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• 4/15/2014

What makes a good villain?

Hello everyone in the fan fiction wiki! I wanted to know your opinion on what makes a good villain in a story. Is it the evilness, the charisma, a tragic story? Please leave your answers and hopefully have a good conversation to go on.

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Reaper of Lost Souls
JEAN9999
ECSL
Undead.exe
CelestialMaelstrom
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• 4/15/2014

A good evil laugh. :P

MUHAHAH!!!

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• 4/15/2014

Context and presentation can factor into it quite a bit...

To name an example, I generally don't like villains who are evil because they're evil -- we're just told that they're bad and how bad they are, and then just have to accept it. Yet, look up Kefka from FF6. He pretty much fits that description in that he's evil because he's just plain deranged -- but he came at a time when Final Fantasy were cranking out the "dark, cool and epic" villains like clockwork, and he stood out during his time. The way the FF6 plot played out also influenced his overall reception, but Kefka's one of my favourites with regards to cliches which pulled it off properly.

^Leaving that entire paragraph aside, I'm a fan of characters with depth: the more real and relatable they are, the more I can relate to the story. This sort of approach leads to a lot of villains with tragic backstories, but it depends on what their backstory is, as well as how you present it to the readers. The more you can make me think that I could've just as easily become the villain, the more you've got my approval for that character -- particularly if you've managed to do that without them going from good to bad in just one page.

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• 4/16/2014

Here too?

It's all about charisma.

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• 4/16/2014

ECSL wrote: Here too?

It's all about charisma.

Yeah, trying to reach the biggest number of people possible in the discussion.

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• 6/29/2014

One of my favorite villians is Kessler from InFAMOUS. Kessler is Cole from an alternate timeline where Cole never fought the beast. Kessler fled as the beast destroyed civilization as we know it. After being hunted by the beast for years, it finally tracked him down and killed his family. In response, he used his newest ability: time travel, to go back in time to shape Cole into the hero he couldn't be. He spent decades plotting the blast, building the Ray Sphere, and finding Cole. He went as far as too kill Trish, the women they both loved, so Cole wouldn't be tied down by emotions. Kessler revealed his identity right before his death at his past self's hand. Kessler was not intentionally evil. His intentions were good, but his methods were sick and twisted. THAT is a good strategy for a villain. They're evil by trying to be good.

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