I'm having trouble deciding exactly how to handle this trope in my work currently, because I have to straddle a very fine line of how the readers are to view my main character right now. Let me explain.
At this point in my story, the hero's girlfriend has been kidnapped. The villain appears on television and taunts the hero (the whole "Muahaha you will never catch me" thing), and does... something. This something is supposed to enrage the hero enough that he runs in and breaks the guy in two in a special way
Trouble is, I don't know exactly what that "something" that enrages the protagonist is. As I said before, I have to have the villain do something that would make the protagonist come after him, but not something that would justify what the protagonist does to him.
I have be very careful here, because I want to have the reader to think "Gee, this guy's kind of a dick
" but not "Well you're irredeemable.
To give some perspective on this, let me talk a bit about this villain.
The villain here is essentially a shut-in who is concocting his schemes from inside his room. He manipulates events by having his one henchman
go do everything for him while he plans in his lair. However, he isn't really that bad of a guy. It turns out later in the story that he's actually kind of a nice guy if you get to know him. He wouldn't do anything horrible
, and he only has access to tools you could get from any hardware store, mostly relying on his henchman.
So, does anybody have any ideas on what I could do here to justify my main character going after him, but not justifying the whole Mind Rape
thing? My intended perception of the character is Jerk Ass
at this point.
edited 28th Nov '11 10:56:06 AM by Kazegen