Lindsey R. Loucks

Author of Romance and Other Scary Things

Villains (Evil Cackle Goes Here)


Villains are so much fun. Remember Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs? Or how about the scary guy from No Country For Old Men? I get chills every time I watch those movies.

My favorite kind of villain are the ones who are a murky shade of gray. They’re bad, but there’s a valid reason why they’re bad or they’re not all bad. Dr. Lecter had a soft spot for Clarice, which made him likable. He also had a zany sense of humor. Oh, that Dr. Lecter. Always chewing off people’s faces with a cold grin on his face. He’s a riot!

I have to admit it – when he escaped, I was a little happy for him. I felt scared for anyone who pissed him off, but happy he was finally free.

Anyway, villains. I don’t care for the ones who are bad just to be bad. A few James Bond movie villains come to mind who are labeled the bad guy, but for no apparent reason other than a kitty in their lap. Huh? I don’t get it.

Villainous cat wants you to start running.

So writers, are you spending some quality time with your villain? Do they have a clear goal? Are they memorable?

And everyone else, who is your favorite villain of all time?


  1. I try not to think of villains. They are just people with opposing goals, and the noblest of reasons (in their mind) why they are the good guys.

  2. I like Moses from The Reapers are the Angels. I love writing about villains. The best are the ones that readers can “almost” relate with. Great post.

  3. Ooo, The Reapers Are the Angels – I LOVE that title! Thanks for stopping by!

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