Guest Author: Ernesto San Giacomo ~ Villains and Heroes: Tweaking a Standard

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Imagine someone whose only desire is power, world domination, and/or gathering riches beyond the average dreams of avarice. Such an individual represents a classic villain from the SciFi or Fantasy genres, like Darth Vader from Star Wars or Voldemort from Harry Potter. At times, this archetype makes an appearance in other types of narratives, i.e. Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes.

Of course, every great villain needs a hero (and vice versa). Typically, any given pair uses the same means to a vastly different end. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader use The Force, Harry Potter and Voldemort use magic, Moriarty and Holmes use their accentuated intellects. They are opposite sides of the same coin, made good or evil by circumstance, and not so different at their core. In this way, the villain is often a dark reflection of the hero. I took this notion of reflection to the Nth…

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