I'm working on a project that I intend to publish in the near future, and would like some input. It has been said that a hero is only as good as his villain (where would Luke be without Vader? etc.). The villain in my story is convinced that his people and his kingdom are destined to return to supremacy after a 1000-year exile. At this point, he has only showed up in the story once, and the only traits I have shown him to have are that he is very tall, and has very dark eyes, obviously both physical traits. I know that the story will not work if my villain does not portray some or even all of these traits: 1. Something that hasn't been done to death, over and over again horse: ); i.e., "all powerful." 2. Is believable. 3. Is downright scary. 4. Is endearing to readers (Gollum was just fun to watch). Some examples of "good" villains: Beast Era Megatron (obsessed with domination to the point of altering time and committing planet-wide genocide) Gollum (obsessed with the Precious) Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (obsessed with power) Emperor Palpatine (obsessed with power/domination) Agent Smith (The Matrix) (Obsessed with eradicating Neo) Randall Flagg (Stephen King's The Stand) (Obsessed with doing things his way, recreating the world the way he wanted it) Captain Barbosa (Pirates of the Caribbean) (Obsessed with ending the curse on him and his crew) Voldemort (Harry Potter) (Obsessed with domination, vengeance on Harry) I'm sure you could add many more. Examples of "bad" villians: Darth Maul (no characterization) Count Dooku (no real characterization here, either) G1 Megatron (just what did he do, anyway?) G1 Galvatron (how many times can you say "Decepticons, retreat!"?) The Crimson King (Stephen King's Dark Tower series) ("EEEEEEEEEEEE!" 'Nuff said) Any old school James Bond villain Many Disney villains One thing that makes a good, convincing villain is his/her belief that he/she is right, and is entitled to that which he/she seeks. Any help you can give would be highly appreciated.