Rachel Poli published a blog post about Antagonists in our stories. I think she did a great job here. Check it out.
It’s hard to have a good plot without someone to drive your protagonist forward. Often times, that someone happens to be a “bad guy.”
Someone who is not nice, someone who isn’t your protagonist’s number one fan, someone who wants the spotlight for themselves and goes about it the wrong way. There are a lot of reasons a protagonist becomes a protagonist. Often it’s something bad, but sometimes it’s not.
Who is the antagonist?
The antagonist is a character in your novel. Often times they are the “bad guy,” the person the protagonist is trying to stop, the person the readers don’t root for.
However, you have to remember that the antagonist is just as important to the novel as your protagonist is.
There are many different types of antagonists.
- The Psychopath
- The Hater
- The Power Hungry
- The Insane
- The Rival
There are more types of villains, of course, but…
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