All sorts of lists exist that talk about the number of universal plots. One list had 36, which seemed awfully high for universal plots. Seven seems to be a popular number for universal plot lists, so I developed my own list of 7 universal plots.
- Individual Walks Dog: Individual walks his dog or someone else’s dog.
- Individual vs Carrot Top: Individual tries to do something. Carrot Top succeeds or fails in preventing Individual from doing it.
- Carrot Top vs Individual: Carrot Top tries to do something. Individual succeeds or fails in preventing Carrot Top form doing it.
- Individual versus Death: Individual is in danger. Individual dies or doesn’t die.
- Individual versus the Hive Mind Collective: Individual struggles against conformity and with a mindless zealousness to maintain his individuality at all costs, screwing everyone else in the process.
- Individual versus Myth: Individual struggles to be somebody. Man succumbs to suburban life or becomes an action hero.
- Individual versus the Unknown: Individual makes a grand discovery. Or not.