Antiheroes and Antivillains. One of these terms I’m sure you’ve heard before. We’ve discussed antiheroes many times in the podcasts and hangouts we’ve recorded over the years. But what about the other term, antivillains?
Before this discussion, I had never come across the term “antivillain” before Evan brought it up for this discussion. It’s a turn phrase that I really love. Playing with literary terms and meanings is one of the reasons I love studying literature and storytelling. Often, it’s in the turning upside down of expectations where we learn the most about our favorite stories and characters.
Antiheroes are often missing the traditional characteristics of a hero or behave in ways that we don’t consider heroic but often do so in order to serve a greater good. One of the classic Antiheroes is Robin Hood.
An antivillain is much like an antihero: acts in a way contrary to a traditional villain. Sometimes they do so in service of a greater good but often it is with selfish motivations.
Are you fond of Antiheroes and Antivillains? Do you like heroes who push against traditional roles or conform to them? Have you heard of the term Antivillains? Let us know in the comments.
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Regina & Evan
Regina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.
To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.