|“||It works like this, John: I know who Mary hurt and killed. I know where to find people who hate her. I know where they live; I know their phone numbers. All in my Mind Palace – all of it. I could phone them right now and tear your whole life down – and I will ...unless you let me flick your face.||„|
|~ Charles Augustus Magnussen to John Watson, threatening him while flicking his face for his own amusement.|
Villains who partake in the criminal act of blackmail, demanding money (or any other valuables for that matter) from someone in exchange for not revealing information about the victim. Due to the nature of blackmail, many of these villains are manipulative and cunning.
Blackmailers are different from Deal Makers and Extortionists for subtle reasons. Blackmail follows the "I scratch your back, you scratch mine...or else" scenario and can involve the exploitation of a person's feelings. Deal Makers are usually less underhanded than Blackmailers, as they generally seem on the same page as the person with whom they make deals, whereas Extortionists tend to be worse because they utilize abuse and violence to get their way while offering a lesser amount to their victims (or in worse cases nothing at all).
Blackmailers would often go through the alignment for Lawful Evil since they use the law to their advantage to oppress others or Lawful Neutral if their blackmailing is a rare minor thing that isn't so continuous.
By the very nature of blackmail, victims are also unable (or unwilling) to go to authorities or even potential allies for help as this would expose their misdeed, this puts blackmailers in an extremely high position of authority over their victims (who may often be a minor villain / criminal themselves).
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