To Kill a Villain

The Dystopian Nation of City-State

What criteria do you keep when deciding whether a villain deserves to die? Is it “just cuz?” You know, he’s the bad guy? Der! Or is there more to it?

Kaisy and I were discussing this today.

My criteria:

Basically, if the villain is irredeemable, has done truly evil acts, and acts and thinks in a sophisticated manner, they probably deserve to die.

Example: if they have some kind of master plan that involves the genocide of an indigenous tribe in order to steal their resources. That mastermind should die.

If he’s a soldier in the mastermind’s army who is a dupe and “just following orders” maybe not.

But it is a complex issue, because you might like your villain so much that you don’t want them to die.

So then there is this argument: do you keep them alive in order to have them make another appearance? Or do…

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Published by Courtney M. Wendleton

I'm an author with an associate's in psychology. Interested in a lot of different things, and love controversy. The more controversial the better, but that's not all I'm interested in. Can be a bit confusing at times, but that's normal!

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