Introduction to: The main character is defined as the important characters to the story. The action of the plot revolves around them. Examples include: Jared, Cheryl, Tyson, the Shadow Club members, Mr. Green, and Austin Pace. The minor characters are less important to the story and they interact with the main characters. Examples: Ralphy Sherman, Coach Schuler, Jared’s parents, and Principal Diller. The protagonist is the main character, or the one most central to the action of the story. Examples of protagonists are: The antagonist is the person or things working against the protagonist, or hero. Examples of antagonists are: Characters in a fictional story are not real people but we grow to love, admire, respect, and sometimes even hate them by getting to know them and discovering what course of action they take. Characterization is the way in which an author develops his/her character. They do this by determining what the characters say, do, act, look like, think, and their interaction with other characters. Direct characterization occurs when an author tells the reader exactly how a character is. They may say he was stubborn, mean, and crazy. Indirect characterization occurs when the reader has to INFER what the character is like. We infer that Jared like Cheryl in The Shadow Club long before they actually kiss by the ocean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWNVbF ArFDQ This movie clip is an example of how powerful characters can be once they are created and developed.