Step 2 – Conflict

GOAL: Explore Concept’s Protagonist and Antagonist and their conflict.
DELIVERABLES: Multiple versions of a Protagonist & Antagonist and their conflict. 150 words each.

I/ Protagonist

In order to structure the process of character exploration and development, explore the below questions for both:

  • What does our character WANT (“want” pushes plot)?
  • What does our character NEED (“need” pushes theme)?
  • What is our character afraid of? What are his/her Weaknesses?
  • What does our character care about? What are his/her Values?
  • What does our character think about the Moral Conflict?
  • What does our character believe at the beginning of the story that will be challenged?
  • What will our character be doing during the Story? What is the Main Action?
  • What obstacle does the Protagonist have to overcome to achieve its need?
  • What choice do they do to overcome the obstacles?
  • What is the OUTCOME/RESOLUTION of the character’s WANT & NEED? When want and need converge, will the character achieve his/her goal or not?
  • Why does this story have to happen to this character at this exact time?

II/ Antagonist

Answer the same questions above for the antagonist.

Protagonist and Antagonist are linked to each other. The story is interesting because of those 2 characters. The antagonist needs to be built with the protagonist in mind, and vice versa.

Here are a few things to think about when creating the antagonist:

  • The antagonist Wants the same thing as the Protagonist but will use different methods, morally wrong ones.
  • What the antagonist will do (Main action) is the opposite action of the protagonist.
  • The antagonist is the best at attacking the Protagonist’s weaknesses.
  • The antagonist Values are the opposite of the Protagonist’s Values.
  • What the antagonist thinks about the Moral Conflict is the opposite or in conflict with what the protagonist thinks.

“Create an antagonist that is exceptionally good at attacking your hero’s greatest weakness”

 – John Truby