what is the perfect balanced number for characters in a story? I chose not to have MCs in my stories because then I do not burden myself with the idead of 'leader/hero/subhero/antagonist/protagonist and so the list can go on and I cannot stop inventing more and more characters to make my story bounce. I do not rely on a number of characters to make my stories fun and thrilling. I tend to rely on the idea/concept behind the story. I would say for my short stories I would have an ideal number of 4 to 5 maximun in a short story. My ideal to start with would be 3. what are yours?