Which show has the creepier lead character: 'Bates Motel' or 'You'? | The Tylt
Everyone’s a little crazy. Some, however, are far crazier than others. And what better way to digest the mad than via engrossing television? At your watching disposal are two shows that feature particularly freaky psychos. You have Norman Bates of “Bates Motel,” the adaptation prequel series surrounding Hitchcock's most infamous character who has some serious mommy issues, as well as Joe Goldberg from “You,” who takes stalking to the next level. Who’s creepier?
Which show has the creepier lead character: 'Bates Motel' or 'You'?
Norman Bates is one of the most infamous crazies in cinematic history. First appearing in Alfred Hitchcock’s aptly named “Psycho,” Norman at first comes off as a shy motel owner with creepy tendencies and a super overbearing mother. Those creepy tendencies and overbearing sense of maternity are taken up to an 11 in “Bates Motel,” which expands on Norman’s life and how he becomes what he eventually becomes.
Norman’s psychosis is so disturbing because of his failure to firmly grasp reality. In such a state, he’s unable to empathize with those around him, forming a false narrative that leaves a lot of people either dead or, well, dead. We almost see where he’s coming from, but still…dude.
There’s a lot of scary things about Joe Goldberg. Seriously—a lot. And it’s not just because people are so willing to overlook his frightening personality because they find him super good-looking, either. Rather, it’s the fact that he’s the ultimate selfish person that’ll do anything to get what he wants—the person he claims he’s in “love” with.
When someone’s as fanatical in their beliefs as Joe is, they’re triply disturbing in that there’s no one to convince them that, hey, maybe stalking someone and isolating them from their friends isn’t the way to get the girl of your dreams. It also never ends well. View at your own discretion.