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Post by Nekron on Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:13 am

So here's a fun exercise. Pretend that your work has a page on TV Tropes. What would the descriptions of the characters be?

I find it to be a really helpful way to condense characters into their key traits. It also allows you to see at a glance which characters are very similar, which are different, which are foils, which are complementary.

For anyone who's unfamiliar with TV tropes - it is, appropriately, a website that catalogues tropes in fiction (not just TV). For a start, google "TV tropes characters" (I would provide a link but as a new member I can't post them for 7 days) . Each of those links leads to a long list of more links, which should lead to individual tropes.
If you ever emerge from the black hole, list the tropes for your main cast here.


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Post by Nekron on Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:17 am

I shall begin.

All-Loving Hero
Angst? What Angst?
Constantly Curious
Fish out of Water
Genre Blindness
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
Horrible Judge of Character
Invincible Incompetent
Nice Guy
Non-Action Guy
Only Sane Man (played with)
The Fool
The Pollyanna
The Watson
Unwitting Pawn
Wide-Eyed Idealist

Cool Old Guy
Mr. Exposition
Nostalgia Filter
Obfuscating Insanity
Older Than They Look
Purpose-Driven Immortality
Sacrificial Lion
Secret Identity
The Artful Dodger
Wisdom from the Gutter

Bumbling Sidekick
Inept Mage
Lovable Coward
The Chew Toy
The Eeyore

Born Unlucky
Grumpy Bear
Hair-Trigger Temper
Hates Everyone Equally
Jerkass Woobie
Lean and Mean
Maddened Into Misanthropy
No Sense of Humor
No Social Skills
Perpetual Frowner
Sour Supporter
The Jester (played with)

Animated Armor
Hand Signals
Silent Partner
Silent Snarker
Team Pet
The Big Guy

The Firemage
Color-Coded Wizardry
Everyone Calls Him Barkeep
Overshadowed by Awesome
Playing With Fire
Shrouded in Myth
Solitary Sorceress
The Chessmaster
The Dragon
The High Queen
Voluntary Shapeshifting
Wreathed in Flames

Body Horror
Creepy Child
Dying As Yourself
God Emperor
Humanoid Abomination
Hero of Another Story
Physical God
Reality Warper
Shock and Awe
The Chosen One
The Good King
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity

The Old King
Dead Guy Puppet
For Your Own Good
Offing the Offspring
Our Wormholes are Different
Parental Betrayal
Pocket Dimension
Stumbling Upon the Lost Wizard
Tragic Monster

The Else
Brown Note
Eldritch Abomination
Eldritch Location
Innocent Alien
Liminal Being
Reality Warper
Sentient Cosmic Force
The Chooser of the One
Wizards from Outer Space

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Post by Elowen-Astrid on Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:10 am

It's 1 am. time to go to bed now. Here is the list I compiled. I found this exercise pretty interesting and it taught me a thing or two about my characters. I could probably add more if I wanted to, but I don't have the time at the moment. I might edit it later.

Olivier Damours
Warrior Prince
Magic Knight
Black Mage
Royals who actually do something

Maerwynn Wyvill
The medic
White Magic
Black Mage
Lady of Black magic
Silk hiding steel
Letting her hair down

Heliarde Thorel
Action Girl
Black Mage
Lady of war

Rainulf Grimault
Black Mage
The mentor
Rebellious Spirit, chaotic good/neutral

Abelard Avery
The hunter
The charmer
The social expert

Emmeline Damours
Damsel in distress
Politically active princess
English Rose
Spirited young lady
Incorruptible pure pureness

Tedwin Avery
The hunter
Church militant, paladin
Master swordsman
A father to his men
Cultured warrior
Evil uncle (Abelard)
General Ripper

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