Occasionally, at least hopefully it’s only occasionally, you’ll encounter people, whose behaviour riles you to the point of anger/frustration.
And, as a writer, you think to yourself – I will have my revenge, I will write them into my novel/story and they will forever live in infamy.
Here are some tips…
Uh… not that I am condoning doing this, or have ever done it myself…
Don’t make them the Big Bad.
Sure, it’s tempting to have them as the ultimate baddie, where the main character (let’s be honest, in this scenario is partly Mary Sue) gets to overcome obstacles to finally crush them irrevocably, but don’t.
You’re actually giving them power – you are letting them dictate what is going on, in your story, they become the ultimate obstacle. Sure, they lose in the end, but it’s a journey. It’s satisfying in the short term, but you should always be playing the meta game.
Don’t make them the Second String.
You probably still want them to be evil, or at least on the unlikable side, and you think, fine, if I can’t make them the Big Bad, I’ll make them a Henchmen, maybe the lead henchman.
There is a real danger here of making them likable in a disaffected way, Darth Maul, for example, has elements of appeal.
Make them a minor inconvenience.
Let’s be honest, that’s probably all they are, you’ve just made it feel like more in the heat of the moment. So, to best represent it, show how meaningless they really are – a speed bump on the road. Maybe play it for laughs, but minimise its importance in the overall scheme of things. I think the scene in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is a good example, you know which one I mean, the flashy, showing off sword guy, downed with one shot. That’s how you want to get your revenge.
If just killing them isn’t enough, give them undesirable characteristics. Be careful though, not ones that create empathy. The easiest way is to use the shorthand techniques for ‘evil’, slavers and such. (I’d avoid Nazis – it’s clichéd, and historically not entirely fair, plus Godwin’s Law.)
Ignominy is better than infamy.
Don’t forget the Legal Disclaimer.
You know the one I mean – it claims that there is no resemblance to real people etcetera. I think everyone knows this is a lie, and yet, apparently, it is enough to protect you.
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
It’s a cliché, sure, but it’s true. Let your rational mind serve you. You can always imagine the conversation when someone says to the real person, “That’s weird, this deviant who molests the corpses of taxidermied animals and is almost meaningless to the plot has the same name as you…”
More importantly, it will mean that your story is better, because you aren’t caught up, and really, that’s what it’s about; the story.
(“I would’ve put Peter into a story, but I’m pretty sure he really is a paedophile…”)