Maybe a villain isn’t always a villain, sometimes a villain can become the hero of his own story. So what characteristics classify a person as a true villain? How is their past driving their future? What actions prove them evil and villainous? A villain is when someone goes against their own morals. In the end, we all become villains at some point in our lives when we drop our morals.
When a villain’s is given depth, this is called Freudian Excuse. The superego is what generally controls where the morals someone has gained is placed and how they are used. The superego can be put into a villain’s background , usually when the villain has a traumatic background, the Freudian Excuse will be put into play and they, the villains, become excused. This can also be linked to how a person views things. When someone is raised in a certain way and/or culture they can have a skewed version of what is right and what is wrong. Research has shown that the background of someone can change their perspective, compared to someone who was raised in a well-off family. This can lead to what someone views as right or wrong, such as the Yanomami women. This tribe that lives in the Amazon Rainforest live in a very different way, where beating is still a normal day experience. In a more fictional sense, The Joker, he only began his service of criminology because of his pregnant wife and needed money to support her. When he was chased by Batman, he jumped into a chemical bath and ended up going insane due to not only the chemicals, but the accidental death of his wife and unborn child. Then after all shouldn’t he have the right to go insane? Insane with grief? The way someone is raised and the events that take in a person’s life can cause a different view on things, but really, in the end what is right or wrong? Do we honestly know?
It is widely known that the hero of a story is what the general population tends to like more over the villain. When a person is deemed a hero in any sense, usually it means they saved something, and that they are doing the right thing in their eyes. Through the other eyes of another person though, these righteous deeds can be looked at like a villainous act. Aren’t these heroes doing their own thing, following their own morals? So why is it that a villain doesn’t get the same treatment if they’re following their morals? What happens when someone believes the the villain is doing the right thing? When someone is raised with a certain lifestyle it can make them side with the villain over a heroes deed. Mainly they have the same life experiences as the villain they side with.
In each story there is a person that causes trouble, chaos, and problems. The name sometimes given to this person is a villain or criminal. What excuses this ‘villain’ is usually they’re past, the culture they were raised into, the beliefs they have. A villain in society is deemed by the perspective of who is accusing them, but personally from what there has been researched, the true way a person becomes a villain is whether or not they go against their own morals. That is a true supervillain.