Strict31 wrote:Dxeter is completely a bad guy. He loves to kill. It gets him off. Killing bad guys is just his way of following a code to keep him from flipping out and going Dahmer on bitches.
It's like Vic mackey. You can love Vic all you want, and that's the beauty of both shows; they make you empathize and root for the monster. But just because he's an anti-hero, let's not forget that Dexter is a bad guy.
And jsalwen, if we paint only in the broadest strokes possible, sure, Dexter seems similar to batman in some ways. But it's a surface comparison. Like saying Ronald Reagan and Obama are the same because they both had two legs and wear pants and were/are Presidents.
Dexter is compelled to kill. Without harry's code, he'd have probably killed off everyone he can't feel any genuine emotion for. He's not compelled to fight crime and injustice. He's not compelled to keep bad things from happening to good people. In fact, he waits until after the good people have already been hurt, because he's not even like the Punisher. Dexter is simply a man who needs to kill, and this is the most society-friendly way he can exercise his lethal compulsions.
Conversely, Batman might well be a supa-freak, but he still attempts to stop the bad guys before the hurt the good folks. He attempts to do so while respecting the chain of evidence, so that, unlike Dexter, society metes out the justice it is supposed to. Dex takes that responsibility from the hands of society. batman delivers criminals to the cops, often with enough evidence to convict.
Dexters labors under the misconception that his monstrosity is well-managed because he only kills bad people. But he's already stepped over the line long ago. And history shows that killers like Dexter are always stepping over more and more boundaries. It's just a matter of time for Dex.
Batman realizes that if he ever takes that same step over the line, he becomes a monster. A monster that will slide further and further into darkness.
Dexter takes the power of law from society and imposes it at his discretion. Batman restores the power of law to society, because it's been taken away by people like Dexter.
With the last two seasons a lone Dexter has grown and changed as a person. He's not the monster we were first introduced to. He realized he loved his family, he will protect his sister at any costs and hell he even defended trinity's family against him.
I view him more as a tragic figure who's life has been pretty fucked up but he doesn't want his son to be like him.