Todays Topic: Super Villain Intellect.
Growing up as a child, I always rooted for the villain. Not because I hated the hero, no, I loved batman and spiderman as much as any other six year old. But because the villains frequently used brain over brawn.
In an era where parents are trying every method possible to make their children socially reclusive geniuses, why is it, that in the world of capes, brawn always wins?
Sure, Batman is incredibly smart, he goes toe to toe with the Riddler (my personal favorite). But I find it hard to swallow that any one member of the fantastic four is smarter than Doctor Doom, sure Mister Fantastic could probably keep up, but Doctor Doom is an inventor, scientist and sorcerer. If I wanted to replicate that in an RPG, I'd need DM approval before fudging my int rolls.
Discuss (meaning expand on the topic, add in your own examples, critique mine, and partake in this thing we like to call conversation)
Lurkers...You too. I know you're reading this. I used to walk these streets with a badge on my hip and the handy 'who's on what board' mod tools at my side. We need people to become the new 'regulars' and you're very handsome...Just sayin'.
I used to watch the Powerpuff Girls, and I could never understand why Mojo Jojo always failed. Well, alright, they fail because if they win and kill everyone "it's too dark", but I like rooting for the villain.
I think it's a secret plot to keep us in our place. Those of us who are/were socially reclusive geniuses often longed to exact revenge upon the misunderstanding world with our intellect. Brawn always defeats brain to remind us that there are lots of people who can dish out ass whuppings if we get any ideas.
At least that's my theory *shrugs*
[Edited by Elite, 1/16/2011 10:22:21 AM]
Occasionally there are some villains that rose to power simply to conquer the universe as it is, simply because they thought the universe was beneath them. I only pitied them because they sought to use their powers to destroy when they could've done so much more.
My sympathy goes out to Erik Lehnsherr who, whether or not some of you agree, was a villain because of what society did to him and "his kind". I can understand why, after all that has been done to him he hates mankind. It was because of the actions and more importantly the inactions of mankind did he become Magneto and went on to exact his revenge to those he deemed responsible.
When society is wrong about something and has wronged someone greatly, I can see the reason why would they want to exact their revenge.
And about the whole brawn winning over brain, it's something you come to expect from a materialistic world.
So for that example, and like Elite already said, brawn is not around for this case.
Another example I can think of is pulling from my favorite TV show, Burn Notice. All the "bad guys" Michael (the main guy) comes across don't physically force him to do anything...hell...he could probably kill them if he had the chance. But they always made him do what they wanted regardless...threatened his life, or his family's life or whatever and in the end Michael usually ends up outsmarting them.
So yeah, there is my contribution to this topic. Its not the best I could have made but its 3:30 in the morning and I'm kinda tired...