There is something that has been bothering me for ages now. Frankly, its the way you people have misjudged a certain character–the villain. Shocked? Don’t be. He’s the fellow who does his best to give you his worst . . . the chap who gives the hero a chance to be brave. Now where would David be without Goliath or Jonah without the whale? How interesting do you think Samson would be without Delilah? Getting the point? ABOUT TIME!
Unfortunately the villain must always lose so the hero can shine. Peter Pan, for example, was made famous because of Capt. Hook. Pan was able-bodied and could fly while Hook was earthbound and had to fight with only one hand, but Peter got all the applause. Is that fair?
Even in classic fairy tales it‘s the villain who gives suspense to the story. Take away the villain and what have you got? Boredom. Let’s take Snow White for instance. Once upon a time there was a little girl who was adopted by seven kindly dwarfs, and they lived happily ever after. Pretty dull, isn’t it? What this story needs is a villain, and a villain it got (and she went to all lengths– including death–to see this story succeed). The magnificent Malificent is another martyr. The “brave” prince is unable to face Malificent on his own until he gets help from three old ladies with magic wands. That’s four against one!
The wicked witch from Snow White, Mad Madame Mimm, The Wicked Stepmother, Cruella Deville . . . they are all delightful damsels of doom. Hades, Jafar, Syndrome . . . every single one is a brilliant brother of beastlyness! On behalf of all villians everywhere I gladly accept this award. And to all you “heroes”: You’re welcome.
*Due to being “taken down” in order to elevate a “hero,” Matt is currently laid up in a hospital with a noisy roommate who prevented his ability to send in an acceptance speech video. As soon as he heals properly (and is ready once again to fight the “good guys”) he will be submitting his video. Please revisit this post so that you don’t miss him in action.*
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