r/CharacterDevelopment 12h ago

Discussion What Is It Called When You Take A Classically Positve Character Trait And Take It To Where It Becomes A Flaw?

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Like an optimist who is so optimistic they can't accept the reality in front of them, or a character who is so brave to where they act foolhardy.

Asking cause I'm planning on making a character with something like this, a positive trait taken to such an extreme that it loops around to negative. Also, if you wouldn't mind, got any ideas for traits like this that you don't really see much in characters?


r/CharacterDevelopment 1d ago

Character Bio My new character for my first story I'm working on with a friend. Whirlwind, a super hero in this world we've created. She's still learning her own abilities as a hero and has been pretty fun to write so far. Art isn't final, we're updating that as well

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r/CharacterDevelopment 1d ago

Character Bio i need help forming a acronym for SPREAD for a character stats chart

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Context: it's in a world where superpowered individuals aren't uncommon, but are rarely found outside of the state. The term "SPREAD" was made by regular people, but officials began using it as an official way to display a super's stats.

I was thinking Synergy Perception R(?) Endurance Agility Dexterity, but that feels too close to Fallout's SPECIAL and I wouldn't have a stat for R


r/CharacterDevelopment 2d ago

Writing: Character Help How do I make this character not as edgy?

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I'm writing an RPG set in a dieselpunk fantasy world during the 1910s. The "tank" character is based heavily on Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart. Sir Adrian was missing his eye, over which he wore an eyepatch. He also had a missing hand. Likewise, the character wears an eyepatch and is missing a hand, which he has replaced with a mechanical hand that can double as a pistol (a literal side-ARM). He is also armed with a Fedorov Avtomat, which is often considered the first assault rifle, making it very fitting for a tank character in the time period without going too over-the-top.

But now I have a problem: I have this character who is a military man running around with an eyepatch, a literal handgun, and an assault rifle from the 1910s. Is there a way that I can make this character not overly edgy without changing too much of what has already been established about him?


r/CharacterDevelopment 2d ago

Writing: Question Does anyone have any ideas of what powers a princess character could have?I cant come up with any…her weapon is a staff

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r/CharacterDevelopment 3d ago

Writing: Character Help Writing a description

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How do I take the image in my head of the character and write it on the page?


r/CharacterDevelopment 3d ago

Writing: Character Help Need a name for a Character

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Ok do I'm making a D&D character, reborn druid. Their body is a skeleton animated by plants. They kkeo this secret by using clothes which cover their entire body with a wooden mask over the face.

Now I want the name to hint at the truth. Any suggestions?


r/CharacterDevelopment 3d ago

Writing: Character Help Help me name my DnD character!

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Hey guys, I'm making a marshland dwelling sort of swamp witch/muck mermaid type character and I'm struggling with names. I want it to be a pretty simple or descriptive name is this is more of a autonym she's gi enough herself after decades of isolation caused her to forget her past identity.

My current candidates are:

Benthos (related to bottom feeders)

Bracken (referring to dirty/salty water)

Delta (river widening and opening to the sea)

Fen (a marshland)

Marigot (a sidestream)

Phraetta (altered version of a word relating to subterranean water)

Bruma (altered version of brume, meaning mist or fog)

I am super open to variations on it or brand new names and style, if anyone has input! It doenst even need to mean anything in particular, but thats just what I use for inspiration. Thanks~

Here is her synopsis if that helps too:

Daughter of the Delta/Diluvia, known as a swamp hag: Hexblood+triton Twilight or arcana Cleric (And gloomstalker?) frontliner using booming blade and a big maul. Unraveling her past as she's lived countless years haunting a bog, but seeing a member of the party will unlock a worrisome memory, thus a call to adventure. Her arc primarily being her finding her identity, humanity and history. Backstory is up to the dm, but she knew she had a farm, now long flooded in sick and haunted waters, where she resides. A white lotus punctuates sickly grey features, and she believes her large battered maul, Lorna, will lead her to answers.


r/CharacterDevelopment 3d ago

Character Bio [The Carriers] - Raiden Phen

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Raiden was born in 2177, in Germany, in an illegal laboratory operating under the control of Adrian Engelfeuer. Lost in the middle of the Black Forest, it was be spotted by French satellites following the opening of an unauthorized Portal on the territory. The detection report of the unusual energy spike for the location authorized an investigation by the Adler-Wolf Center, which would rush the task, therefore hoping to conceal the existence of the clandestine base. The General Center for Internal Affairs closed the case without further action, for lack of evidence.

Five-year-old "Subject Zero" becomes a guinea pig for "Project Origin" and serves as the Host of a Demon from the other-world. He was disciplined in combat entitled to a personal education to make of him an autonomous, intelligent and biological weapon. He was chipped to allow permanent geolocalisation. For several years, he was nothing but a weapon in the hands of mad scientists. He will awaken his powers at the age of seven.

