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  16:59:07  14 February 2012
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Hauuu
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On forum: 09/02/2011
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Well, I'm still glad to hear that there are folks out there that like it.

Evil might not be the word for Westmoreland. Spiders aren't evil. Piranha aren't evil. Mutants aren't even evil. But you still don't want them around.

Rather than calling Westmoreland super evil, I'll call him super dangerous.

He's not, by any measure of the imagination, good.
  08:49:28  29 March 2012
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Kusanagi
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sorry i forgot about this thread.

he's dangerous... and he does bad things... but velvet is dangerous and she does bad things and she's a good guy.
  13:05:32  30 March 2012
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Hauuu
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That's definitely true - but Velvet does bad things in the interests of what she perceives to be the greater good, and Westmoreland does bad things based on his own whims and interests. (Though you could argue that Velvet is the same way.) Superficially, their actions are similar; Westmoreland kills a lot of people, Velvet kills a lot of people. But to distinguish who's good and who's bad, you have to consider their motivations.

There's a strong argument to be made that as the series progresses, Velvet starts to challenge her role as a good guy. She kills an unarmed man in cold blood in Crazy Ivan; that's not good guy behavior.

There's a lot of love for Westmoreland. I always thought people liked him because he was so outrageously evil, perhaps similar to the same reason people are drawn to characters like Freddy Kreuger or Albert Wesker - but more and more it seems like people are interpreting him differently.

Anyway, he's a weird and ambiguous character. He's not a good guy. There's absolutely no getting around that. But maybe he's not a bad guy either. There are a lot of things that are predetermined in these stories, but he's not one of them. I don't know where he's going to end up, only that there'll be stabbing when he gets there.
 
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