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Old 10-09-2013, 06:05 PM   #5
Peter Knutsen
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Europe
Default Re: What makes a good villain?

Originally Posted by Asta Kask View Post
I've just finished watching two movies with excellent villains - Die Hard and Wrath of Khan. In fact, both movies (especially Wrath of Khan) are made by their villains. And the same holds true of many roleplaying campaigns. But what makes a good villain? What makes a villain memorable? What makes him or her someone your players come back to the table to defeat, time and time again?
I'd suggest studying Zahn's Grand Admiral Thrawn, from his Thrawn trilogy.

More generally, I have in mind writing an entry, on my OdinsDay blog, about some of my favourite villains. I very much doubt I'll get that done before early next year, because of several things coming up, including Nanowrimo, but here's an incomplete list of the villains I'm going to mention:

Hans Gruber
Al Capone, specificaly as depicted in the 90s "The Untouchables Show" by William Forsythe.
Sherrif of Nottingham, specifically as depicted in the 80's "Robin of Sherwood" TV show (which I do have a blog entry about)
Hannibal Lecter, the novel's version, especially from the 2nd novel (the 3rd gimped his memory from being born eidetic to a renaissance mnemonic trick!)

I had in mind writing a top 10 or thereabouts, top 9 or 12 or whatever, so I'll probably reply to this post later, and add a few more villains.
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