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John August on Evil, Villains

In most movies, the villain isn’t really “evil” — he’s just at cross-purposes with the hero. Darth Vader does not perceive himself to be doing wrong. The queen in Aliens is protecting her brood. The shark in Jaws is, well, a shark.

The villains/monsters of most films can be found to have one or more of the following motivations:

  1. Self-preservation
  2. Propagation
  3. Protection of an important asset
  4. Hunger/Greed
  5. Revenge

I’ve ranked these on a scale from “least evil” to “closest to evil.”