Trying to get a story off the ground that I hope will turn into a series of novels, but I'm going to let it happen organically and see. It's a "people uniting against a tyrannical government in the near future" inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Anonymous... basically an underground movement that recruits angry, disgruntled capable people and starts to gain traction in exposing the system, primarily focusing on a small "cell" or group of people from different walks of life, and each person with a different personal motivation. The story will begin much like our day to day lives our here, but as time goes on, things like Martial law will be implemented, intentional outbreaks of disease, the group becoming wanted terrorists, etc... so the streets will eventually become deserted and dangerous and they'll resort to living in hiding together... I'm drawing up a blueprint for my main protagonist and I just need a little organization and streamlining because he feels kind of convoluted. Here is what I have: CURTIS EDWARDS – Ex-military. Joined military after high school because he wasn’t sure what to do with his life, always feared uncertainty and paving his own way, so he found he really liked being told what to do; it made life easy. After the military, he tried for years to try and fit in a niche of society, but could never quite do it. Had lots of interests, was smart, but a bit of a loner and kind of antisocial, though he developed the ability to hide it and pretend otherwise extremely well. Anything interesting he tried to turn into a career became dull, boring. 30 years old, with a wife and infant son. His complexities lie in the eventual realization that his disdain and bitterness toward the system aren’t rooted in selflessness and the altruism to want to help all people, but the fact that he’s such a mental/psychological nomad and can’t be happy and successful in his own life. He takes on the world’s problems because he can’t solve his own. His son becomes his motivation, as a sort of "moral anchor" in that he's the first real genuine emotion/love Curtis has experienced, and he doesn't have to pretend his way through one aspect of his life. He doesn’t want his son to inherit the world we live in with all its problems and grow up to be the same person he turned out to be. Other characters eventually question his commitment to “the cause” because they aren't sure whether it’s him acting out some kind of personal, bitter vendetta or whether he really believes he’s fighting for the greater good. He's athletic, capable, former infantry... (I was thinking about bringing in something like a death wish).. he would always put himself in harms way, at times being so low that "searching for meaning in life" turned into "I can't find it, I have no purpose in life except to sacrifice myself for what I hope is the greater good." So I have a bit of sociopathy in there as a result of being antisocial and having to sort of pretend his way through life, fearing uncertainty and kind of secretly terrified to live life "on his own"; he hides his shortcomings and his unhappiness, even to himself, until he eventually can't anymore. Taking on the world's problems because he can't solve his own... can't remember what this complex is called. Not a Messiah complex, but something else. I wanted to give this character a lot of complexity that people can relate to with, you know, being unhappy day to day, looking for meaning in life but being unable to find it because they're not quite sure what they're looking for, but I don't want to have his personality and motivation all over the map like I'm moving him through the story in arbitrary directions... any thoughts/criticism/advice?