Reprise: The Generic Villain Compliments the Enemy

Originally posted July 31, 2011.

I’ve talked a good amount about messing with the minds of your opponents. But there’s one thing I’ve found that tends to be really good for the job with minimum effort—no monetary outlay, no risks of experiments going horribly wrong, just a little thought and a little [...]

The Generic Villain Compliments the Enemy

I’ve talked a good amount about messing with the minds of your opponents. But there’s one thing I’ve found that tends to be really good for the job with minimum effort—no monetary outlay, no risks of experiments going horribly wrong, just a little thought and a little bit of talking.
Compliment them. You’ll love the looks [...]

Compliment Complications

People like compliments, right? It’s supposed to be a given; complimenting someone should (at least theoretically) cheer them up, help them be friendly, maybe even have ripple effects on the rest of their day. And that’s true, but it comes up against one minor obstacle—the question of what the person actually wants to be recognized [...]