Hey Himitsu. I know you really like female Sentai villains so my question for you is what do you think of Dr Mazenda from Liveman? I fell in love with her from the first episode. (Guns in her fingers, arms and elbows!!)
Oh man, Dr. Mazenda/Rui Senda played by Akiko Amamatsuri is a fantastic villainess!
She is so devoted to proving herself better than he two male colleagues/co-traitors and earning the rewards promised by the Great Professor Bias. The fact that she had a rivalry going with Megumi (the future Blue Dolphin) and broke the heart of Yusuke (future Red Falcon) gives her a doubly personal connection to the heroes.
Her obsession with her own beauty and the preservation of it turns out to be her utter downfall and something she loses as time goes on and she loses more and more of her humanity to try and keep up with Bias’ other pupils. You can actually see her desire to be more beautiful in her original costume with so many adornments and a peacock-like fan behind her head.
As she ‘upgrades’ herself with more and more mechanical parts, more and more of the adornments and vanities of her outfit fall away until there is so very little left of it (or her) in her final form.
Like her fellow traitors, her betrayal of humanity and attempts to become better than any of them, smarter than the pitiful wretches of Earth and hubris become her undoing. She is a tragic figure as much as she is a villain and only realizes how doomed she is when it is far, far too late to go back to who and what she used to be,
I love this kind of villain. Sometimes it’s good to have a cackling, hand-wringing and purely evil baddie but it’s also nice to have one we can see something of ourselves in. A villain who’s faults are all too human and brought them to the wrong side of everything. Doctor Mazenda is a perfect example of that kind of villain and I love her for it.
You know one aspect of Tumblr I hate? No one is allowed to like villains anymore
Because if you like a character (a FICTIONAL character mind you) you automatically condone their actions.
Let’s say your favorite villain of all time is say… the Joker for instance. If you share this on Tumblr, the chances are someone is going to swoop down on you and ‘casually remind you’ that the Joker is a psychotic murderer and a manipulative abuser towards Harley Quinn and you should be ashamed if you like him.
You’re not allowed to enjoy a villain being a villain anymore… everything has to go back to politics and how if you like them, you support their actions. Steven Universe ESPECIALLY falls under this. NO ONE is allowed to like Jasper or even entertain the notion of her being redeemed without someone coming over to rain on your parade and drill it in that she’s ‘an abuser’ and ‘how dare you support literal trash, I can’t believe you’re in favor of her actions’
What blows my mind about this anti-villain mindset is that three years ago EVERY SINGLE PERSON on this site was bending over backwards and making incredible leaps and stretches to justify the actions of Loki and paint him as a misunderstood woobie. The wobbie who stole the throne twice, tried to kill his brother, invaded Earth and caused a lot of deaths, and so on
I don’t understand how he is different from any other villain (Actually I do, he’s played by Tom Hiddleston and for awhile everyone had a crush on him)
It’s not just Loki either, I also remember back in 2014 there was a WHOLE FANDOM dedicated to Randall from Monsters Inc.
Randall, the kidnapper who tried to strap a child into a torture device to suck the scream out of her… EVERYONE was painting him as misunderstood and bullied because Monsters University was coming out. When the movie came out, we learn that he was ALWAYS sort of petty and his grudge against Sullivan started over a minor accident
Oh let’s not forget Pitch from Rise of the Guardians! Everyone was all over him too!
At some point after specifically 2014 we went from loving villains to HATING them. A good villain makes you hate them granted, I’ll give you that. But now we HATE the people who LIKE them!
We went from wanting to redeem every villain to immediately wanting to burn every single villain at the stake and anyone who likes them. What caused the change? What flipped? It’s a mystery that baffles me.. and it’s something I really hate
Why should we hate the people who like villains? It’s not fair at all. Let people like what they like, there are bigger problems in the world than someone liking someone or something you don’t like
“Sometimes… sometimes I think the Asylum is a head. We’re inside a
huge head that dreams us all into being. Perhaps it’s your head, Batman.
Arkham is a looking glass… and we are you.”
- Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth