Still one of the most emotionally reverberating moments of this 20+ year old series at least for me
there’s always the cliche of “the destined hero” or such and but there’s rarely “the destined villain” and I can’t remember hardly if ever seeing it rejected
but that’s the whole of Hellboy, if not the Mignola ‘verse, is people who are assumed to be monsters, who are told they can’t be any different than what they are, and them deciding whether or not they are or not.
Hellboy is my favorite because he overwhelmingly rejects his supposed destiny. For years, decades even. He’s told over and over about his “real” nature, his “true” father, his “necessary” involvement. But at every turn, he says no and walks away.
Whether this is denial or rebellion is kinda up to the reader (it’s both imho) but the important thing to me is that he never surrenders to the idea that someone else can decide who he is. He’s Hellboy. He’s a BPRD grunt. His father is an old professor who took him in. He has friends, loved ones, and they know who he is even when he doesn’t. He likes paprika chicken and comics and had a dog named Mac. And he went to the end of his life and beyond knowing who he is.
And in moments of my life when I felt like I didn’t know who I was myself or that other people were controlling my fate, that “screw you!” carried me a lot farther emotionally than some of the more sagely advice out there. It’s been 12 years since I first got into Hellboy and there’s been a ton more amazing, sad, happy, and powerful moments written and drawn for it, but this is probably the one I always remember most vividly.
um FANCY ENDING SENTENCE goodbye