3 Interesting Ways for a Villain to Die!

In most contemporary fantasy fiction there is a primary villain, and by some means the hero must kill that villain. The beauty of fiction, however, is the ability to take inspiration from historical events to produce an unexpected plot. Like when I was writing my first novel Swords of the Six… I wanted something different for the villain’s end.

Kesla's suicide illustration by Amber "Vantid" Hill

Here are three ways for a villain to die!

  1. Killed by the hero
  2. Betrayal
  3. Suicide

A great example of the first option would be Narnia where Aslan slays the White Witch. The second option was very effectively portrayed in one of my favorite novels Star Wars: The Last Command when Grand Admiral Thrawn is killed by his trusted Nogri bodyguard. And as for suicide I found it to be a powerful way to show how remorseful Kesla was for his sins in Swords of the Six. I derived the idea for Kesla’s end from how King Saul of Israel fell on his own sword when he knew that the Philistines had overcome him.

Question: What are some of your favorite examples of how villains died in fiction?


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14 thoughts on “3 Interesting Ways for a Villain to Die!

  1. Most of my favorite examples come from you. For instance, Kelsa’s death. I felt pity for the poor man and I thought that he would at least go with the Six to Albino. Valorian’s death also effected me, just because I wasn’t expecting it. I thought he’d be the main villain of the series and whatnot. I was obviously wrong.

    Another one that was..interesting…was how C.S. Lewis chose to kill off the main villains in “That Hideous Strength”. They didn’t want to become the next floating head so they started to kill each other. The one that survived, along with the floating head, got eaten by Ransom’s “pet” bear.

    • Thanks KT! When I first created The Sword of the Dragon series Valorian was only part of the ancient history of that world. He never entered the main series. When I wrote Swords of the Six it was a fascinating opportunity to give a glimpse into Valorian. And as to his demise, it was an excellent moment to reveal one of the true master villains, the water skeel Cromlin.

      I love that example you used of “The Hideous Strength.” There really are many ways for a villain to die. Sometimes all that’s needed is the boldness to use our creativity with it.

  2. I’d think it very interesting and do think it interesting when an author kills off his villain (or any character, for that matter) with something deadly, small, and unexpected. For example – you may not have read this, but in Christopher Hopper’s and Wayne Batson’s Berinfell Prophocies… I liked it when a warrior had survived a huge battle against the Elvish Prince, only to be killed by a deadly spider. It was rather ironic, because his master was the one who arranged the death.

    Also, it does somewhat annoy me when an author kills off a character without writing even an at least an entire page to introduce the character – because the death is more meaningful if there is even somewhat of a feeling of attachment to the character.

    • LOL That does sound like something Wayne Thomas Batson would do. He has an aptitude for great humor. I’ve only read The Door Within but it was really good. The whole serpent sequence was unique.

      I agree with you that the death of a character we do not know has little to no meaning. It’s important to develop a history for the characters in story, not just drop them out of a cloudless sky.

  3. I like this book so much, I am using it in my book talk for my class, I hope I can get an A on this book. I can’t wait to read the next book. And the new one too.

      • Yes I am. Who where traitors to The Great White Dragon, Albino, what where their names?
        Cause I am getting confuse on who they are, but I know that Xavion was not a traitor.