What impressions stood out in your nightmares? Colors, senses, fear, etc. This is the feeling we need to create on the page to make our villain feel dangerous.
All genres have different kinds of villains. In Suspense/Romantic Suspense/Thrillers you usually have the more creepy and physically threatening villains. In other genres you have a softer villain, but they still need to have power over your characters to have maximum punch.
Even if you write Contemporary Romance, you can still build the dangerous villain by making them feel cruel in a personal way.
5 Tips To Creating A Dangerous Villain in Genres Other Than Suspense:
*Bring out their cruel side, by having them do something particularly mean to the heroine/hero early in the novel.
*Show their ego centrism and how everything is about them. The world revolves around the villain.
*Show their arrogance. They believe they know more than anyone else and are thus invincible.
*Showcase the way they look down on everyone else. A strong superiority complex will add to their Danger factor.
*Show their competence at being dangerous. Give them success early on.
5 Tips To Creating A Dangerous Villain in Suspense/Romantic Suspense:
*Research their criminal personality on an FBI Profiling Website to give you tips for unique personality development.
*Weave the senses into your scenes in the Villains point of view to make your reader’s skin crawl. The sense of smell gives the strongest memory response.
*Show their arrogance. They believe they are better than their victims. The victims deserve what they get.
*Give them competence and show their success early in the novel.
*Show the soul darkness that makes them who they are. Reveal it in slices in your scenes to show how they became who they are today.
How do you make your villains feel more dangerous?