Media Jedi

Carson, Maddi, and Brayden sit down to discuss how Star Wars provides a lens for media analysis in our modern world. Learn how the Jedi reflect morals they oppose, how the Sith might somehow be the good guys, and the middle ground that is the Grey Jedi . Topics include concept of morality on a group level as well as its development on an individual level and how the media skews representations of events and individuals.  


Many thanks to George Lucas for bringing is ideas to life on screen and Disney for keeping them alive. 

Passing on the Crown: Finding a Place in a Society That Hates You

In our episode one we talked about the Stanford prison Experiment, the Monarch, and Maleficent. We connected the Monarch and Maleficent the Stanford prison experiment and how they related to certain groups of people in the experiment. We connect Maleficent to the prisoners and the Monarch to the guards. Listen to our opinions on how they are different and how they are the same.

The “Good” Bad Guy


In this podcast, we discuss what makes a “good” villain, and what makes a “bad” villain. We then take a dive into the writing differences and creative choices that were made to create the villainous characters (Stain, Steppenwolf, Prince Hans, Mother Gothel, and Mr. Glass) from popular franchises like Disney and Marvel. We also touch on how a movie’s target audience impacts a villain’s story, motives, and overall character.


“Everyone is the hero of their own story.” –John “Handsome” Jack

Today, Chloe Darren and Tre talk about villains that are doing the right thing, they’re just misunderstood. Villains like Loki, Tony Montana and Handsome Jack, who lead their people the right way, rid planets of dangers and free Cuba, respectively. We also talk about the importance of point of view and how that changes who is seen as a villain, anti-hero and hero.


Thanks to Marvel Studios, Warner Brothers Pictures and Gearbox Software.


Handsome Jack Collection (BDL 2 + BDLTPS)


The Scarface Trilogy


Thor: Ragnarok (loki is in this one)

Thanos: A New Meaning to “Mad” Titan

Does being a “villain” according to society’s standards make you bad? Or is there always another side to the story?

In this episode Kaden, Sam, Honey, and Joel explain Marvel’s Thanos through a few psychological lenses including Sigmund Freud’s famous psychoanalytic theory of personality (id, ego, and superego) and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

Welcome to the Club

Is sleep actually important?

In this episode Zach, Anna and Ben will be analyzing the movie Fight Club that was released in 1999. Fight Club isn’t exactly a movie just about a club that fights people, it’s about a depressed man who meets Tyler Durden and they both end up creating an underground club which leads to radical group. In this episode we’re diving deep into why they set this up.

Do you think you know Fight Club? What drove Ed Norton crazy? In this conversation, you will be hearing the diagnosing of Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club, how his insomnia drove him mad, and how society is the true antagonist of the whole story.

Revengers, Assemble!

In this episode we’ll start out talking about Hela from Thor: Ragnarök 2017, and the history and psychology behind her as a character. Then Venom, the one from the comics 1963 Eddie Brock we’ll go deep into his backstory and talk about why we believe he is a the way he is. Lastly Francis from the Deadpool movie 2006, we’ll talk about his character development.

Society: The Ultimate Villain

Carson and Brayden sit down to discuss how two characters from different media forms, Levana from The Lunar Chronicles and Carnage from Marvel comics, are psychologically the same. Topics include mass murder, manipulation, and other examples of something not quite right in the brain. If you thought these could only be achieved in literature, be prepared to hear some real world influences on these characters.


Many thanks to Marissa Meyer and David Michelinie for their works in creating these characters and allowing us to have these topics to discuss.

Fish Lovers Podcast

Have you ever thought about how Batman and Lord of the Rings are similar?


In this episode of Villain Studies we will be exploring the minds of two of our favorite fish-loving villains, Gollum, the creepiest creature from Middle Earth, and Penguin, the grossest villain of Gotham. These two villains may live in entirely different worlds, but they have some shocking similarities. We will be discussing their physical and psychological connections and how it affects their stories. Warning: Spoilers Ahead!


Click here for more information on Gollum, here for more information on Penguin, and here for more information on Erickson’s hierarchy of needs.

104 Days of Trauma

In this episode of the Podcasting miniterm, we will be talking about childhood trauma and how it affects villains in the future. Using psychological levels such as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we will be talking about the trauma villains Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Jason Vorhees, and Gollum/Smeagle. All three of these characters faced traumatic experiences that impacted their lives In one way or another.


Dr. Doofenshmirtz:

Jason Vorhees: