Redeemable Villain?

Hope y’all had a great Easter!
Today I’m going to talk about...Villains *cue ominous classic villainy music.*
There are so many different types of villains that fall into several different categories. Such as the really evil villain (ya know the one you don’t like at all and never will because he’s just, so evil) one would be Satan, if you want a character then, Voldemort.
Then there’s the silly bumbling villain that’s not really all that evil but he’s still the antagonist, these only bring to mind kids cartoons, (or even the henchmen) such as Tom from Tom and Jerry. There’s also the one you relate to, sympathize with and feel sorry for; a specific character would be Loki.
Or even the one that’s really annoying, and so irksomely antagonistic, you either want to put the book down or just roll your eyes. This one is a bit drastic but I chose Umbridge, yes, she’s evil but she is annoying too.
Talking to a couple fellow YWW members yesterday (Thank y’all for the help!!), I realized there are two categories I hadn’t even thought of: the redeemable and the irredeemable. Let’s use Saruman, and Sauron as an example. Just because we used them as we were discussing villains, and well, I really like LOTR (which I’m sure you’ve already noticed).
Sauron was a fallen ‘angel’ who had served the first dark lord (Morgoth). They both started out basically the same, but Sauron had a much longer history of, well, villainy is one way to put it. They all followed the same path to the same ending. If you’ve ever read the Silmarillion (one I have yet to read), you’ll definitely know all the details of his history, as well as the beginning of the LOTR world.
But one thing I do know, is that he was evil for a very long time, and by the end of his attempted reign ( I would say life, but he wasn’t really living, he wasn’t even a person anymore), he had become so distorted, evil and twisted that he was no longer recognizable, nothing. His existence is our example of irredeemable, maybe earlier on he could have been redeemable, but that did not happen because he chose to follow the path of destruction.
Saruman also served the Valar and fell somewhere in the timeline of Frodo Baggins. He was deceived by Sauron led to believe in his cause of darkness. To me, he seemed easily swayed, which in the whole LOTR trilogy presents him as the redeemable type. But maybe he already had that seed of ‘evil’ in him so that his heart was already turning away. He began his journey downward by researching evil things (I believe) and craving more power at any cost. He wanted to surpass even Sauron a powerful Necromancer.
So why am I ranting about LOTR again? Well, they are two examples, of redemption, or not redeeming themselves. You may be asking why they are different, eh well, they both chose the wrong in the end. One led the other to fall.
Will you make your villains redeemable, will they redeem themselves, be led to the truth? Or led to the side of wrong, deciding for themselves to fall? Hope this helps in developing your villain!
 Until next time!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post! Great writing, and awesome tips. The idea to give examples for each of the types of villains was brilliant. *innocent smile*