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It's come to my attention as of late that there are a few traits that people give their characters for no other reason than making their character unique. I thought I would just ignore it, but then they started popping up everywhere. I mean everywhere. I looked through the deviations in a group yesterday and saw reoccurring "traits" that make me want to tear my hair out. So this handy guide is here to tell you what's been done to death and when (if ever) it's still okay to use it. I am by no means a professional, but I certainly hope you'll take some of this to heart.

Please keep in mind that these are all just opinions, really. I am not telling you that you can't do these things! (Not that I have the authority to do that anyway). More than anything, these are just things to take into consideration when creating a character for a novel.

Physical Traits


Heterochromia. This is the condition where one's eyes are two different colors. I just did some quick research on Google and according to what I found, this happens in somewhere between three to eleven out of one thousand people. So let's be optimistic and go with eleven. That means the chances of a person having heterochromia are about 1% at best. Despite these tremendous odds, deviantart is littered with OC's that have heterochromia. Can you have an OC with heterochromia? Go right ahead. Please be warned though: your character will scream Mary Sue. (Forgive me if I sound rude- this trait drives me absolutely batty.)
    Exceptions: In Cowboy Bebop, Spike has one brown eye and one red eye. It is later revealed that his red eye is fake. In Naruto, Kakashi has a red eye as well due to a transplant. In Graceling by Kristin Cashore, there is an entire race of people who possess heterochromatic eyes. They are called Gracelings, and they all have a "Grace", which is sort of like a magical talent. In all of these examples, there is a reason for the heterochromia: not "just because".

Crazy Colored Hair. Many of us love manga, anime, and shows where purple hair is nothing to think twice about. However, sometimes we forget that this isn't considered "normal" and throw it in our stories before we realize it. There's certainly nothing wrong with colored hair, just make sure it fits into your story. If your characters are a bunch of humans adventuring in the medieval times, they're probably not going to have turquoise hair. If your character is a modern day teen, it fits much better. However, what about school? Many schools have dress codes that prohibit colored hair. Whatever the case is, just make sure you think it through.
    Exceptions: The fun thing about this is that it's easy to create exceptions. For example, my character Tsuki was given blue hair by my oblivious thirteen-year-old anime-obsessed self. Seven years later, it occurred to me that there was no way they had hair dye in those times. However, Tsuki isn't human, which gave me room to play. I decided to apply the trait of blue and purple hair to his entire race, which actually led to a nice bit of story development. See? Not so bad.

Beautiful, long, flowing locks of hair. Please see this lovely guide to hair by MissLunaRose. Especially if your character does anything other than sit still and look pretty. fav.me/d3szjg0

Manga Bodies. Another form of conditioning that comes from reading too much manga (or watching too much anime) is the everyone-has-a-perfect-body-syndrome. When deciding your character's weight, height, and body type in general, there are far more things to take into consideration than attractiveness. For example, if you are writing in a medieval setting and your character a thin, lean female, she's probably not going to attract many men. Heavier women were preferred in those times. To quote the movie Dark Shadows, "She has the most fertile birthing hips I've ever set eyes upon." Just as it was believed that a fat baby was a healthy baby, women too were thought to be unhealthy if they were too thin. Aside from that, take into consideration the things that your character does. If they are an athlete, they will almost certainly have a different body type than if they were a gourmet chef. If he is a rich and lazy King, he will have a different body type than his knights. Also, don't forget that women can be tall and men can be short! It happens!

Character and Personality Traits


Age 9243, Appears 10 This is another one of those "do it if you have a reason, but not just to do it" things I think. I see a lot of characters that are immortal creatures such as vampires or souls in other bodies or original species that are crazy super duper old but appear very young. Immortality is a really fun thing to use in stories, but your character doesn't always have to look super young. Perhaps they were turned immortal when they were in their 30's or 40's, or maybe older! Or perhaps they can change their appearance- it certainly would come in handy to appear much older at times. The other end of this is the age. To be immortal, you don't need to be 9243 years old. Heck, you can "appear" ten and only be twenty! The age gap does not have to be mindblowingly enormous for your readers to get the point.

