We all have read them. The books where a tyrant, vampire, warlocks or overlord simply goes crazy killing everyone and everything that moves. Work themselves up in a such a frenzy that even pets don’t escape their wrath.
Like anything else in a story. If overdone it gets boring. Give readers a variety of scenes ( I don’t mean more creative ways to kill and maim) even if your character is over the edge, soaring over the cuckoo’s nest and bird bombing it. You don’t want a reader automatically knows whomever dared to look at the nut-job sitting on the throne cross-eyed is roast before they turn the next page.
And in some books they are literally roasted.
You don’t want them to guess what’s going to happen next so easily.
I found an article written byon the:
Dos and Don’ts of Being a Tyrants, Warlord or Overlord, etc..
It’s a very interesting article with doable points listed. The link is at the bottom of the articles.
All absolute rulers have used violence to instill themselves in power. There’s no other way. All despots, tyrants, dictators, totalitarians, authoritarians, autocrats, oppressors, autarchs, Monocrats, and even Immortals: God and Goddesses or whatnots when they break the limit people are willing to tolerate there will consequences. Their actions in going too far all create a revolt because the people come to expect such asinine behavior from their leader so they no longer fear him or her nor respect them.
Fear only work for a short while before people start to plot how to rid themselves of their leader. The leader must do something else besides kill or suck blood. If a vampire keep it up, priests are going to track his butt down at 10:00 A.M. and drive a stake through his heart. So, that ends your story.
In real life, a revolt is always in the future of such rulers. Another main reason for not overdoing the bloodbath is your character will start to seems unbelievable. If you keep going endless with tortures, tormenting, and beheadings. There will no characters left.
The same goes for monster serial killers. Readers will start to reason: “No one in that entire town had enough sense to stay out the water?”
If the first 1/3 of the book is about the conquest; make the 2/3 about being sociable, his or her weakest for everyone has one and building his or her rulership and then if you must return to a bloodbath have a good reason for doing so. Because there are surely to be more revolts and uprisings in the future if it’s done for stupid reasons.
Make sure it’s a reason the tyrants can rally his or her people to follow; not simply because he or she simply want to flex their muscles. We see enough of that in real life and we see how that always turn out.