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Favorite Villain?

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DarthDymond
07.03.2013 , 11:27 AM | #51
For character/motivation, I've always loved the Villain (often a Villain Protagonist) who wants to rule the country/world/galaxy/whatever because they think they're simply the best person for the job, and usually have the gravitas and/or skills to back it up. In their twisted mind they may justify it as an obligation to the world, or they just see nothing at all wrong with dominating their environment, including other people.
Dr. Doom in comics (depending on the writer, but especially in the old Doom 2099 series) or Kain in the Legacy of Kain video games are the big examples for me.

From a style perspective, I still love cultured, arrogant, aloof villains, who turn out to be frightening competent fighters when they need to get their hands dirty. I will readily admit, however, that it has been done to death and is often handled very poorly.
Mads Mikkelsen does it well in the new Hannibal series, Megabyte from Reboot, Azula from Avatar, and Ra's al Ghul from the Batman comics (particularly David Warner's portrayal in the Animated Series).

I do have to give props to the Mayor from Buffy, the first genuinely original TV villain I'd seen in ages.
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07.03.2013 , 11:47 AM | #52
Newman from Seinfeld

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07.03.2013 , 12:18 PM | #53
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shayvaan
07.04.2013 , 07:09 AM | #54
Currently my favorite villains are the Detweiler family from Weber's Honor Harrington series. There is just something fascinating about people who can be so lovingly supportive of one another while discussing using nuclear weaponry on their own people to cover up their escape tracks.

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07.04.2013 , 10:35 AM | #55
Movie: Platoon- Staff Sargent Barnes
Book: Baron Harkonnen-Dune (sorry i mixed it up lol)
TV series: Person of Interest- Root
On the other hand, what is your favorite Hero Courtney?
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Ravenschild
07.06.2013 , 02:12 AM | #56
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Hey everyone,

Thought I would pop in here and contribute to the land of off-topicness. As some of you may or may not know, my major in college was "Villainy in literature, film, and other media." I spent four years reading/watching/playing different mediums and focusing on the villains in those mediums - everything from Iago to Voldemort.

So my question to you is do you have a favorite villain? If so, what do you think makes them a great villain?
Literature: Moriarty Why: Because he always had a plan. He had goals (typically maintaining his criminal empire etc). Not to mention he was brilliant,precise,methodical and efficient yet could change and adapt when necessary. As such he was probably the most effective and dangerous villain to date.

Film: Khan (Star Trekl II) Why: He had a reason for being the way he was originally (he was made that way after all),he felt the need for revenge (you would too watching those you felt responsible for die over the years) and he had the mental and physical condition to be a credible threat yet didnt have all that large of an ego that could be manipulated. His anger could as could his overconfidence,but not his ego (which we see all too often in film)

Comic: Deathstroke the Terminator (original version). Why: It takes a certain kind of person that after going through DC comics' version of the super soldier program,doing many missions for the US govt and being betrayed by them(when he has to rescue a friend from a suicide assignment given by a corrupt officer), tells them off and goes merc. To him being a villain originally was just a job he was hired to do (and partly it seemed for the challenge of it). It was also nice to see what an amoral version of marvels Captain America would be like.
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07.11.2013 , 05:21 AM | #57
Quote: Originally Posted by CourtneyWoods View Post
Hey everyone,

Thought I would pop in here and contribute to the land of off-topicness. As some of you may or may not know, my major in college was "Villainy in literature, film, and other media." I spent four years reading/watching/playing different mediums and focusing on the villains in those mediums - everything from Iago to Voldemort.

So my question to you is do you have a favorite villain? If so, what do you think makes them a great villain?
I just want to say, that sounds like the greatest major EVER.


Now, from a literary standpoint, Ishamael, or Elan Morin Tedronai, from the Wheel of Time series. He is a character so aware of the nature of the series he's in, that in order to cope with the stress of knowing, he intentionally drives himself insane, and he serves as the perfect example of what would happen should the hero of the story turn evil. Runners up are Lanfear and Demandred of the same series.

From film, I'd have to hand it to Magneto of the X-Men film franchise, in part because of the acting talent of Ian McKellen, and partly because the character is just one that is so believable, from his motivations, to the delivery, to the fact that no matter how far he crosses the line, he still believes he's working for the good of everyone. Runners up: Darth Vader, Saruman, and the Joker (The Dark Knight version).

From video games, Ganondorf of the Legend of Zelda franchise, with special mentions to Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess's depictions. No big revelations, just a big, classic villain out for power, but one that has stood above the rest in my mind, in part due to nostalgia, but also because of how, unlike other recurring villains like, say, Bowser of the Mario games, Ganondorf always feels like a serious threat, and when he makes his appearance, he feels imposing. Runners up: Darth Jadus of The Old Republic, Sovereign of Mass Effect, and Majora's Mask of the Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
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InsaneBase
07.11.2013 , 07:03 AM | #58
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Like many people have already said in this thread, some of the best villains are characters who start off with good intentions, but their execution is what makes them "evil." A character's motivation, particularly the villain's, is what often drives the plot forward.
Which is why I am not really a fan of LotR or even DA:O (despite its fresh take on Elves). The Villain or Evil Thing is just "evil", it has no motivation. OK, in Sauron's case maybe power.

My favourite villains at the moment:

TV: Walther White. Don't kid yourself, he IS the villain. Proof? He drove an Aztek! Second place would be Glorificus for style and zaniness. Moriarty from Sherlock is also awesome.

Movie: Roy Batty from Blade Runner

Games: Tough. After some consideration, I nominate the antagonist from the very first Need for Speed.

Uuuuuh, I just saw, somebody mentioned Kefka. How could I forget about HIM! Best Final Fantasy, too.

Books: Wintermute

Comics:
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Jeweledleah
07.11.2013 , 04:17 PM | #59
Ozymandias.

nothing like a villain with good intentions, who actually makes you consider his choices as valid and good for the many.

also - Doctor Horrible.

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07.11.2013 , 07:55 PM | #60
Rotti largo from Repo the Genetic Opera. he uses people to get what he wants even though he basically controls the world. and he has a nice singing voice.
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