HOW TO BLEND THE VILLAINS PART 1
Over the past few days, I have described the five types of villains: the slippery villain (the annoying snake who you hate), the circumstantial villain (the person who is against the main only because of the situation),the evil villain (the 1-D evil incarnate), the conceptual villain (where the idea is the villain), and the valiant villain (the noble villain).
That’s a lot!
Let’s consider something else. What if we want to further define our villain? We can actually blend these villain types to create…THE SUPER VILLAIN!
Now that the dramatic effect is gone, we’ll look at some of the possibilities.
Let’s turn on the blender and see what comes out. We’ll take a few days to mix and match.
Slippery Villain + Circumstantial Villain = ScirV (Slippery Circumstantial Villain)
Taking this out of the abstract, this is what we have. A ScirV may look like this. This is a quick and basic example.
Tasha has been fighting against the feelings of inadequacy bestowed on her by her verbally abusive father. Her parents loved her, but they always saw her as a problem child, so they sent her to a boarding school so that they didn’t have to deal with her.
(slippery part): She robs convenient stores, swindles her caretakers, and tramples on peoples’ generosity. In the process, she falls for a gang lord.
(circumstantial part): Her father, the main character, is a police detective, and she starts to work on mending her relationship with him. The drug lord, that Tasha is dating, is the man who the father is trying to take down.
Her slippery nature makes you wonder whose side she’ll choose. This is a common villain, and here, she slips between her father and her love interest. If she had been dating anyone else, there would be no tension between her and her father, but in this situation, she is blocking his progress of the case.
I hope this helps. We’ll mix some more next week.
How about a circumstantial, evil, valiant villain? A villain who is pure (but mostly hidden) evil but only because he knows no better or has a skewed view of morality due to external factors? I think I’d want to read a book with something like that. 🙂
That would be a remarkable villain to read about, but tought to create. That said, I love writing challenges, and I think that a novel with this type of villain could really be powerful. I’m sure the reader would pull for his total conversion to goodness in the end. Thanks, Kristel.