I’ll be brief with this one, since I’m a little tired tonight. But I’ll be going through a step-by-step guide of what I think makes a great character.
What makes a good character? And what makes a bad character?
A good character has these traits:
- Real Flaws
- Character development
- Real Goals and desires
- Is three dimensional
A bad character has these traits:
- No real flaws
- No character development
- Is shallow with no real goals and desires
- Is two dimensional
So, what do I mean by real flaws?
Well, a real flaw could be a personality trait that defines someone. If your character is always angry all the time this would be considered a flaw. However, someone who appears really clumsy might seem like a flaw, but this is false. Tripping over your own feet is not a character flaw. Yes, it might seem goofy, but real flaws don’t work that way.
A flaw is something inside a character that makes them imperfect. It is a trait that no person is immuned to.
This could be a host of things…
- Controlling or possessive
- Mental illness
- Sloth or laziness
Now, there are other flaws that you can add to make a character imperfect that deals with the outer, such as appearances. However, this shouldn’t be used as the only factor. It’s best to have a wide range of imperfections.
- Body deformities
- Handicapped or crippled
- Birth defects
- Old Age
- Body odor or smell
- Baldness or unsightly facial hair
Now, I won’t go into every detail about what makes a good character, but how about a bad character. What defines them? Basically, a bad character is someone who is perfect in every way. Literally speaking…
Signs of a bad character:
- Always attractive or always in their youth.
- Slim or sexy body type. Never old. Never overweight.
- Has no real obstacles in their way and if they do, it’s solved pretty quickly.
- Considered loved by all.
- Typically, a Mary Sue or a Gary Sue.
- Doesn’t show any character growth whatsoever.
- Never changes or learns from their mistakes.
- They are flat, like a cardboard cutout.
And that’s it for now. We’ll talk more about characters in another post.