I realize that most people find static, no-fault, no-weakness main characters pretty boring. How important is it to balance a character to make them seem real? Are there a bunch of ways to balance a hero's actions with their words, their feelings, their intentions? I've found that my main characters often fall into the same category. I dunno if it's a bad thing, but since I've just started writing, it's prolly common. Basically it boils down to something like this: Their actions are marveled at by their peers, yet those around them always seem to mistake the hero's intentions for something else, often times their own selfish intents and aspirations. This often leads to provocations and struggles with those around the Hero=Conflict. Which most people say is the backbone to a good story. Yet, internally, the characters are frail and damaged. However, they try hard to identify their weaknesses and work toward improving themselves. While they can fix part of their 'being', they often do so at the risk of those around them, whether they intended it or not. To me, that seems quite human. And something that people can relate to. But does a character always have to be balanced in a way such as this? What other ways can you make a hero seem real and completely human, that doesn't play out like my example? I wanna tackle some characters that don't play out in this manner.