While plotting a new manuscript the other day, my deranged imagination churned out all sorts of scenarios that I won’t use. One daydream was particularly over the top: the paranormal hero, who had shifted into a form other than human to best protect the heroine, ate the antagonist. Ate him! In my mind’s eye, the scene was epic. The hero threw the bad guy up into the air, caught him in his mouth, and swallowed him whole. The heroine cheered him on. “Get him, honey!” I laughed and rubbed my hands together. My cat looked at me funny.
Ahem. Though I won’t use the scene in the actual manuscript—ever—it got me thinking about the variety of ways villains kick the bucket in romance novels, especially paranormals.
That’s not to say antagonists always die. In one of my favorite all time romantic stories, Where the Heart Is, the primary antagonist gets an emotionally satisfying ending of his own.
Antagonists get shot, stabbed, and thrown off cliffs. They die in explosions. They get locked into scrolls as sex slaves. They lose hand-to-hand fights in the mud. They dress up as Dracula only to get killed by a real vampire.
What’s the most bizarre/entertaining/unusual/memorable antagonist demise you’ve read?