What is a villain?! People get getting this MESSED UP. Ugh. I am going to explain.
We need to clear up what a villain is and what a victim is. No more confusion!
WHAT IS A VILLAIN?
A villain is “a character in a story or play who opposes the hero” or “a deliberate scoundrel or criminal” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. These following names are characters that either opposed the hero(es) or are deliberate criminals. Or both.
Villains usually want something so much that they are blinded by their greed and ambition and do scandalous acts to fulfill their wants.
EXAMPLES OF VILLAINS IN BOOKS/MOVIES
Grindelwald, Voldemort, Thanos.
They do evil deeds ‘to save the world’ even though they know what they are doing is wrong. They deliberately kill thousands to achieve their goal. They oppose the hero(es) and try to kill them for no real reason except for the fact that they are trying to stop the evil.
They see no harm in killing. They will go to any lengths to do what they want without thinking of the consequences. Yes, they have ‘good sides’ but they are considered villains.
Another type of villain is The Umbridge.
Starring, well, Umbridge.
An Umbridge of a fandom is not the main antagonist but is a personal antagonist to the heroes. They oppose the hero in different was than the antagonist, and they are usually mutually hated by the entire fandom.
Characteristics include: falsely sweet, malicious, weird obsessions with cute things (sometimes destroying said cute things.) (Octavian) and these characters usually hate the hero’s guts. They usually are in a position of power and abuse said power to oppose the heroes.
They may or may not be against the main antagonist.
WHAT IS A VICTIM?
One of the definitions for “victim” says: “one that is tricked or duped.” (full definition here) These characters seem to be “tricked or duped” and I will explain why.
EXAMPLES OF VICTIMS (AND WHY THEY ARE CONSIDERED VICTIMS)
(I don’t know all this information is 100% true because they are fictional characters and I can’t interview them myself)
HE IS NOT A VILLAIN. HE IS A VICTIM. GET THAT INGRAINED IN YOUR MORTAL MINDS.
He was FREAKIN BRAINWASHED. LITERALLY. It took Hydra 20 years to have complete control over him. he didn’t want to do that stuff.
He is generally not evil in most of his movies. he just knows what he wants (to rule Asgard/his father’s approval) and will try to get it. He hasn’t actually killed that many people or committed any crimes, actually, except for the NYC incident, which was when Loki was controlled by Thanos/mind stone.
He was RAISED in a house of DEATH EATERS. He needed to take his dad’s place so his family wouldn’t die. Of course he’d try to kill Dumbledore. He and his family would die at Voldy’s hand! Would you kill your teacher or (basically) your family if you were raised to do what your…uncle several times removed… told you what to do? Does any of this make sense? (I 196536279% believe the Malfoys are related to Voldy because all pureblood families are related. and, why would he stay with them so much? Does this make sense as well?
The morally grey: those who seem evil but are redeemed for helping hero? The weird people? IDK.
He opposes the hero by emotionally abusing Harry and other students. He deliberately becomes a criminal by becoming a death eater and causing Voldemort to go after Lily, James, and Harry resulting in death. Snape only ‘became good’ after it affected Snape.
Yet, he suddenly helps Harry by sending him the sword of Gryffindor, give him a ‘redeeming’ memory, and helps save the day in the end. (and is… (rewarded???) by Albus Severus’s name, the fandom’s love and support, not to mention getting a headmaster’s portrait. (If Voldy became headmaster, would he get a portrait???)
People that aren’t considered villains or victims but are still hated for some odd reason:
EXCUSE ME? HE WAS 15. Snape was (25???) way older and still a bully because of a few bullies as a child. (I’ve been bullied but I’m still a nice person. If I met my bully’s child I would treat them kindly.)
HADES (let me defend this guy)
JUST BECAUSE HE’S THE GOD OF DEATH DOESN’T MEAN HE’S EVIL. ZEUS CAUSES ALL THE PROBLEMS BECAUSE HE JUST CAN’T STOP HAVING CHILDREN.
He may seem to be a ‘villain,’ but he isn’t. Yet, he isn’t a victim.
IDK I just don’t want him to be evil. OR good. IDK.