Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mordox: Why Will You Mortals Not Take Me Seriously?

Somewhere I have a list of words I think I should use more often. These are the words that powerful evil characters bark - behold! Seize him! Fools! Speak. If you take the hackneyed figure of the Big Bad Guy and want to make it funny, I figure there are a few options.

First, you could make him inept or ridiculous but leave his surroundings relatively serious, as if Jerry Lewis had played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings movies. Nice LAAAADYYY! Alternatively, you can keep him serious and put him in mundane or incongruous surroundings - Darth Vader storming through a Hawaiian resort hotel instead of the Rebel base on Hoth, for example. Or you could go for a blend: a villain with foibles deals with a world full of foibles, but still aspires to the grandeur of Villainy. The Monarch from Venture Brothers, for example.

So we have poor Mordox trying to very seriously pursue the object that will give him ultimate power, and being treated like no one special, even kicked in the nuts by Jack. What if Thulsa Doom had been kicked in the nuts in Conan the Barbarian? Mighty Villains don't get kicked in the nuts. His facade cracks a bit when he discovers the mice have eaten his treasure, though for the most part he's committed to his role. He's much the same when I come back to him in episode 14 - except more comfortable in the fantasy world, living in a stronghold, ordering goblins around. That's a world that makes sense to our friend Mordox.

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