Archive for March, 2011

Pol Pot

Among the political villains of the 20th century, Pol Pot is one of the few who can match Hitler.

Pol Pot was born in Cambodia in 1928. He was educated at a private Catholic institution in Phnom Penh, and then enrolled at a technical school. He then received a scholarship to go to study radio and electrical technology in Paris. However, in Paris, Pol Pot spent less and less time studying as he became more interested in participating in the activities of the Communist Party there.

Returning to Cambodia in 1953, Pol Pot gradually climbed political ladder in the Worker’s Party of Cambodia, which later became the Communist Party of Cambodia. Pol Pot continuously organized demonstrations against the incumbent government of Prince Norodom Sihanouk. Conflicts between his party and that of Sihanouk worsened as two parties struggle to gain power in Cambodia, but it eventually ended with Pol Pot becoming the premier of the new Democratic Cambodia. Although its name is Democratic, the regime in Cambodia was better known as Khmer Rouge and power was highly centralized in the hands of Pol Pot.

It was during these years that Pol Pot showed the extreme of his evil nature. The Khmer Rouge, of which he was the leader, had the main goal of getting rid of Buddhists, intellectuals, minority groups, the disabled people, those who are influenced by Western ideas. Pol Pot began to kill many of his political rivals, including  the cabinet ministers and other top party leaders. Influenced by the ideals of Mao Ze Dong and his idea of Cultural Revolution in China, Pol Pot began similar radical reforms in Cambodia. He began by moving the whole population in urban areas to rural areas, killing the aforementioned groups, especially intellectuals and those who looked like intellectuals (wearing glasses). Others were to work arduously in concentration camps. Many were left without food and water for many days and starved to death. Many people died from illness and lack of access to medical care. Torture was widespread. Many people were killed for no reason…

The horrible campaigns and massacres that both Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge allies committed in order to remake Cambodia into a Marxist agrarian utopia resulted in the death of 1.7 million people. Although this number is small compared to the 6 million Jews killed by Hitler or 30 million Chinese people died in the Cultural Revolution, 1.7 million people in Cambodia accounts of 25% of its population.

Political villains are often viewed as the worst type of villains. They usually have the power and are educated, and so they are responsible for improving the lives of the people.  However, instead of doing that, they choose to commit horrendous crimes to their own people and nation. No villains deserve to be condemned as much as the political villains, and among these, there certainly is Pol Pot.

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Professor Moriarty – The Napoleon of Crime

Professor James Moriarty is a fictional character in the book the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book, detective Sherlock Holmes. He is a master in crime and his appearance was meant to kill Sherlock Holmes. Although he only appeared in two stories, the narrative description make him a villain.

Professor Moriarty protect nearly all of the criminals in England and exchange for the loyalty and the profit. If Sherlock Holmes is called the light of that era, then the darkness is made by professor Moriarty. In the story ” the Final problem”, Professor Moriarty had a fight with Sherlock Holmes on the top of the Reichenbach Falls. During the fight, the both fell to their death. Although under the pressure of readers, Arthur Conan Doyle made him survive from that fight, Professor Moriarty is still a prominent villain who nearly killed the hero.

Sherlock Holmes once described him in the book that “He is a man of good birth and excellent education, endowed by nature with a phenomenal mathematical faculty. At the age of twenty-one he wrote “A Treatise on the Binomial Theorem”, which has had a European vogue. On the strength of it, he won the mathematical chair at one of our smaller universities, and had, to all appearances, a most brilliant career before him. But the man had hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind. A criminal strain ran in his blood, which, instead of being modified, was increased and rendered infinitely more dangerous by his extraordinary mental powers. Dark rumours gathered round him in the University town, and eventually he was compelled to resign his chair and come down to London. He is the Napoleon of Crime, Watson, the organiser of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected in this great city…”

When I was young, my father usually told me to be a good man, knowing what to do and what not to do. He said, if you are a bad person, the more knowledge you have, the worse person you will be. Because you won’t use the knowledge to help people but use them on doing bad things. Professor Moriarty  is an example of this. That’s also the reason why people value moral courage more than the physical courage.

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Adolf Hitler: The Villain of Villains

Adolf Hitler was born April 20, 1889, into a German political party called the Nazi Party. Hitler’s childhood was filled with rebellion against his father who was a government official and wanted Hitler to follow in his footsteps. When his father sent him to a technical school instead of a classical high school, was a catapult that would fill the rest of Hitler’s life with bitterness and rebellion. German nationalism became an obsession for Hitler as a way to rebel against his father, who served for the Austrian government. When he was expelled from school Hitler he tried to become a painter, but soon struggled, because he quickly ran out of money. Hitler then settled himself into a homeless shelter.

