Evil queens and wicked witches are frequently our first introduction to the world of villains. But as we get older, our needs change. The simplicity that existed in our black and white worlds as kids becomes a confused rainbow of varying grays, and the concept of pure good and evil no longer makes sense. We yearn for complicated characters, where the good guy struggles with doing the right thing and even does the wrong thing sometimes. Where the villain has a reason for the terrible things they do—reasons we may even find justifiable.
These are the characters I love most. I like the humanity it gives them. Even the best of us do bad things, and the worst of us are never hopeless even if we're damned. It's the story behind the person, the why behind the actions that intrigue me and add a satisfying complexity to the tale.
I would love to hear about your favorite hero and villain. Tell me which characters have gripped you and taken root in your memories. It doesn't matter if the answer is cliché. One of my favorite complex heroes is Batman. The names don't get famous from being crappy—well, not most of the time. Leave a comment and share your characters and why they're your favorite. I'm interested in hearing back!
Thought for the day: A hero can do bad things for the right reason, while a villain can be a good person for the wrong ones.