Brave Warrior, Cowardly Child, and that Bitchy Cheerleader Snob. If I had a penny for every time I opened up a book and found that the main character was a misfit highschool girl being tormented by Queen Cheerleader, I'd be able to buy... well... better books. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, because it does! I went through it! But let me tell you a story. 
    Once upon a time there was a super popular girl in my volleyball class. She was the epitome of "preppy" and I steered way clear of her and her posse. She reeked of evil and I knew to stay away. Then one day, as I was leaving the locker room to find my equally misfitting friends, someone called out a very rude comment. Before I could even come up with a response, Queen Prep turned around and told them to "shut their fucking mouth and leave her the hell alone". She didn't have any reason in the world to do that - I'd never even spoken to her! But she risked her popularity points to defend some awkward goth kid, and that's what matters.
 Sappy story aside, keep in mind your stereotypes. Your misfit main character may think the Cheerleader's only goal in life is to sabotage her in every way possible, but what if she only does it because it makes people laugh? What if that laughter is the only way she can make it through the day before she goes home and tends to her eating disorder or hides from her abusive parents? Everyone has problems. You can make your characters far more interesting by remembering that. Not all heroes are brave, not all thieves are liars, and not all evil masterminds are out to conquer the world. 

The Wallflower. I think that all writers should take the time to write out a brief (or not) life story for their side characters. Why? Because I think a lot of side characters are created just to be there. To fill up space. Every person in this whole world has their own story, even if you don't know it. The girl that rings you up when you buy groceries? She has a family and a life and a favorite food. The guy you bumped into on the subway has a home and maybe a dog that he loves more than anything; he has hopes and dreams and fears. So do your side characters! I think this happens with sidekicks especially- the author creates them to compliment the main character, then forgets that they have a life outside of that. Make sure all of your characters have a reason! If they don't, write them a little side story! Even if you don't share their story with anyone in the whole world, knowing it yourself will help you to write them better. 

This Writers Guide is still in progress. It is as complete as I can get it now, but I'm sure I (or you!) will think of something else to add. Please share if you do!

Disclaimer: Please remember that these are only my opinions. Thought it might sound like it, it was not my intention to be biased toward any of these traits. Heck, I have turquoise hair and I read/watch manga/anime nearly every day! The main thing to remember is make sure a trait fits into your story before you apply it.

If you found this helpful, Check out my other writers guides and lessons here! I will be doing more in the future, so feel free to watch me too! <3

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Demonika Ch. 1                I suppose I should have known from the start that the girl I found sitting in a dark, damp alley that night so long ago was a demon. Perhaps I was too young to put two and two together, or maybe I was too angry at my parents to care. I had only been ten for a few days, if I recall correctly, and I had just gotten into an awful fight with my father. I had looked to my mother for help but, to my dismay, she took my father’s side. They were both strictly against me going into magic.
                Ten was an important age for me; it was an important age for any youngster who desired a future in the magic arts. There was a yearly event attended by every magic loving ten-year-old around. Skilled mages arrived at the event in dramatic manners, appearing out of thin air or emerging from colums of fire, to speak with the children and find an apprentice. I had yearned to be one of th
Bad Luck Ch. 1       Half of the day had passed and Zane still lounged in his bed, staring at the ceiling between long, slow blinks. He was in a terrible mood. The source of his foul mood was the cell phone that blinked innocently beside him or, perhaps more accurately, the voicemail it had recited some hours ago. Another singer and their frail excuses for quitting the band. It was enough to drive anybody mad, really.
       For most problems, Zane simply turned to his guitar for consolation, but this problem couldn’t be solved by music. So instead he continued to lay in his bed and contemplate the unfairness of it.
       Zane had been playing guitar since he was old enough to strum. His lessons had started at age five and ended at ten, when his parents decided they’d had enough of his obsession with music and his time would be better spent on studies. Through the help of his ever supportive godfather, Zane still managed to lea
Arlyn of the Ocean                My childhood summers were filled with the salty air and sea shells of the Gulf, my favorite place to relax and play. I vividly remember the cold ocean water splashing at my ankles and the taste of the popsicles we ate between bouts of play. I collected hundreds of sea shells and made magnificent sand castles, dug holes as deep as I was tall and even caught a few fish. What I remember most of all, though, was Arlyn.
                The first summer I spent with my aunt was an entirely new experience; I had never seen the beach or played in salt water before. She coaxed me gently toward the water, armed with an array of floaties and toys. I followed her cautiously, reassured by her claims that I wasn’t meaty enough to interest any of the ocean’s monsters. I figured she had to be right; I weighed next to nothing as a scrawny, awkward ten-yea
Tyler's Fight       As fast as he was running, he should have expected to trip. When he did it startled him, and he tried to protect his face as he went down on the rough gravel. He hit the ground hard, but managed to roll and dissipate some of the force. It didn’t take long for his pursuers to catch up.
       “We told you running was pointless, slut.” Josh, the group’s leader, kicked Tyler hard in the shin as he struggled to get up. Tyler didn’t see Raine with the group, for which he was glad. He gritted his teeth and stood.
       “Why won’t you just leave me alone? I want nothing to do with you or Raine,” he begged, his heart pounding. He stepped back and winced at the pain in his leg. He really wasn’t made for physical confrontation. 
       “You never should have touched her in the first place.” Josh spat on Tyler’s shoes and turned his b
FamilyMommy chases pills
with whiskey, beer, and wine.

