On the Mortal Instruments series
Villains, Valentine, and Virtue
By Scott Tracey
I love a villain. Before you can make me care about the heroine’s quest or whether the hero will overcome adversity to get the girl, I’m already rooting for the villain. Why? Maybe it’s because good villains start at the end of the journey while the heroine grows and learns as a part of hers. Good villains are always at their best/worst. They get to act right from the start; they thrive from the moment they step onto the stage.
Or maybe it’s because villains are so entertaining. When you’re a villain, the spotlight is always on you; every scene you’re in becomes crucial just because you’re in it. Villains make their own kind of fun, and that usually involves explosions. They have nefarious opportunities in bulk. When it comes to villainy, there are no rules, no limits, and certainly no expectations–the villain’s only job is to create problems and force the heroes to react.
Or maybe it’s just because villains have cooler wardrobes, snazzier accessories, minions–not to mention some of the best lines of dialogue. Villains can tell you the truths you don’t want to hear, and make you suffer for it.
Yup, whether it’s Loki in The Avengers, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Irina Derevko from Alias, or Voldemort, I’m Team Evil and Eyeliner all the way. I don’t care if they’re big or small, male or female, human or something else entirely. Give me a great villain, of any shape, size, or origin, and you’ll have my time and attention, and …