Every compelling narrative has a antagonistic force that the hero must overcome.
Whether it's a evil lord tormenting a boy wizard, a galaxy-spanning empire being the target of a band of freedom-loving rebels or man's personal struggle with his blind vengeance towards a white whale, such conflict is a ever present part of life.
The Arizona State Sun Devils' 2011 season is no exception.
Lying between them and their goal of winning a Pac-12 South championship are many opposing forces. These take many forms, both external and internal, from opposing star players to crippling habits that must be broken.
Here now are the Sun Devils' seven most daunting villains for 2011.