Okay, this is apparently just unacceptable for a protagonist, which has actually caused me to have weird quest to write a story with a reactive character just to be rebellious I guess, so I'm wondering, why is this? I mean, is it because plots demand the main character pushes it forwards? Why can't the plot just push against the character? The reason I say this is because I think this is a severe limitation that one has to overcome when writing certain types of characters. To give an example, lets say your character is a hermit. Okay, this basically requires that something happen to the character, not the other way around. Or, at least I find it does. But anyway, under this rule though, you either only get to do that to start the plot, or not at all. This is a problem, because the hermit obviously doesn't start the story with such willpower, (keep in mind I'm referring to one that is a hermit because of lack of social skills, like a hikikimori) but that has to be gained over time. Now, I understand internal conflict counts too, however that still causes issues. Unless the plot is entirely internal conflict, and even then you still need the external world to,"push," the character more towards internal conflict in a sense. The reason I ask all of this is because I think some plots may be hurt by this, although not as damaging as the,"show not tell," can be, and I'm wondering if it's really necessary, or is just a guideline most stick to because it's too difficult otherwise?