August 20, 2007

Villains (II)

You know what villains I hate?  Villains who lose because of utter incompetence.  Not just supreme villain arrogance (which is very old in and of itself).  But simple, outright, full-on, incompetence.

The most glaring example is from the anime Noir.  Now I never watched the whole series and after this particular scene I don't think I want to.  The main characters in the series are a pair of assassins.  One gets captured and she is in the middle of something in the realm of three dozen bad guys as they take her down the path off of the mountain.  The second waits for them at the base of the mountain.  All of the bad guys simply open up with their guns and none of them can hit her even though she is standing in the middle of the path with no cover!  None of them.  Even worse, instead of simply putting a bullet into the one in their midst, they ignore her and let her get a weapon to join in the killing of them.


Yeah...that scene totally turned me off of that show.


Posted by: Arson55 at 07:55 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 On the verge of bumbling?    

Posted by: Micah at August 20, 2007 08:01 PM (OjNcp)

2 Hm.  I loved Noir, m'self, because it's a good story, told well.  I assume you hated Star Wars because the Stormtroopers couldn't hit the heroes?

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 10, 2007 11:30 PM (q1zn/)


Wonderduck, the example in Noir was carried to extremes.  Overall, I found Star Wars to be...okay.  Up until that point, I thought Noir was okay...nothing spectacular.  But that carried poor accuracy to a new level.  Usually, at least the main characters are running...or something (still really sad but not quite so much).

Combine fairly good, that scene, and the price of anime, I figured the money would go elsewhere. 

Posted by: Arson55 at September 11, 2007 09:19 PM (h9mmN)


...And, as always, I am surprised to see signs that someone else was here...much less someone whose blog I regularly check out.

Posted by: Arson55 at September 11, 2007 09:26 PM (h9mmN)


A bit late to this conversation (your blog in general it seems), but the reason for bad guy innacuracy is onvious. If the bad guys could shoot as well as they are supposed to, based on background and training given (i.e. stormtroopers are supposed to be expert shots, and many bad guy minions are like SF types), then heroes would die constantly.

One marksman providing cover for a group of bad guys who use cover and concealment, and flank their target, and the hero is no more. That's how real life would work. But it's just more entertaining to see the heroes strive and ultimately win against overwhelming odds.

Posted by: James at November 01, 2007 05:06 AM (UbKgc)

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