S is for Sauron #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of antagonists.

On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will tie that day’s topic to antagonists but on the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about antagonists from movies, TVs or books. On Wednesdays, my Quote of the Week will be from an antagonist that matches the letter of the day. Enjoy.

S is for Sauron, the main antagonist in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (1954). The title refers to Sauron who created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth.

In the books, Tolkien never provides a detailed description of Sauron but he is known to change shapes. In some films he is portrayed as a humanoid creature but in others he is a disembodied eye. But no matter his form, his power is immense. He corrupts and controls wizards such as Saruman and spirits such as the Black Riders to do his bidding. He also has enough power to control an army.

In the latest film rendition directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings trilogy 2001-2003), Sauron appears in humanoid form during the forging of the Ring and up to his losing it. After that he appears as a disembodied eye atop a dark tower where he watches over the land of Mordor.

And in case you want to check out my other antagonists from the challenge…

A is for Apocalypse

B is for Bad Boys (parenting)

C is for Cruella de Vil

D is for Darth Vader (Quote)

D is for To Die for Cake (Recipe)

E is for Evil (Writing)

F is for Freddy Kruger

G is for Gollum

H is for High School (parenting)

I is for Iron Monger

J is for Jafar (Quote)

K is for Killers (Writing)

L is for Loki

M is for Maleficent

N is for No (parenting)

O is for Oggie Boogie

P is for Professor Moriarty (Quote)

Q is for Questions (Writing)

R is for the Riddler 

R is for Riddler #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of antagonists.

On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will tie that day’s topic to antagonists but on the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about antagonists from movies, TVs or books. On Wednesdays, my Quote of the Week will be from an antagonist that matches the letter of the day. Enjoy.

R is for the Riddler, the supervillain and adversary to DC Comic’s Batman. Edward Nigma (aka the Riddler) first appeared in the comics in 1948. He delights in incorporating riddles and puzzles into his criminal plots. He is a smooth-talking character with a high IQ who often sends complex clues to Batman and the police.

The Riddler is often seen wearing a green suit and bowler hat or in a green unitard with questions marks printed on it. And of course there is his infamous question mark cane.

Frank Gorshin played the Riddler in the 1966 film Batman. Jim Carrey portrayed him in Batman Forever (1995). Carrey’s charismatic performance was one of the highlights of the film. (“Riddle me this, riddle me that, who’s afraid of the big, black bat?)

And in case you want to check out my other antagonists from the challenge…

A is for Apocalypse

B is for Bad Boys (parenting)

C is for Cruella de Vil

D is for Darth Vader (Quote)

D is for To Die for Cake (Recipe)

E is for Evil (Writing)

F is for Freddy Kruger

G is for Gollum

H is for High School (parenting)

I is for Iron Monger

J is for Jafar (Quote)

K is for Killers (Writing)

L is for Loki

M is for Maleficent

N is for No (parenting)

O is for Oggie Boogie

P is for Professor Moriarty (Quote)

Q is for Questions (Writing)

O is for Oggie Boogie #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of antagonists.

On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will tie that day’s topic to antagonists but on the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about antagonists from movies, TVs or books. On Wednesdays, my Quote of the Week will be from an antagonist that matches the letter of the day. Enjoy. 

O is for Oggie Boogie, the villainous bogeyman of Halloween Town and the main antagonist in Tim Burton’s film The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

Oggie Boogie resembles a large burlap sack. Unlike the other inhabitants of Halloween Town who seem to just enjoy scaring people, Oggie appears truly evil (after all he kidnaps Santa Claus). He is sadistic and power hungry and lives underground in a lair full of torture devices.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies. Check out Oggie Boogie’s own villainous song.

And in case you want to check out my other antagonists from the challenge…

A is for Apocalypse

B is for Bad Boys (parenting)

C is for Cruella de Vil

D is for Darth Vader (Quote)

D is for To Die for Cake (Recipe)

E is for Evil (Writing)

F is for Freddy Kruger

G is for Gollum

H is for High School (parenting)

I is for Iron Monger

J is for Jafar (Quote)

K is for Killers (Writing)

L is for Loki

M is for Maleficent

N is for No (parenting)

N is for No #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of antagonists.

On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will tie that day’s topic to antagonists but on the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about antagonists from movies, TVs or books. On Wednesdays, my Quote of the Week will be from an antagonist that matches the letter of the day. Enjoy. 

No, No, No. Today is the letter N which is for the word No, the arch nemesis of every toddler.

“No, don’t touch that.”

“No, stop pulling the kitty’s tail.”

“No, you can’t watch more Blue’s Clues.”

Parents often play the antagonist to a toddler’s fun. The ever-watching parent is of course just trying to keep their child safe, but a toddler won’t see it the same way. There is this person who at times cuddles with them, but at other times makes them do things they don’t want to – take a nap, eat something other than cookies, and takes away all the cool things they find.

Of course, for the parents, they might see it as the opposite way. Every time they ask their precious little toddler to do something, they hear his or her favorite word – No!

