13 Villain Cliches to Avoid
Villains can be a powerful force in our stories. After all, there is no story without conflict and villains provide that conflict. But too often, villains turn into clichés. Let’s look at 13 villain clichés to avoid.
- He wears all black, with maybe flashes of blood red.
- He has black eyes that bore into you.
- She wears revealing clothing and tries to seduce everyone who breathes near her.
- He has ugly and/or dumb minions who foil his plans.
- He is pure evil. There’s no real reason to his actions other than he wants to be evil for the sake of being evil.
- His name includes black, dark, or lord in any language.
He sets convoluted traps for the hero that they can escape from.
The best ways to avoid clichés is to make your character complex. Move beyond the black and white and give him plenty of grey areas. Give him a personality, a flaw that affects his actions, and a goal to work towards. Motivation can be a very powerful thing. Give your villain a reason for doing what he’s doing beyond just for the sake of being bad. Read more about antagonists here and move beyond the cliché.
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