The villain archetype is one of my favorite parts of any story. The villain, to me, is the most important part of a story. If the villain, or antagonist, of a story is poorly done, then the entire story falls flat. The villain creates the conflict, and conflict is what separates a good story, from a great one. There are the villains made from tragedy, others are made from traumatic childhoods, and others are just evil to be evil. The villains seen in fairy tales are usually there just to teach a lesson to the listener, such as The Evil Queen from Snow White teaching a lesson on what happens when vanity takes over a person. Many villains from folktales have traits of the seven-deadly sins. In the past, people used folktales to teach morals
In the Epic poem of Beowulf, there is more than one epic hero. Although hidden, this courageous follower soon shows his loyalty to his lord and leadership amongst his comrades. Out of the fourteen men Beowulf had chosen to assist him on his courageous journeys, only one was his true friend and follower. This young man was known as Wiglaf. Wiglaf, once a Swedish boy, was the son of Wexstan. Cousin to Beowulf, he always kept in mind the good thing he’d given him such as armor, gold and the great estates the Wexstans now owned. A good man from the start with good morals. This shaped him to be the follower he was and now the leader he is.
In Megamind the storyteller uses the plot archetype of good vs evil to reveal that we as humans will always have a good to face the evil in the world. This happens because there is always someone brave enough to fight for everyone no matter their past or if they were a hero or a villain. As the movie states there must be a balance in the battle between good and evil.
The movie characters and plot fit well with the basic hero story structures. As we can see, popular movies use the patterns introduced by Joseph Campbell to attract audiences. They involve not only the archetypes of characters, but also the progress of the story. Therefore, the Hero’s Journey can be adapted to this
The villain I chose was, The Grinch. I chose this evil villain because the Grinch is miserable and hates anyone who is happy so the Grinch attempts to take happiness away. A villain is a character whose actions are responsible for, specified trouble , harm, or damage. The Grinch is a evil character in, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. This revenge-seeking green creature goes out of his way to "steal" Christmas from the people of Whoville. He sits on the top of his mountain and stares down at all the happy, cheerful Whos' and decides to, take it into his own hands, to take all the happiness out of the holiday excitement. "Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot...But the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did NOT! The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don't ask why. no one quite knows the reason". This excerpt from the book, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas"
Justice. The principle of right vs wrong. Good vs evil. But everyone views justice differently, absolute justice cannot exist in such a divided world as this one. The human race will seek, deceive, and destroy anything to achieve their goals. The hero, in it’s simplest form as showed in comic books, just does not exist. The hero must do anything necessary to achieve justice, in whatever form that may occur. The ends justify the means.
Jim butcher states that villains are usually heroes in their own path. Even Though they kill or destroy people, their methods is somewhat conceptually good. They think that evil idea should defeat evil presence. They intends to solve this problem with their conventions. An great example of one of these villain is an antagonist named zamasu from DBS. He is truly a remarkable throughout the series of dbs.
In Laura Bennett’s essay, “Against Antiheroes” Bennett exemplifies the common trend of anti heroism, in popular mainstream TV shows and movies. She states that an anti hero is a protagonist that we all love, but is lacking heroic qualities. An anti hero, however, is a typical person all people are, with each one having skeletons hidden in their closets. The most quintessential character cannot exist, due to the abstract of different personalities and various life situations and that is how we see so many antiheroes every time we watch something new. The anti hero character is overused in modern TV shows and films. Firstly, Donald Draper from “Mad Men” is the perfect anti hero, that fits the term perfectly. Always love seeking Hank Moody from “Californication” in addition has similar attributes to the anti hero definition. Lastly, Draco Malfoy from the “Harry Potter” series is the example of anti heroes in movies. The difference between and anti hero and a hero is that an anti hero unfortunately is one of us and is a common man/woman, and we see too many of anti heroes in mainstream entertainment.
Robert Ray classifies heroes in “The Thematic Paradigm” to two major categories, the official heroes, and the outlaw heroes, the official hero presented as the normal guy with a steady job, family oriented, and major believer in laws and rules. On the other hand, the outlaw hero introduced as the cowboy always around gunfire and violence, a loner, lacks respect for laws and rules. Each of them has his own character that defines his actions. Any of the movie heroes would fall into one of these categories, depend on his storyline. The two types of heroes have similarities and differences. All heroes will take action for the greater good or to prevent and evil form prevailing. Examples of the official heroes would be Superman, Spider-Man, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Examples of the outlaw heroes would be Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Iron Man.
Villains are a vital part to stories. Without a villain in the story there could be no story. Villains cause conflict; Without conflict you can 't even write a story. I have plenty of villains I like but none compare to my favorite. Cruella de Vil is an evil, cunning, manipulative mastermind.
Do you ever dream about how it would feel to be a hero for a day? You could have the courage that others look up to. What about an awesome costume to wear? We are surrounded by heros everyday. Regardless of what you think a hero is or who might be a hero, you will find heroes in television shows and even in the film industry. If you actually think about heroes in a movie to television show you will notice it is a lot more common than we might think. A lot of movies are made based on the theme of a hero. There are a wide range of movies that go anywhere from The Sorcerer's Apprentice all the way to The Santa Clause. Personally, I feel that is a big jump between movies but both evolve around a central hero theme.
Why it that society seems to be shifting their interests away from the morally perfect protagonist to one of ongoing issues and a “flawed moral character” (Johnathon Michael, “The Rise of an Anti-hero). Johnathon Michael explores this phenomenon in his article “The Rise of an Anti-hero.” I think Michael perfectly exemplifies why people are far more interested in the anti-hero when he writes “The world included far more shades of gray, and the characters on the silver screen needed to reflect a broader view of morally acceptable behavior. Traditional heroes were just far too un-relatable,” (Michael, “The Rise of an Anti-hero). I believe that there are three key reasons to why the world seems to be more attracted and interesting in following
A super-villain is the antithesis to the morals of a superhero: where a super-villain is weak, selfish, and gluttonous, a superhero is strong, altruistic and charitable. Yet, while a superhero does his duty of saving people out of what he deems is expected of him, a super-villain's motivation comes from himself, not others. He drives himself not because of what he is told to do, but rather from his own ambition; if he wants something done, it is done through grueling work and dedication (even though it may not be for the most benevolent of reasons).
If I would ever have the opportunity to be chosen for the role in a movie, and there were an option between a hero and a villain, I would accept the offer of the villain role. There are many reasons why I would prefer to play the villain rather than the hero. For one, I get to act like a horrible person and not get into trouble for it. I love the person that I am, being as respectful and nice as possible, but sometimes it can be tiring. Acting like a villain can be the most interesting but the most challenging. I enjoy challenging myself, in whatever I do, so I think a decent challenge for playing the antagonist is to be so amazing that you confuse others on whether they like the character or not.
The anti-hero is someone who is characterized by a lack of traditional heroic qualities such as Idealism, courage and moral goodness. A real hero is the person who possesses all the heroic qualities all of the time which is in real world seems to be untrue as there is no perfect human beings. An anti-hero is a character who experiences both villainess and heroic treats, an anti-hero is a person with an ultimate objective to make the world a better place. Although anti-heroes participate in villainous, they are considered to be heroes as their main aim is to benefit the society, the surroundings or the mankind itself. A modern clear example for an anti-hero is Breaking Bad the TV series. Staring Walter White who discovered he was suffering cancer while his wife was carrying a baby girl.