Bad guy stereotypes

Posted: September 28, 2014 in Random
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Sith ©2009-2014 alxcote

Sith ©2009-2014 alxcote

When Star Wars: Rebels started unveiling their villains for the show, something struck me.  The bad guys are very recognizable as bad guys.  Look at characters like Darth Maul, General Grievous, and Asajj Ventress.  Clearly those are bad guys.  Look at their dark clothes and the markings on their skin.  This is great for selling toys.  It makes it very easy for kids to identify who the bad guys are.

Unfortunately, it isn’t so easy to identify the bad guy in real life.  The Star Wars prequels did a good job of illustrating this.  Senator/Supreme Chancellor Palpatine didn’t look like a bad guy.  He was someone that Anakin looked up to as a mentor.  He seemed like a friendly older gentleman with Anakin’s best interest in mind.  As we all know, he was a bad guy in disguise.  Much like in real life, the unsuspecting neighbor next door could turn out to be a horrible person.

What I’d like to see, tho, is the other side of the coin.  We’ve seen bad guys that look like bad guys. We’ve seen bad guys that look like good guys.  But what about good guys that look like bad guys?  What about someone that looks like Darth Maul but is actually a hero?  Having tattoos or wearing dark clothes doesn’t make you a bad guy.  I think it would go a long way to teaching kids that they can’t judge people simply by the way they look or dress.  Maybe this has already been done, but I can’t think of an example off the top of my head.

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