In one episode of the Justice League, Flash and Lex Luthor switch bodies. I quote the Flash-as-Lex line “Cause I’m Evil” all of the time. If you want some more context of that, watch this clip.
I often wonder what traits make a villain a villain, and a hero a hero. Is it selfishness versus selflessness? The Machiavellian leves to which the ends justify the means?
Or is it just “I am on this side. I relate to this character, therefore, this character is the hero.”
Cartoon villains are easy to discern. As a 4-year-old Ethan once pointed out, “I know he’s the bad guy, daddy. He has red eyes.”
But writing a novel with an interesting antagonist doesn’t usually allow for us to use the red-eyed villain with “Bad Guy” emblazoned across his chest.
What makes a great villain?
- Villain vs. Hero: a matter of perspective (sarabee91.wordpress.com)
- hero’s journey vs. villain’s journey (evankoteles.wordpress.com)