Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Best Villains of All Time--Part 2
"Villainy that is vigilant will be an overmatch for virtue, if she slumber at her post."--Charles Caleb Colton
Hello everyone! So last week I did a post called Best Villains of All Time. Here, I'm doing part 2 of my villains series.
Today, we'll be talking about secondary villains and next week we'll address comedic villains. (My terms. You won't find them on wikipedia.)
A secondary villain, by my definition, is a villain that follows the primary villain around. In other words, storm troopers (star wars), orcs and goblins (LOTR), and various monsters and villains in other stories. Basically, secondary villains are the grunt guys or sidekicks to the main villain.
While your primary baddies need to be almost, if not entirely as well rounded as your heroes, your secondary villains really shouldn't be. In fact, you should make them pretty flat. By all means make them evil, intimidating, etc., but if you go into a back story with them, it will take away from your primary villain.
So, make your secondary villains one-sided. In my story, Persistence of Vision, due out the end of this year, I have two types of secondary villains. They're called Arachnimen (so named for the spider's web tattoo on their face) and Trepids. They're more or less the same thing except that Trepids are higher in the hierarchy of evil.
These guys are basically just big stupid brutes. They take orders from the collectives and go around doing the rape, pillage and plunder thing. They rarely make their own decisions, and aren't at all independent. I do have main bad guy which the reader is only briefly introduced to in Book 1, but it's enough to know that, while the Arachnimen and Trepids are capable of doing some damage, they aren't the real threat. And they're definitely not the brains of the operation.
As long as you have a well-rounded primary villain to pit against your hero/heroine, secondary villains, while not great characters themselves, can definitely be an asset to your story! Try one out sometime! :D
Random Movie Quotes
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The film is called The Neverending Story. The line (very tragic) was said by Rock Biter. Both of these were guessed first by The Housework Can Wait. So two points there! Great job! No one guessed the name of the actor that played him. His name was Alan Oppenheimer and he also did voices for Falcor, G'mork, and the Narrator. (Just a bit of totally useless trivia for you! :D) Thanks to everyone who participated! Great job!
Now, onto today's RMQ!
"There are no happy endings, because nothing ends."
Again, three points possible. One for the name of the film, one for the name of character who says the line, and one for the name of the actor. Good luck! :D