there was a golden age superman comic where someone called a hit out on clark kent, and so a sniper tried to shoot him while he was out having lunch with lois
except he’s fucking superman so the bullets just fell off his chest into his lunch and clark just had to pretend nothing happened and hope lois wouldn’t notice that someone just fucking shot him
the hitman thinks maybe he just missed and gets ready to shoot him again, but then he’s watching through the scope as clark starts to eat the fucking bullets to hide the fucking evidence, acting like everything is totally normal as he noshes down on lead
dude just packs his shit up and leaves town because reporters in this city eat bullets for lunch and he’s not fucking with that no way no how
here’s the thing about villain fandom: there’s nothing wrong with liking villains!! there’s nothing wrong with appreciating a complex, well-written, evil (or even just morally grey) character!!! no one is saying that you aren’t allowed to like villains, whether you like them because you think they’re interesting, or because you’re intrigued by their backstory, or just because you think they look cool! there’s nothing wrong with the villain of the series being your favorite character!!
when things become problematic is when you start making excuses for that villain’s actions, or even going so far as to say “I don’t think this character did anything wrong.”
I’m gonna use kylo ren as an example, because he’s one of my favorite villains and because he’s a character most people are familiar with. I love kylo ren!! I like his aesthetic, I love how he and rey serve as foils for each other, I love the way that the filmmakers showed him being torn between his family and his thirst for power, before eventually choosing power (obviously). but, as much as I love the character, I still recognize that he’s a really, really bad person. like, part-of-the-leadership-of-an-order-of-literal-space-nazis bad, literally-aided-in-a-mass-genocide bad, murdered-an-entire-temple-full-of-children bad. he’s evil, and just because I like the character doesn’t mean I’m going to make excuses for him or try to pretend he isn’t a monster. because he is.
and yet, I see a lot of star wars fans on tumblr doing exactly that. there’s a whole sub-fandom of people who identify as “first order sympathizers.” (again, the first order are LITERALLY NAZIS.) I see so many people, especially young, female fans, trying to explain away kylo’s villainy or rewrite canon to make him out as some kind of victim, even though that goes against everything we’ve seen so far in the movies.
I think a big reason for that is because these fans are afraid that if they openly admit to liking a villain, people will think that they agree with that villain’s ideals or think that their actions were justified. and, ironically, in trying to prevent people from thinking that they sympathize with an “evil” character, they end up doing exactly that – making excuses and trying to justify the atrocious things the character has done, rather than just taking a step back and saying, “okay, I know this guy is evil, but I still like the character.”
so I’m going to say it again: there’s nothing wrong with liking villains!!! these characters are works of fiction, and fiction is not real life. you can be a good person and like villains. I promise it doesn’t make you “problematic” or “bad” or whatever, as long as you’re able to admit to yourself that, even though you like this character, they are evil and have done evil things. you’re still allowed to enjoy them!