Hi everyone! It's the original poster here, and I have to say I'm really glad to see how popular this thread is becoming.
You had me hooked at Leviathan, and I'm liking the twist you've built into his character. However, he does feel a bit generic
as far as Chessmasters go, but that's likely due to the limits of this thread. In any case, I'd reccomend focusing on the quirks that make him unique and play them up a bit more. (That Lampshade Hanging
quality you mentioned would be a hreat place to start
Anyway, since I basically started this whole thing, I might as well post my own villain:
Reyn's personality could best be described as "dolphin like". He is playful, inquisitive, friendly, extremely
intelligent, and perfectly willing to brutally murder someone just for the fun of it. Reyn's goal in life is simply to enjoy himself, he has no interest in money or power except as a means to an end. As he puts it
"Okay so let's say that I stole a billion dollars and became king of the world... Then what?"
Unfortunately, Reyn's sadism and complete lack of empathy for others frequently leads him to commit atrocities for his own entertainment. Reyn has a hobby of torturing people both physically and psychologically until they're completely broken
and because Reyn loves a challenge, he likes it when the victims fight back since it makes things far more interesting than if they just run away or cower. This is why Reyn considers Sabyn
to be his best friend, because despite everything Reyn puts Sabyn through, Sabyn has never given up and this has provided Reyn with some of the best fun he's ever had.
Reyn admires any quality that makes someone an interesting opponent: Courage, Intelligence, Determination ect. conversely he has little patience for boring cowardly, arrogant or stupid people. Hence the saying
"The ones who run
, he kills
. The ones who fight
, he takes
Outside of his mischievous love of "screwing with people", he is an avid fan of strategy games, though he finds chess dull. He also has a keen thirst for knowledge and enjoys meeting new people (He is always optimistic that he will find someone "Interesting" to play with)
In his interactions with people he is always polite and friendly. He could be gouging out someone's eye while calmly disscussing politics with them. While he does have a sarcastic and informal side, there is never any venom in his barbs, it's all in good natured fun.
Reyn is also an excellant sport, He never begrudges another person their victory, rather he will applaud them on finding a way to beat him, and look forward to a rematch.
Reyn does not divide the world into "Good" and "Evil" as he believes those concepts are ultimately meaningless labels for whatever someone doesn't like.
"Plus they're also quite hypocritical 'THOU SHALT NOT KILL!! Now go kill those people who I don't like'"
Instead he devides the world into "Interesting" and "Boring"
: Reyn is an extremely
intelligent individual,easily able to out maneuver and out think his opponents. He is also a highly capable fighter, thanks to his magical skill and genetically enhanced strength and speed.
Over all though, his greatest strength is his ability to get inside the heads of his opponents, and use their own psyches against them.
see: Victory Is Boring
below. On top of that, while he can easily handle any of the heroes in a one on one fight, he's not able to take them on when they're working together.
Reyn has several goals:
"That which doesn't kill me makes me stronger"
- 1 To have fun and live life to the full.
- 2 To kill all boring, stupid and cowardly people to create a world filled with nothing but brave, intelligent, interesting and creative individuals.
- 3 to put said brave, intelligent people through a living nightmare so that the strongest of them may grow even stronger.
- Freidrich Nietzche
- 4 To take those in power and put them through the same tests in order to see if they are truly worthy of that power.
- 5 To die at the hands of a Worthy Opponent, knowing that he tried his hardest and give it his all.
: Because he enjoys
doing it. Reyn doesn't see why people feel the need to justify everything they do. If something is fun, DO IT.
Role in the story
: When Reyn first appears, he is something of a mystery, a harmless looking teenager who appears to follow the leader of the Genesis corporation, he is first seen with a group of thugs and assassins hired by Genesis, taking a back seat as the assassins fight a group of Red Shirts
However, much to everyone's surprise, before the assassins can kill the Red Shirts
, Reyn steps in to save the Red Shirts
, turning on the assassins because he finds the Red Shirts
more interesting than the assassins. Upon seeing Reyn again for the first time however, Sabyn is absolutely horrified and for good reason (See backstory).
Reyn's character is something of a subversion
of the typical Child Villain that one sees in Kid Hero
stories (Just as Sabyn is himself a subversion of typical Kid Heroes
). To quote the page
"A Kid Hero will commonly, but not universally, have two primary adversaries; his most dangerous opponent is usually an adult villain who serves as the hero's Arch-Nemesis (and even the Big Bad), while his second most dangerous opponent will usually be a younger villain, closer to his own age or slightly older, who serves as the hero's Evil Counterpart. These two are rarely affiliated, but if they do work togther, the adult will almost certainly be the Big Bad with the young villain as an extremely reluctant and rebellious Dragon."
