As writers, we want to create stories that our readers can relate too. Part of doing that is developing well rounded characters. This means creating a character profile of their likes, dislikes, fears, dreams, pet peeves. As much information you can retrieve from your character, will allow the reader or audience to get on board. Masterclass's definition on character development is "the process of building a unique, three dimensional character with depth, personality, and clear motivations." The show "This Is Us" does a perfect job of displaying this. By using flashforwards and flashbacks, audiences see the growth or decline of each member of the Pearson family.
In order to achieve good character development, we need to challenge our characters. Make it hard for them to achieve the goals they're working hard to obtain. By creating these challenges, audiences are just as committed as their favorite characters. They ride the highs and lows of the characters struggle, praising or hating them at the end. This is an arc.
Not all characters are created to go through change.
Characters that show no signs of changing, these are one dimensional characters. They provide a sense of consistency for the audience. At every turn, we expect these characters to be their same old self. They'll acknowledge a change around them that challenges their world view, but their beliefs and personality stays the same no matter what (ie: Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory).
Now that we understand character development, here are my best 10 examples of character development in Television and Film.
Do you agree with my list? What should have been added?