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wu_konguk

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« on: 10-07-2002 13:31 »

Okay I was reading an article in Cinescape about how to spot the villain in a film. So this got me to thinking was are the best character traits that a villain needs on TV or in the movies?

One of the best accents I think for a villain is a Shakespearian accent. I think it provides a colder more sinister edge to the character.

Anyway what do you think the best qualities of a villain?
Kryten

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« Reply #1 on: 10-07-2002 13:42 »

Well, at some point, the villain HAS to kill one of his own henchmen, to show that he's Bad.
iliketowankalot

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« Reply #2 on: 10-07-2002 13:56 »

Killing their own family members is even better, like Kiser Sosay in the Usual Suspects or the equally cool Dr Evil
Zed 85

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« Reply #3 on: 10-07-2002 13:58 »

British voices can be the most sinister voices in the entire world I think. This doesn't mean that a villian has to be British. I would say though that the Galactic Empire did better on the evil edge for having British officers (and a British Emperor). Not even German accents come close. American accents are miles off.  tongue
wu_konguk

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« Reply #4 on: 10-07-2002 14:14 »

didn't Darth Vader have an American accent? It was James Earl Jones or am I getting mixed up?
Anyway I'm trying to pin down what makes another villain cool namely Scorpious. There is jsut something so cool about him.
Impossible

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« Reply #5 on: 10-07-2002 14:18 »
« Last Edit on: 10-07-2002 14:18 »

I'll listen to Darth Vader's voice tomorrow, as Star Wars is on   smile
Tweek

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« Reply #6 on: 10-07-2002 14:25 »

Darth Vader was indeed voiced by James Earl Jones.
wu_konguk

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« Reply #7 on: 10-07-2002 14:25 »

I do think one thing that makes soem villains cool is being swauve. Charasamtic villians are always better than ones which are just evil.
Zed 85

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« Reply #8 on: 10-07-2002 16:21 »

um...er...African-American accents are the exception...  big grin

I'm just saying...  tongue
ZombieJesus

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« Reply #9 on: 10-07-2002 16:56 »

Patrick Stewart has an English accent. He is a Shakespeare actor. He is bald, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard, his Star Trek TNG character, is French.  Therefore, he is EVIL !
Lesotho_Leela

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« Reply #10 on: 10-07-2002 17:01 »

Eating of ones staff works very well, and it also spurs the workers or whateve to begin to hate him.
evan

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« Reply #11 on: 10-07-2002 17:09 »

Maniacal laughter is always a plus. Harming the hero's family members is good, too.
Tzlk
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« Reply #12 on: 10-07-2002 23:32 »

Insane intelegence, a la Hannibal Lector in The silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon.
Blotto

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« Reply #13 on: 10-08-2002 00:45 »

a misfigured head or something wierd like that.. Samuel L jacko said it in "unbreakable" and what a lame movie that was.
wu_konguk

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« Reply #14 on: 10-08-2002 09:02 »

You know I kinda liked that movie
Anyway I think another thing that makes a villain cool is them nowing they are powerful but not flaunting it. Tehre power is so great they don't have to use it because of the terror it inspires.
Jayz

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« Reply #15 on: 10-08-2002 11:09 »

I think the most evil thing a villan needs is tonot care who he kills, then a villan is the heartless creep he should be.
MuscaDomestica

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« Reply #16 on: 10-08-2002 18:00 »

Actual motivation, nothing pisses me off more then being evil for the sake of evil (unless a comedy)

A well rounded character, sure he may kill off his henchmen and try to take over the world but give him likes and dislikes, (with the first line in mind, nothing worse then someone who is too evil to be plausable)

Intellegence, any villian that manipulates is cool.

Breaking the sterotype, have them read the evil overloards handbook, do some unexpected things.
wu_konguk

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« Reply #17 on: 10-09-2002 05:24 »

Motives are always important. Some villains can be cool if they are abberent by nature. There way is just different from the heros they are not nessarly evil.
Ricky

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« Reply #18 on: 10-09-2002 08:16 »

First of all, he should have a mustache and/or beard. Second of all, he should be British or speak with a British accent. Third of all, he should be Tim Curry.

If the villain is (heaven forbid) a female, she should at least have a Mom-ish laugh.
Kryten

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« Reply #19 on: 10-09-2002 10:42 »
« Last Edit on: 10-09-2002 10:42 »

He should have a pet, preferrably a cat. And he should, ironically, be very kind to the pet while being evil in every other way.
Melllvar

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« Reply #20 on: 10-09-2002 12:17 »

...some kind of nervous tick (which he would take medication for).
FishyJoe

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« Reply #21 on: 10-09-2002 18:05 »

Also they should all have bonitus, and at the end of every movie the villain should die from not curing bonitus.
Just Chris

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« Reply #22 on: 10-09-2002 23:23 »

Villains are screw-ups with teamwork. In the end, they want everything for themselves.
rach_the_tall

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« Reply #23 on: 10-11-2002 02:37 »

They should be the perfect gentleman while at the same time, be insanely evil.
PCC Fred

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« Reply #24 on: 10-11-2002 04:59 »
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WORLD DOMINATION: YOUR TEN POINT PLAN FOR SUCCESS

by Dr. Evil


1)Invent a plan that will ensure your control of Earth, even though it will result in huge areas of the world being destroyed or poisoned.

2)Buy a grey safari suit and adapt it to look a bit commie and nerdy.  From now on, no one sees you nude.

3)Acquire exotic pets.  Siamese cats, sharks, octopi or one of those dogs with "granny's neck" skin.

4)Recruit bodyguards, strong silent types.  To keep them on their toes regularly punish them by death.

5)Establish a top secret base in one of the world's most photogenic locations not too far from a scuba equipment hire company, and an international airport.

6)Don't forget to build a secret escape pod.  If you need to use it, pretend to be going to the toilet.

7)Tell everyone crucial details of youe evil scheme.  You'll enjoy it more if you share it.

8)Ensure your base is stockpiled with huge quantities of high explosives and volatile propellants.

9)When issuing your final ultimatum, get to the point and don't ever negotiate.

10)Say to a secret agent "I've been expecting you" - even if you haven't.

FishyJoe

Honorary German
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« Reply #25 on: 10-11-2002 15:55 »

Is that from the movies, or what? I don't remember that at all. I like number 10 a lot.
PCC Fred

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« Reply #26 on: 10-12-2002 01:39 »

It's from a promo booklet for Austin Powers 2 that dropped out of the local newspaper.
Kryten

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« Reply #27 on: 10-12-2002 21:23 »

Top 100 rules for an Evil Overlord
evan

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« Reply #28 on: 10-13-2002 00:50 »

 
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Originally posted by FishyJoe:
Also they should all have bonitus, and at the end of every movie the villain should die from not curing bonitus.

And their only regret should be that they had boneitus, nothing else.
PCC Fred

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« Reply #29 on: 10-13-2002 04:05 »

 
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Originally posted by Kryten:
Top 100 rules for an Evil Overlord

Classic.  Absolutely classic.
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #30 on: 10-13-2002 15:08 »

Supervillain Online Shopping.

Heheh, yeah.

"Live forever or die trying."
Firecube
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« Reply #31 on: 10-13-2002 20:50 »

They must have an unwillingness to run.
Melllvar

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« Reply #32 on: 10-13-2002 21:02 »

They must have a slow-moving-dipping-mechanism.
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