• Kill off your main characters. Please. Not
as a cheap ending, or right at the
beginning for shock value. Kill them in the
middle, and do it well. Leave every
character reeling and unable to
comprehend what happens next. Leave
your antagonists without a solid enemy,
wondering if they've gone too far.
When you shatter the heart of a story, a
thousand tiny shards will spilt away and
grow. Focus on the side characters; the
supporting cast, the love interest. Think
about how they would change, break and
reform. Think about the growth, the quiet
moments of reflection and depth.
You don't have to do it, but think about it.
If your story stops with a single character,
your story is weak.
Kill the protagonist.
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    • George R.R. Martin heard this and never stopped.
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    • Isn't this just Megamind?
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    • Gurren lagaan
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    • almost halfway done with my autobiography, time to get rid of the main character
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    • Jesus that's some solid shit actually...
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    • If you “get rid of” characters for no reason, you end up with Game Of Thrones Season 8. Also, don’t you just love how ya can’t say “k i l l” anymore? I just watched a dude run over a deer in collective but no if you say that word a child might see it.
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    • I don’t think Ronald Weasley and the Second Hand Robes would have sold as well
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    • If you are good at writing stories, there are no true side characters. sure, some less used than others, but no character is introduced, then ignored
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    • They do this in Divergent (sorry to anyone reading that) and it ruins the entire story. All that does is disengage the reader and bottom out any development that’s occurred (in that case, two prior full books of development) Great way to ruin a story tho.
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    • Ok but it’s also perfectly acceptable to let the main character live. He worked hard for this. Sometimes people should be allowed to be happy. Don’t just kiII someone off for shock value theres all kinds of ways for character development and mourning isn’t the only one.
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    • Did you just Halo reach me
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    • Definitely don’t do this as a first book. This is a guaranteed way to turn people off of your writing. Now if it’s a series and the protagonist dies doing something within character in the last book or close to it, that’s perfect as the tension was built. Not a crap sacrifice because “depression”
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    • Harry Potter gets straight up murdered in a night club bar fight.
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    • Cast Away would really suck
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    • Do not follow this. A protagonist is meant to be a character that actively pushes the plot forward.
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    • Example
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    • Just because it would end with one character, doesn’t make it a weak story
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    • *Harry Potter dies and the series Harry Potter ceases* what a weak fuckin story yo
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    • KiIIing off characters for the sake of kiIIing them off is terrible writing advice, and a great way to destroy investment from the audience. Plot armor isn’t the end of the world, every story that has characters uses it, even Game of Thrones has a decent amount of it.
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    • No cuz then you end up with shit like the last of us 2
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    • People think this is a good idea and then TLoU 2 came out
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    • If your story can continue without the main character unimpeded, then you are not telling a story worth reading. It’s called shitty writing when you can drastically alter an incredibly important aspect of a story without creating an entirely different story. 1/2
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    • Please don’t do this. Many franchises are built around the core character. It doesn’t mean your side characters are weak, they were just never designed to carry the plot just as the antagonist was never meant to be the main character, otherwise he would’ve been. The main character serves a purpose.
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    • Yeah just like The Last Of Us 2! Oh wait...
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    • Last of us 2 tried this and their story died without their protagonist lmao.
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    • Great way to ruin a story, and super moronic fucking idea. I guess Anna Karenina, Ulysses, Crime & Punishment, Lolita, etc. are all weak according to some writer on Tumblr.
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    • Fuck the Last of Us 2
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    • No, not really. Good storytelling focuses on character, not plot. If you have a "main character," it is their decisions and development that drive a story. Just removing them interrupts the setups and payoffs you're promising to the readers. It begs the question, if the story only becomes...
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    • *Cough* Last of Us 2 *Cough*
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    • They did this for the walking dead, and it actually fragmented the show beyond repair imo
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    • Me being the protagonist in my own life
      LilTubbs 19 jun
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    • Gibby doesn’t take writing advice from tumblr
      RealGibby 19 jun
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    • That’s why halo reach is so memorable
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    • Walking dead
      Eldegoss 19 jun
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    • This is what they did in the New Testament and it was still the best swlling book of all time.
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    • Taking notes for my autobiography
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    • “The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist; a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”
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    • I like the argument of the minor characters being strong enough to carry a story, but this is rarely a good idea. One notable exception is Psycho, but that's a horror story designed to keep the audience off-balance.
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    • Akame ga kil
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    • Thinks back to the death of lord Lanister on the toilet in game of thrones. 🤔
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    • Someone hasn’t seen akame ga klll....
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    • Not last of us 2...
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    • If you guys like anime and this interests you I recommend Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
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    • He’s not the protagonist if he fucking dies is he.
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    • Didney does the exact opposite of this. Makes everything about main character. Everyone else is not important. Kiill off side characters. Give no personality to anyone. Etc.
