The first installment of this series can be found at this link: Back Story Time (Creating a Fantastic Villain I}
It's been a while since I wrote that first post, but last night something just flew at me. (Youch...it kind of hit me in the face...okay, not really.)
It was, can you guess? An idea for another villain post! So, if it isn't obvious, this one is about wanting and desire.
One of my favorite writing quotes: "Make your character want something, even if it's only a glass of water." - - Kurt Vonnegut -
If you take a moment to think about it, everything that we, as humans, do is borne from a wanting. A need. A desire.
Why do we eat food? We want it, we need it to survive. Why do we buy that thirty dollar pair of shoes? We want them, we desire them because they look sure durn good with that one dress we own...
There's always a reason behind what we do. Even the things done on whims have a reason behind it. We want to prove something, we want to be accepted, we want to be fulfilled... There are so many reasons for our wanting.
So how does this fit in with creating a villain? Ahem, a Fantastic villain?
Take a look at your villain. What are his motives? Why does he do what he does?
If he/she is just kind of there, floating around, just hoping to wreak havoc for the hero, you don't have a well-rounded villain. He could be the most interesting conversationalist, but without a driving force...without a want...he's going to be pretty one-dimensional and begin to bore readers. Nobody wants to be bored...or, (horror of horrors) bore others. That's just embarrassing.
+ What does your villain want? Fame? Money? Peace? Love? To survive?
MAKE YOUR VILLAIN WANT SOMETHING. ANYTHING. Even if it's crazy, like he wants to own a donut franchise. At least that's interesting.
Everybody wants something.
Make that want the driving force behind your villain's actions.
The villain in my series isn't really...a...villain. Uh...ahem.
No, his motives are pure, as he sees it, anyway. He wants to spare his best friend the pain of life...or of being captured by the villain corporation.
So, while he still does evil things, his desire to keep his friend out of VICE's grip is his driving force. He wants to protect his friend.
I'm reminded of kids who see something they want. What do they say? "GIMME GIMME GIMME."
Now, while you shouldn't make your villain a whining three year old (I mean, that'd be an interesting twist to a story, but...I don't know, man...), your villain should still have that mindset. It's human.
(I guess if your villain is, like, alien or something, though...that might be kind of different. I can't help you there... :P)
Everybody wants something.
Even your villain.
What does your villain want?