Villain Critique Thread (Because Its About Damn Time!):
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- The Chessmaster: Also literally, one of his favorite past-times is playing chess, and he often makes metaphors with chess ("I, much like God, don't play dice with the universe...I'm much more fond of chess." is one of his quotes). To put into perspective, his main foe here is God.
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Man Behind the Man
- Deadpan Snarker
- A God Am I: As mentioned, he's a demon who seeks to replace God.
- Wicked Cultured
- Faux Affably Evil: Quite affable (if extremely sarcastic), but he'll promptly dispose of anyone if they're not useful to him.
- The Sociopath: As mentioned, Lack of Empathy is his thing.
Name: Reyn Age: 16 Personality: 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" Abilities: 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. Weaknesses: 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. Goals: Reyn has several goals:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Berserk Button: Unfounded arrogance and cowardice REALLY pisses him off. even then, it never rises beyond Tranquil Fury
- Don't ever call his actions pointless.
- Big Bad: By the end.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He has this kind of outlook, but his actions are that of a Complete Monster.
- Breaking Speech: A common tactic of his.
- Break the Cutie: What he does to his "friends." Unlike most villains who torment their victims, Reyn actually wants to trigger their Unstoppable Rage.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Played With. See Obliviously Evil for more information.
- The Chessmaster
- Cold-Blooded Torture / No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: he's a sadist, what do you expect?
- Combat Pragmatist
- The Corrupter
- Creepy Child.
- Creepy Monotone
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Reyn has definitely read the Evil Overlord List. Here's an example of something he might do:
- 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.
- Hero Killer: If you're lucky he'll kill you.
- 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:
- Determination: Reyn does not believe in losses, only setbacks. untill he's dead and buried, he'll keep coming back for more. He may occasionally concede a round or retreat against overwhelming odds. But rest assured, he's mounting a comeback.
- Hard Work.
- Honesty: Mostly because he knows everyone excpects him to act like a mustache twirling back-stabber. So he keeps his word to avoid being predictable.
- Resourcefulness: Reyn will use anything to win
- 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:
- 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".
- 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.
- You and What Army?: Parodied in this exchange:
- 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.
- However... as the days go by, the mans family starts to become horribly horribly ill. Desperate to save them, the man searches for the cause of their illness, and discovers a horrible truth The area the man went through was saturated with cursed magic, and now, just by being near his family, he has unwittingly condemmed them to a slow agonising death.
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- Abusive Parents: Due his inability to empathize with people or understand the concept of morality. The first son he abandoned, the second son he broke physically until his bones melded together, and the third he gave philosophy lessons. Final result: A mercenary, a terrorist psycho and a serial killer [respectively].
- Archnemesis Dad: Well granddad, but the point remains.
- The Stoic: To absurd levels. Being impaled in the chest doesn't phase him.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Discussed deeply on how Wodash seems to be literally unable to understand morality. Deconstructed in that this is his Achiles Heel and is the main cause of his problems.
- Catcphrase: "Why?" is used enough times to qualify.
- Obviously Evil: He's a purples-skinned, fifteen-foot tall, muscled, bald giant with a black kimono.
- One-Man Army: Borders on Person of Mass Destruction.
- Nigh Ivulnerable
- Wicked Cultured
- The Sociopath: Played for Drama (and Nightmare Fuel) and exaggerated.
- Complete Monster: He was specifically built to be the single most unredeemable villain I ever came up with.
- Faux Affably Evil: Murder is seen as commonplace by him, so he never switches the tone or expression. Even when he's ripping off your spine.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist
- Would Hurt a Child
- What Is Evil?: Genuinely struggles with the answer.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Basso Profondo: He is supposed to sound like Christopher Lee.
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- Bad Boss
- Big Eater
- Deadly Doctor
- I'm a Humanitarian
- Marionette Master
- People Puppets: His forte. Near the end, tries to have one of the main characters murder his adoptive 'son'.
- Psychotic Smile: At all times. He doesn't have much cheeks to work with.
- Shout-Out: To the Mule.
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