Watching the last hurrah for David Tennant’s Doctor last night in the two parts The End of the Time. The film epic detailed the complex relationship between the Doctor and the Master. They need each other — direct and opposing forces. The Batman had the Joker and many more in his gallery of villains.
In Julie Garwood‘s Heartbreaker, Nick Buchanan is an FBI agent who specializes in missing children, murder and more. His villain is a serial who targets Nick’s oldest friend Father Tom and Father Tom’s sister. Nick doesn’t realize at first that the villain going after them is someone with an axe to grind with him.
For Eve Dallas in J.D. Robb‘s In Death series, her villain is the father who raped and abused her as a child. She gives him the finger every day she has a moment of happiness and since she met Roarke, she has a lot more of those. Surprisingly, I don’t think of the criminals she puts away as the villains for Eve because they are the job, they are the villains in other lives that she stands up for – her father and whoever her mother are the ultimate villains. Little by little, she is overcoming them.
Do You Need a Big Bad?
Does every hero need a “big bad”? I use this term because each season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer would focus on one big bad who would be the ongoing storyline for each season. In the first season, it was the Master, in the second, it was Angelus, in the third, it was the Mayor and in the fourth, it turned out to be Adam while in the fifth it was Glory. Willow took on the role of the big bad in the sixth and the First Evil earned the coveted spot for the seventh and final season.