CONCEPT: ANTI-VILLAIN

We are so accustomed to seeing a traditional villain in a story. A traditional villain can range from a sadistic psychopath or a megalomaniacal sociopath. What we sometimes overlook is a type of villain who possesses heroic characteristics. Personally, I find this type of villain more interesting than a traditional villain because they provide a more intricate story and can have motivations that are morally ambiguous. In some cases, the anti-villain’s intentions are good, but the price they are willing to pay is high beyond measure. Other times, the anti-villain has hostile intentions, but end up doing the right thing in the end. One of the main villains of my series will turn out to be an anti-villain. I won’t say who, but what I can say is that their motivations and plans will rock the modern world to its core.

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9 thoughts on “CONCEPT: ANTI-VILLAIN”

  1. I love this idea. I think creating an anti-villain instead of a full on villain makes the character more believable, too, since in reality people’s motivations tend not to be so simple.

  2. Reblogged this on NonchalantxFish and commented:
    I suppose a character meant to be a “hero” can really be an anti-villain if their writer gives them more savage traits (ex. sadistic tendencies, ruthlessness, etc.). But the reverse doesn’t work? A “villain” with gentle traits, perhaps . . . ? I guess it all boils down to results. What did the character do, and will the reader understand that action as a positive or negative thing?

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