Oh goodness, is that a joke, Kali? Tama’s gotten to you! His snark is infectious! Run! Run while you still can keep a somber and practical outlook on life!!
For those of you that enjoyed my first article on the antagonist’s tale, you’ll be happy to hear that I have made a second addition to the series! This time studying Wreck it Ralph and Pitch Black. You can find it here!
One thing I find very interesting is the idea of maintaining the antagonist taboo, but escaping the negative “destined to fail” elements. Too often, antagonist characters that are “reformed” end up pale mockeries of themselves. They are, more accurately, broken in order to fit into the societal mould. What I find much more intriguing is the characters that manage to preserve the taboo element, but change in other ways such that they can become contributing members of their world. This change almost always stimulates change in the society as well, because it must adapt to this still-taboo, but partially suitable member. As a result, both parties grow. The most common elements so far have been changing one’s self-perception and developing empathy. However, with the characters that DON’T escape (Loki and Pitch) it’s a fun exercise to try and come up with other ways the villains could avoid destruction without damaging their taboo. I explore a few at the end of the article with Pitch, but I’d be eager to hear any other suggestions! How can someone with a taboo element of their personality co-exist with society without hiding who they are?