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"People aren't very bright, you know. They say they want freedom, but when they get the chance, they pass up Nietzsche and choose Hitler, because he would march into a room and music and lights would come on at strategic moments. It was rather like a rock 'n' roll concert."
David Bowie as The Thin White Duke

"The first is what I like to call "the Spike", or "the Draco Malfoy", or some variation of cute, blond bastard. An arrogant little prick with just a hint of the possibility of redemption. Girls love that because that means they get to fix him, and women love men they can fix.

Sephiroth Memorial Escape Clause: Any misdeed up to and including multiple genocide is forgivable if you're cool enough.

Feminist women love Eminem

chicka chicka chicka slim shady,

"I'm sick of him, look it him, walkin around, grabbin his you know what, flippin' to you know who"

"yeah, but he's so cute though"
Eminem, "The Real Slim Shady"

"No matter what I may do... whether I kick a kitten, tear off your ears, even slaughter innocent people... the world will never cease to forgive my actions. Why, you ask? Why, it is because I am... beautiful!!!"
Boa Hancock explains a startlingly high percentage of this page.

"Who the hell watches and reads this stuff for the Ordinary High School Student? Bring out my jackass, godammit!"
Anonymous, explaining what this trope is all about.

"Guy’s a big mopey jerk who tries to bully, trick, and blackmail Marian into marrying him while performing such acts as impregnating a servant girl and leaving their baby to die in the forest, then beating her up when she asks him about it. Needless to say, he’s got a devoted female fan base. Actor Richard Armitage has said in interviews that he wanted the audience to feel uncomfortable when Guy is around Marian, with his leering glances and oily, unshaven romance. But fan girls have never let the clear intentions of writers, directors, and actors get in the way of their vision. GUY + MARIAN OTP!!!!"

"I'm trying to clearly distinguish between Tom Felton, who is a good looking young boy, and Draco, who, whatever he looks like, is not a nice man. It’s a romantic, but unhealthy, and unfortunately all too common delusion of actually worried me a little bit, to see young girls swearing undying devotion to this really imperfect character...I mean, I understand the psychology of it, but it is pretty unhealthy."
J. K. Rowling, expressing her very deep concerns about the pervasiveness of this trope

The more contemptuously Mr. Freeze rejected our sympathies, the more we sentimentalized him. The harder he pushed away his humanity, the tighter we hugged him to our bosoms. By the end he was an inhuman monster, but we insisted he was really just a lambchop, a cutie-pie, an ootchie-kootchie fuzzi-wuzzikins.
The Animated Batman: An Unofficial Guide, Snow Job

Cleo de Nile, you so beguile, even though you act so vile
—Theme from Monster High

Fandom ruins villains. Every single one. Forever and ever, amen. It doesn't matter what they've done, what they'd do, how bad it was, how much they enjoyed it and how much they want to do it again -- you best believe somebody out there reckons Rapist McNazi is Lord Sexory Sexington of Sex Mountain here to sex you.
—comment from a Fandom Secrets post

"It's weird, no matter how many people [Thog] kills, the audience still thinks he's lovable."

"Of course I like Jane. I like Tony Soprano and Hannibal Lecter, too. But liking someone doesn't change what they are. The key to dispelling the glamour of evil is to not confuse charisma with virtue."
—Matt Ruff, discussing his Villain Protagonist

"Note that fans will only justify a villain if they're cool - to boys - or if they're attractive - to girls. Having silver/white hair helps. It just goes to show that looks matter, if you look good then the fans are on your side."
PT-Piranha, In a rant of fanfiction.

You put on the leather pants, the pants start telling you what to do.
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