Female villains are a lot of fun! There’s something about the evil feminine quality that attracts my interest. If the female antagonist is the boss of her evil band of army or a scheme, then she is THE woman who is able to stand on her own two feet and doesn’t need character that much character development to be enjoyed, but it is certainly preferred. It’s obvious that my rules for judging my female antagonists are much different than the male antagonists because it’s in our biology to judge differently from each sex. They say that females are deadlier than male & hell has no fury like a woman’s scorned, and none can be more true than having a female to be an antagonist. While female protagonists do what’s right for them, female antagonists just enjoy & embrace the evilness better than the average male villain. It doesn’t really matter what story you’re telling me, but if your story has an interesting female antagonist that isn’t (1) a bimbo/slut, (2) drama queen, (3) traditional slasher character, (4) a fetish, (5) or an average woman that just turns crazy, then I’m sold to it. For this list a lone, I’m just looking at female characters that simply enjoys being evil at it’s most delicious and how interesting they really are as a character; no long requirements here. However, there are only three female characters in the top 3 that does have a legitimate backstory and fantastic character development that breaks away from the typical female villains just being evil. With that being said, here are my Top 8 favorite female antagonists!
Kaiser, Swingle and Darabka continue the battle to become the ultimate Doom master. Also the Gaming Beast is starting to Beast Rage at a random player simply called “PLAYER” and other asshats.
Talking with the talented Rouge DM about RPG’s and other stuff. Also doing some beer tasting.
We as the audience are vicarious people. We like to stay in a good safe distance to watch bad guys who love to hurt, plot, and do other evil things and find it all entertaining to watch. Though most of us love to route for our protagonists, we sometimes route for the antagonist because they fit so perfectly to go up against our protagonist; a match made in hell. A great antagonist should have more character than every one of our heroes and sometimes be the polar opposite of what the good guy. Having me to judge my antagonist is a lot different than how I judge my favorite male and female protagonists because we’re looking at the opposite of our heroes; making them a great challenge for them. Without the challenge, then there wouldn’t be any story and our protagonists wouldn’t be heroes. So here’s how I’m judging my male antagonists
- Entertainment value – They need to make me feel entertained at what they do rather than feeling uncomfortable at their evilness. That’s why I never like watching slasher movies. They should do two things, either make me laugh or do something clever that makes the plot interesting with every plan that they make to challenge the hero(es).
- Surprise – I always hate predictable villains where their goal is to just defeat our enemy or feel like we’ve been in this plot before. Their schemes should be clever, make us wonder what’s going to happen next, and how successful they’re at with what they do. This makes seeing the villain time and time again feel more engaging and keeps us coming back to the character more.
- Rivalry – The whole existence of the villain is to be villainous to the characters. It’s one thing to have a feud between the villain and everyone he’s up against, but it’s another on how intense and how much he’s involved into the rivalry. The villain should despise our hero so much that he would go in great lengths to make his schemes that much ambitious.
- Purpose – The villains should have a good reason why he’s up against the hero otherwise he’ll end up being a generic character, or no have no character at all. Backstory, the cause, and growth of hatred should develop out villain into a greater antagonist.
- Relatable – Oddly enough, as much as we’re supposed to route for our hero, there should be something to connect to the villain that would make us understand his cause. It’s really hard to make our villain somebody to route for because we’re always on the good guy side, but the villain should make the audience expand their horizon and see the villains point of view. Why do you think some people would want to see Tom finally get Jerry in the Tom & Jerry Show? If they are able to get our sympathy more so than the hero, then that should tell you it’s not only a great villain, but a great character.
That’s definitely a lot of judge when it comes to wanting to see a great villain. So with all that being said, here are my nine favorite male antagonists.
Retrokaiser, Alex Swinge and the Gamingbeast compete to become the Doom Night 8 champion! Who will it be? Be prepared for DOOM!!
It’s interesting that we judge our male and female characters differently. Not because we’re looking at the gender stereotypes, but it’s a requirement for female characters to look feminine, clean, and no scars to feel accepted to the public. While male characters are okay to make them look as ugly, different shapes of body types, dirty, and have no one image that bothers the public when first looking at a character. Of course most women audiences would prefer to have handsome men to be their hero, but for us guys, we just don’t care how they look necessarily; we look at the actions they make, the lessons they teach, the memorable scenes that go through as character development, and/or how much of a positive role model they are to the male audience. Well I’m not looking at these male protagonists for those reasons or how much of a badass they are to satisfy most male’s looking for something bone to. Instead I’m looking at how much of a friend they can be for me if these characters were real life. So that means that you don’t want to have so sadistic character like something from a slasher flick as to consider friendship material. I look at judge on how much friendship material they are in:
- How much heart and ambition they put on accomplishing their goal.
- Am I able to relate to this character when he communicates with other people.
- Is he able to develop into a better person as the stories take him through different challenges.
- Does he has a strong continence before he start looking more like a villain than a hero.
- And how much his journey teaches not only him, but others how to be a real man.
I judge my male characters way differently than the female characters because there are just way too many male protagonists out there that makes me want to judge the ones I like to be just for me and not anyone else’s. If you look at many stereotypical male protagonist they’re either badasses so are too stale and generic to change (most anti-heroes), silent character that wants you to feel like the character (Link, Chrono, and other FPS characters), wimps who begs for your sympathy (Final Fantasy characters, Anikan Skywalker, Twilight’s Edward), and even assholes that tries too hard to make you route for them but ending up just to hate them. These characters in this top 10 list are not any of those four male character flaws. Instead they are at times highlights for me that makes me want to not only revisit on their own medium, but also spend more time with them in other different medias from comics, video games, shows, etc. And with that being said, here’s my only honorable mention that would be a sin to completely forget about him.
Continuing on to Gexup’s 12 of Christmas, I’m here to give you all the 11 of my favorite female protagonists. There’s something about female character that makes them stand out more than the males one when they’re done right. Their feminine quality always captures my interest but it’s their attitude and how they handle situations differently than the males is what makes them memorable. Still to this very day, people are sold to female characters because we still live in a male dominate world. Roles in female characters are handled differently where they tie in emotion to each and every one of their situation which makes them relatable; because no emotion means bland character. When I mean emotion, I’m NOT talking about emotional, I’m speaking as to being expressive than just… being there like many fictional works that has a woman in it. As much as I would love to put some of my favorite couples and put the females in the list, it won’t feel right because their entire existence is in one male character that they were created to fall in love with. So in this list I’m sticking these rules:
- Women that knows how to handle themselves and know how to stand on their own two feet without a man’s help or love
- Emotion and attitude, that’s the attractive feminine quality that I find lacking in many women characters
- How rewarding it is to see them win over a situation that looks impossible to accomplish.
- And how much of a great female role model they are for not only women, but the men as well.
I’m not excluding characters who are eye candy because how a character looks and what the character is are two different things. Most feminists who do that just to show female power but we should know better than it’s not what the appearance that counts, it’s their actions the matter. So that’s how I judge my female characters and with that being said…