Maybe it’s the previous four years or maybe we’e running out of stories to tell, but it seems like lately, villains are having their day. Let’s look at our favorite God of Mischief – Loki. He may not have become the King of Asgard but he did manage to get his own Marvel series. More recently, who would have thought that puppy murderer Cruella DeVille would be the star of her own redemption movie. And, not too long ago the Joker himself won an Academy Award.
In a lot of shows, the bad guy/girl is usually the more interesting character, or at the least, more memorable. I can’t even remember what Tom Cruise’s character’s name is in Legend or who the love interest was(it’s Mia Sara, I looked it up)but I sure as hell remember Tim Curry as The Lord of Darkness. Whether it’s Gordon Gecko in Wall Street or the good ol Sith Lord himself Darth Vader – someone has to antagonize our heroes and be the big bad. They come in all shapes and sizes and levels of sociopathy – usually, the more intelligent and cunning, the better the story. TV Tropes has so many types of villains, that they have to be listed on separate pages alphabetically. Here are just a few of my faves…
There are a lot of articles about how our collective love of villains lets us explore a dark side of ourselves that we wouldn’t get to in the real world. I guess that’s true for some – I mean I love Hannibal Lecter, but I’m not remotely interested in becoming a cannibal or serial killer – no matter how hot Mads Mikkelsen makes it look.
Now, I know I’m not interested in being a Vampire or a Scientologist, but there’s something kind of endearingly unhinged about Tom Cruise as Lestat in Interview With a Vampire. And, yes, I know the movie is campy and not remotely as good as the book – but I still kind of love it.
Then there’s Roy Batty, Blade Runner’s philosophically murdering replicant. He is legit scary but also someone you wouldn’t mind having a drink with at a bar in LA’s not even close to rainy future. Just be careful not to get murdered.
The Rolling Stones certainly know about being bad boys.
So, Deadsplintalorians, who do you love to hate? And as always, thanks for your support and stopping by.
The answer to last week’s poll is A) Will Ferrell is a lot like Buddy the Elf – super nice and kind of goofy but not remotely as naive.
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