META: Nemesis as opposite, nemesis as mirror

Andrew Perron pwerdna at
Sat Jul 27 07:55:35 PDT 2013

On Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:42:53 +0000 (UTC), EDMLite wrote:

> I think most rogues' galleries work well when they have
> three types of villains among their ranks:
> 1). The "Superman villain": A criminal mastermind who tends
> to work behind the scenes.
> 2). The "Spider-Man villain": An ordinary schlub transformed
> by their powers, usually out for cash or revenge.
> 3). The "Batman villain:" A deadly psychopath.

Other villains that often work: the extremist crusader (a la Magneto, but
also see Ra's Al Ghul and Killer Frost), the 

> It's easier to describe these things after the fact than
> to plan them, however. 

It's really true.

> When I began writing Easily-Discovered
> Man, I thought that My-Dall, Man of 1,000,000 Mood Swings would
> ultimately become his arch-nemesis.  Yet for whatever reason,
> the Waffle Queen turned out to be a more interesting character.

Interesting. I never really "got" My-Dall, and to this day remain unsure
whether he was "really" a villain, "really" a psychologist conducting an
experiment, or both.

> I suppose that happens to the pros, too -- I can't for the life of
> me say why the Green Goblin should be any more compelling than
> say, the Lizard, and yet the character of Norman Osborn makes
> him so.  

I think the personal aspect on that one is what keeps it going. Not that
the Lizard never has that, but it tends to be a bit more muted.

> --Rob Rogers
> --Looking forward to seeing where this conversation
> turns next

Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, it turns into an Abrams tank!

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