So as before, villains are an important part of the fantasy novel structure as well as many more genres, as they help our hero’s to mature and provide an achievable goal whilst simultaneously brining the relationship between the reader and the hero closer together as they are united in the hero’s quest against the villain.
Some common villainous traits in characters are;
They misuse their power
They misuse the trust put in them
They are an oppressor
Use bad language
Have threatening body language
Appear angry or permanently distracted
They misunderstand intentions
Take things the wrong way
Can you add a few?
The big fight scene – everyone knows it’s the climax
To bring about the end of the world
Rule the world
He is coming – ominous tack tick
They kill anyone who fails them
They always wear black - symbolism
Some villains are portrayed as such because of events causing them to misjudge a situation, affect their mental health or something tragic has happened, making them complex villains/ anti-hero’s as they are relatable characters, causing a paradox between a reader’s devotion towards the hero and the villain.
I hope you enjoyed this insight into Villainous characters.