Understanding the Villain – Part II

In the previous post I tried to outline the origin and emergence of the villain.


In this post I shall answer the question raised in the last post:

But what are the oddities  that breed the villain and make some cross the second check?

There can be three possible scenarios:

1. Physical Anomaly

One of the biggest human desires is to be accepted and loved. Any individual at any level cannot live happily in the state of rejection from the society. The problem with a person who is physically at odds with most of those around is that he is most often rejected. Sometimes he may get attention/sympathy/ awe of some docile persons.

So what does a person with a physical anomaly do? He/she tries to impress people and win appreciation and with each attempt finds himself/herself even more isolated.

In some cases isolation is aggravated by insults and insults grow to an unbearable extent.

Then the person is left with two choices. One, to learn live the life of ignominy and two, to create a different world in which more and people willingly or unwillingly not only accept him but also respect him. The latter path leads to the emergence of the villain.

2. Alternative spirituality

God is the supreme power in this creation called the universe. We have to be good to please him and if we do something wrong He punishes us.

What if somebody does not believe in these ideas and rejects them summarily? Instead, he identifies a different purpose of life which is completely at odds with existing notions of right and wrong. Of course the moment the world comes to know about it, it will try to reform the person and try to instil in him the “right” notions of right and wrong.

When alternative spirituality is coupled with superior communication skills, it is possible to attract people who are weak followers of the mainstream faith. Once a person realises the latent power of the masses, he takes it an opportunity to prove that his conception is the true way for meeting the real purpose of life and the villain may be born.

3. Alternative theory of creation or creativity

“Destruction is the end of creation” is the normal notion. Destructive kids are feared and sometimes detested.

What if someone believes that destruction is not the end of creation, it is the essential beginning for a new creation. If he believes that anything that has existed for long must be decaying and must be destroyed to allow and facilitate a new beginning.

Or some other alternative theory of creation or creativity.

The chances are that education and counselling will try to direct his / her creativy in the traditional direction and may succeed. But if such a person is capable enough to move out of the theoretical realm of alternative creativity to devising something destructive (creative) the chances are that (s)he will be unstoppable and the villain would emerge.

But where do we find the villain apart from the fiction and movies?

A simple one but I will answer this in my next post.

2 responses to “Understanding the Villain – Part II”

  1. I believe all villains represent aspects of the human psyche. The different roles we play in life. They represent the dark side of human nature. Extremes of behaviour and character. In Life, as in the Fiction, maybe we humans often need a Villain — in order to persevere and ultimately emerge “victorious” by the end of the show … We have to be fighting for something, if all our striving amidst the chaos, is to be worth the effort expended…
    The stronger the adversary, the deeper our resolve — that’s just Human Nature …
    or is it simply the pattern of “good story-telling” that we’ve learned to model, as a handy metaphor, for helping us get through the tedium and hopelessness of the average, futile Life?

    … I personally like this method of conveying the thought in sequels.. The build up let’s in the reader to pitch in views and introspect while waiting , thereby making the experience more engaging & satisfying..

    The 3rd part is eagerly awaited.. !! 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot for the read and this lovely input. 🙂

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