Monday, August 18, 2014
The 10 Kinds of Villains and How They Can Deepen Your Story
It's been a while since I did a post on villains, but the above picture is one of my faves from Pinterest and it makes me laugh every time I see it. I hope you've all seen enough of the featured villains to appreciate the humor. It got me thinking about different kinds of villains and the different roles they can play in a story. As an author, you don't want to do the same kind of villain all the time. Changing it up can add depth and variety to your plot, pulling your readers into it even more efficiently. Which is pretty much the whole point.
|The Joker (Duh) Source|
|Walter White of Breaking Bad Source|
|Darth Vader (Duh) Source|
|Voldemort (Also duh) Source|
|Mordred of Mists of Avalon Source|
|Cinderella's Stepmother of Ever After Source|
|Charles Logan of 24 Source|
|Tywin Lannister of Game of Thrones Source|
|Glen Close's Femme Fetale of Fatal Attraction Source|
|The Dark Knight's paranoid schizophrenic Source|
In my experience, most villains fall into one of these, a sub-category of one of them, or a combination of a few. Keep in mind that your villain can be a combo-villain. Joffery is both a douchbag and a psychopath. Fatal Attraction's Glen Close was a femme fetale and a psychopath. And even the Joker had quite alot of hubris.
So mix it up, experiment. The more craziness in your villain, the better. Give your readers something they've never seen before, but which also seems a little too chillingly real.
Which category does your villain fall into? Did I miss any?