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4 for 4: Best Finale Villain
by Mac McFearson
Evil. In and of itself it is the one word that could possibly capture all
that the human race would like to avoid. Some cower from it, some despise it,
and yet some gather the courage to stand up against it. Though almost all would
agree it is the dark cloud that constantly hovers over our existence. However,
evil in an epic struggle against the forces pledged for good, makes for a damn
good anime. And so in volume II of 4 For 4---my ranking of some important aspects
of each season of Digimon---we will look at those who take the cake of evil
in their respective seasons---the finale [or final if prefer] villain[s].
Iíd also like to note that originally I wanted to make this over-all best
villain, but selecting each villain to represent each respective season would
have been a whole other task in itself. So I narrowed it down to ones we know
are coming sooner or later. Keep in mind though, they arenít always the best.
To start, we go to the final villain of the first season. And while the Goggle
Boy race was quite close, this particular list might not be so competitive.
A perfect example of this is our number four spot Apocalymon. Yes, there are
some positive aspects worth mention about Apocalymon, and weíll get through
them quickly. Very quickly. First off, I thought his ability to use past villains
attacks was a nice touch. He is pretty gruesome looking. And generally is fairly
powerful, after all turning eight kids into zeros and ones ainít exactly childís
play. AndÖ and, thatís about it. Thereís really no way around saying this---Apocalymon
just sucked. Okay, he sucked. And for the purpose of making this column a decent
size, Iíll go through some of the reasons why.
First, his mediocre run in Adventure only lasted two episodes [which wouldnít
have been too bad if it werenĎt for the fact that he sucked]. Apocalymon just
dropped in out of nowhere. No background, no clue to it beforehand, and a unimaginative
[to say the least] Ďhow and whyí. On top of that Apocalymon was just a nuisance
. This is suppose to be the final enemy of a season and yet throughout his
time in the season his only memorable trait was how he constantly whined. Yes
I understand the awful American dubbing had to do with lines like ď Why do
all of you get the pizza, while I get the crusts?Ē But honestly, you can put
it ancient Greek for all I care, his nature and general tone was that of little
child incessantly whining. Final villains are not suppose to be whiny. Final
villains are suppose to evil, menacing, and maybe a little edgy. Apocalymon
was just plain, sad. And to top it all off, he was ugly. I previously said
he was ďpretty gruesome lookingĒ---that was being generous. Heís just ugly.
Ugly is not evil, ugly does not threaten two worlds, ugly does not scare me,
ugly does not make me want of cower in fear. Ugly just makes me wants to change
the freaking channel. And honestly after having to look at Apocalymon for an
episode and a half, even Muk starts looking better.
All in all Apocalymon barely managed to hold serve in the areas that any good
villain should dominate in, and absolutely failed in just about everything
else. Piedmon was the real finale villain, even if he wasnít technically the
final villain. In my not so humble opinion Apocalymon was just another unnecessary
attempt to fake an ending. Remember after Myotismon? Yeah, once was enough.
The second go around on that page was tragic. Lets get on with this.
Here we go to Lucemon. Much the improvement from Apocalymon. Lucemon was indeed
a fitting finale villain. Unfortunately the main reason for Lucemon being in
the three spot is well, default really. No disrespect. Lucemon was great. Itís
just that I donít believe Lucemon is better than my top two [and of course
Apocalymon isnít better Lucemon]. So no, hate, thatís just the way it goes.
Now to the big-bad Lucemon himself. Quite the powerful digimon, whoís pure
evil is almost unmatched. An enemy who truly seemed to simply enjoy causing
pain and fear. Sweet, isnít it? And the most considerable aspect of Lucemon
is the story and personality behind the villain. If you donít the story by
now, you should. Lucemon was once a digimon who once brought peace to the digital
world, but like Lucifer told of in the Bible before him, Lucemon fell into
darkness. The Ten Legendary Warriors then defeated him and locked him away
in the center of the Digital world. Yet even from there he managed to corrupt
Cherubimon, so that he could gather enough data to restore himself. That background
has a lot to do with what makes Lucemon an interesting and truly evil villain.
Itís been said that the evil that once knew good is evilest of them all. True
or not, the process of unadulterated goodness being converted and perverted
into evil is something that is captivating and interesting in a sick way. And
it simply makes that evil that much more wicked and maniacal. Donít underestimate
what a rebellious soul is capable of.
