The Making of Female Villain
The female villain is a complex layered character. She has gone bad due to a childhood trauma, that has taken her soft famine edges and harden them. Because of this, she’s also a sympathetic character that loves to use the excuse, “The devil made me do it.” Who is the devil she blames, no other than the men she crossed paths with from both present and past. Her seduction is always complete, devastating and unforgettable. She’s capable of just about anything, without showing an ounce of remorse, and always looks good while she works.
Cast your villainesses by using this list.
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The Femme Fatale
This temptress will use her seductive charm, her beauty, and her body to get whatever she wants from whomever—whenever! This scantily-dressed villainess has the ability to stop a crowd dead in their tracks when she enters the room—and might knock them dead if she doesn’t get what she wants.
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The Social Climber
Born from nothing, a social climber will claw her way to the top, using and abusing along the way. Nothing matters (even murder) as long as she gets what she wants—fame and fortune. (Roxie Hart from Chicago)
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The Mean Girl
The @itch of the block, this bad @ss tough girl makes bullies look like sissies. Being super strong and taking all the prisoners she can might be her M.O., but why is she that way? Is she a good girl gone bad or just one, bad, bad @itch? (Sue Sylvester in Glee, Wilhemina Slater from Ugly Betty)
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This evil chick has golden lips, in that she can convince anyone of anything, and that’s her primary weapon. She can talk the talk and walk the walk and get people to fall into line before they even realize the dark cloud she’s spinning above their heads. She’s the Queen Bee that may sound and act like she’s full of honey, but she’s actually getting you nice and comfy in her honeycomb before stingin’ ya like one crazy-@ss bee-devil. (Terri Schuester in Glee)
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She may appear to be your newest best friend, but she’s masking her true personality—a duplicitous, back-stabbing, frenemy. She’s only interested in one thing—herself. Watch your back with this villain because she can turn on you in an instant. (Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Female)
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The Misguided Groupie
Misguided or misunderstood? This villainess has self-esteem issues and believes she needs a man to be fulfilled. Weak and craving love, she’ll do anything he wants, whenever he wants, no matter who gets hurt. If he says jump, she’ll ask how high. And if he wants her help with his crime spree, she’ll be driving the getaway car.
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How can we resist her? She’s sexy, colorful, damaged, greedy, evil, demented and irresistible. She may be the right hand to the villain or seeking out an innocent man to dig her claws into. Whatever form she takes, she is unforgettable. She is fearless, strong, and conducts her life on the edge and with no remorse for their action. Seduction is her greatest talent, as she works it to manipulate a man into doing what she wants, or giving her what she needs. (Catwoman from Batman, Catherine Tramell, Basic Instincts)
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The Evil Queen
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the greediest and most jealous of them all? The Evil Queen. What drives her? The pure and simple desire for power. Part temptress, part femme fatale, the Evil Queen seduces, using her sex appeal to attract a man, then she moves in for the kill. And when it comes to others moving in on her territory…beware a poisoned apple. (The Evil Queen from Snow White, Regan Hamleigh from Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth, Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty, and The Red Queen from Alice and Wonderland)
The Woman Scorned (Fatal Attraction)