TL;DR: We need more information to be able to properly help you. A lot of people, it seems, give quick, short descriptions of who their characters are and seem to think that we can appreciate their motives, plot modulations and character from that. We can't. People can't. I can tell you that my character is witty, or cold-hearted, or aggressive, or patriotic, or vitriolic, or has an enthralling obsession with baked beans, or whatever. It doesn't help anything. Characters do not exist as lone souls, and they do not exist in a vaccuum. Tell us who the character is. Their role in both the world and the story. Tell us about their friends and how they get along- or don't. Tell us about the love interest that's caught their eye and why they work together so well. Humans are much better and invisioning characters when they're bouncing off of other characters or situations than when they're standing in a 3/4 pose on a flat plane against a white background- no matter how heroic that pose is. Here's an example. My character's name is, let's say, Renaldo. He's in his early twenties, and is trained in the use of a massive blade called a Horse Dropper, which is a common weapon in his world. He wears leather with odd blue cloth underneath, and has a scar under his right eye. He's arrogant but heroic, and desperately wants to become a hero in a real story that people tell each other over campfires. You've probably got a vague image in your head. Now, let's give him some more definition. Renaldo was trained by reluctant tutors in an academy that was far out of his league, but he managed to pass by virtue of never quite figuring out when he'd taken enough punishment from his more skilled competitors. The world in general doesn't know him and doesn't acknowledge him. His best friend is a girl from his hometown who he's known since he was very young- they met when he, in his first and, so far, only heroic act, chased off a bully who was picking on her- who supports him despite worrying for his safety, and more importantly, his pride. He can become verbally abusive to everyone around him if his temper rises too far, and she spends more and more time trying to calm him down. She's starting to get fed up with him. He's gotten into more trouble than most people do in their entire lives. Renaldo wants to be famous- he wants to be a hero like his older brother, who left when he was a child and who has been the focus of countless stories of bravery and heroics. He resents his brother, who has everything he ever wanted. His parents sent him to the academy because he insisted they do, and are worried that he is obsessing over his brother to the detriment of his own life and his own sanity. Then one day... You see? The one paragraph of description above is enough to get us looking at the character, and enough to let us know his defining features and personality traits. But he only fits into a story, into a "world" of sorts, thanks to the other paragraphs- and therein lies the rub. Characters are inseperable from their story, and we can't help with one without knowing the other. What am I posting this for? I don't know. Advice, maybe. Discussion as to what else defines a character- not depicts, defines. Mostly, because it helps me figure this stuff out to post it like this.