How To Write The Perfect Protagonist

How To Write The Perfect Protagonist

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english term of protagonist goes all the way back to an ancient greek drama which originally meant the player of the first part or the chief actor during this time greek dramas mostly consisted of recruiting choruses and dancing around that is until poetics came along which introduced the idea of one actor stepping out and engaging in a dialogue with the chorus later on we get to see the addition of another actor added to the mix and which created the idea of dialogue between two characters as of modern times in film and media we now have many characters acting in their own separate roles with the primary role
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being that of the protagonist so to make it clear in case there were any misconceptions regarding this the protagonist is the main character of the story despite good or evil now before we do move on any further to the video i do want to say if you are new to the channel make sure you like comment subscribe and turn on the bell notifications as 65 percent of you that watch my videos aren't subscribed it would be greatly appreciated and it truly makes a huge difference as well for this final week will the mass man plus should be available so if you are interested don't miss out and go check out the link in the description below
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now of course there's no such thing as the perfect protagonist as in reality all of that is really up to interpretation and every character in general has their own faults so the term perfect doesn't really match up here it's just used for the title's sake but still many times there are many misconceptions especially in the anime manga community oftentimes oversimplifying the progression or development of the character and honestly speaking this is probably one of the most annoying things possible to see i don't know where the stigma comes from that people think that good development is people going from
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non-edgy to edgy when i think most characters that are like the examples of great character development do the opposite of that but whatever moving on though it needs to be said that each protagonist isn't going to connect with every reader you can go on and faithfully believe that your protagonist is the peak of the medium but you would also have to understand that some people aren't just gonna get emotionally invested as you think they would this is why we have a variety of genres filled with multitudes of protagonists that give certain readers the abilities to relate to despite popular opinion in order to create the perfect protagonist
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quote unquote there's going to be a lot of nuances that have to be structurally layered out for the protagonist now don't see this as specific rules you have to follow see this as vague guidelines based off of analysis of all the different protagonists i've read and seen throughout media that i'm kind of presenting to you and the first thing we need to begin with is the character introduction this part is important because it gives the reader slash viewer the idea of what kind of character the protagonist is most of the time in character introductions the protagonist is likely going to identify with a certain cliche trait or behavior this
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can range from pretty much anything and having the character introduction given first to the reader viewer means a lot going forward because we will start to sort of understand some of the characters actions later on character introductions can vary in many different ways many times a character's introduction can either be hinted kind of shown to us give us an idea of what the goal is or outright just tell us what it is and this can span from a few chapters up until an entire arc a quick example of this can be found in code geass when in the very first episode we see lelouch playing chess and we see him
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move the king piece first little did we know this would tie into his entire philosophy and how he would carry the plot taking the course of action and allowing others to follow other quick examples can be luffy and naruto who both give a pretty clear idea of what their goal is for the end of the series the idea of the character introduction is to show the personality and the goal of the protagonist for the rest of the series to develop that more this is pretty simple and there's not really one way to go about this so we can keep this segment short and concise as i think it really transitions into the next one
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which would be character attachment quote i think there has to be an empathic strike between the reader and the protagonist there has to be something said and known that can connect the reader to this person michael connolly so this segment might be a little messy but i'll try to make it as simple as the quote did from here on the main goal of the character introduction outside of introducing us to the protagonist is to create some sort of emotional attachment this is where the true beauty of subjectivity plays in art and media because even though we build stronger attachments to the protagonist as the series goes on
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many times our investment in the protagonist comes from what sort of emotional or intellectual message connects with us for example it is no secret that i'm a big fan of stoic gone angry characters correction well done angry characters now there's more to a character usually than just one emotion well at least there should be but there will always be emotional biases that we will always have and messages that will connect to us way more than others in other words a protagonist that tackles the theme of depression may connect to one individual more than others and even though it may be well done the reader
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may never find that appreciation for said character what's important though is that your protagonist offers something to somebody this can be later expanded upon even more through character development and character change but what matters is that you lead up to that the moment you introduce your character give the protagonist a purpose here are five questions i think you might want to keep in mind while writing and or analyzing a protagonist what does my protagonist want why does he or she want it what's standing in his or her way what does my protagonist need and
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what's at stake if he or she fails these are just overall general questions for the outline of the protagonist and some authors will admittedly delve under some of these points more than others but the main thing that will build emotional attachment is the character's motivation on the surface what grasps the reader should be the protagonist's personality but what is truly important what will truly keep the reader interested in said character is the character's motivation and it's a lot deeper than i think some people are willing to think some things to take into consideration when once