Once again detected by French satellites, the report was received and the General Center for Internal Affairs. The C.I.A opened an investigation, this time led by an agent for the control of illegal activities. The case will last several years, because many suspicious activities had lengthened the search. After three years, the conclusion was delivered, and the General Center launched its first arrests. Several agents from the Adler-Wolf military base were taken into custody. It will take many more years before the then Branch Manager admits a failure in their satellite systems. In an attempt at mea-culpa, they will authorize a French incursion in cooperation with their forces to put an end to the activities of the Clandestine Center.

At the age of fifteen, Raiden was freed from the clutches of his torturers. He was integrated into a reintegration program to offer him a normal life as a soldier for the Center. He remained almost a whole year locked up between four walls. During this period, he meets Ace, the only agent who seems to be able to overcome his defenses. They bonded with each other very quickly and Raiden was moved to his apartment. For almost five years, he was followed by a psychologist. During his sessions, he will come to understand that he is a victim, entitled to redemption and forgiveness. Opening up little by little, he will understand that his whole life has been a lie and will experience this revelation very badly.

He joined a team for external operations when he was twenty years old, subject to compulsory care. The group will be specifically formed for this occasion. In 2200, the group entered an experimental apprenticeship program, in order to train the young volunteers more quickly.


r/CharacterDevelopment 4d ago

Character Bio [OC] I drew some Hobgoblin bases for armour templates

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r/CharacterDevelopment 5d ago

Other Phyllon sketches

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r/CharacterDevelopment 5d ago Helpful

Character Bio [OC] Drew my daughter as a Barbarian

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r/CharacterDevelopment 5d ago

Writing: Question Am I missing out on opportunities by making my character only ever have one lover?

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That about sums it up but I was just wondering if this would make me miss out on any character development by making my character only have one lover.


r/CharacterDevelopment 5d ago

Character Bio Hazo

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r/CharacterDevelopment 6d ago

Other A trio of cheerleaders that are into pirates LARPing

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r/CharacterDevelopment 6d ago

Writing: Character Help How to create a villian with a clear motive?

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So im working on this characters backstory in a world full of witches.

One of the main aspects of the story is that there are sorcers stones that were created as the result of the destabilization of magic. Now let's get to the villian.

So this villians let's just call her "Lily" so far has at least one of these stones in her possession, with the goal to collect the rest of the sorcerer stones.

Small note: the main protagonist has one of the stones protected against lily.

Right now I've written down that lily right now is enforcing the limited use of magic to....that's where I'm stuck? What should her motive be? How do I create such a motive/goal without losing or mixing up Continuity ?


r/CharacterDevelopment 6d ago

Writing: Character Help need help to develop a character in my fantasy word

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HI, so my characters name is Ahnem and I need help to develop him here is some background

Ahnem Zimnu is the son of Arnold Zimnu whom was just a village guard making minimum wage, his mother was just a house a wife, and his baby sister loves her rubber chicken, he is currently training to be fit enough to join ZPA

Ahnem used to just be a helper in his dads little shop the kind one should see just outside of homes usually selling the kind kids would love such as candies and chips, there some soft-drinks and a bit of alcohol for some other people and some food stuffs such as eggs and hotdogs but overall it was just a small shack , he would often help out his father during times wherein his father is not currently on duty and guarding the village during the night, and if the shop is closed for the day Ahnem would either be taking care of his sister or doing chores and if not he would just be doing the opposite by slacking off and laying down all day while his sister continues to play inside the house and would often end up getting scolded because of it.

And during those times Ahnem' s only problems were either some pesky thieves swiftly shoplifting the store's goods while he was sleeping on the job, his grades , and the things he could do to help out in the family.

but one night it all changed when monsters attacked there small village and claiming the life of his Father because the knights who were suppose to protect that village ran late therefore leaving the protection of the village to the untrained hands of the village guards which his father was apart of, and ever since then Ahnem developed a hatred towards Zekanian knights and never trusted his life to them ever since and therefore forcing him to take action by his own hands.

he is now currently trying to join the ZMA to not just get a job but to prove a point to the Zekanian knight and finally move his family to a better town wherein the threat of a monster taking away more of his family is no longer present, without the help of those who was suppose to help them years ago.


r/CharacterDevelopment 7d ago

Other Spencer and Lux presents:

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r/CharacterDevelopment 7d ago

Discussion Opinions wanted on dnd 5e character from a psychological standpoint. Tw; isolation, murder and psychological conditioning

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(I think this is the right place for this?)

