If you’ve seen the Daredevil TV series, you’d know how multi-dimensional and sympathetic their villains are.
Aside from the obvious example of primary antagonist Wilson Fisk, whose portrayal in both the comics and small screen is nothing short of emotionally complex, the TV series bring us Vladimir Ranskahov, who is one of the more memorable secondary villains in recent years.
Here’s five traits of the sympathetic villain
Despite being the more cantankerous and trigger-happy half of the Ranskahov brothers, I understood his motives and raison d’être much better than I did Fisk’s, whose evil deeds were largely conducted from the shadows.
Like Vito Corleone, that other great fictional criminal, Vladimir simply does—and goes to great lengths for—what he thinks is best for himself and the person he cares about, bar none, and that is pretty damn relatable.
Millie’s Note: Who are your favourite sympathetic villains?