Friday, May 27, 2011
Thoughts About Evilution in Villainy
Submitted for comments, opinions, and thoughts. If this is something useful, we can add, change, or remove parts. Is this a Hierarchy of Sinfulness? Maybe it is. Where do you see yourself? Does the next Stage seem like something you want to do? Is there something else/better? And in honesty, One is still stuck in First Stage and can't get out. One needs to find something to Create, to Offer, to Enjoy, and One is fishing around for it. You can tell this, because Shameless Screen Grabs is "Treading Water". Though One does like the coolness of a good story, or Excellent Find and there's nothing wrong with these, One would like to do more. We currently have such talented and brilliant people, One doesn't want to be holding others back.
First Stage (Entry Level) Villain
You are all about beating on Superheroes. That's the bulk of what you do, it's easy and fun, and it helps you define your Villainy. You most likely portray a Villainous Character, your personal ID is a carefully guarded secret, and you hide your appearance behind an icon or a mask/helmet.
Second Stage Villain
You have moved beyond baiting heroes and are now creating your own contributions to Villainy, for your own enjoyment, and that of others. You might have residence in the Fourth Estate ("Villainy for Villainy") or whatever area of interest you wish to understand it to be. You may not have a well kept secret about your real name or appearance, though the Villainous character is still used less for roleplay and more as tool, or professional name.
Third Stage Villain
You have integrated your Villainous qualities into your own life, and being a Villain is now a valuable talent or skill set. It enhances who you are as a person. You don't need to wear a mask or getup of any kind as you've left these behind. You don't hide that you are a Villain, and may mention it as a matter of fact. You are confident in your Villainy, no longer needing to prove anything to anyone or yourself. You've made it.
One didn't look outside our Villainy, but looked only at members in our "family", and where they are working. Obviously there are better ways to be Villains, and if you look at other Villains around you, you will see those that seem to be enjoying it more. Are there LARPers in Facebook outside of our Peerage who alternatively say they want to commit real crimes, followed by a reason why they actually have an adversarial relationship with the Batman character? Yes. But they're not part of what we do here. Soon enough, they'll do or say something rash, and will be held to (real world) account for it. If your goals include the possibility of being arrested (by anything less than the World Court), you really haven't spent sufficient time thinking about being a Villain.