Anatomy of a Legendary Villain

In a series you have the time to get in depth with the villians and antagonists. The writer can show their character traits, mostly bad obviously and some good, and why they do what they do,,,everyone has a past. I think that is why some antagonists are more popular than the protagonist in some series. Breaking Bad’s Walter White is a good example. Love the Justified series.

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Moving on. VILLAINS!!!!

The antagonist is the most critical part to any story. No antagonist, NO story. Villains are only a type of antagonist and though this type of character has the power to be legendary, often what we see in books, series and movies are mustache-twirling caricatures. Villains can easily become one-dimensional plot puppets.

As writers, we must get in the head of our villains as much if not more than the protagonist. The reason is that eventually our protagonist must…

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