Anna Godberson once said, “She should have known that villains often come with pretty faces”. This is regularly the case in the film industry. Hollywood has an abundance of beautiful villains that steal people’s hearts. But, even though physical beauty is a common theme for glamorous Hollywood villains, there are many more means to ploy an audience to love an antihero. In a diversity of films, the audience is manipulated in to liking the bad guys in many divergent ways. With the use of enticing looks, schemas, and the fundamental attribution error (Keen, McCoy, and Powell 129-148) film developers master piloting their audience to love their villains. The directors and actors alike make these characters appeal to everyone who watches the film. Television shows including Arrow, breaking bad, and weeds all glamorize criminals that people have come to recognize and respect.
In Arrow, the audience is drawn to the billionaire vigilante Oliver Queen otherwise known as Arrow. As with most vigilantes, Arrow is ultimately a criminal. Although he is saving innocent lives and tries to keep corruption at bay, by doing so, he is still killing people. A series of flashbacks help the audience understand his passion for repairing his wealthy families wrongs. He gets shipwrecked alone on an island after he watches his father kill himself to save his own life. However the island is a vicious place. It is there that he gets trained for the survival of his own hell. When he finally returns home after several years, he is determined to save his city and make up for his father’s mistakes. In the show his friends and family do not know that he is the vigilante saving their city, but his audience does. Fundamental attribution error is one...
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...t is good.” (135). In most movies the protagonist is more attractive than the antagonist, thus, leading people to believe that he or she carries a more positive demeanor.
Arrow, Breaking Bad, and Weeds all introduce the villains worldwide audiences have come to adore. The use of physical attraction, schemas, and the fundamental attribution error are clever techniques that reel in an audience and make them go against natural instincts for their survival. Everyone knows they should not love a bad guy and yet, they are being manipulated by media to fall in love with them. These are the new heroes of pop culture and it is safe to say they will be sticking around for quite awhile.
Keen, Richard, Monica L. McCoy, and Elizabeth Powell
“Rooting for the Bad Guy: Psychological
Perspectives.” Studies in Popular Culture. 34.2
(2012): 129-148. Print.