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Ask yourself, what do you look for in a character? Like, what do you want in your character? Do you want a character you can relate to or a character you want to simply idolize?

What do you think?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Ask yourself, what do you look for in a character? Like, what do you want in your character? Do you want a character you can relate to or a character you want to simply idolize?

What do you think?


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qualeshia3 wrote:

Ask yourself, what do you look for in a character? Like, what do you want in your character? Do you want a character you can relate to or a character you want to simply idolize?

What do you think?






A character you can relate to but also idolize at the same time? Interesting.
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A three dimensional character is a must have.A relatable character is nice, but not a must have.As for characters that are meant to be idolized,I often find them boring.A character with personality quirks is also something I look for.They make the character seem more real.Cowboy bebop is an example of this.
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ronin99 wrote:

A three dimensional character is a must have.A relatable character is nice, but not a must have.As for characters that are meant to be idolized,I often find them boring.A character with personality quirks is also something I look for.They make the character seem more real.Cowboy bebop is an example of this.


God, it was really bothering me trying to figure out the right words to put into question. I'm sorry.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


zangeif123 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Ask yourself, what do you look for in a character? Like, what do you want in your character? Do you want a character you can relate to or a character you want to simply idolize?

What do you think?






A character you can relate to but also idolize at the same time? Interesting.


The two aren't necessarily conflicting ideas. A relatable character doesn't mean the character has to be weak and cowardly or lame and boring. It just means the character needs flaws. And just because someone is flawed doesn't mean that person can't be idolized. I mean look at pro athletes and rock stars. People idolize and put them on a pedestal despite their many flaws and character defects. The easiest flaw to ascribe to most "idolized" characters is hubris and/or arrogance, because it happens so much in real life when someone gets big or famous. That fame very often goes to their heads. It's a very relatable flaw that many of us can see ourselves falling into if we ever got into a similar situation.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


ronin99 wrote:

A three dimensional character is a must have.A relatable character is nice, but not a must have.As for characters that are meant to be idolized,I often find them boring.A character with personality quirks is also something I look for.They make the character seem more real.Cowboy bebop is an example of this.


God, it was really bothering me trying to figure out the right words to put into question. I'm sorry.


There's nothing to apologize for.The word's you used were fine.
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ronin99 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


ronin99 wrote:

A three dimensional character is a must have.A relatable character is nice, but not a must have.As for characters that are meant to be idolized,I often find them boring.A character with personality quirks is also something I look for.They make the character seem more real.Cowboy bebop is an example of this.


God, it was really bothering me trying to figure out the right words to put into question. I'm sorry.


There's nothing to apologize for.The word's you used were fine.


Thanks.
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I want a character that has good sense of humor and is proficient in his duties like Virgil Ovid Hawkins.
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DrunkKanti wrote:

The two aren't necessarily conflicting ideas. A relatable character doesn't mean the character has to be weak and cowardly or lame and boring. It just means the character needs flaws. And just because someone is flawed doesn't mean that person can't be idolized. I mean look at pro athletes and rock stars. People idolize and put them on a pedestal despite their many flaws and character defects. The easiest flaw to ascribe to most "idolized" characters is hubris and/or arrogance, because it happens so much in real life when someone gets big or famous. That fame very often goes to their heads. It's a very relatable flaw that many of us can see ourselves falling into if we ever got into a similar situation.


No, it's interesting in a good way, not a bad way. But it is strange because some people can not handle flawed characters. There has to be a deeper reason for that other than "because perfection is better".
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I want a character that has good sense of humor and is proficient in his duties like Virgil Ovid Hawkins.


So, you want a character who is hilarious and good at his job?
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Posted 8/11/17 , edited 8/12/17

qualeshia3 wrote:

A character you can relate to but also idolize at the same time? Interesting.


Spider-Man is a good example. One of the first super heroes which comic book readers can relate to yet idolize. I'd like to think it's one of the main reasons why he was so successful.
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Real, human characters.

Being able to relate or idolize a character is largely irrelevant to me.
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Real, human characters.

Being able to relate or idolize a character is largely irrelevant to me.


So, you want a flawed and imperfect character?
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Someone with resolve but also vulnerabilities.
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