I just finished watching the Season Four finale of Doctor Who on Youtube! and I saw the same typical errors made by all of us writers on creating Villians. In this case, the bad guy was Davros, the creator of the Daleks. I've noticed Hollywood is bad for this, and sometimes we novel writers are just as guilty. One of the biggest failures we do in making a villian is that we tend to create them to be so arrogant that they never think they can lose, which causes them to lose. How many of the James Bond villians have you seen that flaw in? Just about everyone of them are so arrogant that they feel losing won't happen. However, if you want your villian to be believable, and truly a match for the protaganist, then I think they need to be written so as to think they CAN lose, which will make their decision making both more real, and better plotted. Any opinions?