I apologize if this is in an incorrect section, but I think it should be here. It's not about creating characters, it's about preference and taste. Do you like typical characters? Personally, I don't. I'm trying to run as far as possible from them. There are good ones, but they are rare to me. I've read some posts, however, that almost expect such and wonder when it's not the expected typical character. "I imagine this character to be 3 and 4, because he is 1 and 2; he's not 3 and 4, how come?"(the numbers are imaginated qualities, left at your choice). I usually wonder a lot at these replies, but slowly, I'm starting to ask -- is it my mistake? I mean, do you like it when the main character is always simple, or do you prefer it when he's complicated? I've even named those types "and" or "but" and here are some examples in my head: "Smart and unexpectedly cool" -- a classic stereotype for that boy in the class that nobody looks at, but that also happens to be a hidden diamond of a soul, morally unflawed and perfectly talkative, as if he had friends to know how to talk to (sorry, but I've had it with those personally, but again, this might be just me). He's also the usual MC in many movies, whose subtext is "Don't worry if you don't have any friends because the blonde will realize one day that you're amazing, you'll start dating and everyone will hate that prick who constantly makes you look like a no-lifer". Simple really. He's smart, therefore he will overcome his social problems some day in the near future (or in other words, after 70 minutes of the 90 min film). "Smart but unsocial" -- The guy is smart, no doubt about it. However, he's messed up. He simply doesn't fit in the society, plain as that. It could be because of many reasons, but he simply doesn't fit. And he never will. There will be no blonde chick to rescue him back into social life, because he doesn't want that. To him, society is boring. And to society, he's weird. He's not perfect, not by far. He's complex, not just-another-guy. He's proof that things come at a cost. Those might not be the best examples, but I hope you get the picture. Which do you prefer? Oh, and this also goes for plots (I know it's all been done before, but some things have been done more times than others) etc. P.S. And I'm really sorry if I've sounded harsh, but it's tough for me to be objective on this. That is why I started this topic in the first place, because I think I might be too biased. I apologize if I am. P.P.S. Upon rereading I've seen that I actually am biased, a lot. I apologize if this offends you, the reader (please, don't feel offended), but at some point I need to state and back up an opinion, after all, this is a place for discussions.