In comics, it seems abundantly clear who are the good guys and the bad guys. If you dress as a goblin and hurl pumpkin bombs at civilians, you obviously see yourself as the villain, right?
But that's not always the case. Some terrorists, mad scientists, or dictators genuinely think they are in the right. Lex Luthor has always stood by the claim that he is the world's greatest hero. Thanos insists that his most diabolical actions were performed, not out of malice, but for his love of death.
But eventually, people like this might have a reality-check and realise that they were a monster all along.
Of course, it can happen to superheroes too. Crimefighters like Captain America or Iron Man are supposed to be uncompromisable, noble, and pure. But heroes are only human (usually) and so, can make mistakes. They might make a bad call, lose sight of why they became a hero in the first place, or become so consumed with anger, they go down a dark path.
Whether they are a superhero or a supervillain, it's heartbreaking to witness a person acknowledge that they are the bad guy.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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