Whose story is it all about? Who is telling the story or from whose poin
t of view are we experiencing it? What manner, creed or kind of man is your protagonist, central character, hero/heroine, archetype, antihero, star, good guy or main character?
What does the lead or main character have that will inform his or her reaction to issues, situations or circumstances? It has to be some uniqueness that will interest the audience. He or she should make such clear impressions whether, as an intense lover; skilled fighter, driver or chef; notorious crook, hacker or gambler; talented artist or industrious student; famous detective or athlete; loving parent; self-absorbed dreamer; great scientist or friend among other attributes. These are also about us: what we are, what we do and what we care about.
It is like meeting a stranger, who at first impression makes friends with us. Of course, with those appealing attributes or Unique Ability, which represents some quality or value; possibly helping to resolve the main character problem. The antagonist also has some Unique Ability or quality, which enables clash and impact on the protagonist solution to his or her problem.
This is what causes us to sympathize or empathize with him or her. Really, because he or she is the one, whose life is hurting. Therefore, his or her internal reactions, decisions and actions will drive the plot. Such reactions will also result from some human fault, a drawback or drag, which may not necessarily be negative.
Accordingly, one of such features should serve as the lead, central, main character or protagonist’s character elements. Really, because humans are imperfect and a flawless protagonist’s life will be impractical or dull. These are what a second character, antagonist exploits.Thus, shaken by some unforeseen event (inciting incidence), caused by the antagonist, the hero or heroine embarks on a ‘plot,’ to solve the problem.
The main character’s weakness or flaw is the key to his or her transformation, or arc. It is the inner driver that reacts to the antagonist’s efforts to stop his or her objective, purpose or goal. In fact, knowing that the protagonist hates knowledge of his flaw, the antagonist uses it for incitement. Howbeit the antagonist also has his or her Unique Ability, which enables the confrontation with the main character. To that extent the antagonist also has his or her Critical Flaw, which inhibits efforts in the conflict. So, both have inherent abilities and weaknesses or catalysts and inhibitors to drive and slow down during the unfolding conflict.
Basically, too it’s an important element in a good logline; essentially describing the main character. It also reveals the type of arc, development or change the main character will undergo for a fitting resolution of the story. Indeed, through to the end, the main character is capable of physical, emotional, spiritual and moral growth. This could be very obvious in episodic television series/serial broadcasts; necessary for brainstorming ideas.
Brilliant, honest and adopted teenage girl [PROTAGONIST], fights school corruption among her parents-teachers association, students and staff [ANTAGONISM] stops a spoilt school boyfriend from becoming prefect, indeed causes general students’ moral rebirth. [GOAL].
1. Brilliant, honest and adopted-Character flaw
2. Causes student’s moral rebirth-Recognition of heroine’s much sought after school truly academic environment- Self-Actualized Moral Leader.
The following movie characters and their flaws should get some interesting character arc or finishing at the end.
1. Charles Foster Kane-Citizen Kane- Passionate Ambition
2. Jake La Motta- Raging Bull- Stormy temper
3. Fletcher Reede- Liar, Liar-Lying and
4. Shrek- Shrek- Selfishness.