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A face you love to hate

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 22, 2021

The villain is a counter balance to the protagonist and it is their role to push the protagonist into action and, with any luck, do it in an entertaining way. If there is one type of character that knows how to hold an audience’s attention is a villain you love to hate. Even though you would love for them to meet their timely and gruesome end, your hatred of them also gives you reason to read on. Their schemes mesmerise you and when they do finally meet their demise in the plot, whether deserved or not, you miss them.

They can range from deliciously charming to fuelling your inner most rage at their disregard for what is good. These villains are charismatic leading you to wonder how the protagonist is going to react to them. Will it be a cat and mouse dynamic such as Walter White and Gus Fring, both villains in their own right but different sides of the same coin? Or is it the threatening undertones to Hans Landa’s grasp of any situation?

When you watch a protagonist is measured against someone who embodies either the traits that the hero wishes they had or when they finally meet their match, it is interesting watching who will triumph over who and how they did that.

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hushicho at 3:29PM, Jan. 22, 2021

Villains are interesting conceptually, though they can be difficult. So many real world villains don't make sense, so it's usually enough just to make a "bad guy" who isn't particularly deep. But it is so satisfying when you get an out and out villain right. Sometimes, they can even take over the story because they can be more interesting and compelling than the protagonists. Look at Yatterman, for example, wherein the villains of the piece became the central focus for that and countless series following in the franchise, because they were simply more compelling. Most of my villains are either absolutely evil, or they cannot be reasoned with, which is pretty frightening for a reasonable, sensible, rational person...and a lot like the world we live in.

bravo1102 at 8:23AM, Jan. 22, 2021

I have a whole species of villains and the readers love to hate them. They have their way of seeing things and to humans that often appears villainous. They're indifferent to how humans see things.

IronHorseComics at 5:07AM, Jan. 22, 2021

Well, I think Zoey would *sorta* count as a villain buuuut frankly she's more of an antagonist. That said I do have a villain, it's just a long, looooooong way away before we see his true nature.

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