I've missed you all so much and hope you have been enjoying the series I've been writing. I've gotten some good feedback from a few of our twitter followers and have engaged in many great discussions about the villains! It makes me sad that this is my last one, but alas, it must be what it is. You'll notice that I have changed the name of this particular Villain type because I feel it suits the villain much better. So, after much waiting and much thought, I present you with my final analysis of Designing Villains. Ladies and Gents... I give you: The Chaotic Villain.
The Joker is the truest sense of the "Chaotic Villain"
After the smash hit "The Dark Knight" released, I'm sure everyone can see why this type of villain is probably the greatest of all time. He/She is great simply because there is no rhyme or reason to anything they do. Sure, they have a goal for the moment, but what makes this villain so terrifying is the fact that their intention can change at a moments notice. Incredibly unpredictable, but there is no doubt that they are evil to the core. On one hand, as an author they are quite easy to create, but one must have some idea of how they came to be the way they are. Even The Joker has a backstory even though he comments that it may or may not be true. The Chaotic Villain has no moral code or overall goal that they want. In fact, the Chaotic Villain may be happy with just causing mayhem and seeing the end result. When writing the Chaotic Villain, it is important to think about how he is viewed by other villains. Within the D.C. Universe, the Joker is the most feared villain of all time. One villain in particular made mention that "When villains want to scare each other, they tell Joker stories."
"Some men aren't looking for anything logical like money. They can't be bullied, bought or negotiated with. Some men, just want to watch the world burn."- Alfred Pennyworth
What is more frightening than a villain who is feared by other villains? That means that their methods are so out of line, that even the villains we have discussed would say it is a tad over the line. However, this villain does not care. It is important to note that this villain is very much an unstoppable force. Passive attempts at subduing this villain may ultimately result in someone being harmed which creates a very good moral dilemma for your Protagonist. So, how do you stop pure evil? The answer? You don't.
With great Good comes great Evil. The opposite also applies.
Evil can't be truly destroyed any more than you can completely destroy good. Think about this: your antagonist, regardless of if they survive to the end of the play or story you are writing has changed the lives of the people around him. Perhaps someone will want to destroy the world just as much or perhaps he has inspired a small group to do the same. It sounds bleak, but we must remember that opposite also applies. Evil can never truly consume the world either no matter what someone does. Your protagonist has also inspired great good among his or her peers. Your hero does not have to live at the end of your play to have their overall mission be successful. If even one person learns from his or her attempt at creating peace in the world, the world becomes that much more of a better place. And though good and evil cannot be fully destroyed, they can keep the other at bay for a while. One day, however, that essence, good or evil, will rise again and do battle to see who shall reign supreme.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this series as much as I have enjoyed writing it. My heart goes out to all those effected by great evil and I want to remind you that when all seems dark, never forget that there is an even greater light in the world.
"The night is darkest just before the dawn....
but I promise you...the dawn is coming."- Harvey Dent
-P.O. Marc Laroy