Published on July 11th, 2000 02:14 PM
Time for another "Yin and Yang," this time looking at the "violent hero" archetype/dichotomy. IE, the idea that somehow a character can be both heroic and violent and there's no potential conflict.
This is a difficult dichotomy to study as popular media often glosses it over. We've got explosions, actions, ki blasts, hordes of dead extras, and so forth, and the person leaving such destruction in their wake is usually the hero. It's a popular idea - the hero can be as violent as he wants, no problem.