So bad they’re good.
In my drop box, cooling for a particular period of time – IE for as long as I can keep my fingers off it – sits a book with a bad guy that took me a while to come to grips with. I’m excited to get back to him and see if he’s as nasty as I think he is. He starts off very nice, drawing you into a false sense of friendship and by the end he has a knife to your neck. What a charming man – how can you not like him.
While I was wrapping this book up I thought a lot about his role in the novel and his progression. At first he was an all out evil character, there was no doubt. Then he started to take up more room on the page. He would barge in on scenes and his personality came to the fore. I know many of you have experienced this from reading your blogs. I was rather annoyed at first. He was supposed to be translucent but he wouldn’t stop putting on the chameleons outfit. I’m grateful to my evil man for his pushy nature. It would have been run of the mill with out his transformation.
I did some digging into antagonists when he began to take up more space. Funny how the bad guy can be more memorable than the good.
Hannibal Lector – What an amazing character, but not the lead and in many ways oddly likeable.
Vito Corleone- He’s a family man with a thing for horses. He’s utterly compelling.
Annie Wilkes- Every writers nightmare fan. She’s frightening as hell but dedicated.
Travis Bickle- A man with a taxi. He’s a good bad guy, on the side of good but doing wrong. He’s complex.
Alex Forrest- A name that strikes fear into the heart of all bunnies. She was the wrong one night stand for Michael Douglas but she was a fantastic villain.
Regan MacNeil- She coined the spinning head and green vomit so well. She was an innocent girl possessed by evil in one of the greatest horror movies made. Her character is loveable and horrible at once.
I found many more complex antagonists, often more so than the protagonist. They have depth and are show stealers. Mine has walked away with the whole novel.
Have you had a character such as this… one that wouldn’t fit into the box you created and forced themselves onto the pages as something different?