What Makes a Good Villain?

Check out this great post from Charles Yallowitz on what makes a good villain

Legends of Windemere

Main villain? Not even close.

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about villains and what makes one popular while others are laughed at.  The answer I came up with is that it really depends on the individual since most villains have fans.  Sure, we live in a world where it’s more important to tear down what you dislike than build up what you do, but I’ve seen every bad guy have some level of popularity.  This makes it difficult to give a general answer, so I’m just going to say what I look for in a reader/viewer and try to do as a writer.

As a Reader/Viewer

I like villains to be dangerous and a challenge for the heroes in some way.  They don’t have to be physically overpowering, but they have to have an aspect that makes them a danger to others.  For example, Lex Luthor isn’t as strong…

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