Since a lot of threads similar to the idea of “What do you want to see in stories” and “Unlikable MCs” get closed due to weeks of inactivity, here’s a better idea:
Unlucky MCs who can’t seem to keep anything until they realize that maybe being unlucky isn’t so bad. (For example: Unlucky Lucky MC)
LGBTQ+ MC who is more than their sexuality/gender/orientation.
MCs with mental health conditions and diseases
The envious MC who slowly starts to fall in love with herself bc she doesn’t need someone to tell her that she’s beautiful for her to believe it.
Flirty MC bc she runs away from her problems and now has to deal with the consequences.
The MC who learns how to fight because she fought off her older brother’s bullies when she was younger.
Muslim MCs who aren’t sexualized, oppressed, or ridculed.
Arab MCs who aren’t used as a rebound for comedy purposes.
The femme fatale who isn’t proud of killing people, who isn’t “seductive” 24/7.
Latinx/Spanish/Italian characters who aren’t only mentioned when the story is about gangs.
The shy MC who overcomes her shyness but doesn’t become cocky.
Or the shy MC who stays shy, but is a really fun and caring person once you get to know them. But secretly they’re fighting their inner demons too.
A bigoted MC who grew up bigoted, but grows up realizing that is wrong and has to look back at the enviroment they grew up in.
The black MC who depends on other people, because they aren’t always “independent”
A male MC who has close guy friends, and is comfortable with them.
More male MCs in general
The MC who promises to change the world so that people don’t have to suffer the way they did
The MC who is geniunely not interested in the LI at the beginning of the story, but that slowly changes due to experiences with them outside of their control.
The unattractive/basic/average MC who isn’t all so pretty or handsome, but they’re confident in themselves.
The MC who is content with themselves and mentally healthy bc not all MCs have to have a horrible mental state to be relatable
The MC who’s had past relationships and they’re not so innocent.
A feminine who supports non-feminine characters.
A feminine who is a black-belt in karate, or a captain in a sports teams, or “masculine”
A Jock who is actually really smart and hosts tutorings.
A person who has random knowledge of things that are useful later on in the story.
A popular kid who has interest in “nerdy things”
A person who is not good at something at first, but progressively gets better.
A masculine/feminine person who isn’t apart of LGBTQ bc being masculine/feminine has nothing to do with sexuality.
Love interests (LI):
An LI who isn’t jealous over the MC wearing something exposing, because he trusts her enough to let her wear what she wants
An LI who is more innocent than the MC bc not every attractive MC has to be dirty-minded.
An LI who doesn’t condone cheating, (aka if he’s with someone, he isn’t fawning over the MC) bc he’s in a relationship and if he can cheat on his partner, then who said he can’t cheat on the MC?
An LI who isn’t athletic AF even though they’re a nerd, or literally do nothing to get them into that shape.
An LI who asks for CONSENT before making a move on the MC, (“Can I kiss you?”) bc tbh its much cuter when someone asks. Or even non-verbal cues works too.
An LI who loves his family, and would do anything for them. Say, if his family has a bad feeling about the MC, maybe he doesn’t question their judgement, instead of fighting it because his family knows him best.
An LI who has an actually decent past, and isn’t full of sob stories. Like c’mon, not everybody’s parents died in war, or whatever.
An LI who respects the MCs personal space and doesn’t force the MC to do things she doesn’t want to do, as much as some of y’all love LIs who do.
An LI who needs to be saved by the MC, not vice versa.
Characters who aren’t perfect. But they’re trying to be better than what they were yesterday.
Because that’s what’s relatable.