beschizza at May 30th, 2014 14:29 — #1
daneel at May 30th, 2014 14:37 — #2
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
madopal at May 30th, 2014 14:41 — #3
We have to humanize our cartoon evil. We sure as hell won't do it to real evil to, you know, try and figure it out. Trying to solve real life problems is hard. It's easier to keep them black & white.
Easier to paint fake villains as human than real ones.
maya at May 30th, 2014 14:46 — #4
What? Have you even watched Hannibal? He is pretty much the opposite of the woobification trope.
beschizza at May 30th, 2014 14:50 — #5
beschizza at May 30th, 2014 14:52 — #6
Who said anything about woobie? It's not the the same trope -- not even on TV Tropes!
spunkytws at May 30th, 2014 14:58 — #7
From what I remember of the novelization of Gremlins the story of Stripe's tragic childhood would be more interesting, and make more sense, than the origin of the Mogwai. Scientists on a distant planet engineered a creature that could survive in a wide range of environments and reproduce quickly.
Things went wrong, of course, but why they felt compelled to make cockroaches bipedal and furry was never really explained.
adonai at May 30th, 2014 19:51 — #8
Thank you for not providing a clickable link to TV Tropes there - I actually have things to do today!
miasm at May 31st, 2014 09:38 — #9
I can't even see the other words!
manybellsdown at May 31st, 2014 10:35 — #10
Alternative tagline: HE HAD A HUNCH THEY WERE WRONG.
chgoliz at May 31st, 2014 10:37 — #11
My grandfather used to say that instead of concentrating on the children who grow up in bad circumstances and end up becoming criminals or drug addicts, we should spend our time studying the majority who grow up that way but become decent, law-abiding citizens anyway.
That's the real story, and the one we can learn the most from.
beschizza at May 31st, 2014 13:49 — #12
Oh man, that's so much better!
brainspore at May 31st, 2014 16:34 — #13
A lot of storytellers have toyed with that idea; the contrast is part of what makes for dramatic interest. For example, most superhero origin stories could just as easily be supervillain origin stories. Sometimes a childhood tragedy or newfound powers will inspire a character to become Spider Man, other times they'll end up becoming Magneto.
beschizza at June 4th, 2014 14:29 — #14
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