Hi heroes, happy FoxbatCon! I just happened to talk to a Champions tabletop player and GM in-game about Foxbat last week. In the course of the conversation, I finally found something that makes this nonsensical character make sense to me. We've had similar conversations before, but something finally clicked, with recent real-life trends in mind:
Foxbat is the type of YouTuber/Twitch/Reality TV personality that livestreams his misadventures for more views.
We're not "fixing" nor "retconning" anything. However, recent trends in what people pay attention to (in this attention economy) explains why he does what he does. Being a controversial figure or "heel" gets more "eyeballs" than being a good guy, and whatever the crime he's committing, his motivation is really just to grab headlines.
For example, he acts not like a villain, but how he thinks a villain SHOULD act...because he really IS making a show.
I know that's what we discussed even here before, but back when CO came out, when it became Free-to-Play, we didn't exactly have the same type of YouTube or Twitch culture as we do now, nor technology like camera drones publicly. Now people make a LIVING doing this. And I imagine Foxbat is/was doing the same thing. His antics are logical now.
Case in point, the (in)famous Logan Paul only made his weird suicide forest a little more than a year ago. His getting demonetised and public notoriety should have dissuade him from such antics, but if anything, he makes more money now from that newfound fame than he did before. We're incentivising outrageous behaviour.
And it's not just the personality, but also the cult of personality. Foxbat fans are weirdos, except now we see hackers trying to support these guys. For example, Pewpiedie fans hacked printers to print out and fax machines to promote his YouTube channel. Tbh, now that I type this out...once again we've proven fact is so much stranger than fiction.
In conclusion, I now realise Foxbat isn't exactly plain crazy...he was just ahead of the curve.