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LaptopGuy Heel from Joisey Relationship Status: Singularity
Heel
Feb 26th 2021 at 10:46:12 AM

When have you sympathized with a story’s antagonist more than its protagonist?

(I made a thread like this earlier today but accidentally put it in Trope Talk).

AegisP Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
Feb 26th 2021 at 12:33:17 PM

Tai Lung. Kung Fu Panda. You know the drill.

Too late, I'm already judging you. Here I go judging. Ahem. "That person spells 'Mmm' with seven M's. What a weirdo."
Mara999 International Man of Mystery from Grim Up North Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
International Man of Mystery
Feb 26th 2021 at 1:08:40 PM

Hmm. There have been plenty of times where I've been way more entertained by the antagonists, especially if the protagonists are quite bland and boring. I'd say that I have had enough pity for the occasional Tragic Monster, that I've sometimes wished that they might be able to get away with it. Even though antagonists like Godzilla, King Kong and Frankenstein's monster caused much destruction, they tend to be pitiable victims of circumstance.

VengefulBale Tai Lung from The Spirit Realm Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Tai Lung
Feb 26th 2021 at 9:28:22 PM

Some monsters in Ultraman have been pretty much Designated Villains. The worst case is that of the Alien Baltans in the original, while one of their kind descends to Earth to try and conquer it (and even then they were willing to try diplomacy) apparently that's enough to condemn 2 billion of their kind to be killed once the attacker is killed.

Like, jeez, Moral Myopia does not even begin to describe how fucked up that whole thing is.

At least Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact managed to make a better and more morally sensible version of the story

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