There are several different ways a villain can show up, but for today, let's just highlight the primary characteristics (in no particular order).
1. A villain is smart. Not necessarily brilliant in terms of IQ but smart enough to know for their master plan to work, there must be planning, it will take time and there are generally many steps. The villain also knows how to stay several steps ahead of the hero both in plan and execution, with the ultimate goal to cause pain and frustration before celebrating their success.
|Any Psych fans out there?|
|Strangle's people and saves his son.|
Who is your favorite villain? Which one do you know you are supposed to hate, but can't help be intrigued by/love?