Growing up, I watched the typical cartoons. Looney Toons, Tom and Jerry, Droopy (my personal favorite), Voltron, and I will even admit to watching the Smurfs. Obviously, these are not the only cartoons I watched, but it is a good sample size.
A discussion at work today made me realize that when I was growing up, I tended to hope that the “villain” would win in the end. I wanted Wile E. to catch that stupid roadrunner. I felt bad for Tom; I wanted him to catch that stupid mouse. I wanted Gargamel and Azrael to catch those annoying blue communists. It wasn’t universal, I did always like Droopy, and I always wanted him to win in the end, but a lot of the other cartoons, I wanted the villain to come out on top. Heck, I even wanted Mr. Fudd to shoot that darn wabbit.
Actually, even in regular movies, I tend to root for the bad guys. Darth Vader, Bruce the shark in Jaws, The Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and of course, I always rooted for Godzilla, if he was the good guy or the bad guy. I hated superman, spiderman, the humans. The villains were always so much deeper as characters.
I have no idea why I wanted the bad guys, or the villains, to win in the end. I don’t know what that says about me.
Maybe I just like things that annoy me to lose.