Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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What makes a villain work?

Okay, the conversation about Khan, sparked by the recent death of actor Ricardo Montalban, got me thinking this would make a good post in its own right...

  • What makes a villain really scary or disturbing?

  • What makes a villain sympathetic?

  • What kind of motivations do you find most potent in a villain?

  • What kind of villainous actions do you find most exciting or unsettling?

  • Are female villains and male villains different in their evil, and if so, how?
  • Once you've hooked the reader into caring about the hero(es) and the villain, how do you use that to heighten story tension?

  • Which of the many villain motifs do you most enjoy?


  • Here are some other resources you might find helpful:

    10 Types of Movie Villains
    Top Evil Women on Film
    Villain -- the Wikipedia entry
    Villains -- types, elements, tools, & uses in a campaign
    Character Building: Good vs. Evil
    Character Motivations -- a good basic list
    A Character Motivation Primer -- more detailed exposition
    The Evil Character or the Evil in the Character? -- a conference paper, scroll down to find the excerpt
    Villains Wiki
    Peter's Evil Overlord List
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