- The villain and hero start off at the same point, but chose different sides. I think a perfect example for this would be Voldemort and Harry Potter. Both Tom and Harry are orphans, have a lot of potential, teachers' pets and rebellious. But they chose two totally different paths, from their selection of houses to their ultimate destiny. What makes the books so powerfeul is that Harry could have easily been the next Voldemort, which makes the latter's power on the hero's conscience so intense.
- The villain openly showcases the hidden dark qualities of the hero. Even heroes are human beings. They have their weaknesses. So when the villain is a person who has the same weakness or worst quality as a hero, but chooses to act on it, rather than to keep it hidden like the hero, it again makes their link powerful, because the villain will constantly remind the hero of his weaknesses and will cause self doubt and insecurities.
- The hero and the villain wants the same thing, but for different reasons, and their ways of achieving it would be different. This will show the sharp contrast between the two characters, and since the goal of both is the same, that climax where the goal is achieved by one party is made intense.
Adriyanna @ Life Writings of a Reader - Backstories of Disney villains
Ava @ Bookishness and Tea - Favourite villains and why I love them