If there’s something mechanically I want to work on, I’m not sure if the best way to do that is make a character really good at it or really bad.
I got some bad guys, and I want to disclose their motivations. They do some things for reasons that are obvious if their motivations are known and bizarre if not. So do I make a character highly empathic, so they know these motivations, or non-empathic, so they have to struggle and find out? The readers will, hopefully, struggle along with the characters.
I bet this is one of those balance things.