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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Most science fiction villains such as the Daleks and Cybermen from Doctor Who ,
the Borg from Star Trek , the Replicators from Stargate , and so on , have a single
guiding intelligence , and an insatiable drive to bring the rest of the universe ...
As Star Trek's Captain Kirk argues in the classic series episode A Taste of
Armageddon: ANAN7: There can be no peace, don't you see, we've admitted it to
ourselves. We're a killer species, it's instinctive! It's the same with you . . . KIRK:
Wittgenstein , L . , Tractatus , Routledge , 2001 Wright , N . , The Classic Era of
American Comics , Prion , 2000 Film and television Casablanca , Warner
Brothers , 1942 It ' s a Wonderful Life , Republic Studios , 1946 Star Trek ( The
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