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    • Akame ga K i l l had a very similar plot to this
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    • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
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    • Vikings anyone?
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    • Wouldn’t that just make them the pseudo-protagonist and cause some other character or ensemble to take on the role as the true protagonist?
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    • Didn’t megamind technically do this but the bad guy just became the protagonist because whoever you focus on in the story becomes the current protagonist?
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    • Y’all are gonna hate me for this buuuuuuut JoJo’s bizzare adventure does this
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    • No Country For Old Men. The author tricks the reader by having them believe in the Hero vs Villain plot-line, the author has us think that the protagonist is the Badass Texan, but the true protagonist is the prideful delayed sheriff. We never get to see a battle and it the antagonist wins in the end
      Trinkit 20 jun
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    • Great example of this is episode 8 of Gurren Lagann. Its a major event that shapes the ENTIRE story after it.
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    • this is REALLY situational
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    • Like when naruto dies while he’s at the strip club from an OD
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    • No Country for Old Men
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    • I really wanted to do this in my story, but I honestly had no clue how to proper implement it and couldn't come up with ideas on what happens while they're dead before they come back
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    • If you have to focus on side characters after, it's not a good story. Dont k!ll the protagonist, k!ll a protagonist
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    • Modern Warfare (the real one) did it right, nuking the main character halfway through and making you play out his last moments....it was amazing
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    • Huh, I immediately thought of stories that wouldnt work if you did this and couldnt think of one off the top of my head. Even dark souls, like if the choosen undead stopped being around then whos gonna link the fire? Solaire wouldnt, he goes hallow in izalith. Maybe crestfallen lad would
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    • Don't do this your story is your protagonists journey they exist to be a vessel for the audience and push the plot along now if you want to kiII them at the end or closer to the end and have the supporting cast finish the journey it can work
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    • Just watched Gurren Lagaan for the first time recently. So F*cking good.
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    • There’s stories like this but to do this you set up a secondary protagonist that gets forced into the role by the protagonist death to become a leader when they are not ready yet. Don’t just change the plot hard halfway through that’s a shit story
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    • There are so many stories where some brave hero decides to give their life to save the day, and because of their sacrifice, the good guys win, the survivors all cheer, and everybody lives happily ever after.
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    • Rdr2
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    • Pretty sure this is just season 5 of the Magicians
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    • The last of us creators heard this but decided to it in the worst way possible and at the beginning
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    • Also the protagonist are literally supposed to be the people that progress the story. Most famous tales would be nothing without the main protagonist
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    • That’s not possible. If you K1ll the protagonist and focus on the side characters, then the side characters were always the protagonists as they are the focus of the story. The rules of literature are a little wacky but that’s one of the most straight forward rules. Granted, this is a pretty
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    • And then AoT was born.
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    • Eragon did this good, if u ever read it
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    • The other guys to a T
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    • Game of thrones be like
      ukitlol 19 jun
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    • Red Vs Blue- won’t tell any season but there are one or two that do something similar
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    • Lol I use my players old characters as ennemies in new campaigns when they play an opposite alignment, quite traumatizing to kil yourself
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    • Gurren laggan
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    • Did you say: LOUP2??
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    • The Walking Dead (Telltale Series)
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    • This post was made because of Last of us 2 wasnt it?
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    • The Book of Henry (2017)
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    • Supernatural writers should take notes
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    • No dont do this. Main characters are there for a reason. The better way to handle this is write on the side small interactions without the main character(s) involvement during downtimes such as traveling or rest.
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    • So Red Dead Redemption 2 basically
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    • Read kengan asura
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    • Spoken like a true NPC lol
      DITS 19 jun
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    • Oh, you were talking about books
      jellysir 19 jun
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    • Megamind in a nutshell
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    • Every single show that has done this has died and fucking completely gone beyond repair. I personally would hate it if the main protagonist died without return and would stop watching right then.
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    • While I definitely wouldn't advise this in the middle of a story, I did k!ll off the main character close to the end, although there was still a decent amount left to the story. The character who took over was the love interest who was the protag for two chapters at some point in the story.
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    • Gurren Lagann and Akame Ga KiII
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    • Dexter had such a shit end
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    • Take note Cuckmann.
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    • “What happened to Monday” does something like this
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    • What rdr2 did perfectly
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    • Nah. The whole story should be the rise of main character. Worm (parahumans.wordpress) did it near flawlessly. The main character was amazingly well written and the worldbuilding was amazing. After almost every chapter they had sub chapters where it showed how the rest of the world viewed the main
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    • So it's YOUR fault they k*lled off Zack and left us with the inferior Cloud! How could you do this??
      Sylvane 20 jun
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    • AdeptaSororitas ChampionOfMedusa roland in borderlands 2
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    • A book where the villain wins
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    • So every Tarantino movie?
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