Or Captain Ahab. In his world, the great white whale Moby Dick, is the villain. But isn’t he also the villain in endangering his crew with his vengefulness? And aren’t the whalers the villains in Moby Dick’s world? Why else would he attack the whaling ships?
If we know that a good and perfect protagonist is boring, then it’s the same with a completely evil villain. So next time we’re writing, let’s put ourselves in our antagonist’s shoes. Get to know the villains in our stories better. And remember the following quotes:
- “Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”- Tom Middleton
- “Your villain should not think he’s taking over the world because he can, but because he thinks it’s the only way to save it.”- unknown
- “You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.”- John Rogers
- “No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Food for thought: Who were your favorite villains and why? What type of villains scare you the most? The ones that go bump in the dark? The maniacal mad scientist type? Or the ones standing right next to you?