Halloween has been good to me.
Halloween has been good to me.
This post is on heroes, villains, and anti-heroes. I’m not going to claim I know everything about how to make them. But I have learned some things while writing the Dark Veil saga. I still have a long way to go. This is a compilation of what I’ve learned, and some info on the ones I already have. Heroes are really cool. Whether or not they’ve been damaged, they still fight for the side of good.…
This post is on heroes, villains, and anti-heroes. I’m not going to claim I know everything about how to make them. But I have learned some things while writing the Dark Veil saga. I still have a long way to go. This is a compilation of what I’ve learned, and some info on the ones I already have.
Heroes are really cool. Whether or not they’ve been damaged, they still fight for the side of good. They are my second-favorite character type to write. They always remain pure. This is clear with characters like Spiderman and Batman. Some say Batman isn’t a good person deep inside. But there is one thing that separates him from the criminals he fights. He refuses to kill. His main goal is to save the innocent, and that is what keeps him good. His moral compass drives him.
There’s something comforting about a hero. It’s nice to know that, no matter what they do, they’re going to try their darndest to do good. You can beat them as hard as you want, but they’ll just look at you with pity. In the end, a hero will really, honestly care about people. All people. That’s something you don’t see in villains or anti-heroes.
A thing that separates a hero from a true hero is determination. They can be beaten, battered, bruised, have their back broken and they still continue fighting. They still stay pure no matter how many chances to do otherwise are thrown at them. It may take a while for them to get to this point. They may be an antihero or even a villain before they come to this spot on their life. But very few, if they are truly good, will stray from this path.
I would say who the heroes are in Dark Veil saga, but to say who stays good and who doesn’t is most definitely a spoiler. That is the saddest part of writing this series. In a world like the Dark Veil saga, there’s not much of a place for heroic types even when I want them there. But they are there, and I think you’ll come to love them just as much as I do.
Villains are still lots of fun to write. It may just be due to a lot of “Criminal Minds” episodes, but I find their logic fascinating. To sum it up in one shot, I must quote one of the greatest.
“I’ve demonstrated there’s no difference between me and anyone else! All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.” – the Joker, Batman villain
An evil person is, in one way or another, a lunatic. Sometimes it isn’t so clear. In fact, some villains in books that I’ve read are so logical that it’s downright eerie. But deep down inside their psyche, no matter how normal they may seem, something’s off. In the Joker, it’s pretty much everything about him. He desires to kill people and just hates all of humankind. But there’s a great deal of difference between villains like the Joker from Batman and Lex Luthor from Superman. One is so cold and calculated that few might notice his villainy unless they’d been around him for a while. The other is so insane that nobody would recognize a shred of sanity until they’d been around him a while.
Take Jigsaw, for example, the Saw villain who inspired the Dark Veil saga’s Trizkol. I have not seen the movies, as I think the brutality they include is completely disgusting and just for shock value. A part of him makes logical sense. People who do bad things ought to have some form of justice – whether it’s simply being told that they are in the wrong or being put in jail. But the extent to which he goes to make it happen is pure insanity. He is a good example of the eerie calculated villain. I personally think that these sorts are far creepier than the insane ones. It’s the ones that aren’t pure evil that are harder to want to kill.
Finally, there is the anti-hero. The anti-hero is the most human of all the character types. They are by far my favorite to write, and I have a good lot of them in the Dark Veil saga. They’re complex people. They aren’t black and white. They are, in fact, basically neutral. They’re not striving for the absolute best or worst decision. They’re just going to make the decisions. They may kill people who they didn’t need to, but they’ll get the job done.
It’s not to say that there are not good people in real life. I’m not even saying that all anti-heroes are bad people. But they don’t have to be choirboys either. With characters like Rorschach, it’s due to a troubled childhood. The ones who have good intentions will go to extreme lengths to take down the bad guys. Those without good intentions are often in it for themselves. They basically do whatever they feel like but they’ll still do the good thing on occasion.
The closest to this archetype in the Dark Veil saga are the characters Addom and Ashlin. They care less about honor and more about taking down those they consider bad people. They don’t really care about the suffering of people involved along the way. They haven’t been treated well by people for a very long time. They were thought to be monsters. But they think of normal humans the same way. So, rather than being swayed by what these annoying humans are telling them… they just do whatever they want.
I enjoy writing these types not for their decisions, but for their complexity of character. They’re messed up, and it isn’t hard to tell. They’re damaged by a cruel world. They don’t have always have one distinct pathway that they desire to follow. Villains want to be bad. Heroes want to be good. Antiheroes are just kind of… there. There is more room for a realistic human in an antihero. Whether they are mostly good or mostly bad, every human has a ying and a yang. Antiheroes show both of those sides a bit more equally.
Wow. This was my longest post yet. Admittedly, I had a lot to say. What do you think about all this. What’s your favorite type of character to write or read? Let me know in the comments below!
I’ve decided to do an entire blog to my favorite lovely dear child of the night, the vampire. They’re wonderful creatures, really, but heavily misunderstood. In fact, their story is probably one of the saddest things ever.
First of all, a lot of people think that automatically if you are a vampire you must be a blood-drinking death machine. But imagine if a nice old lady became a vampire? Would she then become a maniacal blood drinker? Probably not. In fact, that might be a really sad life for her, I think. Imagine being forced to do awful things like drinking people’s blood to survive. It’s not the greatest life on the planet.
People think, I would love to be a vampire! I can run at crazy speeds, rip things apart with my bare hands, and turn into a bat and fly off into the night! But at the same time, unless you got some crazy, crazy sunblock, it’s at the risk of never again seeing the sun and the unbridled desire to eat any living friends you have left. At this point, does the power make up for it? Does eternal life make up for eternal hunger?
However, after all that boring “vampires are sad” thing, we need to talk about how awesome they can be if they decide to stop being sad about it. Let’s realize that, depending on the lore we’re talking, vampires are also incredibly awesome. They can transform into far more things than bats, especially if they’re Dracula. They can transform into mist, bats, wolves, cats, etc. What a terrifying concept, really, because if they can turn into mist, what stops them from turning into the air around you? What stops one from being there while you’re reading this, right here, right now? Hear him? Of course you can’t.
Also, dark things are fun! At least to me. It’s fun to hang out in the dark, although figuring out a way to be in the day too would be nice. Simply put, the sky is far more interesting at night. To have that beauty to wake up to every night would be wonderful. And as the night goes on, beauty just pours itself out further and further until you’re left breathless. Not that you would need to.
Also, vampires could be super helpful. Imagine someone gets poisoned in the middle of the night. Everyone else may think, “Ew, I don’t wanna drink your blood.” But leave that up to the vampire! They don’t have to worry about dying. They’re already dead. They could easily drink the poison if they had to. And what if this vampire decided to try his/her hand at the good side? Batman has nothing on an immortal. Screw what “Batman vs Dracula” said. (Yes, that is an actual film.)
So who is your favorite vampire? Let me know in the comments!
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou
Making the link between anarchism and Christianity.
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