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Posted 12/18/16
I don't like either heroes, anti-heroes nor villains.

None are tasteful to me.
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Posted 12/18/16 , edited 12/18/16
If they're done right, they're far less boring than goody goods.
If they're like Izaya Orihara, they're boring.
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Posted 12/18/16
Is the role being played or voiced by Jeremy Irons? If so, then yes please. I'd pay good money just to listen to that man read the phone book. I enjoyed "The Borgias" far more than I should have.
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Posted 12/18/16
Because... they're sexy
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Posted 12/18/16
well i have a couple ideas why

1 is cuz they represent rebelling against society and finding self-expression
for example, a lot of people who were taught that they can do very little by their lonesomes apparently likes anime since it came from a moreso buddhist than christian country that values self-empowerment and as a result, their media revolves around that. a lot of shounen protagonists like naruto for example was a weak outcast but he became strong through his own strength. this resonates well with people who feels empowered by this theme

looking at all these negative people wandering around, i wouldnt be surprised if they resonate with these shady characters in some ways


the other idea is that dangerous people makes our minds unusually active, cuz, well they're dangerous. in brain scans, this is shown to extend to areas that it shouldn't belong in like compassion for the shady character. seeing the bad boy go down is a lot more stimulating than watching some random good guy get tossed
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Posted 12/18/16
They're interesting.
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Posted 12/18/16

Dark_Alma wrote:

I don't like either heroes, anti-heroes nor villains.

None are tasteful to me.


Then what do you like? Ordinary people?
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Posted 12/18/16
Antiheroes: Well they can be entertaining or funny. When I think of antiheroes I think of Hibari Kyouya from Katekyo Hitman Reborn because even though he's a protagonist I like how he goes off and does his own thing, even if his own thing is almost always in conjunction with everyone else's goals. He seems to hate having obligations, or being "Held down" so he lacks the team mentality necessary to be a hero. Plus I find him relate able because I hate being tied down by obligations myself, and if I could I would beat anyone up who gets in my way. Plus he can be pretty funny at times.

As for Villains I like, I prefer villains who don't have sob stories justify their actions like Izaya Orihara or Prince Judar. The entire sob story thing doesn't work on me because I have my own sob stories and I don't do stupid crap.
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Posted 12/18/16 , edited 12/18/16

qualeshia3 wrote:


Dark_Alma wrote:

I don't like either heroes, anti-heroes nor villains.

None are tasteful to me.


Then what do you like? Ordinary people?


The merchant, the one who takes no sides, only there for the profit or fun.
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Posted 12/20/16
I love villains because they see an overt flaw in the world and try to correct it. Everyone sees or ignores these flaws but the villain decides to do something about it. To correct the flaws we see in the world, something we all wish to do
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Posted 12/21/16 , edited 12/21/16
Villains tend to be more intelligent and are played more realistically. The heroes win through bullshit or they are dumb as fuck.

Superman: A demi-god that can do literally everything but who's only weakness is a fucking rare rock you have to be lucky to ever find. Every time you see him you know hes going to win... They randomly increase or decrease his strength to make the fights look decent.


Then you have the whole "justice and serve your time" nonsense.

Joker: Puts thousands of people at risk and kills a few hundred
Batman: Your going to jail.....
Joker: Sure I'll just be out next week and doing the same thing again!


Just kill him already <_<;;
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Posted 12/21/16 , edited 12/21/16
Great villains are people we can sympathize with. We might disagree with their actions but we understand why they do it and how they can feel justified about commiting their crimes. Under the right circumstances, you can convince any man that raping and killing is routine work and deep inside, they're still good people. I wish I could find it again but I saw a photo from WWII; it was taken in front of a train station where the German soldiers were walking away from the camera (into the station). The foreground had dozens of dead bodies; men, women, children. Most of the women we're naked and obviously sexually violated by the soldiers and the men and children were just shot in the head. The most disturbing part was the image of a dead woman, stripped naked and raped, but with a makeshift pillow under her head. I find it disturbing because it gives insight to the mind of the person who placed it there. You can take away their possessions, kill their children, shoot their parents, hang their husbands, strip their clothes, violate them in any way, but be a gentleman and make sure the lady is comfortable while you rape her before placing a bullet into her brain.
Posted 12/21/16
All too often, "heroes" are simplistic, one-trick ponies who are easily overshadowed by more complicated and unique characters. Also, "heroes" tend to lack many negative traits, which can hamper relatability.
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