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Why do we love psychopathic characters?

Updated on February 20, 2013

The love that we, the people have for certain characters isn't something that gets brought up often.
Which "certain characters" do I mean?
Well... For lack of a better word...
Guys like...
Tyler Durden (Well... I'm not supposed to talk about it), Patrick Bateman (American Psycho), Jafar (Aladdin), Hades, (Hercules), Deadpool, Vaas Montenegro (Far Cry 3), Dexter Morgan, and uh...
I could've sworn there was someone else... I'll get back to him.
Regardless. These are all evil men.
Dexter and Patrick are both serial killers, Jafar attempts to manipulate and sneak into power at the cost of his peers, Deadpool and Vaas are both heartless mercenaries who kill at whim, and Tyler... Well, I can't talk about it.
Not exactly poster boys for morality and clean living, and yet...
These are among our favorite characters. Regardless of the heinous things we watch them do, we can't help but root for them... Just a little.
Don't believe me? Think I'm full of it.
Well firstly- Buy season one of Dexter. Here's a link.
Secondly, I intentionally left one name off the list... Because I'm sneaky, and I wanted to make a point.
The other guy? He goes by many names, has several aliases. But...
You probably know him as The Joker.
The most famous, loathed, and beloved villain of the most famous super hero in the world.
But why? He's a sociopath. He has killed hundreds of people throughout his fictional history.
From innocents to his own henchmen, he has taken no prisoners, killed without hesitation or remorse, and he's done it all with a big smile on his face.
I won't lie. I have a Deadpool poster on my wall. I am currently watching Dexter on my Xbox. And I know every line of Hamill, Nicholson, and Ledgers portrayals of The Joker.
I am a fan of these chaotic, crazy, crooks.
Is it the superficial? Is it the charm?
Because they do all have a charm. Quick-witted, simple, yet complex. An unusual emotional cocktail, a dangerous stunt, a train wreck. Something dangerous and unsettling, but impossible to rip your eyes away from.
Does that help? Sure. It's a hard character to develop, so it rarely makes a notable appearance in pop culture. It's a fun character to watch.
But I don't think that's it. I think...
Deep down...
We're all a little bit crazy.
Yeah, even you.
I think we all have a little splash of crazy swimming around in our hearts.
It's not bad, in fact, it's perfectly normal to be a little... cuckoo-cachoo.
And, sometimes, their characters are relate-able. Their behavior can be funny, vulnerable, sincere, the things that we like to see in each other. But they aren't like us, are they?
They do whatever they want. They take whatever they want, from whomever they want. They don't take crap from anybody.
They don't pay taxes, they don't have an obnoxious boss, they live a life free of all restrictions.
Don't we all wish we were a little more free, a little more relaxed?
I don't know. I could be wrong, that's just what I see, and how I see it.
What's your perspective? Why do YOU love these kooky crooks?


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    • dailytop10 profile image


      5 years ago from Davao City

      I love the photo..haha no other character describes a psychotic more than the Joker. Thank your for sharing.


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