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    List your characters' names.

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by vcarson, Nov 11, 2013.

    Major Characters-7

    Peter Bachman
    Edward Bachman
    Evangeline Margaret Bachman
    Felicity Palmer
    Amelia Bachman
    Jane Huxley
    Elizabeth Bachman

    Minor Characters-12

    James Alexander Bachman
    Maria Eliza Bachman
    Julia Bachman
    Caroline Hollingsworth
    Walter Palmer
    Michael Vanderstone
    Peter Buchanan II
    David Huxley
    Thomas Henry Abbot
    Celia Abbot
    Paul Taylor
    Anne Davenport
     
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    Major:

    Allison Jean (AJ) Connor-Parker (MC: deceased, story narrated via diary entries.)
    Sst. Aaron Connor USMC (Twin brother: deceased, only mentioned in diary entries.)
    Zoe Jane Connor (Older Sister/narrator)
    Cpl. Nikki Ramierez Ret. United States Army (Girlfriend/roommate)
    Dr. James Connor (Father)
    Laurel Connor (Mother)

    Minor: Too many to list, but here are the biggest players...

    Katherine Cooke (Aunt)
    Carmen Ortega (Friend)
    Pauline (Friend)
    Skye (Friend)
    "Beast" (barfly)
    Jennine (barfly)
    Robyn (barfly)
    Scott Parker (MC's Ex-Husband)
    "Zen" (Drug Dealer)
    Andy (Pot-head neighbor across the hall/occasional drug dealer)
    Cassandra "Casey" Mae Lin (Bartender)
    Officer Robbins (LAPD Arresting Officer)

    And many others who are mostly unnamed (or nicknamed I/E "Peanut") bar flies/drug addicts.
     
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    Way too many to list so just going with the main five here:

    Cassie Harvey (MC)
    Mark Harvey (Cassie's brother)
    Patrick Barnes (Antagonist/MC love interest)
    Kendall Barnes (Patrick's wife)
    Lindsay Barnes (Patrick's daughter)
     
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    This isn't the final list, I'm already contemplating getting rid of a few, but here is is:

    Major:

    Derek Reilly
    Morgan Saddler (Reilly)
    Matthew Mercer
    Cassandra Cruz
    Aaron Ross
    Felicia Greenaway
    Malachy Sheehan
    Louis Walker

    Minor:

    Kristen Gallagher
    Christian Cutter
    David Hudson
    Abigail Folsom
    David Frost
    Jarrod Ross
    Julia Parker
     
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    Major
    Lasande Starwhisper
    Netheara Draeles
    Izulan Draeles
    Lyravoca Nuyeva
    Daniel Aren-Starwhisper
    Kylvara Suneye/Songrose
    Naias Tiroi
    Nalkai Inziah
    Rashik Amegant

    Minor
    Dariana Starwhisper
    Naltheran Shadeclaw-Starwhisper
    Sivad Aren
    Jesiah Starling
    Ylandris Winterfall
    Urulthayan Songrose
    Lioram Songrose
    Inifarn Songrose

    There are plenty more, but those the ones I have planned for the most screen (page?) time.
    As you may have guessed, it is of the epic fantasy variety.
     
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    Wow, @Howling Storm, that's quite a few mouthfuls there. To tell you the truth, if I were reading a book with those character names, I think I'd find them all becoming Blahblah Blahblah-Blahblahblah and Something Somethingorother.

    I think you're asking a lot of your readers. Could you give them some easier names? And maybe more distinct ones?
     
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    I'm with @minstrel, a lot of the names look the same reading down the list, plus I think a lot of them are too long. Though it's fantasy you could maybe stick with normal names for the first names but keep the surnames as are?
     
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    Main Characters
    Isake Dresden
    Kilnir Ironshield
    Emeril Seolran (who is also the King)

    Lori Togarbaec (niece of Emeril, she kind of floats between being a main character and a minor character)

    Minor Characters
    Arkalo Icegleam
    Lorain Metalbeater (he is a dwarfish blacksmith what do you expect!)
    Xanthir Dogtooth.
    Ibsani Steelweaver (likewise to Lorain, but he is an elf!)
    an unlimited supply of unnamed guards and runners
    an unnamed Dire Wolf (who will, hopefully, have a name and become a key character)
     
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    @ChaosReigns - I'd consider changing Arkalo Icegleam. Say it out loud to yourself. The natural inclination for someone who doesn't know your character is to immediately read, and say, Arkalo Ice-Cream, which is quite a way to break the tension :D

    Main:
    William Reus - MC
    Shadow Walker (Rucer Pelzarro) - Antag
    Luniah (Lea Jaro) - secondary Antag


    Sameera - MC love interest
    Arlia Grithor
    Seb
    Norlina

    Minor:
    Hayley
    Soliath
    Jorn
    Mar
    Aivee
    Marcus

    Hmm I need to give these people some surnames....

    For the next story I hope to be working on, the characters are:

    Hotaru (firefly - MC)
    Arashi (storm - love interest)
    Hikari (light - MC's sister)
    Taiyo (sun - MC's brother)

    Haven't got anymore yet lol.
     
