You could tear into a juicy slab of Alberta Beef; you could swivel pasta or noodles; and, you could scoop up some pudding for desert.
It's a multi-dimensional, complex utensil, just as your characters need to be multi-dimensional and complex.
Like my protag Cyd in the two novels of the Megabyte Mystery series, she can stab the antagonist with sarcasm and wit; swirl through plot twists and slide through the turns with intelligence and curiosity; and, care for her animal obsessed twin sister with compassion. She's a complex character.
Donald Maass has an exercise where you take a couple of the positive characteristics of your protag and give them to your antag and vice versa. This is how you create complex characters; characters aren't all good or evil all the time.
Similarly to the utensil, your character can then dig into any literary meal you throw at them.
|Gotz to get me some Alberta beef!|