And as I said at the top of Lucemonís section, thereís really too much to
sway Lucemon either way. I mean, yes all the things Iíve mentioned above make
Lucemon a very good villain. And honestly, there isnít much negatives you can
count against him. He trumps Apocalymon by a mile, but unfortunately just miss
out on the number two spot a relatively short margin. All in all though, Lucemon
is a good boy of light gone bad becoming quite the wicked villain. Not bad
for a little girl, huh JA?
In a career spanning two season Myotismon became the most well known and best
villain over that time period. First off lets address the most obvious of knocks
against Malomyotismson, the fact that he only appeared in approximately three
episodes. The reason that doesnít hinder him from appearing in the top two
of this list is that he was just plain brilliant in those episodes. As oppose
to say someone like Apocalymon who made a very short and unimpressive [to say
the least] appearance, Malomyotismonís time in 02 alone was Myotismon at his
best. Lets break this down.
First off, the way Malomyotismon made his way into the season. The whole deal
with Oikawa wasnít the strongest thing in Malomyotismonís 02 run, but it was
still original and unexpected in a good way. Any good anime should have twists
and surprises, Malomyotismon and Oikawa provided that. Next the background
of his entrance. Preying on Oikawaís fear and sorrow alone was cruel enough,
but then using Oikawa to prey on the fears and insecurities of innocent little
kids. Thatís evil in every sense of the word. Really wrap your mind around
that. MM was sick enough to even think of suck a thing, and malicious and powerful
enough to do whatever necessary to go through with it. And lastly [read: most
importantly], just his demeanor. It was vintage Myo. He had always been known
for being devious, witting, and just cocking enough to make him the coolest
villain, ever. And an easy argument could be made for Myotismon as the smartest
villain ever as well. From the dark spores, to trying to use the DDís fears
and weaknesses against them this is one villain who used brain as well as brawn.
Myotismon was the complete package. Evil, twisted, cunning, and just cocky
as hell. And really he was the only villain that really truly that feeling
ofÖ like he just expected to win. It wasnít like every other villain in just
about every other show on TV period where the bad guys just seem like losers.
Myotismon was the one that felt like he could take two worlds. For that reason
alone he became the villain you love to hate.
And you know that little flaw I talked about, that one about Malomyotismon
being in only two and half episodes? If it werenít for that MM would be number
one. And if this were a list for best overall villain Myotismon over both Adventure
and 02 would be number one. However, based on those 2 Ĺ episodes in 02, Malomyotismon
sits in the number two spot. Just donít tell him that.
Despite a lack-luster appearance by Apocalymon, this list has been filled
with great villains. Each having a unique style to go with their evil and powerful
substance. Apocalymon Iíll be it did suck [did I mention that already?] but
he certainly was, different. Myotismon has always been one of the more unique
characters in the Digimon series, and Lucemonís entire history is interesting
in itís own way. And thereís no change here at the number one spot as the D-Reaper
was most certainly a finale villain like no other.
With the D-Reaper it was more than just evil, it was the kind of evil, the
way it went about things in a way so much different from any other villain.
All other villains---no matter how ruthless---were still well, digimon [or
humans occasionally]---which the D-Reaper was not. And Digimon, no matter how
evil, are capable of having human characteristics such as fear [did you see
Myotismonís face when Kari got her Digivice in Adventure], pity [Apocalymon,
true it was for himself, but none the less, pity], and they can be altered
in the way they think [Lucemon, from good, to really evil.] . The D-Reaper
in sharp contrast to that, was a heartless, emotionless, cold, destructive
force. The perfect killing machine. It didnít want revenge, it didnít want
to take over the digital world or earth for personal gain, it just went about
destroying everything in itís path because thatís what it was created to do.
The D-Reaper had no sense of good or evil, it only knew to destroy anything
it saw as imperfect.
Now, it is true that you do miss out on that emotional side of evil. Like
in the case of Myotismonís confident cunning, or Lucemonís intriguing persona
and background. That just made the entire experience that much better. However,
even if it was unintentional, the D-Reaper did at times come off as a maniacal
mind simply closing out all emotions. As I said early, it didnít have a sense
of good or evil, yet it still managed to take actions that only a sick person
would do [The whole thing with Jeri as a prime example]. It acted in a disturbing
manner, even it wasnít trying to or didnít know it was.
Greatest Finale Villain Of All-Time: D-Reaper
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