Hi again guys! This post is exactly what is says in the title, i am struggling with a part of my antagonists motive. In my opinion nothing ruins a good plot more than the antagonist having a poor, or even no motive. I believe the most common motive for a character to be 'evil' is a power lust or greed, this is over-used and does not make a character interesting. For example i thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series, but after thinking about it for a while i was deeply disappointed with the weak motive Voldemort had - to rule the wizarding world (or so i believe). Anyway, i don't want to give too much plot away but these are the basics: The main antagonist is trying to awaken C1 because he has the power to create new worlds. However creation will always lead to destruction somewhere else (which is why he must be stopped). He basically wants to put the 'world' in jeopardy to create a new world. The 'good guys' believe he just wants a sanctuary for himself, however at the end of the plot, on his deathbed he reveals that he wanted to create a non-corrupt place for his son to be raised in (his wife was executed). Nobody knows about his son until he reveals it, however i don't want this selfless side of him to be shown until the end - it would ruin the pity that will be injected into the reader. Therefore my question is, how can this character be bent on evil, for a good cause but then change in his time of need? I was pondering on ideas such as Jekyll and Hyde type characteristics how he had been warped into an evil being because of hundreds of years of solitary confinement (as the plot goes). However, i have become stuck at what triggers the good and bad in him. If it's random, it is likely that his true motive is revealed prematurely. Any ideas are appreciated!