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Continued comparisons

One study manipulated what characters looked like and measured audience perceptions. They hoped to find out if simple differences in appearance would be enough for viewers to perceive a character as a hero or villain.

The findings indicate that we judge based on comparisons and not because of using an objective standard of morality. Heroes were judged to be more heroic when they appeared after a villain, and villains were judged to be more villainous when they appeared after a hero.

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Morality matters. People tend to like the good guys and dislike the bad guys.

In a new study, researchers suggest that we don't need to see behavior to make a distinction between the hero and the villain.

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Framing the villain

When an audience sees the evolution of a character whose ethics progressively spiral downward, they don't turn against the character. Instead, they remain loyal to him. especially when the antagonists concurrently get worse with the villain.

It's likely the result of a constant comparison with other characters. It shows the importance of how characters are framed.

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The Superhero: A Primer
  • A superhero is a special character who performs heroic actions, usually because of the extraordinary powers he or she possesses.
  • Firefighters, doctors and the police perform heroic actions, but don’t possess super capabilities.
  • Superheroes also follow a strict moral code and are sympathetic, patient and giving.
  • Many Gods, mutants, magicians, scientists, teenagers and tech enthusiasts are on the(rather long) list of superheroes.

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Dismissing our dark side

We strive to see ourselves as 'good' and feel, deep down, that we are fundamentally honest and moral. We tend to dismiss the idea that darkness could lie within us.

Research shows that we avoid others who seem similar to us but 'bad' in some way, such as learning about a serial killer who happens to like the same movie or food as us.

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Psychologist Carl Jung had once hypothesized that the traits we find irritating in someone else can tell us a lot about ourselves. Many studies have confirmed this insight.

We seem to be attracted to people who have similar positive traits as ours while being repulsed by people like us who also have negative traits.

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