Unless you’re intending to write a tragedy, it’s assumed that your MC is going to succeed in the end. Thus, it means that in some way, your Antagonist must have a downfall.
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or the most part, the first part of Act II is your MC responding to the Inciting Incident. It’s them getting their footing and trying to navigate the new world or reality they’re in. However, at some point they have to take control of the reigns and work toward the problem, rather than simply responding to it.
I personally find that the ones I like the best have logic and reason behind them. They’re not evil for the sake of it, they’re not baddies because it’s just who they are. No, there is something sensible behind their crazy, or something that you can’t argue against other than it is just wrong. They’re the ones that make you question ethics, or at least, make you feel some level of empathy for them because of their motivation.