Are Pure evil/Complete Monster villains realistic?:
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edited 8th Feb '14 4:23:56 AM by Furienna
- A hero can turn into a villain over time. Someone can get so broken that, they pass the moral even horizon. There's a saying about boiling a frog: turn up the heat over time and the frog won't jump out of the pot. Have the story ratchet up the tension on the character. Over time, morally dubious things become more appealing from the character's point of view. As the story progresses the character is now a complete monster. May lead to a Villainous Breakdown.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: the Morality Pet is the sister trope. If you have a villain who has lines not to be crossed, or is on the fence, what happens when beloved auntie Rita dies? Because of/in spite of/tangentally related to the hero, it doesn't matter. For some people, even in Real Life, the death of a loved one can break their psyche. So Baron Big Bad may say "let the world burn" after his beloved autie Rita dies.
- Bigots: if a character sees a group as the other, things, can't even picture them as worthy of even a name, genocide is easy. This isn't hack writng "Mu ha ha! All the people of Planet Pupulon will die! I hate Cute Puppies!" It peppers the character's world view. Again, depressingly, in Real Life, language, laws and the courts can be bent or broken in the service of hate. Have the villain be Evil Cannot Comprehend Good.
- Indifference to suffering: A Million Is a Statistic ...and so is three, four or even one character. Some monsters just don't care others revel in their cruelty.
edited 8th Feb '14 11:04:06 PM by TairaMai