Villains have souls, too.

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    Gabrielle Pollack

    Hi guys!

    I’ve got a fun little exercise for ya.

    We like to give our protagonists a mix of positive and negative traits, but do we do the same for our villains? Sure, they’re evil, but they have some skills and virtues too.

    So I challenge y’all to list five positive characteristics of your villains/antagonists like so:

    Saint: straightforward, determined, confident, relaxed, and a strong leader who cares (in his own way) for his men.

    If you feel really motivated do the same with your protagonist, but with negative traits. If you’ve got a character that feels a little underdeveloped, you could use them instead of your villain/hero. This will help remind us who our characters are, and give others a chance to get a glimpse of the characters we’re working on.

    Ready? GO!

    Hope Ann

    Oooo, nice. I love giving my villians good qualities. Makes them sadder. Anyway…

    Terele: singleminded; loyal; cares for the helpless; passionate; healer (not sure if that counts, but…)

    Victory in the march. Hope in the destination.

    Brandon Miller

      Montello: Confident, protective of his people, clever, resourceful, diligent.

      Nice idea, @gabriellepollack

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      Lynn Renard

      Oo, I like this idea! ^^

      Here’s my villain:

      • Passionate / Driven
      • Patient
      • Able to read people well (though she makes a miscalculation about my MC that ends up snowballing)
      • Emotionally vulnerable
      • Redeemable

      Lady Authoress: INFx.

      Rolena Hatfield

      My characters were literally just talking about this!

      Ray Bender: Creative, determined, loyal (to those he likes), there was this one time he took compassion on humankind and he’s very brave.


      @rolena-hatfield I think that last one only counts as four…

      Villain: Comm. Shauna Quin: Brave, ambitious, analytical, smart, and confident.

      Protagonist: Evyn Quin: Reckless, stubborn, overzealous, arrogant, and kind’ve…coldhearted? To people she doesn’t like, at least. She’s compassionate otherwise. Mostly.

      INTP. Writer of fantasy and sci-fi. Wannabe artist. Anime geek. Merakian.

      Rolena Hatfield

      @elizabeth He has amazing ninja skills. πŸ˜€ There does that count as five?

      Daeus Lamb

      @gabriellepollack Oh, this is cool! Let me see how many I can come up with.

      Menthril: Compassionate, ashamed of his wrongs, willing to listen (mostly), wise in many ways, loves beauty and art, totally selfless, gentle (except when he’s not gentle at all).

      πŸ‘– 🐒🐒🐒🐒🐒

      K.M. Small

      @gabriellepollack great idea! Villains definitely aren’t my strong point πŸ˜›

      *rummages through scrivener project for character profile*

      Kai: protective, creative, efficient, philosophical, persuasive


      ~ Khylie
      "Beauty will save the world." - Dostoevsky

      K.M. Small

      @daeus-lamb I just have to say that your signature is epic πŸ˜€

      ~ Khylie
      "Beauty will save the world." - Dostoevsky


      I think so?? @rolena-hatfield

      INTP. Writer of fantasy and sci-fi. Wannabe artist. Anime geek. Merakian.


      Hmmmm… I like this!

      (One) villain: Jorram- loyal, passionate, hardworking, skilled in weaponry, charming (when he wants to be).

      Protagonist: Esla- impulsive, stubborn, resentful, self-focused (not quite selfish, just she doesn’t tend to think about what others think/feel until they are literally dying), slightly gullible.


      A writer is a world trapped in a person. -Victor Hugo

      Zachary Holbrook

      Villain: Iylodim: cares deeply about his what he believes to be good, feels guilt over his wrongdoings

      Protagonist: Hileo: selfish, tends to only see people for what they can do for him rather than for who they are

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      Gabrielle Pollack

      Awesome! Man, these villains are sounding like good guys now. XD


      This is actually something I’ve been working on recently.
      She doesn’t have a name yet (my weakness αƒš(βΈŸα¨ŽβΈŸαƒš) ); but these are her good qualities
      Charismatic, patient, clever, dedicated, accepting and self-disciplined.

      Just remember to... Trust in God, Stay Safe, and Eat Doughnuts 🍩🍩

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