Does anyone remember Pokemon? If you do, you’re probably familiar with Mewtwo. I found a quote by him and I don’t know where it’s from. But that doesn’t matter, here it is.
“The world pushes us without mercy and when some push back, the world points and cries, ‘Evil'”
When I found that quote, I became mildly interested, and thought about its meaning, and I think it reminds me of how those who go against the status quo are seen as quacks, and how those who take power for themselves are seen as evil or a threat.
Think about it, often within society, those who go against a social or cultural status quo are seen as threatening or troublesome, or at best simply belittled. Hell, in daily life, those who think very differently to most people are looked down on by others as either naive and immature or crazy and crackpot, or even evil depending on what they think and the ignorance of those around them. Those who feel beat up by the world and seek to overthrow their own circumstances rather than accept it with good humor are feared and seen as evil, along with their ambition. A lot of villains in fiction are depicted as evil because they want some kind of power for whatever reason (which often leads to the irony that without power, the heroes cannot stop the villain’s antics). Those who try to change the status quo are viewed as evil because they are trying to shake up the status quo and do not conform or go with the flow. This is due to social conditioning that is usually sneakier than you’d like to think.
This doesn’t seem valid at first, but if you think about it, you’ll see something.