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    The allure of evil

    It goes without saying that (most of us) strive to be upstanding human beings in our own way, so why is it that we find characters like The Joker and Darth Vader to be so damn likable? Negan from The Walking Dead is another good, more recent example. As a child, it was always the villains that appealed to me more than the 'goody two-shoes' heroes. The Empire are practically a Science Fiction reimagining of the Third Reich, yet we love those bastards. Why do you guys suppose that is?

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    Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange is another example of a villain who kills and rapes without remorse, yet I've seen people dress their children up like him for Halloween.

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    This is starting to get into the 'does our media make people violent?' topic, but there have been a good number of impressionable young murderers in recent memory who carried out acts that they saw on TV. Obviously these people had mental health issues which was the sole cause of these crimes, but it is worth considering.

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    There is a difference between a critical thinking child and a sheep. I know this is going to sound bad, but most parents raise their children like sheep so what they see being done is what they will do. OR the parents are hardly even in the picture at all so the child gets bored and starts to live in a fantasy of what they watch on TV. Now this isn't always the case but some kids/children just shouldn't be watching TV till they are old enough to know right from wrong. For the average American these days... I would say that is age 22. LOL

    And I agree... It is sick dressing your kid up like that character. I watched that movie one time and hated it. It glorifies rape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post

    And I agree... It is sick dressing your kid up like that character. I watched that movie one time and hated it. It glorifies rape.
    Were we watching the same movie? I'm sorry if this came off as disrespectful. I don't mean it to come off that way but that scene was full on disturbing. There was never a moment where you were supposed to think that what was happening was awesome. It's probably about as far from glorified as you can get.

    As for the main topic...well, I don't think there is one definitive answer for this. I think people tend to gravitate towards them because a lot of people have had a morbid fascination with the dark side. For some people, they might find these characters liberating with there evilness. They would never do it in real life because of either their moral compass or that society would come down on them but in fantasy land, they can live vicariously through these characters. In some cases, there might be a lot of aspects to these characters that people relate to and empathize with. Hell, I even done it...

    One of my favorite movies is Taxi Driver. The main character, Travis Bickle, may not be evil in the same sense as someone as, say, The Joker, but he is a psychologically ill man who has to deal with loneliness and the people who he deems as scum. When I first watched this movie in high school, I full well related to this. I was someone who felt alienated and had to be around people who bragged about doing some awful shit so this character really spoke to me. At the same time though, the movie makes no bones that this guy is a psycho and not someone you're meant to root for or champion.

    Of course, you're always going to get edgelords who just like these types of characters so they can giggle and laugh at them murdeing innocent people or depraved shit, which seems to be the main people who like characters like The Joker or Harley Quinn or characters of that sort. And yeah, parents shouldn't be dressing kids as R rated characters. I don't think the kid even knows who he was supposed to be dressed as but if these parents think that someone that age should be watching A Clockwork Orange, they need a smack upside the head.

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    I like the goodie two shoes, ha ha. I don't tend to gravitate toward the truly evil characters. Give me a "good bad guy" though, and that's another story.

    I think some people think this way because entertainment lends itself to fantasy. If they are good in the real world, following all the rules, they might enjoy seeing what the bad guy gets up to in a movie or playing a bad guy in a game just to fantasize about what it's like on the other side.

    Then, there are just whack jobs, too. Steer clear. I can't imagine someone dressing a child as such an evil character. I don't find that amusing at all. /shudder.

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