What Makes a Bad Man Good?
Who Do We Love to Hate!?
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, Dec. 7th –
Hello again Giga-Friends! We have finally entered the Christmas season!! Yes, that’s right. I said “CHRISTMAS”! Which apparently is offensive to some people. Heaven forbid someone doesn’t celebrate Christmas and we wish them a happy one. Humanity check: If I say “Merry Christmas”, and you don’t celebrate it and respond with “Happy Hanukkah”, I will not be offended. Nor do I think any sane person will be. HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS MONTH! Because all of the holidays this month are about love, family, caring, and giving!
On a completely different subject, my friends and I were talking about what makes a great antagonist, or “bad guy”. That seems to be a pretty expansive question, to tell the truth. We talked for a few hours about what his motives should be, why they do what they do, if he should be vindicated in any way, does a anti-hero count as a bad guy, etc. etc. . . We came to no definitive answers to that quandary. Though I can fathom a few ideas that might lead someone in the right direction.
There are definitely more than one type of antagonist: The “I hate everything” guy, the “twisted sense of justice”, the “anti-hero”, “crazed by some deity/sense of religion”, and even the “I just want to see the world burn” kinda guys. What makes them worthy isn’t just how they try to accomplish their goals, a lot of it comes from their dialogue or backstory. We loved Kefka and Joker because they just hated everything. They were the epitome of evil and embodied all the things we’re taught to detest, but how they set up their plans and accomplish their feats is what makes them memorable. Characters like Yagami Light and Lelouche were noteworthy because of their intelligence, charisma, and (let’s face it) sociopathic behavior. The “Just as Planned” moments make everything come to a climax at the perfect time where all the points and hidden ideas all come to fruition in one giant burst.
In the end, there is no true “perfect” adversary, each and every memorable one has a stand-out point that makes them unique and strangely charismatic. Whether they are meant to be hated beyond all reason like our Sephiroth, or if you’re supposed to fall strangely in love with characters like Light, they all have something that makes you love to hate them!
NOW ON TO ANIME!
I’m going to admit, I haven’t a chance to watch a whole lot of anime these past few weeks, and it’s starting to get on my nerves. But, for the sake of keeping up conversation, Noragami‘s hero has become something of an antagonist himself. When you’re the god of calamity and destruction, you can probably assume no one will pray to you or worship you when there’s no war going on. But, when another deity needs someone . . . “taken care of”, you can bet you’ll be their first choice. After all, what’s the big deal with one deity fulfilling his caste? It’s been an awesome series so far that’s been keeping me on edge, not just with the fighting, but with the plot as well. As Yato stays out the limelight, more and more people forget his name, and more of the cast begins to wonder if he ever existed at all. And a god’s one true weakness is being forgotten. Being born from human wishes, when you’re no longer remembered, worse yet, when you’re no longer needed you cannot be reborn and all that’s left at the end of a pitiful life is true nothingness. So Yato fights, not only to kill, but to be remembered. Which is pretty poetic in and of itself. Albeit a little dark . . . but hey, that’s why we love anime.
Anyway, that’s it for me today Giga-Friends! I hope you have a great Monday, an even better week, and an EVEN better Christmas Month! -J.R