Mythic Guide to Heroes & Villains — Intelligent and Immoral Villains

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This is Part 9 of the Mythic Guide to Heroes & Villains. Intelligent Can you think of a few stupid villains that are well known? What names come to mind? If you’re writing for young children or an outright satire, then your villain has an excuse to be stupid. Beyond these exceptions, you will want your villain to be very intelligent. You want your villain to be very well learned and cunning. While most heroes come from humble beginnings, the majority of villains are written as being well-seasoned in their trade from the moment we are first introduced to them. They can easily outsmart the hero from the beginning, because they have done it all before. An evil tyrant didn’t climb to the top being unopposed, and he has certainly not retained his throne without a challenger surfacing now and again. Even if your villain is not written with a genius level of intellect, you must resist the urge of writing him or her as being stupid. The story is much easier to write if the villain is stupid; the villain makes some tremendous mistake that the hero exploits, and the story ends. Continue reading Mythic Guide to Heroes & Villains — Intelligent and Immoral Villains at Mythic Scribes.
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