Daddy finds his happiness
in a snow white cocaine line.

Sissy slams the door
and goes to find another life.

That leaves me alone,
canvas skin and red pen knife.
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NerdyParadox Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I also think that in way to many books the main girl is really wimpy and the main guy is really 'heroic' and always has to save the 'damsel in distress'. If girls needed to be saved that often they would probably be looking for attention, and it really ticks me off... I have a really big thing against anything that makes all girls seem weak, snotty, or stupid. And there are always so many girls who gossip. I feel like this sounds really excessive, but I also hate it when the guy that the girl falls in love with in romance novels is a bodybuilder... Not all girls are obsessed with muscles! There's also the fact that there are so few African Americans in anime.

These are really helpful! I have characters with abnormally coloured hair, but most of them are nymphs, so that works, right? 
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I mean no offense when I say this, but each of your guides has a sort of negative air around them. I realize what you're trying to say, but it feels like you're trying to keep people from adding these traits to your character instead of having them give reasons, like you said. People who are just skimming through will feel like this guide is telling them to root these out, and one line that says you're not trying to tell people not to do these things won't change much. Spaztique (check him out, if you haven't already) writes guides that, for every element they tell people not to include, they also explain a way for them to include it and for it to make sense.

If you ever get around to it, make sure that the guides you write don't just get rid of any semblance of "do not do this," but also emphasize the fact that good authors can include whatever they want in their stories, as long as they realize exactly what that connotates for the world they're writing.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally get what you're saying. This guide was kind of passive-aggressively aimed at the people that abuse these traits in their OC's, which is why it comes off as negative. In the future I'll try to be a bit more objective xD

Thank you for the comment though- I'll keep it in mind :)
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LancetheGallade1500 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Maybe a list of ways a writer could incorporate these traits into their characters and make it good? Spaztique takes the arrogant, selfish self-insert cliché and completely destroys it in his story The Diamond in the Rough, where the character's personality sends the entire world he gets transported to into chaos. Maybe make an example of a Mary Sue/Stu, and slowly transform him or her into a believable and likable character with each piece of advice you give.

But of course, do what you want. I'm not going to be the guy who tells better writers what to do.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, that's a great idea :) Advice is always appreciated from anyone at all. I'll have to read that, it sounds interesting!

