So I've taken a good look at this story I'm writing, and I've been trying to make every character more realistic while still keeping the major events I've planned. One such character is the love interest. In the story, the protagonist MUST develop a romantic relationship with her (long story short, she embodies the good and bad of order and law in the protagonists life), but she has changed through my revisions: Damsel in Distress (happy to be rid of that stage) Love Interest companion (still kinda useless) Love Interest with many useful skills (hmm, needs backstory...) Hunter who Accidentally Killed Her Parents (that's messed up. good, let's keep that up) Smug Girl with Punk Hair that Killed Her Parents to Join Elite Guard Everything in her backstory leads to her being mostly unlikable. She still has human emotions, and will regret killing her parents, but I would like some suggestions as to how to make her a likable and relatable character. Also, feel free to share any characters you have had a hard time with!