Reyn initially seems to fit this trope, a young villain the same age as Sabyn, under the control of the seemingly much more powerful and ruthless Genesis. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Reyn is by far
the most sadistic
individual in the story. And it is in fact HE who is manipulating Genesis, not the other way around
: Sabyn first met Reyn at a special club that taught it's students the art of "Mengarrada spellcasting", a form of magic that worked by accessing raw magical energy, rather than manipulaing the environment, making it especially suited to self defence. Reyn had been adopted by the club at the age of twelve when he had been found wandering the wilderness by himself.
For four years, Reyn was Sabyn's closest friend and fiercest rival at the club, but unknown to him or anyone else, Reyn was quickly becoming far
more skilled at magic than he pretended, easily overtaking the other students.
Being the theatrical type however, Reyn choose to wait untill a suitably "dramatic" moment to show off his new skill.
That moment came when he used it to massacre every man woman and child at the club.
Where everyone else just ran and begged for their lives. Sabyn stayed, no matter how much pain Reyn inflicted upon his best friend, Sabyn just stood back up. Reyn's already high respect for Sabyn skyrocketed at that moment and he realised that killing the boy would be a complete waste. So Reyn let Sabyn escape in order so that the boy could recover himself. But Reyn only has so much patience and wasn't content to wait for years for Sabyn to grow stronger, instead Reyn began to manipulate events from a distance (only occasionly directly confronting Sabyn) in order to play an unending series of sadistic games with his best friend. The goal is to see just how far Sabyn can be pushed before he snaps.
To this day, Reyn has still not been dissapointed.
In the story proper, Reyn doesn't appear untill about a quater of the way in, before that he serves as The Ghost
, an offscreen serial killer that seems to be preying on characters on both sides of the war. In his first onscreen appearence, he is shown to be working for Genesis with his power having been somehow weakened by some sort of limiter, but it soon becomes clear that he's manipulating them for his own purposes
- Above Good and Evil
- Affably Evil: Unlike most instances of this trope that overlap with Complete Monster, Reyn's friendliness is genuine, he truly means it when he says he considers you a friend. The problem is that Reyn makes no disctinction between the word "friend" and the word "toy".
- A God Am I: While it's subtle, and he never outright refers to himself as a deity, he nevertheless believes that his outlook on life puts him above and beyond the rest of humanity.
- Agony Beam: His primary attack, a tendril of red lightning that causes unbearable pain to whomever it touches. The "G-rated" part is averted however, as the victims of the attack can be easily identified by thier horrifically mutilated flesh, an effect that has often been attributed to the victims own body tearing itself apart to escape the pain.
- The Anti-Nihilist: A rare villainous example, Reyn believes that all morality is simply a nonsensical human invention, and that people should just do whatever they want to do, without being restricted by meaningless codes. He often goes out of his way to satirise conventional morality and Lampshade holes in it's logic (See Men Are the Expendable Gender below)
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: For a very simple reason; If you can look into his mind what's to stop him from looking into YOURS?
- Bad Ass: Utterly curbstomps the people he encounters in his earlier appearences.
- Badass Boast: Has one when he reveals his deception to the head of Genesis
' "And I suppose you think YOU'RE the one to rule us?"
Reyn "Oh please, I already rule you. I just want to have some fun."
After much searching and hardship, the heroes find out Reyn's plan to use a powerful crystal to summon a Greater Daemon
into our world and take control of it. They find the crystal in a cave underneath the city but the only way to stop the coming of the daemon is to destroy the crystal, but the only weapon powerful enough to do that (magic crystal) is a two hundred megatonne nuke. Seeing no other option
, the heroes set off the bomb
, stopping the Apocalypse.
It was all a lie. The crystal was just an ordinary crystal, it could never have allowed a Greater Daemon to enter our world. And now, the protagonists have slaughtered tens of millions of people. All for nothing.
Exactly what Reyn wanted.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Seeker: Played with: while he's not actively looking for death, Reyn makes it clear that he'd rather die at the hands of a Worthy Opponent knowing that he gave it his all, than to win and live on with the boredom.
- The Dreaded: People who know what he's capable of are absolutely terrified of him. And for good reason.
- Dissonant Serenity / Dissonant Laughter: Hovers somewhere between these two tropes. His attitude towards everything he does is that of someone having a leisurely afternoon with his friends.
- Enfante Terrible.
- Enigmatic Minion: Seems like this in his first appearence, before upgrading to...
- Evil Counterpart: For Sabyn. Both of them are young, intelligent, friendly, snarky and fun loving tricksters who relish a good challenge. But Reyn is sociopathic where Sabyn is passionate.
- The Evil Genius.
- Evil Is Petty: He goes out of his way to defy this trope,to the point where he will not raise ahand against those who insult him, because he feels such petulance beneath him. While he has no concern for the laws of others, he never the less values and practices great self control.
