Friday, January 22, 2010

Psychotic Monsters

I now come to my last and lowest class of villain the, "psychotic killer". now if ever there was an analogous character for Aristotle's beastial man this is it. These characters tend to be driven by the most base desires: even revenge is a more complex motive then these characters seem to be capable of. More often then not it is nothing more then blood lust, the pleasure they derive from causing pain that drives their actions.
But to lump all the villains that exhibit this kind of behavior into the same category seems to miss nuance. And therefore I will divide category. Hence there are two types of this "psychotic killer" and thus the larger will be abandoned for the smaller titles of: "Monster" and "Maniac Genius".

To begin with the Monster this class of Villain is what they sound like. They are the things nightmares are made of. Powerful, seemingly unstoppable, killing without reason or motivation; blood lust personified.  Sometimes this killing rage is associated given muted sexual undertones that are very rarely ever dealt with directly.  Some examples of these characters are Salomon Grundy and Killer Croc.

The Maniac Genius while in some ways furthest from the Super Villain in an understanding of right and wrong, is in behavior of scheme the most similar.  The Maniac Genius is by far the most fear inspiring of all the villains next to the Super Villain.  They are brutal killers who maime and torture for  sadistic pleasure like the Monster but the bring Super Villain intelligence to the table.  The Super Villain pursues world change for a higher end, the Maniac Genius pursues chaos for the sake of Chaos.  The archtype of this villainous class is quite obviously "The Joker".  And one of the best lines that describe this class of villains world view is, "I just want everyone to see the world the way I do.  Alone in a dark corner, giggiling to myself, covered in blood."