I know it seems crazy, but anyway I'll ask. In the middle of Infinity war, Thanos beats Guardians and teleports with Gamora. After that, they had a conversation:

Gamora: I was a child when you took me.

Thanos: I saved you.

Gamora: No, no, we were happy on my home planet.

Thanos: Going to bed hungry, scrounging for scraps? Your planet was on the brink of collapse. I was the one who stopped that. You know what's happened since then? The children born have known nothing but full bellies and clear skies. It's a paradise.

So, Thanos spends his time, trying to make world better?

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    It's worth remembering that Gamora is the last of her species according to Guardians of the Galaxy 1, so the jury is still out on whether Thanos was telling the truth about her planet or not. – F1Krazy Oct 18 '18 at 18:55
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    Most well-written villains think they are good. Doesn't make it true. – Meat Trademark Oct 18 '18 at 19:52
  • @MeatTrademark He convinced me :) – Ver Nick Oct 18 '18 at 19:54
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    What does "good" mean? You need to define that. The avengers certainly didn't think Thanos was, but he does. Good and bad are relative in many scenarios. – Broots Waymb Oct 18 '18 at 20:26
  • Obligatory r/thanosdidnothingwrong – KharoBangdo Oct 19 '18 at 8:11

Quick answer with no citations...

Yes [but no].
Thanos thinks he is doing 'a good thing'.
He thinks he is trying to save the Universe from over-population.

He is simply going about it the wrong way.

His thought process[1]...

If you halve the population, you have half the people consuming all the resources....

ermm... wrong

If you suddenly halve the population you get

  • panic
  • not enough people in the right jobs to get the food to the people
  • assuming those survivors, who may have randomly lost spouses/children, survive not only that heartbreak and the collapse of civilisation as they know it, and start to reproduce as though nothing happened - or even at intense rate because of perceived under-population - you will be back at square one inside a century.


We, of course, don't know yet how his plan will backfire - but unless they're going to permanently wipe out half the Marvel Cinematic Universe [no spoilers], then backfire it must.

[1] which is, of course, the thought process of every 'eebil megalomaniac', real or imaginary, since time began

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  • Well, he is right from his point of view. He has seen his own planet destroyed and no one listened to him calling him a mad man and he probably would have seen many more such planets – munish Apr 17 at 14:47

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