30 Days of Disney

Day 08 | Favorite Villain
➥ Claude Frollo

Beata Maria, you know I am a righteous man; of my virtue I am justly proud.

A quick note: this was a hard choice, because even though I’m not a villain “fan,” per se, I can fully appreciate the awesomeness of many of Disney’s villainous characters. That said, when I gave it a bit of thought, Frollo won without contest. He’s far more complex in his motives and his thought process and his view of himself than almost any of the others. Most Disney villains know and embrace their evil nature and motives (Malificent is “the mistress of all evil,” Scar delights in murdering his brother, and Ursula only pretends that she’s not an evil bitch.) Frollo, however, genuinely thinks he is in the right and that he is a good, faithful Christian who is following God’s will (“And he shall smite the wicked!”) He also struggles with lust, which gives us one of the darkest and deepest of all Disney’s villain songs with “Hellfire.” I think most of his depth and delicious awfulness is due to Victor Hugo’s gift as a writer, though I realize that Disney’s Frollo is not Hugo’s Frollo. Anyway, that’s my Frollo spiel. I was going back and forth between Scar and Dr. Facilier and Malicifent and the like, but…Frollo is, to me, the most adult and complicated and possibly the most evil of all.

The Importance of Gale in THG

I’ve lost track of how many posts I’ve started and then deleted about Gale for everlarkedalways’s Countdown to Mockingjay - the Characters of THG.

It isn’t that his character isn’t interesting or important, it’s that his character is so… lost. He isn’t the deliciously evil antagonist like Snow or even Coin, who makes you root for the hero of the story. He’s the guy who screwed up, with devastating consequences.

Although Gale had flaws, he had good qualities, too. He was loyal and dedicated. He didn’t intentionally embrace evil, he genuinely believed he was acting in the name of justice. The rebellion was needed, and he was a brave soldier fighting against oppression.

But despite his good qualities, he isn’t given the pass that seems to go to other flawed characters such as Beetee and Johanna (who also made some choices that were less than stellar when it came to the enemy).

He’s in the thankless place of being the guy who let down his best friend and then wounded her deeply. He allowed the fires of his hate to be fanned by a leader who turned it against a girl he cared about and wished to protect, along with countless other children. He deliberately killed people and allowed himself to believe it was justified for the greater good. He was used and corrupted.

I don’t make excuses for Gale or his choices. He could have listened to Katniss’s wisdom. He could have found within himself a measure of Peeta’s compassion. He could have held on to his humanity in dealing with the enemy.

But Gale’s importance is found in all these flaws.

He is the example that the author holds up of a good man gone wrong. He’s the warning to all of us about what can happen when taking on evil, when the noble goal gets lost in the vengeful need to punish the enemy. How insidious a thing war can be with its ‘us or them’ mentality.

Without Gale, the story would lack such a critical message. It’s easy to love the heroic characters who overcome flaws, hold on to nobler principles, or to find satisfaction in seeing the truly despicable villains get their just desserts. But the living tragedy that characters like Gale represent are a reminder to how simple it is to slip over to the wrong side of the ledger in war.

(My head-canon is that post-MJ, Gale did realize how wrong he was, and that he used his time in D2 to face up to his actions and make some kind of restitution. I like to think that as he worked side-by-side with the people he had fought against, he learned that the real enemy was the system and ideology set up by corrupt leaders. Maybe that’s wishful thinking, but if the ‘Gales’ in war can be restored, or better yet, have their story serve as a lesson in the first place, there’s reason to be hopeful.) 

After sleeping on that last episode and reading all the Rumple hate in the tags I have to say I have been converted…I NOW HATE Rumplestiltskin.

Wait…no no, that’s not right. *finishes waking up* Oh yes...I STILL LOVE Rumplestiltskin. He is evil? Oooh what a shock. He does evil things? Even more shocked. I’m not sure my heart can take much more of this evil Rumple.

I loved him all hopefully evil in season one. I love him trying to figure out who he was in season two. I loved his hero turn in season three. And I love his descent into his current FUCK YOU TO THE WORLD attitude this season.

In fact I may love him even MORE than before. He is not just evil. He is deliciously evil. And, yes, I’m going to love it when he gets kicked in the head by karma as well. Because ANGST. And PAIN. It’s ALL GOOD.

father-of-all-lies  asked:

Product review (muse) The product arrived promptly and in perfect condition and was far more handsome and charming than first advertised.. He is deliciously evil, intelligent and quite brilliant. I look forward to testing my purchase to it’s full potential in the near future

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