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• 1/8/2019

Pure Evil Removal: Acnologia

So I recently finished reading Fairy Tail a few days ago. Disappointing arc but satisfying ending. Anyways, Acnologia, the endgame antagonist has been under this category for awhile and honestly...I don't buy it.


Acnologia...cool looking villain and all, but lord, this guy has the most generic and rushed motive. He wants nothing but destruction. Why? Apparently, the dragons killed his family and stuff, so he got mad and now he wants to destroy everything. It's so shoehorned that it's hard to tell if he even has a proper moral agency. And for a bonus, he's given some kind of like honorable send away where he declares Natsu as the king of dragons, claiming him to be worthy...?


You have villains like Zeref, Mard Geer, Jellal, Faust and Irene. All of which had more fleshed out motives and have done more heinous acts, but none of them are considered pure evil. Acnologia really doesn't stand out, he's like the rest of them. Hell, Madara was a much more threatening villain and yet he's not even pure evil either.


What are your thoughts?

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• 1/9/2019

As long as a Pure Evil villain has a motive, they qualify, like this character does. However, according to this proposal, he may have a Freudian excuse. I'm left undecided for now.

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• 1/9/2019

Ok so undecided - 1.

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• 1/9/2019

The only issue I have with that explanation is whether he actually still has that as his primary motivation in the present. Because it sounds more that he became what he had because of loving slaying dragons. He grew to despise humans long ago, and takes immense pleasure in killing, destruction...it doesn't help that when he remembered about killing a little girl after his family was killed by dragons, he finds a ribbon resembling the girl's ribbon and then destroys it in sadistic relish.


He may have had a FE, but at this point, it far and away no longer explains his actions aside from him doing so because he loved it.

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• 1/9/2019

Well, then I vote "yes". If Acnologia did such things, his Freudian excuse ultimately comes off as invalid.


Verdict:

Cut-1

Keep-3

Undecided-0

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• 1/10/2019

That scene with him and the girl only happened in the movie, but I don't think that movie is canon. The only person he's killed on screen is Igneel, who was already dead by this point. But even so, it's not like Acnologia's been the only person killing people, which is all he does really.



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• 1/10/2019

That's not what I'm getting at: you're basing your assertion on the FE, even though I have just gotten finished explaining why it doesn't hold up due to it being contradictory.

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• 1/10/2019

And you seem to be blissfully ignoring that he had a genocide on an entire species, a high attempted body count, etc.

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• 1/11/2019

I'm aware of his genocidal murders on the dragons, but I recall you asking me whether the kills were seen on screen or not (this was regarding Muscular being pure evil) and if it was something off screen then it wasn't really enough for the villain to be considered, unless that was something changed along the lines.

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• 1/11/2019
Stomping on Someone's corpse while laughing sadisticlly is pure evil enough
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• 1/11/2019

If the villain did multiple atrocious acts or the off-screen villainy has very visible effects, then it qualifies.