Why do Superheros struggle with morality and villans do not?

The majority of Batman vs. Superman was their inner struggle of "am I doing the right thing?" whereas the villain was highly motivated and did not need validation. Even when the villains efforts are thwarted, he still tends to hold strong to what he is set out to do, whereas setback with Superhero’s cause them to waiver. Why is this? Discuss

  • Perhaps the writer can delve into some simple psychology for the comparisons. For example, sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies. – Venus Echos 8 years ago
  • I think it just depends. At the same time the hero is meant to stand for something. They are to be seen as a way that they are still human and have struggles. They know that what they are doing may seem right, protecting people, but is it really the right thing. It is that idea of knowing what is really right and what is really wrong that defines heroes. The villains however look for self interest, so they naturally do not get set back by their disbelief. – josefcdavis 8 years ago
  • I think many villains struggle with their inner conflict that is self-centered--what makes them so evil is their absolute inability to have empathy for others. – Jason052714 8 years ago
  • A fully developed villain should have some sort of inner struggle. The struggle should also create pathos for the villain on the part of the audience. Another type of villain is one who is ensnared by one of the seven deadly sins: greed, lying etc. Villains also serve as a foil for the superhero. Some great villains are humans who show how inhuman they are towards people. Some villains do struggle with morality do they not? – Munjeera 8 years ago
  • I think both superheroes and villains have had struggles with morality, and took different paths with regard to it. They have questioned it, and as a result of this questioning, they have made their choice of becoming who they were meant to be - either villains or superheroes: the former having abandoned the idea of morality, the latter always employing it as one of their values, and becoming their emblem. – Susanna Princivalle 8 years ago

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