I will probably fix this up a little in the future. I'm a bit swamped with stuff at the moment, but I'd like to be more active on this account and make more guides in the future. 
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LancetheGallade1500 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
I see. Well, don't let yourself be distracted by some guy on the internet; Get your stuff done first, then come back here!
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4SteveNelsonMiloan4 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've realized I have done some of those cliches but also done your suggestions before as well.
I also noticed a lot of characters are blond (or blonde, I think both are correct) if they are not a realistic hair color.
Side characters can make the most interesting characters if you put thought into them.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could be wrong, but I was told that "blond" is usually used for men, whereas "blonde" is used for women. So they are both correct! 
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4SteveNelsonMiloan4 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! I was never told that.
Interesting
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SunsetSprite Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...In real life, I actually have VERY long hair and two different coloured eyes.
I don't like it when they portray an evil guy with two different coloured eyes. I'm not evil! >_> Good grief.
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RedJack-Nine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really found this helpful! I believe you are absolutely right on all of these character traits. Thanks so much for sharing!
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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arthurpprado Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're completely right about those traits. Another one that really ticks me off is the 'chosen one' syndrome, the character has to be the one to everything as if they were the only good thing the human race (or what have you) has ever produced, they're even the one everybody falls for (which triggers those looong 'sentimental doubt' or 'war for the damsel's hand' kinds of plots). I know that some people work really well with prophecies and all that, but there are just so much characters who are chosen ones 'just because' that it irritates me
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rikibose Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
totally. that, and the main characters having a huge innate sense of justice or suddenly realise that his 'enemies' are the ones 'taking' or who 'have taken everything (girl with disproportionately large breasts) from him', and that is the reason he's fighting them
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arthurpprado Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, that one is awful and while I don't mean to say that every single one of those is bad, the great majority just sounds way too unrealistic
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rikibose Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
exactly. *cough* kenichi *cough*.
but I still read them...guess I'm a hypocrite? 
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arthurpprado Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not really. Like I said, there are good stories with characters who have this "natural sense of justice". It can be good as long as it's not there just because
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ChloeMcCrackhead Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Artist
I'm not sure if this counts- but I've read a lot of fanfiction where there's M-Preg for no logical reason. It's as if the writers believe that if their OTP love each other enough, one of them will get pregnant. I mean, fair enough if they can get a decent reason (e.g. In Fairly Odd Parents, it's the male fairy who carries the baby, so it was Cosmo who got pregnant.) but half the time there's no real reason.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jezus I cannot stand those fics. I suppose with something like Frostiron (Tony Stark and Loki) it makes a little more sense since Loki's had kids before (horses and assorted monsters, no less) but for the most part it's ridiculous -_-
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ChloeMcCrackhead Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Artist
I mean, don't get me wrong, I like M-Preg, but they should at least invent a logical sounding reason (Like they have a womb slightly behind their butt or something like that.
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JDSparrow Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Reading this actually helped with my writers block. I don't know why but reading this (and realizing very few of my characters have crazy 'unique' traits) I suddenly wanted to continue my story..and I have alot of ideas! Thanks!
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad I could help! Happy writing!
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thecrazymagnet Featured By Owner May 22, 2013   Writer
Man, I sometimes find myself with the opposite of the wallflower problem - I get distracted writing background bits for my secondary characters that I can't include in the final product! There's a folder on my computer now called "Untold Stories" filled with the hidden lives of minor characters.

Anyway, enough rambling! Love the article :) this sort of piece always gets me thinking about the decisions I've made and why I made them.
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Clockwork-Echo Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Writer
Okay I won't lie; totally guilty for heterochromia iridum because I freakin' love discolored eyes. However, I only have this trait present in 2 of my characters - they're fraternal twins and really the reason they have this is because of a rare blood type they have that causes them to have a lack of melanin in their systems. A genetic marker, if you will. That doesn't sound...too ludicrous, does it?
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1deathgod Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well done, but I will note some exceptions to what you mentioned about stereo-types. If you intend to write, say, a satire, you may need to make use of those stereotypes and exaggerate them to get your point across. But that's the only case I can think of where you would even need to consider using them, and I imagine the average writer doesn't write satire (and sometimes they don't even know what that is:shrug:).

