For some reason, BB always comes to mind. Walter White's real rival was his own ego. Your bad guy doesn't have to be someone, it could be someTHING. It could even be your (anti)hero's flaw.
A Helper is usually the one grounding the (anti)hero or guiding them. His or her opposite, or the voice of reason. They CAN be just as evil as your (anti)hero is, but as opposed to the rival it guides your (anti)hero toward the right direction, also emotionally. Doesn't mean they're right or that your (anti)hero will listen to them, but at the end of the day they want what's best for your (anti)hero.
With that in mind, there's always the option of a twist. Like the Helper has been working for the Rival all along, or they die and the Hero is left to fight alone - by that beating his/her flaw or giving in to it. Use the twist as your reversal.
The reversal could also be the flaw giving way to a new or another flaw. The flaw itself could open new possibilities: Walter White wanted to make SOME money for his family... But then he got greedy, because he was so damn good at it. He pushed his limits, the law's limits, his friends and family's limits.... And then he died for it. For his ego.
Your (anti)hero's story should escalate: the obstacles, the stakes, the flaws, the goals... And the Helper + the Rival work for and against it all.
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