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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FLASH : Now that the fighting ' s over , you finally came out of hiding , eh ?
PETER : You brainless loud - mouth ! ... With the strength of Spider - Man , if I get
into a fight with a normal guy I could pulverize him ! PETER : Aww , forget it ! You '
Stormbringer needed to fight , for that was its reason for existence . Stormbringer
needed to kill , for that was its source of energy , the lives and souls of men ,
demons - even gods . 13 The transition from hero to villain due to the
But I do know it ' s important to keep fighting . I learned that from you . BUFFY :
But we never . . . ANGEL : We never win . BUFFY : Not completely . ANGEL : We
never will . That ' s not why we fight . We do it ' cause there ' s things worth fighting
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