And now I'm on to the next one!:)
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that satire is allowed to bend the rules, since it's often making fun of them! :3
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PastMisfortunes Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your tutorials are amazing. Bonus points for the Dark Shadows quote. [x
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! And yes! That line was funny :3 Thought I found the overall movie to be a bit of let down =[
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Shainp113 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Writer
Ok... I've been writing for about 5 years now and let me just say... I wish people like you would read and review my books.. I write on Wattpad and so many comments I get are "It's so well written! Yoda is hard to read! IT WAS AWESOME or AMAZING!!!" But never give a real reason as to WHAT made it so good? I write Star Wars fan fictions (soon to step out of my comfort zone) but I was wondering if you would read my scripts? (I say script because I can't write in book format so I write scripts) Do you think you could read through and message me or write some comments or something on them? That would REALLY be appreciated :)
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure! If you just want to send me a note with a link, I'll get to it as soon as I get a chance. I must warn you though, my knowledge of star wars isn't anything impressive ^^; I've seen all but the last movie (in order of release, not actual numbers... so confusing...) and I know nothing of the other storylines ^^;

Feel free to fill me in on anything I need to know in the note though! :3
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Shainp113 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Writer
Oh... oonnne more thing... My books are actually scripts haha. So they're not actually in book format just to warn you. Though Family Secrets is being put into book format and is up on wattpad so that one is probably more your pace.
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Shainp113 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Writer
Oh! and books 5 and 6 are in complete! So you can wait to read them, except 5 cause I REALLY want feedback on 5 haha. That has a book version and a script. Both are awesome but I'm told the book is better :P (which it is sadly lol even though it's a remake)
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Shainp113 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Writer
Ok, here's what you need to know. First, watch episode 3, it will clear things up as to how 4 5 and 6 connect to 1 2 and 3 :) lol. The story lines I could talk forever on so if you wanna know about the movies, just ask lol.

My books take place after Luke Skywalker's death. There are unwritten books that come before the ones I have written that basically tell how billions of jedi, sith, planets, and other important star wars characters are revived through a (for lack of a better word) "magic" force orb. (it's really not magic, there's a science to it. lol)

The plot of my books are pretty simple and easy to fallow. Most people I know have never seen Star Wars and were able to keep up with them. My main characters are from earth, my friends and family and my character is Shain. A Bad dude named Censes Fade takes over the universe and my character and my friend Anthony have a year to stop him before he has permanent control over the galaxy.

Order of the books, do you want them in chronological order? cause I wrote 4 books and then went back and did a little back story on my main bad guy. On the link below the first thing on the page is my star wars books listed in chronological but it might be more fun to read the first 4 before the prequel (it was written that way)

Oh and ignore the files on my wattpad page but Cassandra's file is pretty cool and finished, you can check that one out if you feel like reading a little back story on her when you're done with the first 4 books.

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WaterFaerieNaomi Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's it. You have sold me. I'm watching you. XD I absolutely love how honest and graceful you are. Granted, with the stuff you wrote here, I already have in mind. Never-the-less, it's useful. That and you do seem like a fascinating person with a good personality. (Sorry if that sounds odd) :D
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! ^^ I'm glad I made the cut! xD

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mirz-alt Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   General Artist
Oh, all of that said, my mother has heterochromia, one blue and one green eye. They are really amazing to see in real life. However, that said, even knowing someone with it, I have never had the desire to give my characters that trait. Even when I was a noob and made every writing mistake in the book. :giggle:
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! I have an aunt that has it and I actually met somebody about a week ago that has it in one eye (half of her eye is brown and half is blue) but aside from that I've never seen it anywhere else. And I work in retail so I see a lot of people every day!
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   General Artist
I have to laugh about your vampire reference. My main vampire is 40-ish and looks older. This perplexes people and I laugh. Not all vampires are young and beautiful. Not all characters are young and beautiful. Though, I think maybe my perspective is influenced by the fact I'm in my 40s and realize life doesn't end when you hit 30. :giggle:
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe one day I'll understand that too, but I just turned twenty and I'm panicking. I'm not ready to be an adult D:

