Author Topic: What makes a good villain?  (Read 13009 times)


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Re: What makes a good villain?
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2010, 12:52:29 PM »
It's boring to see a "cool" bad guy only later revealed that his goal is a plain "I want to conquer this world".

I beg to differ! Il Palazzo is very much cool:

(Sorry about that streak of silliness, I couldn't help myself... Feel free to ignore :P )


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Re: What makes a good villain?
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2010, 10:15:59 PM »
Hail~ Il Palazzo!!


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Re: What makes a good villain?
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2010, 12:33:12 AM »
For me...a good villan needs more than just *oh, I;m evil, and that's all there is to that*. I'll use Final Fantasy 6's Kefka as an example of what makes a good villan (if thoroughly twisted!!) for me.

Kefka volunteers to be a Magitek Knight, but the process isn't right yet, so his mind apparently snaps. Kefka seems really interested in one thing and one thing only - destruction. Heck he kills off pretty much everyone else associated with the Empire when they get in his way... and he succeeds in actually ruining the world - which makes him a force to be reconed with.


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Re: What makes a good villain?
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2011, 05:30:54 PM »
I think that what makes a good villain, is also what it makes a good "hero".
Given the dynamic of the story, it of course may vary.
I'm the first one to admit that I love affably evil villains, but they don't work in every single story.
Every villain should have an objective.
The reason they are regarded as villians, most of the time are the means they use.
If someone uses rightful means to accomplish something "evil", is still a villain?
Probably. Just other kind of villain. The kind we don't see that often, at least in fiction.
But even then, an evil objective is also a matter of perspective.
What would you think about someone trying to accomplish something "Evil" through
rightful actions, yet the "Hero" tries to stop the evil plans with underhanded methods?
That's the kind of uncertainty I like when it comes to villains.
Those times when a single line could totally change how we see the story.
I like villains commited to their plans. Those who think that their beliefs are right and there is
a reason behind their doing.
Villains are people too. Sometimes sad, resentful, greedy or just pastionate people.
Thus, they are bound to change.
Some villains may even recognize they are on the wrong side, one day.
Some may go on, unable to stop.
Some may reflect upon their actions, and keep believing they are right.
Some may feel remorse, one of the most powerful emotions on literature.
The last ones are hero material, though. What a shame.