Using A Bigger Enemy Against the Antagonist

A good character and plot is such that you would have to introduce a bigger enemy at one point or the other. This is not something new. In most movies and novels, we can see that at a point or the other a bigger enemy is always introduced to boost the story. Most times, this turn in event makes us understand that we want only our protagonist to vanquish our antagonist. Interestingly, we sometimes are excited when the antagonist wins this bigger enemy..
So, let’s quickly brush what is expected to happen when you introduce a bigger enemy.

1. Hold The Antagonist To Ransom: you can decide to make the real antagonist be at the mercy of the bigger enemy. In the TVseries, Scandal, the antagonist was Papa Pope, the command; however, when a bigger enemy was introduced in the sixth season, people wanted to know why this bigger enemy had an edge over the known antagonist. At last, it was discovered that Papa Pope was threatened with the head of his stubborn daughter, Olivia Pope.

2. Make The Bigger Enemy Stronger Than The Real Antagonist: Many times, we need to introduce someone with more power than the antagonist. With this, you have made the readers happy that the antagonist is powerless, and now they can root for a way he can overcome the bigger enemy. This phenomenon was displayed in the TVseries ‘Once Upon A Time’, when the evil queen was faced with people greater than she, people rooted for her.

3. Let the Antagonist vanquish this bigger enemy: here, the concept is to give the antagonist this bigger enemy. Also, at this junction, the antagonist is the newest protagonist. It is after our antagonist wins, that we allow the protagonist begin to fear them.

4. Avoid allowing the bigger enemy kill our antagonist: the job is for the protagonist have a hand in the death of the antagonist. If you’ve seen Jason Vs Freddy, you would see that the real enemy was Freddy but Jason was more powerful, and the only way the viewers seemed satisfied was when the characters led Freddy into Jason’s trap.

Have you ever seen any book or movie that used this concept?
Have you ever tried writing a bigger antagonist into your story, how did you do it?
Which of the above have you ever seen used in a book?

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