Fictional character traits
Violent — aggressive, vicious
If you’ve seen a Tarantino film or The Godfather, you’ve seen more than enough violent characters and violence, to the point another fictional killing must work hard to register its aggression.
I have high tolerance for onscreen violence if not senseless. Or constant. Fiction needs highs and lows – build on the highs, hang tight on the lows. But I understand there are horror fans. We’re all unique in our beautiful, interesting, creepy ways. (smiley face)
However, I can get behind violent characters with psychological depth. Back to The Godfather and Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). There is complexity and layered personality to his gruesome transition from nice guy to disgusting human: devoted to family and his partner, reluctant to join father’s crooked business. An extremely complex character, albeit violent and/or creator of violence.
In The Fall, BBC drama, Jamie Dornan plays a serial killer alongside Gillian Anderson (stellar performance) as police superintendent.
The crimes are partially shown, but the chilling effect comes in the aftermath. A well-developed character from a psychological standpoint, with vulnerable moments galore, and while making a play for our hearts, not in the least likeable.
In the end, we see this disgusting and good-looking man suffer at his own hand. The story, however morbid, makes good use of the killer’s character to come full circle.
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