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Who gets the sidekick?

Posted: Oct 28, 2009 10:07 am
by Mwoll
Page 31 of the Dramatica Book, we read:

"The Sidekick is the
faithful supporter. Usually, a Sidekick is attached to the Protagonist. Sometimes, however,
they may be supporters of the Antagonist. This gives a good clue to the way
Dramatica sees Overall Story Characters: The purpose of the Sidekick is to show
faithful support. That does not determine who or what it supports, but just that it must
loyally support someone or something. Other dynamics of a story will determine who
the Sidekick needs to be attached to in order to make the story's argument, but from the
standpoint of just describing the Archetypal Characters by themselves, the Sidekick
faithfully supports."

I have a story build entirely of archetypes, and so have a clear Protagonist, etc...

I'm going along building the story, but am expecting Dramatica to pop up at some point and say, "Aha! Your story will best be told if the sidekick is attached to ____________."

Now, I don't really expect this to happen, but the book sort-of implies it will. Does it?

Re: Who gets the sidekick?

Posted: Oct 28, 2009 5:09 pm
by Chris Huntley
A Sidekick is a faithful supporter of whomever he is put with. That is why it can be the sidekick to the Antagonist as much as the sidekick to the Protagonist.

Re: Who gets the sidekick?

Posted: Oct 28, 2009 6:46 pm
by Mwoll
Okay. That's what I figured, but it was nice to have it confirmed.