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Izaya is by far my favorite character in DRRR, but I would never wanna get near him if he was a real person. Its all about not getting TOO obsessed... It CAN be hard at times however, when he has super hot fan art



:3333 *small amount of drool*
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it's all about the prospective.

one mans garbage is another mans treasure, as the old saw goes.

One persons villainous vigilante, can be another persons valued crime fighter.

(think a certain newspaper editor vs. your friendly neighborhood... well you get the idea)

:phew:

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Posted 9/6/15 , edited 9/6/15
Nope. The depraved can be some of the best kind of fictional characters, sometimes more dimensional than their 'Hero' counterpart.

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I like characters like that in fiction.
Good/Bad from your perspective. I love this film
trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD5ofrSNDFA

To guys that are just plain bad but in their heads they are the good guys definitely would not want to meet this guy at night
film Man Bites Dog
trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjPFmIX-o_c
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Posted 9/6/15 , edited 9/6/15
I don't think it's wrong in the world of fiction, although for me I guess a line can be crossed if you start to really admire the evil acts a character performs.

And I'd try not to be negative towards someone if they liked a character that I thought was detestable, I know I've got a handful of disturbing characters in my favorites, so who am I to judge?

Sometimes a character just winds up striking to you and whether there's a deep reason behind it or not doesn't matter to me. As long as someone isn't wishing to mirror their actions in real life I don't have a problem.

I think everyone likely fantasizes about the darkness occasionally.

(Also about fandoms.... I think they're at their best when everyone can freely spazz and be happy they've found others as passionate about the same universe, and they're at their worst when people are up in arms over who's the "best" or act personally offended if you don't like the same characters that they do.)
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I'd wind up hating half the cast of most of my favorite animes, if I were required to dislike characters with morally objectionable actions or motives.

It's fine to like them, provided you don't emulate their actions and decisions in real life situations (with the understanding that the consequences are going to be very different if you do those things).

For me, they're the reason I wind up watching most anime, particularly if they're well written. Assassination Classroom's Koro-sensei, for example. Destined to blow up the world, but gets embarassed, nosy, and actually wants to help the kids who are trying to kill him.

You can't have a good show without a well written antagonist, imho.
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Liliance wrote:

I'd wind up hating half the cast of most of my favorite animes, if I were required to dislike characters with morally objectionable actions or motives.

It's fine to like them, provided you don't emulate their actions and decisions in real life situations (with the understanding that the consequences are going to be very different if you do those things).

For me, they're the reason I wind up watching most anime, particularly if they're well written. Assassination Classroom's Koro-sensei, for example. Destined to blow up the world, but gets embarassed, nosy, and actually wants to help the kids who are trying to kill him.

You can't have a good show without a well written antagonist, imho.


That profile pic tho, Chrollo's awesome
Posted 9/6/15
I used to when i was a lot younger. Don't really care now.
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There is nothing wrong with enjoying a morally skewed character, as long as you don't agree with them. For instance, Light Yagami is an absolutely outstanding character, and I loved the battle between him and L; however, I would never accept him as a person.
Posted 9/6/15

sundin13 wrote:

Well Baccano! is my favorite show, soo....



for the winnnn LMAO!

and i would hang around with anyone
as long as you dont try to murder me >_>
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One of fiction's big advantages is that it grants us the opportunity to explore otherwise unacceptable or uncomfortable behaviours, ideas, situations, and systems in an abstract way. That abstraction, the knowledge that these things aren't actually happening, empowers us to make allowances. Abstraction lets us tolerate the occurrence of events we would otherwise never want to happen for the sake of exploring their consequences. It allows us to examine schemes which we would normally consider disgusting, cruel, and horrid objectively, and perhaps even to ultimately admire the work that was put into weaving them.

I therefore consider it neither odd nor unethical for people to come to like the sort of characters you describe. In fact, a good villain makes the hero, so it's critically important that villains be well crafted. There's no crime in admiring good craftsmanship or enjoying free exploration of otherwise taboo subjects.
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nothing wrong with it.
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Posted 9/6/15
Why play the boy-scout when morally skewed is so much more fun!
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Wow. This is an overwhelming amount of sanity!
Yay! I can say it, then!

I LOVE TAKASHI NASUJIMA!
I ALSO HATE IZAYA!
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Posted 9/6/15

BlueOni wrote:

One of fiction's big advantages is that it grants us the opportunity to explore otherwise unacceptable or uncomfortable behaviours, ideas, situations, and systems in an abstract way. That abstraction, the knowledge that these things aren't actually happening, empowers us to make allowances. Abstraction lets us tolerate the occurrence of events we would otherwise never want to happen for the sake of exploring their consequences. It allows us to examine schemes which we would normally consider disgusting, cruel, and horrid objectively, and perhaps even to ultimately admire the work that was put into weaving them.

I therefore consider it neither odd nor unethical for people to come to like the sort of characters you describe. In fact, a good villain makes the hero, so it's critically important that villains be well crafted. There's no crime in admiring good craftsmanship or enjoying free exploration of otherwise taboo subjects.

Right on point. There is absolutely nothing wrong with liking a "morally skewed" character---it's usually a thought-provoking and fun exercise involving a lot of questions, including "How did X get to this point?", "Am I able to judge X for this, given the circumstances?" and "Will X change for better or for worse?"

This kind of reflection helps us explore and acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses as human beings, and allows us to determine our own values.
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