First, let me state for the record that I am a Dark Side of the Force type of person. I have always been interested in what makes a villain tick. It would seem that it’s a very fine line that separates a hero from a bad guy. Most of the time it boils down to how far the character is willing to take things to get what he/she is after. Be it wealth, power, love, or vengeance. Heroes pursue these things just as much as a villain, yet when a baddie does it, its frowned upon. Let’s start with an easy one shall we.
Here is a man who witnessed firsthand the horrors of concentration camps. Only to survive it, and years later see the same thing happening to mutant kind. Can we really blame him for wanting to eradicate anyone trying to get rid of his kind for a second time? The X-Men also were against mutant registration, as they should have been, but they just were not as dedicated to the cause as Magneto. The only difference in my mind is that Magneto had seen this before and was not going to allow it to happen again. Does this make him a bad guy? Or a realist?
Wilson Fisk was bullied as a kid for his size. As a result he got stronger to protect himself. Nothing wrong with that. Sure, later he became THE crime boss of all crime bosses, but I contend that he was still only trying to protect himself. At one point he gave it all up for his wife, then she gets kidnapped, and just like the Godfather, they pulled him back in. Bad guy?! No way! If someone abducted Jean Grey, would we say that ol’ “Slim” Summers went too far by blasting everyone in his way? I think not.
All he wanted was to be rid of anything weak… On second thought, never mind, bad example he is definitely evil.
So, what villain do you have a soft spot for? Feel free and try to clear their name here. Or, maybe you would like to drag a hero through the mud for doing the same things villains have done,(I’m looking at you Speed Racer!), I would like to hear it.