A question that could apply to a lot of RPG's

marshalljames1
edited April 1 in General Discussion

I have A question that could apply to a lot of RPG's

How would you Roleplay A Villain, if you can truly call him that, who is very misguided but means well, his plan actually will benefit millions and the authorities and government as a whole and The Pcs in particular agree with what he's trying to achieve but because of what he's willing to do to succeed he has to be stopped

A example from Warhammer Roleplay that isn't limited to a particular edition would be someone who has made a fool-proof cure for a currently incurable disease but he must prove it works because of what he plans to do to prove it works he has to be stopped

The thing is that even though he has made a fool-proof cure for a currently incurable disease that will save millions of lives he's decided that he in order to prove it works he must infect A Large Part of A Sparsely populated area, such as most of Rural Averland, with the disease that he a cure for a cure for

The thing is that the villain, if you can truly call him that, doesn't see anything wrong with causing several dozen thousand deaths in order to save millions of lives, naturally the authorities don't agree

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  • thaen
    thaen
    Posts: 942

    You could roleplay him as hardened against his emotions, maybe even choking back tears as he does each action and step of the plan, apologizing the whole way ... he knows what he needs to do and that no one else is going to be able to get it done.  So he would be tortured and apologetic, but determined.

    Or he could be kind of oblivious and even jovial and maybe even patronizing.  Like he's just doing the obvious best thing for all, and anyone that's trying to stop him is just confused, and doesn't really get it ... but they'll see as soon as he is done that he was doing it all for their own good.

    Or he could be just straight up sadistic.  He actually wants to cause pain, and enjoys doing it.  And he thinks this is the perfect way to get to cause pain where he can have a good reason for having done it, and everyone else will accept his causing pain even if he enjoyed doing it.

    Or he could be coldly logical.  He doesn't see them as people.  They are just experiments waiting to happen.  He doesn't wish them pain, or pleasure.  He just wants to know if he was right or not.  Truth and knowledge are the highest good.

    Or maybe he's doing this all for his daughter who has the disease, and he just values her life more than the lives of others (and even his own), and he knows that doing this is going to be forfeiting his own life, and even forfeiting her view of him (her memory of him).  But it doesn't matter.  All that matters is that she lives ... and he has no qualms about having made this decision.  He's accepted the path and is grimly determined to follow it to the bitter end.

    That's all that comes to mind at the moment.

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  • Abersade
    Abersade
    Posts: 279

    Now with media examples!

     

    " You could roleplay him as hardened against his emotions, maybe even choking back tears as he does each action and step of the plan, apologizing the whole way ... he knows what he needs to do and that no one else is going to be able to get it done.  So he would be tortured and apologetic, but determined. "

    Reminds me a bit of Dr. Seth Brundle from The Fly or Bartleby from Dogma.

     

    " Or he could be kind of oblivious and even jovial and maybe even patronizing.  Like he's just doing the obvious best thing for all, and anyone that's trying to stop him is just confused, and doesn't really get it ... but they'll see as soon as he is done that he was doing it all for their own good. "

    So basically Richmond Valentine (as played by Samuel L. Jackson) from Kingsman: The Secret Service.

    " Or he could be just straight up sadistic.  He actually wants to cause pain, and enjoys doing it.  And he thinks this is the perfect way to get to cause pain where he can have a good reason for having done it, and everyone else will accept his causing pain even if he enjoyed doing it. "

    Percy from the Green Mile, or Betelgeuse from Beetlejuice, or Zorg from The Fifth Element

    " Or he could be coldly logical.  He doesn't see them as people.  They are just experiments waiting to happen.  He doesn't wish them pain, or pleasure.  He just wants to know if he was right or not.  Truth and knowledge are the highest good."

    Dr. Herbert West from Re-Animator; also Norman Nordstrom from Don't Breathe 1, specifically in reference to his captive in the basement.

    " Or maybe he's doing this all for his daughter who has the disease, and he just values her life more than the lives of others (and even his own), and he knows that doing this is going to be forfeiting his own life, and even forfeiting her view of him (her memory of him).  But it doesn't matter.  All that matters is that she lives ... and he has no qualms about having made this decision.  He's accepted the path and is grimly determined to follow it to the bitter end."

    Mr. Freeze from Batman, or Imhotep from The Mummy (1999)

  • thaen
    thaen
    Posts: 942

    @Abersade, nice!!!  Wow, that's impressive.  I don't even know most of those references!

    Obsidian Portal Developer

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