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Why Do We Like Antagonist Characters?

Discussion in 'General Lounge' started by Dreamer, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. Dreamer

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    #1 Dreamer, Nov 5, 2019
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    All of us have different favorite characters but I don't exactly understand why some of us like antagonist characters.

    Some likes Joker, some likes Draco Malfoy and some members of this forum likes Doflamingo.

    I'm not actually any different. I have started to like Larry Koopa (one of Koopalings from Super Mario) although in real life I hate brats who purposely threaten and hurt other people and steal/damage others property without any good reason.

    So, does anybody have any idea why it is like this?
     
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    I think it's because they're fun or interesting. I mean it's really fun watching villains outsmart the heroes before they themselves get outsmarted (like with Yoshikage Kira). It's also really fun to see over the top villains (like Buggy).
     
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    This is a pretty interesting video I watched about villains a while back:



    Modern villains are becoming more and more popular because we’re finding out more about the “why” behind their actions, and it’s more often than not something that we can relate to, even though we disagree with how they acted following whatever event caused them to become villains in the first place. There’s a fine line between hero and villain, and we’re starting to see that more rather than getting those cartoonishly evil villains who want to destroy the world just because.

    This is a really interesting discussion, thank you for making this thread!
     
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    For me it depends on what kind of villain it is. And sometimes I'm really inconsistent with that as well tbh. But a lot of times they make things more interesting and they're witty and smart. They're even better if they have some deep backstory that made them the way they are. Sometimes I also love to hate a villain, for example in tv shows when you hate that character but think the actor is amazing.


    Tbf the strawhats do that too :tearsofjoy:
     
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    Okay, I'm going to rephrase that part of my thread :sweatsmile:.
     
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    Because villains nowadays are not evil just for the sake of being evil. Through clever writing of their background, we are able to empathize and understand why they became so. This also explains why lots of people love anti-heroes like Sasuke or Lelouch. While others do not prefer characters with excessively high moral standards.
     
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    Its very interesting the way villians are judged! I absolutely hate orichi, but love doffy and katakuri

    My girlfriend watches some tv shows and physically has to force her self through some episodes because she hates the antagonist so much... but is that not the point?

    What makes a good antagonist? Is it a doffy type character who you know is clearly evil but you enjoy their wit and their origins
    Or an orichi type character who is such an awful person who you just cant stand the sight of?
     

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