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Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Updated: Jul 13, 2019

I do love a good villain. From Malificent to Morgoth, fantasy bursts with the eccentric, vile, and wicked. We watch these characters play out grandiose battles, jockeying to get their way, often without realizing we have a lot in common with our favorite baddies. 

Sharing traits with a villain might be labeled as scary by some, but I see it as exciting for us and humanizing for the character. Seeing them with the same needs, desires, and ambitions we carry reminds us the line between good and evil is finer than silk thread.

Recently, I have challenged myself to put pieces of who I am—whether I like those bits or not—into my antagonists. Honesty with myself means greater vulnerability for my character. And a relatable character means the story will soar. Perhaps you would like to do the same? Some possible traits to take to evil extremes are:

1. Going to any lengths for family (and I do mean any)

2. Protecting yourself from getting hurt again

3. Wanting justice for others

4. Defending your home

I’m sure there are more! But get going with these and try creating bad guys who are grown from your own personality. You might surprise yourself with a battle-ready villain able to leap off the page and into readers’ hearts.