- Arthas is my favorite type of villain, because he embodies the saying: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” In the beginning, before he becomes the Lich King, he truly thought he was doing what was right.
- Arthas shows us that sometimes the greatest of evils (Lich King) can have roots in the greatest good (Paladins). No one is immune from corruption. Not even prodigy princes trained by one of the greatest Paladins of all time. Just because something, or someone, starts out good, doesn’t mean it, or they, will end that way.
- Despite all he’s done, and the fact he had to die, there’s a mixture of emotions with his death. Sadness, because of lost potential, and the fact he was relieved to die in the end. It lets us know he was completely aware of what he did over the years, while he was taken over by the Lich King. That he regretted his decision. Relief on our part, because happiness is a touch too strong of a word, that his suffering and ours is over.
Arthas is very much like Boromir in Lord of the Rings, and what Boromir would have become if he’d taken up The One Ring. They set out to be saviors, became villains, (albeit temporarily for Boromir), and were killed as a result of their desire to help their people.
All this makes for a compelling villain, and my favorite sort by far. Why? Because they are so profoundly human.