2 months ago
Not all villains are evil for the sake of being evil. Many have good intentions, albeit with extreme measures. Is there a book/movie/manga villain that you agree with, or have been close to agreeing with, no matter what how terrible their methods are? this does not mean that you would be willing to do what they did or that you have to think like they did, but that their words or excuses have resonated in you?
A favorite of mine would be Nagato/Pain from Naruto Shippuden. His words about hatred, pain and vengeance make me analyse about the never ending cycle of war and mass destruction that our countries never seem to be able to stop. Both World Wars, Vietnam, Korea, 9/11, Trade Wars...
"Love is the reason why there is pain. When we lose someone precious to us, hate is born. Vengeance is the product of that hate and so death follows. But in death there is only more death. This will give rise to more pains. In this cursed world we live in, it is a cycle of hatred that will not cease. You and I seek the same thing that Jiraiya-sensei wanted. Let me ask you this: How will you confront this hatred in order to create peace?"
"We are but men, drawn to act in the name of revenge that we deem to be justice. But... if there is justice in revenge then that same justice will breed only more revenge... and trigger a cycle of hatred."
"Religion, ideology, resources, land, spite, love or just because. No matter how pathetic the reason, it's enough to start a war."
"Just by living, people hurt others without even realizing it. So long as humanity exists, hate will also exist. There is no peace in this cursed world. War is just a crime paid for by the pain of the defeated..."
"Pain is the way to bring peace."
Come to think of it, some of the greatest eras of peace and calm have happened AFTER bringing pain and destruction (Wars).
Perhaps Nagato understood our world way better than we did. Do I think this world is cursed with hatred? maybe I do. However, I wouldn't destroy a city just to make a point.