Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Pondering the Bad Guys
I love a good villain. Great villains make me cringe, make me hate them, make me believe they really, truly would sacrifice their own first born to further their conquest of the galaxy. Villains frighten and embody everything we fear and/or hate. They are the shadows we avoid, the things we tell our children not to become.
They can also be mirrors into the darkest corners of our souls.
We all carry a little villain in us. If we didn't, how could we create such terrible creatures? If there's not a little darkness, how can we ever come to appreciate the light?
Sometimes, villains are obvious. No one's going to mistake Voldemort for the hero. Sometimes -and these are my favorite- the villains aren't so obvious. If you read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix before seeing the movie, you KNEW the soft spoken, Cheshire Cat grinning lady in pink was the devil incarnate. However, at first glance to the uninformed, she probably seemed like a harmless, misguided employee at the Ministry of Magic. Oh how looks can deceive.
Tell me, what kind of villains make you shiver? Do you like your villains straight up, dressed in black and slimy? Or do you like them a little more subtle, villains that leave you wondering from one chapter to the next what they're up to and what their motives are?
Better yet, ever run across a villain who wasn't really the villian at all? A red herring villain. Now THERE'S a challenge...