I am a huge fan of violent media. Cinema, comics, TV, music, video games, pro wrestling, UFC, the lot.
Some of my favorite things in violent media are the characters with a just cause.
In pro wrestling there have been two cult like factions with a just cause (as those characters saw it). The early 2000s faction lead by Steven Richards known as Right to Censor (who championed the cause of censor the industry of sexually suggestive material), and the current (and my favorite) lead by CM Punk, the Straight Edge Society (who champion the cause of spreading the hardline version of the Straight Edge philosophy).
In comics it is characters like Magneto, who fights for his version of equality between man & mutant, for the sake of sparing mutantkind the same genocide perpetrated on the European Jews at the hands of the Nazis, and the Sin Eater, a serial killer who murders people he feels are sinners (lawyers who get killers off, and officials who take bribes) and deserve death. Though my favorite in the medium of comics is The Spectre, the living embodiment of god's rage and spirit of his vengeance. In one of my favorite issues, he appears in the skies above the entire state of New York and declares he will kill every man, woman, and child of the state of New York if a wrongfully convicted man's death sentence handed down by the people of the state is carried out. (His logic being that "the people of the state of New York murdered an innocent man.)
The most well known characters in this archetype are those in the medium of film. The Saints (Boondock Saints), John Doe (Se7en), and [my favorite] John Kramer aka Jigsaw (Saw) are probably the most well known in contemporary films.
I like these characters because (with the exception of the RTC, and to a lesser exception the SES) I agree with them. I think every city in this country needs someone like The Saints, John Doe, or Jigsaw.
If you were to sit on the jury in a trial where one has taken the life of someone who had murdered an innocent person, in anyway sexually abused a child, raped someone, or maybe even less extreme but (in my mind no less despicable) was a drug dealer(someone who profited from the weakness and eventual death of another human being), would you convict that person?
Am I alone in thinking that the world could benefit from a return to the trend of "old school justice"?
These are the kind of thoughts the go through my head when the insomnia is on an upswing and I am sleeping two hours every twenty four.