You know, and I know, that we both love Loki (just admit it) as much as Thor, perhaps even more. The question is: why? He's tricky, manipulative, sly as a snake and power-hungry, while Thor is the perfect paragon. Is it because of his initial attractiveness (kudos to Tom Hiddleston), or something more?
Let's have a look at why Loki fascinates us, and how you, too, can learn to create great villians.
Besides his serious daddy-issues, his backstory is quite a sad one. Who could forget his speech about how he was always overshadowed by Thor? When his father eventually told him that he was adopted, at last he thought he had found an explanation for what he thought was his father playing favourites.
Use this to your advantage. We, humans, are naturally sympathetic towards other humans; use this to make your villains more empathetic, and ultimately, more human. Make a backstory that explains why your characters are the way they are now. Make them relatable. *clutches heart* Sentiment...
He has his reasons (albeit flawed ones), and so should your characters. Do not make them mindless murderers who kill because...well, they just like killing. Make them feel as if their actions are justified. Isn't this why villains are villains, because they fail to see their flaws? Establish their morals.
Yes, Loki's evil. But he's also compelling and charismatic. He impressed us with his little disappearing tricks. We adored his spontaneity and grandeur (with a touch of diva). His snarky attitude combined with dark glamour means we are pleasantly intrigued by this character.
In my opinion, this is the most important one. We like a personality that shines on paper. Give your villain quirks, habits, traits, grudgingly good qualities and interests.
Alyssa's post about Thor on my blog!)
Jo goes by several aliases including TeX (gamer tag), Feather (old blogger name) and Pun Master (just because). She is the bookish mastermind behind The Bearable Blog, which is full of thoughts, writings and life updates. She wishes you a pleasant day, and hopes you'll take the bus to her little internet village.