ByJoseph Daniels, writer at
Joseph Daniels

Ever since we have been born we have been taught to love the good guy, to always follow them and resent their enemy, the bad guy. With recent advances in philosophy, there really is no bad or good guy since the idea of good and evil is all an illusion, but who cares about that, I'm talking about made up characters with superpowers so most logic is being thrown out of the window. Back to my original point, we see that most superheroes have the origin of a painful back story (let's not get started on dead parents) from which they rise from the ashes like a phoenix and morph into the crime fighting heroes we love today. The fact of the matter is that super villains aren't all that different, most super villains come from a tragic back story but they handle it differently then our beloved superheroes. The tragic fact of the matter is that super villains and superheroes are just normal people with a huge disagreement on how things should work (like democrats and republicans), and in my point of view, these superheroes are really just scared people trying to hang onto the cliff of society.

Superheroes, in their sense, are beloved by people and feel that they are doing the right thing by protecting the law but they are really wardens of denial to protect our current society. Enough with the philosophy bull crap, what I'm trying to say is that superheroes, with their tragic back stories are trying to prevent what happened to them in their lives, whereas super villains took their past and accepted it for what it is, an unforgiving life and that nothing should stand in the way of that.

How many people hear watch The Walking Dead, well if you haven't then stop reading, or just skip ahead, because there might be some spoilers. In the fourth season, I'm pretty sure it is, The Governor finds himself a new camp and decides to take it over. We, the citizens, are that camp, we have troubles and we are doing alright but we always believe the grass is greener on the other side, so when The Governor walks in he realizes, just like with his old town, that he can prevent what happened to his family for them. He gets this false god complex and that he needs to protect everyone in his own way, so what does he do? He takes over the camp and tries to attack the jail. Before they attack though, Rick comes out and tries to persuade them to live and be free and make their own decisions and says not to attack the prison. Now I won't sit here and say Rick is a super villain or that super villains give their approach as peacefully as Rick, but just like heroes and villains, Rick had a tragic back story somewhat similar to the Governor and yet (after the Rictatorship) he ran the prison with a council where nobody was faced to understand his logic but could have their own opinions and ways of approach.

I'm reminded of The Dark Knight Rises, now I'm am one huge Batman fan but with Gotham City belonging to Bane, you have to see that without Batman there is freedom, no morals, no right or wrong, and nobody to be the Judge, Jury and Executioner. Complete freedom. To quote Bane,

This may seem quite harsh but the strong must overcome the weak for natural selection to take effect. For us to truly have a perfect society we need the strongest, smartest, and bravest people, much like in Ancient Rome. These superheroes block the natural selection, they protect the weak and we love them for it because we are the weak. Without these guardian angels some of us would be lost and so we reject the super villains, the strong because we don't want to face the truth. So we put these heroes on pedestals for now because at the time they protect the weak and cover our eyes, but the simple fact is, if we see the truth and accept it the heroes would be the real villains.


Do you think that heroes are really the villains or do you think that villains are just plain evil?


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