Charles Michael Davis has been making us laugh, cry, and swoon as the charmingly conniving villain Marcel on The Originals with an emotional past connection to the Mikaelson family. It takes a heck of a lot of charisma to share the screen with Joseph Morgan (Klaus), and we think Charles has managed to hold his own. In fact, here are five reasons why we think Marcel makes the perfect villain (sorry, Klaus!).

He has an emotional connection to our hero.

While it’s strange to be in a world where our “hero” is Klaus, we’re hoping he eventually proves himself worthy of the title. If Klaus does turn into hero, and Marcel plays the role of villain, their ultimate showdown is going to be heartbreaking as Klaus raised Marcel as a son. But the best kind of hero/villain dynamics often have some trace of familial love in them, i.e. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, Simba and Scar. We can’t wait to see Conflicted Klaus and Conflicted Marcel when they have to make real decisions between the people they love and have loved and the power they so highly value. It’s going to be epic.

He’s multi-dimensional!

The best villains are multi-dimensional, you can understand why they do what they do, even if you don’t agree with it. And Marcel, just like Klaus, commits barbaric acts partially because of his past as unloved, abandoned bastard child. The audience can see how he became the vamp he is today, desperate to hold onto the power, love, and loyalty he didn’t have as a child, even if it means hurting people along the way. If Marcel does fall, understanding his motivations will make his fall that much more tragic because it comes from the same desire inherent in every human being: to belong.

He has a network.

Even without the supernatural strength, speed, and compulsion, it would be easy to believe that Marcel has gotten an entire quarter under his thumb using charisma alone. Marcel has this vibrant, infectious energy that makes people want to be his friend, and wants his already-friends want to be his best friend. Recent episodes of The Originals have seen Klaus working to take apart this loyal network, and it has been interesting to watch. We hope The Originals will expand upon some of Marcel’s go-to guys, enriching the supporting cast past those on the Mikaelson’s side.

He has loved ones — aka weaknesses.

One of the attributes that has made Klaus more than just a one-dimensional villain has been the attachment he developed for Caroline. Through his interactions with her, we learned more about Klaus’ desire to be loved and how he sees the world. Marcel has a similar thing going with Cami. With time, it may give added insight into his character. We also think Marcel genuinely loves Davina like a little sister. The true test of Marcel’s role as villain will come when he is forced to choose between Davina and Cami as pawns in this duel for power and Davina and Cami as people he love. Because you know Klaus is going to use these people against him.

He has an aire of mystery!

Every good villain needs an air of mystery and, while we know some about Marcel’s past, there are a few odd centuries in between when the Mikaelsons were chased from New Orleans and when they returned for The Originals. What happened to change Marcel from obedient honorary Mikaelson to ruler of the Quarter? Were there greater tragedies in his past? Secrets Klaus isn’t accounting for? We hope so! And we hope that, in discovering more about Marcel’s history, we will come to value him as highly (or, nearly as highly) as we do the Mikaelsons. Because the best hero/villain duels happen between equals.

Do you think Marcel makes a good villain? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, followed by Supernatural.

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