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Vengeance vs. Forgiveness

I've been reading recent threads on MacLeod, and the question of whether he judges others. My own question, inspired by a vid idea that is eating my brain, has to do with vengeance.

I'm not concerned with MacLeod killing Immortals for being a threat to Mortals right now. I want to look at his response when another person has harmed him or people he cares about. I welcome any form of response and discussion, up to pelting with gummy bears. But I'm going to start the conversation with a simple list of cases in which it seems to me he responded with vengeance, and times he did not.

Vengeance on:
Kanwulf for the death of Ian MacLeod
Earl of Rosemont for the massacres after Culloden
Kern for the death of Little Deer
Xavier for killing Hamza El Kahir

Forgiveness of:
Kage with personal betrayal and the deaths of the nuns and orphans
the Mortal boy who killed Tessa
possibly Methos ("I want him to live!")

a bit of both for:
Haresh Clay for the killing of Graham Ashe

Ideas? Comments?


Jun. 22nd, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
I don't want to sound bitter or start anger, but: like all "heroes" with a Chosen One / champion syndrom, he gets to decide who's wrong and who's right, who gets forgiveness and who gets dead. It's one of the traits that annoy me most in heroes and Good Guys, and the reason why normally I dislike that type - Duncan being the exception, because I do like him despite this behaviour.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, "The Judge" can get very ugly. My favorite "Good Guy" archetype is what my partner and I call "The Paladin". The paladin strives to do the right thing in complex situations and inspires others to be better by his or her presence and example.

I look for them in books and shows. MacLeod in Highlander, Creighton in Farscape, Paksenarrion in Sheepfarmer's Daughter, etc.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
My favourite "Good Guy" archetype is what most people would call "Bad Guy", or at best, "Morally Ambigous Guy".