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Old 11-09-20, 02:32 AM
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What flicks do you like where the villain actually has a valid or even correct point of view? For me it's "Man of Steel." General Zod was doing his duty for his people. Ruthlessly, I'll grant you, but he had a valid argument.

Yours?
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What flicks do you like where the villain actually has a valid or even correct point of view? For me it's "Man of Steel." General Zod was doing his duty for his people. Ruthlessly, I'll grant you, but he had a valid argument.

Yours?
Sorry, but you're going to have to explain that POV a little more.

How is Zod "in the right?"

His initial plan is to turn Earth into a new Krypton. How many humans was he planning on killing with that plan? Then he just decides to destroy the planet and kill everything.

We might as well get this straight right away since you started this thread. Does your version of "in the right" mean that "the villain" personally views their actions as justifiable? Because that would describe every movie villain ever. Even Joe Chill thought he was entitled to Thomas Wayne's wallet. Hans Gruber admits that he does not have a larger political agenda than stealing someone else's money, but he believes he has a right to that money.

Sorry to go here so early in the morning, but ethics are a real thing. Obviously Hitler thought he was doing right (and his duty) by "his people."
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There's also the issue of anti-heroes. Audience roots for the bad guy, and against the good guys. Butch and Sundance were the villains and the posse that was chasing them were the good guys. List is endless, Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Death Wish.
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I think you could say in the principal in Ferris Bueller's Day Off was right. Ferris was lying about being sick. He did tamper with school records. He faked that family death to get his girlfriend out of school. He was a spoiled, rich, entitled brat (waaa! My parents bought me an expensive computer when I wanted a car! waa!). The principal was trying to do the right thing reigning in a lost kid, who having gotten away with everything, is only going to become worse as he gets older.
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Some divorced men having to pay an ex alimony, would have viewed Thanos as a hero.
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Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)...he was just defending his house and family legacy. nothing wrong with that.
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How "in the right" do you mean? Because often they make the villain do something cold blooded to invoke the audience to go to the desired side.

Veidt in Watchmen, of course, but that's the source material.

I'd say Killmonger in Black Panther:
Obviously there are problems with his methods, I won't argue that (though you can argue that the isolationist policy of Wakanda given the state of the world and racial relations in it was terrible and that he had a point). But he won that trial fair and square and the only reason T'challa lived was blatant interference... then the only reason he was allowed to challenge again was because people didn't like that Killmonger was an outsider and that he was an ahole. But if you want to talk honor and all that, he was the rightful king of Wakanda, and T'challa accepted the challenge himself (whereas Killmonger never accepted T'challa's challenge)
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Sorry, but you're going to have to explain that POV a little more.

How is Zod "in the right?"

His initial plan is to turn Earth into a new Krypton. How many humans was he planning on killing with that plan? Then he just decides to destroy the planet and kill everything.

We might as well get this straight right away since you started this thread. Does your version of "in the right" mean that "the villain" personally views their actions as justifiable? Because that would describe every movie villain ever. Even Joe Chill thought he was entitled to Thomas Wayne's wallet. Hans Gruber admits that he does not have a larger political agenda than stealing someone else's money, but he believes he has a right to that money.

Sorry to go here so early in the morning, but ethics are a real thing. Obviously Hitler thought he was doing right (and his duty) by "his people."
Man of Steel was so stupid. And that's before even getting into that twister scene, or having Superman kill someone on his first day on the job.

The Kryptonian plan was to make this world into a world just like Krypton, robbing them of their powers, then reseeding the world with... I dunno, some kind of computer or something that was embedded in Superman's brain. Ok. So to do so they want to wipe out the entire planet of people already living there. I'm not sure how you could justify that unless you think that humans were so far beneath them or something, in which case the bad guys in hundreds of films featuring monsters, space aliens, and even Mother Nature (sharks, heck even the Happening) attacking and killing humans is on the up and up.
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Scaramanga in the Man with the Golden Gun.

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Sometimes I feel...



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Scaramanga in the Man with the Golden Gun.
I don't recall... what was his deal?
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Man of Steel was so stupid. And that's before even getting into that twister scene, or having Superman kill someone on his first day on the job.

