I was listening to a podcast the other day about how villains are generally the more interesting characters, since they usually a) have to have a background as to how they got to their point of villainery and b) constantly have to come up with different, crafty way to foil the hero. As a result, they become more beloved to readers than the hero (at least in terms of series’ and/or super Heros). There is a great deal more development of the character with villains than the hero, generally speaking.
On paper it all seems so simple. The good guy wins. The bad guy loses. That’s the way it’s supposed to go, right? I think there’s nothing wrong with that if you buy into the premise of a villain that only exists to be a malevolent force, which is pretty silly when you think about it. I think that everyone believes they are a good person and what they’re doing is for the betterment of society/earth/family/etc. People aren’t just born and decide “I know what I’m doing is wrong but I really want to bring about destruction just for the sake of destruction.” This just doesn’t hold true. At least, not with characters who are fleshed out.
Take Loki for example. On the outside he’s a terrible deceiver, a trickster, a plague to all the citizens of Asgard, a poison to contain and destroy. Okay, okay I realize that’s harsh…
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