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    Default Is Au Yeung Hak a popular villain? What accounts for his popularity?

    Just based on the opinions of members here at this forum, Au Yeung Hak seems to be a fairly popular villain from LOCH. In fact, I would say that AYH's popularity outstrips that of the actual main villain of the story, Yeung Hong. What is the appeal of AYH's character?

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    His popularity may be due to the other Greats "respecting" him and being tricked by HR a few times - in the "saving of his "adopted" son" and learning of 9 Yin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkeej View Post
    His popularity may be due to the other Greats "respecting" him and being tricked by HR a few times - in the "saving of his "adopted" son" and learning of 9 Yin.
    We're discussing Au Yeung Hak (the nephew/son), not West Poison Au Yeung Fung.

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    Sorry about that. Then, he is not really a "villain". A irritable person who wanted to marry Huang Rong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkeej View Post
    Sorry about that. Then, he is not really a "villain". A irritable person who wanted to marry Huang Rong.
    Many fans (at least here at SPCNET) seem to like the character. I don't dislike the character: he's an interesting foil/adversary for Gwok Jing and Wong Yung, but I also don't know what the charm of his character is for some fans.

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    His status as an illegitimate son can encourage people's sympathy, I however think this does not balance out his rapist tendencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandred Skavenslayer View Post
    His status as an illegitimate son can encourage people's sympathy, I however think this does not balance out his rapist tendencies.
    I wish Jin Yong had written him a bit differently. Could have made him a serial womanizer, not a rapist and also given him more martial arts ability so he could be a rival to Guo Jing.

    One thing I don't like about Jin Yong is he wrote down the main character's similar-aged rivals too much. Murong Fu, Yang Kang, Ou Yangke, Song Qingshu, Lin Pingzhi all look pretty pathetic compared to the main character. Yang Guo doesn't even have a rival. I wish he had written the same aged bad guys to be more complex and with similar martial arts level as the main guys. I understand, though, that crafting a strong, dark, complex vilain is not Jin Yong's strong suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdenResident View Post
    I wish Jin Yong had written him a bit differently. Could have made him a serial womanizer, not a rapist and also given him more martial arts ability so he could be a rival to Guo Jing.

    One thing I don't like about Jin Yong is he wrote down the main character's similar-aged rivals too much. Murong Fu, Yang Kang, Ou Yangke, Song Qingshu, Lin Pingzhi all look pretty pathetic compared to the main character. Yang Guo doesn't even have a rival. I wish he had written the same aged bad guys to be more complex and with similar martial arts level as the main guys. I understand, though, that crafting a strong, dark, complex vilain is not Jin Yong's strong suit.
    For Yeung Gor, the closest character to fill this role was Fok Do, though I do understand that Fok Do was some years his senior and was probably closer to Gwok Jing's age than Yeung Gor's. Au Yeung Hak also had a good decade on Gwok Jing as well during LOCH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdenResident View Post
    I wish Jin Yong had written him a bit differently. Could have made him a serial womanizer, not a rapist and also given him more martial arts ability so he could be a rival to Guo Jing.

    One thing I don't like about Jin Yong is he wrote down the main character's similar-aged rivals too much. Murong Fu, Yang Kang, Ou Yangke, Song Qingshu, Lin Pingzhi all look pretty pathetic compared to the main character. Yang Guo doesn't even have a rival. I wish he had written the same aged bad guys to be more complex and with similar martial arts level as the main guys. I understand, though, that crafting a strong, dark, complex vilain is not Jin Yong's strong suit.
    Gu Long is generally better at creating villians.

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