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Growing up I Idolized superheroes, as I grew older I realized some villains are very important, without them there would be no heroes. I’ve always liked superheroes, but I would find myself intrigued by the villains. Villains captivated me with how much character they have. They are more relatable, they make the story more interesting, and they never give up.

Heroes appear to be perfect and usually only have one flaw if any. Superman is an all-powerful immortal alien. He has only one unrealistic flaw, kryptonite. Villains are full of flaws which make them relatable since we all have flaws. The hilariously deranged duo of Joker and Harley Quinn in the Batman story are the perfect examples of relatable imperfections. They are tortured souls who are crazy, careless, and fearless. They have the freedom to be whatever and whoever they want to be. The rules don’t apply to them; they don’t believe in boundaries. Sometimes we just want to crack someone’s skull with a bat, but we can’t because it’s illegal. Harley can though, that’s why the Joker and Harley Quinn duo are awesome, because they let their crazy out. We can all be selfish at times, but we all have a soft spot even villains. They usually all have at least one weakness. Poison Ivy from Batman is an eco-terrorists. She uses toxins from plants and mind-controlling pheromones for her criminal activities, which are usually aimed at protecting endangered species and the natural environment. She loves no human other than herself. She has no regards for human life. Yet there is one thing she loves, her precious plants. Their many imperfections are what humanize them.

Heroes would cease to exist without villains. Villains are what make the story interesting. They give the story a plot and give the Hero trials and tribulations. Venom from Spiderman is a Symbiote, a sentient alien, with a gooey, almost liquid-like form. It requires a host to bond with for its survival. When it bonds with a human, that new dual-life form refers to itself as "Venom". The virtues, values, and power of the hero in this case Spiderman is increased when faced with a villain like Venom. When Spiderman becomes a host to Venom it influences his thoughts and tries to take over his mind and body. Spiderman likes how Venom gives him a sense of confidence. He is forced to make a decision on his stand on good and evil. His credibility is put to the test when he has to stand against this evil and clever Villain.

The perseverance villains have to their goals is admirable. Villains never give up. Mary Sibley from the TV show Salem is beautiful, ruthless, and Salem’s most powerful enchantress. Through her many struggles, her deep and dark secrets, and desires she never stops till she completes her goal. Mary Sibley tricks Salem’s protestants into killing innocent people who were wrongly accused of witchcraft. All the deaths served as a sacrifice to her God. This villain puts her love for John Alden aside and sacrifices their only son in order to gain the necessary power to achieve her ambitions. Another perfect example of an unstoppable force is The Terminator. He is a human-looking indestructible cyborg who is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines. Through endless bullets, multiple explosions, and even dismemberment The Terminator would never stop hunting his prey like lion hunting a gazelle. Though their missions are usually malevolent their determination is commendable.

Villain’s huge personality attract us like moths to the light. We love their relatable crazy chaos, and admire their courageous fearlessness. Without Villains, the story would not be interesting and there would be no point to a Hero. Though their intentions are not the best they never stop chasing their goal. Their freedom to say and do whatever they please are enviable. Their untamed craziness, unapologetic attitude, self-determination, independence, and freedom to be anything they choose is desirable and contagious. In a way villains influence us to let out our wild side, and be fierce, bold, and fearless.


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