Characters in Roleplaying are no different than the ones in a book or movie. Most characters develop throughout a story, as should characters through roleplay.
Characters are the base of roleplaying. Everyone has their own character, even if you're roleplaying as a canon character. What is a canon character? A canon character is a character you're using from a movie, book, or TV show. Though canon roleplays are often more popular with people who are new to RP, once you're better at writing and roleplay, it is suggested you make a character or multiple characters of your own. Once you start wanting to get more involved in Roleplay, the more you try to find places that are more serious about roleplay, you're gonna find that canon characters are not accepted.
If you ever hear the term, 'flat' character(s), it means that a character is just not fun to roleplay as or with. This would be a character that's perfect- perfect characters can't die, they're boring, or they just have no downfall or negative traits. Negative traits add depth to a character. The character should be trying to solve these problems, or they shouldn't be aware of them. Negative traits shouldn't be too major unless your character is an antagonist, since characters with too many negative traits on the protagonist's side will seem like they're trying to be an antagonist.
Every character should have a decent backstory. No, this does not mean that every character's backstory should be tragic. A backstory that is boring will give you a bad reputation- if someone reads your backstory and doesn't like it, they're not going to voluntarily RP with you. Backstories with too many depressing details will make it seem like you want to always be the center of attention. Roleplayers that are too self-absorbed with their own character are not fun to RP with, as well as people with flat characters. I talk from years of experience both online and in real life. Put simply, don't make your character too out there, or too boring at the same time. It sounds difficult, but, with practice, making characters will eventually become natural and you'll start to do it more often.
Characters are all colorful and different, even twins or triplets. Character diversity (in personality) will make RPs way more fun, rather than a bunch of flat characters who are perfect or have no backstory.
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