My villain. My villainous villain. My villainous villain who may not be so villainous?
Or who at least may have a different backstory than anticipated.
I recently had a burst of creative insight into my villain. If you’ll remember from previous posts, my villain is physically based on Benedict Cumberbatch.
I’ve already discussed changing some of the physical characteristics of my villain, but when my brain decided to ram straight through my preconceived notions about my villain, it really got me thinking about my favorite villains.
There’s the villains you love to hate, the villains you love, the villains you pity, and the villains you just plain out hate.
Which do you prefer?
Some villains are just out-and-out evil and there’s really no explanation for why. They just exude evil because… well – just because, I guess.
Then there are villains that you can pity or feel sorry for because their background has led them to perform these sinister acts (not that their acts are justifiable, by any means).
What do you like? Who are you favorite villains and why? Villains who have black hearts and just hate because they can? Or do you like to see a little humanity in them before they utterly destroy everyone else and themselves?
I’m in a bit of a conundrum and I need some advice.
And Happy Writing!
“People are not born heroes or villains; they’re created by the people around them.”
― Chris Colfer
“He was as yet not sufficiently experienced in ruffianism to know that one villain always sacrifices another to advance his own project; he was credulous enough to believe in the old adage of ‘honor amongst thieves.”
― Émile Gaboriau, File No. 113