Gotham

One reason I really wished that I didn’t start this project until next fall, because next fall a new series produced from FOX is going to show the lives of young villains and heroes of Gotham; hence why the title of this new series is going to be called Gotham. So far from the one trailer I have seen and an analysis of the same trailer by some other youtuber, I can say that this show will be epic! Not just because we get to see some background on the villains but because we get to see how they interact before they were enemies! This show seems to look as though it is going to mainly focus on young Bruce Wayne getting to know the “to-be villains” and how he may or may not befriend him. The reason that this would be so perfect for my own blog is because we can get a closer look into the background of both villain and hero. In the end though, we have to focus on whether or not this show will either focus on the tragedies or portray them in a darker shade and really give them no excuse for why they become who we know them as.

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Morals

I have found that when a person sticks to their morals, they tend to lead a better life. Usually when someone firmly believes in what they do, they don’t worry about whether or not what they’re doing is the right thing and they don’t have guilt coursing through them. When you are raised, you are either unknowingly or knowingly being given a set of morals from your parents, guardians, friends, family, or culture. These morals are then edited by yourself and you begin to have a picture of what is right and wrong. When someone goes against these morals they have gone by, they can feel guilty and also become bitter and hardened against these situations; once they are hardened and used to the feeling of being guilty to the point it’s normal, they will repeat the previous actions to cause the guilt in the first place. These actions can range from drinking all the way to the sinister deeds we see in crime shows. This is how average people can be deemed a criminal/villain not just to the public, but to themselves as well.

What Makes People Go Wrong? (Part Two)

Right in the beginning of the Ted Talk, Philip Zimbardo talks about how there really is no fixed line between good and evil; that there is always good and evil in all of us. The line between good and evil is permeable, good people can be swayed and seduced across the line and bad people can be pushed and counselled into doing the right things. Most people like to believe that the line begins with them on the good side and everyone else on the other side. This is the last point that I’d like to talk about. In my proposal I stated that in the end it all relies on perspective to decide who is evil and who is not, so why is it that these heroes are put into a good light; when in the end the word hero is just a title placed on them.  Most people believe they are doing the right thing, sometimes they know what they’re doing is not really what they would like to do, but they still push through and do it. My favorite lesson I learned from Mr. Zimbardo is that heroes aren’t usually in capes and have superpower, and that villains aren’t always stronger than the average person; but that we all have the potential to be a hero and there will be a time when we have a situation that will provide us with a choice. This situation has the power to do three things:

  • The very same situation that can inflame the Hostile Imagination in those who become perpetrators of evil.
  • Can also inspire the Heroic Imagination in others of us.
  • Or render most people passive bystanders and then be guilty of The Evil of Inaction.

So really in the end the right situation and perspective is also a part of what makes us into who we become.

What Makes People Go Wrong? (Part One)

In the Ted Talk, The Psychology of Evil, the main question that Philip Zimbardo asks is ‘what makes people go wrong?’. He began to talk on about the line between good and evil, as well as Ying and Yang. Mr. Zimbardo has researched the subject of evil and criminology to the point that he has a book he’s written about; in this book he explores The Lucifer Effect. The Lucifer Effect has an infinite potential that has the capacity to make us behave kind or cruel, creative or destructive, caring or indifferent, and make us villains or heroes. Zimbardo defined evil as the exercise of power to intentionally harm, hurt, destroy, and commit crimes against humanity. With this definition I completely agree, but then again I believe that there is so much more to just plain black and white. In my eyes I believe there are millions of shades of grey out there that have made mistakes and regret them, or even the opposite. One thing that Zimbardo stressed is that there are steps to falling into the slippery slope of evil.

These are the seven social processes that grease the slippery slope of evil:

  • Mindlessly taking the first small step
  • Dehumanization of others
  • De-individualization of self
  • Diffusion of personal responsibility
  • Blind obedience to Authority
  • Uncritical conformity to group norms
  • Passive intolerance of evil through inaction/indifference.

 

With these steps I really do agree on what he is thinking. To make me even further believe these steps he provided information on one of his own studies where he took 24 healthy, normal college students and randomly assigned twelve to be the ‘guards’ and the others to be ‘prisoners’.  The interesting thing about this study is that it failed. It failed in less than a week. They found that the ‘prisoners’ were breaking from the treatment. It astounded me, the results were so vivid. To really think that normal, healthy people could transform so quickly once they got the power in their grubby hands.

