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10th Aug '16 9:06:39 PM nombretomado
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* The ''LordOfTheRings'' series falls in the middle. There is an overarching plot of the quest to reach Mount Doom, but it is also driven by the characters' internal conflicts. For example, Frodo doesn't just have to reach Mount Doom so that he can destroy the One Ring, but do so while resisting its temptation.
* The {{Deryni}} works are equally plot and character driven, largely because many of the protagonists have to deal with the powers and the persecution that come with being Deryni, as well as the strife between the rival kingdoms of Gwynedd and Torenth. In particular, Denis Arilan and Duncan [=McLain=] have to resolve a basic personal conflict between their arcane abilities and their vocations; they both choose to be priests, but Denis chooses to keep his secret as far as possible, while Duncan eventually chooses to live openly as a Deryni priest. Alaric Morgan has spent years cultivating an ominous reputation, yet he has to adjust when a new king (Kelson, himself half Deryni) takes the throne and works to end the persecutions and regain lost knowledge. Kelson has to grow into his own as a man and a king, cope with his heritage on a personal level and cope with rebellions, church schism, and the rival kingdom to the east.

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* The ''LordOfTheRings'' series ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' falls in the middle. There is an overarching plot of the quest to reach Mount Doom, but it is also driven by the characters' internal conflicts. For example, Frodo doesn't just have to reach Mount Doom so that he can destroy the One Ring, but do so while resisting its temptation.
* The {{Deryni}} Literature/{{Deryni}} works are equally plot and character driven, largely because many of the protagonists have to deal with the powers and the persecution that come with being Deryni, as well as the strife between the rival kingdoms of Gwynedd and Torenth. In particular, Denis Arilan and Duncan [=McLain=] have to resolve a basic personal conflict between their arcane abilities and their vocations; they both choose to be priests, but Denis chooses to keep his secret as far as possible, while Duncan eventually chooses to live openly as a Deryni priest. Alaric Morgan has spent years cultivating an ominous reputation, yet he has to adjust when a new king (Kelson, himself half Deryni) takes the throne and works to end the persecutions and regain lost knowledge. Kelson has to grow into his own as a man and a king, cope with his heritage on a personal level and cope with rebellions, church schism, and the rival kingdom to the east.
26th Jul '16 8:43:45 PM tommy1138
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* The Teen Titans slides over to the character end more, and while season arcs are there, they are still driven, or at least guided, by the characters and their desires.
4th Jul '16 12:27:59 PM Bionicman
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* Most superhero comic books, namely the ones in the ''{{DC|Universe}}'' and ''{{Marvel|Universe}}'' universes, have each hero deal with the external conflicts of defeating powerful supervillains, and the internal conflicts of resolving their past issues.
** Bruce Wayne of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fame originally lost both his parents to a criminal during his childhood, forcing him to become Batman himself to battle crime and make sure no one goes through the same tragedy he used to go through. He also doesn't bother to fall in love with anyone of the opposite gender, out of fear that the villains might (a) use them to get to him, and (b) traumatize him like in his childhood.
** The ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' possess a bad habit of fighting amongst each other, and at times even more so than against their villains! The Thing is selfish, Human Torch is brash and impatient, Mr. Fantastic is the strict leader, and Invisible Woman struggles to keep the team together. Those differences would, in turn, make them ''bound'' to create tons of internal conflicts!
** ''SpiderMan'' was a nerdy teenager that everyone evaded out of jealousy for his good grades and cooperative behavior at high school. As soon as he gets bitten by a radioactive spider and loses his Uncle Ben to a wanted burglar, he would dress up as Spider-Man to not only fight crime and keep people safe, but also gain the positive attention he couldn't attain as Peter Parker.
** ''{{Superman}}'' originally hailed from Krypton, until he was orphaned by his parents to be saved from the planet's inevitable explosion. As he was adopted and raised in the rural town of Smallville, then moved to Metropolis to work at the Daily Planet as his alter ego, Clark Kent, he struggles long and hard to fit into a world he doesn't belong in. His Clark Kent side was to make sure he could interact with other normal human beings so that no one would discriminate against him for his Superman-side's origins as an alien from Krypton.
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* ''Fanfic/ToInfinity'' has Chapters that advanced the plot, and Spotlights that advance characterization.



