Morally grey characters, anti-heroes, and just your generally messy character seems to evoke a wide range of responses in today’s media. Why do we love these characters? What about them makes us bristle? Do either of these reactions say anything about the individual consuming the material?
From X-Men to Dragon Age, many marginalized groups in fantasy and science fiction are depicted as having powers that distinguish them from “normal” members of their respective societies. Fans and creatives discuss how these characters and stories can be empowering or problematic.