Such Edgy. So Villain!

Much Evil. Very Scandal.

doge wow


Okay Doge speak aside, the importance of scrutinizing both “Because I’m evil!” and “It’s okay. They’re evil!” in their parallels and differences is that doing so hopefully steers you far away from most of the toxic mindsets for writing a villain that probalby lead to some sort of edgelord crap. I mean, even if you’re not trying to be an edgelord with your villain, sometimes villains feel like they were written based on answers to the questions:

“What can I do to make my villain look evil?”


“How can I make my villain scarier?”

which is exactly the wrong way to go about things. Not starting at this point is in fact one of my basic five tenets of writing villains; villainy, evil, scary comes from within. It’s not the stuff your force on them from the outside, not outside acts. In real life, you can tell the difference between a punk trying to act tough and someone who is actually seriously terrifying. Readers can do it just as easily in books.

Don’t worry about trying to get your villain to do something bad, or dress provocatively, or have poor habits, or what they are or aren’t allowed to do. Just worry about what they would do. You will probably have to talk to them to figure it out.

Because when you just try to force them into evil, then you only get a certain kind of villain. Might I say…

Such villain.


About Rii the Wordsmith

An aspiring author, artist, avid consumer of storytelling medium, gamer, psychologist (insomuch as one with her bachelor's is a psychologist), wife, mother, DM, Christian, a friend to many, and, most importantly, an evil overlord.
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