However my character certainly can be! It's fun to write older characters because they can be much more mature and they've seen more :3
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Ramani-Rayne Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Another character trait - if they have a scar, it should have a reasonable story to go with it, and the scar should match it. Burn scars look different from slashing ones, etc., and while some of a larger injury healed up, don't make a scar smaller than it should reasonably be just so your character still looks "pretty". Never just give someone as scar because you want them to look "rugged" - give it a reason. And don't be afraid to give a protagonist a truly terrible scar if a matching injury is important to the backstory.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good advice! I'll see if I can throw that one in there too. :3 Funny that you mention it, though, because when I'm writing I often end up writing things that I didn't plan on. Inspiration takes me by the throat and drags me along whether I want to go or not, so things happen to my characters that I would have never planned out. Recently one of my characters, who I always imagined would be handsome and good looking for his entire life, was subjected to some violence that is going to leave him with a very nasty scar on his face. It's quite sad D:
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AngelicusCadere Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ha! These traits, especially when unjustified, will never cease to annoy me.
I do have characters with heterochromia, though, but it's a common trait in one of the species I created. Members of this specie have spotted skins and their hair and eyes mirror the pattern of the spots, a bit like it happens in dogs (especially australian sheperds).

I think you ought to mention albinos, too. Every albino character I have ever seen has badass superpowers or is a villain, and most of the times, they do not suffer from any of the downsides related to such an illness.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting. I think heterochromia is rather neat when it has a purpose or a reason. (and I love animals that have it!)

I never even thought about albinos, but you're certainly right. Nobody really thinks about the health issues that come with it... they just think it looks cool and slap it on their characters. x.x I'll add that one!
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AngelicusCadere Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice!
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ANG3Lx3 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well I'm glad I didn't decide to go with the heterochromia thing after seeing a bunch of other characters with that. I was a little concerned about making that classic mistake with immortality, so I made it so it was more like reincarnation than just living forever, that way it seems a bit more original. If I can ask, what is your take on amnesia? I know it's kind of a Mary-Sue-ish quality, but my character isn't motivated by getting back memories like some other, and also doesn't have her amnesia magically fixed by the end. It stays. I'm still unsure if this is Mary-Sueish... Help?
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Immortality is something that can be done very well if it's not done "just because". If you've ever read Anne Rice's vampire series, she does a great job with immortality because she shows the changing times with the story and writes about her characters having to cope with new technology and new laws. This is especially interesting because, as vampires, they have to kill to live. When the plague was taking lives daily it was simple for them to get away with it, but with modern times there are many more ways to find a murderer. It made their lives quite a bit harder!

Ah there I go ranting again. Oops.

For amnesia, I'm not sure. I actually haven't been seeing that one nearly as often so I'm sure you'll be okay. If you're giving your character amnesia just so you have an excuse for them to act like a ditz, that's probably not the best choice. If it's for the sake of a true story, though, I think it would be just fine. My very best advice would be to research amnesia along with causes, cures, types, and other symptoms. Even if you don't use any of those things in your story, it's always safe to know a lot about what you're writing about. That's probably the best way to avoid MarySues.

I hope that helps ^^
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ANG3Lx3 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much! I needed an opinion on this, I was really worried about having immortality being just a stupid factor even though I'm trying not to make it look that way. With amnesia, she is a bit ditzy at times, which is part of her character flaws, because she hates that she can't remember anything when she knows her memories could be useful. It also is an essential part of the story as well. I know a bit about amnesia, her memories were basically cut off by her own mind, because of a really traumatic event. I'll make sure to try and get as much info on the details of it though!

Thanks again!
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem ^^ Glad I could help <3
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Emily1243 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist
I don't mind stereotypes in the cases of satire. The story that I am working on takes place in high school, where the characters represent typical stereotypes of teenagers (the snobby cheerleader, the dumb and jerky football player). It is really suppose to be a comedy that makes fun of those stereotypes. I am still trying my best to make the characters as round as possible, as I still want them to come off as being interesting.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well that's an entirely different case ;D Carry on <3
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