How villains are redefining the hero genre

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Sims, Tamera
Caristi, Dom
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There has been a recent increase in films that put an emphasis on villains and their motivations instead of just heroes. This practice adds a new perspective to this genre of movies which used to be a simple black or white as well as contributes to the villains’ fanbase. The study pinpoints the methods used to make viewers take an equal interest in villains as compared to heroes. In this paper, I researched what makes these villains and their respective movies different from previous films in this genre. From the results I found that the villains’ history makes a large impact as well as their motivations and their end goals. As a conclusion to these findings, I discovered that by understanding a villain’s perspective, audiences have grown to appreciate villains and even enjoy their time on the screen.