SaturnFlight sez: …sometimes, attack and defense values need to represent threat.
Whether we’re talking about HeroClix or superhero genre fiction, rings true to me. A “villain” or “supervillain” is more than a simple rival or antagonist. They are Threats, whose goals and/or activities endanger civilians and “society”, and our intrepid Heroes, in the nadir; to advancement of Human Civilization in the median; to the existence of the Multiverse at their zenith. With many degrees, many phases in between.
Anyway, great article, IMO.
Edit: To be clear, i don’t mean — totally DO NOT MEAN — villains should be cartoonishly simplistic.
Having finally gotten my girlfriend to go to a showing of “War for the Planet of the Apes” yesterday, one of the things I like about it is the degree to which the ‘antagonists’ believe in what they are doing, have their own thpughts about how the world is, how it works, and what they need to do to not only survive, but creating conditions that will enable them to thrive. From Colonel McCullough to his dutiful-but-conflicted soldier Preacher to the “donkey” Red, they are excellently crafted ‘antagonists’, villains.
But, this blog tends to focus on superhero genres stuff, especially movies. So, what ‘villains/supervillains’ do I find ‘driven’ in some way? (Not just ‘there’ to oppose the ‘hero[es]’ for the sake of conflict?)
Viper from “The Wolverine”: “A chemist, a nihilist, a capitalist, a mutation. A Viper. (Note: FOX just took the name of a Marvel Supervillainess; she very different from the comics.)
Marvel Movie ‘Villains’: Red Skull. Arnim Zola. Alexander Pierce. Ultron. Loki. Justin Hammer. Ivan Vanko. Darren Cross. Adrian Toomes.