I always seem to be a fan of the bad guy, (not in all cases). But for some reason when it comes to sports, movies, comic books, etc. I’ve always been fan of the antagonist and I couldn’t really explain it. But maybe i’ll try this time. Ever since I was younger I could always remember wondering why everyone wanted to be the super hero or root for the obvious, I mean, it was just too easy don't you think? While all my friends were rooting for the Fantastic Four I thought Dr. Doom was the greatest. While everyone was choosing which X-man to be I was thinking about how cool it would be to have the abilities of Magneto or Apocalypse. You want to be Batman, cool I’ll gladly take Bane or the Joker. You like Luke Skywalker? No problem, Darth Vader is all mine! You like Michael Jordan? That’s awesome, but Dennis Rodman is my favorite athlete of all time.
It just goes on and on, a steady trend over the years of me picking the dark when everyone else seems to choose the light. Then one day I sat and started to really think about it. I asked myself what is this trip that I’m on when it comes to that? Why do I feel the need to side with those that others revile? Then it occurred to me, I respect the courage it takes to be the one that everyone hates. I respect the courage it takes to be able to walk your path alone and with no allies as it seems. We live in a world where everyone loves to be liked and will do anything for attention and recognition. If you don't believe me, why else would the selfie stick have been invented?
Instagram, twitter, and Facebook are full of people taking pics of themselves and doing all sorts of things just to gain a following and the self esteem of to many people directly correlates with the amount of followers, likes, or retweets they can get. As a whole, society has basically turned itself into attention whores, yes I said it so relax! With exception of Dennis Rodman, none of the so called villains that I mentioned ever cared about attention. As a matter of fact if you really analyze their goals and motivations to the core, they got to where they were because they were chasing something that was inherently good. Darth Vader sought to keep alive his loved ones, Magneto wanted peace and freedom for those like him, Bane wanted a society pure at heart (although he sought to cleanse humanity with homicidal tendencies) and etc.
But I digress, I think the fact of the matter is, I was always able to see the yin to the yang. I was always able to see the origins of the negative space and that without negative space you wouldn't really appreciate nor know what positive space was. Now I know some of you think I may be reaching but think about it. Really clear your head and think about what I just laid out. So is the villain really a coward or a misguided person with courage? I know I’m probably the only one who would remotely think of it this way but I’m used to being the odd ball and viewing things through a different lens than others. Either way, it’s just something to think about, something to play around with and be devils advocate. Hope you all have a great week and take it easy.