By G.P. Avants
What do Anakin Skywalker and the Force, a teeter totter, and every math equation answer have in common? They all are supposed to have a state of balance. So, does every hero need who his or her nemesis to truly be complete?
As Lex Luthor says of Superman, “You and I need each other. We complete each other.” You can ask other foes and heroes hear the same line over and over again.
Batman has Joker.
Indy has Belloq.
Gandalf is at odds with Saruman.
Superman has a lot of nemeses, but Lex Luthor continually fights for that coveted spot.
Popeye and Brutus always match fists,
While Seinfeld and Newman match whits.
Snoopy vs The Red Baron.
Even jolly Mickey Mouse has cantankerous Donald Duck.
And even Sheldon had his issues with Wil Wheaton (AKA Wesley Crusher).
Can you ever think of our hero without thinking about their more sinister other half? In some ways they are an odd soul mates that somehow complete who they are and who they can become. I would like to say that it is always a healthy give and take and that both halves of this equation become better people because they knew each other. I guess in a perfect world that might be the purpose.
I guess in this imperfect world we all try to be heroes and not someone’s nemesis. Wait, if you try and do the right thing you will be someone’s nemesis. I guess the best thing to do is to give your best, endure the test, don’t worry about what you can’t change in the other person. Let your character become its best.