Characteristics of the “Bad Guy” Antagonist
A few footnotes:
1. This list is meant to characterize an “evil” antagonist - some antagonists are perfectly decent people, and some are not even people.
2. Can also be used as a general flaws list that pertains to any character.
3. I wrote the list with masculine pronouns because English is hard, but all of these can apply to characters of any gender.
4. The four categories are just conceptual, for thought organization. Characterize freely.
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- Project Rocket ep
- Evening Out With Your Girlfriend
- Take This To Your Grave
- My Heart Will Always Be The B-Side To My Tongue
- From Under The Cork Tree
- From Under The Cork Tree Black Clouds And Underdogs Edition
- Infinity On High
- Leaked In London
- Live In Phoenix
- Citizens FOB Mixtape
- Folie A Deux (Including the videos for Beat It and I Don’t Care)
- Believers Never Die Greatest Hits
- Save Rock And Roll
- Pax Am DaysCOVERS
- Basket Case
- Beat It (1st Link)
- Love Lockdown (1st Link)
- Love Will Tear Us Apart (2nd Link)
- Mr. Brightside
- Mrs. Robinson
- Turnpike Gates (11th Link)
- Roxanne (1st Link)
- Save Your Generation
- So Sick (3rd link)
- Start Today
- 7-9 Legendary
- Catch Me If You Can
- Clothes Off! (ft Patrick)
- It’s Hard To Say “I Do” When I Don’t
- Formula For Love
- Guilty As Charged
- Hand Of God
- Lake Effect Kid
- Lullaby (Written for Bronx)
- My Heart Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon
- My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (2007)
- Open Happiness (Ft. Patrick Stump)
- The Music Or The Misery
- Star 67/Intro
- What’s This
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A colleague of mine was talking to me recently about her misgivings about her capabilities regarding writing Women of Color. She wanted very badly to include several WOC characters in her sci-fantasy series, but she had some concerns about correct portrayal and writing them in a way that wouldn’t instantly piss people off. I told her I would write something about it that might help. So, here we have it: How to write POC without pissing everyone off and doing a horrible job.
In general, it comes down to three things. Research, Persistence and Consideration. Also. for the point of this essay, I am going to use Black women, Native Women and Mixed Race women as they each represent different individual (yet very important) racial struggles that need consideration.
1. Research is by far the most important thing. EVER. For this example, I am going to use black women.
It is important to start by trying your hardest to forget anything you think you know about black women and black female identity. As a white person, anything you would know about them you probably learned from media that is not controlled by or monitored by black women themselves. Meaning that it is likely not a good representation of black women at all. Or maybe you just have a black friend.
Which you should consider in the same way you would a control group for a science experiment.
One or two subjects would not provide conclusive evidence in regards to any hypothesis. Having one or two or even five black friends can’t help you with understanding the complex history of black discourse….
In order to start from scratch, I would first spend some time reading literature written by black women for black women. Learning the way black women have discourse among each other is the first step to understanding their perspective AND emulating their voice. Literature is the genre of media where POC have the most liberty (unlike film) to discuss certain topics or parts of their identity.
Then, I would delve into “complaints”. There are thousands upon thousands of articles where black women complain about their portrayal in media. These complaints are both valid and often eloquently expressed. It is important for you to know, what things black women (WOC) are already so fucking tired of seeing in regards to incorrect or offensive portrayals of themselves. Not only will it help you avoid making the same mistakes as white writers before you (an example of this: Arthur Golden and the hot mess that is Memoirs of a Geisha), But it will also get you upset about certain ways black women (POC women in general) are portrayed, and make you want to write them better. This can improve your writing in that not only will you avoid being offensive, but you now have the chance to be progressive and kick stereotypes out the window!
Finally, I would take some time to follow some tumblr blogs that are run by the group you’re trying to write. This part of the research can really help because you’ll get a first hand, contemporary dialogue about issues within the specific POC community. Which leads me to my second topic…
Great guide for white writers and definitely click through the “read more” to see more great points below the fold. But just to add on:
In response to the complaint of white writers about writing about people of color: “Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t,” I want to say: absolutely.
It’s absolutely true. You’re damned either way. If you don’t do it, you’re a racist. Yes, you are. Race and racism exist in this society, and if you ignore them, you’re expressing a racial privilege that you don’t, morally, have any right to. That’s a subtle form of racism.
If you do do it and get it “wrong”, you’ll get reamed, and rightfully so. It’s presumptuous of you to think that you have the right to represent a culture you don’t belong to if you can’t be bothered to properly examine and accurately portray that culture.
