Villains of the Night (also known as Nighttime Villains, Méchants, Bedtime Baddies or Wrongdoers) are the primary antagonists of Les Pyjamasques series. This term originated in "Les Pyjamasques et le robot-blizzard."
Villains of the Night are villains that come out in the night. They act as opposing enemies to Nocturnal Heroes, and provide conflict with them.
The main archetypes for the villains in the book series are mythological or folklore-related. Based on their physical appearance and powers, their archetypes range from witches, magicians, gremlins, gods and various monsters.
While in the TV series, the archetypes for the villains are only limited to supervillain comic archetypes consisting of mysterious thieves, aliens, humanoids and gangs.
Connections to the Nighttime
In general, the villains of the night are often related and linked to the nighttime, mythology and other fantastical themes which mirrors the book series' dreamscape themes.
While in the TV series, some of the villains are only linked to the nighttime and mythology themes which mirror the sci-fi and vigilante themes instead.
Dreamscape villains are the common villains of the night.
Generally speaking, they represent a lack of gratitude, nightmares or a misleading aspect of a dream.
Some of the villains represent negative emotions which is also an impression to the book series' dreamscape theme, such as jealousy, resentment, insomnia and so on.
Also, some of their motives are connected or linked with a folklore or mythology.
Examples may include:
In order to represent the villains' looking like a big nightmare in general, they are shown to possess weapons and attacks that are lethal and extremely dangerous such as the million missiles, lightning based powers from a magical magnet, metal moons, a large cloud of invincible black moths, giant serpents and dangerous carnivorous plants.
However, despite their ungrateful behavior, they have been times where some of the villains had accepted advice and morals from Les Pyjamasques willingly whenever they're defeated on their plan.
Monsters are the second common villains of the night. One goal that they only have in mind is to torment and eat children and anything raw. Their motives mirror the dreamscape theme of the picture book series, and to represent the monsters looking like a big nightmare too.
Their appearances mostly ranged to resemble animals such as bunnies, vultures, wolves and octopus, and often have grotesque and frightening features such as teeth that are usually big in size.
Contemporary villains are comic-based versions of villains of the night. They are considered to be the most popular and well-known villains.
Unlike the dreamscape villains and monsters, however, contemporary villains don't represent big and destructive nightmares nor jealousy in particular. Instead, they represent bad behavior in general such as boasting on their self-claims of being "bad", showing unwillingness on accepting morals, help and advice from heroes. They are also considered to be the least homicidal, but most unlikeable villains.
Their motives are not involved on the relation of the book series' dreamscape theme. Instead, it is more focused on what generally happens in typical superhero comic-based stories and representing opposition of life lessons:
Unlike the dreamscape nighttime villains and monsters, the contemporary villains never show violence towards others at all. They use harmless weapons that can either slow down, disable and/or trap heroes such as ray-related weapons, nerfed moon magnets, sticky stars etc.
And whenever the villain knows that he/she is defeated, they will usually flee or escape from being captured by the hero.