V is for VillianLove her or hate her, J K Rowling can write a villain. Imagine the teacher who always had it in for you, the one who was quickest to point out how stupid you were and slowest to see the faults of others. Now put that teacher in a greasy black wig and a long black dress and give him the power to do black magic and you have Professor Snape! But some people struggle making the villain believable.
- Make your character do something nasty, for younger children it could be something as simple as being unkind to an animal.
- Let your character get caught doing something untrustworthy. He could be unreliable.
- Hopefully your reader already likes your main character. So let you villain speak harshly to your hero.
- If you don't want your villain to be sarcastic, give them no humour at all.
- Most people hate hypocrites.
- Is he a backstabber? Should he be?
- Other negative characteristics include; know it alls, smart-alec's, and thugs.
It may be a good idea to do a bit of research. Which characters did you dislike? Go back to those books and see how the writer breathed life into them.
Good luck - Wa Ha Ha (evil laugh)