Trimming the cast every now and then will help clean up your story. This section explains how to check your cast and trim the characters who are not adding to the story.
Threshold guardians keep unworthy people from going through doorways and gates. They can be against the hero, indifferent to the hero or even allies but they will still always serve their purpose. No one goes onto the next stage before proven to be worthy. They can be thought of as bouncers, bodyguards or doorkeepers and represent ordinary obstacles people encounter in life such as prejudice, bad luck and opposition.
Every story needs characters of some sort to tell the tale. The following 7 character roles are the essential roles in any story.
Non-realistic characters come in four types:
The symbolic character
the non-human character
the fantasy character
the mythic character
There are a few Archetypes that return regardless of what names they are given. Here are a few sets of archetypes. Remember that this is just the starting point for a character that fulfills a certain role in a story. Archetypes allow readers to get a general impression of the sort of person a character is, without elaborate description. However, this results in flat characters if you don’t elaborate with contradictions, surprising traits and so on.