“I see Thea as my chance at redemption.” ~Merlin
I think everyone has the chance to be redeemed…even people like Merlin and Slade. Villains are who they are because of the intensity of what they have been through and often because they don’t have the support they needed during the Survival and Vigilante phases (see How to Become a Superhero). Don’t get me wrong, their actions are still very evil, but because of their experiences they could still turn around, go down a different path and use these choices and experiences in humility to help others. I would love to see how they bring someone out of Villain back into Vigilante and toward hero.
“Now you face people who want to kill you. To prevent that you must kill them first.” ~ Merlin
Spoken like someone who is controlled by fear. I’ve been thinking more about how someone in the Vigilante stage becomes “Island Bound” meaning the identity they reconstruct IS their island rather than learning to use their island to help others. They can’t seem to manage to put together a new vision of who they are so they become “island bound.” Merlin is a good example of this. His wife’s death broke him and he learned to survive this tragedy, but instead of using his experiences to help others he has become trapped in this identity. I wonder what it would take for him to be free again?