This fictional person may be based on some aspect of yourself or of someone you know.
This character will have a designated role in your story, which you must direct and develop.
This PowerPoint intends to help you answer three questions about a character in development: What role should this character play? What role should this character play? Will this character be round or flat? Will this character be round or flat? Will this character be static or dynamic? Will this character be static or dynamic?
Like a casting director, you need to know which actor can play which role.
Here is your cast: The Protagonist The Protagonist The Antagonist The Antagonist The Foil The Foil The Stock Character The Stock Character
In your story, you will need to fill each role at least once.
The Protagonist The Protagonist is the lead character—the focus of audience identification. We expect that the character will change in some way, becoming a better (or worse) version of him or her self.
In the eponymous films, Shrek becomes a better, more fulfilled version of himself. He earns Fiona’s love.
Fiona also changes. At first obsessed with protocols and externals, she gives up expectations for love of the least- likely candidate in animation history.
She accepts her true nature as an ogress and finds personal and marital fulfillment as a result.
The happiness Shrek and Fiona find together is a promise to all of us.
Not all protagonists change for the better, however.
You can see the type in Gen. W.R. Monger from Monsters vs. Aliens
The Mean-Girl Cheerleader is also frequently deployed. Santana Lopez of Glee Santana Lopez of Glee Cordelia Chase of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer Cordelia Chase of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer Libby Chessler of Sabrina, the Teen-Age Witch Libby Chessler of Sabrina, the Teen-Age Witch
Some authors go beyond “stock” into stereotype.
After the epiphany, the character takes a different course of action, in spite of the risks. Luke Skywalker chooses to redeem Darth Vader Luke Skywalker chooses to redeem Darth Vader Shrek chooses to fight for Fiona Shrek chooses to fight for Fiona Snow White chooses to fight for her kingdom Snow White chooses to fight for her kingdom Harry Potter chooses to confront Voldemort Harry Potter chooses to confront Voldemort Frodo chooses to take the Ring to Mordor Frodo chooses to take the Ring to Mordor Michael Corleone chooses to save his father’s life Michael Corleone chooses to save his father’s life Charlie Wales chooses to face reality without people from his previous life Charlie Wales chooses to face reality without people from his previous life Marlin chooses to let go Marlin chooses to let go And so on... And so on...