Guide on How to Make a Character Properly

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Oct 26, 2010
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How To Make A Character Properly

How does one start to create your own character?

This is actually one of the hardest things to decide, as most of us understand that what truly captivates the audience is how we create and portray our characters in different circumstances.

I will share with you some of the tips of how to create your own characters, by creating your own character profile.

What is a character profile?
- A character profile is the traits, abilities and personalities that make up your character.

- Most veteran RPers use character profiles to determine what characteristics do their characters have.

- It can be as detailed as creating your characters├óÔé¼Ôäó bust size, and how tall they are by measurements, or it can be a just a rough guideline of their personalities├óÔé¼Ôäó type for you to work on.

Creating a character profile is very important because we generally do not want to create 2 characters with similar personalities or looks at the same time. One of the characters will be redundant if it happens, unless you are trying to create twins or something. This is an important practice to help you create unique characters that your readers will like.

Doing your own character analysis
- The first thing to do is not to start writing down what kind of personalities or looks you want your characters to have, but to do your own research and analysis of a real and original character in a real life. Of course, there aren├óÔé¼Ôäót any rules to creating a character, but we must understand that readers are not just going to be impressed with what kind of personalities you can come up with mostly in this type of living a simple life. Obviously, the readers want to be able to identify with characters and relate to them.

- Spending time doing a little analysis on your favorite characters in any tv shows/movies before starting your own helps to mold your thoughts of creating a character. Look out for what actually impresses you about your favorite character, and see whether you can improve and evolve it into your character. Learn what kind of personalities and traits do your favorite characters have, which impresses you, and evolve it to see whether you can adopt these traits into your characters as well.

What's most important is Your chars Affinity with Good evil, for newbies but for "pro" its : Good, fair, evil, chaotic.
Just imagine a goodie good joining an illegal faction, Unless He has no idea what are illegal factions are all about.
Definition of Good: Implies altruism, respect for life, and a concern for the
dignity of sentient beings. Good characters make personal sacrifices
to help others.

Definition of Fair/Lawful: Implies honor, trustworthiness, obedience to authority, and
reliability. On the downside, lawfulness can include closemindedness,
reactionary adherence to tradition, judgmentalness,
and a lack of adaptability. Those who consciously promote lawfulness
say that only lawful behavior creates a society in which people
can depend on each other and make the right decisions in full
confidence that others will act as they should. Lawful characters tell the truth, keep their word, respect authority,
honor tradition, and judge those who fall short of their duties.

Definition of Evil: Implies hurting, oppressing, and killing others. Some evil
characters simply have no compassion for others and kill without
qualms if doing so is convenient. Others actively pursue evil, killing
for sport or out of duty to some evil deity or master

Definition of Chaotic: Implies freedom, adaptability, and flexibility. On the
downside, chaos can include recklessness, resentment toward
legitimate authority, arbitrary actions, and irresponsibility.
Chaotic characters follow their consciences, resent being told what
to do, favor new ideas over tradition, and do what they promise if
they feel like it.

What will Your character's alignment will be should depend either on His history or on things He relived in living a simple life.
- Credits goes to my beloved friend, Max.

#1: The Basics

  • What is your character's full name?
  • How old is your character throughout the majority of the story?
  • Date of birth?
  • Place of birth?
  • Male or Female?
  • How many brothers/sisters does your character have? Older? Younger? Which one is he/she closest to?
  • What is your character's overall health like?
  • What type of personality does your character have?
  • Zodiac sign?
  • Lives with?
  • Marital status?
  • Ethnic background?

#2: The Lifestyle Of Your Character

  • Preferred nickname?
  • Current occupation?
  • Dream occupation he/she wishes to do?
  • Occupation he/she finds the most revolting and would never do?
  • Political affiliation(s)?
  • Education level Finished
  • Hometown?
  • Has/wants children?

#3: His/Her Fears
  • What is his/her worst/greatest fear? Why?
  • Is he/she afraid of the dark?
  • Does he/she fear spiders?
  • Who does he/she fear the most? Why?
  • What one event had the biggest impact of the fears he/she has today? How?
  • Does he/she think that he/she could ever overcome his/her fears?
  • Does he/she sleep with the light on?
  • Does he/she faint at the sight of blood?
  • Is he/she afraid to die?

#4: Your Character's Look
  • What is your character's hair color?
  • What is your character's eye color?
  • What is your character's skin color?
  • What is your character's fingernail color?

#5: Your Character's Facial Structure
  • Did he have high cheekbones? Shallow check? Flabby jowls?
  • Wide, sturdy jaw? Narrow pointy jaw?
  • Broad forehead? Wrinkled brow?
  • A jutting chin? No chin? Square chin? A double chin? Does his double chin have a double chin?
  • Does he have full thick lips or pale thin lips?
  • Big nose? Small nose? Was it long or short? Rounded? Bulbous? Crooked? Did he appear to have ever broken his nose in the past?
  • What about his eyebrows? Full? Thick? Thin? Fair? Dark? Bushy? Wide spread? Did they connect in the middle?
  • Was there any facial hair? Sideburns? Bangs? Did he hair cover his eyes? Beard? Mustache?
  • You didn't happen to notice what color his eyes were did you? Were they wide set? Close together? Large? Small? Round? Almond? Popeyed? Did he wear glasses?

#5.2: Your Character's Hair Structure
  • Did he have hair? Was it think or balding? Did it look natural or could he have been wearing a wig?
  • What color was it? Brown you say? Was it a light sandy brown or a dark chestnut brown or could it have been more of an auburn brown?
  • Did it look natural? Could it have been dyed? Did you notice any highlights or streaks? Was there a root line? Was it going grey?
  • How long was his hair? Crew cut? Short? Ducktail? Ponytail?
  • Was it messy or did it seem rather neat? Greasy? Well groomed? Hair sprayed?
    Straight? Thick? Wavy? Frizzed? Natural curls? Permed curls? Dreadlocks?

#6: Your Character's Body Type
  • How tall was he? Tall? Short? Average? Could you tell his exact height?
  • What about weight? Was he thin? Underweight? Overweight? About average? Athletic? Muscular? Pot bellied?
  • Would you say he resembled more of a clean-cut business professional or a more rough rowdy type or something else? Why would you say that?
  • Was he particularly handsome or a bit more plain or would you say he was down right ugly?
  • Did you notice the way he walked? Did he have a limp? Did he move slowly or quickly? Long strides or little steps?

I hope my guide is helpful and you learned something from it. Have fun! ;)
Oct 16, 2010
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Peter Yamasaki
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Nice. Detailed, I like.
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