As though they didn’t have enough trouble from them already, there are many movie heroes who unwittingly created their own villains. This is often a useful device to generate dramatic tension because a villain created by a hero will usually come back to put the hero in peril, inspiring a fierce rivalry that can propel the entire plot of a movie. In these instances, this conflict allows a hero to explore the innermost recesses of their turmoil, because often the darker parts of them are reflected in the villain who acts as a mirror, or even a cautionary tale meant to inspire them on their altruistic path.

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Author: Kayleena Pierce-Bohen