Is it bad to severely abuse an MC. My character isn't the most optimistic of characters: he isn't suicidal but he definately isn't one to look at the bright side of things. When I created him, his "dark personality" was one of those things that just kind of happened and I worked out the source of this later on. My question is, is it unrealistic to put my MC through a series of "scarring" events in order to shape him into the character he is later on. Each of these "events" is like a stepping stone. The first event leads to the second and the second leads to the third. Part of me knows that these occurences are necessary to shape him, but I'm I beating him up to much. Is it unrealistic to put a character through two intensely traumatic events in his lifetime? Should I try to tone them down or leave them as gritty and brutal as they are? Thanks in advance for any responses!