This episode talked about villains. Understandable villains are usually interesting, and there is a least the possibility of redemption lurking for them. All-powerful villains provide interesting conflict, but there is little connection with them. Villains have different goals from the protagonist, and may be overcome by their flaws.
What makes a good villain?
- Understandable, has something in common with the reader
- Flaws? But not in every case. Some villains are irredeemably evil.
- A good villain is the one who can best exploit the heroes
- Sauron is a force of nature, Gollum is interesting
- struggle against an all-powerful evil is a part of us
- but it's not interesting
- are we looking for an interesting conflict or an interesting villain?
- All powerful villains provide excellent obstacles and channels for the story to work for, but you lose the personal connection
- you also lose the possibility of redemption of the villain
- I think I'm stumbling over the metaphorical double negative
- okay how do you make a likable villain?
- A hero whose goals are opposed to those of the protagonist
- the villain sometimes is a member of the heroes party who because of a flaw that he doesn't overcome fails in the end
- so a hero overcomes his flaw, while a villain is overcome by his flaw?
- A villain filling a heroic role. Someone who has lots of flaws, but is called to a heroic role.
- Someone who takes the flawed hero to extremes. For them the ends really do justify the means.
- Sometimes we enjoy the antihero because the villains are as bad or worse than they are. There's a television program that has a serial killer for good.
- Villains think they are the heroes of their own stories
- Good villains are very logical
- Take a look at the evil overlord list: try to give your villain weaknesses and motivations without making him an idiot