On Tuesday, I talked about how to give life to boring characters. But villains are a special breed. Yes, they need to have goals, strengths, weaknesses, and they need to be unique, but what else?
The Faces of Evil is a fantastic article from Murderati that discusses what people expect from a villain, and what your villain should be. He/she doesn't have to be a wiley, genius, mastermind. Your serial killer can be a regular person, just a little twisted. Your antagonist can simply be the politician that is running against your protagonist.
BUT Creating Villains People Love to Hate takes a little more than standing in the way of your protagonist. Make them credible, logical, and believable.