* The original ''StarWars'' trilogy falls in the middle of the scale, being about more than just about a small group of rebels doing battle against the Galactic Empire, a force several times larger and more powerful than them. It was also about several issues that were smaller than the rebellion itself, two of them being the most vital of them all:
** The main protagonist, Luke Skywalker, goes on a dangerous Bar Mitzvah of death in order to not only become a full-fledged Jedi, but also a full-fledged adult human being. This would involve helping the Rebel Alliance overthrow the Empire, as well as saving his beloved father, Anakin Skywalker, from his own dark side.
** The other two protagonists, Han Solo and Princess Leia, both start out distrustful to each other, just because the latter was a princess and the former was a smuggler. As the original trilogy progressed, they would put aside their differences, work together to help Luke defeat the Empire, and even romance each other!

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* The original ''StarWars'' trilogy falls in the middle of the scale, being about more than just about a small group of rebels doing battle against the Galactic Empire, a force several times larger and more powerful than them. It was also about several issues that were smaller than the rebellion itself, two of them being the most vital of them all:
** The main protagonist, Luke Skywalker, goes on a dangerous Bar Mitzvah of death in order
all (Luke's quest to not only become a full-fledged Jedi, but also a full-fledged adult human being. This would involve helping the Rebel Alliance overthrow the Empire, as well as saving his beloved father, Anakin Skywalker, from his own dark side.
** The other two protagonists,
and Han Solo and Princess Leia, both start out distrustful to each other, just because the latter was a princess and the former was a smuggler. As the original trilogy progressed, they would put aside their differences, work together to help Luke defeat the Empire, and even romance each other!Leia's relationship).



* While most people believe the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' franchise's characters are flat and underdeveloped, they weren't ''that'' much so, as they ''do'' have internal conflicts of their own. The external plot involves questing to prevent alchemy's return in the first ''Golden Sun'', and restoring it in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. Meanwhile, the internal conflicts include the following:
** Isaac and Felix both desire to save Weyard, but their methods of doing so oppose each other, meaning that they must decide on how they must deal with each other in the process. [[spoiler:That is, until Felix's group saves Isaac's group on Jupiter Lighthouse and told them their side of the story, thus earning them allies out of Isaac's group.]]
** Ivan is the adoptive son of a powerful merchant named Hammet, and joined Isaac and Garret when he was unable to travel with Hammet. However, the player is given the option to save Hammet, and in exchange gain information on delivering the Shaman's Rod to Hesperia, resourceful for ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. [[spoiler:As soon as he learned that he originally hailed from Contigo and his sister was Master Hamma, he then had to reluctantly leave his home and sister behind to help Felix restore alchemy to Weyard.]]
** Mia joins Isaac's group to stop her evil cousin, Alex, from destroying Weyard, while deciding whether or not to fight her own flesh and blood.
** Sheba hailed from Lalivero and was adopted and raised by Faran, [[spoiler:but joined Felix's group to travel to Contigo and Jupiter Lighthouse, so that she could learn about her past, but with failing results.]]
** Piers is sent by his King Hydros of Lemuria to confirm his research on Weyard's decline, but was unable to return to his home due to the perpetual fog and strong currents surrounding it. [[spoiler:As soon as he returns home, however, he finds his mother dead and has to visit her grave to mourn her loss.]]
* ''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:
** Ethan Mars lost his eldest son, Jason, and didn't want to lose his youngest son, Shaun, as well. This explains why he does all sorts of harmful things to himself and others around him to save Shaun from the Origami Killer.
** As the other two protagonists, Madison Paige and Norman Jayden, quest to capture the Origami Killer and rescue Ethan's kidnapped son, the former would fight off chronic insomnia, while the latter does battle against triptocaine addiction.
* The ''{{Kingdom Hearts}}'' franchise had many characters face off not only against their foes, but also their own friends.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'', and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' had Sora decide between saving only one of his two childhood friends, Kairi (the metaphor for Sora's light) and Riku (the metaphor for Sora's darkness). By the time ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' ends, he manages to find a way to save both, since the two were capable of handling themselves anyway.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' had Roxas, Xion, and Axel struggle to find a balance between their bond of friendship with each other, and their duties and responsibilities to the malevolent Organization XIII and its leader, Xemnas. The story is mostly character-driven, as while outside circumstances often act on the trio, they tend to serve as catalysts for their development.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' would also pit the three friends, including Terra, Ventus, and Aqua, against each other, and not just against Master Xehanort and his apprentice, Vanitas. The reason was because Terra was succumbing to the darkness, forcing Aqua, the new keyblade master, to slay him on sight because of it, and thus leaving Ventus to decide between saving Terra or Aqua, much like Sora's decision between saving Kairi or Riku.

