cowboy bebop 30 day challenge, day 7: in which I have a least favorite villain …

First off: 400 posts! I am getting closer to surpassing my previous blog in number, which I am honestly a little surprised I might actually be able to do.

Ahem. Anyway …

Honestly, Twinkle Marie from “Gateway Shuffle” could fit into this day’s challenge because she was just so blah, but since I already used her – well, her episode, anyway – I’m going to be a tad controversial. Why? Because I’m still tired and feeling contrary. This new med has my brain all sorts of fucked up.

So … I’m picking Vicious. Yep, I’m choosing the main villain of the series, the one that we are supposed to loathe above all others. It’s not like I don’t have my reasons, though.

For starters, the name. 1) Did his parents name him that? 2) If they did, was it like, “That sounds like a strong name.” 3) Is it a nickname? 4) Did he name himself that? 5) How long did it take to stick? 6) Do his friends call him anything for short? 7) Does he have any friends? And the list actually continues.

I’m all for enigmatic baddies as much as the next gal, and Vicious is at least somewhat intriguing in that respect: we know very little about him, except what hushed whispers float around, which as a storytelling device is effective, sure. But as a character, he’s just so one-note, never changing and spouting off overly pretentious lines like, “There is nothing to believe in. There is no need to believe.” Okay, Emo Nietzsche. I know this is basically blasphemy for a lot of fans, but I don’t watch scenes with Vicious because he interests me – I want to know more about Spike, Julia, the Red Dragon Syndicate, etc.

Maybe that’s the point, but I don’t know. I need to feel more about a villain in most cases, but the series was still wildly successful, despite Vicious’ blahness. Oh, well.

Art Credit: PennLive, Polygon

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