Hello, all! Okay, I need help with tweaking my main character. At first I thought I'd make her a typical strong female character; you know, someone who is kind but doesn't take crap from anyone, she's charming and sweet but not afraid to be sarcastic or in your face, blah blah blah. Quite frankly, this is boring to me. In my story, she was created in a lab along with several other kids as test subjects for all these horrible experiments. Since she was "created," not born, many of the researchers (and people in general) don't consider her a true human being and think of her and the other kids as equal to lab mice, disposable. She was released from the lab because she was one of the few kids whose behavior was too unstable to continue the tests. In the original plot, I had the scientists try to forcibly repress her memories and the story started out with her being adopted and barely knowing who she was, but I think I'd rather have her outsmart the scientists and remember everything clearly. So to get to the point, with all of the scars from her childhood, instead of being that courageous yet loving female character that she started off as, I'm thinking about making her kind of bipolar in a way. Certain little things piss her off way more than they do normal people, like people staring at her or being pressured into doing something she doesn't want to, even little insignificant things. She's very protective of the people and things that are important to her, but only she knows what they are. She could treat someone like shit but still care deeply for them. On the flip side, when she's at her best she makes people feel at ease and can even be funny if the mood strikes her. She gets a little motherly and bossy at times, and can take her responsibilities as a friend too far by being too helpful (you can't ever vent about anything or she'll find the person who wronged you and kick their ass with or without your consent). People who know her best know not to be afraid when she's pissed off, but they also know to leave her alone until she cools down. They also know not to tell her she's doing anything wrong in her life or that she should better herself or anything like that. Later on in the story she has to take care of a girl who is a complete wimp and very non-confrontational, but who finds strength in compassion and understanding people. The main character doesn't turn into a peaceful loving hippie or anything, but she does learn to respect people and control her temper. So yes, the main character is kind of a beyotch. Is it too cheesy to make her this way, given what's happened to her in her childhood? It might be good to mention that she has a rough life after her days in the lab, too.