This villain doesn't usually start out with the intent to be evil. They often believe they are doing work for good, trying to change life for the betterment of people around them or in the area they are serving. This is the category where many political villains fit in, but also could include mob bosses, criminals, even over the top coaches.
Tyrants often have a rough childhood in some way, getting neglected, abused, witnessing something that sticks with them, that serves as a motivation to prevent that from happening again. This archetype could include a group, like a governing power who is taking all the authority as well (this is often how this tyrant is depicted in dystopian works).
The key with these villains is once they realize the power they have to showcase in order to accomplish what they want, they become addicted to the power and will do whatever it takes to get things done. The one pretty general catch with the tyrant villain is that s/he OFTEN gets someone else to do their dirty work. They give the orders and have enough power for the subordinates to follow with the greatest precision they can.
And, full disclosure, these tend to be some of my favorite villains because they often have an incredible element of intelligence.
Cardinal Richelieu from The Three Musketeers
|Hate when plans are foiled with a gift from the Queen of America. :)|
|So so so so so bummed about his passing.|
Ah, I LOVE a good villain!
Do you have a favorite tyrant villain? Can you think of some females (not much evil girl power in this one...maybe the White Witch?)? Are you working one of these in your text? I'd love to know how you YA and MG authors mix this one in.