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* While most people believe the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' franchise's characters are flat and underdeveloped, they weren't ''that'' much so, as they ''do'' have internal conflicts of their own. The external plot involves questing to prevent alchemy's return in the first ''Golden Sun'', and restoring it in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. Meanwhile, the internal conflicts include the following:\n** Isaac and Felix both desire to save Weyard, but their methods of doing so oppose each other, meaning that they must decide on how they must deal with each other in the process. [[spoiler:That is, until Felix's group saves Isaac's group on Jupiter Lighthouse and told them their side of the story, thus earning them allies out of Isaac's group.]]\n** Ivan is the adoptive son of a powerful merchant named Hammet, and joined Isaac and Garret when he was unable to travel with Hammet. However, the player is given the option to save Hammet, and in exchange gain information on delivering the Shaman's Rod to Hesperia, resourceful for ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. [[spoiler:As soon as he learned that he originally hailed from Contigo and his sister was Master Hamma, he then had to reluctantly leave his home and sister behind to help Felix restore alchemy to Weyard.]]\n** Mia joins Isaac's group to stop her evil cousin, Alex, from destroying Weyard, while deciding whether or not to fight her own flesh and blood.\n** Sheba hailed from Lalivero and was adopted and raised by Faran, [[spoiler:but joined Felix's group to travel to Contigo and Jupiter Lighthouse, so that she could learn about her past, but with failing results.]]\n** Piers is sent by his King Hydros of Lemuria to confirm his research on Weyard's decline, but was unable to return to his home due to the perpetual fog and strong currents surrounding it. [[spoiler:As soon as he returns home, however, he finds his mother dead and has to visit her grave to mourn her loss.]]\n* ''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:\n** Ethan Mars lost his eldest son, Jason, and didn't want to lose his youngest son, Shaun, as well. This explains why he does all sorts of harmful things to himself and others around him to save Shaun from the Origami Killer.\n** As the other two protagonists, Madison Paige and Norman Jayden, quest to capture the Origami Killer and rescue Ethan's kidnapped son, the former would fight off chronic insomnia, while the latter does battle against triptocaine addiction.\n* The ''{{Kingdom Hearts}}'' franchise had many characters face off not only against their foes, but also their own friends.\n** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'', and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' had Sora decide between saving only one of his two childhood friends, Kairi (the metaphor for Sora's light) and Riku (the metaphor for Sora's darkness). By the time ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' ends, he manages to find a way to save both, since the two were capable of handling themselves anyway.\n** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' had Roxas, Xion, and Axel struggle to find a balance between their bond of friendship with each other, and their duties and responsibilities to the malevolent Organization XIII and its leader, Xemnas. The story is mostly character-driven, as while outside circumstances often act on the trio, they tend to serve as catalysts for their development.\n** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' would also pit the three friends, including Terra, Ventus, and Aqua, against each other, and not just against Master Xehanort and his apprentice, Vanitas. The reason was because Terra was succumbing to the darkness, forcing Aqua, the new keyblade master, to slay him on sight because of it, and thus leaving Ventus to decide between saving Terra or Aqua, much like Sora's decision between saving Kairi or Riku.



