Opinion on Movie Villains

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Movie Villains

What really is a villain?

Villains have been alive forever, there is no way to easily detected them or stopping them. They come in all shapes and sizes from animals to little children to even space aliens. Each villain has his or her own particular style, usually greed. Another big reason for there evil acts is because of revenge, revenge can turn innocent people in to cold blooded killers. The term used to represent villains is antagonist, or someone who opposes the protagonist or hero of the story. Movie villains are not just plainly the main enemy in a movie as in Nightmare on Elm Street series or on the Friday the 13th series, but sometimes it is just a little enemy, sometimes killed off, that is the villain. Sometimes the protagonist turns out to be the biggest antagonist in the story, like in the movie La Strata.

Villains usually meet their end by death, but sometimes their fate can be worse than that, like in the movie Time After Time a character call Dr. Stevenson, who is also know as Jack the Ripper, meets his death by traveling to the farthest time ever in the face of the earth, probably when the earth is completely destroyed. Other villains meet their doom with being put in jail. There are a few movies in which the villains actually comes out victorious, as in the movie Chinatown. Villains or antagonist are the spotlights of most movies.

What is the origin of villains?

Villains have been around since evil has walked the earth. Movies have made evil from all the different ages to come out, for instance Messala in Ben Hur is from the early AD years and Toecutter from the movie Mad Max lives in the late 1990's. Probably the...