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Have you ever rooted for the villain in a movie, television show or book?

Posted - October 15

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  • 9391
    Yeah I would like to see Gargamel catch and BBQ up a couple of Smurfs. Cheers and happy weekend!
      October 15, 2022 10:03 PM MDT
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  • 691
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    This post was edited by sirena Martina at October 20, 2022 9:33 PM MDT
      October 15, 2022 11:13 PM MDT
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  • 4757
    There were a few older episodes of Law & Order where I thought Jack McCoy was being an absolute jerk so I rooted for the bad guy to win in court.
      October 16, 2022 12:20 AM MDT
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  • 9322
    I enjoy shows, movies, books that introduce complex characters that force us to see that humans are fallible, every single one of us. There are all sorts of slippery slopes that we are presented with, and none of us are impervious to sliding. 

    In other words, yes. Sometimes I do think that the villain is less a villain than the hero/heroine. 
      October 16, 2022 9:40 AM MDT
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  • 691
    My father always wanted me to have deeper thoughts about movie characters. He never let me enjoy a movie without asking questions about the characters. He asked me to explain why the villain was the villain. Sometimes, the villain is the villain and the hero is the hero only because the screenwriter said so.
      October 16, 2022 10:16 PM MDT
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  • 825
    I don't think I have... But I do find it interesting when the protagonist does (or considers) something morally objectionable - deplorable, even. Antiheroes: those, I like.
      October 16, 2022 5:51 PM MDT
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  • 50820

     

      I read your response after I posted my own. I agree with you.
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      October 16, 2022 6:18 PM MDT
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  • 825
    Thanks - Cool Hand Luke is a great example! How do you not root for a prisoner after the 50 eggs thing...
      October 16, 2022 6:39 PM MDT
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  • 11855
    Especially when he spends a night in the box.
      October 16, 2022 8:23 PM MDT
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  • 50820

     

      There are far too many great parts of that movie. Both the night in the box and the 50 eggs are great, I’ll add the various escapes and the digging a hole in the yard scenes to that list.
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      October 18, 2022 8:39 AM MDT
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  • 691
    Such is real life. Sometimes, there is a clear antagonist and a clear protagonist. There's no question about which person is the bad guy, even though the protagonists still have their own sins.
      October 16, 2022 10:22 PM MDT
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  • 50820

     

     Yes. There are some movies, television shows and books that feature the lead character or a major character who is the villain. An entire sub-genre known as The Anti-Hero that began approximately in the 1960s is representative of that. There are dozens of examples of villains for whom I have rooted, and for me, Paul Newman as the title character in “Cool Hand Luke” is one of the first who immediately springs to mind.
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      October 16, 2022 6:16 PM MDT
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  • 691
    The one that immediately springs to my mind is Un día de furia (Falling Down). I rooted for Michael Douglas's character.

      October 16, 2022 10:40 PM MDT
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  • 825
      October 17, 2022 10:38 AM MDT
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  • 11855
    Does rooting for Randy count?
      October 16, 2022 8:24 PM MDT
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  • 691
    When you conduct grammar interrogations, does Randy play the bad cop while you play the good cop? In that case, Randy as the villain is merely an illusion.




      October 16, 2022 10:48 PM MDT
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  • 50820
      October 16, 2022 11:46 PM MDT
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  • 11855
    Yes. He's always the one who wants to turn up the lights and turn off the AC to make 'em sweat during questioning.
      October 17, 2022 12:24 AM MDT
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  • 50820

     

    Air conditioning’? Convicts Suspects don’t deserve any comforts! They’ll get no coddling from Officer Randall D Randolph, that’s for sure! Grrrrrrr.

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      October 17, 2022 9:35 AM MDT
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  • 4757
    I’m claiming grammar police brutality.  My lawyer demands the thermostat be set to 70°F, cushy ergonomic seating be placed in the room AND refreshments must be served!
      October 17, 2022 8:19 PM MDT
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  • 50820

     

      Let your lawyer lawyer and let me be the grammar cop. The day I need the shyster of some ne’er-do-well to tell me how to interrogate criminals persons of interest is the day I turn in the badge and the citation book and start smuggling Vegemite into the US or some other detestable act like that. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

      I know exactly how to interrogate you, Missy. 

     


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      October 18, 2022 8:30 AM MDT
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  • 4757
    I don’t have anything to do with the missing punctuation, so unless you have some concrete evidence, I’m done here.
      October 18, 2022 10:24 AM MDT
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  • 50820

     

     Look, someone mentioned me! I love seeing my name up in lights . . . 




      Hey, wait a second! I’m no villain! Grrrrrrr. 

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      October 18, 2022 8:42 AM MDT
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  • 21433

    Your answer and this thread made me think of this card I really like.  :)



      October 18, 2022 6:07 PM MDT
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