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Favoring The Female Villains

Villain, antagonist, or bad guy. Whatever you prefer to call them, their definition remains the same. Villain: A cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime. In any story, there usually is a "villain" to accompany the "hero" or main character or that story. But when we think of villains, we generally think of them as male characters. While there are those female villains, men tend to take over the role of the villain. While there are male villains I like out there, I tend to favor their female counterparts more.


If anyone is asked who their favorite Batman villain is, you'll probably get the normal answer of The Joker, maybe Bane, even Scarecrow might pop up. If I were asked that question? My answer would be Poison Ivy.

Poison Ivy (Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley) is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillainess who is primarily an enemy of Batman. Created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, she first appeared in Batman #181 (June 1966)


Ivy, or as she was called, Pamela, was a botanist. After being seduced by her professor, he injects her with poisons and toxins, experimenting on her. From this "experiment" she goes insane. As time goes on, she starts her transformation. As the fungal growth continues, she learns how to use that to her advantage, beginning her life of crime. Most noticeable, with her "kiss if death". The toxins in her lips being able to kill someone with a single kiss. But why does she do this? To be alone with her plants. Her connection with fauna makes her ache in pain when her plants are disturbed. She only wants peace for herself, and her plants.




With either gender, the villain has to have some sort of reason of why they're doing what they are doing. Taking over the world, revenge, or they're just insane, there's always some sort of reason behind their motives. When discovering these motives, it always makes us want to hate that character more than we already did. Each villain is accompanied by a story of their past, resulting in their devilish crimes.


But what else makes a villain notable other than a backstory of why they are doing such deeds? Maybe the style of how they are executioning their actions? The army of minions they have at their disposal? Or maybe the fact that they look cool?




GLaDOS, short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, is a fictional artificially intelligent computer system and the main antagonist in the video game Portal as well as its sequel, Portal 2. She was created by Erik Wolpaw and Kim Swift and is voiced by Ellen McLain. She is responsible for testing and maintenance in Aperture Science research facility in both video games.



GLaDOS is one of the strongest villains known to games. She has her own sadistic charm in how she deals with people. But what makes her special over other villains? She's not even human. Not all villains have to be human. But when they can charm us in such sadistic ways as she can, it makes us love them, rather than hate them.


Villains don't always have to be the type that we want to hate. We can also watch, and listen to them, and enjoy what they have to offer. Despite them wanting nothing more than our demise. But do all villains have to be cool super computers tempting us with fake cake, or someone who just wants to be alone with her plants? No. We also have those we love to hate.

Maleficent is a fictional character and the main antagonist in Walt Disney's 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. She is the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil" who, after not being invited to the baby's christening, curses the infant Princess Aurora to "*** her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday.




Maleficent is considered one of the most sinister villains in all of Disney history. Originating in Sleeping Beauty, she makes her way to the video game series Kingdom Hearts. She serves as the "leader" of each of the Disney villains wreaking havoc in each world, by using the Heartless at their disposal. But what does she have that other villains doesn't that makes her cool and powerful? Well, she can turn into a dragon. That about sums it up.


But despite rich backstories, and being able to turn into giant fire breathing monsters, one thing that ticks me off about female villains, is the sexualization of those characters.




They are evil, yes. But does that really mean they must be used as "sex objects"? Must that much cleavage be showing to prove that they are villains? To show that they are "bad"? No. Having a unique outfit to compliment their devilish deeds, by showing off who they are, yes. But showing that much of them? When you're in battle with the hero, do you want that much flesh exposed? You'd want protection, to help you protect yourself against the protagonist.




Some may say women can't be good villains, because they just aren't that interesting, they just aren't strong enough, or are not sexualized enough. With a strong history, or some talking turrets, and maybe the ability to turn into dragons, I always find that female villains tend to bring more to the table than their male counterparts. While there are good blends of both genders being in the villain spotlight, or in the protagonists role, I always favor those "femme fetales".

 

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