You guys all have such interesting villains, I love them.
This is my troublesome son, Sokar. (Apologies for the not-so-great drawing, and for the incoming wall of text.)
He’s a career soldier from a species called the kassar, and the antagonist of a sci-fi story I’m working on. He’s very much an anti-villain; the main characters (and the readers, if I handle things right) won’t even know that he’s the villain until near the end. The sad thing is, he knows what he’s doing is horrific, but he still thinks it’s the right thing to do.
A couple of decades before the story’s start, the kassar sent a small expedition to a neighbouring planet with the hope of colonising it. As ill fortune would have it, a more advanced species, the ecomin, had just touched down on that planet too, and things did not go well when the two groups ran into each other. First contact turned into an ugly skirmish that killed several of Sokar’s comrades and saw another captured. Sokar ended up as the highest ranked officer still alive, and thus in command of the mission. Though wounded - half of his crest had been torn off in an explosion - he raided the ecomin base, rescued their captured crewmate, and escaped without a single casualty. When the kassar back on their homeworld found out about it, Sokar became an instant hero. (That dark stripe down the centre of his crest is an award for bravery.)
Flash-forward twenty years or so, and the kassar have started their colony on that planet, but the galactic government has given the ecomin a small territory there too. Sokar has been made governor of the kassar colony, but years of being called a hero for fighting the ecomin have made him feel like it’s his sole responsibility to protect the kassar from them. He hates the fact that they’re on the planet at all, and he’s desperate to get rid of them. With lethal force, if that’s what it takes - he thinks that’s the only way he can do his duty and protect his people.
Sokar acts as a father figure to Manakai, one of my POV characters, and when it eventually comes to light that Sokar’s behind the acts of sabotage that the main characters have been trying to get to the bottom of, there’ll be a (hopefully emotional) confrontation between them. Kassar culture is hugely focused on protecting the innocent, but Sokar thinks that only applies to their fellow kassar - Manakai responds that it should be all innocent people, and that includes the ecomin Sokar’s been killing. Naturally, there’ll be a showdown between mentor and student…
Even though he’s doing some despicable things, I’m very fond of Sokar. I really enjoy writing a villain who was once a good person and still is a good leader, a kind teacher and a devoted commander to his men. I guess I don’t really believe in people being pure evil - I wanted to write a villain who does evil without actually being evil. The downside is that he’s stupidly complicated to write.