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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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Comics Codes and Parameters for Villain Construction in Sequential Art

Comics Codes and Parameters for Villain Construction in Sequential Art

(p.243) Chapter 23 Comics Codes and Parameters for Villain Construction in Sequential Art
The Supervillain Reader

Robert G. Weiner

University Press of Mississippi

There are many types of villains in society and popular culture. There is the villain that is pure evil. There is the villain that is motivated by revenge. There is also at times the hero turned villain. However, one of the most interesting villains is the villain that is a catalyst for political or social change, a necessary evil. This type of villain has a certain brutal honesty of character. They recognize that through their actions, no matter the cost to morality or humanity, that society may become a better place. In many ways they could be a misguided hero. The best example of this is the Kingpin. He is the pinnacle of the villain who understands his role as an agent of change, a villain who believes the ends justify the means, which in a sense makes him good.

Keywords:   Kingpin, Social and Political Change, Machiavelli, Daredevil, Necessary Evil

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