Friday, December 23, 2011

Things to hit a Villain with.

I wrote this post a while back for This Page Intentionally Left Blank, under the pen name of Gwendolyn Copperstone.

When I started writing a few years ago, I made a list of things my MC could hit the villains pestering her over the head with.    This list had a few requirements, the main one being that the items that went on it had to have a very low risk of killing anyone.   It would be very hard for my MC to solve mysteries if she was in jail for murder.   Having said that, all of the items can be used as murder weapons if put into really creative, yet evil, hands.  I do not recommend imagining the ways they could be used as murder weapons.   I did, and it was not pretty.  Unless you really like… never mind, I don’t want to be responsible for the disturbing dreams that will haunt you.  Anyway, the list was as follows:
  • A hair brush (good for giving out scratches as well)
  • A potted plant
  • A vase
  • Golf clubs
  • A toilet plunger (I actually used this one in a story)
  • A plastic baseball bat
  • A purse (the bigger and more stuff in it the better)
  • A carton of eggs
  • A “Yard-o-beef” summer sausage
  • A bottle of some kind (like wine or beer)
Since then, I’ve added a few more dangerous items, ‘cause aiming for a villain’s head may be difficult in a given situation, and my MC needed to have stuff that she could beat the bad guys up with and do enough damage to incapacitate them, but still without killing them.
Some of the new things are:
  • A watering can
  • A bird feeder
  • A giant cardboard tube
  • A camera (NOT the itsy-bitsy digital kind)
  • A big book
  • A skillet (Okay, this one wasn’t my idea, but it’s still cool)
  • A trash can of reasonable size
  • A mop or broom
Of course, there are other methods of making villains’ lives hard without beating them up directly, like throwing things at them.  Or hiding trip traps.  Or spraying something weird at them.
Here are a few of my favorite “other methods”:
  • Opening a bottle of champagne and aiming the cork at the villain when it goes flying
  • Throwing hands full of small projectiles at the villain (such as marbles or Hot Wheels)
  • Spreading roll-y things (such as marbles or Hot Wheels) on the floor and covering them with a bath mat or tarp for tripping purposes
  • If your villain has a leg sticking out of a window, gluing a pom-pom to the end of a stick with a piece of gum and shoving it up their pants leg (I made this one up myself, so no stealing!)
  • Fencing with knitting needles
  • Tweaking your villain’s nose with a pair of hot, metal salad tongs
  • Spraying perfume, spray paint, hair spray, or another spray-able substance at the villain (again, not my idea, but still cool.  And if the villain gets away, he’s all the easier to find if he smells like designer perfume and is covered in pink spray paint.  And those unfortunate circumstances can lead to an endless array of jokes)
These are all a bit out there, and sorta unlikely, but they’re all fun, for you and your protagonist. That is if your protagonist isn’t fearing for his or her life.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do for my NaNo story’s villain(s).  One of my possible villains is a slightly pyromaniac fireworks sales rep, and he may provide new means of capturing a villain in a hilarious manner.  Explosives can always improve a story, and sparkly explosives are even better.
What your favorite ways to get rid of villains?  What would you use to knock someone over the head?


  1. Happy Birthday Lily! I hope this day is full of excitement, happiness and surprises! Hugs to you.

  2. Very creative! Love it!
    I homeschool my kids as well. I am a random cousin of your dad, and my father (Joseph Buchanan) pointed me in the direction of your blog. I love it so far! My daughter (14) is also a writer and has just started her own blog, so he thought it would be fun for her to see yours. Thanks for taking the time to share so many wonderful things about your journey to becoming an author!
    (Hope you don't mind me posting a comment :)...)
    BTW, love your original posting time, from one who also enjoys the peace of the wee hours before dawn.

  3. Thanks for commenting Lazarus! I'm so glad you did! I'd love to see your daughter's blog if you wouldn't mind sharing the link.