The above might not be the most famous rivalry, but it’s what came to made when I wanted a video about the topic. Probably because Nyx and Trinity have the same power-level of fights. At some point, I need to put them in an abandoned city where they can go all out on each other.
The rivalry between Nyx and Trinity has become a big part of the series and some of my favorite scenes to write. The trick is to not overdo it. Have a book or two between fights and only make them essential to the plot. Otherwise, the rivalry gets diluted. Nobody likes a boring, over-used rivalry. I always ask how many times can you watch Spider-Man fight Doctor Octopus since both have been around for decades. It gets tedious because eventually, you need a winner. That’s something I look for in a rivalry. An eventual ending because that brings closure and stops the rivalry from becoming stale.
The biggest thing that I look for in a rivalry is realism or as close as one can get. I want the opponents to be equal in some way, so I don’t know who is going to win. Even Superman has enemies that can match him or beat him in intelligence. Superman versus Lex Luthor is brains versus brawn. You still get a sense of ‘he can win’ from Luthor. That’s what a rivalry really needs. The idea that the villain can possibly win brings the threat to the hero and makes their fights much more interesting.
Another important part to a rivalry for me is that there has to be a reason. Luke and the Hellfire Elf are at odds because the Hellfire Elf was ordered to kill him. Nyx and Trinity are on opposite sides of a struggle and have found a worthy opponent. These are simple sparks for a rivalry, but I think simple can work. Not everyone rivalry has to be about the bad guy killing the good guy’s father after a misunderstanding that led the villain to go into jail where he made a deal with a demon for the power to crush the one he blamed for his life going to hell. Sometimes two characters simply hate each other. As long as a reason is given and it makes some sense, I’m good. One spark that I can never get behind is the ‘I love you so I’m going to kill you’ thing that I’ve seen from time to time. That comes off as the author wanting to write an angry sex scene.
So, what do you look for in a rivalry?
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