How to Create a Blood-Chilling Antagonist: Is He Really the Bad-guy?

We always want one of the powerful villains that make the readers gasp or feel their heart skip a beat for a moment because of how terrifying he is!

You guys want to learn how? Great! Because today, I’m going to tell you something incredibly amazing that will make your antagonist more horrifying than ever before.

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The answer to creating the best Antagonist you can, is to make him not actually wrong. 

Let me explain:

The Antagonist sees the Protagonist as the antagonist. In simpler words, the bad guy actually sees the good guy as the bad guy in the story. 

We all have our different POVs (Point Of Views) from the person next to us. For example, if some of us watched a play on the left side of the theater, we’d actually be seeing it quite differently from the people on the right side of the theater!

So, the antagonist is going to be viewing his situation with a completely different POV from the protagonist!

While his motives are technically wrong, and definitely bad, the Antagonist will believe that he is rightand therefore, because the Protagonist is actually the ‘bad guy’ to the Antagonist, the Antagonist will be against the Protagonist!

(I know, too much ‘protagonist’ and ‘antagonist’ in that sentence.)

So, why will this make him so scary?

It’s because the Antagonist, in his own right, actually has a good reason for being who he is. Because, in a sense, he has a good reason to being who he is, and doing what he’s doing.

His motives are technically bad, hence him being the Antagonist. But to the Antagonist…he’s right. He believes that what he’s doing is right, and the Protagonist is trying to stop him from doing the right thing!

So, in his own sense, the Antagonist believes that he’s the Protagonist from his side of the story.

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If you’re having trouble figuring this out, just try to imagine the story in the antagonist’s shoes! How would you feel? What would it be like to you if someone started fighting against what you believe is right?

Figure out the answer, and your antagonist is definitely on his way to being terrifyingly amazing!


What are some ways that you can think of to make your antagonist seem right?


I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading!





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4 thoughts on “How to Create a Blood-Chilling Antagonist: Is He Really the Bad-guy?

  1. Grace says:

    That’s a great tip! I find stories where the antagonist is a complex character who thinks he’s doing the right thing or isn’t completely wrong the most fun to read and the most difficult, yet rewarding, to write. 🙂 Thanks for this post!

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    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Grace!
      Yes! They’re so interesting to read and it really makes you wonder sometimes if the antagonist is really right! Or it could make you actually very sympathetic towards him or her.
      Very true! And thank YOU for commenting!

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