Proceedings of the 1st Seminar and Workshop on Research Design, for Education, Social Science, Arts, and Humanities, SEWORD FRESSH 2019, April 27 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

Research Article

The Relations between Superheroes and Their Enemies as an Analogy of Binary Opposition Relationship

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.27-4-2019.2286911,
        author={Sayid  Mataram and Deny T Ardianto},
        title={The Relations between Superheroes and Their Enemies as an Analogy of Binary Opposition Relationship},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st Seminar and Workshop on Research Design, for Education, Social Science, Arts, and Humanities, SEWORD FRESSH 2019, April 27 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={SEWORD FRESSH},
        year={2019},
        month={9},
        keywords={comic superhero binary opposition narrative structure},
        doi={10.4108/eai.27-4-2019.2286911}
    }
    
  • Sayid Mataram
    Deny T Ardianto
    Year: 2019
    The Relations between Superheroes and Their Enemies as an Analogy of Binary Opposition Relationship
    SEWORD FRESSH
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.27-4-2019.2286911
Sayid Mataram1,*, Deny T Ardianto1
  • 1: Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia
*Contact email: sayidmataram@staff.uns.ac.id

Abstract

The fight between the good and evil is a relationship that has existed in stories since the ancient times. This relation is one form of binary opposition relationships. The binary opposition is a social phenomenon that occurs in the comic universe society, which is commonly found in comics with superhero action genre. Thus this research applied hermeneutical phenomenology, which seeks to observe and then interpret a condition on a particular phenomenon. In the modern world, the binary opposition relationship is still ongoing and can be found in the new media such as the comic books. In the comics, there is a relationship between protagonist and antagonist characters divided based on the time of appearance and based on the number of individuals involved. In addition, the binary opposition relationship between comic characters often leads to their popularity and existence as characters representing both the good and the evil side as a reaction from fans who seeks to fulfill their curiosity towardthe comic characters.