Every hero needs a villain

Call them what you want: enemy, foe, nemesis, or just plain ol' bad guy, the antagonist in your film is just as important to your story as your protagonist. This opposing character is essential for putting the hero through their paces, challenging them, and standing in their way of attaining their external and internal goals. But how do you know if you've got a worthy adversary on your hands? StudioBinder has put together a really helpful infographic based off of a video essay by Michael Tucker of Lessons from the Screenplay that lays out some essential elements and qualities that make for the perfect antagonist, all through the lens of The Dark Knight (via).

Check out the infographic below and then keep scrolling for more discussion on antagonists.