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When Heroes Become Villains -- Injustice: Gods Among Us

Written by RealMsH

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Super Hero Wonder Woman battles villains

It is not uncommon for super heroes whether they appear in comic books, graphic novels or video games, to show anger or unfortunately violent tendencies when battling villains.  However, it is apparent to me from the back story of Injustice: Gods Among Us, that these tendencies have been taken to another level.  It looks as if these tendencies were taken somewhat to the extreme, in my opinon,  when some of the super heroes are actually depicted as bonafide villains in the video game, Injustice:  Gods Among Us.  The reason given for the super heroes having villain counterparts was that there needed to be  justification for the super heroes to fight against each other.  My counter to this justification is that even though I do not in any way condone using anger to demonstrate disagreements, I do not believe it would not have been out of character for the super heroes to fight against each other in the video game, even if they were trying to settle their differences, through video game battles.  I believe that turning the super heroes into actual villans was a step in the wrong direction.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Video Game Characters

Sometimes, characters may have an evil alter-ego -- as in the case for some depictions of Spiderman.  I did not have a problem with this because the real Spiderman was still a crime-fighting hero, while he fought against another version of himself.  The difference between the alter-ego take, and having actual evil super heroes is that  in a sense, he is one and the same character.  When seeing these type alter-ego characters, I know that more than likely, the true heroic character will triumph over the evil one.   However, when super heroes are now being depicted as villains -- that is a whole different story.

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Superman battles Batman in InJustice:  Gods Among Us Video Game

Before you remind me  that these super heroes turned villains are in a different universe than the true heroes, I would like to let you know that in my opinion, this aspect of the video game does not make any difference.  A villain is a villain, regardless of the universe he or she is in.  Some video game players prefer to play villains in fighting games -- which is ok, if that is their preference.  As the saying goes, "Different strokes for different folks."  However, in my opinion, there was no need to use or show super heroes as villains in this video game.  I think there are plenty of existing villans out there who the real super heroes could have fought against.  In fact, they could have used their creative license to make up, create or introduce new villains from other sources -- instead of having well known crime-fighting super heroes to be shown as villains.

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Lobo, a true villain, will more likely remain a villain regardless of what universe he is from

Of course, Injustice: Gods Among Us is basically a fighting video game, so the majority of gameplay is one character fighting against the other.  Even though some of the gameplay features dialogue,  I'm relieved that this game is not a role playing type game in which the storyline of having evil super heroes would be more evident.   The main plot seems to revolve around Superman taking over the world while in one universe, and super heroes from another universe trying to contend with this.  There are other subplots as well that involve fights between the characters in the different universes.

Regardless of which universe the heroes or villains are from, I believe that super heroes should remain super heroes -- and villains should remain villains.  I, for one, cannot imagine an evil Wonder Woman whose mission is to bring peace to the earth as well as to promote truth, justice and the American Way.  In other words, she fights villains, and is definitely not one herself. 

There is always the option for developers and others to have villains change into super heroes in video games. This would, in my opinion, be a welcome change;  unfortunately, I do not see this happening any time in the near future.

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