7 Tips to Creating a Rivalry

Legends of Windemere

Naruto vs Sasuke

Rivalries can make or break characters because everyone needs a little adversity when they’re protagonists.  I’m not only talking about heroes and villains, but even the friendly competitions that force two people to excel.  There doesn’t always have to be animosity like in War of Nytefall: Rivlary since you can even call allies rivals in some stories.  Legolas and Gimli were this to some extent with their contest.  Cyclops and Wolverine are allies and romantic rivals.  The point of a rivalry is that there is some type of ‘conflict’ that pits them against each other to some extent.  So, what are some things to consider when creating a rivalry?

  1. You don’t have to make the characters hate each other.  They can still have respect and consider each other rivals.  A sense of competition and conflict doesn’t always come with negativity.  Consider what the two characters want in…

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