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    KaTrian A foolish little beast. Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Gotta love those fantasy names... :) Though I agree with @Mckk : Icegleam becomes ice cream. Oh the jokes you can make about that in your story @ChaosReigns :D

    The cast of my and T.Trian's current WIP are:

    Main Characters
    Lise Armfelt (Swedish)
    Jonathan "Reggie" Reagan (American)
    Amélie Prideaux (Solus-born, parents were French)

    Secondary Main Characters
    Chris Adams (American / Belgian)
    Anna "Sundance" Ward (Solus-born)
    Oliver Hendricks (Solus-born)

    There's a horde of secondary characters, but it'd take half a page to list them all, so these six are enough.
     
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    @Mckk @KaTrian hmm, true, i need to think of something, especially as theres no ice cream in my story...
     
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    Major: 9

    Tonya Harding - The Boss
    Christopher Hughes - The hacker
    Nicholas Blade - The Merc
    Victor Cros - The Schemer
    Evelyn Shields - The Mother
    Alex Mink - The Thief
    Eddie Bane - The Gambler
    Rufio Martin - Antagonist
    Everettia Tallow - Secondary Antagonist

    Minor: 5
    James Striker (All American Asshole)
    Raymond Perillo
    Warren Bassett
    X
    Leah Fang
     
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    Major characters:
    Rose Williams (MC)
    Lucien Duchamps
    Jade (Duchamps... I guess? She's not Lucien's biological daughter; he took her in)

    Minor/less important characters:
    Ed
    Victoria (aka Vicky)
    Albert
    Death, Killer and Shadow (Lucien's guard dogs, they do live up to their names)
    Lucas
    There are more, but they are mostly "nameless" individuals, only referred to by gender and sometimes age.
     
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    Humans:
    Edward Bradshaw
    Walter Thorndike
    Father Zossimos
    Mona Mason
    Emily Mason
    President Henry McLeod
    General Adrian Jacobs
    Alexei Yurlov
    Vincent Sullivan

    Aliens:
    Senoch
    Rufel
    Hoh
    Axalal
    Melulal
     
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    POV's:
    Dazen,
    Sylphrena,
    Kyra,
    Piper,
    Alyn

    Victarion
    King Tenas,
    etc :)
     
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    I made some of the characters' names puns on suffixes of the word Para.

    Protagonists:
    Tara "Para" Leonard
    Norm Leonard (Paranormal)
    Elie Vyle
    Thomas Hyde
    Gilda Hyde
    Jack the Ripper


    Antagonists:
    Abner Dise (Paradise)(Also Abnormal)
    Lloyd Roswell (Paranoid)
    Clare/"Flare"
    Liza Hector (Paralyze)
    Don (Paragon)
    Persephone
     
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    Fyodor Andreyushkin
    Anastasias Pinstone
    Peppolin (Peppo) Pindray
    Kyomo Tahling
    Kyoko Murakin
    John Bell
    Kshlinney (The Skinny)
    Coralena (ship name)
    Eric Lodz
    Wilkes
    Schwab
     
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    Instantly reminds me of the figure skater.
     
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    Dante/Ro'shaan Dante
    BES
    Decugosan Kaleel
    VPOTUS Rawlings
    POTUS Mitchell
    Rep. Steward
    US Society

    Various CEOs of major tech and defense contractors.
     
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    I didn't even know of this person until today

    #themoreyouknow
     
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    Erik Matthews
    Colin Phillips
    Marshmallow Matthews
    Renee Matthews
    Melissa Daniels
    Brenda Connors
    Angela Lawler
    Lacey Lawler
    Mark Walters
    Jeff Bonaduchi
    Rita Landow
    Tom Landow
    Nathan Woods
    Natalie Woods
    Brian Thompson
    Janet Jaclyn
    Marty Trevors
    Artie Trevors
    Darren Phelps
    Karen Phelps
    Tiffany Busch
    Roger Johnson
    Jerold Cuthbert
    Rebecca Cuthbert
    Marty Cuthbert
    Cody Cuthbert
    Mimi Cuthbert
    Joanna Cuthbert
    Saul Cuthbert
    Serena Cuthbert
    Jeremy Johnson
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    Let's see, for a short story I'm working on my major characters are:

    Cecilia Cross (MC)
    Garret Styles (MC's friend/love interest much later in the story)
    Madoc Leyton
    Blake Ainsworth
    Edmund Harrow
    Eleanor Cross (MC's mother)
    Conrad Cross (MC's father)
    Jonathan Wick (antagonist)

    My minor characters who are only mention posthumously (and possibly in flashbacks, I haven't decided yet) and only referred to by their last names:

    Kent
    Brand
    Ahrens
    Curtwood
    Martel
    Dabney
    Longstaff
    Hallman

    A slightly off-topic question, but do you think it would be a good idea to come up with first names for them anyway, even if I don't intend to use them at all?
     
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    Zanor
    Brondor
    Elric
    Azair
    Darin
     
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    I think it's a good idea - it's something you know about your characters (and you should know them inside and out) but doesn't necessarily need to come up in the story. A few of my characters' surnames are never mentioned in my novel but they still have them.
     
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    Trey Carter
    Mandy Carter
    Jay Carter
    Don Bull
    Richard Allison



    Minor

    Dick Adams
    Jeff Gay
    Barry Carter
     

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