What The Bleep Am I Doing?! Rebel’s Guide To: Making a Good Antagonist

Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s What The Bleep Am I Doing?! Rebel’s Guide To… This week I’m going to be following up with last week’s article about Protagonists. Which you can read here if you’d like to catch up on that one. This week though, I will be talking about a good way to make an Antagonist. AKA the bad guy. So, without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?

Personality

 The way you make a personality of an Antagonist is not unlike how you work on the Protagonist. They must also stick out, but for a severely different reason. There are so many ways you can play up the Antagonist. From making them just pure evil from the get-go, or my favorite method—having them go down the path of corruption bit by bit until they are completely trapped and have no other option. This also gives them a lot of depth too.

But you can give an “evil from the get-go” Antagonist depth pretty easily too. It just depends on what their world is like and who they surround themselves with as well. These can be major factors to consider when making them. Because even “evil from the get-go” Antagonists have to start on their well, evil path somehow.

Purpose/ Goal—Why are they the Antagonist in the first place?

To put it simply, this whole category can be dealt with by asking yourself a couple of questions. Such as:

  • Why do they hate/dislike the Protagonist?
  • What made them feel this way?
  • What can they gain by achieving their objective?
  • Are they willing to do anything to get it, such as compromising their own belief system?
  • Is it feelings or a person that drove them to this goal?

Well, that ends this week’s article! I hope the info I provided was helpful to y’all! If you have any questions feel free to ask! I’d be more than happy to help you out!

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That’s all for now…

Rebel Fae out!

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