Setting up the Antagonist

evil-characterSo Fez, your main character that you’ve spent so much time in making a viable person, is developed. Now what? At this point you have your story idea coming together. You know what is supposed to happen, you know how it is supposed to end (maybe), and you’ve probably come up with a few more characters on the way.

Fez needs to interact with someone. These people could be side characters, the antagonist, whatever. Let’s focus on the antagonist, the bad guy, the asshole causing all the problems for the main character. Now sometimes there isn’t a so-called baddie and Fez has some other problem needing to be solved in order to get to the resolution. This is man (or woman) vs. self territory which can come into play even in the presence of Lord Voldemort. Fez doesn’t feel he’s up to the challenge due to his limitations. But, for the sake of this article, lets say there is an antagonist.

In my experience, most people may not be in the presence of truly evil people. These are the super villains set on ruling the world and thrive in their cruelty. These bad guys are rare in daily life. If you look through history you’ll definitely find them, but consider how many people there are in the present day world and the number of psychos you find in history. That may not be the best example, but I haven’t run into many people who would give Ivan the Terrible a run for his level of bat shit crazy. That dude was messed up. I know. I remember the essay I wrote way back when I was a kid. There are a few people in today’s world who might, but lets leave that for a different discussion.

So the bad guy, let’s call him Mr. Fluffles, is here and he’s a regular Joe. Joe Fluffles. He might have a similar background as Fez growing up in the same home, or similar environment, or be the heir to the Fluffles Pillow Company, whatever. He’s just like anyone else, except for the fact that he’s the problem in your story. Maybe he’s stolen Fez’s design of the new butt cushion he designed. Maybe he is in league with the clown terrorist we talked of before. Whatever the case, Joe Fluffles is a guy with hopes and dreams just like Fez, only his actions are making Fez’s life difficult for some reason. Joe wants to do his thing and he has justified reasons for his actions. It’s business, or it’s personal, or it’s about impressing his father to show he’s capable of running the pillow company by branching out and starting his own company selling clown paint and big shoes that happen to turn people psychotic (not enough testing in the research and development phase of production I assume). Joe Fluffles wants to succeed, for whatever reason, just like anyone else. He just has a different way of going about it, maybe. This doesn’t make him some evil genius sitting in his lair cackling while petting his beloved hamster. It makes him a person going through their own set of ordeals to get to their happy ending. Unfortunately, he’s the bad guy and Fez is our hero.

Maybe, Joe Fluffles is evil, owns a special breed of racing hamsters, and is not concerned for the well being of human life. Maybe he raised the clown terrorist army so he could dominate the market with his specially bred rodents. These type of people can be fun to write since they are void of morals, or regard for human life, or whatever. They can be the opposite of your main character. Fez likes bicycles. Joe likes tricycles. Joe Fluffles can be the things Fez is not, and that can be fun. Or, you can show the similarities as well. They can both have an affinity for like grilled cheese sandwiches with pickles inside. I’m sure you get the idea.

Whatever your Joe Fluffles characters turns out to be, remember that they are human as well (unless they aren’t) and have fun with them. One way to make it more enjoyable is to make Fluffles the main character, which puts him as an antihero of the story.

YesToMaybeBe sure to check out my bad guys/antihero Desmond Reid in “Yes to Maybe.” It’s FREE. Sign up to get the FREE ebook. If you want to see another example of antiheroes then check out “Frank Winston.

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