Come on up; anti-villain

Fuuuuu, I was talking to JB about heroes, Anti-heroes and Villains today and so he brings up the topic of anti-villains. So I had to have a look into them >.<

I managed to find this on tvtropes.org:

“The Anti-Villain is a villain with heroic goals, personality traits, and/or virtues. Their desired ends are mostly good, but their means of getting there are evil. Alternatively, their desired ends are evil, but they are far more ethical or moral than most villains and they thus use fairly benign means to achieve it, and can be downright heroic on occasion.
They reach a kind of critical mass that makes them more good than normal villains but not quite heroes, blurring the line between hero and villain the same way an Anti-Hero does.”

But the Anti-Villain is not the opposite of a anti-hero. The way I see it is that, the Anti-Villain is a character that’s labeled as a villain but you have sympathy for them, good example are Darth Vader and Dr. Horrible.

Also, there doesn’t seem to be any “who is your favorite anti-villain” post on reddit but there are “what villain could you sympathize with” and “Reddit, has there ever been a fictional villain you feel sympathy for?” Which are pretty awesome to read :)

I don’t really think I’ll go too deeply into the Anti-Villain, but I’ll see if I can track down any papers on them, JB got me hooked, I gotta learn more about then now.

Good Job Reddit

I was on reddit last night and while looking though the ask reddit section I stumbled across this post:

Reddit, who is your favorite villian?

And then I did a search and found a Anti-hero version as well as a hero version. It’s nice to see what people think and why they think that way. Also much love to the anti-hero one, so many characters there I love.

Hm, I wonder would people answer these questions differently if it said “who is your hero/villain/anti-hero” rather then “who is your FAVORITE hero/villain/anti-hero”

Also Villian? Villain? I’m a bit confused here…

Role Models vs Heroes

It’s currently 12:48am which is considered late for the current me (a year a go me would have called 3am late) and I can’t sleep, I think my mind is buzzing a little about too much. Earlier today (by which I mean yesterday) my mind wondered about Role Models and Heroes and what are the difference between them.

Let’s take my friend Vince, he’s a role model to me, I want to be more like him. I think he’s a good person, I believe in his actions, I want to share his mind set (the way he sees the world, the way he lets things effect him, etc) But to me Vince is not a hero.

I wonder why?

Ok let’s think about heroes, heroes can be a fictional character and they can be real people. I hope many agree that heroes are labeled heroes for the actions that they do, but heroes have flaws, take Han Solo, he’s very much labeled as a hero but his actions are not the most noble. (I still often wonder why he’s a hero and not a antihero but that’s another topic for another post.) So what makes Han Solo a hero? Well let’s see, and I’m so sorry if I get anything wrong, it’s late. At the start of Star Wars (original trilogy)  Han Solo is only there for a job, yup, he’s just in it for the cash/himself. But later on he changes, he’s not longer just out for himself, he saves the princess and helps the rebels win. So yes hero, he puts the needs before others, the greater good before his own.

So let’s go back to Vince, now I personally would never think Vince being a selfish person, he’s helped me a number of times with so many random things and he’s a very kind person. I think Vince has the whole nobleness down but there’s the greater good lacking, but in everyday world are there many chances to do whats right for the greater good? I’ve seen Vince donate to charity before but does that count? Does everyone who donates to charity a hero?

I tried to compare Vince with a hero of mine and then after much thinking I wasn’t sure who a hero to be would be, I could name heroes, such as superman but to think of a personal hero nothing came to mind, just role models, sure role models are people I’d like to be but I also agree on Superman’s beliefs(?) Superman fights for truth and justice. Superman is also good to people, I too, try and be as good as I can to everyone around me, but superman isn’t my role model and superman isn’t my hero, he’s a hero but not mine.

This might sound a bit crazy but I think age also has something to do with this too, role models are “often” older then you, since you’d want to follow in their footsteps. But heroes can be any age.

Most of this is pretty much just things from my head, not much research has gone into it, other then some of the hero stuff. I’m currently researching what a hero is, you’d think it would be pretty simple but there really is more then meets the eye.

I think I need to start thinking who my heroes are… hmmm… I’m sorry to leave this so open ended, some more thinking needs to be stuffed into it, maybe non late night thinking…

This blog will be talking a lot about Heroes and Villains and Antiheros since these are things I’m going to do my honours on. Enjoy.