Created By: ArtemisStrong on August 23, 2011 Last Edited By: ArtemisStrong on August 26, 2011
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Rising Conflict

The tendency of the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist to increase over story-time.

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Every good story needs Conflict, that's axiomatic. But to simply have The Protagonist fight The Antagonist would not suffice. To provide the tension necessary to drive the audience from the opening to the end of the story, the author must increase the Conflict gradually over the course of the story. This is Rising Conflict.

Seeing as how it is almost mandatory that the confrontation between protagonist and antagonist not happen until The Climax, the story has to rely on lesser sources of antagonism in the meantime: fights with mooks, mini bosses, and dragons may all provide the proper amping up needed to deliver a fully charged climatic battle between the protagonist and the antagonist.

But not all movies have classic villains, and as such the protagonist may simply be struggling against mounting complications and obstacles that get between them and their goal. Hence this trope is also frequently called Rising Complications or Rising Action, putting the emphasis on the protagonist's struggle instead of some clash between good and evil.

As this is a Omnipresent Trope, this page should remain free of examples.
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  • August 23, 2011
    ArtemisStrong
    Note: If this passes YKTTW, I intend to use Rising Complications and Rising Action as redirects, hence their inclusion in the last paragraph.
  • August 24, 2011
    AFP
    Maybe "Escalating Plot"? Since things getting more and more tense (or making them more and more tense through your own actions) is referred to as "escalation".
  • August 24, 2011
    ArtemisStrong
    I am fond of that one as well, and think it would work as a redirect. The Only justification I have for naming it Rising Conflict is it is a term I've seen A LOT, and it could work nicely as a subtrope of {{Conflict}.
  • August 24, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Rising Conflict is what the film professors call it, or at least all of my film professors. With Escalating Conflict coming in second.
  • August 24, 2011
    TBTabby
    This is just the natural result of a proper story structure: rising action, climax, falling action.
  • August 24, 2011
    jaytee
    Right, but is it a Universal Trope or Not A Trope?
  • August 24, 2011
    ArtemisStrong
    Omnipresent Trope. Like all the other parts of story structure. If this passes, there are a lot of articles already using the term that would benefit.
  • August 24, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Goddammit, I meant Omnipresent Trope. I swear I know what words mean.

    ETA: although, I suppose it's also Universal...
  • August 24, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ Not to kick you while you're down, but Omnipresent Tropes are Universal the same way a square is a rectangle but a rectangle isn't a square. :p

    It's weird that we don't have this yet. Do we also have Climax and FallingAction/Resolution?
  • August 24, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Not necessarily. There are a lot of tropes that are omnipresent but only in a single type of media. (Video Game Tropes is a good place to observe this--certain camera/interface tropes are 100% omnipresent in modern video games but do not translate into any other type of media).

    And of course, complicating matters further is the Necessary Weasel, which is a trope that is omnipresent in a single genre.
  • August 24, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Well ya got me there lol.
  • August 25, 2011
    ArtemisStrong
    I hope maybe some other editors can help punch the description up, if it needs it. It's reading a little flat for my taste, but my Wit Versus Clarity Modulator is a twitchy thing, and I feel I'd run the risk of obfuscating an article that needs to be plain.

    I'm gonna tack on an Up For Grabs at the top to try and illicit collaboration.
  • August 25, 2011
    azul120
    Pretty elemental as a Narrative Trope. Learned it in theatre.

    Just Launch It Already.
  • August 25, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Think there should be an Alice and Bob narrative? I honestly can't tell if it would be appropriate or not.
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