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17th Nov '17 12:23:04 PM ZSF
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* ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' is almost completely about the characterization of its main character, Holden Caulfield. There isn't a plot insofar as there are a series of events that Holden goes through.

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* ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' is almost completely about the characterization of its main character, Holden Caulfield. There isn't a plot insofar inasmuch as there are a series of events that Holden goes through.
5th Nov '17 12:04:47 AM Levviathan6
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* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has very little overarching plot and is almost entirely about the Sohma family members (with Tohru's help) overcoming their various internal conflicts.
27th Oct '17 11:07:54 PM ThatTwerp
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* ''Film/TheFloridaProject'' is heavily character-focused - being about the lives of people (particularly children) living a poverty-based life in Kissimmee, and it's not until the last 20 minutes or so of the film that the plot really starts to kick in.
11th Oct '17 1:10:08 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' has the interesting distinction of being almost entirely plot driven, despite having a wide and interesting cast of characters; the characters are trapped a fate-themed video game and if they dont preform a series of very specific tasks in the right order, they die. end of story. The characters all have very unique personalities, but they have no choice about their actions, so the plot leads the story

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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' has the interesting distinction of being almost entirely plot driven, despite having a wide and interesting cast of characters; the characters are trapped a fate-themed [[YouCantFightFate fate-driven]] video game and if they dont preform don't perform a series of very specific tasks in the right order, they die. end of story. The characters all have very unique personalities, but they have no choice about their actions, so the plot leads the story
18th Jul '17 1:08:15 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' focuses more on the overall plot of TheEmpire after it invaded Ashe's kingdom and how the takeover affected everyone while the party aims to bring the empire down while several key players from said empire are looking for a way to wrestle fate from the [[JerkassGod controlling Ocuria]] so that people can define their own fates instead. While the main characters do get some development here and there, it's very light and everyone is already in their given roles with their backgrounds made clear.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' focuses more on the overall plot of TheEmpire after it invaded Ashe's kingdom and how the takeover affected everyone while the party everyone. The protagonists aims to bring the empire down while several key players from said empire are looking for a way to wrestle fate from the [[JerkassGod controlling Ocuria]] so that people can define their own fates instead. While the main characters do get some development here and there, it's very light and everyone is already in their given roles with their backgrounds made clear.


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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' focuses more on the plot than the characters, but there's still some form of character development that occurs over the months and years of patch updates and expansion packs. The main story mostly focuses on dealing with [[TheEmpire the Garlean Empire]] looming over everyone with possible invasion, the Ascians aiming to sow discord and chaos on the world, and [[EvilGod primals]] that can suck up the life energy of the planet. The side quests teeters between having more focus on the characters and having a balance between characters and plot.
20th Apr '17 10:25:42 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''LawAndOrder'' is on the plot-centric side of the scale. The focus is on the plot of each episode, and there's not much character development. In fact, all of the main characters are replaced, and nothing about the show really changes.

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* ''LawAndOrder'' ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' is on the plot-centric side of the scale. The focus is on the plot of each episode, and there's not much character development. In fact, all of the main characters are replaced, and nothing about the show really changes.
20th Mar '17 5:42:01 AM Koveras
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** ''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.

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** ''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 ''Mass Effect 2 2'' characters could have died on the final mission, making it difficult to incorporate character development for them in the plot.plot. Within the game itself, the ''Citadel'' DLC shifts the balance the other way, placing the characters and their respective antics into the limelight one final time.
30th Jan '17 3:30:20 PM MasterHero
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* ''LightNovel/DateALive'' is very character-driven and increasingly so as the series goes on. Shido's relationships with the girls are always front and center in every story. Plots involving the world at large do exist, but it's the charracters' emotions and development that move the series forward.
23rd Jan '17 11:45:23 AM fearlessnikki
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* The ''{{Franchise/Alien}}'' franchise shows that multiple films can fall on either end of the scale:
** ''{{Film/Alien}}'' is plot-focused - with the crew trying to get rid of the alien before it kills them all.
** ''{{Film/Aliens}}'' is in the middle. The story balances the marines trying to stop the aliens with Ripley's surrogate mother relationship towards Newt.
** ''{{Film/Alien3}}'' is character-focused - as Ripley is forced to contemplate her position in the world as another alien runs wild.
** ''Film/AlienResurrection'' is in the middle. The plot is balanced between the survivors getting off the Auriga, and Ripley's split allegiance to the aliens.
* ''Film/MidnightSpecial'' is plot-focused - with the entirety of the film about getting Alton to where he needs to be. All the other characters are introduced in contrast to that.
21st Dec '16 3:36:21 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/StopLoss'' looks like it's going to be on the plot end of the scale - a soldier trying to avoid being sent back to Iraq due to LoopholeAbuse in his contract. But the plot takes a backseat to his PTSD and examines the general feeling of the soldiers coming home from the war - and how they can no longer relate to their peers.
* ''Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives'' is on the character end, examining the mental states of soldiers returning from World War II and how they can't fit into a society that's moved on without them.
* ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''Film/EverybodyWantsSome'' are entirely character-driven stories getting to know the various people who pop in and out of the story.



** ...until it stopped following a strong, compelling plot. Turned out they had no idea where the story was heading.



* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' was in the middle. Despite dramatizing events in the second World War, a lot of time was spent emphasising the soldiers' reactions to the events going on around them. Notably the miniseries has a RotatingPOV to document a certain soldier's character growth in one particular event; Albert Blithe is depicted as a ReluctantSoldier who TookALevelInBadass during the battle of Carentan, Eugene Roe is shown having trouble connecting to the men until the Battle of the Bulge etc.

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* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' was in the middle. Despite dramatizing events in the second World War, a lot of time was spent emphasising the soldiers' reactions to the events going on around them. Notably the miniseries has a RotatingPOV RotatingProtagonist to document a certain soldier's character growth in one particular event; Albert Blithe is depicted as a ReluctantSoldier reluctant soldier who TookALevelInBadass during the battle of Carentan, Eugene Roe is shown having trouble connecting to the men until the Battle of the Bulge etc.
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