Further, if you do it and get it “right”, or rather, don’t get it wrong, you’ll still get reamed by members of that culture you’ve represented who rightfully resent a white writer’s success representing their culture. After all, every American ethnic minority has its writers: good and bad. The good writers are mostly ignored. Inevitably, some white writer will come along and do a bang-up job portraying that culture and will get—in one book, in one section of a book—more attention than the poc writer got over the course of three or five or ten books.
You’re a white writer trying to do the right thing, but no matter what you do, it’s wrong. And that’s so unfair to you, isn’t it?
Welcome to a tiny taste of what it’s like to be a person of color.
Oh, and quit complaining.White writers should not expect to be praised by POC for writing us and writing us “right,” but the alternatives are horrible and a complete erasure of our multifaceted identities. Laziness is racist and privileged, and this guide is a great starting point for white writers trying to parse this space and do the right thing, even if they may still face criticism for it.
We’ve been asked this question a few times so I decided to write a post on it rather than just answer one person. I hope this is somewhat useful…
Some things to bear in mind when you’re creating a character:
A lot of people say, ‘Characters just pop into my head!’ or ‘My characters come to me, I don’t go to them’. That’s great and all but if you literally have a line of brown-haired, blue-eyed white guys walking out of your mind theatre and into every single story you write then it might not hurt to be a bit more decisive…
I find that the only characters in my head that resist big changes are the ones that are the most concrete. Once you’ve spent a long time working on a character’s background and motivation, it gets harder to change the ‘bigger’ things about them (such as ethnicity, eye colour and build). So you really need to work these things out in the beginning.
When you’re imagining a character, if you feel yourself leaning towards that age-old template of symmetrical features, blue eyes, brown hair… stop yourself. Start with the obvious things like hair colour, eye colour and skin colour. Change them into something you might not have considered before. Then, what visual characteristics does the character have? A hooked nose? Small eyes? Big ears? Hairy hands? There’s more to a character than their face, after all. Try to imagine their whole body and how it is different from that of the other characters’. Even the way they stand can put a big difference between one character and another.
If your whole cast is one race (e.g. fantasy race you made up) then think about individual differences. No one race of people are identical down to the last DNA strand so give us a good selection of characters for the reader to see that.
Although in actuality, it isn’t appearance that decides your character. It’s more their…
Some main elements of personality are:
- How they view the world around them;
- Everyday behaviour/disposition compared to;
- How they act in extreme or ‘new’ situations and finally;
- Intelligence, speech pattern and beliefs.
My best example to demonstrate how defining a personality can be is by looking at story-telling media such as anime. When you watch a new anime show, disregarding art style, most of the characters are a set of hair colours and eye colours because they all have that identical body template about them.
However, one great thing about anime is characterisation. Even if you have two characters that look almost identical (in terms of hair/eye colour and build), it is their personality that captivates your interest and puts a difference between them. I have a pretty bad habit of liking anime characters with dark hair and dark eyes, you know, the guys who wear suits and are a bit edgy and all, ‘leave me alone, I’m angst-ing’? Compare the likes of Kumohira Tobari from Nabari no Ou with Emiya Kiritsugu from Fate/Zero and you’ll see that, for all they share a tendency to wear suits, smoke cigarettes and have a similar appearance, they couldn’t be more different.
Finally, that leads onto the last and most important feature of your character:
This is not just what they want to achieve in the story, but the inner morals and experiences that drive them forward from day-to-day. The kind of things that separate a guy who is comfortable killing anyone to achieve his idea of world peace from a guy who can’t bear to hold a gun or injure another, even if they ‘deserve’ it.
I can guarantee that once you start delving into the minds of your characters and really explore who they are, you’ll start to notice differences between them, even if they look almost the same. This is where their distinctive voices will appear, telling you how they speak and articulate themselves. Their outlook on the world and the way they have experienced it will shape the person they are to be at the beginning of your story.
Sometimes, it can be all about their personal journey. That is what sets them apart from the other characters sharing the same space in your head.
So, yeah… This has been a very basic guide on how to create characters and appreciate the differences between them… I hope it has been at least a little helpful. Check the links below for more thoughts on this matter and as always, feel free to add in your own thoughts or to correct me where I’m wrong.
Most of all though, thank you for reading…!
Actual Suicide Prevention
Not sure if this was posted already, but I thought it’d be useful.
this is the most important thing that I have reblogged for a long time.
I’m currently working on my debut novel with an editor, and as such I was asked to do a series of presentations to younger students who were interested in creative writing on things I wish I’d known before I got into the business.
Hope it’s of use! :)
- willing to send it to those who want a copy