April 18, 2011

A to Z Blogging Challenge - Day #15 - Letter O - Ozymandias

Movie & Comic Versions of Ozymandias

Ozymandias is one of my all time favorite comic book villains ever... and I am also sympathetic to his reasoning for wanting to create a "better world". For those of you guys who have no idea who the fuck Ozymandias is and what I am talking about, I have a question for you: Are you fucking KIDDING ME?

This panel is why Ozymandias is SO GANGSTER!!!

Ozymandias is the classic hero who has had enough trying to help a society that can't help itself. He is clearly superior to the rest of the world when it comes to frame of mind, so he hatches a plan to focus everybodies attention to a faked alien attack in the hopes that all of humanity will fight to unite against the intruders. The best part about Ozy is that he doesn't make the classic villain mistake of babbling about what he is going to do when confronted by Night Owl & Rorshach. Nope... when they ask him WHEN he plans on unleashing this attack, he tells them it already happened!!! Their reaction is to be stunned.... and there is nothing they can do about it. That makes him the best villain in my book.


Then there is his awesome genetically altered lynx companion Bubastis. How cool is this purple motherfucker? He would easily bring damage anybody who would want to harm Oz. This guy is so majestic it is scary. I was so sad when he was taken out at the end of the Watchmen film... he didn't get nearly enough screen time!!! All of these reasons make Ozymandias the greatest villain in the history of comics. He got it done... don't hate, congratulate!!!

3 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you analysis of this guy. All other villains in movies or comic books always leave themselves vulnerable in one aspect or another that allows the hero the opportunity he/she needs to foil the evil scheme and save the world. It's like they want to fail. Like I dog who chases after cars, they have no idea what to do when they catch one.

    The moment in 'Watchmen' when he tell Rorschach and Nite Owl that all their struggles have been for nothing because he put his plan in motion a half hour ago was one of those 'Are you frickin' kidding me?' moments. All our heroes could do was to lash out against their own frustrations. THAT is how you mess with a hero's head. Brilliant.

    Reminds me of that episode of Deep Space Nine where Julian Bashir is a James Bond-like character playing a scenerio in the holodeck. Through a malfunction the other members of the station are playing part. James Avory (Capt Sisko) really chews up the scenery as the world conquering villain who actually wins the day but then finds his success oddly unsatisfying.
    I loved that kind of resolution. 99% of the time writers think what we want to see is the hero succeed but in actuality the opposite outcome is far more satisfying.

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  2. Did it 35 minutes ago. He really is the smartest man in the world. LOL
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  3. I agree Kal... Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Wanted... all of those comics have the villains and/or anti-heroes finishing first, and I love em for it!!! It's not all about the good guy. I just finished Infinite Crisis (I am a bit behind on my DC Universe, leave me alone!) and I loved that even though the goood guys finished first, a shit ton of Good Guys met their demise in its pages. That makes the story more real. Thanks for stopping by Kal!!!

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