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again writing or analyzing the protagonist are these different types of motivations so these can break down into many different areas for example you have their beliefs their fears their relationships desires and usually in between all of that is their backstory now there are subsections to all of that and different types of beliefs and fears and relationships and desires so as you can see having a motivation for your character is important now at least every character should have a motivation on top of their personality that will give them the deeper attachment that is
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needed for the audience and so once we get a little bit into this character attachment after the introduction this attachment is built on furthermore through the character development quote character is not created in isolation or repose it is forged through interaction with others and the world david corbett first we need to give the definition of what a static and dynamic character is a static character is one that does not undergo important change under the course of the story remaining essentially the same at the end to make it clear a static character might go
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through some changes here and there but one can go and look at their current state now and look back through the beginning and you can still see that they haven't changed at their core usually static characters are limited to changes tied into the plot in contrast to the dynamic characters dynamic characters undergo important change through the course of the story going through fundamental changes of what their motivation and character is at their core however what makes this tricky is progression and development are many times intertwined especially in the external sense shown in manga for
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example are probably best known for these external developments which the characters go through at first glance with their power ups and new forms that's not to say that shonen characters can't go through internal developments however the big ones that stand out do tend to be the external ones again the super saiyan sage naruto all of the different forms ichigo has and etc etc etc and just to be extra clear all because a character goes through some massive external developments doesn't mean they can't go through equally big internal developments however some good
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examples of these dynamic characters would be guts from berserk and thorfin from villain saga who are definitely going to be in the thumbnail and are probably the best examples in the medium of anime and manga when it comes to the internal character development and a dynamic protagonist now once again i'm really speaking in these broad terms and i'm not always bringing up these specific examples because i don't want you to be tempted into thinking these are the only characters that did it right i want you to think of your favorite protagonist or some of the protagonists that you consider to be the best and see how they kind of fit within these categories but going back to it
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internal developments would go along the lines of changes and goals the driving force of their quests and many times questioning the possibility of failure once again being completely different characters now compared to who they were at the beginning versus a more static character which will go through some external changes here and there and will definitely mature but at their core will pretty much stay the same as they were at the beginning these are characters that are more about changing the world around them than letting the world and their events change who they are any sort of development or change in a
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character can be shown symbolically or literally through imagery or told through dialogue between characters either ways whether static or dynamic and this is the important part is that whatever type of change the character goes through whether small or large it is made clear towards the audience quote be clear on every character's agenda in the scene and the agendas in the conflict before you write take a moment just to jot down what each character in the scene wants even if as kurt von go once said it is only a glass of water so i touched on this concept a
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little more over a year ago now on my video on how to write the perfect antagonist but the foil in the relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist is the most essential in the entire plot in that video i discussed how the antagonist more often than not serves as the dominant force that pushes the plot the job of the protagonist is to take action and push the plot further by taking the antagonist to his or her limit just as previously the antagonist did for the protagonist in other words it's one big game of pushing and pulling which leads towards the climax and it is
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at the climax where the main character and the main enemy will fight to defend their ideology and protect their motivations while destroying the others again this is a concept i talked more about in my how to write the perfect antagonist video so if you are interested in that link will be in the description below however this does not simply have to confine to the idea of good or evil some of my favorite stories have a protagonist and antagonist that each offer a good perspective on their own ideology and are both each extremely flawed therefore making their conflict much more nuanced and interesting
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however that is not to say that your typical good versus evil conflict cannot be just as good in the end this is all a little bit of literature theory and concepts if you will so what matters is good execution but how do i kind of encompass all of this what is the goal of writing the protagonist what is the purpose of the protagonist in the end the ultimate purpose of the characters in your story is to give the themes and messages in your story life therefore the ultimate purpose of the protagonist is to serve as the primary character who will allow those themes to be made
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visible therefore whatever goal you give to your protagonist should be with the intention that you explore those themes throughout their journey the purpose of the antagonists and the difficulties they go through is to slow down the protagonist from reaching said goal therefore making the story interesting in the first place luffy's goal in one piece is to become the pirate king and find the one piece if we were to condense it right the difficulties that luffy goes through makes the journey much more credible and memorable some characters have a much more nuanced goal like guts essentially still trying to find out what his goal is and what the
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purpose of life is just like many of us and i don't think i need to get into what kind of opposition he faced i've talked about that plenty so in the end the protagonist should capture the reader and serve as the clear example of what the story is about pushing a memorable plot and providing a character that will stay in the heart of the audience forever i really hope you enjoyed this video and let me know if there's any sort of other type of concepts when it comes to writing you would like me to tackle i'm not a professional writer i'm just a 19 year old kid that really likes manga nonetheless if you are new here make sure you like comment subscribe and once
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