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Old 04-15-2010, 09:35 AM
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This thread is going to be advice from you for others wanting to create a character for an RP. Let people know how you make a great character that stands out in an RP - it can also be difficult after creating a lot of different characters to come up with something new. Help your friends if they are stuck in a rut as well. Ask for advice, give advice
Let's start off with character basics. For instance, think of something distinctive for your character's appearance that separates them from other characters in the RP. For instance, Harry Potter has his lightning bolt scar, Gandalf has a long gray beard and bushy eyebrows, Pippi Longstocking has crooked red braids and freckles....
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:50 AM
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This is from km7dragon on WI:

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1: Sometimes I think its really fun to make the power of the character, the name, or appearance the complete opposite of their personality. Such as a very bright happy girl, with the power to control the dead, or a serious haughty girl, who can turn into a bunny.

2: I find it more fun to RP with someone completely different then yourself, its like acting really.

3: I think it helps to listen to music when making a characters, like if you were listening to say, Sugar Plum Fairy, you may get the inspiration to make someone who can enter people's dreams.
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Thanks for posting! I try to include things like 'sparkling eyes' 'twirling feet' If I get more, I'll add 'em!
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1. Really use your imagination for what your character looks like, maybe you could even get a pencil and paper and draw what you want your character to look like! (Just remember to follow the rules and don't post it). Also, be sure that when you describe your character, be detailed. Try saying "Lilliana has very curly hair that goes all of the way down to her waist." rather than "Lilliana has curly hair that is long."
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Thanks! Alot of times I want to fit in but be different =)
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1. DESCRIPTION! Oh my gosh, people have been lacking description. You want to try to make your character as realistic as possible, so describe EVERYTHHING!

2. Also, if you want a great character they HAVE to have flaws. Good role playing is balancing reality, which means good & bad qualities. Explain what flaws they have, maybe their clumsy, maybe they wear glasses, maybe they have too many freckles, anything! But perfection is never enough.
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Like hearts stated, flaws are good. But here is my advice:

1.) Make a completely unique character. Description, personality, names, and history should be your own idea. Try not to copy from books or movies you might have seen. If you like a charater you've seen or read about, you can always take the character and twist it up a lot. Change the appearance a little, fix up the name, and maybe the personality too. And don't copy names from books. For example - Edward Cullen. That's a name from a book, and everyone knows who that is.

2.) Names! Like written above, try not to copy from books/tv/movies/etc. If your having a bit of writers block, feel free to go on a baby naming website. They have hundreds and hundreds of names from all different cultures. Some also tell you their popularity rating of the name.

3.) Perfection? Your character shouldn't be perfect. For example - She's the richest person in the world with flawless skin, the most popular girl at school, straight A student, and everyone is her friend. This is kind of unfair to others. It's kind of like making your character the spotlight of the rp. When really, everyone has to have a part in it.

4.) If they have powers, try something new. People usually stick to the ordinary like super speed, strength, and a few others. Try thinking outside the box! Make something up. Maybe like making random food appear. It's unique, and kinda funny (:
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It may be hard to get a good character. If it's an animal then look up a picture on the internet and look at that to get an idea to get a description. For ex:
Wolf description: Her nose is red like a raspberry, and her eyes are ocean blue, with a tint of brown. Her fur is long, and flowing, and it's a deep chocolate brown color.....
It would be a lot better than this:
Wolf description: Red nose. Eyes are bluish brown. Long brown fur....

And as others have said, use unique names. If you use a name from a book, it will probably be known by many others already.
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Like they said before, don't make your character perfect, but don't make them horrible either. If you can't think of anything else to describe them as, try adding a little background, like this form from Fairy Dust.

Name - Asteria Cecilia
Age - 16
Gender - Female
Description - Pale, light skin that sparkles in certain light. Dark red hair that goes down to slightly under her shoulder when it is curly. Asterias hair gently curls over itself, but will never be straight. She has completely un-slanted green eyes, dark pink lips, and a heart shaped face if her hair is up in a bun, ponytail, anything that isn't just down and curly. She would be about 5,5 if she was human. Her nose is a little bigger than normal, but she wouldn't change it for the world. Asteria is one of those girls( or fairy's) that don't like to stay in with the crowd. So bright greens, purples, oranges, reds, blues, sparkling whites dominate her closet. She hates shoes with heals so all of her shoes are flats or converse. Which don't really go with her being a fairy, but she wasn't exactly raised to be a fairy.She always wears a green bracelet on her right wrist, not so much a bracelet as a sparkly hair tie. Which she never uses, because her hair is almost always down.
Personality - Asterias never been one for the girly, prissy thing. But what she'll never admit, is that deep down, she wants someone to see that she CAN pull it off. So she's rough,sarcastic,Mischievous,joking, confident, and a little cocky on the outside. But deep down, she's still sarcastic, Mischievous,joking,confident, and a little cocky, but sifter than you oud have imagined. She's never cried in public and isn't planning to anytime soon, but if you get close enough to her, she might let her act slip, and you might see her dreams.Even if they might be pulling a prank, or thinking that she's amazing at something she isn't. She won't let anyone know it, but sehe writes poetry. It's not pretty, but it's what she feels.
Type of Fairy - Healing fairy
History - Asteria lived with her older sister for the last two years, moving into her loft as her parents traveled around the world.Her sister is twenty-four and is in collage to become a psychiatrist. She never saw much of her parents, and her older sister was more like and aunt than an older sister to her. She took her shopping, got her hair done, helped her find dresses for dances, planned birthday parties, babysat when her parents weren't there, let her climb into bed when she had a night-mere, everything like that. Asterias parents were rich, but at age 15 she got a job to help supporting herself. She didn't want to have to rely on her sister or parents for help.For a few weeks, she had been having a dream. not as much as a dream but glances at herself a few years ago. But these..things were always by her.Her younger self didn't notice them, Than for a week she began to see something, this being with wings, red hair, pale skin. The last night she realized she had been seeing herself. And had stayed up all night trying to draw a picture of it.
Other - Doesn't regard her parents as parents, more of financial supporters.
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1. Give your characters a lot of twists and turns. Not so much that it makes it unrealistic, but here's an example: A spoiled and bratty girl who is secretly very insecure and shy. Or maybe a tomboy who secretly dreams of being a model. Just don't make it something too crazy, unless what that is what the owner wants.

2. Describe! Here is an example of a short form: Name: Claire. Age: Teenager. Personality: Kind and popular. Looks like: Brown hair. Blue eyes. Pale skin.
You should include full name (For example "Claire Alina Jones."), the age of the character (For example, "15"), a personality with lots of detail (Here is a little bit of a personality, not a full thing though. "She is kind and sweet. Everyone says that she wouldn't harm a fly, and trust me, she wouldn't. Very defensive, especially of her looks. Lots of people love spending time with her, she's really nice and popular!"), and an example of looks: Light brown, straight hair that feels like silk. Her eyes are blue-green, and you could stare into them for hours without blinking. She has pale, pale skin with no freckles.

3. If the character has an accent, mention it! It never hurts to describe voices.
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