Academy of Villainy: 6 Things It IS Okay For Your Antagonist To Do


Capt. PicardA couple of weeks ago I posted 7 Things Your Antagonist Should Never Do, and while thinking and researching for that article I also realized that there’s a long list of things that your antagonist CAN do, cliche or not, under certain circumstances. Writing is such a fluid art that there really aren’t any hard and fast rules, merely rules of the time. For example, killing off a character was a big no-no… until the Game of Thrones craze happened. Now every time we pick up a book (or turn on the TV) we half expect to lose our most beloved characters.

But I digress. Here are 6 things that it is okay for your antagonist to do, and under what conditions.

It is okay for your antagonist to…

Think he is the protagonist.

Under what conditions?

ALWAYS

It is okay for your antagonist to…

Do the evil laugh.

Under what conditions?

Only when you’ve already employed other villainy cliches so that your readers expect and can appreciate your tip of the hat to this one; your antagonist is aware he’s being cliche; for humor’s sake.

It is okay for your antagonist to…

Have something in common with the protagonist.

Under what conditions?

When you want there to be personal conflict between the two; when there is need for them to have a connection; when their goals are mutually exclusive but involve the same person/place/objective.

It is okay for your antagonist to…

See himself as a potential outcome for the matching protagonist.

Under what conditions?

When your antagonist is the dark and tormented type; when your antagonist has already walked a similar path to the one the protagonist is currently on; when your antagonist is arrogant and just knows (or thinks he does) the outcome of the hero’s path.

It is okay for your antagonist to…

Lose.

Under what conditions?

Any; when your antagonist needs a tragic past; when your antagonist needs to be seen overcoming obstacles; when you need to demonstrate your antagonist’s resolve; when you need to make your antagonist more desperate.

It is okay for your antagonist to…

Win.

Under what conditions?

Any; when the protagonist winning isn’t necessarily what the rest of the story needs; when there’s going to be a sequel; when there’s some sense of justice in the antagonist winning; when your antagonist is actually the protagonist.

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About WhitneyCarter

Greetings and welcome to Whitney's everything blog! I am a fantasy and erotica writer, an animal lover in the process of transitioning into a vegetarian and eventually vegan lifestyle, a practicing witch and a baby loss mother. Check out Invisible Ink Blog at http://www.whitneycarter.wordpress.com Check out Ayslyn's Corner at http://www.ayslynscorner.wordpress.com Check out wombs in rebellion at http://wombsinrebellion.wordpress.com/
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