The Freudian Excuse

When a villain’s is given depth, this is called Freudian Excuse. As mentioned in my proposal, the superego is what generally controls where the morals someone has gained is placed and how they are used. The Freudian Excuse is the work of Sigmund Freud, he was known for a lot of the psychoanalysis research we stem off of now. Freud discovered in a certain part of his research that there are three different sections that play a part in how we view things. The three that he found are Id, ego and superego. What he found is that the superego is the ‘moral component of the psyche’, which takes plays into ‘special circumstances’ when the morally right thing may not be right for a given situation. This combined with Id, and ego can cause denial repression, undoing, rationalization, repression, and displacement. The superego is the moral part of us that develops when the morals and ethical restraints put onto us by our parents/guardians. The superego is used when a villain’s background is traumatic. When the Freudian Excuse is put into play the villains become excused.Image

Who are the Top Ten Villains? Disney Edition

I originally planned to do a Top Ten Marvel Villains list but then I thought hey, you all probably have a good idea and different opinions, probably way different than mine. So I searched it, but all the lists I found had missed the big crucial villains. Well then I saw a list that is all about the top ten Disney villains! And me, myself, and I just happens to adore these villains. They are the perfect mixture of evil and they are all so different. I won’t stray too far from my proposal but these villains deserve a spot on my blog.

10) Claude Frollo, from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. He fits perfectly for number ten, because during the movie we see the struggle of his thoughts between selfish, lust crazed ideas and doing the “right” thing. (Right being racist and wiping out all the Gypsies and tends to have genocidal plans for anything that defies him)

9) Hades, from Hercules. Now personally I just love this god, but in the end I suppose he is a villain due to the fact that he tries to kill Hercules for selfish reasons such as, taking over Olympus.

8) Gaston, from Beauty and the Beast. I can only nod and agree to this one, not only because Gaston is a big jerk, but personally because he is a egotistical ass and doesn’t care about Belle’s opinion. Pshh, girls obviously deserve to be more than his object. Number one reason he fits is because attempts to kill the Beast out of a jealous rage that a beast stole Belle right from him.

7) Queen Grimhilde (aka. the Evil Queen), from Snow White. If you haven’t seen Snow White then you haven’t seen this lady in action. When an enchanted mirror tells her that she is not the “fairest of them all”, she sets out for death on the girl who had outed her in looks. Ergo, Snow White is hunted down by all including the Queen disguised as an old hag. Personally I think that the Old Hag is what the Queen looked like on the inside.

6) Jafar, from Aladdin. Now this guy is just a creep. First he decides to try and find the Genie so that he can become Sultan, when this plan fails he becomes betrothed to Jasmine, a princess less than half his age. Let’s just say he deserves what he gets.

5) Lady Tremaine (aka. Evil Stepmother), from Cinderella. The Evil Stepmother really is a wretched person, not only does she sic her kids on Cinderella after everything Cinderella has done for them after her father died, but then proceeded to lock her up in the attic so that she couldn’t meet the Prince.

4) Chernabog, from Fantasia. Personally I have never seen this movie so I honestly can’t give my opinion like the rest.

3) Ursula, from The Little Mermaid. Ursula probably could be moved down further, but compared to the rest of the Villains of Disney, she really is quite the evil thing. Tricking Ariel for her voice just to gain for her own selfish reasons, which are to take over and be the “King” of the Sea.

2) Cruella de Vil, from 101 Dalmatians. This women is by far the most fowl if you are animal lover such as myself. Cruella doesn’t car where she gets her fur coats as long as she is looking fabulous in society. So it’s only “right” that the she takes 101 baby dalmatians for her coats. She isn’t very smart, but she is impulsive, and that’s just as dangerous.

1) Scar, from The Lion King. First place is really fitting for Scar. Not only does he tear out Simba’s heart, but lies to Simba about his fathers death, telling Simba that it was his fault and that he should run, for if the other animals hear about this he’s be killed. The point of all these lies? To be King of Pride Rock. Wow. Seem familiar?

It should, because most of the Disney villains portray a sin, selfishness and it happens especially when it comes to harming others while doing these selfish deeds. Most of these villains are not only selfish but they also are very clever and know exactly what they are doing.

 

Which Villain are You?

Which Villain are You?

As I was trying to write up my about page, I got distracted and found a quiz that lets you know what villain you are closest to. My results were as follows:

71% Joker

70% Dark Phoenix

70% Riddler

69% Dr. Doom

68% Two-Face

I think this is interesting, seeing as in my theory to villains and how they become who they are, I refer to the Joker and how he became who he is. He starts off as a thug, helping around with the criminals to get some money so that he can support his pregnant wife. During his escapades he runs into Batman and then the chase is on. As the Joker runs, he leaps into a chemical vat. The chemicals disfigures him and this combined with his wife and unborn child’s previous death, he goes insane. This is why I use him as an example because his background not only causes what he does, but it starts the rest of his life into the villain life. So in the end is he really so bad? Honestly, think about it.