Quotes / Character Development

"Patrick's transformation is amazing. It's almost impossible to believe it's the same boy we met yesterday."
Kiki King on Patrick Otema, Unreported World

"Character is forged upon the anvil of conflict, hammered by circumstance and shaped by will."
Warmaster Slaydo, Warhammer 40,000

"What can change the nature of a man?"

He cursed himself for his refusal of their offer, even while his stubborn manhood revolted at the thought, and he knew that were he taken forth and given another chance, his reply would be the same. He would not sell his subjects to the butcher. And yet it had been with no thought of anyone's gain but his own that he had seized the kingdom originally. Thus subtly does the instinct of sovereign responsibility enter even a red-handed plunderer sometimes.

Kaiba: Mokey, I believe I'm experiencing character development.
Mokuba: Wow, what does that feel like?
Kaiba: It kinda tingles. From this day forth, I'm going to be a huge jerk with a stick up my ass the size of East Texas.

Thor: I've...never felt like this...it's...
Loki: It's character growth. Kicks in around the third act.

Duck: Feh!Would i ever let you down?
Lexi: You have before!
Duck: Well then,madame,I will make a conscious effort not to1In fact,I'll reform my way!You see,istant before my death,I saw my life flash before my eyes...
Lexi You don't even remember it!"
Duck Nevertheless,I have looked into my past and i have seen ugliness!Oh no,no more of that![[...]]I'm a changed man!
The Fragile, Chapter 23

Critic: So I'm just a character?
Doug: Well, you were at first, but now... you're something else.
Critic: What?
Doug: Evolved.
Critic: What do you mean?
Doug: Think about it. Would the dictator from Kickassia actually give a shit about his friends? Would the money-grubbing egomaniac from Suburban Knights actually give a crap about a dead Indian boy? (NC wiggles his hand and rocks his head back and forth as if to say, "Maybe") I didn't expect that when I started writing you long ago; but ever since then, you've changed. You've literally leapt off the page and taken on a life of your own. It became less of me writing you what to do and you telling me what to write.

Your characters are like geodes. If you want to see what they’re really made of, you must break them.
— Writing tips blog

"You have come a long way G'Kar. Further than I could have guessed."
Delenn, Babylon 5

"People don't just change who they are inside in an instant. It doesn't work like that. It takes time, so you don't even know you're changing. Until one day, you're just a little bit different than you used to be and you can't even tell what the hell happened."

"I used to think I knew it all and then everything needed changing. Now I know the best thing is to contribute, to be part of a team. We're good at that, lions."
Suki, Pride (2004 BBC film)

Kaya: Speaking Rain's different now, Kautsa.
Kautsa: Do you mean she's grown?
Kaya: She's a little taller, that's true, and her face is rounder. But she's grown inside. She seems older. I always looked out for her. Now, she doesn't seem to need my help anymore.

Remake!Khan: Oh, what it must be like to see reflections of yourself and have these childish creatures staring back at you... Your mind is changing, Mary. You are beginning to see past your own selfish desires. To be honest, I find it quite admirable.

Q: I gave you something most mortals never experience. A second chance at life. And now all you can do is complain?
Picard: I can't live out my days as that person. That man is bereft of passion and imagination! That is not who I am!
Q: Au contraire, he's the person you wanted to be. One who was less arrogant, and undisciplined as a youth. One who was less like me. The Jean-Luc Picard you wanted to be, the one who did not fight the Nausicaan, had quite a different career from the one you remember. That Picard never had a brush with death, never came face to face with his own mortality, never realized how fragile life is or how important each moment must be. So his life never came into focus. He drifted for much of his career, with no plan or agenda, going from one assignment to the next, never seizing the opportunities that presented themselves. He never lead the away team on Milika Three to save the ambassador, or take charge of the Stargazer's Bridge when its Captain was killed. And no one ever offered him a command. He learned to play it safe. And he never, ever got noticed by anyone.
Picard: You're right, Q. You gave me the chance to change and I took the opportunity. But I admit now, it was a mistake.
Q: Are you asking me for something, Jean-Luc?
Picard: Give me a chance to put things back the way they were before.
Q: Before you died in Sickbay. Is that what you want?
Fluttershy: Everypony, stop! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts, but I need everypony to respect mine. Other ponies may be experts in their fields, but animals are my field of expertise. And if I say this is what I want, then this is what needs to happen! Oh, um, for the animals of course.
Pinkie Pie: Wow! We should call you "Flutterbold" now!