Tuesday, March 13, 2012
5 Things I Like About Villains!
We all have them--Villains! You can kinda love them, but hate comes pretty easily. They can range from the a good villain type:
Gur - He tries really hard to be an evil scientist, but it really is against his nature. And he just can't resist those cute little girls he adopted! He can be categorized as the "Villain turned good."
There are those who start out good, but become traitors:
Davy Jones is a good example. His original job was to ferry lost souls to the World's End. The elusive nature of his love caused him to turn bitter and well...now he looks like this.
Perhaps you were thinking of Anakin Skywalker --arguably the most famous good guy-turned villain.
There are villains who are pretty evil, but lack...something:
Many times, you don't really think they should be a villain. They offer comic relief. Kronk here isn't all that intelligent, and he usually ends up helping the good guys because everything he does ends up hindering the real Villains plans (in this case, Yzma).
Then there are just some really bad guys:
This dude made me cringe when he drove a pencil through some poor guys hand. Then shoved his face on it.
Yep. These people have no concern for anyone or life in general. There's usually some reason for it--sometimes someone's family has suffered. Sometimes, they lost a job, or were made fools of somehow. Either way, they're pretty evil!
So...why do we like them?
1. What kind of story are you going to have without some bad guys?
You gotta make your good guy's life tough, otherwise you have no story! So, have as many bad guys as you want, have variations! The more, the merrier! Make it tougher by not having a squeaky clean MC/Good guy--because really, who wants a PURELY good MC?
2. Sometimes, your Villains are the most interesting characters to write.
The reason? Well, they're complicated. You don't really have to explain why your good guy is good (though just how good can sometimes be a point of tension/questioning), but you really have to explain why you bad guy is bad. Everyone wants to know exactly how they got that way, because there has to be a reason, right?
3. Villains make things interesting
Not only do Villains make it tough for the bad guys, but they sure are resourceful! They are also very creative. Give props to the writers if you want too--but sometimes I'm not sure how my characters come up with the things they do! Especially the Villains.
4. Well, if you're a good person, it's pretty cool to put yourself into a Villains shoes.
I often wonder how in the world these character are in my head. Some, I love, they are the Gur's--others I hate...they're the Jokers.
5. They wear all sorts of masks.
Sometimes, you can spot you villain from miles away--they have the capes, the black clothes. Heck, they even look evil! Other times, the villains take you by surprise. The whole time they're just "la-tee-da" and then the next...BAM! They're evil and you didn't expect it because they didn't look like it, and they didn't act like that!
All in all, Villains add fun even if what they do is pretty mean or just downright awful!
Hope you enjoyed this post! I enjoyed writing it! :)
Tell me what your favorite type of Villain is, what characteristics do they have that make them particularly evil? Or not so evil?