Good guys vs Bad guys
So today I got to thinking about how much I loved bad guys. Mostly it’s because I keep seeing that Loot Crate’s July theme is villains. Because of that, I’ve decided to talk about my love for bad guys.
So what is it about bad guys that I find so great? From a writers standpoint, they are so much easier to create than good guys. Good guys have lines which they cannot cross. They hold a sense of righteous justice and a desire to protect the weak and defenceless. Bad guys are much simpler. Essentially, you can make your bad guy however you want. Of course there are a few rules (like they can’t just be inherently evil. How boring would that be?), but overall you can give your creative license to the wind and have fun.
The most iconic good guy type has to be Superman (art by seba316). He has an alter ego (to keep people from knowing he is the hero), feels morally obligated to use his powers for good, never questions whether helping someone is right or wrong (he does it because that is what the hero does), etc. He wholly embodies what the stereotypical good guy (albeit a superhero) should be.
Bad guys don’t have such limitations. That’s what I love about them. They don’t have the same kind of moral impediments that the good guys have. I was chatting with some friends and they mentioned the Joker (the Heath Ledger portrayal) as a prime example of this. He isn’t bound with the desire to good, rather quite the opposite. As they said, ‘he just blew stuff up and burned up all that money because he didn’t care.’ Which is true. He didn’t care who he hurt, as long as he got what he wanted.
Then you have the best of both worlds: the antihero. These are characters like Iron Man, Batman, Hulk, etc. They aren’t necessarily bad, but neither are they necessarily good. But unlike bad guys, they still have some sense or morality. They know what should and shouldn’t be done, just that they aren’t always opposed to blurring the lines as long as the outcome is ‘right.’ Of course, the coolest of the antiheroes would have to be Wolverine (drawing by Tammie Hoffman) 😉
So while I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the bad guys, especially as a kid, I really love me the antiheroes now as an adult.
Let me know below what your favourite is: good guys or bad guys? Which one? Peace 🙂