Off My Mind: Why Do Heroes & Villains Flock To Big Cities?
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.
" It's almost a "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" question. Do heroes station themselves in the big cities because that's where the villains operate or do villains target the cities because that's where the heroes work?"
I disagree.. villains came first. A hero would't appear in a world without crime...
I'm just sayin'
I could definitely see an intelligent and capable villain robbing a lot of small banks in the middle of nowhere and making a lot of cash without too much effort.Of course even these small towns and cities might have superheroes just not the big names and in Marvel they have the Initiative so if there are a string of bank robberies more than likely that state's team will get called in and then even a decent villain might be in trouble.There are always small time heroes we just don't hear about in other places or at least that's what I assume otherwise the rest of the country that isn't New York or one of DC's big cities would be in a lot of trouble.
" " It's almost a "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" question. Do heroes station themselves in the big cities because that's where the villains operate or do villains target the cities because that's where the heroes work?" I disagree.. villains came first. A hero would't appear in a world without crime... I'm just sayin' "Agreed.
"Villians are where theres opportunities for a crime to occour, bigger the city the more chances. Heros are about to minimise these chances. Without villians there would be no need for heroes. "
I agree mostly, though I think it would be more apt in saying that crime came first, heroes second, villains third, if you get my meaning. It's just basic escalation, the super villains came out of the superheroes, criminals had to adapt to fight "lawful" vigilantism, and the "lawful" superheroes stem out of basic criminals.
I would say its because the big cities are where most crimes occur, its rare a small town takes the title #1 in some crime. The criminal leads to the hero, without the mugger who killed Batman's parents there would be no Batman, without the carjacker who killed Uncle Ben there would be no Spiderman. Although it always seems that its the small timers that make the heroes. So one would imagine those villains that have dreams of world domination, like Dr. Doom, would wipe out the two bit hustlers, pimps, and crocks that make heroes spring up.
Number one reason they don't do all this in small towns: Secret identities... You live in a town of like 5,000 - 10,000 and guess what, people are going to find out who you are real quick. Live in a big city with lots of people, anyone could be anyone.
Well as far as heroes are concerned; they operate out of bigger cities because of the significantly larger population. They realize that they need to protect the greatest number of people that they can, so they work centrally out of big cities. And since most smaller towns are situated around big cities, it helps them to be able to protect them too.
As far as villians go; a large city make it easier to commit crime because even superheroes, just like the police, can't be everywhere at once. So if a villian can commit a crime while the hero is on the other side of the city; it GREATLY reduces the chances of them getting caught.
Well many of the creators of these major character lived in big cities like NY. I think the fact that many super villains happened to be in those big cities were kinda coincidence (like Lex Luthor). Anyways, most villains want recognition, so attacking a random small town won't give them any fame. Attacking New York will give any nobody villain fame.
I am waiting for a Las Vegas setting for a good superhero tale to come up. Come on creators add a superhero in the city of sin for once. Las Vegas is corrupted and if people are getting tired of big cities than Sin city is the way to go in either a classic way or modern way too. Plus are 51 to yuka mountain is around the corner so how perfect is that guys duh. I guess I will have to do it myself as a writer then.
Being from DC, I always thought of it as a prime location for storytelling on the larger level. But hey, when yankees create things… they do what they know… which is not much more than NY most time. Although for some characters, like Spider-Man, I understand why he’s stationed where he’s stationed.
many of the villains got their powers in mafia or gang related incidents, or operate as a mafia or gang. since mafia and gangs are most located in the big cities, there is more activity there.
also, do they ever say how many supervillains there are OUTSIDE OF THE CITY that no one catches or cares about
ILUVMsMarvel actually has a great point about the secret identity thing. I'd imagine there would be plenty of reasons for the big city thing though. For one the fight scenes in the city/urban just have more potential. An artist can do a lot more with skyscrapers, cars, statues etc. than they could with let's say, one storie buildings, grain silos or a field of corn. Plus big cities have alleys, banks and armored cars that's where like 40%(totally made up figures, but you should get my point) of crime happens anyway. And going back to the secret identity thing, for the heroes that do have secret identities I would imagine it's easier for a lot of them to gather in one large city and go unnoticed. A bunch of people who all "just happened to disappear" whenever a crime happened would be pretty hard to miss. Any superhero teams in general would just be impossible. And where the heck would all the secret hideouts go. If teams like the Cabal always met in a field of wheat, it would just look a lot less sinister. Anyway these are a bunch of small points but when you combine then with more substantial ones they really add up. I think it makes a lot of sense that most of these comics are set in big cities.
its rather simple why they do. Less exposure the better in regards to the secret identity for one. Two, because there is more of pretty much everything. What do most teenagers do when they are done highschool? They want to go away to college or university right? And where are most of the big well known academic institutions and party lots? in major cities and larger communities. There are more people, more opportunities and well in the case of heroes, more crime and more purpose. Villians attack the major cities because the want to control the population and its a lot more work for the hero, thus more challenge and purpose for the hero. I don't think Superman would have a lot to do in Kansas and Smallville. Crops are drying up, need water Superman.
Most of these heroes and villains actually just ended up living in these big cities. Superman is the only one I can remember ever moving away from a small town to a big city. Spider-Man grew up in NYC and Batman was born in Gotham City. I am not sure if Wonder Woman counts as to moving to a big city since villains have tried attacking Themyscira as well.
And why does it have to a big city or a middle of nowhere town? What about the medium cities? Like Bakersfield, California and Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha is the biggest city in Nebraska and isn't as small as people would think. Bakersfield is growing all the time. Going to become as big as Los Angeles eventually. Why can't they have heroes and villains?
Heroes stand out, which makes them potential targets for discrimination, like Mutants, or anybody that runs around in a costume. Big cities offer a sense of anonymity and acceptance unlike any other community. Villains have huge egoes. It's always all about them. Knocking over a bank in Bakersfield doesn't compare to taking over a municipal compound in Metropolis. So the stakes are higher, and so is the pay-off.
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