Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Villain

Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Villain

So, you dreamed up a great hero. Strong, confident, handsome (or beautiful as the case may be). How are your readers going to know how hot digity awesome the hero is. I learned very early on that a hero is only as good as the bad guy (or girl). No one is going to admire a hero who fights off a hoard of renegade Girl Scouts pushing knock off cookies. That being said a villain should appear unstoppable up to the climax of your story where your hero finds a way to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. I have employed demigods, tortured souls twisted by circumstance and power mad bureaucrats convinced they are following God’s will to save mankind from a mutant menace. Each was supremely powerful and assured of victory. It is crucial to remember that evil does not see him or her self as evil. There must an underlying motivation that drives their desire for revenge, conquest and destruction.