Motif And Type Index For A Spy Story

Plot Types

The Spy

  • goes over
  • The big job
  • The hero as victim
  • Journey into fear
  • To catch a spy

Characteristic Episodes (motifs)

  • Initial ennui
  • Assassination (attempted assassination)
  • Abduction
  • Close call
  • Confrontation
  • Disguise
  • Disguised encounter/confrontation
  • Narrow escape
  • Chase
  • Evasion
  • On the run
  • Capture
  • Interrogation
  • Torture
  • The drop
  • Exchange
  • The plant
  • Planted misinformation
  • Doubling/turning
  • Turnabout (the hunted becomes hunter)
  • Betrayal
  • Counterspying
  • The tag

Dramatis Personae

The Hero’s Company

  • The hero agent
  • Control
  • Control’s immediate subordinates
  • Control’s satellites
  • Romantic interest

The Adversary’s Company

  • Enemy agent
  • Enemy control
  • Enemy control’s henchman
  • Enemy agency entourage or natives of country hostile to hero
  • False romantic interest
  • Ambiguous Personae
  • Defectors (can defect to either side)
  • Double Agents
  • Plants (whose ultimate loyalties may not be apparent)

Neutrals

  • Neutrals may initially have innocent intentions but are usually exploited by one side or the other and eventually become unwilling helpers or dupes
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