:35 am EDT
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Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:13:49 am EDT

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> What is better: Evil Villains or Sympathetic villains?

I don't see one as being better than the other. Sympathetic villains can be great, as can evil villains. Also, I don't think those are the only two choices, and I don't think those two choices are mutually exclusive.
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> > What is better: Evil Villains or Sympathetic villains?
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> I don't see one as being better than the other. Sympathetic villains can be great, as can evil villains. Also, I don't think those are the only two choices, and I don't think those two choices are mutually exclusive.
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Sympathetic villains are the best and for the most part make more sense.

There are very few villains whose only motive is to commit evil deeds simply because they enjoy doing so. Most villains - and certainly the best ones - either commit 'evil' acts with what they view as a benevolent aim in mind, or they commit them because of something that happened in their past.

Doom does evil stuff because he wants to rule the world, but he wants to rule the world because he genuinely thinks he's the best man to do so.

Magneto hates humans because of the mob that killed his wife and first daughter and he wants to build a better world for mutants (just one without any humans in it!)

Even really nasty characters like the Red Skull have something of a tragic origin - his mother died giving birth to him and his dad tried to murder him at birth before committing suicide. He then struggled in the years after the end of WW1 like millions of other Germans did and Hitler decided to turn him into the ultimate Nazi just to prove a point to one of his bumbling officers. Seriously - the guy never had a chance. Maybe all he needed was a hug or something?

There are some true sociopaths - like Sabretooth or Bullseye for example - who just get their jollies killing little girls and stuff like that, but if you look back far enough you can tend to find a reason to sympathise with even these nut jobs.