“Time for bed, Susie.”

“No, no, no!”

“Let’s put on your shoes, Tommy.”

“No! I don’t wanna!”

So it seems the all-powerful word “No” can be the tool of either the protagonist or antagonist of your household.

And in case you want to check out my other antagonists from the challenge…

A is for Apocalypse

B is for Bad Boys (parenting)

C is for Cruella de Vil

D is for Darth Vader (Quote)

D is for To Die for Cake (Recipe)

E is for Evil (Writing)

F is for Freddy Kruger

G is for Gollum

H is for High School (parenting)

I is for Iron Monger

J is for Jafar (Quote)

K is for Killers (Writing)

L is for Loki

M is for Maleficent

M is for Maleficent #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of antagonists.

On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will tie that day’s topic to antagonists but on the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about antagonists from movies, TVs or books. On Wednesdays, my Quote of the Week will be from an antagonist that matches the letter of the day. Enjoy. 

M is for Maleficent, the main villain in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1959). She is the “Mistress of All Evil” who curses the infant Princess Aurora at her Christening. She proclaims the princess will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday.

Maleficent isn’t happy with just seeking revenge for not being invited to the christening. She later makes sure the curse takes place and even captures Aurora’s true love Prince Phillip so that he cannot break the curse. In her final battle, she transforms herself into a huge dragon.

Disney presented Maleficent as a good-hearted by tragic fairy in a 2014 live action version of the tale starring Angelina Jolie in the title role. While I liked this film too, the animated version is one of Disney’s most sinister villains.

And in case you want to check out my other antagonists from the challenge…

A is for Apocalypse

B is for Bad Boys (parenting)

C is for Cruella de Vil

D is for Darth Vader (Quote)

D is for To Die for Cake (Recipe)

E is for Evil (Writing)

F is for Freddy Kruger

G is for Gollum

H is for High School (parenting)

I is for Iron Monger

J is for Jafar (Quote)

K is for Killers (Writing)

L is for Loki

I is for Iron Monger #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of antagonists.

On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will tie that day’s topic to antagonists but on the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about antagonists from movies, TVs or books. On Wednesdays, my Quote of the Week will be from an antagonist that matches the letter of the day. Enjoy. 

I is for the Iron Monger, a Marvel Comics supervillain. He first appeared in Iron Man #163 (1982) as Obadiah Stane, a genius with an ego problem. (That certainly a common supervillain problem.) He creates the Iron Monger armor (I-M Mark One) which he believes is better than his rival Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor. Unlike the Iron Man armor, this own armor is externally computer-controlled.

After Stane’s death, several other characters don the armor or construct their own Iron Monger suit. This includes Simon Steele, Joey Cosmatos and Stane’ son, Zeke Stane.

Jeff Bridges plays Obadiah Stane in the movie Iron Man (2008). Here he is the best friend and business partner of billionaire Howard Stark (Tony’s father), and does in fact build his own Iron Monger suit to battle with Tony.

And in case you want to check out my other antagonists from the challenge…

A is for Apocalypse

B is for Bad Boys (parenting)

C is for Cruella de Vil

D is for Darth Vader (Quote)

D is for To Die for Cake (Recipe)

E is for Evil (Writing)

F is for Freddy Kruger

G is for Gollum

H is for High School (parenting)

E is for Evil #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of antagonists.

eOn my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will tie that day’s topic to antagonists but on the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about antagonists from movies, TVs or books. On Wednesdays, my Quote of the Week will be from an antagonist that matches the letter of the day. Enjoy.

Typically when one thinks of the antagonist of a story – especially a fantasy novel – one thinks of the person as being a bad person – perhaps even evil. Yes, today the letter E is about Evil.

Not every antagonist is evil or even bad for that matter. Antagonists are simply the characters in the book that stand in the way of the protagonist. (And they don’t have to be a person at all, but that is a topic for another post.)

evilAnd sometimes your antagonist is evil. But to make them evil just to be evil is not realistic – not to mention lazy on the part of the author. Everyone has a reason for what they do. Something had to cause the person to pick their evil path. It can be their quest for power, revenge, or even a mental disorder but there needs to be something the drives your antagonist. We are the culmination of our environment, our genetics, our past, and our choices.

Often our villain does not believe he is in the wrong. He feels justified by his choices. And even though his mind and reasoning can be twisted, he does everything with a reason.

And as an author, it is up to you to understand what made your antagonist the way he is. You need to spend time developing the background that made him the villain he is today. Your reader may not empathize with your antagonist, but they should understand his (or her) motives.

While his actions may be evil, to create a well-rounded, believable antagonist, you should consider giving him a redeeming quality (or two). And by this I mean something other than he likes puppies. Almost no one is evil all the time.

And in case you want to check out my other antagonists from the challenge…

A is for Apocalypse

B is for Bad Boys (parenting)

C is for Cruella de Vil

D is for Darth Vader (Quote)

D is for To Die for Cake (Recipe)