5 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Villain5 Qualities Readers Want to See in Your Story's VillainMore Like This
A story is only as good as its villain. And while the antagonist of your story does not have to be a “villain,” they do have to live up to certain reader expectations if you want your story to be of any merit. So here are the top 5 qualities that readers want and need to see in your story's villain.
Quality 1: Your villain should be a dynamic, true-to-life character.
Remember, we are talking villains here, not monsters. And unlike a monster, a villain should be a person. This means that no matter what race, gender, or even species, your audience should be able to empathize on a certain level with them. Doing so makes the story feel real, and creates complex emotions for the audience as well as the hero.
Quality 2: Your villain should be more powerful than the hero.
This does not mean that you villain has to be stronger in every way. I means that the villain should have something that gives them a distinct edge over the
R.I.P. Monty OumRest in peace, Monty Oum, you magnificent bastard.More Like This
My condolences to his family, friends, and others who know him.
Rest in peace, you magnificent bastard.