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Post Reply Why do people romanticize mentally ill/homocidal characters?
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Posted 1/8/16 , edited 1/8/16
IF YOU SUFFER FROM MENTAL ILLNESS PLEASE DO NOT GET OFFENDED BY THIS THREAD

Okay, so I've noticed that a lot of people have been romanticizing mentally ill/homocidal/sadistic characters lately. I've also noticed that most people only like these types of characters if they're attractive. As soon as they become unattractive, people either don't give a crap, or they dislike them. Why do people like these kinds of characters?

Is it just because they're attractive? Or do they just genuinely like messed up characters?

ie: Alois Trancy, Yuuzou, Bill Cipher, every single creepypasta character ever, Gamzee Makara, Yuno Gasai, etc.
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Posted 1/8/16 , edited 1/9/16
Because
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You answered your own question. They're attractive.
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Posted 1/8/16 , edited 1/11/16
Why not, the news media also romanticizes them.

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Because they aren't normal. Normal stuff is not exciting, so we gravitate toward oddities.
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Maybe because some people can relate to them. Yagami Light for example, hes definitely one of my favorite characters.
Im not saying I want to kill people by writing their names in a book though, nonono. But the justice aspect is good.
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Because they're brave to do things that I wouldn't think to do
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Morbidhanson wrote:

Because they aren't normal. Normal stuff is not exciting, so we gravitate toward oddities.


Exactly Pshychotic characters are less predictable than normal ones or at the very least tend to be more eccentric than your average joe.

Additionally a lot of such characters tend to have tragic pasts or back stories woven into their characters to evoke sympathy and give reason to their madness. But even if a character lacks this that's appealing in it's own way as having no reason to their madness makes that madness all the more intense and unpredictable.

There is also the people who just like to root for the "bad boy" or the "under dog". Because since most stories have the crazy or evil people loose or meet bad fates in the end. Lastly some people just root for them because they expect the insane guy to fall and vaguely hope to be surprised.

The reason ugly crazy guys aren't loved is for two reasons. First people are shallow and will immediately dislike ugly people more. The second and more interesting reason is when writers draw a pretty guy as crazy he tends to be colorful and eccentric but when they draw an ugly person as crazy he tends to be just the scum of the Earth with no interesting or redeeming qualities at all.

Is an attractive character becomes ugly their personality and actions tend to change to as well to make them like every other ugly crazy guy. For example if an arrogant and crazy but badass boss guy becomes ugly he tends to just devolve personality wise into a raving lunatic to the point you want him to just shut up and die already.
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stars201 wrote:

Because they're brave to do things


And there's nothing else like exploring deep dark recesses of human mind. People like to stare at the darkness of psyche face to face. And maybe because it's so alien for most of us going that much overboard?People rarely do flip to such extent.
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I'm ASSUMING you mean in anime (and then abstracting it to the Whole Wide World, just to figure out how to make it a thread header), and that's more in the category of frustrated aimless post-Recession Japanese teens being more attracted to the unpredictable freedom of violent rule breakers, psychotic sex-predators and smug sociopaths, as a fantasy role model to lead them out of their frustrated aimlessness.

Sort of like how we during the Reagan 80's all wanted to be rockstars, cool fashionable gang members, or ride around the country on motorcycles...
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I'm an ugly mentally ill person, and no one gives a crap about me. But then again, I'm not screaming about my condition to everyone who would listen and giving some long sob story in the form of a country song.


BUT I COULD
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They can be attractive, it could also be the fact that people feel like they want to support/help them.
Also, people like crazy things! Something unique, something different. Insert Yuno Gasai here
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Ejanss wrote:

I'm ASSUMING you mean in anime (and then abstracting it to the Whole Wide World, just to figure out how to make it a thread header), and that's more in the category of frustrated aimless post-Recession Japanese teens being more attracted to the unpredictable freedom of violent rule breakers, psychotic sex-predators and smug sociopaths, as a fantasy role model to lead them out of their frustrated aimlessness.

Sort of like how we during the Reagan 80's all wanted to be rockstars, cool fashionable gang members, or ride around the country on motorcycles...

It's in American comics, live actions, and TV shows too.
Joker, Deadpool, Dexter, and likely more (I don't watch cable television so I don't know any more than this.)
Posted 1/8/16
I genuinely like messed up characters. Like Yuno Gasai.
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For me their characters are more relatable and human like.




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