We always think about the heroes who are destined. Good is always chosen by the gods while evil . . . where does the villain come from? I mean, it’s weird that only the heroes are hand-picked while their enemies just appear. Maybe there is a sinister force behind them, but there’s a problem there. If there is an evil being behind the villain then that makes the evil being the true, final baddie.
Destiny doesn’t always work for a villain. It can foretell a hero falling into the role or the rise of an enemy, but the meat of these prophecies are always toward the good. This does make sense since you don’t need to be saved if there isn’t any danger. Still, I always find it strange that fate rarely takes responsibility for the other side of the coin. At least we aren’t told about it, which again is probably caused by stories being focused on the heroes. There are those exceptions, but those tales end up turning the villain into a hero. Not only the ‘hero in his or her own mind’, but a hero who is besting a villain that others would see as the good guy.
Honestly, it’s hard to wrap my head around this. I’ve tried in my stories by having Gabriel admit to forging both sides of a scenario. He is eternally playing chess with himself and it’s a game that will never end. New pieces will always appear and many of them move on their own. Yet, there’s still a messiness to the villain side, which I’m thinking is part of their nature. A villain would probably believe they were in full control of their path and anything to the contrary would hinder them. Hard to think of a villain as the big baddie if he or she is simply filling in a role.
As you can see, I’m going back and forth on this one. Destiny shouldn’t be used exclusively for heroes, but it’s difficult to put on the shoulders of most villain types. In my own series, the Baron knows he is facing destined heroes while believing his is Gabriel’s equal. He still talks about having a role to play in the coming events, but it’s more of a manipulator than a game piece. The strange thing here is that he might be just as destined as his enemies because the original prophecy always involved his defeat. I haven’t settled on his origin, but the Baron has shown hints that he was once a god-chosen hero. Something went wrong and he fell off the path, but that came from free will. This puts me back to wondering if you can really do a destined villain.
I’m going around in circles here. What do people think of destiny and fate as it relates to villains?