** [[spoiler:As soon as]] Lloyd Irving [[spoiler:learns that]] Kratos Aurion [[spoiler:was his true father the whole time, he has to decide whether or not to redeem him of his past crimes of betrayal.]]
** Colette Brunel was the chosen of Sylvarant, but as soon as she loses her humanity only to regain it again thanks in part to Lloyd and the others, she must free herself from her destiny at any cost.
** Genis and his older sister, Raine, were born half-elves in a world that despises them, so they must learn to cope with their origins even if it might mean getting themselves killed.
** During her failed pact with the summon-spirit, Volt, Sheena betrayed her home village of Izumo to save her own life, but since then learned to develop actual courage to atone for her betrayal.
** [[spoiler:At a certain point of the game,]] Zelos [[spoiler:betrays his friends to Mithos Yggdrassil to free himself from his destiny as chosen of Tethe'alla. If any time the player manages to unlock a conversation with Kratos in the town of Flaneur, Zelos will die and be replaced by Kratos.]]
** When Regal's fiancee, Alicia, turned into a giant monster, he was forced to kill her out of self-defense. Since then, he surrendered himself to the authorities to punish himself for murdering her, while Alicia's sister, Prescea, vows revenge against him for what happened to her. However, as soon as they join Lloyd Irving, the two would put aside their differences and become friends to reunite the two worlds with Lloyd.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' trilogy had the various main protagonists face off against not only the Gnosis, the U-TIC Organization, the Testament group, and many other external threats, but also their pasts:
** Shion Uzuki, the primary protagonist, lost her parents during her childhood, followed by her boyfriend, Kevin Winnicott, and thus had to decide between succumbing to those tragedies, or putting them aside for her new friends, including her assistant, Allen Ridgeley, her robot creation, KOS-MOS, and the variety of other friends she, Allen, and KOS-MOS gain in their quest.
** Jr., [[spoiler:also known as Rubedo]], was originally a weapon built to combat U-DO, known as a URTV, alongside his two "brothers," Gaignun Kukai/[[spoiler:Nigredo]], and the misguided Albedo. He also once fell in love with Dr. Joachim Mizrahi's daughter, Sakura, until Albedo killed her in front of Jr. out of jealousy and misguidance. Since then, as soon as he'd meet with the realian copy of Sakura, MOMO, and the rest of the main heroes, he would also struggle between his tragic past and his new friends, MOMO included.



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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Just as it's common in fiction for characters to face an overall external conflict and their own, smaller internal conflicts, it's just as common for people in real life. For example, a student goes to school, as during his time there he develops two conflicts of his own. The external conflict would normally revolve around studying at school, like he's supposed to. The internal conflict, meanwhile, would be whether or not he should, as he might make other kids jealous any time he develops good grades.
1st Jun '16 1:22:14 PM Quanyails
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* Due to being set AfterTheEnd, ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' only has four named characters, the rest being [[{{PosthumousCharacter}} dead]] [[spoiler:with the exception of [[{{EliteMooks}} The Ura]]]]. The game has an external confilct, but as the game goes on it is revealed that almost everything that happens in the plot can be traced back to the internal conflicts between the characters. ([[spoiler:Rucks working on The Calamity and Zia's father causing it, Zulf reading the journal which leads to the second half of the game, etc.]])
* {{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:

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* Due to being set AfterTheEnd, ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' only has four named characters, the rest being [[{{PosthumousCharacter}} [[PosthumousCharacter dead]] [[spoiler:with the exception of [[{{EliteMooks}} [[EliteMooks The Ura]]]]. The game has an external confilct, conflict, but as the game goes on it is revealed that almost everything that happens in the plot can be traced back to the internal conflicts between the characters. ([[spoiler:Rucks working on The Calamity and Zia's father causing it, Zulf reading the journal which leads to the second half of the game, etc.]])
* {{Blazblue}}: ''VideoGame/{{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/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.

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** VideoGame/BlazblueContinuumShift: ''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: ''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.
31st May '16 4:31:06 PM apm483@gmail.com
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When creating a work of fiction, the writers often have to develop it on a macro level (the overall plot), as well as a micro level (the individual characters). On the macro-level, the various characters have to unite to achieve a common goal, from surviving an island, to overthrowing a villain, to preventing a cataclysmic event from destroying the world. On the micro level, meanwhile, each character faces a difficult internal conflict, whether it's with a past crime, a disease or disability, or a lost loved-one.

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When creating a work of fiction, the writers often have to develop it on a macro level (the overall plot), as well as a micro level (the individual characters). On the macro-level, the various characters have to unite to achieve a common goal, from surviving an island, to overthrowing a villain, to preventing a cataclysmic event from destroying the world. On the micro level, meanwhile, each character faces a difficult internal conflict, whether it's with a past crime, a disease or disability, or a lost loved-one.
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* '''Equal Focus Between Plot and Characters:''' The plot and characters don't interfere with each other, and instead work in-concert with each other to create something memorable.
* '''Less Plot Than Characters:''' The overall story isn't very memorable because of how boring and mundane it might be, but the characters gain a lot of development, as they resolve their own respective internal-conflicts, rather than an overall external one. Mostly a drama, comedy, or romance.

