Good guys and bad guys, protagonists and antagonists, heroes and villains; whatever you call them, most of the characters we encounter in stories can be placed into one of these two categories. The age-old struggle between the two camps has fueled storytelling across numerous mediums. What I think so fascinates us about them are the images of ourselves that they reflect: Heroes often show us the best of ourselves and the person we strive to be. Villains, on the other hand, show us the less savory parts of ourselves and provide sobering reminders of what we can become. Over the course of the next six weeks, we are going to be looking at some heroes and villains and what they can show us about ourselves and our relationship with God.
We’ll be starting this series with some villains (nine to be exact) who have become more widely known in recent years when the world they terrorized leapt from the printed page to the silver screen.