Bad guys are pretty predictable. Especially Hollywood bad guys. I’ve noticed a few
banalities commonalities amount these TV and movie baddies, and I wonder how often real-life bad guys fall afoul of their own predictable character flaws.
Aside from the usual single-minded arrogance which allows them to wreak havoc with other people’s family, money, and lives with little or no assault to their delicate psyches, they always seem genuinely surprised and outraged when one of their friends, family members, or partners becomes casualties of the crimes they are committing.
If you and your friends are doing something sneaky, underhanded, or downright malicious to someone else, chances are someone in the group will have no qualms about stabbing you in the back, figuratively or literally, if the opportunity arises or it will increase their payday. Similar but not exactly the same is the the naive sort of tunnel vision that bad guys seem to have in regards to their partners in crime. Maybe in a way it’s a form of arrogance that allows them to overlook the fact that they are all bad guys. After all, you’re all no better than rabid dogs anyway.
And yet… the bad guys are always charmingly shocked when one of their own turns on them. I feel like saying to the TV villains, while petting the screen affectionately, Awww, isn’t that cute? They’re all hurt and surprised. That’s just so adorable… and stupid.
And I just throw my hands in the air and– (just kidding). I just kinda smirk in a self-satisfied manner and think, serves you right, muthafucka!
Anyway, this concept is actually one of many common TV tropes. So…maybe the bad guys need to bone up on their prime time dramas before their next heist or… whatever.