I have been developing a story and characters over the past few years. I plan on creating a novel that is very bizarre and gives an explanation for many of the unexplainable things that make society question the origins of. Basically the story is Fantasy but I plan on blending the timeline of my story to ours here on Earth. My primary Villain is not to be revealed till the second book which is a prequel to the first. He is a master manipulator and controls almost everything that happens in the story line including the villain in the first book. My question is how do I make a villain liked by the audience in the first book but at the same time hint the darkness within? I already have several characters not trusting this person in my story line and they call him out, even threaten him. I also have moments arise like when he is first introduced when he acts like is being attacked, but really was meeting up in secret with his would be attackers. But is that simple enough? Maybe I am overthinking the whole thing I really don't know... Who is RJK?