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8 Common Character Roles!
Character roles Character roles describe what FUNCTION each character has in a story Characters in stories fill certain “jobs” that are critical to the story’s plot, theme, and moral lesson Some character roles overlap meaning one character can have more than one role in the story.
Protagonist Responsible for handling the main conflict in the story. This character is the one MOST in need of change, emotionally Primarily is a “good guy”
Antagonist Primarily a ‘bad guy’ Character that opposes the protagonist on all counts (emotionally and physically) Antagonist can also be a group of people, or a non-human force of some kind
MENTOR The protagonist’s conscience This character usually embodies (carries) the thematic message. Voices or represents the lesson that the protagonist must learn in order to change and achieve his/her goals Mentors aren’t perfect, can still be flawed
Tempter Like the antagonist, the tempter tries to stand in the way of the protagonist achieving their goals Tempter might try to manipulate or convince protagonist to join the “dark side” In the end, the tempter can change his mind and realize the value of the “good side”
Sidekick! The protagonist’s unconditionally loving friend May get frustrated with the protagonist, but will always stand by them Usually embodies the thematic message of the story without even realising it (The mentor can EXPLAIN the theme, while the sidekick just does it without even thinking about it)
Skeptic The lone objector to the theme/plot/plan Does not believe in the theme OR in the importance of the protagonist reaching his goal May like the protagonist and want them to succeed, but they are too skeptical to be loyal or help make this happen Can have a change of heart by end of story
Emotional Acts according to their gut, lets emotions fuel their decisions Impulsive and reactive Might run into trouble by acting on impulses before thinking/planning them out Acts with their heart, not their head
Logical The rational thinker; plans things out Shoots for logical solutions and gives reasonable suggestions/answers Serves as a “voice of reason” or a cautionary voice when someone is about to act impulsively