Recipe for a Perfect Villian

by Evan Parx
(Seattle, WA, USA)

1.Give him/her a reason for being the bad guy (Ex. family feud, bad childhood experience, bad luck, being cared for/ taught by a bad guy)
2.Make him/her have a distinguishable physical feature (Ex. ugly, scar, handsome/beautiful, large or small or oddly colored feature like big nose, small eyes, or red ears)
3.Make them believable, not ridiculous in your attempt to be scary.
4.Give them a cool phrase or accent.
5.Be creative -- don't just use standard villains, create your own. It can be as unexpected as you want, like a little girl or someone you think is good, especially if they are handsome/beautiful.

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Feb 24, 2009
Cool tip
by: Anonymous

I've been fantasizing about writing some historical fiction, and this little summary of a recipe for a perfect villian is just what I needed for one of the characters.

Dec 28, 2008
Creating a Villain
by: Audrey

Creating a villain can be as interesting as creating a hero. Many actors prefer to play villains because they are often more complex.

Really good villains have compelling redeeming characteristics.

Many satisfying stories have heros and villains who influence each other, who move toward each other in the end.

Audrey

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