Characters

Storytelling

Seven Tricks to Improve Your Minions

Weyoun surrounded surrounded by Jem'Hadar soldiers.

Minions are a mainstay of speculative fiction, to the point that they are sometimes as well-known as their named overlords. What would Saruman be without his Uruk-hai, or the Dominion without its Jem’Hadar? And yet, minions are often plagued with problems. They’re too easy to … read more »

Analysis

Eight Effective Animal Companions

Baby Yoda stands outside holding a cup.

Animal companions are semi-characters with simple personalities and limited agency. While they have feelings, they don’t usually talk or undergo character arcs. Instead of pursuing their own goals, animal companions give devoted assistance to a protagonist. Read more »

Analysis

Five Stories Where the Heroes Lack Agency

When characters have agency, it means their choices matter in the story. The more agency a character possesses, the greater impact they have on the plot. This doesn’t only include their successes. A character can still have agency through failure, so long as that failure … read more »