The other day I was thinking of how some character roles always feel like the “fun” role in the story. I was mainly thinking of the Wizard of Oz, and how the wicked witch really did all the work in this story. All Dorothy did was walk around with strangers.
Needless to say the witch was fun cause she had the best lines, tried to do what she wanted, and when it didn’t work the first time, she tried again. While Dorothy did have a problem, and wanted to get home, that witch was determined to have the ruby slippers.
She kinda falls into what i thought Darth Vader and Maleficent fell into, which is being the hidden/secret hero of the story. After all it seems they have a lot riding on outcomes, and push the story forward more (in my opinion) that the main characters do. They also have the most dynamic/dramatic moments on screen.
I can mention a few other movies, and the antagonist always appears to be the one with the strongest desire/pain in a story. Think of how in Crimson peak how Edith’s sister-in-law, Lucille, temperament, and coldness is strong. Thomas is ridiculously passive, and Edith is interesting, but Lucille really turns the screws in this story.
One could almost tell Crimson Peak from Lucille’s POV. Clearly thwarting her had repercussions that lead to tragedies.
This has me thinking of looking at characters and observing the differences and strengths of all of them, and could a character with less evil intentions, but burning desires can take the lead role in a story without being overshadowed by their antagonist.
At least my focus is on creativity. Better than any day where I feel blah, and don’t write much of anything.
As always, happy creative endeavors.