I have this theory that there are two types of villains that work really well in fiction. They type you love to hate and the type you hate to love.
The first kind, the one you love to hate might look something like this:
These are characters so vile that you can hardly hear their name mentioned without grimacing. They just do terrible things to terrible people. They lack any mitigating backstory features that would make you feel bad about hating them. We love hating them with the most passionate hatred we can cook up.
The second type of compelling villain is just the opposite. They’re the villain who, while clearly antagonistic, we feel sorry for. For example:
So does your villain fall into one of these categories? If not, can you push them so that they’re closer to one of these categories?