By Assad Quraishi
Today we’re going to continue our exploration of Thymos. If you didn’t read Monday’s blog, you can check it out here.
Just like we did for Bellum, I’m going to first compare 6 different universes to explain what we originally saw as a concept for Thymos, then I’m going to jump into the world of Jaelara and talk about our 4 Thymos champions. The universes I’m going to explain are:
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Okay, let’s talk about each universe and compare the characters. For Thymos, the commonality between all of these characters will be their ability to use their emotions to fuel their decision making process.
Marvel - Wolverine
“I'm the best there is at what I do. But what I do best isn't very nice.” - Uncanny X-Men, Issue 162
Torn between the man he wants to become and the beast that drives him, Wolverine is a very complex character. However, what he is often known for is a lethal, fighting machine. When in the heat of combat he does not over calculate a decision, he goes off of gut instinct and rolls with it. He is power, rage, brutality, and speed all rolled into one.
DC - The Red Hood
"You can't stop crime! That's what you never understood! I'm CONTROLLING it! You want to rule them by fear but what do you do to those who aren't afraid?! I'm doing what YOU won't! I'm taking them out." - Under the Red Hood
The Joker believes that everyone is one bad day away from becoming him. He proved this with Jason Todd, the second Robin. After his death to the Joker and resurrection in the Lazarus Pits, Jason Todd became the Red Hood, an Anti-Hero doing what the heroes of Gotham won’t. The fact that his whole purpose in life is driven but this one, singleton emotion of revenge makes him a perfect Thymos champion. All he wants in life is to fuel the emotional craving of doing onto others what they did to him.
Buffy/Angel - Gunn
“I can't take it easy. I can never take it easy. Not for one second, alright? The minute I forget that, someone like Alonna pays the price.” ―Gunn
Everything Gunn did was to protect the people of his neighborhood. He sacrificed sleep, food, and shelter to help his people. But when he couldn’t save his own sister from dying by the hands of the vampires all strategy and planning went out the window and his attention turned to pure vengeance. He ran into combat against the vampires with reckless anger foregoing all consequences. That emotional driven decision gave him strength and also proves why he would be great as a champion for Thymos.
Reboot - Enzo (Before becoming Matrix)
"I am Guardian Matrix, charged with defending this system. Two viruses taking over my home? I don't think so!" --Enzo
Children are always the most emotional characters in a show, often driving plot lines by doing really risking things for minimal rewards. Enzo was no different. He found himself delivering parcels between Megabyte and Hexadecimal, entering games, and general antics in almost every episode. The thing that really brings him on this list is at the moment when Bob is cast into the net - supposedly to his doom - and Enzo takes up the mantel as the new guardian of Mainframe. He is poised, ready, and daring but still a child. This reckless thinking that he is capable of defending mainframe and upholding the values of a guardian even though he is clearly not ready is what makes him great as a Thymos champion. Not because he is reckless but because he is confident - something he shares in common with Malik and Feng in a lot of ways.
Watchmen - Comedian
“Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense.”
Was he insane or was he the only one who truly saw the truth in the world? To the Comedian, the world was a dark and disturbing place but instead of clean it up like Rorschach, he just laughed at it. He saw everything as one big joke because our lives, our actions, have no meaning. This nihilistic view of the world makes him great as a Thymos champion because he did whatever he wanted whenever he wanted to do it. It did lead him down some really dark roads but not everyone is a true hero.
Doctor Who - Rose Tyler
“You don't just give up. You don't just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what's right even when everyone else just runs away.” ― Rose Tyler
We couldn’t do a whole group of characters based off of emotion and include one about love, and Rose Tyler takes the cake here. She is so driven by her love for the doctor that she would do anything to save him, even absorbing the Time Vortex to save him.
Every hero, at some point puts themselves in harms way to save someone else and there are so many villians that base their motives on revenge. What makes these characters so special? It’s because, when put into a tight situation they don’t think about what is the most logical move, they don’t take the time to slow down and act cautiously, they follow their instincts. Often times these instincts are driven by a core, emotional motive.
Now let’s talk about the four Thymos champions and how they let their emotions drive them.
Malik - The pain of losing his father, the revenge he wants on the archer that killed him, and his responsibility to the people of Vishud drive everything he does. When he is at home and things are calm he is a respected leader, very level headed, and compassionate towards everyone. However, when he engages in combat he is a brute. He will go on entire rampages, attacking everything and everyone in sight. On top of all of that, he does this with a smile on his face. He does not overthink, he does not plan each attack, he acts and reacts based on what the opponent does and that is what makes him so strong. He is not predictable.
Idiris - She knows what it feels like to lose everything. She lost her home, her friends and family, her husband, and her daughter. Everything that she held dearly was burned in front of her and to make it worse, she was blamed for all of it. This anger fuels her in combat. She will do whatever it takes to punish those who harm her new family and she will do it without remorse. When in combat, she becomes a totally different person and the flames of her anger cannot be contained.
Feng - We’ve already covered Feng’s bellum aspect and that her belief that the only way to end a war is to fight through it. So how does her Thymos aspect tie in? Kind of like Wolverine, she is the best at what she does. When in combat, everything comes so naturally to her that she can dish out massive amounts of damage and not feel fatigued at all. She is calm, collective, and powerful and that all comes from relying on her instincts and habits to direct each movement. She doesn’t tell her body what to do, it just does it.
Long - How does Long’s belief that he must fix the world that he broke stem into his emotions? It all comes down to love. His love for his sister drives everything he does, even risking his own life to kill the phoenix just so he could resurrect Feng. He will do whatever it takes to save and protect his sister, no matter the cost. Someone with that kind of resolve in his actions is a person to fear.
How do you feel about these characters? Do they make sense to you and do you see how their personalities resonate with their affiliations? Let me know in a comment below if this made sense to you and if you like this kind of content.
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