Wednesday, September 14, 2016

20 Ways to Make Your Character: Mean

The meanie.  Gotta love having a mean character in books.  A mean character is tough to be around, because you never know when they're going to fly off the handle or do something nasty.  They make for wonderful antagonists.  But the mean character can't be mean all the time or the reader will absolutely hate that character.  They also have to have other evil qualities, sometimes being conniving, underhanded, and even lovable (a character you love to hate).

Here are 20 ways to make your character appear to be mean:


  1. Have them take something that isn't theirs.
  2. Have them lie about something.
  3. Argue with another character over something trivial.
  4. Make them politically correct, calling out anyone who doesn't agree with them.
  5. Have them physically hurt someone else.
  6. Have the rest of the community afraid of this character.
  7. Have the meanie abuse someone psychologically.
  8. Make the meanie avoided at all costs.
  9. They need to have one character flaw that makes them human, but they hate it.  Just mentioning it makes them fly off the handle.
  10. They think they're in charge and have to control others.
  11. They're fighting for or against something that happened in their past.
  12. They think they have to prove themselves.
  13. They put others down to make themselves look good.
  14. The meanie will stoop to any level, even framing someone else.
  15. They blame others for their inadequacies.
  16. The meanie uses others to get ahead, or to get what they want out of life.
  17. No one else matters but the meanie, in their mind.
  18. Morals don't matter, but anything underhanded and sneaky is the norm.
  19. The meanie has no self-worth, no self-discipline, and is rather spoiled.
  20. They blame others for everything,sometimes even transferring their faults by saying it's someone else who did it, and not them.

Yes, I know quite a few meanies, as you might be able to tell.  However, they make a great character in a book, especially when retribution happens from someone higher up on the social scale.  Gotta love revenge in a story.

Have a great day!
SweetTale Books

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