This week I'm starting a series of posts on writing good villains. My goal is to get a good discussion going so we can all share our ideas on what makes a good villain and on how to write those good villains. I'm looking forward to hearing opinions from all of you!
I thought I would start out by sharing a list of my 'favorite' villains. Not all of them are fictional, but I tried to get a good cross-cut of the world of evil and villainy. So here they are:
-Captain Hook (from Peter Pan)
-Professor Moriarty (from Sherlock Holmes)
-King Herod (from the New Testament)
-Emperor Nero (from Rome)
-Queen Jadis (aka the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia)
-Rim Sin (from Fallen from Babel)
-Jaquenon Shalen (the villain from my novel-in-progress.)
Let's get this conversation started, guys! Who are the villains that you think best represent their category in the world of character roles?