POINT OF VIEW – “no one sees themselves as mean or evil or bitchy or insane or stupid. Your villain won't either. To him, his actions and his logic are perfectly justifiable.” [http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/villains.shtml]
“Consider the standard motives like greed, jealousy or hatred. Then go a step further. Get inside your villain’s head and see the crime from his perspective. What looks to law enforcement like a murder motivated by greed may, to the perpetrator, be an act in the service of a noble, even heroic cause.” [http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/improve-my-writing/3-techniques-for-crafting-your-villain]
“…In the real world, people rarely think of themselves as evil. Most of us imagine ourselves to be good people, or at least people whose circumstances in some way excuse their less savory actions. When you look at real-world figures who have done the things to which a mastermind villain might aspire--Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, Hitler, etc.--I don’t see any evidence that any of them doubted the rightness of his actions. His behavior made sense to him within the context of his worldview.” [http://www.omnivoracious.com/2011/10/smarter-faster-meaner-richard-lee-byers-on-writing-mastermind-villains.html]
ADMIRAL QUALITIES or PRINCIPLES – a villain often has a redeeming quality or two, devoted to her little brother, an avid recycler, a highly competent boss or a hard working employee. “Did you know Ted Bundy didn’t like to steal cars that were uninsured? He thought it was cruel.” [http://wildrosepress.us/publisher/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1641&Itemid=203]
Who are some of your favorite villains- those characters you just love to hate?
Can you guess the female villains pictured above? You are a real sci-fi geek if you get the last.