Does your antagonist consider themselves ‘just a regular person’? Or do they think that they’re something more?
I have so many antagonists. Let’s make a list.
Sinclair: Raised in a laboratory and trained to believe he is superior to humanity and will one day be the race that replaces everybody? Yeah, I think he’s got a bit of an ego. Would certainly explain his wanton murder and kidnapping-for-human-experimentation streak.
Klaus: No. This boy is a pragmatist and a cynic to the end. He doesn’t have an inflated ego beyond believing he’s smarter than most people, but he knows what he’s capable of and he’s only out for himself. He won’t kill you because he thinks he’s above you; he’ll kill you because he has no bloody conscience.
The Scientist: Still doesn’t have a name. And yes, I do believe the man who dedicated his life to recreating the “perfect” new race of humanity with no regard for scientific ethics has a bit of a God complex.
I have many more characters in the shades of grey between protagonist and antagonist, but these are the three that are undeniably problematic.
Thoughts on my new theme?