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The truth is most villains see themselves as heroes of their own story. So they aren’t really villains, per say. It is only when applying our concepts of social morality do we see/interpret them as villains. Take Sinestro. Is he really a villain? He want peace and order in the universe, same as the guardians. He is deemed a renegade GL. Why? Because he used his power to make Korugar aI’m peaceful and orderly place by imposing his will and using his power ring to do so.
He is captured by the Corps and brought to the guardians. He has no trial, no opportunity to plead his case. The guardians simply agree amongst themselves (an unelected group) that he is a renegade. Who in hades gave them that power. They are just as totalitarian and dictatorial as Sinestro.
Sinestro want peace in the galaxy as much as the GLs/Guardians. They disagree on exactly how it should he done.
In Blackest Night we see guardians turn off the “do not kill” function of the GL rings. Something Sinestro states and reminds Hal Jordan was that this is something he told the guardians they should have done long ago.
Since the guardians finally heed that advice when things got desperate, wasn’t Sinestro right all along? The guardians only acted when it was to late.
Doesn’t that make Sinestro merely a hero ahead of his time? Is his observation that fear will bring people together faster to resolve their own internal warring. Even Hal Jordan, one of the greatest GLs in history succumbed to fear and ends up as a host for parallax. Again, Sinestro’s philosophy proves correct.
So is he a villain or merely a misunderstood hero, who’s views and actions are only seen to late. I’d argue, the latter.