Who Are The New Bad Guys?

I’m really finding it interesting what authors and Hollywood are using for the new round of villains. Let’s see, it used to be Hitler and the Nazis during the forties and the fifties. Then during the sixties, it was the Russians and communism. The seventies continued with secret cells of communists and the cold war. Can’t recall what the eighties used, other than your typical undercover spy or mad scientist. The nineties seem to bring in aliens while the twenty-first centers introduced a whole slew of new villains.

You now have terrorists, zombies, demons, vampires (except for the good ones). And just for fun, let’s throw in the insurance companies. :wink:

TangledIt’s fascinating how authors are coming up with using old fairy tales and myths and breathing new life into them. Hollywood has taken a number of fairy tales and created movies that can be both fun and frightening. Just take a look at Red Riding Hood and the wolf. Animated stories of flying dragons and the old tale of Rupunzal in “Tangled”. Making vampires the good guy in the Twilight series. And television making a hit out of hordes of zombies in “The Walking Dead”. I’ve read of a few authors who managed to make zombies into the heroes … something I have yet to figure out and understand. Pardon to fans of that particular genre, but … ewwww.

Seems that aliens will always continue to be a favorite villain. Just take a look at the “Falling Skies” series that the Syfy channel has and the numerous movies in the last few years. I suppose aliens make a wonderful bad guy. After all, you can create what you want, in any shape or form your imagination can dream up.

ThorI’m also seeing a whole influx of superhero movies. Those old comic books provide ready made bad guys. You have Loki to torment Thor. The Green Goblin/Spiderman. Lex Luthor/Superman. A whole slew of villains to make Batman’s life miserable.

Oh, and let’s not forget the ultimate villain. Cancer, and other terminal health issues. Just saw “Fault in the Stars” a week or so ago and have come to the conclusion that cancer patients really shouldn’t watch this movie. It was a terrific story and very well done, but hit a bit close to home.

So, which villains and bad guys have I missed? I’m sure there are a good number of them that I hadn’t even mentioned, but who certainly deserve a mention.

About Liz Kreger

Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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6 Responses to Who Are The New Bad Guys?

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Liz, if you want a feel-good movie, see Jersey Boys. I know the music was before your time, but it’s a great story, and Clint Eastwood did a terrific job directing it. I think anyone would like it. I bet your hubby would love it, too.

    I’m tired of seeing movies and even TV shows with villains. I’d like a plain old nice story. And, yeah, I haven’t seen The Fault in the Stars for the reason you mentioned. I heard that Maleficent is really good. As for a good zombie movie, I caught a little of Warm Bodies, and I thought it was okay.

  2. Liz Kreger says:

    Never heard of Warm Bodies, Edie. Not really into the whole zombie craze. Although I gotta say that I actually liked “World War Z”. The story line was different enough to pique my interest.

    I guess most stories need an antagonist, even if its a jealous ex-girlfriend to the hero. Gives the author ready-made conflict and moves the story along.

  3. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Liz,

    What a great topic! One of the interesting things for me is the rise of the charismatic villain. Like Thor’s brother Loki or maybe the witch in Wicked. (Or Maleficent? I haven’t seen it yet. ) Also interesting are the characters who would normally be villains who are main characters like Dexter.

    I think one of the reasons we’re seeing more aliens as antagonists is because cgi makes them more believable. I have to say I’m with you on zombies as heroes :)

  4. Liz Kreger says:

    Good point with the charismatic villain. I mean, how can you really boo Loki when he’s dealing with all of that baggage and is allowing it to direct his actions? I like to read about or see villains who have very valid reasons for their darkness. They illicit some sympathy, but always get it in the end.

  5. Not to mention Despicable Me and that animated movie with the super-heroes where the villain slowly becomes the hero, and vice versa. I really liked that one!

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Hmmm, don’t know which movie you’re referring to, Michelle. The one where the villain becomes a hero. And here I thought I’d seen pretty much seen every animated movie.

      Forgot about Despicable Me. That’s a good one.

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