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Being a villain is easy

Brain Power
Let’s assume we do, in fact, use only 10% of our brain. If you could unlock the remaining 90%, what would you do with it?


We look at the heroes smashing bad guys on the big screen, the Norse god, the playboy philanthropists kitted out in metallic armour, the black spider or the giant S on the chest of a red and blue costume – heroes. They have a moral compass. They have a conscience. They make decisions with the intention of saving everyone so no one has to suffer.

However imagine the loved blonde god of thunder dropping into the middle of a mall, grabbing the largest television set in the store, an X-Box One with a handful of games and swooping out of there with some new toys for his recently  (and forcibly) acquired home. What moral compass would he work off except one pointing towards self? What conscience would he need when anyone in his way is merely an obstacle towards what he wants? Who would he need to save but himself? Being a villain would make life so much easier.

Of course the problem with most villains is their desperate need for attention, their neediness and they neurotic disposition for showing off. If Mojo-Jojo bust into the city of Townsville, grabbed his jewels and busted out of there without any maniacal laughter and fancy robots and unnecessarily long speeches steeped in hate, and instead dedicated that time to make his fortress less uhm visible and also impenetrable, well the Powerpuff girls might have a true contender. I mean villains don’t even wear masks! Sure they might see no need to but if they adopted the “I don’t want anyone to know who I am” mentality, they would get away all the time because no one would know who they are. That’s just logic.

Which brings me to the question: If I were able to use 100% of my brain (as in the age old myth… and the Scarlett Johansson movie Lucy recently on circuit) what would I do with this awesome power. I like to think of the movie Jumper (based on a book by Steven Gould) and the boy who figures out he can teleport and so he robs a bank, travels the world and does what he pleases. I think this is the lifestyle I would adopt and not do the whole superhero jig. I know that says a lot about me and my inherent selfishness and I think it is one of the reasons God did not give humans super powers. Well not because I would abuse the powers but because humans are human and the propensity to do harm is way to high. We are already hard to deal with and that’s without the weapons we made with our own hands; imagine the chaos if we could shoot laser beams from our eyes.

With great power comes great responsibility

Villains don’t really have a responsibility other than to themselves and so with great power comes whatever the heck they want.

As I continue to shape my villains, I think a practical approach to how they would conduct their villainy as best as they could, without attracting police activity would be the best way forward. If I were the one committing these vile acts, how would I ensure that success was not only inevitable but sure with as little repercussion if any.

Walk with me as we tackle villainy and how having villains make the hero become the true champion of the people.



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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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