I'm just going to get it out of the way and say it right now. It's a superhero story. Originally there were six characters, but I recently realized there absolutely needed to be a seventh. The reason why is because they each represent elements. Let's just say it would be the equivalent to there being "earth, wind, water, and nothing else." haha I live by the idea that every story needs a strong character and premise, which is why I'm having a crisis. Macbeth -- Ruthless ambition leads to its own destruction. All seven of my characters -- uuuuhmm See what the issue is? haha I am so in love with the characters and environment that I've created. I can't imagine any of them less or more important than another (though one of them is technically the leader from a political stand point). Once upon a time, I did see a main protagonist, but as each character grew, I just loved each and every one more and more. It seems like I may have to bring one or two forward, and send five or six to the back. The other characters would be present, just not as prevalent. They all play important roles, but the story would revolve around the one/two. Again this is hard for me because I've already built up strong conflicts between each of them. Does seven characters as protagonists just seem like too much in general? Do I need a premise for all seven characters as one or individually? (Most of them have their own substories, but eventually they all come together in the group to unite under a common goal.) One of the reasons it works for something like the Avengers is because we're already familiar with the characters, individually. But mine don't have previous, separate sagas. AAAnd on another note. Originally there were five guys one girl. I thought that this seemed kind of unbalanced, and it may rub off on some people the wrong way, so I tried to even it out. My friend disagreed with me, that I shouldn't change the sex of my characters just because of what people think, but there just seemed like so much testosterone! So now the ratio is 4b:3g. I kind of like keeping it slightly unbalanced because I like the dynamic, but would it bother any one else? Do you think that 5 guys and 1 girl is a little too male dominated? There are plenty of other heroes in this story who are female but our main characters are this group. I tried to ask my friend, but he gave me an answer that made me think he was a misogynist, so I need someone else's opinion.