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Off to a wedding, I am!! Don’t worry, I’m setting the next page to auto-update, so it’ll be here for you Monday. I just may not be able to reply to comments over the weekend — but I definitely will get back to everyone when I return!!

In the meantime, I wrote an article that I’m very proud of examining the Hero’s Journey in contrast to the Antagonist’s tale. What do The Avengers, Megamind, and the Shakespeare have in common? Read and find out!



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I am digging that monster on the left, not just for his awesome face-iness but because even though 3 out of his 4 torso faces told him she’d never accept, he asked out the dream princess anyway, and she said yes. Doesn’t he look proud to have her on his arm?

Really like the essay! I would point out that in a lot of ways, this can apply to LGBTQ people as well (as you kind of briefly touch on) – even more so than women, they’re seen as outcasts and villains, outside of society’s approval, and defined by their “deficiency” perhaps despite efforts otherwise. And indeed, the art of embracing that difference and exaggerating it is a well-known tradition.

To be accepted into society, back to families, often the requirement is to give up that part of you that makes you, you. It’s an interesting feature of the LGBTQ journey, however, that what was seen as villainy is slowly becoming more accepted as if not heroism, then at least mainstream. The path of the hero and the anti-hero gets easier the more it’s treaded, to the point where doing so may not be heroic anymore, but simply a chosen path.

That’s a really good point that I hadn’t thought about, Kris! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I imagine that these feelings of “villainy” are common with anybody that doesn’t precisely fit in society’s mold. It’s interesting that the transition is not from villain to hero, but simply to “normal” — in a lot of ways, that seems healthier than either. Less expectations and restrictions to simply being one’s self!

I try my hand currently at writing a story where there is not hero of the usual kind. My main-character is gifted with the ability to create illusions, which is something frowned upon in society, making him an outcast. Only in service of his king (who is the bad guy) he is allowed to use his powers, but he cannot stand what is demanded of him in this service and flees to a different country which is at war with his homeland. He will ultimately kill the king, but I have not yet decided how the story will end. I got two possibilities: Either society is so happy with what he’s done that they can overlook his magical powers which are considered evil, or he will again become an outcast, a traveling story-teller that sleeps on the roads and basically begs (when he doesn’t steal), for he can not give up the magic that is a part of him.

Thank you for sharing!! Sounds like you’ve got some fantastic dynamics to play with in your story!! Endings are always tricky — it’s hard to tie-up a journey without limiting or contradicting what brought you there. I’m sure it will come to you when you get there!! Are you thinking a novel, or are you aiming more for a screen play or comic script?

Oh, my gosh. Thanks for the Hero/Antagonist link. I write a little here and there, trying to become more consistent and serious, and this article is perfect. I have antagonist-creation problems.

Putting Avengers and Megamind on my DVD watching list. I rarely go to the movies. Definitely made an exception for the second and third LOTR movies two years ago (missed Fellowship by one night because I didn’t think our local theater was doing the marathon) – and the Hobbit 1, though I had to settle for regular and not 3D. Have fingers crossed that TPTB will replay Hobbit 1 before opening Hobbit 2, we’ll see!

I’ve been thinking about this, and I still think my answer should be just about everything?

I’m not that “villainy” personally; think that’s my biggest stumbling block. I don’t want cardboard, stereotyped villains either. They definitely need an edge though, and to be believable.

I have a couple of books that are supposed to help, but haven’t found the right combination, especially for one of my long-term villains.

In that series of stories the protagonist is at the top of the usual food chain, and works for the government. His long-term antagonist needs to be on or above that level, but outside the government, so they have to meet on equal-but-not-equal ground.

Creating a believable background for this antagonist is where I’m stuck right now. I’m considering changing him to be the son of a man who made the bulk of the family’s money, instead of the man himself, because of the age difference and the time necessary to make such amounts of $$. The antagonist needs to be involved elsewhere, and can’t be two places at once.

Am I making any sense? Still working on it all.


I always find that the most important part of a rounded villain is their principals. What do they think is right and wrong? How passionate are they, and how far are they willing to go to defend that belief? By nature, these principals should be opposing the desires or opinions of the protagonist, moral or not.

Those principals are rooted in the villain’s back-story, as it is their experiences that eventually yielded those beliefs. They might have really good reasons for why they act the way they do.

What about your villain’s story makes him the man he is? What’s his relationship with his father, who made the family fortune? How was he raised? How did that shape his view of the world? What does he want most out of life, and what is he the most afraid of? Which of these two things drives him the most?

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