And my last reblog (I promise), from my other blogging endeavor. Once Thanksgiving is over, I’ll be back on schedule. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! all.
Originally posted on Darker Temptations:
Great villains don’t see themselves as villains. This moral blind spot not only enables their bad ass ways but also dangles a nuanced humanity–accessible actions that have us believing in their potential for redemption–that makes them so downright scary.
Great villains have:
- Focus and purpose—they are on a mission, even if we don’t agree with it.
- Leadership and fierce intellect—while there are many lone villains out there, I like those that come as part of a pack. Their ability to motivate their people, care for them even if that care is twisted reveals that nuanced humanity.
- Beauty and Seductiveness—their words, mannerisms, looks, intellect, all would be drop dead sexy if their bad wasn’t so truly bad. They tempt us using our weaknesses as bait.
I’ve got two favorites—one male, one female. Let’s start with Hans Gruber, played to perfection by Alan Rickman, in the film Die Hard.