While in Vienna Hitler became an anti-Semite, which had a large Jewish community. Hitler claimed that Jews were enemies of the Aryan race. After Hitler received his father’s estate, he moved to Munich, and had longed to live in Germany. The Munich police arrested him when he was moved to Germany because he was supposed to serve in the Bavarian Reserve Regiment. After a mustard gas attack, Hitler was admitted to a field hospital, where he developed the theory that it was his purpose in life to “save Germany”. Hitler ultimately wanted to establish a New Order of absolute Nazi German hegemony in continental Europe. After the war Hitler became a German spy, and infiltrated a small party, the German Workers’ Party. Hitler began to adapt their ideas of a “non-Jewish community”. The political turning point for Hitler came when the Great Depression hit Germany in 1930. Tolerated by the majority of parties, this rule by decree would become the norm over a series of unworkable parliaments and paved the way for authoritarian forms of government.

Adolf HitlerNazi forces engaged in numerous violent acts during the war, including the systematic murder of as many as 17 million civilians, including an estimated six million Jews targeted in the Holocaust. In the final days of the war, during the Battle of Berlin in 1945, Hitler married his long-time mistress Eva Braun and, to avoid capture by Soviet forces, the two committed suicide less than two days later on 30 April 1945, and their corpses were burned. Hitler is known as one of the most villainous people throughout World. His past shows us how he was able to seize control of Germany and kill millions of Jews, and other minorities in Germany with his dictatorship. These acts have made him to be one of the world’s greatest villains.

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Jacobim Mugatu: The Villain of the Fashion World?

What is it that always seems to make people perform crazy acts? Is it jealously? Greed? Revenge?  In the case of Jacobim Mugatu the answer is all three. As the obvious villain in the movie Zoolander, Mugatu is a once famous fashion designer who is about to become a washed up memory of the past. He believes that because he designed the piano key neck tie he should be revered and remembered forever, but it’s slowly becoming obvious that isn’t going to happen.

For years, Mugatu has been exploiting child labor in Malaysia in order to get his clothes made at such a cheap price with such a fast turnaround time. He has never felt any remorse for doing so. Though, with the creation of new laws that are cracking down on child labor, Mugatu is quickly starting to feel the pressure. He knows that with this sudden depletion of cheap sweat shops, he is unable to continue to create his clothes. So, instead of doing what any normal person would do which would be find an alternative way to make the clothes instead of cheaply exploiting the lives of innocent children, he concocts a plan to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia at his next fashion show and thus preventing the labor laws to be instigated.

Knowing Derek’s career is on the verge of collapse, Mugatu hires him as a model in his show. Having never been able to walk a runway show for Mugatu before, Derek quickly accepts, believing that it will jump start his career back into stardom. Though, unbeknownst to him, Mugatu is actually brainwashing Derek so when he hears a certain song walking down the runway, he will automatically be programmed to kill the Prime Minister who is sitting at the end of the runway.

Mugatu believes it’s a brilliant plan that is expected to work without a doubt. Though, he doesn’t take into account the people who are aware of his goal and of him brainwashing Derek. Matilda, a reporter, and Hansel, the “hot” model during that time, are trying to do everything in their power to prevent Derek from killing the Prime Minister. When the trigger song comes on when he’s walking down the runway, Derek turns into his brainwashed state and he comes extremely close to killing the Prime Minister of Malaysia if it wasn’t for Hansel who ends up changing the song at the last minute.

One can imagine that Mugatu was furious and rightfully so. He believed that by brainwashing Derek he would have created a fool proof plan of killing the prime minister and thus getting his cheap sweatshops back and Derek would end up being arrested, keeping Mugatu out of the matter entirely. It is obvious that none of that occurred.

Jacobim Mugatu is a true villain in the sense that he isn’t afraid to put the lives of other people in danger so he can achieve what he wants to. His greediness and narcissistic manner are strongly evident throughout the entire movie. It is safe to say that those villainous characteristics were an instrumental part of his decline.

Below is a clip of Mugatu brainwashing Derek Zoolander.

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Villain: Riddle This

The villain that i chose to post on was the riddler. Before i get into what he does that makes him a villain i would like to give you a little background information on the riddler. He is a fictional character, comic book character, and super villain  of batman. His real name is Edward Nigma in 2009, the Riddler was ranked as IGN‘s 59th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. The riddler is obsessed with riddles, puzzles, and word games. he has been ever since he was a little boy, but his father made fun of him because he wanted him to go out for sports like a normal kid. Edward soon got tired of this life and got a job at a university with a scientist named Julie. They created a contraption that allowed the person in control of it to remember things that others forget. Gorman soon got the riddler fired from the university because he was greedy and was tryingto cash in on Edwards genius. Edward broke into his house to play a game with him for his life only on the intervention of batman did Gorman survive. This is where her realizes that he needs more of a challenge which is why he goes after batman. The riddler is one of my favorite villains because he thinks his plans through. It seems almost that he wants batman to figure them out. Which is amazing to me because batman is a great superhero and if i had the upper hand on him i would not give him clues on how to defeat me. The riddler has a visual motif  that he leaves at every scene with his riddles on it. This visual motif is something that really attached me to him. He leaves extremely big question marks at every scene with riddles on them the question marks are black, green, and purple but the green and purple are bright colors that really stand out which makes me feel like he is a bold character. Most people seem to hate the villains because of the things that they do, but i really enjoy what they bring because without a good villain there would be no need to have a hero. If we did not have villains there would be nothing to save which would defeat the existence of living. This is why i look forward to seeing who the villains are and what they are going to do, because in my experience in watching many movies i feel as if the better the villain is the better the action and the better the superhero responds to it.

