Rivalries have reasons, they always do. These are some reasons from the top of my head.
- Dislike- If these two characters don’t get on they might have a rivalry and want to beat each other in tests and such.
- Friendly- friendly rivalry is where you compete with each other. So you might compete on grades or sports but it is friendly- could get heated though!
With rivalries anything could be a competition, trust me- I’ve been there. My ex friend and I had a rivalry (which I’m pretty sure she didn’t know she was in) and I wanted to beat her at EVERYTHING. Just because, there was no real reason.
This sort of thing stems back to our own self importance and the belief some people have that you have to do better than other people, you have to ‘win’. I think every person wants to be better than others, I think whether people say this is the difference. At school my best friend was really clever, she got A*s in EVERYTHING and all I wanted to do was beat her, and I did (once) and I gloated like my life depended on it. Because I was so pleased with myself because she was the standard I judged myself against and to beat her was the best thing possible for me.
So with rivalries, decide whether or not it’s friendly. What they are competitive about and how they show this. Some people are very open about it- others not so.
Hope this helps!