The villain. . .
Yeah, this one is going to get a bit deep, so hold your breath.
Okay, the villain is obviously the antagonist who tries to stop and kill the protagonist at every turn throughout the story, right?
Well, sort of.
See, the villain isn’t really a villain. At least, not the well-crafted ones, that is.
The villain is actually someone who’s been used and abused their entire lives, someone who’s been pushed around and stepped on, someone society left for dead because it didn’t see any use for them, the one that fell through the cracks into the abyss never to return.
You can say the villain is an Antihero gone full blown evil, and you’d be kinda right.
See, unlike the Antihero, the villain usually has a message, hence the brilliant speech villains always have toward the end of a movie or series. The only reason a villain is a villain is the fact they harm innocent people who didn’t cut them but, since these innocent people are part of the collective, share in the scorn of the villain, which is why the hero has to stop them.
The thing about the villain is that they are just people who understand the dark truths about life and want to expose those truths to the masses, everyone seems to think that if the villain wins then the world goes to hell, and it does, in a sense. When, in reality, they whole system of falsehood and injustice burns to the ground, and yes, there will be some chaos in the beginning; however, when the world begins to rebuild itself, it won’t simply go back the way things were, it would include those who fell through the cracks, those who were invisible, those society left for dead, and those who were done wrong. The world would born anew, and to do that the old world must burn.
In a way, villains are the heroes and heroes are the villains.
See, because they villain’s actions are so heinous and deplorable, the message gets lost and all people see is the chaos and carnage the villain has brought upon them.
Which is why the hero is looked at in a positive light.
Now, to create a brilliant villain, the villain can’t be evil just for the sake of it. The villain has to have some redeeming qualities, a “save the cat moment” if you will. The villain has to have an ideology that makes sense, is even true, to its core; however, the villain’s way fo going about the ideology is flawed.
All in all, creating a villain is easy; creating a brilliant villain? Well, that might be a bit difficult, even with a couple rounds of editing.
Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .