- The Joker: Here is a man of mystery who is bad for the sake of being bad. Want to duplicate the same awesomeness? Leave the history a mystery (rhyme intentional). This also means making sure there is no set reason for doing bad things. Why is the Joker bad? He likes watching the world burn. Grab your marshmallows.
- Professor Moriarty: Brilliant? Check. Man with a plan? Check. Witty repartee? Check. This is a character who has everything figured out and is always one step ahead of the detective. He is smooth and that is why he is loved. Make your character the same way by making sure fits the criteria above.
- Darth Vader: This is a character with a troubled past. The character will also undergo a character arc at some point, a redemption if you will. For a character like this, start out evil then gradually slip in minor details that make you question the character’s motives and see the “villain” in a new light.
Whichever villain archetype you choose to write, make sure he or she is bad. Otherwise we need to revoke the villain title. We didn’t make the rules, but we enforce them. Did you write an amazing villain you want to share? Comment below or send us a message!