We’re in Love with the Villain

 

Loki Laufeyson; God of Lies and Mischief, aka Loki Odinson, aka adopted son of King Odin and Frigga Odinson of Asgard, aka adopted brother of Thor Odinson, God of Thunder.

The villain.

But what is a villain? There’s several schools of thought on this. When you really look at the villain there’s a multitude of possibilities, and the best villains are the ones who are multifaceted; with humanity, fear, sadness, loss, betrayal, anger and/or heartbreak that we can all empathize with on some level.

They are damaged, looking for a place to belong, a life to control (whether it is their own life or the lives of others).

I recently read several excellent statements made by Tom Hiddleston, the actor that portrays Loki Laufeyson.

“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”
“The villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told yet.”
“What Marvel is so clever at is that they make their heroes flawed, and their villains heroic.”

Even if you choose to place the aforementioned positive characteristics on a villain, the truth still remains, more often than not, that villains in their most basic nature are mean, mischievous, menacing, murderous, controlling, self-possessed, selfish, or indifferent.

I mean, I could engage someone in a conversation and justify my sympathy and/or excuse a villain’s actions until I’m blue in the face (and often I do simply because I enjoy conflict and arguing) but the fact remains that their actions are inexcusable — I mean c’mon, killing 80 people in 2 days!? Not helping my arguments here, Loki!

With that being said, let’s get back to the main point: my ridiculously stupid love for the (in all honesty) over-exposed and undeservedly loved Loki Laufeyson.

Why is it that I and countless others focus on idolize fall in love with Loki, God of LIES and MISCHIEF? What is the lure and draw of this undoubtably “bad” boy?

It’s too easy to say we are drawn to danger. Though that is a definitive truth.

There’s more to it, though. I think, and I’ve heard this before many times over, that we get drawn to the danger and the bad and the terrible qualities because we hope to find a redeeming quality. We hope to pull out the humanity that hides beneath what we assume is just an evil façade. We long to uncover the source of heartbreak and then comfort the villain – make them realize the error of their ways and hope that once we uncover that humanity and vulnerability that the villain will undoubtedly fall in love with us in return.

(((And I guess, I’m not just talking about fictional characters now… really it all goes back to the idea of missionary dating – something I wholly disagree with, but am not qualified to really educate you on. For that, read this.)))

But think about this, women: if your villain redeems himself, are you still drawn to him?

If Loki Laufeyson started hugging puppies rather than commanding you to kneel before him, would that magnetic draw be as strong?

I guess for me, the answer is honestly NO.

Otherwise, I would have fallen in love with Thor and all his oafish ways, and his long, luscious, flowing blonde locks… and I mean think about the genetic bombs our kids would be!

The point of this post seems to have eluded me.

I guess the fact is this: women waste their time falling for the bad boy. That probably won’t change.

AND it is historically proven: Claire Standish fell for John Bender. Sandy fell for Danny Zuko. Elena fell for Damon (btw that’s my OTP).

See… HISTORICALLY. PROVEN.

hahaha ok. I’m done.

I guess the only way to fix the problem is for the good guys to go buy a leather jacket…

HOP TO, GENTLEMEN!

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