I’m realizing the characters I find most compelling are the bad guys who struggle with being good. It drives me crazy when good guys do bad things if they don’t struggle with it. The struggle is what’s compelling, so I like good characters who struggle, too. But if a bad guy does a good thing, I’m invested in the story. I especially find it meaningful when a bad guy has a code of honor. I find myself rooting for the bad guy to turn good. “Come on! Realize that what you are doing is wrong! You could be so powerful as a good guy!”
Examples of villains who struggle would be Zuko (so much more compelling than Aang) and several of the villains in various seasons of Power Rangers (ohhhh, is that why I like that show so much? 😉 ). Interestingly, Kylo Ren does not make my list. He mentioned his struggle, but we never saw him struggle. We just saw him being bad. I wonder how this will play out in the following movies. (Darth Vader doesn’t make my list either, though Luke just makes it to the good guys who struggle list).
On a side note, this may be why my secondary POV character has stolen the show. 🙂
Now go eat a cheese sandwich. 😉