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14th Apr '16 9:12:19 PM Bionicman
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* Like most other role-playing games, ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a large cast of characters, each facing an external conflict and an internal conflict.

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* Like most other role-playing games, The three games in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a large cast series are on different points of characters, each facing an external conflict and an internal conflict.the scale:



** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' falls heavily on the character side, as was more about Shepard's teammates than Shepard himself, as they each have to decide between confronting the Collectors, or conflicting with their respective pasts. That's where Shepard comes in, as he has to help them resolve their pasts in order to increase the likelihood of surviving the final suicide mission.

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** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' falls heavily on the character side, as was more about Shepard's teammates than Shepard himself, as they each side. The focus is on character development of a large group of playable squadmates who have little connection to decide between confronting the Collectors, or conflicting main plot (stopping a mysterious race from kidnapping human colonists). The majority of the game is spent helping them dealing with issues their respective pasts. That's where Shepard comes in, as he has pasts to help them resolve their pasts in order to increase the likelihood of focus on surviving the final suicide mission.mission.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is extremely plot oriented, since the nature of that plot (finding a way to save every species in the galaxy from being exterminated by an incredibly powerful group of sentient spaceships) forces the personal lives of the characters to take a step back. A contributing factor was how any of the Mass Effect 2 characters could have died on the final mission, making it difficult to incorporate character development for them in the plot.
14th Apr '16 3:59:38 PM nabu-san
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is initially heavily characted-oriented, the earlier parts' plots could be considered [[ExcusePlot Excuse Plots]] to provide a context for the awesome characters to fight each others, and the story focuses more on how the characters drive the events than the events themselves. The latest part ''[=JoJolion=]'' is however a QuestForIdentity where the plot and the characters take an equal part in the overall story.
11th Feb '16 5:52:22 PM Boisegang
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* ''Fanfic/ToInfinity'' has Chapters that advanced the plot, and Spotlights that advance characterization.
22nd Jan '16 5:38:55 PM romanatorX
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* '''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''' is very much on the character side of the spectrum. While there is a [[JigsawPuzzlePlot surprisingly dense plot]], it's directly tied to the characters' actions, specifically resident [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girl Warrior]]s the Crystal Gems. While there were subtle clues easily missed amongst the background scenery, it isn't until the 17th episode where the viewer sees there's a bit more going on beyond [[AllLovingHero Steven]]'s adventures and character growth. By the time the first major WamEpisode of "Mirror Gem" starts, half of the first season has passed, subtly developing the main and secondary cast. TropesAreNotBad as the slow pace and strong character focus amplifies the tension greatly when [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Homeworld Gems]] do show up. As the series goes on, the plot is revealed to be almost entirely shaped by [[DefectorFromDecadence the Crystal Gems]]. The SliceOfLife themes stay grounded even while the plot majorly picks up. Whereas most cartoons would increase the drama according to how serious the storyline becomes, SU will happily dedicate an episode to a seemingly minor character. Long story short, this provides a massive MoodWhiplash as the SpaceOpera themes collide with a sleepy beach town grounded in SliceOfLife.

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* '''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''' ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is very much on the character side of the spectrum. While there is a [[JigsawPuzzlePlot surprisingly dense plot]], it's directly tied to the characters' actions, specifically resident [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girl Warrior]]s the Crystal Gems. While there were subtle clues easily missed amongst the background scenery, it isn't until the 17th episode where the viewer sees there's a bit more going on beyond [[AllLovingHero Steven]]'s adventures and character growth. By the time the first major WamEpisode WhamEpisode of "Mirror Gem" starts, half of the first season has passed, subtly developing the main and secondary cast. TropesAreNotBad as the slow pace and strong character focus amplifies the tension greatly when [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Homeworld Gems]] do show up. As the series goes on, the plot is revealed to be almost entirely shaped by [[DefectorFromDecadence the Crystal Gems]]. The SliceOfLife themes stay grounded even while the plot majorly picks up. Whereas most cartoons would increase the drama according to how serious the storyline becomes, SU will happily dedicate an episode to a seemingly minor character. Long story short, this provides a massive MoodWhiplash as the SpaceOpera themes collide with a sleepy beach town grounded in SliceOfLife.
18th Nov '15 11:23:25 AM EricNeoMatrix
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* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is heavy on the plot side, although the rewrite does add more characterization to everyone to help explain the plot.
28th Oct '15 12:34:15 PM FF32
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* ''{{Heavy Rain}}'s'' external conflict mostly revolved around capturing the Origami Killer before he kills Ethan Mars' surviving son, Shaun. The internal conflicts, however, included these:

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* ''{{Heavy Rain}}'s'' ''VideoGame/HeavyRain's'' external conflict mostly revolved around capturing the Origami Killer before he kills Ethan Mars' surviving son, Shaun. The internal conflicts, however, included these:
14th Jul '15 6:36:05 AM BlackYakuzu94
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* {{Blazblue}}: Its a series that goes through the entire scale, that started off more character driven given that the plot hadn't really kicked in yet, but slowly became more plot focused as the series went on. Its generally divided as followed:
** [[VideoGame/BlazblueCalamityTrigger The first game]] introduces and establishes the characters and their distinct personalities through their own individual story routes. There's very little plot to speak off until the game's TrueEnding, which reveals the series` most recurring antagonist. Which leads to...
** VideoGame/BlazblueContinuumShift: The villains begin making themselves known and what their plans are and have now started directly opposing the protagonists. Additionally, many of the characters experience their own personal struggles that they strive to over come and still retains the previous game's individual character routes.
** VideoGame/BlazblueChronophantasma: The villain's plans have nearly reached completion and most of the lingering character plots from the previous game are resolved, so most of the plot is dedicated to the series` setting and backstory and stopping the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. The plot structure in this game is more streamlined, with some characters getting less focus than in the previous two games.
7th Jul '15 7:27:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Lost}}'' turns this into a pretty monumental task by combining it with {{Loads and Loads of Characters}}. Almost every one of the many main characters has a heavily layered backstory to accompany the main plot of the series, and they are represented in flashbacks, flash forwards, and their own invention: flash sideways.

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* ''{{Lost}}'' ''Series/{{Lost}}'' turns this into a pretty monumental task by combining it with {{Loads and Loads of Characters}}. Almost every one of the many main characters has a heavily layered backstory to accompany the main plot of the series, and they are represented in flashbacks, flash forwards, and their own invention: flash sideways.
5th Jul '15 3:43:52 PM Hvedekorn
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* ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'' is largely on the character side of the scale, with the plot mostly revolving around the eponymous character helping people with their personal problems and troubled lives - and the SeriesGoal is to find out why he has his [[PowerCopying copying power]] and [[spoiler: what hides in his lost memories]] so that he can get to know himself better. While several characters are good fighters, major conflicts are almost solely solved with [[BattleOfWits battles of wits]] and talking.
29th Jun '15 11:22:57 AM Dark_Lord_
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* This tends to differ in the multiple incarnations of ''Franchise/SuperSentai''. Some of them are very episodic and tend to focus more on the characters than an overarching plot. Examples of this are ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', ''Series/EngineSentaiGoonger'' and ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''. Other series have an overarching story, in which character development takes a backseat. Examples are ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' and ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters''
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