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Hero or a Villain: You Decide If He is Really King!



LeBron Raymone James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio, to a
16-year-old mother, Gloria James. His biological father, Anthony
McClelland, was an ex-convict who left Gloria and forced her to raise
LeBron by herself. This was just one of the many obstacles that LeBron has
had to overcome to become the man he is today. LeBron made some bad
decisions one being when he accepted two throwback jerseys of Wes Unseld
and Gale Sayers in exchange for his posing for pictures to be displayed on
the stores wall, which was against NCAA regulations. As LeBron entered the
NBA from high school he quickly became the hometown hero leading the
Cleveland Cavaliers to five consecutive playoff appearances including his
record breaking performance in 2007. The performance is when he scored 48
points in Game 5 of the 2007 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the
Detroit Pistons, including 29 of the last 30 points and all of the team's
25 points in overtime.

         Three years later LeBron became a free agent. At 12:01 A.M. ET on July
1, 2010 LeBron changed from being the hometown hero to the most hated
villain in the state of Ohio. The hatred for LeBron was not like
anything else I have ever seen, the burning of his jersey, the tearing
down of his posters, and the public humiliation shown by the people in
Cleveland was outrageous. To me Lebron made the right decision to leave
he gave them seven good seasons, but he wants to win a championship and
he believed that Miami gave him the best chance of doing so. One thing
that really stood out to me was how everyone talked about LeBron and
said how he was never going to be considered great because he didn’t
have any championship rings, but when he makes the decision to leave
Cleveland to go to Miami to try to win a championship. They still said
that he couldn’t be great because now he gave up his throne basically
saying he is a sellout and doesn’t deserve to win a championship and be
called great.

        To me what makes Lebron James great is all of the things that he has had
to overcome on and off the court. He is a hero to me and many other men
and kids that admire what he does on the court, but many people don’t
realized what he goes through on a regular basis off the court. LeBron
donated over $20,000 to a committee to elect Barack Obama. The last thing
that stands out to me is everything that Lebron has accomplished, he has
accomplished things in just 8 season that people don’t accomplish in
there careers in the NBA. Such as NBA Most Valuable Player,NBA Rookie of
the Year,NBA Scoring Champion,NBA All-Star Game MVP, NBA All-Star,
All-NBA, NBA All-Defensive,NBA All-Rookie First Team and some of these
multiple times. He truly is a hero to me.

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Sue Sylvester: A Comedic Villain

The hit television show Glee features a set of characters that embodies one of the traits of heroism we have discussed in class: the underdog. The glee club featured in the show, despite their talent, struggle with the reputation they have among their peers. They are seen as losers for dancing and singing show tunes, and often, the football team enjoys throwing slushies in their faces. From time to time, one of the glee club’s performances increases their popularity; however, they always seem to fall back down, facing many individuals who want to do away with the glee club altogether.

One of the people in the show who most vehemently fights to do away with the glee club is Sue Sylvester, coach of the school’s cheerleading squad, the Cheerios. In addition to their fellow peers bullying them, Sue also blatantly and maliciously bullies the glee club members. Sue says herself that she is “pure evil and doesn’t hide it.” However, her purpose in the show is to add to the comedy. Sometimes she comes off as extremely hateful, but her ridiculous actions and pride in herself provide a lot of laughs for the show. Whenever she gets upset at school, she storms through the halls, pushing students into lockers and knocking their books on the floor, like a true bully. In a recent Christmas episode, she portrayed the Grinch in one of the scenes. Since the beginning of the show, Sue Sylvester has been the club’s greatest obstacle to overcome. She repeatedly announces that it is her goal to annihilate the glee club, and she attempts this through many avenues.

Sue primarily targets Mr. Schuester by repeatedly insulting his hair, his clothes, his romantic interests, and his position as director of the glee club. She also constantly tries to re-allocate funds from the glee club to her Cheerios. These villainous acts permeate the show, and often discourage the club from wanting to continue. One of the most hurtful, villainous acts Sue commits is giving the glee club’s set-list for regionals to a rival school. The other team performs first at the competition, and Schuester’s glee club is forced to put together a new set-list last minute, an unfortunate choice that possibly cost them the competition.

Even if she is only one person, Sue Sylvester packs enough evil to antagonize an entire school. Because of the positive intentions of the show, the glee club continually is able to overcome the role of underdog and feel a sense of pride for themselves. Sue is a bully and loves to be mean, but during two seasons of the show, we have seen glimpses of another, kinder side of Sue that she usually suppresses. It’s almost as if she decides to hurt the glee club, then intentionally ameliorates the hurt she caused so that the club survives thus allowing her to continue her torture. In this comedy about the success of the underdog, Sue Sylvester perfectly fills the role as comedic villain in her essentially futile attempts to bring down the glee club.

 

This video features lots of scenes featuring Sue doing what she does best: hate.

 

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