The Big Villain Party

Loki Picture - The Avengers

Several posts lately have got me thinking about villains.

We live in a crazy, crazy age. The kind of age where people (and, yes, this is mostly directed to girls) don’t mind ooh-ing and aah-ing over how “adorable” the bad guys are.

Think Loki, from The Avengers and Thor. Think Morairty, from BBC’s Sherlock (although I don’t personally think… never mind. I don’t want to anger any fangirls. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I’m pretty sure there’s plenty of others, too, that it wouldn’t take long to think of.

Why is that? I just don’t get it that much. I know that villains can’t be completely bad. But, seriously?

Anyway, this whole post/rant came out because of my own writing. My villain (maybe you’ll get to meet him soon!!!) has got the evil part down pretty good. In fact, I’m worried that he doesn’t have enough human-ish like-ability to him. (Here I go, making up my own words…) Or whatever bad guys are supposed to have. I keep thinking that “if I could get people to like him (and my main character) as much as Loki…”

Ooh, brainstorm! You can meet Raltan!!!! My villain. Here’s a short scene, from the beginning of Chapter Two (Yep, I’m that far already):

โ€œWhat is it?โ€ Raltan snapped as a guard cautiously entered the room. He shoved a loose strand of his long black hair behind his ear. The man quivered as he worked up the courage to speak. Raltan smiled, relishing the picture before him. Fear. It was such a wonderful emotion, especially when he was the one inspiring it. โ€œWhat is it?โ€ heasked again.

The man took a deep breath. Raltan wondered how the man had even made it into the Elite Guard. Heโ€™d have to talk to General Shineholtz about it later. โ€œWe have a man, a captain from the army here to see you,โ€ the man finally blurted out.

Raltan raised an eyebrow. โ€œOh?โ€ He paused thoughtfully. โ€œWell, make him wait for at least twenty minutes, and if heโ€™s still here after that he may come in.โ€ The man nodded and bowed before turning to leave. โ€œOh, and, guard?โ€ Raltan said. The guard stopped and turned around. โ€œSend Shineholtz here immediately. I would appreciate his assistance.โ€ The man bowed again and left the room, leaving Raltan alone with his thoughts.

So, whaddya think? I know it’s hard to form an opinion about him from that small section, but that’s my main scene with him so far, non-spoiler scene, at least. I’ll add a link to the prologue at the end of the post if you’d like to read that, which may help. Enjoy! I’d love opinions on Raltan, on my writing, and anything in particular, and justย what you think!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks guys!

Novel Prologue

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15 comments

  1. I like Raltan’s style. While it is common, the way you have written him makes all the difference.
    As for the answer to the villain question. In my opinion, now a days, the motivations of the villains are more relatable than that of a hero. Their pain seems more real and their goals are much more human. Even in Thor, Loki’s pain stems from the fact that he’s adopted. So, that’s what i think.

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    1. Thanks! And that definitely makes sense. I think sometimes people feel more like they identify with the villain, and then they want him to win, which… that’s not what I want to happen. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I must admit, I was kind of imagining Raltan with a little bit of Loki’s style.

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  2. Hmm. He seems like Xanatos. Only, if there was a non-villain version of him, he wouldn’t be nearly as likeable as the good version of Xanatos is. ๐Ÿ˜›
    All joking aside, this guy sounds more than a little insane. From his point of view, though, he’s a little more coherent. Was that intentional? His outside appearance seems to be calculated to make people think he’s crazy, while inside he’s very calculating and scheming.

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      1. ๐Ÿ™‚
        It’s really kind of sad, the way they’re re-writing Star Wars thanks to Disney… I mean, everything which isn’t a movie or the Clone Wars has been practically deleted. It isn’t considered canon anymore. And it looks like they may be taking Obi-Wan out of character in the next movie, posthumously…
        People have even been re-quoting “A New Hope,” only different: “I felt something… like a million fans cried out in horror… and were suddenly hushed.” If they destroy the franchise, it’s frighteningly pertinent.

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      2. Disney’s producing the marvel movies, too, now. I keep hearing talk that they’re going to kill off one of the Avengers in the next movie. Which they better not do. ๐Ÿ˜€

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