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The rise of Villians

Updated on January 10, 2016

Why villains?

Everyone knows that every story needs a conflict. What's better to create a conflict then with a hero and a villain. Even better superhero's and equally awesome supervillains. For all the goodness there must be some evil to counteract it and create friction.


Good and evil.

Rise of the likable villain.

Authors and film writers are trying to create more in depth and realistic characters. One way to do so is make an unlikable hero like Tony Stark, or, at times, Katness Everdeen, or Woody from toy story. The flip side of that is to make likable villains such as Darth Vader (even though he's been around for awhile), or Loki and Deadpool (though some would say he's the hero), the Joker and even Hannibal Lecter. This type of storytelling creates an intense twist on the entire good and evil balance. Which is always fun.

Good and Evil

It's also fun to push societies views on what is good and evil. Fictional stories tend to strive to define the two extremes yet most characters fall inside the gray area in between. People feel for the villains because their more realistic, more interesting, and more mysterious. While watching Thor, I felt like I learned more about Loki than about Thor. Which I kind find of funny. Of course people get more attached to what they know more about. Except for the joker, he's just ....different. So the rise of likable villains may be because people are redefining what is evil. People want real characters with understandable problems. Or the directors just find really good actors, whatever you wish to think.

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    • VationSays profile image


      3 years ago

      First...Tony Starks is very likable! The fanboy in me had to point that out :)

      And I agree on likeable (even lovable) villains being scripted. Take Loki for instance, his struggle for paternal love from his adoptive father and the feeling of always being considered inferior to his half brother makes one to identify with the character's person. But at the end of the day, they are responsible for the massacre of they are still villains.

      Love the hub :)


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