"Blahblahblahblah SOMETHING HAPPENS blahblah"
One of the oldest storytelling devices
in history, the climax is the point, usually in the third act
(sometimes the second), in which the story reaches its very height, where the Conflicting
forces collide in a manner that resolves the conflict — one way or another — with the Dénouement
sweeping up the pieces. When the Big Bad
and The Hero
duke it out over the MacGuffin
. When the detective has his showdown with the murderer. Etc.
Climaxes are often associated with a big fight
of some sort (which frequently occurs in the action genre), but more low-key stories can have climaxes via The Reveal
or other devices. It depends on the nature of the conflict that the story has been running on since the Inciting Incident
In an arc-based
TV or radio show or comic book, it is common to have a minor climax in each episode, and build up to a major climax at the end of the season or the series
. Additionally, the final episode or two frequently make up a Grand Finale
, a massive climax which wraps up all (or at least most)
dangling plot threads.
In soap operas
, each story line tends to have a climax which brings together most of the characters involved, and is the dramatic high point of the arc. This climax often occurs in the middle of another arc
; thus, when one climax is resolved, the show starts building up to another, separate one.
Often accompanied by Climactic Music
The subversion of this trope is known as an Anticlimax
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