by Caroline

Question: How can I create a believable antagonist?

Answer: It's just like making any other character believable. Give them specific traits, keep them consistent, give them purposes, backgrounds, goals, desires, ways of dealing with problems, ways of thinking, relationships, etc. What makes an antagonist an antagonist is simply that he/she will try to prevent the story goal from being achieved. (Why is up to you, but it should make sense from the antagonist's perspective.) Also, antagonists frequently reconsider or try to get other characters to reconsider the need to pursue the goal.

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