Having a well-developed antagonist is just as important as having a well-developed protagonist. If you’ve spent a ton of time developing a great hero, they need somebody cool to fight, or your story won’t be cool.
As with the protagonist, motivation is key to understanding the antagonist. The difference is that it’s usually easier to understand the protagonist’s motivations than the antagonists. Villains who are evil for the sake of being evil are generally not very believable. So why does your bad guy do what they do?
Here’s some inspiration from well-known stories:
Magneto fights for mutants. In his mind, he’s protecting his own kind.
Mother Gothel wants to maintain her eternal youth.
Malfoy is trying to live up to his family name.
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