They are not mutually exclusive my any means. They overlap, and characters can change at many levels at once.
- Level 1: Physical kinesthetic. Character develops strength or dexterity. Popeye eats spinach and grows muscles; Baby (Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing) learns how to dance and wins the contest.
- Level 2: Inner strength. Character develops courage, overcomes fear. Lucilla and Proximo (Connie Neilson and Oliver Reed in Gladiator) help Maximus (Russell Crowe) in his effort to restore the republic of Rome.
- Level 3: Emotional. Character matures, thinks beyond his or her own needs; Han Solo returns to fight the good fight in Star Wars.
- Level 4: Moral. Character develops a conscience; Schindler develops his list
- Level 5: Psychological. Character develops insight, self-awareness. Neo (Keanu Reeves in The Matrix) understands who he is in relation to the Matrix.
- Level 6: Social. Character accepts new responsibility with respect to family, community, or a group; Max (Mel Gibson in Road Warrior) sticks around to help the small community defend itself against terrorist bike gangs.
- Level 7: Intellectual/creative. Character advances his or her intellectual/creative ability in order to learn or do something new; this allows him or her to solve a problem, puzzle, or mystery, leading to new understandings about a situation (Neo in The Matrix). This level captures the essence of making students heroes of their own learning stories.
- Level 8: Spiritual. Character has an awakening, which changes his or her entire perspective. With the help of a spiritual mentor, Larry Darrell (Bill Murray in Razor’s Edge) achieves a sense of enlightenment that alters his perspective about what is important in life.