Category Archives: Villain Checklist

The Villain Checklist: Capability

We have established our villain, we have given him some character, now we need to start looking at what makes them loom large over the audience, in terms of the power or abilities they have, their willingness to use these … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Justification

In most kinds of stories, we know who the hero is. We know this because the hero is generally the main character, and is generally easy to spot relative to the bad guy. The hero is trying to stop nefarious … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Consistency

Character is everything in stories, in my opinion. You can have the most thrilling plot imaginable, the most dazzling special effects, the most triumphant score, but if you don’t have the characters, for the audience to root for, hiss against … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Risk

In establishing what our villain wants and how they will go about getting it, the story we are experiencing we hopefully do one other thing of immense importance. All going well, it will establish the critical element of risk: Risk – The … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Goal/Motivation

Having gone through the villain’s introductory elements in detail, we now turn more to the nitty-gritty of the villain’s character. And perhaps nothing is more important for villains than their goal and motivation in the story. As with many things … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Kick The Dog

Blake Snyder’s seminal work Save The Cat! is considered the bible of Hollywood screenwriting and its backbone is the titular plot point. In the book, Snyder describes the “Save the cat” moment as a relatively small but very important instance … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Defining Statements

The matter of the defining statement is an important one for all characters in any story, and the antagonist is no exception to that. What do I mean when I say defining statement, in the context of the villain? Simply … Continue reading

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