Sunday, March 30, 2014

Why Nazis make better super villains than communists.

A while back I did a list of my 10 favorite Nazi super villains, so I was thinking recently that maybe I should do a list of the best communist villains. And as I was thinking about it, it dawned on me, there really aren't all that many. Even some of the ones I thought of barely qualified. For example, being a child of the 90's, Omega Red came to mind. But Omega Red never struck me as a communist true believer, he was just a super soldier made by the Soviet government. He could have had ties to any other government that was an enemy of America for all it really mattered. Hell, one of the closest things to a villain who was a true communist believer was that neighbor from that one episode of American Dad.

But why are there so few communist super villains? Well, I think it's because on one level, communism is sort of opposed to the mere idea of being "super". I don't want to get too bogged down in all the various forms this basic philosophy as taken, the differences between communism and socialism for example, but what is communism really but an attempt to make us all equal? Not merely equal in the sense of we all have equal rights, but in the sense of us actually being equal. I remember in Red Son, that alternate universe story Mark Millar wrote where Superman's rocket landed in Soviet Russia and he became the communist Superman, even some of the leaders of the Soviet government in that story admitted that Superman's obvious superiority poked at the very communist ideal he fought for. Communism by it's nature just sort of promotes mediocrity. But the Nazi's were all about building a better world and indeed a "better" humanity. The Nazis wanted to be superior, communists want to be equal. Seems pretty obvious which one makes the more impressive villain.

As I was trying to find some villains to make a list out of, there was really only one that was truly threatening, truly imposing, and yet still the absolute embodiment of the communist ideal, the Borg from Star Trek.

4 comments:

  1. Killing peasants isn't heroic even if those peasants are intent on robbing and enslaving you

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    1. I'm not sure what you're referring to there.

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  2. I'm not a Nazi apologist, but I think half of the vilization for nazis (and fascist/fascism in general) has to do with the fact we fought a major conflict against them, and were the victor. Plus, much of the modern narrative for liberal democratic hegemony is built on the dead corpse of fascism.

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  3. The Nazis very deliberately wrapped themselves with an image of being elite; a 'master race'. Their uniforms, symbols, icons, ranks, rituals, etc. all were meant to evoke an aura of superiority, of menace, and of military prowess.

    Communists typically do the reverse; the wrap themselves in an image of being common, of being plain, of being downtrodden. Their symbols purposefully evoke the field and the factory, etc.

    Where the Nazis claimed to be supermen Communists claim to be peasants. The Nazis excused their crimes by claiming they deserved to rule, the Communists by claiming to fight oppression.

    That is the context for my original comment.

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