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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: Introduction

We have to start somewhere, so let’s start right at the beginning. The other week I outlined my checklist, divided into five sections, the first being “Meeting The Villain”[i]. A wise man once said “You only get to make one … Continue reading

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