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Lucy Demotivational by TheRisenChaos Lucy Demotivational by TheRisenChaos
Poster about "Elfen Lied" and it's main protagonist Kaede, better known as Lucy, the Diclonius Queen. As much as I like her, this has to be said.

Folks, "protagonist" does not always mean "good guy." I covered this with Lelouch, and Lucy is a similar case. She's widely regarded as a very tragic figure and a character that can be sympathized with surprisingly easily given she's a mass murderer. And that's entirely valid. But then there are people who say she's "not evil, just misunderstood" or see her as an innocent victim. Which just is not supported by the manga and anime canon, especially the manga. For most of what we see of Lucy in parts of the plot that are not her backstory, she's never the victim and always the victimizer. She resents all humans for how a select few humans treated her. She freaking ENJOYS bringing down lower lifeforms and causing them pain. She gets ecstasy out of maiming, torturing, and murdering others because she feels she's worth nothing to them, so they should be worth nothing to her too, and being the one to deliver pain and suffering helps relieve the pain she's suffered in her past. That is EVIL.

As for said past, to be perfectly honest, she stopped being a total victim upon leaving that orphanage/boarding school, after which she started killing innocent people so that she could crash at their houses, even making up such sensible self-rationalizations for it like "it's not fair that these people should be happy while I'm miserable!", and then stopped being a victim of any sort when she chose to listen to the voice of her homicidal instincts in her DNA and become entranced into slaughtering civilians at the festival (even people who'd wanted to HELP her!) and then doing the unforgivable to Kouta's family right in front of him. There was no going back for her after that. As I've said before, the only atonement and "happy ending" for her could be accomplished through her death, as penance to Kouta and the entire world she'd persecuted.

This isn't to say that Lucy's not ever sympathetic and isn't a character worth loving. She's a great character and a fascinating psychological study - I freaking love this character, as I've made known before. But regardless of your opinion on her, don't go calling her things she's not, and a victim is one such thing (Young Kaede was a victim at a time, and maybe Nyu was too, but Lucy? NononononoNO). That label better fits Kouta, Nana, Mayu, and yes, even Mariko.
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KeybladeMagicDan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
Lucy is like the MCU Loki of anime fanbase where everyone claimed she is a victim and get lot of love for some reason.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Nice comparison!
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KeybladeMagicDan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Thanks and i'm sicked of  whole Lucy & MCU Loki get treated as innocent angels who needed some love,support & making whoever as their one dimensional villain.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
I think I get what you mean.
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KeybladeMagicDan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Oh alright i understood and be careful of crazed fanboys from lucy.
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idris2000 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
I never really liked Lucy, and I agree. (But I don't hate her.)
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
Lucy's oddly likable to me, as evil as she is, but she's definitely no innocent victim - she chose to be what she became.
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idris2000 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
Agreed.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
:handshake:
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RIK-E01 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Lucy's a bloody demon.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Who we love to hate and also love to love. XD
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RIK-E01 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
True that. She's so hardcore! XD
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Sympathetic and compelling but no less evil and terrifying!
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TheDeviousDude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
F*** Lucy.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Agreed. And I only say that 'cause I love her but hate the things she's done, just like Lelouch.
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TheDeviousDude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
It's the attitudes that are the biggest turn-off...it's one thing for them to jump off the slippery slope and do evil things, but to do it with such manic glee is especially repulsive.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
On the flip side, it makes them enjoyable villains to watch. One reason anime Lucy isn't as good as Manga Lucy is because she's too much of an angsty downer and sometimes carries a "woe is me" air about her, which even for tragic Anti Villains/Anti Heroes is no fun at all. (Regina Mills is the posterchild for this.)
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TheDeviousDude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Agreed.  I'd rather love to hate Lucy than just hate to watch her (ditto for Lelouch).
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Sadistic troll Lucy and fabulous supervillain Lelouch are the best! (Similarly, Light Yagami > Rumple/Mr. Gold in the newest seasons.)
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TheDeviousDude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
(Yeah, well, Rumple / Mr. Gold was carried too far beyond his natural five-season lifespan.  Lelouch died right when he needed to.)
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
(I said Light Yagami, not Lelouch. xD But yeah, that fits too. Light, Lelouch, and Lucy, the three L's >>>>> Regina and Rumple, the two R's.)
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Kiro-Kurusu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is a Super villian but maybe i love her cause of that Reason XX
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
LOL same here! :D
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Kiro-Kurusu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Gotta love an awesome villain, especially one who is both pitiful AND horrifying.
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Kiro-Kurusu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah but if you don't give her Reason to Pius her oft she could like you
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
I don't get what you just said. :?
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Kiro-Kurusu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Note you something XD
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Now I get what you meant. And yeah, she's not all that bad when she's with someone she doesn't hate and want to destroy. ;p
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Toon-Girl-Abby Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Huh? This is almost the opposite of your other Elfen Lied thing. Almost.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
This one? risenwarrior.deviantart.com/ar… Actually there, I stated this in regards to how poorly I thought the anime handled Lucy: " The real Lucy isn't a woe-is-me victim defined by her sob story, she's a tragic, sympathetic VILLAIN. "
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Toon-Girl-Abby Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
I know but still.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
That one was about telling off the haters for how their bashing of the character relies on over-simplifying her and denying the complex, nuanced parts. This one is about the other extreme - lovers who think of her as a pure, blameless victim who was misunderstood the whole time, which also robs her of her complexity.
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Toon-Girl-Abby Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
I guess so.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
I know so.
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Toon-Girl-Abby Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
OK.
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