Hello everyone! This topic is for everyone to share ideas in helping one another to make detailed and well thought out characters! We all don’t like Mary Sues do we? (if you don’t know they’re basically the laziest characters made ever, like, the perfect character with no flaws whatsoever) Here’s some ideas right now!
Have a character with a mental illness. The most common are ones such as depression, Aspergers, Autism and the like, but remember, if you do have a character with a mental illness, to be respectful and use correct information when writing them. Otherwise it’s disrespectful towards people with the actual illness and can cause harm.
Have flaws. Don’t make them pitch perfect! I wanna see the most random flaws in a character! And don’t make them the usual ‘fear of spiders’ or something that doesn’t relate to the story! For example, a character that in a show that I was watching was extremely clumsy, it was funny, sure, but they brought this detail back when in a serious situation (trying to get a kid to the hospital), they kept tripping and falling over themselves, and it ended up being incredibly sad instead of the usual funny gag.(I cried in case you were wondering.)
Make them different/avoid cliches. Even if they’re a side character, make them stand out! And if you’re trying to go for a classic evil villain or something, don’t make their motive “just for the fun of it”, the only time I’ve seen this work in a villain is for the Joker, and he was clinically insane. And for the love of all that is good, PLEASE don’t make an over the top gay character, seriously, if it isn’t relative to the story or their character, please don’t use them, like, at all.
Whelp! That’s all I have now! Share some ideas and get some feedback for some characters in the posts!