I was never one of those people who liked villains. I was much more interested in Cinderella than the stepmother, Snow White than the Queen, heck, even Aurora than Maleficent, and /nobody/, I have learned, prefers Aurora to Maleficent. Actually, I think for a while there I actively disliked her. It's probably because, at a point in the middle of the movie, she refers to herself as "the Mistress of All Evil," and that made me blink even when I was little. Surely even evil people thought that they were good, right?
Basically, even when they're awesome, completely one dimensional villains never quite did it for me. I enjoyed watching them, but no more than any other character. I celebrated when they were defeated.
And then came Zuko.
Ah, Zuko. But even with him, I rooted for him to become good. I didn't just enjoy watching him be evil. The same went for Vader, who was the first villain whose mind I really tried to get inside. It was mostly because of Luke, I think. Because, at the end of RotJ for the first time, I did not think that Vader was going to save Luke. I thought that maybe Luke would survive, but I just kind of winced when Luke went "father..." in that rasping voice, because I knew that there was no way Vader was going to save him, and it made me want to cry.
So, I liked Vader, but, again, I wanted to see him redeemed. That was the point of the character. RotS made me actually cry, but RotJ is the one that makes me squinch my eyes up to this day.
And then came comics.
I read DC for the heroes, but when I do read Marvel, it's for the villains. And not just Deadpool, either. But the thing about Marvel? I kind of want Magneto, especially, to win when I read it. It's the combination of a too horrific and tied into the real world to make light of it backstory and the fact that any population that willingly puts the Green Goblin in a position of power kind of can die and I won't really care. And, of course, the old XMen cartoon... most of the heroes get on my nerves from time to time and the civilians actively annoy me. I tend to root for the guy with the decent voice actor. I'm sorry. It's how I roll. I'd like Wolverine if he used his claws to do anything but reflect light. I'd like Storm if she never talked. I'd- sweet meepits, this is getting off topic.
Anyway. DC wise, like I said, I root for the heroes. But I also really enjoy watching the villains. And that hit me today with a few panels of Sinestro.
I don't want him to win. I want the Green Lanterns to win, and espicially Guy Gardner. But Sinestro lately can sit in a cell awaiting execution, and smirk at Hal Jordan and say "I've won," and the thing is you believe him. He has absolutely nothing, and I can still totally buy that he has the upper hand.
Also Hal's "confused and upset and VERY confused" face is adorable. *pats him*