I posted about debuting characters and introducing new ones to the group. Various tips and information and jokes. So I might repeat myself a bit here. For that I apologize, but I do think I might have missed something. Now, what can you do when you have a new hero on deck?
- It really does help to analyze what you have so far. Will this new character battle a pre-existing one for the same role? Will their personality be too similar to another or incompatible with all of them? You can still go ahead if the answer is yes and work that into the story. It’s just good to see the conflict in advance.
- A new hero doesn’t have to get along with everyone at the beginning. It can be done, but many people like a little friction when a newcomer appears. That feels more natural and I don’t mean flat out hate. A little distrust or forgetting that the person is around. Everyone has to get to know the new guy, which can take a few chapters or even several books.
- With a new hero, you might need a new villain or a connection to an old one. You want the fresh face to have a stake in the main story. It can be caused during the initial adventure or prior to the debut, but a hero needs that reason to go the distance in a story. Otherwise, you just revealed a supporting character. Not a bad idea, but might not be what you wanted.
- If this is a big impact character then it doesn’t hurt to do a little foreshadowing.
- Replacing an existing hero is always a possibility. Going back to #2, there will be friction if it’s a blatant replacement. The others will be hurting and may not welcome the new guy with open arms. Your audience might be annoyed too if it’s a popular hero. Personally, I’d avoid doing a carbon copy or anything that could make the reader constantly compare the two heroes.