Villains vs. heroes part 1

 

Ah...the hero and the villain. Two sides of the same coin? I love a villain with extraordinary powers, seemingly unbeatable. Unless you've been living under a rock, I am sure you are all familiar with Voldemort, Kylo Ren, President Snow, the Winter Soldier...the list goes on. What makes these villains so compelling is despite their cunning nature, they still possess a certain vulnerability, either physical or emotional. One that hopefully evokes some sort of response in readers, be it hate or sympathy. It is also intriguing to have more than one villain, in addition to the main "dark lord." Examples are Dolores Umbridge and Bellatrix LeStrange underneath the overarching rule of Voldemort. Also, great villains juxtapose with remarkable heroes in contrasting sharply against one another. The Joker was just that, a "jokester" to Batman's serial stoicism. President Snow of The Hunger Games had blatantly evil motivations, differing with the values and morals of Katniss Everdeen. In my book Sovereignty, Goro is the obvious hero- rather unwillingly at times in all honesty. He possesses incredible (yet cocky) confidence, but you can't help but love the guy. On the flip side, there is nothing likable about Davio- the brutally diabolical dictator who displays no emotion whatsoever, with Ash Sheitan content on taking a back seat to his master. Upon reading, you have the instant urge to backhand both villains. What do you think? Who is your favorite villain? Comment below :)