I have sought to mess around with how people perceive Reggie from the beginning. Introduce him as an antagonist, then flip the perspective & humanize him. I hoped that in some small way it would inspire people to think about the antagonists in their lives. Truly evil people are rare in the world. At least more rare than harmless ones… mostly harmless ones anyway. I think, as I look at how people interact with each other now that I have failed at this completely. Well, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that I never reached a large enough audience to make an impact. In any event I have tried to make Reggie sympathetic. He’s socially awkward, lacks confidence, & it manifests in behaviors that are counterproductive. His parents didn’t set out to create a child like that, but somewhere along the way communications became muddled. Or maybe it’s a chain of toxic behavior spanning generations. Or a combination of things too complex to truly say what any one cause is. He’s not a villain, he’s just a guy, you know? He has a code he lives by that sometimes he doesn’t remember to follow. Maybe he’s a little bipolar. We are all complex beings struggling to make sense of existence. Thinking about how your antagonist sees things sometimes, rather than painting them as inhuman in your mind, might help all parties come to an understanding.