- Evil Is Stylish: Reyn openly admits that he has a flair for the dramatic, most of his plans involve setting the heroes up for some kind of grand "event", designed to test their mental fortitude
- Eviler Than Thou:Towards "Genesis". That's right, between him and a company that uses civillians as test subjects for experimiments and makes frequent Deals With The Devil, Genesis is actually the lesser of two evils.
- Evil Virtues: Several:
- Friendly Enemy: see Affably Evil above. However, this is decidedly one-sided, as his "Best Friend" outright despises him, but the way Reyn sees it, just because someone hates you, doesn't mean you have to hate them.
- There are occasional signs of their old friendship, see Tempting Fate below for an example. This is likely because they're personalities are so similar.
- For the Evulz: Double Subverted: At first it looks like everything Reyn does is for the sheer fun of it, but then it's revealed that he's trying to create a world filled with nothing but brave and intelligent people, making him look like a Well-Intentioned Extremist. But then it's shown that his motivation for doing that is simply because Brave, intelligent people make for more interesting toys, so we're right back 'round to For the Evulz
- It's All About Me: At the end of the day, Reyn is purely self motivated.
- Kansas City Shuffle: Frequently employs distractions in his game plan.
- Kick the Dog: Many MANY examples.
- Knight of Cerebus: Played With. He's much more relaxed and comedic than the serious, no-nonsense soldiers and assassins that came before him. But he ultimately fit's this trope as the most dangerous character in the show.
- Lack of Empathy
- Laughably Evil: Of the competant variety, see Trickster Archetype for more info
- Manipulative Bastard.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: After killing a small child, he outright mocks this trope in his reaction to the citizens cries of outrage:
Reyn: "Okay, seriously, what the heck is wrong with you people? I just slaughtered about a hundred soldiers and you never objected once, because 'hey! that's just par for the course!' but then I shoot one, just ONE five year old girl in the head, and all of a sudden I'm Adolf friggen Hitler! I don't think Cindy was precisely what you'd call a contributing member of society, do you?"
- Murderers Are Rapists: Completely Averted. See Asexual above. On top of that, Reyn finds rape to be far too crude and animalistic for his tastes. Although he does apreciate the psychological effect it can have on people, the act itself holds no appeal.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Though very rare, when faced with a legitimite threat to himself, Reyn will use his full power to regain the advantage. Once things are on a more manageable level however, he'll go right back to screwing around.
- Not So Different: There is a disturbingly large simularity between Reyn and Sabyn.
- Obliviously Evil: Played With. While Reyn can recognise that, in dictionary terms, he is evil. he doesn't believe the label means anything.
- Pragmatic Villainy: despite his fun loving nature, Reyn is still smart enough to avoid pointlessly self destructive actions, and is often quite cautious while setting up his "events". an Anti-Climax isn't very dramatic after all.
- The Sociopath
- Soft-Spoken Sadist
- Tempting Fate: At one point, he and Sabyn start Tempting Fate against EACH OTHER
- Threshold Guardian: Reyn intentionally acts as a rare purely evil example of this, one of his main goals is to turn Sabyn into a Worthy Opponent strong enough to kill him. The problem, is that this woyuld involve turning Sabyn into another Complete Monster.
- Trickster Archetype: Reyn's mishievious nature means he spends as much time screwing with people as he does posing a genuinely lethal threat. For example, when the rebels attack one of Genesis' main facilities, Reyn hacks the rebels P.A systems to play "Here Comes The Bride".
Sabyn: "... I. Fucking. Hate that guy!"''
- The Unfettered: He is the master of his fate. No one else.
- Victory Is Boring: His Fatal Flaw. Reyn is entirely motivated by fun and challenge, meaning he hesitates and holds back when it looks like he could easily win. His curiosity means he can also be distracted from the mission by something more interesting.
- What You Are in the Dark: Reyn frequently invokes this on the heroes, in order to send them over the Moral Event Horizon.
- Worthy Opponent: One of his main goals in life is to find and create these.
- Xanatos Gambit: Many of his plans involve backing people into a corner where the only options the have available are the ones he wants them to take.
- Batman Gambit: What he uses to back them into the corner in the first place.
Reyn: "Something you must understand about me, is that I never manipulate people. I simply present them with the facts, and they manipulate themselves."
- You Said You Would Let Them Go / I Lied: Subverted. At one point, Reyn kidnaps a man's family and uses them as leverage, promising to return them if the man retrieves a powerful artifact for him. Naturally the man fully expects Reyn to betray his end of the bargain, but seeing no other way out, he agrees and retrieves the artifact. To the man's shock and relief, Reyn lets his family go completely unharmed. And they both reveal that he had been nothing but a gratious host to them, treating them politely and respectfully.
edited 17th Dec '14 5:01:47 PM by Lunacorva