Thread: Antagonists!
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Old October 9th, 2011, 08:50 PM
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I've always felt the antagonist always needs a lighter touch than the protagonist. Tell too much and it draws away from the heroes. Tell too little and they seem contrived. Too weak and they aren't threatening. Too powerful and they become a joke. Too serious and they become bland. Too funny and they cease being threatening. They need to be menacing, but not so much that it becomes self parody.

Also, try to make sure they have a goal. And not a stupid one like they want to become so strong that everyone worships them because they felt excluded for being so much stronger. Something smart like, wanting to create a utopia or wanting peace (if your protagonist is a villain).

In short; be creative and try not to go overboard.