That quote by Tom Hiddleston who is well-known for playing Loki in Thor and Thor: The Dark World.
It is very true. Think about it.
Darth Vader only became Darth Vader because he wanted to save Padme, his wife.
Loki just wanted to be Thor’s equal.
The Joker – well, he was just nuts. I don’t recall him having a motive other than the fact that he just wanted to watch the world burn. 😉
But these people were believable. They were relateable. And that’s one of the most important aspects of any character whether they be hero, villain, or just some secondary character’s bestie.
What makes villains either lovable or relateable?
We’ll start with the Joker since he’s the first on the picture. 😉
He’s a damaged person and has serious problems. He is one of the most evil characters in the history of ever. He’s twisted. All he wants is to see others hurting like he’s hurting. And I think we’re all a little bit like that.
You know the quote, “When momma ain’t happy, nobody ain’t happy.” It’s true. Mom’s just can’t STAND to see anyone with a grin on their face when they’re not happy! Just kidding. I love you, Moms of the world. When we’re upset, it bothers us to see anyone else being happy. The Joker took this to a new level.
What makes him “lovable?” Well, I don’t know if you can love him, but I know he is a fascinating character. Maybe it’s because my sense of humor borders on morbid. But anyway. He’s fascinating because he seems to have no qualms about killing people. He sees it all as a game. No person in their right mind could see killing as a hobby. (Yes, I’m looking at you, Call of Duty players.)
In essence, the Joker is damaged and he’s insane. But he’s still human.
Next up is Darth Vader! What makes him relateable? Well, I don’t know many people who wouldn’t give up their lives for someone they loved. Vader’s love turned into an obsession and not of Padme. He didn’t channel it. He simply let his love for her turn into a hunger for power.
What makes him loveable? Well, he’s redeemable. We all love those villains. Also, he’s quotable. “Luke, I am your father.” 😛 While he’s half machine, he is still human. He can still love and we see this right before his death.
Finally, Loki. Well, he’s just so adorable. Goodbye.
Just kidding. He’s lonely and just wants to be accepted and esteemed on the same level as his brother. Who doesn’t? We can relate to him. Even though he’s a bit off his rocker, we still love him. Because he is redeemable. Because he is lonely. Because he is broken.
Maybe it’s just me. But I love broken people. I want to see them get better.
I think we all do though. There’s something heartbreaking about seeing that one kid eat lunch alone, that one girl or boy at prom on opposite ends of the room, feeling like there’s no one there for them.
Believable villains need an element of humanity. A machine doesn’t get much sympathy.