Evil Schemes Vs. Evil Themes

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Story Structure: Evil Schemes vs. Evil Plots
17th May, 2017 | Writing | C.J. Hawkings

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all?” - Queen Ravenna (Snow White and the Huntsman)

Who doesn’t love villains? Sometimes they are humorous. Sometimes they are downright evil. Whether it be for money or personal revenge, the antagonist always has some kind of agenda.

Evil is almost always a factor that every hero must endure if the story is a hero’s journey. Other stories deal with troublesome characters who are simply annoying or untrustworthy.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word ‘scheme’ has multiple meanings. One such definition includes: a clever and often dishonest plan to do or get something.

The word ‘plot
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Later it is revealed that they were protecting rather than plotting. That’s the type of character that Snape is, for example.

Let’s examine Harry Potter’s Severus Snape for a moment. For four books, we were lead to believe that Snape was a follower of Lord Voldemort. While it was revealed that he was once a follower, note the key word being ‘once’. He wanted to do right by Lily (his crush and Harry’s late mother) and protect her son. Therefore, he died a hero and Harry would go on to name his youngest son after him.

‘Antagonists’ like Snape are considered to be antiheroes. This to due to them turning their backs to the dark side but they are not on the side of good
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An excellent example of the late reveal of a villain would be Prince Hans in Disney’s smash hit Frozen. The character is first seen as being kind and thoughtful and willing to help others. This is, until the moment before the climax where his true motivations were revealed.

It was long believed that the Duke of Weselton was the villain. This belief was spawned due to his animosity towards Arendelle. Morever, it was revealed that the kind Prince Hans was in fact the power hungry tyrant. Hans was someone who wanted to be king of another kingdom after realising he was never going to be king of his own. The duke served a minor antagonist that pushed all suspicion away from Hans’ true nature. The duke, in a way, served as the role of the ‘villainous sidekick’, despite the film not having one. After all, he did ‘want’ to exploit for its riches.

This was a smart move by the writers as it makes way to the ultimate plot twist. The plot twist might be used for anyone that might be watching the film for the first time.

Let’s dissect Hans’ true
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