Bald Heroes -- A Counterpoint to DarkAntics

Last week, satirist DarkAntics posted an entertaining video rant on YouTube in which he criticized Hollywood for often portraying villains as bald men. It inspired me to think of heroes who had no hair to disprove his point.

Yes, the bald villain is a cliche. It would take forever to list all the chrome-dome bad guys in entertainment history. Some of them are Lex Luthor, Dr. Evil, Ming the Merciless, and Darth Vader (although we only see his lack of hair when he asks Luke to remove his helmet after he has already redeemed himself in Return of the Jedi). Yet there are many, many bald good guys out there. Here is a sample list.

Charlie Brown from Peanuts
(DarkAntics would claim that he's an example of bald guys portrayed as weak, but I disagree, Charlie Brown as a kid is a prelude to Charlie Brown growing up to be a true heroic figure).

Patrick Stewart as Captain Jen-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation
(Despite DarkAntics' accurate example that Picard was overshadowed by Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the movie Star Trek: Generations, many acknowledge that Picard was a terrific hero in the TNG series. Remember too that it is commonly known that William Shatner, the actor who plays Kirk, wears a toupee.)

Patrick Stewart as Professor "X" Charles Xavier in The X-Men
(If DarkAntics argues that the leader of Marvel's mutant team is in any way weak because he is in a wheelchair, he would not just be politically incorrect, but also completely wrong, because Prof. X is one of the most powerful superheroes out there.)

Vin Diesel
(DarkAntics tries to poo-poo Diesel as an example of the bald hero, but I reject that. An anti-hero is still a hero, and Diesel is a terrific example of the bald heroic action star whom everyone in the audience is rooting to succeed.)

Other bald heroes worth noting:

Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu in the Star Wars preqels

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Marvel's The Avengers and all the other Marvel superhero movies

Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus in The Matrix

Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven

Detective Theo Kojak played by both Telly Savalas and Ving Rhames

I could go on and on, but I think this is enough to disprove DarkAntics' argument.  Let me know where you stand on the issue.

All kidding aside, DarkAntics' video, titled "PROBLEMATIC," is a satire about the critique of art and worth viewing.





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