Tips for Writers – Creating an Antagonist

Hello to all!

Last time on my Tips for Writers Series, we took a look at creating a good protagonist for your story. Now we’ll take a look at what is arguably more important than a good hero ; the antagonist!

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Dio Brando, from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, is a classic example of a good villain.

As the saying goes, “A hero is only as good as their villain.” Writing a good villain is essential for a good story. Not only do you need to give your hero someone to fight against, but you need to give your readers someone to oppose as well.

All good fiction is able to get an emotional response from those who read it. The easiest way to do that is by creating a good hero for readers to root for, and a villain for those same readers to hate.

As I’ve said, every writer is different, and you should do what you feels works for you, but there are some surefire ways to create a great villain.

One of the best tips I can give for creating a villain is to take a good look at you protagonist, and reverse all of their ideals. If you hero believes in not hurting innocent people, make your villain content with it. If your hero protects others around him, make your villain turn a blind eye, or better yet, cause harm to those around him.

This will create tension between the two characters, and will help drive to story forward.

Aside from that, the best you ca do is whatever you feel works for you.

Is there anything you’d want me to cover next time? What are your methods for creating a villain? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay awesome!


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