I was working on a post about writing dynamic villains, but I’m pretty unhappy with it right now – then a friend tagged me on facebook with the following meme:
I think this is a fantastic prompt. I mean, it automatically invokes the question of whether or not the villain is really even a villain – of course he or she could be, wanting a real challenge, morality built as such that children should not be part of the conflict of adults, etc…and maybe, maybe your villain isn’t actually a villain here. Maybe they’re just someone who defied the gods. There’s a lot of material here.
Whatever way you take it, the idea that a villain is upset because of this destiny nonsense that pits overwhelmed foes against him is a good start for making a dynamic person, who has good and bad traits, even if the character is, ultimately, evil, and that’s what matters most about making a villain.