Hello lovelies! I'm bored and should be doing geometry or something, I don't know. And Mondaygirl1113
, I've repaired your box! I'm taking it to the post office tomorrow.
For the rest of you, I gave myself a prompt, just for fun. The Prompt?
"Who/What is your favorite villain/antagonist and why?"
Now, I love me some villains. That core evil character, whether they're just evil, or simply an antagonist because they're in the main character's way, or just some abstract malevolence making a character pee themselves at night, I. Love. Villains. They're so fun
to read about. (Then again, I also enjoy reading about serial killers, the criminally insane, and pedophiles, so...)
Picking a favorite? That's really hard. I've written antagonists that keep me awake at night, because they're so fascinating. I've also watched and read about antagonists that do the same.
Now that we're all paying attention, let's sit down and talk about one such conniving man.
Tyki Mikk, from D. Gray-Man.
The first time you meet Tyki, he's disguised as a dirty, frumpy miner hobo, with thick swirly glasses, two friends, and a kid with breathing problems to look after. He looks somewhat like....this!
He's also a bit of a smoker, and really just looks average. He looks after the kid, Eeze, and makes sure he gets food and sleep and basically another day to live. He brings Eeze gifts, makes sure he's warm at night, makes sure he's breathing alright. Nice guy, huh?
Yeah, no. He also happens to be a member of a special clan called the Noahs seeking to wipe out all of humanity by means of demonic activity and mass-murder. He has special powers, and a light side and a dark side. The light side is the miner, but the dark side turns into a superhuman being capable of manipulating the world around him to his liking -- he is the Third Noah (this also translates to Third Child, or Third Apostle, so I've heard.), the Noah of Pleasure. There are fourteen members of this clan, each holding a piece of the original Noah's DNA. Tyki is the Pleasure. He can 'choose' what he wishes to touch, so to speak, and delights in using this ability to find new and creative ways to kill people. He can rip out someone's heart without leaving a blemish on the skin. He also has control over flesh-eating butterflies the Millenium Earl (the leader of the clan) bestowed on him.
On top of his complicated double-life, Lord Tyki Mikk is one flash bastard
. Dressed to the nines (when he's actively a Noah), he's always got the best top hat, white gloves, tuxedo shirt and tailcoat, curly black hair pulled back into a sophisticated ponytail, cutting golden cat-eyes, a slim black walking cane. He knows how to dress. He's a classy villain, the paradigm of politeness even as he complains about getting blood on his shoes. Personally, if I was to be killed, I'd really rather be killed by Tyki. Granted, I'm not too keen on bleeding out in horrible agony, but at least he's polite. And sophisticated. And intelligent
, for God's sake. Lord Tyki Mikk, in his Noah form, looks a bit like...this.
Damn fine, amirite? Not too shabby! Certainly easy on the eyes. And don't even get me started on his voice - perfection. It's indulgent and thoughtfully slow, precise. The kind of indulgent, sensual slow that a man who has all the time in the world would sound like. And don't get me wrong -- I haven't had an anime crush since what, fourth grade? I don't do book character crushes or show crushes. But I do love a good villain. And I hate the fact that his voice is going to be dubbed one day, because I know they'll ruin it.
Another incredible villain is one only people that have looked at Ehsan Cartwright's reference sheet will know. She's one I made with my closest friend, and one I still haven't wholly figured out.Belinda Engström. She's elegant, she's maternal, she's gorgeous. A drop-dead pretty blonde, with shoulder-length wavy hair, wide, fawn-blue eyes, vermillion pillow lips. A face as pale and fair as the moon. She takes soup to sick neighbors and brings cookies to the police station. She reads avidly, she's a pillar of the community, she has majors in psychology, business, and economics. She's the owner of two companies, and has a sister that's her second in command in one of them.
The bad side? One of those companies is a business that deals in children as its merchandise. The Order of the Seven ships in children from all over the world and sells them to the highest bidder. The children are brought in, branded with a letter-number code based on their hair color and how many they've caught of that hair color, and put in cells, waiting for auctions. The numbers are reset every time it hits 2,000 when it comes to branding, but in their files, it's a continuous count-up.
A quick guide to brands here:
BLKH = Black Hair
BLH = Blonde Hair
BH = Brown Hair
RH = Red Hair
WH = White Hair
(As a note, all brands have the letter code first, then a dash, then the numbers, and finally, a Byzantine cross at the end.)
As for numbers, let's take Ehsan. Now, he's branded BH - 767. Does this mean they've only caught seven-hundred and sixty-seven brown-haired kids? Hell, no. They've caught thousands, maybe millions. But the counter has reset. Now, Ehsan's friend Elijah, he's on the end of the spectrum.
BLH - 1096. According to the branding system, he's the one-thousand and ninety-sixth. But they only have nine hundred and four kids to go before the branding counter resets. Deep in their files, they've recorded Elijah as one among thousands. They simply reset the brand counter because it's easier and less expensive -- they're all about a profit.
I mentioned that Belinda has a sister that helps her in one of these companies. Belinda's sister is her right-hand-woman in the Order (the other company is a simple trading company, as a reasonable cover). If children in the establishment misbehave, they're taken to a special part of the building called the Inquisition Center. This Center could hold waterboarding, stress positions, flogging, or any number of other tortures. They find what works best, subdue the child, and send them back, documenting their worst fear in order to keep tabs on the child. Belinda's sister is the Head Inquisitor.
Now, you would think Belinda is some bitter fifty year old trying to look young and get rich, right? Wrong. She's in her mid-thirties at the oldest. She took over the business from her father at nineteen, while he presided the first two years of her management. And her out-of-house wardrobe may include a royal blue dress, or some kind of blue gown or cocktail dress, but she's a high-ranking jujitsu master and can flip a man over twice her size with her bare hands, and not even snap a stiletto.
And she's certainly not bitter, either -- she might be mysterious, and eloquently distant, but she's polite, and maternal to the children kept at the Order. She favors Ehsan greatly during his time there, even moving Elijah to the cell next to his, allowing the children to bond. She nicknames them Songbird and Persian, respectively, and admires the fire that Ehsan doesn't let dim. He fights the Order with every ounce of his strength. No beating, flogging, dry drowning or chains can keep him down for very long. She mothers the two boys, grooms them, little do they know, to become the next heirs if they don't sell. But Ehsan is sold, and she is left to find a new heir -- Elijah won't do, he's blind, and won't sell anyways.
Most of you probably think Belinda is a psychopath by this point. And a psychopath, upon faced with a dilemma like this, would simply cut their losses, euthanize the blind child, and move on. But Belinda doesn't. Belinda poses as an agent of an adoption company and comes to a family looking for a child, presenting Elijah. She adopts him out, checks to see if he's doing well every once in a while, and gradually drifts away to run her company, a distant memory.
And that is why I can't decide.
(And I praise J.R.R. Tolkien, the writer's idol, for this particular muse. XD Gotta love Tolkien. His writing is beautiful.)
Belinda, her sister, the Order of the Seven, Ehsan, and Elijah are all property of myself and my co-author. Do not use them without proper credit or permission. Thanks!
I'm going to tag people for this, I think...you can fill it out in the comments below, or in a journal of your own, provided you link me the journal (I want to see!)
Even if you aren't tagged, go ahead and give it a go! It might be fun.
Have fun lovelies! Ciao~!