A Lesson on How to be a Villain
To be a great villain requires more than merely being rotten to the core. The best bad guys are multi-dimensional and unpredictable. With each patronizing grin, disdainful remark and narcissistic fit, Alan Rickman elevates the role of a villain from the plain ol’ bastard to a bastard coated bastard with bastard filling. Actors take note. We’ve picked our four favorite Rickman villains to illustrate the ultimate lessons in how to be a villain, the Alan Rickman way.
|Sheriff of Nottingham
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Harry Potter Series
Quigley Down Under
Step 1: Establish the Setting
Even though his home base is England, Alan Rickman’s villainy knows no bounds.
East Midlands, England
Somewhere in Scotland
Los Angeles, California
Step 2: Perfect The Look
|Medieval David Lee Roth ensemble|
|Wizard robes complete with cape|
|Wool trench coat over suit|
|Cowboy duster and hat|
The messy mullet
|Bow & Arrow||Wand|
|Machine Gun||1874 Sharps Buffalo Rifle|
Step 3: Acquire an Adversary
It is crucial that said adversary is as good as Rickman is vile and merciless.
|The Adversary||His Accomplice(s)|
|Robin of Locksley||A band of merry outlaws from Sherwood Forest|
|Harry Potter||Ron & Hermione|
|John McClane||Sergeant Al Powell, (aka Carl Winslow)|
|Matthew Quigley||A band of aborigines|
Step 4: Hone An Evil Personality
Fine-Tune a Sneer
|Raging eye bulge|
|Silent rage lip curl|
|Teeth flashing squint|
Step 5: Prepare for Battle
A legion of loyal henchmen is essential.
|English soldiers & Celtic warriors|
Step 6: The Money Quote
A sarcastic and pompous delivery is key. This is the beginning of the end.
|“It’s dull you twit, it’ll hurt more.”|
|“You might be laboring under the delusion that the entire wizarding world is impressed with you.”|
|“SHOOT the GLASS!”|
|“Oh, by the way, you’re fired.”|
Step 7: The Untimely Demise
At this point, Rickman has underestimated his foe and written his own death certificate. Here’s the blow-by-blow.
|A Henchman Doesn’t Get the Job Done||So He Kills/Attempts to Kill||And Meets His Demise By|
|His cousin, Guy of Gisbourne||Half of Sherwood Forest||Getting stabbed with his own dagger|
|Draco Malfoy||Dumbledore||Spoiler Alert! Bitten in the neck by a snake|
|Karl Vreski||The adversary’s ex-wife||Being thrown off a building|
|Every cowboy in Australia||Quigley and Crazy Cora||Getting shot with his own gun|
Bonus: If Rickman played Palpatine
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.
Preparing for Battle
Lightsaber. A legion of loyal Storm Troopers.
“Mr. Skywalker… The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.”
Perfect the Look
Dirty old man. Wizard robes and cape.
Acquire an Adversary
Jedi. The forces of good.
The Untimely Demise
Attempted to kill Luke Skywalker. Got thrown off a building by his loyal henchman, Darth Vader.