Villains have been the ~thing~ for a few years now, and while I used to be really into villains as much as everyone else, now I’m just really bored.
Everything is about villains these days. We have books, movies, TV shows, and video games with villain protagonists, and there are so many that I’m just bored. I guess you could say that I have a lot of opinions about villains these days, but I don’t really have time to list all of them, oops.
Last week’s prompt for Top 10 Tuesday was actually about villains, but I missed it because I was coming home from a big adventure, so I’m doing it this week instead, since this week’s prompt is a freebie. And I’m twisting it a little because I already have two “favourite villain” posts on this blog, and I really don’t want to repeat myself.
Loki, Marvel Cinematic Universe – Before you take me to the chopping block, allow me to explain myself. When I saw The Avengers for the first (and only) time, I didn’t see what was so great with him. Then I went and watched the first Thor movie and really saw what was going on. The same happened with the second Thor movie, and I just wanted to coddle him and make him feel better just like everyone else. Then came the third Thor movie. Keep your pitchforks where they are because it’s going to get worse. The main reason why I did not like Ragnarok at all was the way that the writers treated Loki. The Loki that I like is not a punching bag. The Loki that I like is not easily outsmarted by some dude who learnt magic three minutes ago. The Loki I like does not stand around and declare himself as ‘your saviour’ as if he’s John Freaking Cena. And that’s why I’m bored of him. I prefer Loki to be chaotic, dangerous, and menacing. Not a clown.
The Joker, DC Universe – Speaking of clowns, I got sick of this one too. I usually don’t have a problem with legacy characters because they got to that level somehow, but when you have one character who appears over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over again it just gets boring. It’s bad enough for Warner to make new Batman media in the space it takes to a human child to be born, but for the main villain of this new piece of Batman media to be the Joker for the six millionth time, I’m now yawning. Joker is such a difficult character to deal with because he’s completely irredeemable and exists out of the “Rule of Cool”. Although I fail to see what’s so cool about being completely indiscriminate with who you choose to murder. Then there’s the whole deal with people not understanding that he is not supposed to be a kind of patient boyfriend and that his relationship with Harley Quinn is written to be abusive to show just how awful he is, and I’m just tired. And now he as an origin movie. Oh joy.
Majin Buu, Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama – When I was a kid, Buu was probably my favourite character to play as in the DBZ fighting games, because the games themselves always hype Buu (especially in his final form) as the strongest character. And when you’re a kid, you just want to be the strongest because balance and skill aren’t important. Since I’ve gone back and revisited the series, Buu just does not interest me anymore. Multiple forms are a complete given in this series but when all four (yes, four) of those forms have different personalities it gets to be a bit much. Vegeta has a heel-face turn, Frieza is a sadistic galactic emperor, Cell is arrogant and is crushed by his own hubris, while Buu… is a chaotic mess. The fact that in the anime the Buu saga feels so drawn out really doesn’t help.
Team Rocket, Pokémon – One thing that really bugs me about Pokémon as a franchise these days is the constant pandering to the Genwunner crowd. Yes, those games were revolutionary and a part of so many people’s childhoods – mine included – but can we please move away from Kanto and let Team Rocket be dead? When they reappear in video games I get annoyed enough, but the fact that they are in every single episode of the anime gives me a gigantic headache. Originally they were more of a genuine threat. But now? They’re just clowns, and I’m bored of them.
Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty – Me getting bored of Maleficent is truly heartbreaking to me because Sleeping Beauty is one of my favourite Disney movies ever, and that’s because of Maleficent. Then they gave her her own “origin” movie that was essentially an entirely different story altogether and I hated it. I don’t usually have an issue with Heel-Face turns but the Maleficent movie bugged me so much because it was her evilness that made me like her so much. I didn’t want her to be redeemed and turn good, I want her to be malevolent. Y’know, like her name???
Patrick Bateman, American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – I refuse to call Patrick Bateman an “antihero” because the man has never done anything heroic in his entire life. When I was younger I was a huge Christian Bale fan. I thought he was the bee’s knees and could do no wrong, so I watched the American Psycho movie purely for him. And while I did like the character in the movie, once I read the book I’d never been so disgusted by a main character. Not only does Patrick Bateman murder women, he abducts sex workers to murder them, is racist, is homophobic, is classist, murders animals and a child at one point, and even rapes his mistress. In what world is this man an “antihero”?
The Darkling, The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – I used to be such a Darkling fangirl back in the day because I definitely believed the whole “evil is sexy” thing. Now, I just don’t understand what I liked about him. When I read Ruin and Rising this year, I found him creepy and predatory, rather than whatever it was I found attractive in him.
The Volturi, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – It has been around ten or so years since I read the Twilight series, and I still barely understand what it is that the Volturi do. I get that they’re a secret circle of vampire government or something and they have cool powers, but other than that, they’re just… there?
Severus Snape, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Yes. Fight me. When I was a lot younger, I thought that Snape deserved sympathy too. Now, I couldn’t disagree more. A grown man who feels it’s necessary to bully and abuse a child just because the child’s mother married someone else is not deserving of my sympathy. No.
Akito Sohma, Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – Speaking of abusing children, here we have Akito who abuses her entire family because she’s jealous of them. And when I say the entire family, I mean the entire family. Akito is abusive towards outsiders, towards her cousins, and even towards her own mother all because of a serious God complex. Maybe I found her to be a ‘good’ villain when I was younger, but now I just want to throttle her for being so awful.