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On 1/14/2021 at 11:50 PM, Ragitsu said:

 

 

I mean, he is "the Mad Titan," not "the Debatable Titan."

 

Thanos, despite being extremely intelligent, perceptive, and cunning, had been living with his delusion of saving the Universe for so long, he was no longer capable of seeing the logical flaws in his position. A fault not at all uncommon among humans, as well.

 

But remember that Thanos' example of negative outcomes isn't Earth, it's his home world of Titan, where the disaster he predicted actually came to pass. Whether it came to pass for the reasons Thanos believes is another issue.

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1 hour ago, Lord Liaden said:

 

I mean, he is "the Mad Titan," not "the Debatable Titan."

 

Thanos, despite being extremely intelligent, perceptive, and cunning, had been living with his delusion of saving the Universe for so long, he was no longer capable of seeing the logical flaws in his position. A fault not at all uncommon among humans, as well.

 

But remember that Thanos' example of negative outcomes isn't Earth, it's his home world of Titan, where the disaster he predicted actually came to pass. Whether it came to pass for the reasons Thanos believes is another issue.

 

Regardless, Thanos displays a shocking lack of imagination when in command of godlike powers. Whether the writers behind his cinematic incarnation similarly lacked imagination, wrote themselves into a corner while facing a rapidly-approaching deadline and/or were subtly influenced by someone with an agenda is up for debate.

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Or, they were offering an accurate portrait of someone suffering an obsessive delusion by which he rationalizes his actions, who happens to have the power and will to make it come true. Thanos doesn't need to imagine an alternative course of action. He's utterly convinced himself that the course he plans to take is the right one.

 

Like I wrote before, this sort of mindset is not uncommon in real life. You can pop over to the Political Discussion thread for some examples. ;)

 

 

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15 minutes ago, Lord Liaden said:

Or, they were offering an accurate portrait of someone suffering an obsessive delusion by which he rationalizes his actions, who happens to have the power and will to make it come true. Thanos doesn't need to imagine an alternative course of action. He's utterly convinced himself that the course he plans to take is the right one.

 

Like I wrote before, this sort of mindset is not uncommon in real life. You can pop over to the Political Discussion thread for some examples. ;)

 

 

some offices have so much power over so many people that only a megalomaniac would want that degree of power. Doctor Doom is almost a perfect fictional example -- his skill is such that his obsessions have not run Latveria into the ground. Juist the opposite.

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It's like the discussion of Doctor Destroyer's personality in his eponymously-titled Book. You can call such megalomaniacs insane, but are they really insane if they can back it up?

 

Going back to Thanos, he set himself a goal that was practically impossible to achieve, but despite all the obstacles in his path, and everything he lost and sacrificed, he achieved that goal. As monstrous as his actions were, you have to admire his skill, cunning, and determination.

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1 hour ago, Lord Liaden said:

Or, they were offering an accurate portrait of someone suffering an obsessive delusion by which he rationalizes his actions, who happens to have the power and will to make it come true. Thanos doesn't need to imagine an alternative course of action. He's utterly convinced himself that the course he plans to take is the right one.

 

Like I wrote before, this sort of mindset is not uncommon in real life. You can pop over to the Political Discussion thread for some examples. ;)

 

 

 

The Malthusian influence behind cinematic Thanos' actions is nothing new in the realm of socioeconomic theory. The key reason why comic Thanos was so keen on committing genocide on a universal scale was because of a twisted love for the anthropomorphic representation of death; anything he said was merely a justification towards a horrific mean to a potential romantic end. After seeing enough people mindlessly parroting "Thanos was right." following the debut of Avengers: Infinity War, I'm starting to think the change in motivation was more calculated than anything else.

 

Also, why do none of the heroes propose alternative options to Thanos?

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Maybe because every experience and information they had about Thanos was that he's a sadistic mass-murdering messianic psychopath. Would you try to debate someone like that, or kill him at your first opportunity? Besides, Thanos never gave any hint that he was open to alternatives. He's had this goal as long as Gamora has known him. He's obviously not stupid, so if he wanted to entertain another course he would have by now.

 

But sure, the change in motivation was calculated. Being literally, romantically in love with Death is a hard thing to relate to, and Death incarnate hadn't been established in the MCU yet. Movie Thanos' motivation is at least comprehensible, even though misguided. You can follow his reasoning, and appreciate why he sees his actions as ultimately benevolent. It adds a dimension of empathy that, frankly, comic Thanos lacks.

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