I recently started watching ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” which is quite an excellent show. Part of the show’s theme is exploring the dichotomy of its characters, specifically the villains. What makes a villain a villain? Are villains evil in all ways at all times–or, because they were once not villains, is there still some shred of good floating around in their shriveled up husk of a soul?
Can they be redeemed?
I really enjoy this particular exploration. As I’ve said before, I have a special place in my heart for the baddies. Part of it’s because I operate on the theory that we all start as something different. It’s interesting to consider that maybe some of our favorite heroes actually started out as villains. Can you imagine? Characters you know and trust, characters you feel incapable of harming others, could once have been merciless killers.
That would be a neat device to shake up your story, the good guys having started out as something bad. Evil is a matter of perspective.