Hello! I'm an amateur writer and I have *most* of the idea for my next short story/'novela' down, but am all out of ideas for a significant portion. One key character is a mysterious, dark, brooding man and I don't typically write about his type of character. I guess I need some brainstorming help/inspirations So I thought it would be a good idea to ask you writers, new and veteran alike, what you would find to be mysterious, dark, seductive, captivating, curious, etc. in a man, but not creepy, cliche or ridiculous. I'm aware that this type of character is very overdone lately, which is why I'm trying to really think him through. Please emphasize the word *man* because this character is a man, not a boy in high school/college and he's in his late 20's. I'm not looking to remake the Edward Cullen (Twilight) or angsty teenager type. Here's what I've generally got down so far: piercing gaze (maybe?), quiet, appears to be deeply reflecting on something often. That's really it...like I said... I usually don't write these characters. I thought about making him handsome, which would help isolate him (since most people are average) and attract the heroine of the story to him, but that just seemed too...overdone once I thought about it. So should I go to the other extreme and make him ugly/diseased or disfigured-looking instead? Or would average rather do? I also need some ideas for what he should do that makes him all mysterious and stuff (for lack of a better word). I was thinking he could be in organized crime (Mafia type thing), an assassin, a serial killer, a hired spy/agent, a gypsy, a member of a secret society, a gang member (e.g. Hell's Angels), a member of a terrorist organization, or something like that, but I'd like ideas involving him being a member of a community because of the structure rest of the story already in place. Anymore ideas? And the final part...any ideas that could be his 'flaw' that will lead to his death? I was thinking perhaps he has a terminal illness, a death wish (maybe), a suicide bomb, gets the death penalty, or is being hunted by an old, scorned foe. Anymore ideas? Thanks to everyone for all your help and time! (NOTE: & also, I'm wondering if the character described would classify as a 'tragic hero' since he is tragic and although his means are dark, his ends are - at least in his mind - heroic. Must he fit rigidly with the classic characteristics of the 'tragic hero' to count?).