See the comparison? My villains are good guys on the side (sometimes) because a truly evil villain wouldn’t be as fun to watch. The Joker is funny in his manic episodes. Hans Gruber is a gentleman. Gus Fring… Well, he had his good side.
Now, this isn’t like the jealousy I spoke about in The New Wolf. These are recurring themes throughout my stories. Another theme is what I’ll call Public Interest (for lack of a better term). This is how my characters interact to people in public. Something might go wrong- in Dave’s case in the first chapter, or the Nutmegs in general. Other times it’ll be a background event to set the scene.
A couple of more themes will be some kind of reality twist, like talking animals. The Ostrich is an instance of this. However, these will only take place in some of my goofier stories. Werewolves may talk, but they only say a few words at a time and it comes off as creepy, not funny. A werewolf will used be for comedic uses in one of the sequels to Mutant Cowboy Space Pirate, but until then, they’re scary.
Now, a narrow theme in anything with Dave in it will be his reluctance to work with cops. Unless he absolutely needs to, he will avoid the cops like the plague. This will be the exact opposite of Reacher constantly using the cops in his stories.
To end this real quick, I’ll go off topic and tell everyone to go see 22 Jump Street. It is a really, really funny movie. Hill, Tatum, Stromare, and Cube kill it.