Influence Character Throughline

the dramatic progression which builds the Influence Character's pressure on the Main Character to change


The Influence Character Throughline is that part of a story that expresses the point-of-view needed to force the Main Character to deal with all their stuff. Separated into four acts (like every other Throughline), the IC Throughline won't stop until the MC sits face-to-face with their own personal blind spot.

Narrative First

Influence Character Throughline



  • The 2018 Academy Awards

    My experience of being able to predict the specific structural items of an Oscar-nominated film while it was running.

  • Narrative Science and the Dawning of the Singularity

    It's one thing to play God when writing a story, but wouldn't it be great if you could see what the major plot points in your story look like from the point-of-view of your characters? Well, now you can.

  • Finding Your Own Unique Voice When Writing for Nanowrimo

    In this episode, we show you how to take that burning desire within your heart to be heard and apply it to a concrete and solid story structure.

  • Ex Machina Mea Culpa

    Our original analysis of Ex Machina relied on subjective interpretation and proved faulty. This updated analysis clears up those issues by taking an objective point-of-view of the film's narrative.

  • 9 Steps Towards Telling Your Story

    Following up last week's conversation regarding what it takes to transform real life into an actual story, we now take time out to cover the first steps you want to take when building that narrative.

  • Transforming Real Life Into A Story and Disney's Moana

    In addition to discussing advanced techniques for turning the real world into a full functional narrative, we take time out to discuss all things story with the Head of Story for Disney's upcoming animated feature, Moana--Dave Pimentel.

  • Star Trek: The Case for Writing a Screenplay with Dramatica

    In this episode we explore the magic behind the Dramatica theory of story and why it worked wonders for the first Star Trek reboot in why didn't they use it again for Star Trek:Beyond?


Official Dramatica® Definition:

The Influence Character is defined by its relationship to the Main Character. The Main Character represents the audience's position in the story which, in a sense, represents our sense of self within our own minds. When we consider changing our outlook in regard to a particular issue, we entertain an alternative viewpoint which we examine thoroughly before either adopting or rejecting. The Influence Character represents that alternative point of view. In stories, as in our own minds, this alternative view is seen from where we are positioned currently. After all, when it comes to changing something about who we are, we don't just make that change without first trying to understand what kind of person we would become and trying to anticipate how it might affect our situation. Over the course of the story, as the Main Character grows, the Influence Character must keep pace to provide alternative perspectives on all the key experiences the Main Character encounters. In this way, the best possible argument for adopting the new viewpoint is made, and the current and alternative paradigms can be judged fully against each other. This is how we arrive within ourselves to a point of change, and how the Influence Character drives the Main Character to the same point. For the author, the Influence Character Throughline is the progression through all of the issues which come up while providing alternative perspectives to the Main Character's currently held views. For an audience, the Influence Character Throughline simply describes the kinds of activities and concerns addressed by the Influence Character as he moves through the plot. The broadest description of the Influence Character's Influence in a specific story -- Everything that emanates from what the Influence Character does and represents which primarily relates to his Influence alone, as opposed to specific relationships he has with other characters, can be said to be part of the Influence Character Domain. There are four different Domains in the structure of any story, represented by the combination of each of the four Classes with each of the four throughlines the Overall Story Throughline, the Relationship Story Throughline, the Main Character Throughline, and the Influence Character Throughline. The Influence Character Throughline describes, in the broadest single term, what the Influence Character represents and the area in which the Influence Character operates within the story.