I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: your antagonist cannot be bad just because you need tension in your story. Evil does not birth from nothing. Even Satan (Lucifer, Belzebub, Dark Angel, whatever you call him) has reasons for what he does. He got mad at God for spoiling all his fun, stifling his power, and showing favoritism to man. So he did what any celestial being would do when s/he doesn’t get their way . . . he rebelled against the system. See? If Mr. Baddy can have reasons underlying his debauchery, surely the character you create in your mind has a reason.
Not to mention the fact there is a TON of psychological research that tells us what factors lead to . . . unsavory, evil, callous behaviors. And before I talk about those factors I want to say this: fear makes good people do bad things. (Jealousy and envy top the list of fears.) Left unattended, fear can grow deep and aggressive like roots of a weeping willow. (
Now back to the psychological risk factors for a wrongdoer:
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