Let’s face it – a lot of hard work goes into crafting a good mystery. You first figure out how to kill your victim (figuratively speaking) and bleed over inventing a clever sleuth to solve the crime.
Then, there’s the villain.
How ya’ gonna hide ‘em in a way that camouflages his true nature (ie. that fools your readers, through to the end of the story or at least for a little while.)
- Make ‘em STABLE MABEL –
You know the kind of character that is a good-natured, hardworking Cardboard Man – the one everyone automatically turns to when the boat springs a leak but otherwise goes unnoticed and is always taken for granted. (Also known as BLAND STAN.)
- Make ‘em ALL-STAR LEMARR –
Honorable, kind, and the neighborhood peacekeeper. Mellow and laidback, this guy could rack up sainthood votes for living with his in-laws.
- Make ‘em EVERYBODY’S BEST FRIEND LEN –
Dependable and empathetic, the kind of person you let baby sit the kids. That’s the one person you think of when you need a shoulder to cry on or a landfill to dump on.
- Make ‘em DAWN THE INNOCENT LITTLE FAWN –
So harmless it’s unbelievable. Nobody would ever think of this character as hurting a fly – you know the kind: they go out of their way not to step on ants.
- Make ‘em HANDSOME RANSOME –
A charming devil – the kind you eat with a spoon and a gallon of double fudge chocolate chip mint ice cream on the side. (A character so good looking that you know he/she spends 24 hours in front of the mirror – at least.)
- Make ‘em WELL-BRED FRED –
A character so refined that dust never settles on their bookshelf. They never have to go to the bathroom. They wouldn’t know a broom or a mop if it beat them on the head.
- Make ‘em JUNE THE BUFFOON –
Hilarious. Who could ever suspect a character who leaves you laughing so hard you split your pants or wet them?
- Make ‘em SIDEKICK RICK –
The sheriff’s number 1 deputy. The guy who rides shot gun for the stage coach driver. The partner you’d trust with your life – a big mistake in this case.
- Make ‘em UPRIGHT DWIGHT –
Religious, moral, and a good two-shoes. So virtuous and incorruptible, no one would ever dream he/she was the criminal.
- Make ‘em VAGUE FAYE –
A character so absentminded he/she is lucky to remember to dress before leaving the house.
There are many clichés when describing villains.
Bad to the core like a rotten apple – ha ha.
Have fun and use your imagination to create a villain that slips past your reader like a stealth jet.