In Villains 101, Dr. Erica McCrystal welcomes you to an audio lecture hall where you will discover the history behind some of the greatest villains of literature and media. Dr. McCrystal discusses different critical perspectives and interpretations of a new villain in each episode. She also looks at the ways in which the villain has been adapted, as each adaptation helps build a better understanding of the character.
It, who often goes by Pennywise the Dancing Clown, is the terrifying villain from Stephen King's 1986 novel It. In this episode, I discuss the complexities of the creature, its place in pop culture and folklore, and why clowns are so terrifying.
The Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an emotional, heartless ruler. This episode looks closely at passages from the novel, examines the history of beheading, and thinks about the mythological roots of her character.
Episode 18 - Harry and Marv
Harry and Marv, the Wet Bandits/Sticky Bandits, are the hilarious villains of the classic Christmas films Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. In this episode, I will discuss the various types of crimes they commit during the films, the injuries that they sustain, and their skills as criminals.
Disney villains are legendary, and Scar from The Lion King is not one to mess around with. This episode analyzes Scar from different perspectives, including comparing his behavior to that of lions in the wild. It also compares Scar to others in literature and history. Ultimately, this episode raises the question, does Scar behave naturally or is he a horrible dictator?
Episode 16: The Sanderson Sisters
The classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus brings us a wonderful trio of villainesses, the Sanderson Sisters. This episode looks at the history of witches and trends in popular culture while analyzing three of the most iconic witches.
Episode 15 - Moriarty
Moriarty is the brilliant arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle created a worthy foe for the great detective. This episode analyzes Moriarty's character and discusses why he has become such an iconic and often adapted villain.