I have been adapting a story for a number of years now the concept has been with me long enough that i am realizing as continue to build connections to points and characters that certain aspects don't suit the character anymore, these aspects in some cases are traits that i had previously been married to so now i am finding myself unsure of how to continue with who i think the character is versus who the character needs to be for the successful continuation of the story. Particularly I am looking for help fixing Ike. Ike is very important to the movement of the plot events. Things about him that determine this are his suspicion of the government, some may call it paranoia, he's a conspiracy oriented person and it happens to come in handy in the unorthodox situation he finds himself in. my problem i'm having is coming up with a person's environment or happenstances of how these traits would have oriented him in the first place. In addition to this i need to map a way for this character to cause a near death experience unto himself. Another aspect of ike that is important is his aversion of social behaviors against the relentless pursuits of a younger chick desperate for any sort of his attention. Previously i had settled this by attributing contradictive traits, now i find myself unable to continue writing this vital character because i can not ignore these contradictions but then, i don't really know who he is either. Do you have advice or ideas to aid my problem? If more background is needed, ask away.