Antagonist Prompts

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This is a list of characters/forces you can use as villains/antagonists, and their motivations. Also a list of movie characters that can work well if adapted to fantasy.

Villains/Antagonists

  1. Assassin
  2. Bounty Hunter
  3. Criminal
  4. Corrupt official
  5. Crazy Scientist/Alchemist/Mage
  6. Evil Wizard
  7. Necromancer/lich
  8. Religious Leader
  9. Deadly Monster/Creature
  10. Witch
  11. Demon
  12. Evil Machiavellian Mastermind
  13. Your own employer
  14. Your old mentor
  15. Oppressive ruler
  16. Brilliant Detective
  17. Blackmailer
  18. Military officer/general
  19. Serial Killer
  20. Noble/Lord
  21. Misguided Former Hero
  22. Organized Crime Boss
  23. Powerful Businessman/Merchant
  24. Fugitive/Criminal
  25. Shaman
  26. Trickster
  27. Acolyte of a (dark god, demon, devil, old one, outsider)
  28. Advisor to the (emperor, king, sultan, etc)
  29. Alien Invader from another (dimension, plane of existence, world)
  30. Alternate (dimension, history) version of hero
  31. Being that has been imprisoned or in stasis for 100s to 1000s of years
  32. Construct (body possessed by the villain, experiment of a mad mage or scientist, weapon from a bygone age)
  33. Corrupted angel, hero, or priest / The Fallen
  34. Demigod
  35. Former teammate that everyone thought was dead
  36. Next in line to be ruler
  37. Possessed Hero or Priest

Evil Groups/Organizations

  1. Powerful Organization (business, guild, etc)
  2. Secret Society/Conspiracy
  3. Cultists
  4. Religious Fanatics
  5. Foreign Nation
  6. Thieves Guild
  7. Gangs/Thugs
  8. Spies, secret government agents.
  9. Brainwashed/insane/mind-controlled group.
  10. Hired muscle, mercenaries.
  11. Misguided/evil locals
  12. Angry Mob
  13. Kidnappers/Slavers
  14. Rebels
  15. Terrorists
  16. Mutants/outcasts
  17. Witch-hunters
  18. Invaders
  19. Rival group of adventurers
  20. Tribe/horde of orcs/goblins/kobolds/etc
  21. Infestation
  22. Spirits/Ghosts
  23. Zombies
  24. Vampires
  25. Pirates
  26. Ninjas

Antagonist Motivations

  1. Pride/Ego (Prove themselves to someone).
  2. Greed (Gain Wealth).
  3. Envy (Destroy their rival).
  4. Political Power (Rule an organization/town/kingdom/world).
  5. Magic Power.
  6. Knowledge.
  7. Gain Fame, Respect, Influence, Social Status.
  8. Revenge (kill/hurt a person/people who harmed them or someone they loved).
  9. Fear (Do whatever it takes to survive.)
  10. Misguided sense of Justice
  11. Hatred (of a person/group/class/race).
  12. Love/Lust (Seduce a princess).
  13. Amusement/Entertainment (hurt people for fun).
  14. Cruelty, dark/violent urges.
  15. Biological necessity (drink blood, eat people, rampage).
  16. Following orders.
  17. Competitive spirit, desire to win.
  18. Fanatical Patriotism.
  19. Freedom/liberty (escape their imprisonment/curse to roam free in the world again).
  20. Eternal youth, immortality.
  21. Resurrect their loved one.
  22. Repay their debt to the devil.
  23. Escape pursuit of the law.
  24. Faith/Religion. (Resurrect an ancient evil or a god, make sacrifices to the higher power.)
  25. Ensure the success of their business/organization by any means.
  26. Spread chaos and mess with people.
  27. Enforce the status quo / unjust laws.
  28. Enforce the will of their gods.
  29. Conquest. Conquer/enslave region.
  30. Defeat their enemy.
  31. Regain their honor (by committing deeds their father/family/clan will find “worthy”).
  32. Get summoned/resurrected (escape from hell, get their servants to commit the ritual that will birth them into the world).
  33. Complete some world altering task before their death.
  34. Maintain the power/status they already possess.
  35. Obsessive pursuit of a goal, anyone or anything that gets destroyed along the way is just collateral damage.
  36. Resurrect their child/god/leader/master/teacher.
  37. To cleanse the world of the inferior, non-believers, unworthy, etc.
  38. To harden the people in preparation for some catastrophic event (real, imagined, prophesied) that is approaching.
  39. Infamy. They seek to out do all other villains (past or present).