The Kryptonian plan was to make this world into a world just like Krypton, robbing them of their powers, then reseeding the world with... I dunno, some kind of computer or something that was embedded in Superman's brain. Ok. So to do so they want to wipe out the entire planet of people already living there. I'm not sure how you could justify that unless you think that humans were so far beneath them or something, in which case the bad guys in hundreds of films featuring monsters, space aliens, and even Mother Nature (sharks, heck even the Happening) attacking and killing humans is on the up and up.
Also, examining the options: terraform Earth (did they say why they couldn't just go to Mars or Venus?) immediately and make your single diplomatic link useless, all to become basically regular humans OR wait a few years while Zod's team adapts to Earth and gets insane superpowers, at which point you could easily take over the world and enact your first plan more easily if you decided to.

On-topic, the obvious is Thanos' goal of preventing universal ecological disaster... But even if his plan to murder trillions wasn't unethical, it still makes no sense because all ecosystems would have consumers of a greater portion of resources (at least as far as we could extrapolate with sentient species), so killing at random both leaves the chance that those outsized consumers remain alive and that minds capable of solving these issues for their respective planets long-term could be killed.

Thunderbolt Ross, also from Marvel is a contender. At the end of the day, he doesn't want people of mass destruction acting unilaterally and unfettered.
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Old 11-09-20, 02:19 PM
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Also, examining the options: terraform Earth (did they say why they couldn't just go to Mars or Venus?) immediately and make your single diplomatic link useless, all to become basically regular humans OR wait a few years while Zod's team adapts to Earth and gets insane superpowers, at which point you could easily take over the world and enact your first plan more easily if you decided to.

On-topic, the obvious is Thanos' goal of preventing universal ecological disaster... But even if his plan to murder trillions wasn't unethical, it still makes no sense because all ecosystems would have consumers of a greater portion of resources (at least as far as we could extrapolate with sentient species), so killing at random both leaves the chance that those outsized consumers remain alive and that minds capable of solving these issues for their respective planets long-term could be killed.

Thunderbolt Ross, also from Marvel is a contender. At the end of the day, he doesn't want people of mass destruction acting unilaterally and unfettered.
The good part about Thanos's plan (which would be impossible in any political climate) is that it was, by all accounts, completely random. Yeah, you probably set back civilization in a lot of these places by killing the wrong dozen people, but even if you happen to have a greater percentage of overconsumers live, that 50% cut is a huge deal (and those overconsumers probably count on a bunch of other factors that are now gone). Heck, even his lieutenants were affected, and he didn't even intentionally protect himself. That's purity of motive right there. For the good of the galaxy and not his own well being. It was actually much more effective a reasoning than comic book Thanos who is in love with Death.

The main problem with it is it is still delaying the inevitable, when you could have used that power to limit consumption in another way. But then people won't learn their lesson and repeat the same mistakes no matter what.

The other comic book supervillain who is often quoted as "right" is Magneto. Basically the Malcolm X of Mutants, but in almost every future scenario, humankind wipes out mutants with their robots, and it's not like Xavier ever makes giant strides to coexistence (the current X-books are a hoot in terms of mutants segregating themselves from mankind, by the way).
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I don't recall... what was his deal?
He had a high tech solar power plant. And he was really so much cooler than movie 2 Roger Moore.
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The good part about Thanos's plan (which would be impossible in any political climate) is that it was, by all accounts, completely random. Yeah, you probably set back civilization in a lot of these places by killing the wrong dozen people, but even if you happen to have a greater percentage of overconsumers live, that 50% cut is a huge deal (and those overconsumers probably count on a bunch of other factors that are now gone). Heck, even his lieutenants were affected, and he didn't even intentionally protect himself. That's purity of motive right there. For the good of the galaxy and not his own well being. It was actually much more effective a reasoning than comic book Thanos who is in love with Death.

The main problem with it is it is still delaying the inevitable, when you could have used that power to limit consumption in another way. But then people won't learn their lesson and repeat the same mistakes no matter what.

The other comic book supervillain who is often quoted as "right" is Magneto. Basically the Malcolm X of Mutants, but in almost every future scenario, humankind wipes out mutants with their robots, and it's not like Xavier ever makes giant strides to coexistence (the current X-books are a hoot in terms of mutants segregating themselves from mankind, by the way).
I forgot about Magneto, d'oh.

