The Best Resources for Crafting Your Ultimate Movie Villain



Cinema Bandit is devoted to providing helpful articles, links, and interviews to help young and new filmmakers with their creative, technical, and professional development.

One of the main aspects of Cinema Bandit is providing helpful hints and articles about writing villains. For every Luke Skywalker, you need a Darth Vader. Or maybe it’s not so black-and-white. Perhaps you want to write a good-hearted antagonist, or an anti-villain. That is why Cinema Bandit has compiled a list of resources for learning about how to craft the ultimate antagonist for your story.


Books About Writing Villains

Writing About Villains: How to Create Compelling Dark Characters for Your Fiction (Writer’s Craft Book 5)

“Create fiends whom your readers will love to hate and can never forget.

Forget the cardboard evil-doers with their evil laughter and stinking breath. Your villains will have personality, ideals, feelings and conflicts. They will challenge your heroes, chill your readers, and give your novel excitement and depth.

This book is part of the Writer’s Craft Series: Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet, Writing About Villains, and more.”

Bullies, Bastards, and Bitches: How to Write The Bad Guys of Fiction

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“A truly memorable antagonist is not a one-dimensional super villain bent on world domination for no particular reason. Realistic, credible bad guys create essential story complications, personalize conflict, add immediacy to a story line, and force the protagonist to evolve.

From mischief-makers to villains to arch nemeses, Bullies, Bastards & Bitches shows you how to create nuanced bad guys who are indispensable to the stories in which they appear. Through detailed instruction and examples from contemporary bestsellers and classic page-turners, author Jessica Page Morrell also shows you how to:

  • Understand the subtle but key differences between unlikeable protagonists, anti-heroes, dark heroes, and bad boys
  • Supply even your darkest sociopath with a sympathetic attribute that will engage readers
  • Set the stage for an unforgettable standoff between your hero and your villain
  • Choose the right type of female villain—femme fatale, mommy dearest, avenger, etc.—for your story”

13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains

“Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is. Are you fed up of drowning in two-dimensional villains? Frustrated with creating clichés? And failing to get your reader to root for your villain?
In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover:
+ How to develop a villain’s mindset

+ A step-by-step guide to creating your villain from the ground up

+ Why getting to the core of a villain’s personality is essential to make them credible

+ What pitfalls and clichés to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs
Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create superbad villains. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will help power up your bad guy and give them that extra edge. These lessons will help you master and control your villainous minions, navigate and gain the perfect balance of good and evil, as well as strengthening your villain to give your story the tension and punch it needs.”


Video Essays About Crafting Villains

How to Write a Movie Villain That Doesn’t Suck

Villains: Writing Tips

Creating a Terrifying Villain: Inglourious Basterds


Writing Villains: Tips for Creating a Terrifying Antagonist

How to Write Antagonists and Villains

How to Make a Great Villain

A Guide to Writing Evil Characters

How to Write a Great Villain

Pennywise: How to Make a Horror Villain

The Dark Knight – Creating the Ultimate Antagonist


Best Articles About Writing Villains

How to Create a Great Villain

What Makes a Good Villain? Here’s Your 15-Item Checklist

Creating Believable Villains For Your Story & Screenplay – Movie Outline

6 Ways to Write Better Bad Days

Writing Villains: 9 Evil Examples of the Villain Archetype


To see some of cinema’s best villains, watch this supercut below:

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