As I’ve said before, I have a habit of judging works of fiction by their bad guys. I therefore pay a lot of attention to my own bad guys. One thing I initially had trouble with, but have since gotten good at, is coming up with motivations for the bad guys. After all, even if you’ve come up with a memorable and dangerous supervillain, you still have to be able to answer the question of, “Why is he being evil?” Here, therefore, is a list of possible answers to that question, with examples in parenthesis. There are, of course, other examples than the ones I list.
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- Wants to take over the world (Sauron, Emperor Palpatine, and Voldemort all qualify, but Pinky and the Brain are this straight up)
- Wants to destroy the world (the Burning Legion)
- Instinctively attempting to feed (the Tarrasque, most zombies)
- Instinctively attempting to defend itself or its kind (the Horta)
- Doing it for sport (the Joker)
- Wants money (Gordon Gekko)
- Wants revenge (Nero)
- Wants to destroy a specific group (There was this one German guy whose name escapes me) Continue reading