Discussing a revamp of the Tower of God
pages (the character folders are getting... ridiculous), it occurred me that we are missing a Ball Trope: the Protagonist Ball.
For when you're not dealing with one Protagonist (and Supporting Characters). Nor a case of Deuteragonists
or even Tritagonists*
working with Staff. But, the writer has presented you with a pool of main characters, any one of which will pick up Designated Protagonist Syndrome
at any point and run with the plot focus for a while. Sometimes even sharing the duty evenly with others, before the Plot Focus Bubble*
shifts away. They may even drop the Ball entirely and fade to more "support" roles. (I'm not talking Anyone Can Die
-style retirement, here, either.)
Please note: I'm not seeing this as fairly important Support Characters getting plot-relevant A Day in the Limelight
segments, as they start clocking too many hours for way too many arcs to be considered agency staff any more. Prime examples of this would be in The Wheel of Time
and A Song of Ice and Fire
. Heck, any decent Doorstopper
or Kudzu Plot
worth its hard-copy carbon capture status will do this, these days.
Some characters in the main character pool
will sometimes be more main than others, but each of them still pulls Protagonist duty for whole chunks of the full story arc. See under the Ta'veren Folder
for nicely realised examples of this in The Wheel of Time
Hence, I'm working on a write up for it I shall be putting forward to YKTTW
when it's starting looking workable.
My problem is... describing the various Ball Tropes with this one alongside starts looking less like a game of e.g. 5-a-side rugby or a weird form of dodge-ball-with-status-effects, and more like Calvin Ball
, with the Protagonist Ball suddenly turning into the Idiot Ball
, Hero Ball
or Villain Ball
(or suddenly gifting newly spawned lesser-status Balls to other characters as the plot demands, while still being hugged by its currently preferred person in Protagonist Ball mode, as well) as this becomes necessary for the Plot Focus Bubble to move along at a lick.
Worse is when being hit with the Protagonist Ball in full Designated Protagonist Syndrome
giving mode means... you've changed the type of Protagonist you've become since the last time you came down with the rash, probably due to Character Development
How do I make this sound like sense? Without losing the analogy? Or, do I need a new one?
edited 5th Jul '12 7:48:22 AM by Euodiachloris