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    Day 7:   Heroes vs. Villains

    It's now been about a week since the beginning of this wiki event. Hope you're still all having fun with this! We're now going to transition from the franchise in general to the details that form it, starting with the franchise's story arc. :)

    What defines someone as a hero/villain?

    One of the common themes with Kung Fu Panda is the sense of good vs. evil, or heroes vs. villains. A good majority (if not all) of stories today have a focus on this theme. Think about the other movies and TV shows you've seen, books you've read, games you've played, or whatever else with a story in it, and you'll most likely find that there's a "hero" and a "villain" of some kind in just about every one of them.

    But what exactly makes these characters heroic/villainous? Is it their appearance? Abilities? Goals? Intentions? Background? Circumstances? The list really can go on and on, which is why we're making it the event activity for the day. :)

    Here are today's discussion questions:

    • What do YOU think makes someone a hero/villain?
    • What kind of qualities do they typically possess?
    • Which ones do you think are most important to the role?
    • (Whatever else you feel like discussing that's related to the topic.)

    Feel free to give your answer however you wish: give an in-depth analysis, make a bulletpoint list, share a personal experience, etc.

    Some things I feel I need to clarify:

    • You don't need to come to a fully formed/conclusive answer. Think of this as a brainstorming activity for the entire community—nothing will be fully developed, and neither side will be "better".
    • On that same note, one of the purposes of this activity is to open everyone's perspectives to both sides of a story. This being, we're not picking "favorites" or which is more "correct". The blog title kind of suggests that we're trying to decide which is better or "cooler", but we're not. This is why I decided against having a planned poll for today ("Heroes or villains?") because it's contradictory to this purpose. This is a discussion activity primarily based on your own opinions, so no one (nor either side) is right or wrong.
    • We're not focusing on specific characters YET. This is why we're opening with this blog on general heroes and villains—we'll be spotlighting characters in the days to come. You can give brief examples from characters, but don't make that the basis of your answer. Save it for their spotlight day. ;)

    So aside from all of that, let's see what we can come up with. As always: have fun! :)


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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Arim Adnap ON JUNE 7, 2013**

      Well, no easy task this time!... ;-)

      But... I guess a "hero" is someone who lives to help others but still makes mistakes, so that he knows noone is perfect. A "villain" on the other hand wants to hurt others just to make himself feel better. - So you could say a hero is "warmhearted" and a villain is "coldhearted"...

      As I said: no easy question! It's hard to explain! But I think even if my answer is short, it expresses my thoughts quite good... ;-)

      Oh yes, and I think the most importand thing a hero should always carry with him is LOVE!

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY IDNpandamaster ON JUNE 7, 2013**

      1. What makes someone a hero/villain is :

      - His mission/goal.

      - Which side he/she choice (good or bad), this is the most common

      - What kind of ability he/she have, and for what he/she use his ability

      - His background

      - His skill

      And many more.....

      2. What kind of qualities do they typically possess

      I don't really understand, but i think :

      - Resolving Quality

      - Fighting Quality, on action movies

      - Intelligence Quality, in some case

      And many more.... again

      3. Which ones do you think are most important to the role

      I think the most important is his mission/goal, 'cause his mission determine which side he/she choice, and it's affect the kind of ability he/she have, continue to his skill, and many more. His background affect his mission/goal, but only a little and it's not always be the point in every movies.

      Sorry for bad english :D

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      I think what makes a true heroe is someone who fights for the truth, while a villain ignores it. (It's kinda hard to tie that in with the KFP villians, but that is essentially the difference.

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Jadepalacetrainee ON JUNE 8, 2013**

      A hero is selfless and only fights when he needs to protect others or him/herself. A hero risks their life to keep others safe from harm. Heroes are kind and caring and love to help when they are needed. The hero usually wins the battle.

      A villan attacks the unarmed and only cares about themselves. They want everything and will knock anyone down who stands in their way. They also see themselves as rulers or kings that reign over everything and everybody. Good thing they usually lose!

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Gari777 ON JUNE 8, 2013**

      I think,vilians are the guys,who have choosed to be bad, because of some reason.Some of them may have a bad childhood or something,thats was not good in there lifes and they becommes bad,because they wanted to show the world,that they can be so bad like them too .They want to hurt the others, because they maybe think,that the others are like them too.Athor vilians have maybe a perfect life,but something make them bad.I am not really shure, if this is so. :)

      I think,heros are the guys,who have choosed to be good and protecting people whit the power they have.They use there power to help and protecting people and to understand them.I think a hero need to know, how to forgive.Like Po forgive and give a chance to Shen.The hero need to know to forgive and to gives chances to the bad guys,not just to take them in jail and thats it.Because maybe they can change.

      So,thats what i think.I am not sure,if this is really so. :)

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Sweetluckygirl ON JUNE 8, 2013**

      The difference between a hero and a villian is made by how they accept "Pain". For villians, when they feel pain, they want to hurt others so they're not the only ones who have suffered. Power and fame is also a important reason. They act like a boss.

      And when Heroes feel pain, They want to protect others fro suffering it. They do want power but then again to ensure the safety of others. They are leaders.

      nevertheless, good and evil is a matter of perspective.

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Lila Perez ON JUNE 9, 2013**

      I think what seperates Evil from Good is Love and Hate.

      For example, in Kung fu panda shifu loved his son so much he couldn't see what he was becoming. Tai Lung Hated his 'father' because he didn't become the dragon warrior.

      In kung fu panda 2, Po loved his family but, shen took it away from him but, he forgave him out of love and was willing to help him.

      Shen felt he was Hated by his parents.

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