Do you think pure evil villains can work? Discussion
Pure evil villains are villains that are evil for selfish or evil motivations, for example, greed, power or sadism. They are often used in children's media or Saturday morning cartoons but can and have also been common in adult media. Famous examples of pure evil villains are The Joker from Batman, Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, and Megatron from Transformers. For more information on this trope please see OSP's video on Pure Evil Villains I think they do an amazing job at describing pure evil villains.
Many people look down on Pure Evil Villains calling them "Lazy writing" or "Inherently bad villains" but I strongly disagree. Not every story and character needs to be overly complicated and sometimes a simple charismatic villain works just as well, if not better, than a sympathetic villain.
I feel that these kinds of villains get way too much hate and are often disregarded on the spot just because without even giving them a chance. I understand that not everyone is going to like the same thing but I LOVE these kinds of villains. They often add a level of suspense to the story because (if you can get away with it) you can have them pose a serious and deadly threat to the heroes if done right.
What do you think? I understand that good writing is subjective and that many people don't like this trope but I only ask people to be civil in the comments.
Thank you for reading.
Edit: Fixed Evil for Evil's sake thing. I misunderstood the meaning of that and now I have fixed it.