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

As writers, we always want to create an antagonist so powerful that the readers themselves will be terrified in their seats.

So today, I’m going to be teaching you guys a very interesting technique that’ll make your antagonist more horrifying than ever.

Let’s get started!

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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 experiencing it quite differently from the people who watch it 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 right. And, to break it down even further: The antagonist will believe that he is the ‘good guy’ of the story.

Obviously, he’s not. The antagonist has some pretty terribly twisted morals and thoughts, but in HIS mind, the protagonist is actually the villain, stopping him from getting what he wants. (which is actually why the antagonist and protagonist fight. Because they’re both in each other’s way of getting what they want)

So, why will this make him so blood-chillingly scary?

It’s because the antagonist, in his own twisted way, actually has a ‘good reason’ for being who he is. For being evil.

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

How scary is that?

So when you write your antagonist, ask yourself: What’s it like from his side of the story? What is the protagonist blocking the antagonist from getting in life, which is now making the antagonist see the protagonist as the bad guy?

Because in the antagonist’s POV, he’s the good-guy in this story. Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

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!

Mary

 

 

 

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How to Create a Blood-chilling Antagonist

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

  1. 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!
    -Grace

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    1. 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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