villain with good publicity

kuroshitsuji | sebastian michaelis

then there are villains who are affably evil. there is absolutely nothing separating them from being normal, polite people except for the fact that they want to take over the world or use human souls to power their artifact of doom. they’re not the stepford smiler — their affability is a genuine part of their personality, not a mask. if they have underlings, expect them to be a benevolent boss. in one way, they’re the opposite of an anti-hero. they may pet the dog on occasion, but won’t hesitate to kick it with steel-toed boots the next second if it helps them accomplish their evil plan. they may well be a villain with good publicity because, after all, being evil doesn’t mean you have to be anti-social.

I finally saw Spider-Man Homecoming.  Four major takeaways.

1. Me @ Tom Holland’s Peter and Jacob Batalon’s Ned:

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I will seriously die for those kids.  

2. Me @ Tony Stark (and Happy Hogan)

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Like, what the fuck was that bullshit. He has legit become the MCU’s Villain With Good Publicity. His reckless child endangerment was INSANE.  I was desperate for Sam Wilson and/or Natasha Romanoff and/or Steve Rogers to come in and rescue Peter, and be like: Tony is using you, and you need to go back to school now, and I’m sorry I hit you so hard in Berlin, I didn’t realize you were FIFTEEN, because I didn’t think Tony was that much of a fucking MONSTER.

3. Me @ Cap’s PSAs

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When that troll said it was cool to “Follow The Rules” I almost fell off my chair with laughter.  UH HUH.  Says the man who lied FIVE TIMES to get drafted into the army, disobeyed orders to cross enemy lines to go save his friend, and spent all of his entire 3rd movie with his middle fingers up at Tony Stark and Tony’s rules.  I was like, you ridiculous hypocrite. I love you.  You are my fave.  Never fucking change.

4. Me @ Donald Glover and his Character Reveal

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I saw his name and LOST IT.  I was flailing my hands and hit my friend beside me.  GIVE IT TO ME NOOOOW.  NOW.

So, yeah.  Surprisingly good.  Really funny.  Would totally put it in with the Cap and GOTG series as the better of the MCU.  SO EXCITED FOR INFINITY WAR!!!!

1D as villains:

Liam: “Trust me I am doing this for the public good”
Louis: “I don’t actually have a plan I just wanted to do something evil and fun”
Niall: *evil laughter and the weird cough afterwards*
Harry: “We’re not so different,you and i” *pets cat*

I’ve been doing some thinking, trying to figure out why I think Kylo Ren is less innately redeemable than Anakin Skywalker, despite the fact that they’ve been guilty of the same crimes.  I still stand by what I said before, that Kylo Ren has openly rejected numerous chances for redemption, but I think it’s more than that.

The real problem that I have is that Kylo Ren idolizes Darth Vader.

I mean, think about that for a moment.  What kind of man idolizes DARTH VADER?

It’s not like Darth Vader is one of those villains with good publicity, like Prequels-Era Palpatine.  He didn’t have a long respected political career.  He doesn’t have a reputation for wisdom or kindness.  There are no legends of secret heroic or noble deeds performed by Darth Vader.  He didn’t save kittens from trees or donate funds to widows or orphans in his spare time.

There is literally no redeeming quality to Darth Vader that makes him worthy of veneration or even respect.  Darth Vader was an instrument of terror and destruction.  He murdered, tortured, and maimed his way across the galaxy.

(Please note that I do think Anakin Skywalker had qualities worthy of respect.  But Kylo doesn’t venerate Anakin Skywalker.  He doesn’t give a shit about Anakin’s history of heroism before his fall.  And he doesn’t give a shit that Anakin came back to the Light to save his son.  Kylo idolizes VADER.)

And there’s no way Kylo Ren would not be aware of what Darth Vader was.  He grew up in the New Republic, in the first generation after the Emperor and Vader’s reign of terror.  There would have been news programs, memorials, museums, documentaries, retrospective interviews from people who had direct experience with Vader’s violence.  There likely was video and documentary records.  Witness statements.  Cheap tell-all novels.  All of this input that would have made very clear: “Darth Vader was a monster.”

And from his own family, Kylo Ren would have learned that Vader tortured his mother and his father, that Vader had terrorized and mutilated his uncle.  Even if Han and Leia never talked about it, Luke would have as an important lesson on how anyone, no matter how many terrible things they’ve done, could return to the Light.

So Kylo Ren KNOWS how evil Darth Vader was.  He knows that there was no secret kindness or heroism during the time that Vader was Vader.  He knows that Vader was basically a walking weapon of fear.  He knows that Vader caused immeasurable pain to the members of his own family.

And he idolizes him.

He doesn’t feel sorry for Vader.  He doesn’t admire the man that Vader had once been.  He doesn’t believe that Vader was a good man, the way Anakin had believed in Palpatine’s good press for years.

Kylo Ren knows Vader’s a monster, and idolizes him anyway.

And that’s why I can’t buy this “Kylo Ren was twisted up by Snoke, he doesn’t know Light from Dark” shit.  This is not a man who is confused.  ANAKIN was confused.  ANAKIN had a mentor who seemed to be a good, wise man and respected politician, who listened to him and planted poisonous little fears in his mind.  Kylo isn’t like that.

