Sharing this. So true … and funny. Today’s villains have become stereotypical.
If you’ve just started a new fantasy series and aren’t sure who the villain is, there are some easy ways to find out. Watch for a few key traits and if more than four show up in a character, you’ve definitely found the series baddie.
1. Miserable childhood
Morgana Pendragon, basically the cover girl for Daddy Issues Monthly.
Fantasy villains cannot have happy childhoods—EVER. In the slim chance one or both their parents weren’t awful, said parent(s) must die a gruesome death, preferably with the young villain watching.
2. Anger management difficulties
Even if the character displays a cold, controlled exterior most the time, they cannot be a villain without an eventual angry outburst, usually in which they do something horrible and violent. Most likely, this results in the death of a character you really liked.
3. Ugly pets/minions
A face only a villainous taskmaster could love.
Anyone who hires deformed, aesthetically challenged…
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