i feel like video games are one of the most motivating art forms to me. they really teach you that you’re worth something, and that there is always somebody who believes in you.
Handsome Jack is the villain from Borderlands 2. He starts out as being a total jerkass but in a hilarious way that makes it kind of hard to take him seriously, but things get really personal after a while [it happens a lot sooner if you’ve played the first Borderlands and are familiar with that set of characters] and you just start despising him. And he really does believe that he’s the hero and you’re the bad guy, getting in his way.
And while Pandora [the planet the game takes place on] is definitely a shithole and basically everyone who inhabits it is murderous and terrible [including the playable characters, to an extent], he is so much worse than everyone else.
I could talk about him all day, but I really can’t do him any justice. There’s nothing like experiencing his assholery firsthand. He’s just incredibly well-written.
That’s it I’ve thought too much about really great villains today and now I’m exhausted
holy crap did I get fired up
okay but Handsome Jack
"No, no, no… I can’t die like this… Not when I’m so close… And not at the hands of a filthy bandit! I could have saved this planet! I could have actually restored order! And I wasn’t supposed to die by the hands… of a CHILD KILLING PSYCHOPATH!! You’re a savage! You’re a maniac, you are a bandit, AND I AM THE GODDAMN HERO!!"
He says to you after he ran experiments on the citizens of Pandora with a horribly toxic substance and murdered tons of people and wrecked towns and built a fucking moonbase that eclipses the view of the goddamn moon and can be seen from everywhere on the planet and—oh yeah—fucking enslaved and poisoned his own daughter so he could use her to summon a fucking hellbeast to keep in his command and trying to stop you from freeing her and fucking guilt tripping you about killing an innocent girl who he was just using for his own purposes and she was his own fucking daughter and he still legitimately thought he was the hero of this fucking story
talk to me about Handsome Jack I hate his fucking face he’s fucking wonderful
Okay but my top three favorite video game villains are definitely WW Ganondorf, Bowser, and Handsome Jack. Not necessarily in that order because I can’t decide but they’re all excellent characters
[COMES SCREAMING OUT OF THE DARK] LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT HANDSOME JACK
Y’know, Bowser is a good example of a villain who embodies both the “human” villain and the “evil for the sake of evil” villain. Fucking Bowser, going off his roles in the Mario RPGs.
He’s dirty, he’s rotten, and he loves it. His subjects call him things like “Your Foulness” and variations of, and he just revels in it. And when somebody tries to muscle in on his territory, he sure as hell doesn’t appreciate it, and will try to stop them. Nobody can argue that Bowser isn’t one bad dude.
But then, he’s also a big doofus, who recites silly haikus to himself and talks to fucking posters, and isn’t exactly willing to let the world go to pieces…mostly because he’d rather have the world intact for himself, but hey.
And if you don’t like Bowser then I don’t even know what to say to you because I love the big, dumb lug.
That’s exactly what I was thinking, yeah. It looks like a bad wig and it’s causing me distress because TP Link is my favorite Link
Also his eyes are a little too round. Like, the HW OoT Link skin has TP Link’s eyes. And those eyes are basically 90% of the reason I find the TP Link the most attractive so