How many of you love writing the villain? (*Raises hand!*) Isn't it fun? Creating someone with so many different layers? How do we create the perfect villain? There are so many great villains already out there. Some of them more evil than others. We can't just start writing how evil someone is. There has to be something that made them the way they are. What makes them hate everyone, or why do they have a problem with the hero in the story? Jealousy? Something that happened between them when they were young? Did the hero pick on the villain through school?
Here are some examples of how different villains can be.
Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. (I know it's a cartoon character, just bear with me.)
Gaston thinks he's perfect. He's charming, handsome, and the perfect catch for any young woman. Just look at that cleft in his chin! How could any woman resist such a man?
Well my friends, Belle figured it out. He's conceited, rude, self-absorbed, and all he really cares about is good looks. He wants someone who is as beautiful as himself, and that is his true character flaw. All he cares about is Gaston. When Belle turns him down we see a scary part of him that no one really sees. He gets obsessed with getting the girl, and can't believe someone who is ugly can win his girl's heart. He got what was coming to him I think! :)
The Joker from The Dark Knight
Personally, I find him a wee bit creepy. Actually, a lot. I think I had nightmares about that creepy painted on smile after I watched this movie. Which I might add, was awesome. Anyway, he is clearly a psychopath and isn't afraid to show it. One would wonder why he turned out the way he did. What pushed his buttons so far that he would kill innocent people? I think he's a fascinating villain. He's a liar, a deceiver, and completely crazy. But why? Why is he such an evil person? This is a perfect example of a complex character who obviously has some issues he is dealing with. (By the way, I think Heath Ledger portrayed him so well. *Tear*.
The Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera
This is one of my favorite musicals ever. I'm curious to hear what you think about The Phantom. Is he really a villain? Or just a man in love? Thoughts?
Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter
I think Voldemort/Tom Riddle is one of the best villains ever. J.K. Rowling did an amazing job creating such a complex character. In the books she slowly pointed things out that happened in his childhood that made him the way he was. He was an orphan. His father left him. He had powers he tried to deal with and had no idea why he had them. Then once he did know how to use them, he grew power hungry. His lust for power and revenge on those who scorned him turned him into one of the most evil, merciless characters I've ever read about.
There are so many ways to make a villain truly evil. I think that is why they are so fun to write. They are real, normal people with sometimes deadly flaws. They are even portrayed as the good guy at times, but deep inside there is something eating them alive just waiting to be released. When the character finally snaps, an awesome villain is born.
Who is your favorite villain and why?