If this makes no sense and sounds like I'm sleep delirious is bc I am lol
Hey guys if you wanna get to know me better here are some of my favorite songs of all time aight
House Of Wolves - MyChem
Party Poison - MyChem
I’m Not Dead - Boyinaband
Holiday - Green Day
Limelight - Boyinaband
Half-Truism - The Offspring
Why Worry - Set It Off
Pick Up Off The Floor - MIKA
Lollipop - MIKA
Dr John - MIKA
The Byzantine Reels - Ten Strings And A Goat Skin
Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back - MyChem
Forever Stuck In Our Youth - Set It Off
The Ballad of Mona Lisa - P!atD
Victorious - P!atD
Miss Jackson - P!atD
Mr Brightside - The Killers
You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison - MyChem
Lots others too but lol is midnight I’m tired whoop
I get it; villains are incredibly difficult people to write. They’re unlikable by nature; but let’s face it, no-one likes a villain that slyly wrings their hands together as they laugh maniacally in a corner. So, here are five tips to writing a good villain.
Treat villains as you would the hero in the planning stages. When you’re sitting down to write a story, original or not, it’s a good idea to plan your characters before you start writing. Simple I know, but figuring out your characters before you drop them into a story is really and truthfully worth it. Why? Well, a story draws out the most prominent features in your character’s natures. You drop them into a plot and suddenly they’re being dragged all over the shop. For the hero, good aspects are displayed; for villains, we see the negativity. Looking at characters objectively is a great way to make sure that all characters are well-developed. Think of it like this: you have two people. Both of them have a personality. Both of them have strengths and flaws. Both of them have goals and dreams and ideas on how the world should work. These things are not what makes a person ‘evil’. Your villain could love the people they’re close with and want good for the world. Your hero can be selfish and rude. What makes a person ‘bad’ is the actions they take and the perspective those actions are seen from and until you give these characters that story then there should be no difference in character planning between the villain and the hero.
Avoid the Mr. Bad-Man villain. Well, not always. In the right circumstances, more conventionally ‘dangerous’ villains can be scary. I’d put Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events in this category. Ol’ Olaf works in this case because everyone, except for the Baudeliare children and the author, is dreadfully stupid. And on top of that, Count Olaf has a troupe of equally evil henchmen that do his bidding without question. He’s manipulative and scary and completely obvious, yet he gets away with it because he’s an adult and he can! This may be what you want for your antagonist, and if so then that’s okay. But a great majority of people are looking for a baddie with a little more depth. What you don’t want is someone that is evil for evil’s sake. Alfred Hitchcock once said this: ‘In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don’t want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.’ This is what you want to aim for—a human being that has made a poor decision due to a character flaw or personal experience. Why? It’s real. This mistake could have been made by a real person because very, very few people are horrible for the sake of it. Your antagonist could want a number of things, but what about them makes them choose to obtain their goal in the way they do? This has to do entirely with cause and effect. If you ask yourself “Why does my villain act the way they do?” and your answer is: “Because they can,” then your baddie is not as deep as you’d perhaps like them to be.
Not all antagonists hate the protagonist. An antagonist is someone who causes detrimental effects to the main character and their story. They can be friends, partners, lovers, mentors. Not all bad people appear in smoke-screens as they rise up from the seventh circle of Hell. Sometimes an antagonist is a good person. Don’t be afraid of that. There is no defined ‘Bad Person’ category. It’s subjective and sometimes not terribly detrimental to how a person is. A bad thing can be small; it’s how your main characters react to this problem that makes the story. There is nothing wrong with fickle problems, just as there isn’t anything wrong with large and dramatic ones. It’s how you play out the solution that’s important.
A villain is Any-Man. This is why the idea of a bad-guy is so scary. They’re out there and they look like us. They have things they care about. Separating an antagonist from humanity makes them seem less real. Obviously, there are exceptions—some characters work better when they are beyond all levels of normal humanity. But an antagonist can also be clever. They can know how to talk and appear and appeal to people’s better nature (think Wilson Fisk from Daredevil) and they can use it to blend in and win trust. As a writer, know that dramatic irony is your friend and that you can utilise it as much or as little as you want. Know that you can have a baddie that can go anywhere and pretend to be someone they’re not if that’s what you want of them.
Like your villain. Love them. Laugh when they do something nasty. They are your little buds of evil, and they are yours to use. Be on their side from time to time, think of how they’d love to get their own way, the world or the space they’d like to create. Imagine how excited they are, or how dedicated they must be to their own cause, how many hours and sleepless nights they put into scheming. Or not. Imagine their recklessness, their anger, their sadness. Imagine how they feel when they see something they believe in being destroyed. Imagine how the rush they feel when things are going their way. Do this as much as you do it to the protagonist. And even though you’re only displaying one point of view, remember that there is always more than one side to any story. As an author you have to be aware of that.