my friend keeps saying glados is evil cause she wanted to kill us what do I do explain it to him? kill him? help
hoo boy this is my favorite topic actually
i dont think shes evil at all for what she did. GLaDOS has been abused a lot, from what happened with caroline, to being abused by the scientists, etc. shes developed a pretty unhealthy and detrimental fear of humans and being hurt again, which influences, well, all of her actions. especially the unpleasant ones. she kills off the scientists bc theres no other way out of the abuse. its evident in the first game that shes actually more scared of chell than anything. later on she keeps saying things like “this isnt brave, its murder. what did i ever do to you?” indicating that at first she genuinely doesnt even realize what shes done is wrong. her brain is that warped from trauma. she thinks shes protecting herself, and that chell just viciously murdered her for no reason. thats obviously not true, but in her mind, humans are cruel beings that just want to hurt her. that was her first impression of the world. its only in the 2nd game later on that she realizes chell was initially no threat. thats why she tries to help chell, to let her go, and says she hears the voice of her conscience. she realizes that had she never tried to hurt chell, chell wouldnt have hurt her.
now, none of it is ok. thats definitely for sure. but is it evil? no. if anything, its just really really sad. its sad that she hurt people and drove them away until she was all alone just because she was that afraid