Character Arc: Antagonist


Dum-dum-duuuuummm! Admit it, you just pictured your favorite dastardly villain. Yes, you can like/love the bad guy.

** Attach pics below of your villain of choice. I want to see who you picked. Maybe we will have a bad guy in common. **

Who’s who?

This is the point in your tale where we see the good/bad dichotomy between your characters. You can, if you are brave enough, write from the bad guy’s POV. Cool. I like doing this. Be aware in some stories it is possible to not clearly see who the bad guy is. They may not show their true face until the end of the book.


Boo! Ooo, scary. No, not really. I actually love the story line between the light and dark in the world…because we live it. Everyday. As I am reading this section my cuppa is filled with chai coffee and my nibbles are repeated dips into a new peanut butter jar. Are you ready for the dark side? I AM. Dig out your copy of Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker. Turn your lights down low. Light a few candles and settle in. Yes, this will be weird if you are at work but do it. Have fun with it. I am. LOL

Your antagonist is the character who is chasing the same dangling carrot your good guy is. Because they can be just as heavily invested in the goal, they can present one of the biggest obstacles to your MC. That can create a truly compelling story. As you create your MC and antagonist you must draw a clear and logical image of why one is good and the other not.

“Oh, Popeye.”

Think about it like old school cartoons. You have one character that truly loves another, but around the corner is the antagonist who only wants to possess the love interest. The difference here is love-vs-possession. Popeye-vs-Bluto for the love of Olive Oil is one to think about. 

Ooo, carrots and hummus may be coming soon.

Keep in mind your dastardly character has a personality and emotions too. They are their own person. But in your story, they want what your good guy is striving for. How they chase that carrot can show desperation and the willingness to turn to the dark side to get it. This can lead to a stronger villain. Its all about how they are chasing the same goal. Who breaks the law and who doesn’t is an easy indicator of who’s who. All though, it is about how you, as the reader, sees it.

nsure the conflict between the good guy (The Avengers) and the bad guy (Loki) is clear and that the stakes are high (The capture and obliteration of Earth).

Once you have a clear idea of your antagonist, fill in Line 3. Your outline should now look something like this.

  1. MC- who they are.
  2. External goal- the carrot
  3. Antagonist- bad guy
  4. Blank
  5. End- success or failure

FLAW- why your MC isn’t perfect.

How are you feeling about your outline so far? Is it something that will work for you? Or no?

Polish your sparkle and keep twirling.

Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.

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Published by Ticia Rani

I am...interesting. I am a writer, dreamer, mom, wife, veteran, friend, villain, and the wearer of many hats, but I don't look good in hats- go figure. I LOVE TO WRITE. I want to tell stories. I want to make you laugh, cry, and scare the crap out of you, and make you ask "why the hell did you do that?" I want to make you cheer my characters on or want to shake the crap out of them for things they say and/or do. I want to bring you along for the ride. Ready? Set?...READ!!!

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