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* '''Equal Focus Between Plot and Characters:''' The plot and characters don't interfere with each other, and instead work in-concert in concert with each other to create something memorable.
* '''Less Plot Than Characters:''' The overall story isn't very memorable because of how boring and mundane it might be, but the characters gain a lot of development, as they resolve their own respective internal-conflicts, internal conflicts, rather than an overall external one. Mostly a drama, comedy, or romance.



* ''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.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is initially heavily characted-oriented, character-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.



** ''{{Superman}}'' originally hailed from Krypton, until he was orphaned by his parents to be saved from the planet's inevitable explosion. As he was adopted and raised in the rural town of Smallville, then moved to Metropolis to work at the Daily Planet as his alter-ego, Clark Kent, he struggles long and hard to fit into a world he doesn't belong in. His Clark Kent side was to make sure he could interact with other normal human beings so that no one would discriminate against him for his Superman-side's origins as an alien from Krypton.

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** ''{{Superman}}'' originally hailed from Krypton, until he was orphaned by his parents to be saved from the planet's inevitable explosion. As he was adopted and raised in the rural town of Smallville, then moved to Metropolis to work at the Daily Planet as his alter-ego, alter ego, Clark Kent, he struggles long and hard to fit into a world he doesn't belong in. His Clark Kent side was to make sure he could interact with other normal human beings so that no one would discriminate against him for his Superman-side's origins as an alien from Krypton.



* One the (many) reasons that ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is considered such an important work of literature is that it was one of the first English plays ever to make a deliberate decision to focus on character over plot, when the dominant trend in Elizabethan theatre (largely thanks to the influence of Aristotle's ''Poetics'') was to do the reverse. Though the play never completely wavers from its overarching plot arc--Hamlet's quest [[YouKilledMyFather to avenge his father]] by killing Claudius--its exploration of Hamlet's troubled mental state dominates the play proper, with Hamlet [[ContemplateOurNavels regularly stopping the action to soliloquize about his existential angst and his emotional confusion]].

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* One the (many) reasons that ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is considered such an important work of literature is that it was one of the first English plays ever to make a deliberate decision to focus on character over plot, when the dominant trend in Elizabethan theatre (largely thanks to the influence of Aristotle's ''Poetics'') was to do the reverse. Though the play never completely wavers from its overarching plot arc--Hamlet's plot-Hamlet's quest [[YouKilledMyFather to avenge his father]] by killing Claudius--its Claudius-its exploration of Hamlet's troubled mental state dominates the play proper, with Hamlet [[ContemplateOurNavels regularly stopping the action to soliloquize about his existential angst and his emotional confusion]].



* While most people believe the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' franchise's characters are flat and under-developed, they weren't ''that'' much so, as they ''do'' have internal conflicts of their own. The external plot involves questing to prevent alchemy's return in the first ''Golden Sun'', and restoring it in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. Meanwhile, the internal conflicts include the following:

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* While most people believe the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' franchise's characters are flat and under-developed, underdeveloped, they weren't ''that'' much so, as they ''do'' have internal conflicts of their own. The external plot involves questing to prevent alchemy's return in the first ''Golden Sun'', and restoring it in ''Golden Sun: The Lost Age''. Meanwhile, the internal conflicts include the following:



** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' would also pit the three friends, including Terra, Ventus, and Aqua, against each other, and not just against Master Xehanort and his apprentice, Vanitas. The reason was because Terra was succumbing to the darkness, forcing Aqua, the new keyblade-master, to slay him on sight because of it, and thus leaving Ventus to decide between saving Terra or Aqua, much like Sora's decision between saving Kairi or Riku.

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** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' would also pit the three friends, including Terra, Ventus, and Aqua, against each other, and not just against Master Xehanort and his apprentice, Vanitas. The reason was because Terra was succumbing to the darkness, forcing Aqua, the new keyblade-master, keyblade master, to slay him on sight because of it, and thus leaving Ventus to decide between saving Terra or Aqua, much like Sora's decision between saving Kairi or Riku.
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.
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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.
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