DarkAngel wrote: Here's my prediction for the next strip:
Alternately (And my prediction) :
Hilary: "Wad i'm gonna do? I'm poor
Pip: "You can always uh, count upon the kindness of strangers?"
Hilary:"......... :reader-visible-evil-smirk: "And thus the world saw the utter destruction of the pathetic fool Pip, after falling into her trap and being used to screw over Kat and Art in some nasty, yet highly effective manner
Seriously, why does evil have to be weak? Why would she want, or even need, some form of redemption? Competant, capable evil in the real world generally succeeeds and results in a life of comfort (if not absolute luxury) for the perpetrator. She has a lifetime of bitchiness and evil, regardless of the cuteness or childishness of her start on that path, and until very recently it has served her extremely well.
So, nah. This is just a necessary pose to get Pip into his proper place as a witless minion, a pawn to be used in her ressurection.
I could very well see your prediction happening. But Hilary wouldn't do such a thing out of the delight of making people suffer. Anyone who's read all the comics and seen all her behavior should be able to put together that she's exactly what you see in this panel: a crying little girl who doesn't understand why bad things happen to her.
From all I've seen, I'm convinced that Hilary is the sort of person who's convinced herself that she was given a bad hand. She thinks she's average and desperately wants to be special. Why? Any reason really. Television, pushy parents, negligent parents, ...
She's convinced herself she's sub-standard and the only way to get noticed is to step on people like the sports of a ladder. And those she picks on are those whom have what she wants, or are a blockade to what she wants. Attacking people connected to her enemies is a tactic to weaken the actual target.
She valued uniqueness and being the center of attention, even as a child. Walking on the road with her toy lunch box, she fantasizes about being the center of attention and being adored. She very clearly wants this and views it as something delightful. To the point where she'll become enraged at the idea of someone else taking what she wants to be hers.
So the big question is: why does Hilary want attention so badly? Why does she fantasize about it, as if it's something you don't just get.
Pretty much anyone with a good bunch of friends can take their attention and companionship for granted. Hilary does not. She viewed it as something greater than life and probably still does.
So why did her life go to shit? Karma, obviously. In the far east, there's a better description for it. They say that people are mirrors of your own self. The way people behave towards you is how they interpret your behavior towards them. They treat you like shit because your behavior makes it obvious that's what you think about them. They notice that and mirror this belief back towards you.
I do believe this breakdown is genuine and I also believe that if given the chance to step on someone, she'll use that to get over it. But only because that's the only thing she knows. Right now she needs some people who're willing to help her out of her slump. And she won't want to be pulled out, because she doesn't trust anyone. Because she thinks she's substandard, that life is about stepping on others and they're going to try and step on her.
I don't hate Hilary. I just wish she'd see that she's getting hurt because she's hurting other people. And that she'd realize that kindness is the norm, not the exception.