Why The Batman Who Laughs Is Scarier Than The Joker

The Joker is considered to be one of the most horrifying villains in pop culture. The amount of pain and misery he’s caused Batman over the years is indescribable. Despite Joker being a terrifying villain, I would argue there’s one character who is even scarier: The Batman Who Laughs. A twisted combination of Bruce Wayne and Joker, The Batman Who Laughs is Batman’s greatest nightmare come to life. The Comic Vault is looking into the history of the character to see what makes him an even bigger threat than Joker. Continue reading “Why The Batman Who Laughs Is Scarier Than The Joker”

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The Other Side Of The Coin: Two-Face And The Representation Of Duality

Being human involves having different layers to your personality. Everyone is capable of doing good and bad, which is why I find characters who show human flaws to be fascinating. When it comes to representing duality, Two- Face is an ideal villain. As one of Batman’s most important rogues, Two -Face has been an ally and enemy to The Dark Knight. Harvey Dent is a man of the law, while Two-Face is a criminal hell bent on taking over Gotham. Both sides come together to create a multi-faceted villain. The Comic Vault is taking a look into Two-Face’s psychology to see what drives his motivations. Continue reading “The Other Side Of The Coin: Two-Face And The Representation Of Duality”

Looking Inside The Twisted Mind Of Doctor Hurt To Understand His War With Batman

Batman’s Rogues Gallery is made up of some of the most iconic villains in pop culture. Each of them are meant to test The Dark Knight’s resolve, to push him beyond his limits. The best Batman villains are the ones that attack Bruce Wayne on a psychological level. A character that’s capable of playing mind games with Batman is Doctor Hurt. The villain is one of the most recent additions to the Rogues Gallery, but Hurt has a history stretching back to the Caped Crusader’s early career. With his intellect and penchant for psychological torture, Doctor Hurt is a Batman villain you need to know about. Continue reading “Looking Inside The Twisted Mind Of Doctor Hurt To Understand His War With Batman”

Guest Blog: Venom And The Id

The psychology of comic characters is a subject that I find fascinating. What makes superheroes want to save people? Why are supervillains hell bent on taking over the world? The motivations of superhumans are reflected by wider society. A character that represents the duality of a person is Venom. Laura Ferron explores the nature of Venom in relation to the Id, SuperEgo and Ego.
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What Makes Doctor Doom Marvel’s Most Prolific Villain?

The Marvel Universe features some of the most compelling villains to ever be created. From Magneto to Thanos, the best villains believe themselves to be the hero of their own stories. Doctor Doom is cut from the same cloth. Doom’s arrogance and intellect have given him a desire to gain as much power as possible. On the other hand, the character has a sense of honour and a genuine love for his people. These conflicting traits have made him a complex person.

Doctor Doom has been matched against more heroes than any other villain. I’m taking a look into what makes him such a memorable character and what drives him. Continue reading “What Makes Doctor Doom Marvel’s Most Prolific Villain?”

Guest Blog: Iron Man: A Wounded Heart And The Armour Of A Narcissist

Understanding the psychology of a superhero is a good way of making them feel relatable. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr has done an incredible job of making the audience feel for Iron Man. Over a decade, fans have seen Tony Stark’s emotional journey play out. Laura Ferron offers some great insight into Iron Man’s psychology and his motivations for saving the world.
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Riddle Me This: The Psychology Of The Riddler

Batman’s Rogue Gallery features some of the most intriguing villains to ever be created. From Ra’s Al Ghul to Mr Freeze, each foe represents a different aspect of the Dark Knight’s psyche. They test Batman and push him to be better superhero. When it comes to challenging Batman’s intelligence, The Riddler is the perfect foil. Obsessed with proving his superiority, Edward Nigma uses more than riddles to achieve his goals.

Riddler’s motivations make him fascinating as a solo villain and a supporting character to other rogues. I’m exploring the psychology behind his actions to see what makes him one of Batman’s deadliest enemies. Continue reading “Riddle Me This: The Psychology Of The Riddler”