Today, Folks, I want you to read this post with your best Spanish accent.
You know why? Cuz somebody’s going to die, tonight!
Eduardo Perez is the one you need to be afraid of. Ok, he used to be much more athletic and strong, but he’s back and he’s up to no good.
He is the epitome of what is known as a knob head: Eduardo has a huge ego, doesn’t care about what people think of him and is confident he’s going to achieve his mischievous plans.
It sounds like a lot of villains we know, doesn’it? Well, yeah, we are familiar with villains, but why is that? Why do we love to hate villains?
El Macho: The Villain You Will Love to Hate
Of course you will. But I bet you will also like him. And probably miss him. Hell, even Dr Nefario worked with him. Isn’t that a sign? And among all this evil, a good one?
Look, he’s kinda cute, whether he’s wearing his anti superhero outfit, or his casual trousers. Look at that hairy chest! and the gold chain! C’mon! There’s a bit of Scarface, there, isn’t there?
The man is a genius. I mean, who would fake their own death by riding a shark wearing a dynamite belt to the heart of a volcano? How cool is that?
And, do you remember when he orders a beer in a bar? I would love to do that! Why? Well, he gets away with murder. Perhaps he does represent all my frustrations.
The Dark Side of Action Figures
Every super hero has a dark side. We can rely on to that. Socially, we’re good, but internally, life drive and death drive fight on the ring of the unconscious.
That’s what makes us human, whether we like it or not. When Freud discovered the death drive, his contemporary fellow psychoanalysts couldn’t accept that about human nature. It is a fact: we are driven by life drive and by death drive.
Death drive is vital, otherwise we would always be in a tensed state of mind. Tension needs to be released. Perhaps I love villains because through them, I can internally shout at my neighbor who put his ghetto blaster on his balcony at night and decided that loud music was the new trend.
Yes, I’m sorry, I’m in a bad mood today. Perfect mindset to talk to you about the dark side of action figures. Mr. Burns. The Joker. You name her/him. Cruella. Prince Charming. Oops! Sorry, my bad. I wanted to check if you were focused. Dracula.
My list is endless and I will elaborate later. For now, let’s dig deeper into the psychology of evil characters.
About Some Famous Female Villains
Anyway, let’s go. First of all, did you know that she was a physician psychiatrist as well as a psychologist? How about that? Whom did we mention earlier? Good old Freud Astaire, the king of mindful tap dance.
Harley Quinn loves The Joker. Does The Joker love her? I would say no, since at best of times, he ignores her, and at worst, he tries to kill her. How can she love him in such circumstances? Compulsion of repetition, my reader friend. Yeah, I know. It sounds barbaric.
Let me explain: Freud discovered that the mind is not always driven by the principle of pleasure, but also by death drive: someone who has suffered a trauma, whether physical, psychological or both, will constantly in their mind replay the scene of the trauma, in order to try to change it and not to have to suffer the trauma in question.
Which is impossible, of course. The traumatic scene happened and can’t be erased. It can only be played over and over via mental ruminations.
So, why would Harley Quinn love someone who mistreats her? Because she thinks she’s not worth love. She has no self-esteem and probably no self-confidence. The lack of both comes from her childhood. All villains aren’t that complex, of course. What about an evil character like El Macho?
The Super Villains and Us
El Macho, aka Eduardo Perez, as opposed to Harley Quinn, is hilarious! He is an extreme character, but in the most laughable way. You can’t possibly take him seriously. He doesn’t even want you to. He just exists and tries to take what he considers his.
But he has a son, and a little chicken he adores: The Pollo Loco. We can only like him. We know he will never hurt anyone, no matter how hard he tries. Because, like Jessica Rabbit, he was just designed that way.
Don’t let him fool you when he dresses casually, tries to look like the boy next door, owns a restaurant in a mall and pretends to try to make a living out of it.
Because we know he has an agenda. Despite being one of the world’s greatest evil characters, his heart is like a marshmallow when it comes to his son and his pet.
Is it the End of El Macho?
Is El Macho’s death real? How can we be sure? Personally, I don’t want him dead. Evil needs him. He stills has lessons to learn from him. Of course, he’s not dead! Someone with such a great sense of humor can only survive us all. I hope he’ll make a huge come back in another future episode of Despicable Me.
Do not forget that he faked his own death once. So, he can do it twice… Do you see his influence on me? This is exactly what I am talking about. Surely, I am not the only one out there. And, if it’s the case, so be it.
I want to see this character again. Because he’s a regular guy like me, with ordinary problems like me, but with a huge imagination to solve them. And sometimes, bare hands, like when he did a heist 20 years ago. Exactly NOT like me…
This post does not encourage violence. It just states the obvious: human beings are complex and sublimate their internal conflicts by playing with action figures, creating animated movies, or simply by reading comics.