What you call an infinite brawl, eternal souls clashing
War gets deep, some beef is everlasting
Though I do admit it came on fast,
Still I do believe that it can last
And I will be loathing, for forever, loathing, truly deeply loathing you,
My whole life long
— Galinda and Elphaba, Wicked
, What Is This Feeling?
Do you know what nemesis
means? 'A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent' — personified, in this case, by an 'orrible cunt
It all makes sense! In a comic, you know how you can tell who the archvillain's going to be? He's the exact opposite
of the hero. And most times they're friends, like you and me! I should've known way back when — you know why, David? Because of the kids! They called me Mr Glass.
You know, I used to think it was our families
that made us who we are? Then I hoped it was our friends
. But if you look at history, the great men and women of the world have always been defined by their enemies.
Every fairy tale needs a good old-fashioned villain. You need me, or you're nothing. Because we're just alike, you and I - except you're boring
Oh, you. You just couldn't let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.
Can't believe you think he's my boss, he's my archenemy!
You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies.
: So, you have enemies, then. Eleventh Doctor
: Everyone's got enemies. Amy Pond
: Yeah, but mine's the woman outside Budgens with the mental Jack Russell. You've got, you know, arch
Lord Monkey Fist, my arch-foe! Hey, I just realized I have my own personal arch-foe. It's kind of cool.
No, no, I'm not gonna kill him. We need each other. We define each other. We're... yin and yang
, black and white.
Ages ago Set coiled about the world like a python about its prey. All my life, which was as the lives of three common men, I fought him. I drove him into the shadows of the mysterious south, but in dark Stygia men still worship him who to us is the arch-demon. As I fought Set, I fight his worshippers and his votaries and his acolytes.
: You just have to keep pushing my buttons, don't you? The Monarch
: I'm your arch enemy! That's what I do
! That's my thing
: These two dudes are completely on their own level that's just beyond anyone else in the movie, which makes then a really great pair. There's a grandness to them and their adversarial relationship –- as well as their familiarity with each other — that this movie does pull off pretty well despite all its other flaws. David
: Well, Luthor even says it: he'll miss Superman
, the only man who can keep up with him. He's also, notably, the only man who's ever outsmarted
Luthor, with his great gambit at the end of Superman II
. He not only outsmarted Luthor, he used Luthor as a pawn to outsmart someone bigger
. Luthor respects the Hell out of that. Chris
: Exactly, which is why as far as Luthor's concerned, Superman has to die. David
: It's almost a Batman/Joker Killing Joke
opening scene vibe.
The Master believes he is the most powerful force in the universe. He believes that he is entitled to whatever he desires. He believes that existence itself is a perpetual conflict, whereby he must fight to claim what is rightfully his. Survival of the fittest.
Certainly, the speech that the Master has Midge deliver at the youth club reflects this world view. 'Get rid of the deadwood, let the wasters go to the wall, and the strong will inherit the earth. You and me.
' And mostly him.
Survival rather cleverly mirrors the Master to the Doctor. The Master recruits his own young followers — a clear contrast to the Doctor’s companion. However, while the Doctor tries to teach Ace to be a pacifist, the Master turns his disciples into soldiers and killers
. He keeps Midge on a leash. While the Doctor empowers his companions, and helps them to grow and develop
— the Master confines and constrains his followers. This contrast is only really possible with Ace, as she seems to be the first companion who is clearly and demonstrably strengthened by her time with the Doctor.