Power can be a dangerous and frightening entity, and often in past and current history, the rise of dangerous foreign leaders whose primary goal is to obtain power creates an international controversy. With past figures such as Gaddafi being represented as malicious power-hungry individuals with only power in sight, and current leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un is being represented in a similar fashion as Gaddafi; Being portrayed as one of these global “super villains”. Often these leaders can be misrepresented to the public for exploitation, specifically large nations using them as scapegoats. This fraudulent battle between superpowers and “super villains” can lead to the pursuit of desirable advantages from this clash of powers benefiting both sides of the turmoil. Giving these leaders names powerful and dangerous backings and giving large nations reason to spread their influence.
Colonel Gaddafi was a unique case as a global super villain, as he became somewhat complicit with the United States and the United Kingdom presenting him in this fashion. As seen in Curtis’ film Hypernormalisation the US president and the Prime minister of the UK utilized Gaddafi like President Hafez al- Assad as a scapegoat for the offset of the global military presence of the United States.What Superpower nations desire most is power, and when their power and affluence is in check this creates altercations. With the desire to spread democracy and extend its range of influence the United States attempted to intervene in the Arab nations affairs.This allowed the superpowers (United States, United Kingdom) to devise Gaddafi as a fall back for unsuccessful spread of influence. This fall back for the United States also allowed the nation to keep it citizens in check without them questioning the morality of the United States pursuit of power. Instead of facing al Assad with the conflicts arising Gaddafi was an easier target for the United States to place the blame on. This representation of Gaddafi granted him the opportunity to comply with the role and rise of the reputation as a “Middle East Revolutionary”. One example of his complicity is after the Lockerbie bombing Gaddafi accepted the blame that was placed on him, with speculation that Gaddafi simply claimed responsibility for the attack with no real affiliation to it. Gaddafi also claimed to have ended a chemical weapons facility and programme, which many state he had no connection to as well. This somewhat mutual beneficiary relationship and understanding between the superpowers and super villain provided advantages to each side[Office3] . Allowing the United States to hunt for more power and give Gaddafi the opportunity to build his reputation.
Kim Jong-un has similarities to Gaddafi, though having no real definite benefits for the North Koreans with this intercontinental super villain status Kim Jong-un as acquired. Through many international threats to peace and safety Kim Jong-un has presented with his pursuit of power he has become a target for the United States and Trump, and has caused distress in other countries such as Japan. In Will Gores article he speaks on how Kim Jong-un in pop culture and many people’s views Kim Jong-un is an evil conqueror with no other motives than to create nuclear destruction. This stereotypical villain presentation of Kim Jong-un that people have implemented into his name brings fear into some minds. This fear could be a desirable attribute for Kim Jong-un as he seems to be after power and a high status for himself and North Korea. With recent nuclear testing over Japan and similar Missile development North Korea is drawing attention to its growing arsenal and receiving the attention that I believe Kim Jong-un is after. This growing threat of Kim Jong-un heard throughout the world is feeding back to the ego and power that Kim Jong-un is after granting him the power he is after.
Kim Jong-un is not so simply a malevolent international villain, he can also be interpreted as a Monarchial leader searching for power to construct his nation into a higher prestigious scale. Similarly, superpowers such as the United States in history had been searching for ways to spread its sphere of control and military strength. Kim Jong-un is in a way replicating history with the nuclear testing and military development, which is all to advance North Korea’s power. Although, with a dictator seeking power it is not absurd to believe fear is almost like a source of power, and when you begin to develop a world wild fighting image for yourself, that same fear can give an advantage for the overlying goal to obtain power.
International super villains are a current and were a past dilemma. A few approaches these villains gained their reputation through were claiming of hazardous events which Gaddafi achieved, or testing destructive weapons along with threats of peace as Kim Jong-un executed. The one thing to consider is that these supervillains would have never have gained their reputation if was not for the Superpowers of the world illustrating these leaders in this manner. This allows the superpowers to exploit this relationship as well as the leader convicted as these villains to advance their ambitions