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Off My Mind: Why Do Heroes & Villains Flock To Big Cities?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
Do heroes attract villains or do villains attract heroes?
I get that a big city will have more opportunities for the supervillain. If they're looking to make a big score, whether it's knocking over a bank or raiding the local science lab, chances are they'll find more in a big city. What I don't understand is why would they take the risk when a city is being protected by a superhero that pretty much always catches the "bad guys"?
It's not like big cities are the only ones with banks or other opportunities to make money. It seems like it would make more sense to rob a bank in a city protected by just the local law enforcement. Assuming the villains have some sort of power or high tech gadgets, this would make their lives so much easier.
Perhaps it's the thrill of stealing on a hero's home turf might be the motivation they're really looking for. Pulling off a heist on the streets where the big hero lives can add a lot of street cred to a criminal trying to make a name for themselves. Chances are they also aren't too crazy about living/operating in the middle of no where.
I guess it just depends on whether or not the villains are just looking for a big score or if it's really about beating the hero. If a hero moves to a small town and makes their presence known, would the supervillains start looking at buying a new house and renting moving trucks? It just seems like it would make more sense for the villains to stay away from a hero's base of operation.