My theme for the A to Z challenge is Villain Archetypes
Yes, 26 descriptions of some of your favorite villains of literature, TV, and movies.
April 1st – A is for Anarchist
Webster defines an anarchist as “a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government,with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed.” Basically, these are the guys that want to take the wold apart for the sake of taking it apart, and don’t want to put it back together again
The Anarchist is one of the most oft-used and popular villains in all types of stories. Comic books in particular like using the anti-establishment tropes of the Anarchist to make a memorable villain. These baddies are sometimes not as pure evil as some other particular types of villains, and in other ways they can be the most evil. The range of this archetype is what makes it one of the most useful for writers, as you can make an anarchist relatable (maybe the system they want to break down is already corrupt, or there’s a tragic reason for their anarchist leanings) or completely irredeemable (“They just want to see the world burn”).
This archetype is also one of the easiest to employ as your antagonist. Often their motivations don’t need to be very strong, or even present at all. What makes them some of the most memorable villains of all time is their versatility and ability to focus on other aspects besides the “why’ of their personalities.
Some memorable Anarchists: The Joker (sometimes),The Creeper, Bane (only from Dark Knight Rises), Thomas Gabriel (from Live Free or Die Hard), Tyler Durden. I know I’m missing a ton, but these are the first few that spring to mind.