Hi everyone! Today I’m finishing the “My five” series. Today’s post features five of my favorite antagonists. Bear in mind that antagonists does not necessarily mean villain. Rather the antagonist, “is a character, group of characters, institution or concept that stands in or represents opposition against which the protagonist(s) must contend. In other words, an antagonist is a person or a group of people who opposes a protagonist.” An antagonist, for this post, will consist of people, but it could be weather, an object, a problem, or a place just as well.
Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter books and movies) I think what really gets me about Draco was, he didn’t really want to be evil. He didn’t want to be a Death Eater. He didn’t want to kill Dumbledore. He wanted Voldemort to be stopped. But he also wanted to be accepted by his family and peers. Who knows what would have happened if Harry had shook his hand that first day. Who knows who would have influenced who. Or how Draco would have reacted when he found out why his father wanted him to get close to Harry. I don’t think he really wanted to treat everyone the way he did; but his father’s reputation preceded him. No one expected him to be any better, so why try? I think Draco was a lot like Hermione, in that he already lacked acceptance before coming to school, so he greatly feared being a failure there as well. I am very happy that in the end, his parents chose him over Voldemort and I’m happy that we see Draco years later putting his own son on the Hogwarts Express without showing anymore malice toward Harry.
Regina (Once Upon A Time) Like Emma Swan, I did not like Regina right away. But let’s face it – we are not meant to. But one quality I have always believed in is her love for Henry. True love of course is the theme of the show. Regina suffered great loss at the hands of her own mother but it in no way deters her from being the best she can be with Henry. And I’ve really enjoyed seeing her realize that her loss does not have to define her, in this world or the last. And it is that chance that I’ve loved seeing shape Henry into a young man and turn Emma and Regina into friends. Regina has been on the dark side and has come out knowing what it does to a person.
Rumple aka Mr. Gold (Once Upon A Time) This is another character from OUAT that I not only despised at first, he just utterly confused me. I think he still holds a lot of the answers we all want from the series, too. I think Gold is a classic example of doing the wrong things for the right reasons, which makes for an excellent antagonist! And again, I’ve enjoyed seeing him change and reshape his life. I’m not up to date on this series, but the last it saw of Gold, he was rebuilding his relationship with Belle and helping to save Emma from the darkness. The character development with Mr. Gold has been unbelievable to watch and Robert Carlyle grasps the character fantastically! In my opinion, he is one of the most animated, passionate actors on the show.
Morgana (BBC series Merlin) I really, really liked Morgana the first I saw of her. And in the end I really, really hated her. I liked that originally, Morgana wanted to use her magic to help the people being persecuted by Uther. She saw people being killed for using magic for evil, for good, or simply being suspected of holding magic. But just as forces plotted against Merlin in an attempt to destroy Arthur, forces united to twist Morgana’s sympathies into hate. Morgana became an antagonist worthy of Camelot, Uther, Arthur, and Merlin. Even Gwen, who was one a close friend of Morgana, was forced to face her cruelty. But then others, like Mordred, saw her as a savior – following her leadership in a desperate fight to be free. Even in the end, I think Morgana and her followers believed that what they were doing was, at its core, right. And that is what makes an antagonist truly great.
Rowena (Supernatural series) I think any fan of the show would tell you, Supernatural has excellent antagonists. It’s hard to single just one out, but one of my favorites is Rowena. Once I realized that Rowena is an opportunist, it made her character just predictable enough to follow, but her actions were still hard to pin-point. She started out as a the newest big-bad, and she’s stayed long enough for us to see why she is the way she is, as we would with the protagonists. And because the MCs have seen that as well, she has become an occasional ally while still maintaining her opportunist side, keeping her interesting. This is another character that I’ve enjoyed to see develop and I am excited to see her again in the coming season.
So that concludes the “My Five” series. What did you think of these five? Who would you have on your own list?