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Why evil characters are cooler than good characters.
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theamyrlin
Historically, I have favored the evil characters over the good characters, with limited exceptions. And, I think, a piece of everyone is drawn to the darkness of characters like these.

Take, for example, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. We have seen the younger versions of Anakin in Episodes I and II. Was he at all interesting in these incarnations? In Episode I, he is portrayed as a small child with the mitichlorian count surpassing much stronger Jedi. He runs around the desert, and with the exception of the pod race, doesn't do much else, unless you count him *accidentally* blowing up that huge main ship. In Episode II, he progresses into a rather good-looking young Padawan learner. But, what does he do for the entire movie? Three things: whine, make googly eyes at Padmé, and get his butt kicked. When he is portrayed as the evil Darth Vader, he does none of these things. Instead, he travels around the universe, in his bad black cape, Force choking/killing anyone who disagrees with him, breaking out his awesome red light saber, and blowing up planets. Which incarnation is the coolest and most interesting? I've broken it down with the following cool points:

Episodes I & II Anakin:

  • pod race -- 1 (it was interesting for the first five minutes)
  • blowing up the Star Station -- 2 (he did "save the day")
  • successfully seducing Padmé -- 1 (she is really pretty)
  • killing all those sand people -- 1 (at least that was interesting)
  • fighting with two light sabers -- 1 (even though he lost, it still looked really cool)

Grand Total: 6 cool points

Episodes IV & V Anakin/Darth Vader:

  • The outfit -- 2 (need I say more?)
  • The voice -- 2 (ditto)
  • Threatening that Imperial officer -- 1 (he doesn't let anyone mess with him)
  • Torturing Princess Leia (his own daughter) -- 1 (he's mega-wicked)
  • Blowing up Planet Alderaan -- 4 (he fried an entire planet!)
  • Light Saber duel with Obi-Wan/piloting Imperial fighter during Death Star Battle -- 1 (further showing he is a man of action)
  • Killing the useless admiral before the invasion at Hoth using the Force -- 1 (he'll show you what it costs to disobey him!)
  • Showing up in person during the invasion at Hoth -- 1 (shows he's not afraid to get his hands dirty, yo)
  • Being super tricky and showing up at Cloud City before Han and Leia -- 1 (I still don't know how he did that)
  • Killing another Imperial officer after the officer admitted his faults -- 1 (shows that he's got policies, and he lives up to 'em)
  • Light Saber duel with Luke, where he beat him up, played mind games with him, and cut off his own son's hand -- 2 (you can't get any more bad-a** than that)


Anakin pre-evil: 6
Anakin post-evil: 17

I believe the results speak for themselves. Being evil is cooler! Not only does it make you a more stylish and commanding person, but it also makes people hella more interested in you. Remember that one episode of Smallville where this guy becomes possessed with bug powers and goes all evil? Remember him before? Zits. Glasses. Bad clothes. Suddenly, he gets zapped with evil bug powers from kryptonite and he is dressing better, doing better with the ladies, and, you know, making us care about what he does. The same thing happened when Lana went all evil in that crazy Nicodemus flower episode. Before she was wearing those nauseous pastels, staying with Whitney out of guilt, and talking all annoying. EvilLana starts wearing cool clothes, breaks up with her boyfriend/tool, and flirts big-time with the hottest guy in town (I am talking Lex, here, folks). Evil? Is more fun.

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