THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOOD GUY AND A PROTAGONIST
I’ve always thought that the most realistic antagonists are convinced they’re not being bad. They honestly believe that what they’re doing is right.
How else can you explain the despicable shit my ex-wife pulled during our divorce?
So when it comes to a story where a protagonist confronts an antagonist, it only makes sense that a legitimate argument can be made to root for either character.
The trick is in the telling. And just the other day I stumbled onto a wonderful example. It’s by J. Matthew Turner and wow, is it a lesson in perspective.