I'm not talking about the character in question is actually dead and the others have to tell the world that he/she was a good person. I mean like a character that just seems dead to you, but you want to bring him/her back. The issue is with my first character ever, Heridon Lewis Copper. I made him up back in August 2003 as a character of my first mystery story. He's been everything. I've made him an adult, a child, an elf (a fantasy mystery series) and a captain of a starship (a sci-fi mystery). He was essentially me as I wanted to be. Now I finally have the setting perfect. He's a college student solving murders in modern times with the help of five friends. Not wanting to make him a Gary-Stu, I made him everything not me. He loves math, he's a football player, extremely extroverted, watches college sports every Friday night, and he doesn't enjoy history at all. But...something weird happened. After I made him into that person, I just stopped liking him. I couldn't relate to him at all. He came across to me as a rude, loud, abrasive person. I've got the setting perfect, the characters I need, but now I can't stand Heridon anymore. I almost want to kill him off in the first chapter and continue the series with one of his friends. Maybe I've outgrown him? Maybe he's had too much of my own personality that's he's become a major Gary Stu. I just don't know what to do with this character. I love the setting and the other characters, its just him I don't like, and even worst, he's central to the events in the story. Take him out and everything falls apart. What should I do? Is there a way I can 'redeem' him still?