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What is an antagoinist?
In storytelling, the antagonist is the opposer or combatant working against the protagonist or leading character and creating the main conflict. In conventional narratives, the antagonist is synonymous with the “bad guy,” while the protagonist represents the “good guy.”
Our antagonist this week is Roger Mills
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Roger Mills and I’m the first-born son of Jonathan and Jane Mills. I’m a successful businessman, and I’m married to the most enchanting and smart woman in the world. You might think my life is perfect, right? Well, you won’t be farther from the truth, as my life is cursed by the presence of a little brother. Since the day he came to this world, he brought nothing else but troubles. It wouldn’t be otherwise as he’s not even my father’s son, but this is another story.
Coming back to me, I did everything I could to follow the successful example of my father. I chose not to follow his steps and take over on the firm he was running with his brothers, because I wanted something completely mine. Moreover, sharing business with other relatives would have stopped me to shape it the way I wanted. I don’t have any children, apparently, I can’t have them, but this isn’t something bothering me. They would have been a way to steal my focus from my business, and since they aren’t completely on the honest side, they might have suffered uselessly.
Have you committed a crime? What was it? If not, what circumstances would cause you to commit a crime?
As I said my business isn’t clean, and in the first stages of my career, I was approached by a potential partner, whose fortune lied on his high-level criminal activity. At those times I wasn’t aware of its full scale, but when I understood the real potential of a fusion between our companies, I was blinded by it and accepted without a second thought.
Do you have a moral code? If so what might it be?
The only moral code is that of not getting caught by the feds. Something I highly value is the concept of family. I would never disrespect or cheat on my wife, and my parents will always be the role model to which I will look up to. The family is everything and perhaps that’s my highest moral code.
Would you kill for those you love?
Of course. I am ready to kill for even less.
How do you think others see you?
The rest of the world sees me as a ruthless cold calculator, a killer ready to unspeakable crimes just for the sake of keeping my wealth growing and myself out of prison. Well, that’s partly true, but most of all I do it for keep seeing the smile on the face of my wife.
Who is your greatest friend?
I don’t have real friends, I have allies… aren’t they the same thing?
Who is your greatest enemy?
I believe it is myself. At times I forget that everything should be carried out at the due time, and I need to take a deep breath before taking a decision. This has brought me to make fatal mistakes, particularly when trying to get rid of my beloved brother.
How do you define ‘heroism?’
Heroism? Well, I think I can define it as the capability to take your life and destiny in your hands. Be able to have the courage to do what everybody would like to do but refrain to take any action for fear of the judgement of those around you. I think heroism is a sort of synonym of courage.
3/3/2022 09:23:58 am
The one thing I do like about Roger is the fact that he values family and is loyal to his wife. Successful businessmen and women have to have that hard-core persona to get ahead. Great post here!
3/3/2022 02:33:12 pm
I have to say that this is the only positive thing in this character, the rest is bad and rotten to the bone. I think this is my best antagonist, LOL
R. A. “Doc” Correa
3/3/2022 10:53:12 am
Hmmm, ruthless, completely ruthless. And I would add he’s a total narcissist. A good combination for an antagonist. Nicely told Paula, I dislike this guy on a visceral level.
3/3/2022 02:34:35 pm
I hated him too, but I also loved the way he came out genuinely pure evil.
3/3/2022 12:34:25 pm
He sounds a delightful chap to have around:)
3/3/2022 08:55:43 pm
He does not sounds as bad as some that I have read over the years :) However he is not someone I would love to have around.
3/3/2022 10:01:59 pm
Well done and written. Very indepth. Here we have a evil person that respects and loves family. Yet he still puts creating havoc in others above his families safety. Interesting.
Erika M Szabo
3/4/2022 06:24:14 am
Roger sounds someone we really love to hate. If your protagonist is this well written, the opposites make the story move forward and keep the readers at the edge of their seats. Well done!
3/4/2022 12:19:14 pm
I loved the little touches in this piece that let you know how differently Roger views the world. For example, how ready to kill he is, and also that he doesn't understand the difference between friends and allies. Great characterization!
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