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The guidelines are really more like rules. You’re free to ignore them, but that means we’re free to ignore your prospective post. We have standards to maintain, after all.

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Follow the rules below:

  • ♦ Keep word counts on reports to 1500-4000 words. We’ll split them in 2 parts, usually. Villain matrix reports have no word count limits.
  • ♦ Keep it PG-13.
  • ♦ Follow the Report Template or Villain Matrix Template below.

Report:

  • ♦ Villain name and the series/movie/book they come from. You can use a villain who’s short-lived, or a recurrent baddie, or a general antagonist.
  • ♦ You can choose a specific episode/movie/book that the subject appears in. You don’t have to do an overall, all inclusive post. Example: The Joker, as he appears in Christmas with the Joker in Batman the Animated Series, rather than Joker as he appears in all Batman series/comics/movies.
  • ♦ Semi-short description of the story and what the villain’s role in it for those who haven’t seen/read the story.
  • ♦ Analysis of the villain’s motives, actions, words, etc. Read a few reports so you understand the form.
  • ♦ What the villain represents.
  • ♦ What we can learn from them that will help us live more successfully.
  • ♦ Quote relating to the lesson or the villain in general from a notable person, fictional or real. Your Uncle Bob doesn’t count, unless of course he’s Robert Downey Jr. Bonus points for using Sun Tzu or Machiavelli.
  • ♦ Use images throughout, but keep the total around 10-15.

Matrix:

  • ♦ Villain name and the series/movie/book they come from.
  • ♦ Image.
  • ♦ Villain Matrix score sheet. We’ll do the graphics; just give us your findings. Take the shortcut and join the Research Team. We’ll send the free Villain Matrix spreadsheet tool.
  • ♦ Villain bio.
  • ♦ MO (tactics, strategies, plans the character uses commonly).
  • ♦ Strengths.
  • ♦ Weaknesses.
  • ♦ Notable achievements.
  • ♦ How they can help us live more successfully. What can we learn from them? This can be what to do and/or what not to do.
  • ♦ Best quotes. Limit of 3.
  • ♦ Use images throughout, but keep the total around 4-7.

Other:

  • ♦  Comparisons, Contrasts, What Ifs… Be inventive. Just tell us how the villain/antagonist can help us succeed in life.
  • ♦ Word limit 1500.
  • ♦ Short series (2-3 parts) are welcome.