Kylo isn’t insisting that Vader was a misunderstood hero.  Kylo isn’t insisting that the Emperor was controlling Vader.  He isn’t insisting that Vader never did the horrible things that he’s accused of.

Instead, Kylo is repeating the same crimes.  And I don’t care if you’ve been raised to think Light was Dark (a bullshit claim even before we found out that Kylo Ren studied with Luke until he was 23), it doesn’t take much to figure out that murdering people is an evil thing to do.

Kylo’s not a victim.  He’s a privileged kid who grew up with a family who loved him, who was trained in amazing powers, and he apparently decided that this wasn’t enough for him.  Now he’s joined the science fiction universe version of a neo-nazi organization.  (And for the record, calling Hux a nazi while sympathizing with Kylo, is like looking at a group of swastika tattooed skinheads and saying “Gross, but the one with the Hitler mustache…he’s clearly not one of them.”)

That’s the big difference between Anakin and Kylo for me though.

Anakin became a bully and a monster, but he didn’t start out that way.  He made a lot of bad decisions and trusted the wrong people, and then finally crossed a line of no return.

Kylo is a bully and a monster who idolizes a bully and a monster.  He might have started off as an innocent person too, but one has to ask exactly when did little Ben Solo decide that the man who hurt every single person in his family was worthy of admiration and respect.  And what does that say about him?

anonymous asked:

I'm having a hard time coming up with and developing an antagonist for my characters origin story. A little bit on the protagonist : she finds out she can heal herself and others (loosely, depending on injury), has a healthy relationship with her family and following her return from the olympics, decides pursues a carrier in medicine (probably nursing) so she can help others, but I'm not sure how to flesh out the antagonist or how they'll be a pain in the butt for the protagonist. Help :(

Buckle up friends, Headless is talking about antagonism again

Protagonists are great! They are the ones we root for, the ones we rally behind and sometimes see the world of the story through. But a protagonist without some sort of antagonistic force runs the risk of falling stagnant.

The last thing I can do is write up an antagonist for you, we are not a prompts blog. Fortunately, I reallyreally, really like villainy and antagonism. Let’s see what we can do.

Antagonists As Non-Characters

Something I think a lot of people forget is that antagonists do not have to be living, breathing (or undead) characters. A work without an antagonist is not necessarily dead in the water as long as it has an antagonistic force. If the protagonist is still working to overcome something, achieve something, do something, then whatever is stopping them is an antagonistic force. The moment something sentient(ish) gets involved and becomes the source of friction and conflict, they become the antagonist. But sometimes, the conflict has no face attached to it (for better or worse).

What purpose does your antagonist serve? What are they (or it) keeping the protagonist from? Where is it coming from? If it comes from a person, that person is the antagonist. If it comes from a thing, idea, emotion, or something else (the protagonist is battling a drug problem, for instance, or is on a quest to prove themselves or reach a goal), then you have an antagonistic force.

Not every story is in dire need of a villain. The No Antagonist approach works for some stories and not for others. If yours is one of them, embrace it. If not, keep going. 

Antagonists as Characters

Antagonists are great and I love them dearly. A great way to start figuring out the antagonist is to really flesh out the protagonist, so you are already doing well. Take a moment to look at their relationship:

How is the antagonist working against your protagonist? Are they a villain with good PR who can leverage public opinion against the protagonist’s missteps? Will they be actively working to trip up the protagonist, or will they stay out of the field and send minions to do their bidding for them? Do they run the show up close and in person, or are they shrouded in mystery and veils of conspiracy?

How does the antagonist fit in to the plot? If you have an outline or a rough idea of the story, you may already have a faint-to-semisolid idea of what the protagonist needs to accomplish and the role the antagonist needs to fill. Look more at what they need to do: will they be taking over a megazillionaire corporation, legally or otherwise? Will they be subverting governmental authority and constantly escaping law enforcement? Do they have control over something they shouldn’t? Think about what your antagonist has that your protagonist needs, or vice versa. Or, consider what your antagonist is standing in front of and keeping your protagonist from getting to.

Who are they? Antagonists should still be characters, which means that taking the time to make them well-rounded and genuinely interesting can only do you good. Spend some time thoroughly developing whatever aspects of your antagonist strike you first: they might lead you to something else. 

But I’m Still Stuck (Your Articles Are Too Long): Antagonist 911

What is it going to take to bring the protagonist to their absolute lowest? This is, after all, in some antagonists’ job descriptions. To create an antagonist specific to your protagonist, center their creation around your protagonist’s destruction. Build your antagonist around a conflict or a particular fatal flaw of the protagonist’s. Figure out what it will take to break your character’s resolve, and then work backwards: what skills does that require? What would be a good job or position for the antagonist to be in? How did they get there?

Antagonists and villains can be different. Not all villains carry a card proclaiming such—is your antagonist villainous, strictly speaking? Or are they more of a rival? There is a divide between them: Antagonism is force against the protagonist, and an antagonist is someone who brings about negative progress in the protagonist’s journey. Villainy is more along the lines of evil. What is the best way to label your antagonist?

When all else fails: Make a giant list of things your antagonist could not be. Oftentimes, this can help jog your imagination to help you think of things they could be.

-Headless