This is actually the easiest Top 10 Tuesday that I’ve done probably. As I saw today’s topic a few traits came to mind in an instant.
I love a character that isn’t straight black or white. I like a little gray. I don’t want them making the perfect decision or doing things perfectly, I want them to make mistakes, choose the emotional option not the logical one, and kill someone when they need to.
Who doesn’t love a smart ass? Yeah, sure they make you roll your eyes and groan, but they make you laugh and they are easy to love. Smart ass characters usually offer a bit of comedy too, which is a nice trait to have.
Even if they don’t make mistakes a character can be enjoyable. Being clever or smart is a great character trait, because the smugness, if written well, can also be fun to read. Think of Sherlock or Hermione. Characters that know it all, but still struggle in their adventures (at least a bit!)
Confidence, bravery, powerful, charismatic. All aspects of a good leader, but they aren’t always necessary. Maybe they are overthrowing a government, or fighting in a war against another kingdom. We all love leaders because they who we want to be, deep down.
being quirky makes you more relatable. It makes you more of a normal person, instead of a perfect being that we idolize to be. Even the most “perfect” person should have a quirk or two. Gives you a bit of depth, in my opinion.
It’s not that I don’t like the idea of a selfish character. In fact that sounds like an interesting protagonist. Being selfless makes them a hero though, because a selfless person will do what needs to be done. They’ll sacrifice themselves to save someone else, and that is why we love them.
The Chosen One
Some people don’t like this trait in a protagonist, or any character rather, but a part of me really enjoys it, as long as it is reasonable. Most Chosen One’s can defeat the bad guy, just because they are the Chosen One, and for nothing else really. Those Chosen One’s are annoying, and personally I am not a fan because I believe it to be lazy writing. If the Chosen One has to earn their spot, train hard to master their powers, or even lose a time or two, that is a great Chosen One.
Sticking to your guns and fighting to uphold them no matter the cost is a trait I always hope a character has. It has its pros and cons, but I mainly enjoy this trait because it shows that the writer is willing to stick to a character’s morals instead of flopping whenever it is easy to.
Having a character that doesn’t want to be the hero, doesn’t want to be the one that has to do what is necessary, doesn’t want to be the protagonist is fascinating. We usually get a good perspective of self-doubt, of anxiety, of stress, which aren’t characteristics we usually give to our heroes, but are ones that are much more interesting than a normal hero some times.
I find this is one of the most important traits a character can have, because it is key in order to like that character. Without even a pedigree of politeness, a character becomes so unlikable, that they instantly become hated. Politeness, though probably flies under the radar, is so important and necessary in liking a character.
What are your favourite character traits? What are your least favourite character traits? Let me know in the comments!