I see the randomness as an actual flaw in Thanos' plan, rather than a strength. Although looking at wealth distribution on our Earth has something to do with that and I know we aren't supposed to think about it that much (like does he kill 50% of all life or 50% of sentient or dominant species? How does killing 50% of all life solve the food shortages that was a specific issue he mentioned?).
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The good part about Thanos's plan (which would be impossible in any political climate) is that it was, by all accounts, completely random. Yeah, you probably set back civilization in a lot of these places by killing the wrong dozen people, but even if you happen to have a greater percentage of overconsumers live, that 50% cut is a huge deal (and those overconsumers probably count on a bunch of other factors that are now gone). Heck, even his lieutenants were affected, and he didn't even intentionally protect himself. That's purity of motive right there. For the good of the galaxy and not his own well being. It was actually much more effective a reasoning than comic book Thanos who is in love with Death.

The main problem with it is it is still delaying the inevitable, when you could have used that power to limit consumption in another way. But then people won't learn their lesson and repeat the same mistakes no matter what.
He killed half of all living things. So yes, half of all humans which helps with overpopulation, but also half of all livestock and half of all crops. His plan was stupid but did increase mineral resources for the remaining population. Maybe he had a big interest in fossil fuels.
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Dean Wormer wanted the worst behaved, worst performing academically , and worst looking fraternity -- full of cheating students who are breaking campus rules and state laws and sexually assaulting women-- removed from his University. He was a dick, but as a University Chancellor, he wasn't wrong. *


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I forgot about Magneto, d'oh.

I see the randomness as an actual flaw in Thanos' plan, rather than a strength. Although looking at wealth distribution on our Earth has something to do with that and I know we aren't supposed to think about it that much (like does he kill 50% of all life or 50% of sentient or dominant species? How does killing 50% of all life solve the food shortages that was a specific issue he mentioned?).
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He killed half of all living things. So yes, half of all humans which helps with overpopulation, but also half of all livestock and half of all crops. His plan was stupid but did increase mineral resources for the remaining population. Maybe he had a big interest in fossil fuels.
I agree it's kind of stupid that the directors confirmed his plan was half of all living life and not just, say, sentient beings or something.

On a side note I've (finally) continued reading Robert Kirkman's "other" comic, Invincible (I have never read the last few volumes). There are basically two villains that come in near the end of the run (spoilers for Invincible, which is coming soon as a cartoon)
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One is a super smart environmentalist who basically destroys Vegas because it was taking so many resources to sustain it and killing the planet. Later, he determines that the planet is about to go past the point of no return and initiates a massive flood along all coastlines, wiping out a ton of life, with his reasoning being the massive coastal population centers would redistribute and the population loss would be big enough that it would give them needed time to save the Earth. The argument Kirkman/Invincible gives that makes the bad guy finally see the error of his ways is that because of the threat, people are motivated to change, and if you just cull the population, they will go back to their overconsumption until the Earth is in danger again.

A second villain actually massacres most of the superheroes on Earth in a bid to covertly take over the planet. He succeeds, and when the remaining heroes are finally freed in a jailbreak, they take stock in how much the world has changed for the better, and nobody on Earth knows what happened, just that life is better. Some of them just give up and work for the villain because the whole point of their heroing was to make the world a better place, and the world is objectively a better place in a more efficient way than ever. One comments that what are they going to continue resisting and fighting for? Revenge?

In the middle of that, there's a hero that has lived basically throughout time (like Vandal Savage). One of the argument he gives Invincible to try to convince him to stay and fight is that yeah, logically all these problems are taken care of and the world is a better place. But he's lived through many ages and what happens when you take logic all the way, and sick babies and old people are logically just a liability?


Anyway, Thanos and his "logic" reminded me of both of those, and I'd consider both of those instances where technically the villain was right. But that goes to any moral dilemma, where you, say, have to kill 1 person to save 1000, or a situation like the Matrix where people's lives are arguably better off being deceived and food for the machines.
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The other comic book supervillain who is often quoted as "right" is Magneto. Basically the Malcolm X of Mutants, but in almost every future scenario, humankind wipes out mutants with their robots, and it's not like Xavier ever makes giant strides to coexistence.
During Grant Morrison's run on X-Men in the early 00s, he had the kids going to Xavier's School wearing "Magneto was Right" shirts.







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I couldn't think of my own, but Principal Rooney from Ferris Bueller is my favorite one posted so far. Magneto is a close second.
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Considering Beauty and the Beast is really the story of an abusive relationship that could have easily resulted in the death of Belleís father, I donít think Gaston was wrong to try and rescue her.
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