Heroes and Villains
Hercules, Jesus, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Gandalf, Frodo, Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, Spiderman, Batman, Captain Kirk, Dr. Who, Darth Vader, Sauron, Voldemort, Lex Luthor, Dr. Doom, the Daleks, the Borg. Almost anybody living in the developed West would be able to group these individuals into two camps: the heroes and the villains. However, what criteria they may use to do this is less clear.
Mike Alsford introduces us to a range of heroic and villainous archetypes on a journey through film, television, comic books, and literature. On the way, he addresses questions such as: What is a true hero? What is a true villain? Have we misunderstood these terms? What kind of societal values do our mythical heroes and villains represent? In trying to understand the extremes of hero and villain we are made more aware of our own ethical standards and given a space in which to explore contemporary concerns over notions of right and wrong, good and bad.
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The Doctor's long - time enemy , the Daleks , represent one of the starkest manifestations of the villain as characterised by hatred of otherness and the desire to bring it under control or to destroy it : VAN STATTEN : Why not just ...
... Paramount 1966 Star Trek ( The Original Series ) , ' A Taste of Armageddon ' , Paramount , 1967 Doctor Who , The Face Of Evil ( series ) , BBC , 1975 Doctor Who , Genesis of the Daleks ( series ) , BBC , 1975 The Empire Strikes Back ...
... 130 Justice League of America , The 52 , 59 , 143 Daleks 93 , 96 , 107 , 108 , 127 , 132 , 147 , 148 , 153 Darth Vader 51 , 70 , 127 Davros 107 , 108 Doctor Doom 43–5 , 47 , 49 , 51 Doctor Manhattan 148 Doctor Octopus 2 Doctor Who ...
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