At 5/3/12 01:38 AM, Korriken wrote:
I'm not sure what to do with this. feel free to take this idea and run with it.
What you're failing to realize is that your idea involves "caricatures" and not actual characters. If a villain's goal is to take over the world, than to what purpose? Motivation is what defines a story, and what continues to drive it forward. Why does the villain want to take over the world? To prove he can? To whom? Himself? Why? When you flesh out the character, only then will you understand him/her enough to know what they would do next. In the movie Mastermind, the villain experienced the conundrum you describe, but only because one person was stopping him, and he vowed to be that person's rival. It wasn't for want of taking over, but for defeating that one person. When it happened he was left purposeless. What he did next was become the hero, for the simple fact that he was never actually evil, he just wanted to prove his own worth. The thing with taking over the world is that there are many hurdles to overcome, and taking over the world is not a goal, but a means to an end.
To use a mundane example, let's say you ask a child what they would want to be when they grow up. Let's say they respond, "Emperor of the world!" To which you respond, "why?" At that point, the child would tell you why ("change the world," "change the rules," "make humanity a more formidable force in the galaxy"), or they won't and eventually that dream would be replaced by a goal they have more motivation to achieve.
So, yeah... I think I've beat this point to death, but hopefully you understand what I'm getting at.