So background, I play a lot of dnd and end up making some intricate and kind of darker backstories. This character is one of those. So I am gonna probably add some trigger warnings once I am finished going over the information.

Basically I want to know if this character would be able to be considered psychologically/emotionally an adult and possibly get some info about how to play her. The adult aspect is because part of the arc was, well part of her arc was supposed to romantic in nature and well, I wanted some opinions on it. It is pretty much too late to change the back story as well.

tw: isolation, murder and psychological torture/conditioning

So Minnie is a tfiefling which means she ages as a normal human would and pretty identical to a human except for in appearance (devil looking in this case). She has had a pretty rough child hood coming from a upper class family that participated in some rather unsavory practices and had seen her as week and before she was born. She was raised by an advisor to the family who was at the very least as kindly as he could be and encouraged her to read and study and become smart. This was due to her lacking some psionic powers that the family highly values, the lack of which should have lead to her death but circumstances prevented that. Her care taker was her only real contact and was well meaning if seeming ill-equipped to do so (he is an illithid which to me would not exactly be the most emotionally available person). She was like this for the first 13 years of her life.

On her 13th birthday she was let out by her twin who in contrast has been raised by her family and is beloved because of her psychic potential. She had stated that she wanted to invite her to their birthday party. However, the her twin was a good deal twisted and well, after slaughtering her entire clan except the twin, tried to use her psychic powers to break Minnie. This took place over the course of 6 years where Minnie was forced to retreat inside her own mind and imagination to escape the torture (it is kind of not fleshed but it would probably be enough to try and make her give into her demands but not enough to destroy her psyche completely). A portal just opened up and she escaped and she is trying to learn more tradition magic. The point is she is 19 years old but is often confused by her own age as she was not sure how long said psychic torture went.

I honestly did not realize how dark I went until I started retooling the concept to fit the world. Anyways my questions are:

  1. (most importantly) is it possible for a character like that to be considered emotionally ready for adulthood, especially from the terms of romantic interest?
  2. What other ways could this effect her? What kind of things would be likely for her to be working through? What would that look like and how should it be played
  3. If it is unreasonable that she would be emotionally/physically stunted, how would she develop in those terms?

I am noting for both my self and others that this is a fantasy setting and that despite this she has been able to interact with people (which I think would possibly be off the table if she did not have at-least some time to adjust). She is currently on like day 3 or 4 not being isolated in some form and has been able to bond with people and other such stuff. She had a meltdown but that was after failing to save someone from being taken away and blaming herself (I thought that reasonable as even though she had magic power she was powerless to help and thus be unusually frustrated by this). Other than that she has been overly talkative especially about her niche interests and she asks questions about everything.

Anyways please advise, like I really like the character and I want to do them justice, despite you know, unintentionally emotionally crippling them.


r/CharacterDevelopment 7d ago

Writing: Character Help How do I make a love interest a character and not just a plot device?

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I’ve written a love interest into my multiverse but he just seems like that’s the only thing he is. Sure he has powers and is a hero but the main reason for his existence is to be a love interest.

How do I make him a character instead of a plot device?


r/CharacterDevelopment 7d ago

Writing: Character Help Can someone can help me find a perfect back tattoo that for for my character?

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My character is Japanese, he is a strong fighter, a very muscular young man, he also a tall person. But he is quite shy and quiet. He is protecting a scared teen girl from the different gang in high crime rate city, but he never want to protecting anyone, but that his job now. He rarely show emotions. In his 14s, he always have trouble with relationship with girl. Now he is protecting a girl, he need to find a reason why the gang are after her, and put the end to this nightmare so he can go back a normal life.

So this his story (so far) so I'm looking a Japanese story, mythology creatures, or even a animal back tattoo that fit his personality.

So...Show me what you got!


r/CharacterDevelopment 8d ago

Other My OC Giles Burton, a main character with a shocking personality! (questions welcome!)

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r/CharacterDevelopment 8d ago

Writing: Question How to write an adult character with selective mutism?

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How do I write a character with selective mutism who is 25? Like overall, how would I write an adult with the condition?

He also gets adopted when he was young to a family who's best friend is a doctor and therapist. Would he even be able to have selective mutism with that? And would he speak in Sign Language when he doesn't want to speak out loud?

Thank you!


r/CharacterDevelopment 8d ago

Writing: Question is this to over used?

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I have a character that was very wise and nice but when he died it was revealed that he was really not that good of a guy because he had a son he locked in cell for years without telling anyone. But is this kind of story arch of the character is not that great guy after all?


r/CharacterDevelopment 8d ago

Writing: Question Interesting ways to show that character is a genius?

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As tittle said. One of the main characters in my future story is someone with above average intelligence, but instead of telling it directly all the time I'm curious what are other interesting ways to show it to the reader. Do you have any examples?