I’ve always been in love with villain characters. Even as a kid my favorite character was Scar from The Lion King.
But the thing is, I will never defend Scar. Scar was an asshole. He was a murderer. He was a nasty backstabbing piece of shit. I love him for that because he’s a fictional character and that’s fun to play with in an environment where you know he’s going to get punished for doing terrible things in the end. He is a villain and is treated as such, and that’s why I enjoy it.
There are villains I do not like, though. For instance, in Adventure time, Ice King revolts me. He kidnaps women and tries to force them to marry him. Forces them to marry him. If you do not see the rape allegory idk what to fucking tell you. And at first I was ok with it because he always got his ass kicked, but as it went on they tried to force it down my throat that I’m supposed to sympathize with this disgusting man. I’m supposed to forgive him just because well he used to be a cool guy and you like that impression of him so it’s suddenly ok that he’s lost his mind and kidnaps women! In fact, let’s turn him into a hero! A lovable character! And people eat it up. People defend him. They defend this cartoon child-safe rape allegory. They do not go “I know it’s fucked up but I like it in fiction” they literally make excuses for him.
It’s literally just like rapist in real life get defended.
It may be a cartoon but your reaction to it is real and telling.