Who are the best villains in literature? What makes a villain interesting?
Discuss, share, and politely disagree.
My favourite villains are Stephen King's. Not the supernatural unexplained ones, but the ones with human traits.
We understand them, we empathize with them.
In my opinion a good villain is one that has a damn good reason for doing what he/she does. Or at least one you can really feel for.
Rosie the Hat
Villains who are aware of their villainy and are dedicated to it
"Morally complex" villains are mostly terrible, such an easy way to flounder the characterisation
Patrick Bateman is a good villain.
I agree most of the time morally complex attempts just turn out to be edgy shit, but what would you say are some good examples? I still like the idea of a "villain" with complex motivation
A good villian should have a convincing reason for doing what he's doing or for what he is. And if not a good reason then his personality/power depending on the type of villian must be convincing enough to sell his character. He should have faults... not necessarily tragic... but something that a reader can identify with. Or he just has to be a flat out badass.