Hey, all – just on thinking more about humor and villains, my husband pointed out that a villain who uses humor well can actually be scarier. His example
was King Candy from Wreck-it-Ralph. Certainly, his jovial nature put me off his trail. Also I don’t usually try super hard to figure out plot twists beforehand and choose to just enjoy the book/movie/whatever. But in any case, the only thing more terrifying than a man saying menacing words is a man saying kind or silly words menacingly. Provided you pull it off right, of course. Otherwise it might just be downright silly.
Of course when my husband first mentioned this point, my first thought
was the Joker. Certainly, if anyone has a terrifying sense of humor, it’s him. Then again, part of his deal is that his sense of humor isn’t just dark, it’s totally off and what he finds funny, like say killing someone and then shaping their face into a grotesque smile for rigor mortis to seal, we probably don’t. But you can’t say he doesn’t have a sense of humor, even if it’s totally twisted.
Either way humor is still a special technique seasoning, it seems, and you’ll probably need practice to get it right. Humor can be hard to write anyway.
As for Avatar…I do want to make a few things clear.
I do not consider Iroh a villain because, well, he’s not. I don’t think anyone will argue with me on that point. Heck, he’s barely even an antagonist for season one and definitely not afterward.
I do consider Zuko a villain. Still. We just finished season two and…aaargh, Zuko, nooooo! I will continue to consider him a villain until he finds his honor the way Iroh found his.
I do not consider Zuko anywhere near as heinous and excellent a villain as friggun Azula, but that is not to say I don’t enjoy Zuko’s character. And by “excellent a villain” I just mean Azula is scoring villain points left and right whereas Zuko has proved himself a competent fighter but doesn’t have the material to be an overlord like Azula.
D: So here’s to hoping that Zuko changes his mind in the last season. No spoilers please.