A villain must be a thing of power, handled with delicacy and grace. He must be wicked enough to excite our aversion, strong enough to arouse our fear, human enough to awaken some transient gleam of sympathy. We must triumph in his downfall, yet not barbarously nor with contempt, and the close of his career must be in harmony with all its previous development.
–Agnes Repplier, A Short Defence of Villains (1892)
okay but can we just talk about how freaky magnussen was though
like licking that ladies face and then coming to baker street and pissing in the fireplace and dropping the tissue on the ground before leaving and thEN WHEN HE WAS JUST STANDING THERE FLICKING JOHN AND LIKE HE’S NOT HURTING HIM OR ANYTHING BUT JUST USING HIS KNOWLEDGE TO MANIPULATE AND HUMILIATE HIM LIKE IT WAS FUCKING TERRIFYING