Sunday, 25 June 2017

3 Traits Your Villain and Hero Should Share








A great way to show this in your story is to showcase the following elements that both your hero and villain should share.

1. Personality

We all have unique personalities. Some days we're awesome and some days we're quick to temper and kind of miserable.

When writing your villain, you're actually using the personality of the hero, but spotlighting all the less desirable traits, thereby showing what your hero could become if he makes the wrong choices and vice versa.
  

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When writing your villain, you're actually using the personality of the hero, but spotlighting all the less desirable traits


In the Harry Potter series, Malfoy is basically the snobbish rich kid, but deep down he's insecure and wishes to be the best wizard. He tries to accomplish this by cheating and buying his way through school, but Harry has to rely on skill and hard work.


2. Values


Heroes and villains can have the same value systems, in fact stories are richer for it as opposed to having a soulless bad guy. The reader will have a greater connection with the villain if his motives feel rational. When both the villain and the hero fight for what they believe in the drama is two fold.



Consider, Anne of Green Gables, Anne perceives Gilbert her main competition in the classroom, however even though they both work hard for their grades, Gilbert takes a more cheeky approach to Anne's more serious attitude. This results in making her infuriated, creating perfect drama in their shared scenes.


3. Goals


This is probably the most dramatic trait you can create between your protagonist and antagonist. A shared goal is what creates conflict and provides a reason why these two characters keep crossing paths.



In the comedy, Pitch Perfect, our heroine's choir is up against two other groups (one cheating and the other is unworthy) for the illustrious grand prize.



Why is this important?

Because the easiest way to get to know your characters is to find out what they want and why. In order to create worthy opponents start making a list of the things they have in common. You'll discover this provides a framework for adding depth to your characters and the plot.


Who are some of your favourite hero and villain pairings?

10 comments:

  1. I never thought of it this way. Great points to consider.

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  2. Good things to keep in mind. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  3. Just wow! Never thought of it that way. And my hero and villain do meet all those points listed. Love it! I am storing this important writing tip away for the next book when it comes to outlining the villain and hero!

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  4. Great article and great advice.

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  5. All great points! Thanks for sharing. ;-)

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  6. Love this post - very thought provoking!

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  7. I'm seeing my villain in a different way now. Thanks for the advice.

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