May 28th, 2012, 01:16 AM
Yes but if it's in their nature Demons, goblins, etc then there doesn't need to be a explanation as for why they are evil.
Originally Posted by pennywise86
As for a Villain having a hobby I got it from this article How To Make My Villain 3 Dimensional
Give the villain some balance. There is the old cliche that even Nazi concentration camp killers loved their children. There are a few truly evil people in the world, but most bad people have humanising elements. Maybe they like classical music, which is a sign of culture, art appreciation and education. Maybe they care for their dog, or their Mum while on a murdering spree. This balance is where I am struggling at the moment. I donít want to have the abused childhood as a reason for violence, although it is based on truth in the real world.
May 28th, 2012, 06:54 AM
Originally Posted by theonefirestorm
I think in order to go on a killing spree the psyche of that individual must have serious issues. Usually psychopathy or sociopathy, which means a complete lack of empathy for other people and absolutely no guilt, remorse or regret. It's highly unlikely that they would genuinely care for another person while murdering others, as they simply can't. Evil doesn't need to stem from a bad childhood; it can come from genetics. People of the Lie by Scott Peck is quite interesting if you want to read more about human evil, what it might be, where it might come from, and how one might treat it.
May 28th, 2012, 10:49 AM
More to the point, in fantasy and horror stories, you aren't necessarily dealing with human evil. A demon doesn't have kids and wouldn't necessarily care about them if it did. Soul-stealing shadow creatures may have consciousnesses but not hobbies. A god figure may be the abstract personification of bloodlust, etc. This isn't either good or bad, just likely to be either interesting to some readers or not interesting.
May 28th, 2012, 12:06 PM
Personally i always thought it was more interesting to know the why and the how of "evil" rather then "its evil. kill it/him/her"
Some consider Adolf Hitler to be the greatest evil we have ever seen. One of his friends was interviewed after the war and she said that when she asked him how he could justify the holocaust, (paraphrased) he said that because he lost so many Aryans everyday in battle, that he needed to even up the numbers so the racial mix did not get skewed. Most of the quintessential evil in some of the fantasy novels i have read were not that twisted.
We should be able to observe their reasoning, how ever twisted or dark it may be, or may not be.
May 30th, 2012, 09:16 PM
This podcast talks about what makes a good villain.
October 15th, 2012, 12:51 PM
A scene that shows they are human.
October 17th, 2012, 11:44 AM
If they are human, just let them be. Humans are evil enough.
If you go for a special monster-type, then make it interesting or relatable.
October 22nd, 2012, 12:29 PM
So for example for monsters they still have fears that other humans have.
Originally Posted by Igor
A monster afraid of heights, snakes, spiders, etc.
A monster that has a sweet tooth, plays a instrument, has a pet, etc.
Quotes that you still remember from them.
October 22nd, 2012, 01:27 PM
Not necessarily identical, but similar.
Something you can translate to your human experience.
October 23rd, 2012, 04:28 PM
I think one thing that makes a good villain is the conviction in their cause. In-spite of how crazy and evil the character is to the reader or viewer, when the justification for what they want to do actually makes sense in a twisted way, I think that exponentially gives every act they do more evil. Because they are determined and I think we can relate to that. We can see the dark side in ourselves through some of the best villains and what we would be without the moral and social constraints that we live under.
October 24th, 2012, 12:51 PM
We Read for Light
"What makes a good villain for writing?"
My old Commodore 128 (late 80's) certainly qualified.
November 16th, 2012, 10:07 AM
The really best answer to the question of your thread is to first answer another question.
Who am I writing this for?
What demographics are you after?
While a shades of gray villain is more profound and interesting to an older group, the video game generation prefers totally evil villains with little or no journey to become evil.
November 17th, 2012, 12:40 AM
Absolutely. Recently watched Titus Andronicus and Aaron the Moor is up there with the worst of them. He openly wishes that he had committed another ten thousand evil deeds as well as repented of any good one that he had done. Revenge has no end for some people. On the other hand he was prepared to sacrifice himself for his son trsuting in the goodness of Lucius not to top the little chappie when all is said and done.
Originally Posted by TheFreshPenOfTO
Rumour has it that he is been reincarnated by Disney for the next Stars Wars movie. He is certainly one fo the Dark Side.
November 27th, 2012, 06:24 AM
I agree. "Champagne" villains are my favorites too. They have something cool about them. A desirable trait. Hans Gruber from Die Hard is a great example. I also love Destro, Storm Shadow and Zartan from G.I. Joe. I believe 80's cartoons have a good blue print for making this type of villain.
November 27th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Is Winter Coming?
Been reading through this thread. Quite interesting. Made me realize I've never written an out-and-out villain (that I can remember at any rate). I usually just write characters and they are either relatable/likable or not. I think this could be due to me personally finding "good vs evil" old-fashioned, based on mythology and religion; mythilion if you will. As Pinhead once said it, "There is no good or evil...just flesh." Okay that's a bit harsh, but instead of good/evil there's a scale of morals I'd rather operate along. But maybe it is time to go all the way and create a truly nasty character. I'm thinking to make that a priority in the Nov-Dec short story I'm working on. Maybe.. anyway, lots of food for thought here, keep it up.