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DEVOTED TO THE DARK SIDE

I’ve always referred to villains as the most interesting characters in films. They are mean, and have an attitude, and their lack of remorse in their acts, can make you feel disturbed, but attracted to them at the same time.

There are many interesting fictional villains whose acts have turned them into icons, don’t you think?

Again it’s time to make a list. I’ve thought of these 5 for being the first ones I’ve got on mind, but I’ll regret (actually I’m already regretting) not having include some more.

Enjoy my evil side!

The villain in suit: Patrick Bateman

I’ll never stress enough how much I love Bateman. Not sure whether all the atrocities he commits are for real, or just an insane desire inside his head, Patrick is a villain with class. Obsessed by his external appearance, trying to fit IN, he’s only capable of experimenting pleasant feelings by killing and chopping human bodies.

The villain with a smile: The Joker

Another personal favorite I’ve already talked about, The Joker with his grotesque smile, before becoming Gotham city’s public enemy #1, he was already a powerful and evil human being who would do anything for his own behalf. Once turned into The Joker, his main passion is to seed panic in the city, considering all its citizens expendable when trying to achieve his two targets: become the lord of Gotham city, and defeat Batman, his counterpart and main enemy. He can’t stand the man in black’s popularity.

The villain from outer space: Darth Vader

What can I say? Vader has rocked my world since I was 4-5 years old. The most loyal supporter of the Emperor Palpatine just works 24/7 for turning the Universe under his master’s command and just defeating the rebel cause is reward enough for him. With his former Jedi powers and his enormous strength provided by his half clone perfect body, plus a very well developed mean attitude, even those working for the same cause, fear him.

The villain with a religious belief: The preacher

A wolf disguised in lamb fur, The preacher is a rat, moved by his thirst for money, has a skill for nonsense talking, and with a neat appearance, the explanation for his knuckle tattoos, love-hate,  and false religious attitude,  he manages to cheat everyone successfully.

 

The villain in tattoos: Max Cady

Revenge is his main motivation. After spending 14 years body building, getting inked and studying law in the can, once released, he seeks pleasure by stalking and disturbing his former counselor and his family.

Now it’s your time to add some contributions to this post. C’mon!!! Can’t wait to see which ones are your fav villains.

ROOTIN’ FOR THE BAD GUY: A VILLAIN WITH A SMILE

I haven’t been very into comics although I kinda like them, but always loved Batman and Spiderman, and of course, their enemies.

Same as many kids, I got bewitched by Batman thanks to Tim Burton’s film portrait back in 1989, and later I started to investigate.

One of the coolest books ever read, was one named Batman, visto por un psiquiatra (Batman through the eyes of a shrink, could be the translation), in which a real shrink super fan of the hero, analyses his personality and behavior , and the concept of the hero as the consequence of a post-traumatic shock stress, the violent death of Wayne’s parents. Very interesting, I’ll tell you about it in the future, right now I prefer talking about The Joker.

The evil side of the coin is always more attractive. Probably in an attempt to get closer to the heroes, we receive too much information on their troubles, personal drama and weakness, they’re humanized and sensitive in front of our eyes.

The lack of personal information we received on the villains makes them stronger, mysterious and more attractive.

Ok, ok, we actually receive some feedback, but taking The Green Goblin and The Joker as examples, we know about their former lives and how they turned into psycho villains, their genuine roots, beside that, they seem kind of unbeatable.  No apparent weak points are shown, no personal attachments towards anyone…nothing.

No more justifying and explaining, at the end of the day, I’m in love with villains. Period!

The Joker is, in my opinion, one of the most iconic figures of villains in fiction. Everyone knows who he is, no matter you’re not into comics, same as with Darth Vader.

His features are grotesque. That eternal smile, wide open, remarked by the intense red of his lips, and the yellow of his teeth, and the pale white face, is disturbing, to say the least.

What about his wardrobe? Purple is a risky color, you can be taken as a clown easily, yet he achieves to look elegant in his suits, combined with his deadly accessories.

Yes, he’s no doubt an excessive character, up to the extreme.

Turned into The Joker by his accidental fall into an acid tank, the villain’s aim is to submit Gotham city under his fun reign. He’s able to get rid of any human being against his purposes, but Batman, therefore, in order to achieve his goal, finishing Batman first is compulsory, because there’s no way they can coexist at all.

And there’s another point Joker’s annoyed by the presence of the hero in black: attention. Citizens and media are too interested in Batman, and that’s something Joker can’t stand. He needs to recall as much interest as possible.

Joker’s character has been evolving throughout the years, from that comical attitude towards a more twisted psycho state of mind, and together his appearance, becoming a less bearable figure, more frightening and disgusting, with make-up letting you figure out his damaged  and terrible features, more a zombie like perhaps, and positive more aggressive and extreme in reactions, attacks and mood swings.

Same happens with Joker in films. From the innocence of Cesar Romero’s performance to the insanity of Heath Ledger, there’s a huge difference.

I’d stand by Jack Nicholson, able to combine both views, contributing with his personal exaggerated manners. I really think he’s is the perfect Joker, and would bet the actor enjoyed hell of a lot while filming this version. The Joker drinking Martini, with his Barbie like, Jerry Hall, by his side, creating an atmosphere comparable to Montana’s, is simply great.

For all these reasons, The Joker deserves a special place in the podium of villains, don’t you think?

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