1. Catrin Lewis

    Catrin Lewis Contributor Contributor Community Volunteer

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    Character Traits

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Catrin Lewis, Feb 25, 2017.

    What do you think? Can a character be nice in general but snarky on occasion? Can he maintain a calm facade around most people but harbor an underlying well of anger towards certain individuals? Can she be focused on a goal but at the same time be ironically skeptical about the best way to reach it?

    And can a single character with all these traits be likable, sympathetic, and believable?
     
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    Depends on what kind of audience you have. (ex. horny teenagers who doesn't appreciate peace and tranquility or old curmudgeons hating excitement itself.)
     
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    Lifeline North of South. Staff Contributor

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    Not a problem. I can picture this person clearly and I'd look forward to meeting her in a book :)
     
  4. Simpson17866

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    You just described me :cool:

    I try to be polite, but I also try to make everything funny, and those don't always go together as well as I think (especially when I'm taking something personally)

    My emotions tend to be very subdued, but even when they flare up I generally keep it to myself (unless I'm hungry. My filters tend to get messed up when I'm hungry)

    And I am always overthinking whether I'm doing something wrong.

    Nope :p
     
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  5. Catrin Lewis

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    So you're saying you're neither likable, sympathetic, nor believable? If it's the third of these, something weird's going on in cyberspace. :crazy:
     
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    These two sound like me IRL.

    I tend to be warm as a person but if someone says something stupid I tend to be sarcastic about calling them out. For example, a customer was adamant that he bought a product from my workplace when I started that the barcode was not in our database, after he gave me a long lecture about not ripping off customers I just asked in a deadpan tone if he was aware that his carrier bag was from our competitor. He left looking rather sheepish

    As for anger, yes, though everyone has a limit before they just emotionally explode. When I'm close I tend to throw something or punch the wall (I had serious anger issues during puberty).
     
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  7. Homer Potvin

    Homer Potvin Get off my Balzac... Staff Contributor

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    Yep, that's me too. Nicest guy you ever met until my lil' bastard comes out.
     
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