Well put. I think the first thing a writer (even a writer of superhero fiction) should aim for is motivation. Why is the character doing what they're doing and how far will they be willing to go to make it happen? Do they have any personal obstacles to reaching that goal or are they external?
With fantasy fiction in general it seems like people substitute moral "alignment" (in the D&D sense) for motivation. The good characters do good things because they are basically good. Boring (and a bit redundant as well, ha ha). I think the best writers are so invested in their characters that they allow them to make bad decisions even if those decisions derail their heroic plot. Basically, characters shouldn't follow a "plot" at all. They should create the story with their actions. The writer's job is to make sure that the story they want to tell can even be told by the characters they created or you end up with something that feels less than believable.
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