Movie Characters

Movie characters that would work great as RPG antagonists (adapted to fantasy):

  1. Bellatrix Lestrange
  2. Dolores Umbrige
  3. Snape
  4. Ben Linus
  5. Walter White
  6. Gus Fring
  7. Frank Underwood
  8. Dexter
  9. Lex Luthor
  10. Lucius Malfoy
  11. Draco Malfoy
  12. Loki
  13. Mycroft/Moriarty
  14. Khan
  15. Joker
  16. Syndrome from Incredibles
  17. Magneto
  18. Mom from Futurama
  19. Cruella de Vil
  20. Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog)
  21. Jafar
  22. Yzma (Emperor’s New Groove)
  23. Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
  24. Rapunzel’s Mother (Tangled)
  25. Grue from Despicable Me
  26. Stewie Griffin
  27. Hector Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  28. Terminator
  29. Hal 9000
  30. GLaDOS
  31. Thanos
  32. Gollum
  33. Davy Jones
  34. Count Dracula
  35. Agent Smith
  36. Mr Burns
  37. Tyler Durden
  38. Freddy Krueger
  39. Cersei
  40. Petyr Baelish
  41. Tywin Lannister
  42. Viserys Targaryen
  43. Daenerys
  44. Hound
  45. Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell (Prison Break)
  46. Alexander Mahone (Prison Break)
  47. Badger (Firefly)
  48. Niska (Firefly)
  49. David Monroe (HPMOR)
  50. Mysterio (Spider Man)
  51. Venom
  52. Dr. Octavius
  53. Darth Vader (Star Wars)
  54. Imhotep (The Mummy)
  55. The Kurgan (Highlander)

Good characters that would work great if you make an evil/corrupted version of them:

  1. Captain America
  2. Tony Stark
  3. Firefly Crew
  4. Tyrion Lannister
  5. Dr House
  6. Sherlock Holmes
  7. Buffy Summers
  8. John Snow
  9. Sheldon Cooper
  10. Kermit the frog
  11. Batman
  12. Barney Stinson
  13. Data (Star Trek)
  14. Jean Luc Picard (Star Trek)
  15. Spock (Star Trek)
  16. Taz (Tasmanian Devil cartoon)
  17. Bender
  18. Superman
  19. Ross (Friends)
  20. Phoebe Buffay (Friends)
  21. John Locke (Lost)
  22. Forrest Gump
  23. Woody from Toy Story
  24. Spider Man
  25. Doc from Back to The Future
  26. Yoda
  27. Han Solo
  28. Tony Stark
  29. Shrek
  30. Legolas
  31. Professor Xavier
  32. Genie
  33. Jack Sparrow
  34. Hermione
  35. Dumbledor
  36. Hagrid
  37. Luna Lovegood
  38. Professor Mcgonnagal
  39. Ron Weasley
  40. Indiana Johnes
  41. Jason Bourne
  42. James Bond
  43. Deadpool
  44. Wall-E
  45. Dr Horrible
  46. Megamind
  47. Mike Wazowski
  48. Bojack Horseman
  49. Mr Peanutbutter
  50. Timon and Pumba
  51. Zoidberg
  52. Ron Stoppable (Kim Possible)
  53. Leslie Knope
  54. Jim Carrey
  55. Michael Cera
  56. Elon Musk
  57. Thomas Middleditch
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