shannonl5
2 years ago1,000+ Views
What Makes a 'Good' Villain?

They're the characters we love to hate.

What makes them 'good', in the entertainment sense? Is it their backstory? Their powers? Their ability to get on your nerves? What do you think a good villain needs for you to enjoy seeing them *almost* win, only to be thwarted at the last minute? Especially after all the conflicting thoughts going around re: Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman, it would be great if everyone could share their thoughts!
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I think their motivation is an important piece. They should have an understandable reason behind their action, even if they're misguided, that the viewer can empathize with, even if it's just a little. There are exceptions to every rule, of course, but in general I think evil-for-evil's-sake characters tend to lack dimension and fall flat
2 years ago·Reply
I agree that villains need proper motivation. Some good examples in movies are Magneto, the Joker, Darth Vader and others. Even for General Zod in man of steel was a good villain. Him along with most good villains truly believe in what they're doing and they're on the right side. Another thing that makes a villain good is giving the hero motivation to defeat them. A good example is Frieza from Dbz, Frieza destroyed Goku's home planet and killed his best friend. Villains in comic book movies so far haven't been done too well I'm hoping for that to change
2 years ago·Reply
A sense of humanity is also important. I love when a villain has emotions and reasons for what they do. "Tortured villains" i guess would be my favorite. Like others have said, proper motivation is important and if that's a tragic backstory im all for that lol
2 years ago·Reply
@OtakuDemon10 @Thatperson512 yeah motivation is definitely a big one. It's what I loved about Batman: TAS. All of the villains had a really clear reason for the choices they made. @xxwriter389xx yeah it definitely feels like as a culture we're leaning away from the unknowable, inexplicable evil for the sake of evil characters. We don't want to like them (always haha) but I think we do need to feel like we can understand them?
2 years ago·Reply
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