* 2. The protagonist should be ruthless rather than kind.

* 3. The protagonist should be scheming behind the scenes rather than front and center.

* 4. The protagonist doesn’t need a romantic interest for the story to be compelling.

* 5. The protagonist should have a field of focus rather than be a master of everything.

* 6. The protagonist should have a lot of interaction between a few constant side characters.

* 7. The protagonist seeking revenge makes the story more attractive.

* 8. The protagonist should have a very serious, no-nonsense type of character.

* 9. The protagonist should be frequently interacting with new characters.

* 10. The protagonist being non-human makes the story more compelling.

* 11. The protagonist beginning in a non-typical position (sidekick or NPC) makes the story more compelling.

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