In a story it is a given that your hero must be likable and someone who the reader can really connect with. As a writer it's sort of our job to connect with this character more than any other so that we can make this character likable. But what if you start to connect with your villain almost as much? I have recently become a bit obsessed with knowing everything about my villain, including why they are as evil as they are but this has presented me with the problem that I have started to like my villains. In one story I killed off the villain in the end but that was only because everyone died - he became my favourite character because I suddenly understood that he had been through hardships which had broken him and made him who he was and I felt sorry for him. Then, in the current story I am working on, I actually decided that my villain wouldn't have repercussions for trying to blow up planet Earth because he had basically had his childhood taken away from him and I thought he needed a break. I like to think that this puts a very human aspect into a character that often isn't given such a privilege but I could be entirely wrong and I could just be creating an anti-climax. Anyone got any advice on this?