Hello all, I'd like to hear what everyone's view is on main characters with selfish motivations versus character with philantropic motivations, as well as characters with introspection versus characters who keep their focus on the outer world. Classical, popular heroes are typically the ones who are extrovert and selfless. They don't question their own soul much and their goals are strong and clear-cut selfless quests. They're easy to admire, but can you identify with them? In the other end of the spectrum you have the modern man, I guess. One that makes mistakes based on impulses, selfish desires or narrow vision. Perhaps even one who's only quest is to safe himself. Less admirable, but perhaps easier to identify with? Or perhaps the identification becomes unpleasant? Maybe we don't wanna identify, but prefer to simply admire? Does introspection too easily become navel-gazing? I'd like to hear what people think about this, in their own words. Have you read books with main characters in both ends of the spectrum and liked them equally? Is it necessary to even like the main character? Is a strong character really stronger than a weak one?