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Pure Evil

This type of villain is exactly what it sounds like; evil in its most basic form with no shot of redemption. This type of villain will do anything just to watch the world burn. There’s no good ideological, financial, or even personal reasons for their actions. They just want to destroy things.

A simplified version of this type of villain would be Jason from Friday the 13th. While Jason has a pretty basic origin, it’s not one that should motivate the character to be so evil. He kills just to kill. He’s a being of pure evil who could never be a good guy. And just like Jason, these types of villains are pretty one-dimensional and aren’t really interesting. Unless you’re working in the low-grade horror movie industry, you’ll probably want a more fleshed out villain for your story.

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Is Bad Because It’s Fun

This is the villain who enjoys doing wicked things. They relish the thought of causing pain and mayhem. They love to live in a world of confusion and chaos. They have no real skin in the game, they just do bad things to see what might happen or if they think it will be fun.

The Joker obviously comes to mind with this type of villain. After all, he’s the agent of chaos. He’s the man who just wants to see the world burn. But he has some motivations which separates him from the pure evil villains. He won’t kill someone just to kill them. He’ll only do it if it plays into the bigger picture—which is usually torturing Batman. This type of villain is hard to write because they don’t really have great motivations for their actions, but they can be a hell of a lot of fun. If written properly, you could come out with a great chaotic villain like the Joker.

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Villain Who’s Out For Revenge

This is when a person doesn’t necessarily start out as a villain, but due to something that has happen to them previously, they turn into a villain to get revenge for whatever set them down this path. A lot of times with this particular type of villain, their lust for revenge leads to their own demise.

Two-Face from Batman fits this description (Batman villains could really cover every category here). Harvey Dent started off as a good guy. He wanted to save Gotham City from the organized crime. But things go south for him via having acid thrown in his face (or burnt depending on which origin you’re going with). He ends up going crazy and vowing to take revenge on the man who he thinks is at fault, Batman.

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Villain By Circumstance

This is when your character has become a villain not necessarily because they wanted to, but because they had to. Maybe they are low on money and can’t afford to get their kids medicine, so they decide to steal or rob from other people. They get caught or something else goes wrong and they end up getting stuck on this path they didn’t want to be on.

This is usually a villain with a higher moral compass who doesn’t want to be bad. Or at least they didn’t at the start. There’s a lot of wiggle room when writing this type of villain. If done right you can make them very relatable and have your readers questioning whether they would do the same if they were in the villains shoes. One of my favorite examples of this type of villain is Magneto from X-Men. He does a lot of bad things, but his reasons for doing them are logical and understandable. If put in the same position, you might easily find yourself doing the same things.

I hope this helps you in the future when it comes to creating characters for your stories. And remember, sometimes blurring the lines between what’s good and evil can really give your story that little bit extra it might be missing.

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