Today on the writer’s Page we will be looking into the bad guy.
What makes a bad guy, what do we conjure in our imaginations when we see this person?
The bad Guy (be it male or female) is the ultimate foe of or character. It can be the driving force behind what makes our hero or heroine do what they have to do. It also can give the reader someone else to cheer for without realising it.
The bad guy has been in literature, film, plays ECT for hundreds of years. From the tales of Ulysesse to Jake Reacher. The person we love to hate can be another reason for reading a book or seeing a movie.
But what makes a fantastic bad guy? Peoples tastes differ of course, but for me, it is the person who is an equal to the hero, the other side of the coin if you will. They have to be dynamic but at the same time brutal in some cases. An interesting twist on the bad guy, is the one who thinks they are doing good and cannot see the evil. Whether it was Telly Savalas in “On Her Majesties Secret Service,” or General Hummel in “The Rock.”
The thing about the bad guy, is that they aren’t complicated. They want something, whether it is world domination or the just want to kill. They want something, simple…well not really. The bad guy has to be as complicated or not(as the case may be) as the hero. Like I say, the other side of the coin. You cant pitch Pee Wee Hermann against a Darleck and expect him to win. No, the two must complement each other somehow, or the reader feels no drama in the pages. Take Luke and Darth, the Witch and Hansel and Gretel.
Most of the Crime writers (myself included) like the shock factor of who is it? The man behind the curtain if you will. We like to lead you up the garden path and make you think its A when in fact it is F. However many others prefer the Colombo style of this is him or her, how does the detective solve it. But all the while in both cases, the characters must complement each other, regardless of if you know or not.
Also many authors like the recurring bad guy. The Moriarity or Ernst Stavro Blofeld. I myself favour a good, bad guy who can make a reappearance, but it adds a bit of excitement for the reader because they know the character, so they want to know what they will do this time.
So as you sit at your desk thinking of a suitable foe for your goodie, just take in my points, make a coffee then let the pages flow and the battle commence.