Another hubris-eaten “hero”

I watched most of Death Note this weekend; the first 27 eps. I love(d) it. But the main character has hit his peak and is obviously going to fall in the same ol’ hubris-infected way. I’m told there’ll be good filler along the way, but the end is predictable and predicted.

American Gangster did the same thing. Great character, same old crumbling under the weight of his own power.

I want to see the bad guy win. Or at least not fail in that way. I don’t want a cheesy or easy win, but if Light had triumphed over L (and I mean really triumphed, not let himself get roped into that friendship crap) and could do his “become a god” business without feeling like he needed an adversary, I’d have been hooked all the way through to ep 37.

Of course, in talking about this with Greg, I ended up with a stack of video games to play wherein I might find some satisfaction for my evil-y urges. But I want to see it in less interactive media (anime/movies/etc.) also. Not all good anti-hero stories need to end like a damn Greek tragedy.