Definition of villain:
“I read the story of Red Riding Hood today. I think the wolf was the most interesting character in it. Red Riding Hood was a stupid little thing so easily fooled.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Emily of New Moon
Saruman, head of the wizard council and chief of that order, has seen the future and that future doesn’t look too good. Having lost all hope of being able to defeat Sauron, Saruman switches his allegiances to the Dark Lord. He serves the Dark Lord but secretly hopes to find the One Ring first and take Sauron’s place as ruler of Middle Earth.
“And here you will stay, Gandalf the Grey, and rest from journeys. For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman the Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!”
“I looked then and saw that his robes, which had seemed white, were not so, but were woven of all colours, and if he moved they shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Saruman rose to his feet, and stared at Frodo. There was a strange look in his eyes of mingled wonder and respect and hatred. ‘You have grown, Halfling,’ he said. ‘Yes, you have grown very much. You are wise, and cruel. you have robbed my revenge of sweetness, and now I must go hence in bitterness, in debt to your mercy. I hate it and you! Well, I go and I will trouble you no more. But do not expect me to wish you health and long life. You will have neither. But that is not my doing. I merely foretell.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
Uncle Andrew Ketterley
Andrew Ketterley, or Uncle Andrew as he’s known by his nephew Digory, is a magician of sorts. As such, he thinks himself to be above the rules set in place for mere ordinary people. Armed with the little magic he’s managed to accumulate over the years, Uncle Andrew manages to trick his nephew into traveling to another world. Selfish and cowardly, Uncle Andrew continually puts himself and his interests above that of others, even his own family. I will say that he seemed to have a change of heart towards the end.
“No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
“He thinks great folly, child,’ said Aslan. “This world is bursting with life for these few days because the song with which I called it into life still hangs in the air and rumbles in the ground. It will not be so for long. But I cannot tell that to this old sinner, and I cannot comfort him either; he has made himself unable to hear my voice. If I spoke to him, he would hear only growlings and roarings. Oh, Adam’s son, how cleverly you defend yourself against all that might do you good!” ― C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
Jae-Wook is a brilliant doctor. He’s also a vampire. Jae-Wook believes his condition is more of a blessing than a curse and this blessing is one he’d like to share with the world. He creates a new drug called VBT-01, a drug cultivated from the virus that turned him into a vampire. Jae-Wook doesn’t care how many people have to get hurt or how many people have to die for him to achieve his goals. He sees himself as a savior of sorts and he’ll do whatever he has to to save the world.
“I can create the equality. Why must people who deserve to live longer, die?” ~Lee Jae-Wook, Blood
“I have become the devil to change the world and not allow myself to change because of the world.” ~Lee Jae-Wook, Blood
Son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, Ben Solo has chosen to follow the dark side of the Force. Now known as Kylo Ren, Ben seeks to destroy what’s left of the Jedi order. He wants to finish what his grandfather, Darth Vader, couldn’t. He seems somewhat conflicted but his conflicted emotions don’t stop him from killing his own father.
“Forgive me. I feel it again… the call from light. Supreme Leader senses it. Show me again the power of the darkness, and I’ll let nothing stand in our way. Show me, grandfather, and I will finish what you started.[looks at Darth Vader’s helmet]” – Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren: “Your son is gone. He was weak and foolish like his father, so I destroyed him.”
Han Solo: “That’s what Snoke wants you to believe, but it’s not true. My son is alive.”
Do you have any favorite villains? What sort of villain are you writing?