Perfectly Villainous: The Importance Of The Well-Rounded Antagonist

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Introduction

Every writer, I suspect, knows that among your most important characters is the Protagonist. The problem that many writers face when beginning to learn storycraft, however, is that while the Protagonist is perhaps your most important character narratively — after all, the reader will spend most of his or her time following the Protagonist closely — the second most important character often gets short changed in the process.

While your Protagonist is crucially important narratively and thematically, and while your stakes characters are critical as points of identification and tension for your readers, there is one character (or ensemble of characters; but ensembles will be a topic for a future post) which absolutely must be just as fully realized and well rounded as your protagonist if your story is to feel organic and immersive: that character is your antagonist.

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