So I'm writing a story and my main antagonist is Death (At least from my MCs point of view). Is he as a antagonist too cliche? He owns a casino, his headquarters, and the setting is in 1700, London during a plague.

  • I'm imagining my Death as literal death personified and I am planning to later reveal that he was never the villain and in fact is more important than Life (opposite of Death) Mar 15, 2021 at 23:26
  • Not Hades or the Devil, for Hades is portrayed as the Lord of The Underworld and the Devil is the King of Hell. Mar 15, 2021 at 23:35
  • If anything he is more like Letum, Roman form of Thantos Mar 15, 2021 at 23:36
  • Hmm... Interesting. But I don't think it is cliche at all. You should be fine! :) Mar 15, 2021 at 23:44
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Your character sounds a little like Randall Flagg from The Stand: Flagg makes Las Vegas his headquarters, and a plague is present. From the information given, I would imagine you have read the Stand.

Now, that doesn't make it cliché, as one can still only claim a similarity between the two characters (not a cliché). However, seeing how people are still reading the book, going on half a century after it's publication (it's still in almost every bookstore I've been to), how a TV-series was made of it 30 years ago, and how they made another TV-series out of it last year or so, you might risk people seeing as a cliché, even if it isn't one.

  • First off, I haven't read the Stand, sounds like an amazing book though, second off, I'm really invested into this story- how do I make it so my character doesn't seem too much like Randall Flagg? Apr 10, 2021 at 19:45
  • That's for you to figure out; Where Randall's nuance lie, what you want to take from him, what not, etc. Either way, if the story you have in mind is freshly imagined (originality is extremely rare, to non-existent in narratives these days), then I see no reason why you shouldn't write it, regardless of what people might think of it in the end.
    – veryverde
    Apr 12, 2021 at 17:03

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