To celebrate Halloween week I am going to do something a little different. Every day I am going to present a villain from a Disney animated feature and talk about (what I think) makes them so villainous counting down to the MOST villainous of all Disney villains. I am aware that this is subjective. I am also aware that some villains are actually quite engaging. Personally I quite like Yzma and Kronk. If you take out the whole kill-the-emperor thing, they aren’t that wrong about Kuzco.
Villains are a complex character group. Some are simply glorified comic relief. Some are simply misunderstood. Some are merely doing their job. The question becomes what make a truly evil villain? The villain in ‘Bambi’ is an anonymous poacher. He is breaking the law, but I would assert that he is not evil. He has no personal animosity towards Bambi or his mother but his actions have consequences for the characters. I would submit that he is not a ‘good’ villain. Therefore, I submit for my purposes a villain must:
- Want to intentionally wish to harm the protagonist(s) in some way.
- Be aware that his/her actions go against the accepted moral norm.
- Be committed to her/his goal in spite of any outside warnings or unintentional harm to others.
Feel free to disagree or offer your own suggestions. The countdown starts tomorrow!
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