Created By: lebrel on March 20, 2012 Last Edited By: lu127 on December 30, 2012

Point Of View Character

The character from whose Point Of View the story is told.

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There have been multiple recent discussions that suggested to me that we need this, to define the term and let us clarify descriptions where the Point Of View Character is not The Protagonist.

I think this should be just a definition/explanation trope, like The Protagonist and Point of View and so forth. No examples, because almost every story has at least one.
The Point Of View Character is the character from whose Point of View the story is told.

Normally we expect to see stories told from the Point of View of The Protagonist; that is, from the POV of the most important, central character. However, it is possible to tell a story from the POV of a secondary or peripheral character, in which case the Point Of View Character is separate from The Protagonist.

For example, in the Sherlock Holmes stories, Mr. Sherlock is The Protagonist (he is the central character and moves the plot), while Dr. Watson is the Point Of View Character (all of the stories are told from his point of view).

Some stories may have multiple Point Of View Characters. On the other hand, stories with a sufficiently detached Narrator or written from an omniscient Point of View may not have any Point Of View Characters at all.

Tropes concerning the POV Character:
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  • March 20, 2012
    shimaspawn
    This is a true Omnipresent Trope. I agree on no examples, but it should also be an index of subtropes.
  • March 20, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ We have an index on Point Of View, is it worth duplicating?
  • March 22, 2012
    lebrel
    Bump. Anyone else with an opinion?
  • March 22, 2012
    ccoa
    Point Of View isn't a very long index, is that really all the POV tropes we have?
  • March 22, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ As far as I know, yes. Are there any others you can think of that we should have?
  • March 22, 2012
    ccoa
    It seems to me that first and the types of third person narration should be split off that page, seeing as how Second Person Narration is.

    This should include subtropes, though, and not all tropes on Point Of View are going to be subtropes of POV Character, so I'd still make the index.
  • March 22, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ OK, for tropes about POV characters we have:

    Do any of the others fit here?

    But I don't know about splitting first and third person narration, they're more generic and much less narratively loaded than Second Person Narration.
  • March 27, 2012
    Koveras
  • April 16, 2012
    lebrel
    Bump. Further comments?
  • April 16, 2012
    tdgoodrich1
    Looks good. FWIW, I gave the fifth hat.
  • December 30, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    So, can we launch this?
  • December 30, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Compare Rashomon Style, where the same scene is told from multiple perspectives, each one differing from each other as to what actually happened.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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