Sunday, November 4, 2012

Why The Plutonian?

Irredeemable #1
The Plutonian (or Tony for short) is a great example of the phrase, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." But he did not start out that way.

It is no secret Mark Waid based the character on Superman, and Tony is essentially the Man of Steel without the limitless optimism. He was a godlike hero, loved by billions, who went out of his way to save and improve lives for no reason other than simple goodness. Slowly but surely, however, he was worn down by humanity's constant need for him, and what he perceived as ingratitude.

You know when you take time out of your busy day to do somebody a big favour and all you get in return is a tepid "Thanks"? Or when you put a lot of hard work into something you care about only for one person to sneer and highlight the tiniest flaw in what you've done? Imagine putting up with it on a daily basis.

Of course, in the grand scheme of things, these kinds of people are few and far between, but the Plutonian's biggest weakness, and the greatest difference between him and Superman, is his insecurity. He needs everyone to love him.

He's watching you!
And after years of his altruistic acts of heroism, these ungrateful naysayers wore him down until he... just... snapped. The world's most trusted individual suddenly became its most dangerous threat, lashing out randomly at humanity and taunting his former superhero allies.

So I invite you this week to unleash your frustrations at those who have taken you for granted, or perhaps, like Mark Waid, use the Plutonian as an opportunity to write something you could never do with Superman, but have always secretly wanted to. And for those at home, feel free to play along in the comments below!

Some men just want to eat chocolate while their friend's face burns.

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