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Weird title I know but I've been looking at characters in books and analyzing their personalities with friends. One part that no one really looked at at first was motive. So in order to explain to them motive and action in a character, I put it like this.
A realistic character either does the right thing for the wrong reason or the wrong this for the right reason.
A character who does the wrong thing is usually seen as a villain, ending half the population to save a whole world kind of deal. A character doing the right thing for the wrong reason is seen as a hero, killing a villain in vengeance and sacrificing his friend recklessly. It's a weird way to analyse it but it makes all much sense. Nothing is black and white, and if it is then it's plastic and fake. Doing good for good never truly happens, and doing bad for bad never truly happens. Anywho I thought this was a fun thought experiment to try to find a realistic character that broke the rule.
Speaking of which I started a whole book dedicated to new characters. Heroes or non, they are really fun to make.