A repeating theme I've seen in my life-time obsession with villians is the value of the sexual threat
. Let me explain: often the protagonist has a leading lady. Sometimes she's a vulnerable damsel in distress, but sometimes she's even a strong female lead. And the villian uses his sexual virility as a threat towards the leading lady. In a way this makes the threat towards the protagonist personal
One good example is from an Alan Rickman movie (one of my other obsessions). In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Robin Hood quickly falls for the strong, interesting character of Maid Marian. In one scene he sneaks into the church dressed as a beggar and sees her conferring with his enemy: the Sheriff of Nottingham (OOOoooo, burn!). Things get heated when the Sheriff goes so far as to attempt to rape her while he forces her to marry him. Now, when you think about it, that's really quite ridiculous. I mean, couldn't he wait until the priest had finished so he could rape her in private? An interesting line during this scene is, "For once in my life I will have something pure," when the old hag, Mortianna eggs him on. Pure? Raping your bride while the priest watches? Hmmm.
And I've found an example of this in the recent Harry Potter movie. I was watching it with friends the other day and noticed something. Isn't it interesting that Draco
is the one with his hands all over Cho when Umbridge decides to crash the Dumbledore's Army party? I know this is just one frame, but in the actual movie, he manhandles her pretty hard. Did the director do this on purpose? Now that the audience knows that Harry likes Cho, it makes her betrayal that much harsher when the viewer realizes that Draco may have played a part in her confession.
As a side note, this perspective of Draco being an influence in the discovery of Dumbledore's Army is used in my fanfic chapter 11: The Umbridge Mission
where Draco is the one to get Marietta to spill the beans. I know the movie version doesn't have Marietta, but I was kind of satisfied to see that little bit that it had in common with my fanfic.