First off, I want to look at why bad guys are needed for a good story. And, second, I want to pin down some of the sins these bad guys have so that I can recognize them and see them in my own life. So, enter my post on the baddies.
Sometimes they’re as handsome and witty as the good guys and you hate to hate them (*COUGH* yes, that happened to me once). And sometimes they’re so darn evil you love to hate them (OH YES!). And sometimes you just feel sorry for them because you know the good guy is so awesome that they have no chance in winning. Ha! I love it when that happens.
Sometimes you wish villains weren’t in the story because of the hurt they cause to others, especially the characters whom you love. Why are villains in stories when all they do is hurt, destroy, and kill?
Here’s why. What would the hero do without someone to fight, to pursue, to escape from, to defeat.
For a good story or movie; you need four things: a good plot, a good score (if it’s a movie), a good hero, and a good villain. Someone to defeat and some one to be defeated.
Thankfully, when someone is riding under the title ‘villain’ we can be safe to assume that they will be exterminated, hacked, frozen, drowned, hung, killed, or left flying away into open space out of control and never to be a problem again by the end. Unless it’s written by those authors and screenwriters that like to bring back villains again. And again. And again. And AGAIN. If you come across a villain whom seems to never be stopped, well, he’s either a super villain or your heroes are extremely whimpy to take so long to get rid of him. Bringing a villain back once or even twice is okay (Darth Vadar is an exception!). But when they’re overused . . . . it’s sick. Trust me. So, overused villains are bad, but ones that come back a couple times is neat too, so long as you weren’t misled that he actually died in that last film or book. But, otherwise, it’s cool.
In other respects, it’s not much of a story (more so for movies then books) without problems and problem makers.
So, no matter how much it hurts, we need to have baddies in the story.
Now, to study some villains and see what makes them bad guys in the first place.
Let’s look at four villains and see what makes their downfalls are and how different they are from one another. No two villains are alike, though their fruits may be the same.
Let’s start with Gaston. In the beginning of the film, he starts of just as a overbearing puss. Completely filled up with his vanity and what everyone thinks of him…along with a certain girl of the village who gives him a not confusing ‘no thanks’. From there he turns into a man who won’t take no for a answer. A man who would harm her own family just to make her bend. A man who’s hate for our Hero, The Beast, because he stands between him and what he wants. We all know his fate though, caused by his own slipperyness.
Next will be Liberty Valance. He totally falls under the catagory of ‘love to hate’! A gambler, a troublemaker, a robber, and probably a muderer too. His terroziation of a town was cut short by two men, and nobody was sorry to see him fall over dead. What was the downfalls of this man? Pride. Probably lots of other things, but pride as number one. Pride in himself. Pride in never doing what anyone wanted him to. Pride in being the toughest rough in the west. Pride. And it was his downfall (literally too).
Captain Nemo. Here’s one of those confusing villains. You know they’re bad guys and yet you feel sorry for them. And, me, well, I had a case of ‘feeling sorry for ya because you’re so going to get it from Ned, ya sucker’. LOL, okay, not quite like that, but I also had a case of ‘still humming Whale of a Tale’ too, soooo— back to the Captain. In some ways, I admired him. He certainly took dominion over the sea; which is a great, Biblical thing to do because God wants us to be productive. I did want to mention that. But, putting that aside, he’s nothing more then a prideful, stuffy man yet you feel sorry for him because of his past, and what he went through. But that hardly excuses what he keeps busy with now, what with blowing up ships and innocent men. And living by his own rules alone. Not good, Nemo, not good.
And lastly, probably the ultimate villain ever. Darth Vadar. Evil all summed up into a wad of machine that storms about with swirling black and deathly fists that choke the breath out of every commander he runs into. And blowing up planets with the other hand.Talk about a bad guy! Do I need to say more? No. So, what made Darth Vadar so evil. It could be control and yet we find out that a lot of what he did was following his master’s bidding, though he was just as evil to actually carry out a lot of the plans. Pride is part of the equation; being overly confident in himself and yet he doesn’t go about whining about how people don’t look up to him (like Gaston) or become a out-of-control whacko when things don’t go his way (he just blames his commanders, cuts off their air, and elects a new nervous fellow). Really, Darth Vadar’s main problem is the same problem we all face. The sin inside himself. Forget all the force nonsense, let’s look at him as who he is; a man. Every man is born with sin. And it’s the sin inside himself that rules his life of destruction, making him nearly powerless against it.
These villains are all so different. Imagine a movie with Liberty Valace, Captain Nemo, Darth Vadar and Gaston all banded together. Crazy (frightening too. But it’d be worth it to see the Beast, Luke, Ned Land and Ransom all band together too!! ) And yet, these villains all have two things in common. Sin—and narrowed down even more . . . pride. Pride is the downfall of all who fall in it’s grip.
So, the lesson I think we can learn from these fallen men is that pride is something we should flee from. And we need to always confess and repent of our sin.
We know the result when one doesn’t. Unless we want to end up in graves we dug ourselves, like the four men above, we need to keep striving in repentance.
For the wages of sin is death.