A Villain is (Usually) the Hero of His Own Story

A really good post on villains.

Build a Villain Workshop

Why is a videogame like that such an exciting idea? Really, why does that merit a Stephen Colbert meme? I want you to think about that question, not just read it, assume it’s rhetorical, and move on to the rest of the article.

Did you think about the question? Goodness, minion, go back and think about the question like I told you to! (By the by – I’ve actually played such a game. I can’t tell you what game because obviously that would spoil the ending. But I was kind of left staring at my computer screen wondering what I had done. WHAT HAD I DOOOONE!?)

We’ve already said, quite a few times, that motive is everything. This is so much the case that if your villain’s motive is stupid, chances are good that your villain is, too. If his motive is cliche, chances are that he’s cliche too. So…

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