How Important is a Villain?

Adam Lukhov (left) and his father, Drew Lukhov (right).

Adam Lukhov (left) and his father, Drew Lukhov (right).

A question of the ages: how important is a villain to your story? After all, isn’t the protagonist the center of the story? Actually, the villain is one of the best parts of a novel. He/She makes or break your story. Simple as that. No, your villain does not have to be Scar from The Lion King or an evil Witch like the one from Snow White. But you know what makes those villains so great? They are memorable. I still remember President Snow from The Hunger Games Trilogy because he liked roses. Also, I recall Darth Vader because… Well, who could forget him? His voice, his outfit, his twisted mind, and his tranformation from Anakin all impressed themselves into my mind. I strive to fabricate characters that you will always remember, and that includes my villains. Monsieur Antoine Aguillon, my villain from The Queen’s Messenger novel, is probably my favorite antagonist that I have written about so far. What makes him so unique is that he has a dark past and a distinguished appearance. He carries around a bright red handkerchief, which he uses to wipe the sweat from his forehead. Frequently he has flashes from his past, at which he freezes in place for several moments. His drive is his dead wife. He so badly wants to avenge her death that he will allow no one to stand in his way.

Alexandr Sylvestrov is another solid villain. His arrogant attitude and his seeming ease with which he handles heated situations is quite remarkable. Anastasia’s plans are thwarted by this sly tyrant. Alexandr’s twisted mind is not breached very often, and he seems to have no heartbreaking back story. In fact, he’s just your good, old-fashioned guy who wants to rule the world. What makes him so special, you ask? His personality. I love to write about him. I love to describe his smirking facial expressions and his chilling demeanor.

Adam Lukhov is the classic son-of-a-villain-who-feels-he-must-prove-himself kind of character. His father is pressing, harsh, and the president of an entire section of a country. Pressure much? Yes, Adam Lukhov falls under that pressure by following in his father’s footsteps, but when he meets Anastasia Knight, the reader has a feeling that this guy might have a heart. Might.

Perhaps, the key to being published is a villain. What do you think? What makes a good villain? What makes your villain special?

Comment below!

Good luck on your quest,

S.G.B.

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