To you, what makes a female villain feel intimidating? Feel free to comment/critique my female villain I describe below. I take great care in making the villainess to my story feel human yet make her feel very intimidating at the same time. I think a lot about showing and not telling. I think how does my villainess dress and how does she present herself to others? She is a businesswoman, tends to wear suits, tucks in her shirts, and wears flat shoes (she doesn't wear high heels as she knows they'd kill her feet). I think women who wear suits look really nice and appear to be taken very seriously. She has a very sharp/strong jawline. Partially from genetics (her parents) and partially from staying fit/healthy, I think her having a sharp jawline will make her feel more powerful. Men and women who have distinctive jawlines catch my eye in the public, lots more than people who have flat/round faces. She takes really good care of herself, very physically fit and can easily match a male in strength if it comes to a fight. More like an MMA fighter style body like Gina Carano. Maybe a battle scar or two hidden on her body from her past. She's around 35 years old, never married, no kids/never having any. From my experience, female villains who are childfree are a lot more sinister as they have more time and resources to commit to themselves and their mission. They just grip me more. And it's not that she makes a big deal about being childfree or never being married...she doesn't have to talk about that stuff at all...she doesn't go on a rant about it. Just part of who she is and the reader will see that thru showing, not telling. She is by no means a perfect human, perfect fighter, or anything like that. She carries many flaws. She is a nice person to some and she does have a big heart for those in her family and those she loves. At the same time, her intentions and her mission are very dark. I want to make a female villain who will grip readers...I want them to have some sympathy for her, make her easy to connect to, yet still have a very dark edge to her. I know I'm just describing some of her characteristics here but am I along the right path in thinking about her design/creation? I mean characters...heroes and villains...come in all different shapes, sizes, etc. I suppose anything can go but the most important part about this is I want to make my female villain feel human and easy to connect to. Any suggestions/advice/comments would be greatly appreciated!