5 Types of Villians

A hero is, for lack of a better word, heroic. They save cats from tall trees and old ladies, who own tree-climbing cats, from burning buildings. The morals they have tend to be unquestionable, i.e. do not drop your nemesis one-hundred and fifty stories to his doom even though he just killed every person, rat, and cockroach in the adjacent building with poison gas.

From kidnapping young dames for baiting heroes to decapitating innocent bystanders, “bad guys” are, on occasion, seen as nothing more than psychopaths. However, there are many types of people who perform villainy. Let us explore the types of villains so that we may better understand them:

Side-kick Villains
These are your villains that are only villains because the person they are attached to is villainous in nature. This attachment is usually based on either love or an intense form of admiration and often includes some form of abuse.

In the case of Harley Quinn, she insists that her “Puddin’, Puddin’, Puddin’…”, the psychotic Joker (discussed later), is worth many face slaps and betrayals. She will do anything for him, including distracting Batman while Joker attempts to kill stolen babies in the Gotham City Police Department on the eve of Auld Lang Sine.

The intense devotion department is supported by, Pinky, who is a genetically modified mouse who shares the same cage as his villain partner, Brain, at Acme Labs. Pinky steadfastly helps Brain to world domination although he his a scatterbrained and care free mouse. Just like with the Joker and Harley Quinn’s relationship, there is much berating and physical abuse that Pinky suffers at the hands of Brain. PETA members are going filing suit on both Acme Lab and Brain.

Oppressed Villains,br /> These are villains that have turned to villainy because they felt they had been treated in a cruel or unfair way. A great example of this type of villain is Royal Pain, Gwendoline Grayson, A.K.A. Susan “Sue” Tenny. Sue Tenny was born with technopathic powers that allowed her to control technology with her mind; however, since no one understood the abilities of a Technopath, she was written off as a nerd and placed in side-kick class. Outraged and jealous by this, she hatched a plan to destroy Sky High, a school for superheroes, and replace it with her own school for supervillains. By doing this simple act of villainy she could overthrow her oppressors.

Anti-Villains/Anti-Hero
These types of villains are either a protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities. Typically, this villain is unbiased and extremely violent to anyone who stands in the way of them and their endgame.

One of the most notable anti-villains/antiheroes is Frank Castle, the multiple gun toting, creepy white van driving, skull wearing Punisher. Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shootout in New York City’s Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob. As a villain her employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime.

God Complex Villains
Villains with a god complex have an unshakable belief that is consistently inflated by feelings of personal privilege or infallibility. A person with a god complex may refuse to admit the possibility of their error or failure, even in the face of complex or impossible tasks, or may regard their personal opinions as unquestionably correct. The villain may disregard the rules of society and require special consideration or privileges.

The most obvious villain to fall into this category is Lex Luthor, a wealthy, power-mad businessman with high intelligence. Luthor’s ego leads him to believe that it is impossible for Superman to be as good as he appears to be; thus, his main goal is usually to kill Superman whom he sees as a threat to the world. Often, Luthor does not see his actions as villainous but rather good for all mankind.

Psycho Villains
These villains are mentally unstable and often commit crimes without reason. The crimes are also not motivated by revenge or for the possible gains of money. Said villain may be out of touch with reality or their perception of it may be highly distorted.

The best example of this type of villain is the Joker. Despite spending most of his time in Arkham Asylum, the Joker lives to terrorize Gotham City and Batman. His crimes require no motivation other than his sadistic desire to show people, what he believes to be, the meaninglessness of life through pain and death. Often, during his crimes, he will force people to even mirror his own image. Even though he passes up every opportunity to kill Batman he has no problem murdering and maiming those close to the dark knight.
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