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vanhelsin

Subj: Re: Why do people feel sorry for villains? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 02:28:30 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Why do people feel sorry for villains? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 at 10:10:39 pm EDT

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I don't get this "poor Zzax" codswallop. Might as well say, "Oh that poor Juggernaut" or "Poor Doctor Doom" or "Poor Red Skull". "Oh, that poor Viper, she's had a hard terrorist life!". Talk about rooting for the wrong side... \:\-p

I think its a sign of good writing (or art) on the part of the creative team. If Iron Man had been well written in Civil War than we would be probably be feeling sorry for him for being forced into this awful position where he has to do what he did instead of just being disdainful/resentful of him for being an egomaniacal power-monger whose willing to cause wars for his own ends.

I always like the old maxim that "no villain is a villain in his own mind." The current Baron Zemo probably still qualifies as a villain, but I'm enjoying the heck out of his mini-series and developing more and more sympathy as I understand where he comes from. While I doubt anyone will ever make me feel sorry for the Red Skull, certainly the "turned into a monster against their will" guys can usually get my symapathy.


> I don't get this "poor Zzax" codswallop. Might as well say, "Oh that poor Juggernaut" or "Poor Doctor Doom" or "Poor Red Skull". "Oh, that poor Viper, she's had a hard terrorist life!". Talk about rooting for the wrong side... \:\-p


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