General Zaroff is the antagonist in the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." In challenging Rainsford to a wicked game, Zaroff is the character who presents the external conflict for the protagonist. Richard Connell, the author of the story, uses lots of direct and indirect characterization to develop Zaroff's round character. He is characterized as aristocratic, refined, unscruplous, cold-blooded, eccentric, and a bit insane. Although he hunts men on his island, he does does not believe he is a heartless murderer because he has set up rules for his "game" and provides his prey with resources. He displays these characteristics and beliefs from begining to end with no change, which makes him a static character.