Rooting for the Bad Guy (Repost)
Wow! This was so long ago that I don't even remember watching this movie with the kiddos. I love rereading this, not just for the characterization perspective, but for the memories. *happy smile*
In 2011, I watched Tangled with my kids. As the movie started, my six year old son couldn't help but give me a running dialogue about everything (he's seen it before). The movie introduced the hero, who happened to be stealing.
I asked my son, is the thief the guy Rapunzel falls in love with?
He turned to me, eyes round. "He's not a thief, mom."
"But he's stealing," I pointed out.
"No, no, no, he's not stealing. There are bad guys with him, but he's not stealing at all." My son shook his head and absolutely refused to believe that the good guy was doing a bad thing. I smiled and dropped the subject.
Let him root for the bad guy. I knew that by the end of the story, the thief would be the prince.
Have you ever rooted for someone, knowing they were doing bad things but seeing their potential for change? Have you ever been like my son and completely blind to a character's/person's faults? What do you think about starting a character arc so completely down on the morality pole?
Shows not only your wisdom as a mother, but as a story teller. :)
Tabitha's comment is amazing, BTW. How can anyone follow that? LOL
And yes! I often root for the bad guy. And I love to write them. *cough Morpheus cough*
Characters who are bad (as long as we see glimpses of good) are the most fun to write and root for, because we ache to see their potential for redemption realized. That's in our nature, I think. To want to find the good in others.
When I met my husband years ago he looked like the 'bad' guy, probably more like a 'dangerous' guy to a naive 20 yr old. He wore tight jeans and pointy cowboy boots, totally not what I thought I was looking for in a man. But something about him had me rooting for him (probably his blond locks that wisped around his ears)--he proved himself to be the good guy after all.
I've read many a book where the MC is low on the morality chart at the beginning, and it's the cause of that that hooks me right away, knowing he/she is going to grow leaps and bounds in the story, and they always do. Love those redeeming stories!
And like Tabitha, I cheer myself on all the time. Without God I'm hopeless in every sense.
Eileen, yay, what a romantic story! I'm glad your guy was a true hero. :-) And yep, I should be back now, but mostly only on Wednesdays.
I've never read that book but after I wrote the post I did think about Aladdin. But like you said, he was doing it for the good of others and because he was truly hungry.
Me too, Wendy, on all your points.
I loved Jafar. What a cool bad guy. And Darth himself.
Terrific post. (Your boy will be all right.)
Oooh, Jaime, you think so? Hmmmm...
Laila, you make a great point. Wonderful people are not accidents. They work at it. Great insight! Thanks for popping by. :-)
Me too, Diane.
Aly!!! How could you!!! He was just BAD. Granted, I only saw the first season and I did feel kind of bad for him. lol Thanks for commenting. ;-)
Stephanie, I know!! LOL Very charming and roguish.
Robin, LOL, my kids LOVE the horse. I did too. I was laughing throughout the movie.
Your son is so sweet. :-)
I love rooting for the bad guy and any kind of redemption like stories. Because we're all bad (so of course a character like that is sympathetic) but there's good that can come out of us if we try.
Many, many years ago I worked personal protection (on behalf of Uncle Sam) for a 'bad guy'. He was not the sort you'd want to invite to your house, and yet...
...one year he baked me a birthday cake. Yes, and sang 'Happy Birthday', and got teary-eyed.
There is a bit of the bad guy in all of us, and when we root for him, we have hope - and faith - for our own redemption.
Love that story, Susan!
Hey Linda, thanks for stopping by.
Oh yeah, Stephanie, there has to be that hope for redemption.
It's all about perception and what a person has experienced in their life...a person who has seen a lot of bad stuff will consider this stealing a minor offense but for a person who always walked the right path, stealing is unforgiven...
Excellent post! Have a great weekend,
Nancy, you make a good point. A kind character who does wrong things is easier to root for than a cruel character who doesn't break the law.
Julie, that heroine sounds a bit like Scarlett O'hara! LOL
Hey Jeanette, yep, Jesus is awesome like that. :-)
Wow, Rita, that's interesting. When I read the book, I remember feeling bad for Cathy's husband and I did think Heathcliff was kind of cruel. I'll have to check out the older movie someday to get a new perspective on him! Or maybe reread the book, since it's been years.
LOL Michelle, weren't we all?? Heeheee
As for rooting for the bad guy? Yeah. I always root for him to become a good guy *grin*