Episode 167 - Anatomy of a Villain

May 19, 2014

Today we talk about villians! Kawaiidaigakusei made a newspost about villains that generated quite a bit of interest so Banes and I had her on to chat about them and read out some of the things our community members had to say. Kawaii can introduce the topic in her own words: I used to take the side of the cheerful, positive, and heroic protagonist in films and comics when I was much younger. As I got older, I wised up to the idea that being a protagonist is relative to biases of the storyteller. Now I rewatch those same films with a renewed perspective of what constitutes “good” and “bad”. Lately, I have been finding that more and more, I am a fan of villains. I believe the reason we are seasoned to differentiate heroes and villains at a young age is to train our super-ego about rules and societal expectations. It teaches every Goffus that they should aspire to be more like Gallant. But living a hero's lifestyle by-the-book can be as boring as vanilla. For the record, I love vanilla, it is GOOD, but it does not make it any less boring. Emulating the characteristics of a supervillain feeds our id. It just feels good to break the rules. Give villains a chance. Afterall, without a villain, there would be no need for a hero.



kawaiidaigakusei at 11:32AM, May 24, 2014

Actually SLK8ne, there was no forum topic started for this topic. We were just resding the comments on the newspost! : ) Interesting insight on how morality comes into play when determining a hero versus a villain.

SLK8ne at 3:22PM, May 22, 2014

Sorry I didn't get this on the forum. But, this was a very cool quackcast. An interesting point about "evil" is that it never sees itself as evil. Most bad guys see what they do as either good or simply necessary. You could say that one of the primary distinction between heroes and villains is that to villains, the ends always justify the means. Villains seldom have moral dilemmas, or agonize about what they're doing. Its usually the hero who is constantly trying to figure out how to do the right thing in a moral way. The villains don't have that issue. They have their goal, and if someone gets hurt, oh well.

Abt_Nihil at 4:47AM, May 21, 2014

Very enjoyable quackcast! Poor flabby intellectuals cannot empathize with buff morons :3 Also, one thing I can always count on in recent quackcasts is flattery! (Thanks!)

ozoneocean at 10:52PM, May 20, 2014

Coatee! It does sound better :D

kawaiidaigakusei at 10:34PM, May 20, 2014

I just finished listening to this through. Interesting how I picked up on a lot of the interesting tidbits after the recording like Jeremy Irons as the voice of Scar! After hearing the Inappropriate Irving theme, I am coming to the conclusion that the horn represents his delivery at the end of each comic. Nice work, everyone! And yes, cote has clarified that his username is pronounced "Coatee".

ozoneocean at 12:59AM, May 20, 2014

But it was so gloriously funny! I suppose I should've chosen one of the more dramatic and evil ones... Doh, didn't think of it that way! Gah...

Gunwallace at 12:42AM, May 20, 2014

Of all the bits of music I've sent you you choose that one? Well, I can see I'll have to go even lower in the future ;-)

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