You exist because we allow it and you will end because we demand it.
NemesisHmm. Anhelia: Well, she's undead, which is gross in itself, and sustains herself by sucking energy out of nearby people. She's been a walking parental-issues complex most of her life — mommy died giving birth to her, daddy died when she was eleven, and she's a mess; though ironically being dead is helping give her perspective. She's got a long history of being abusive to her partners, and having anger issues in general. Oh, and she's now a captain in the King's Inquisition, and that organization has a nasty reputation. It's entirely possible that despite being the Designated Heroine, she's working for the bad guys — or if they're the good guys, only by comparison. Soot: Tormented by the inner contradiction of being built as both a Sex Bot and bodyguard, Soot solved things by killing the creator that loved her and running away. And then spending six hundred years filling the emptiness inside with meaningless sex, meaningless killing, and joyless hedonism. As a mercenary, she's taken contracts from all the nastiest customers; they pay better. Yvgenia: A spoiled brat of a Crown Princess who enjoys abusing power, hurting people and avoiding any real responsibility. Mindala: A pathetic little doormat whose need to make others happy extends to the point of pathology, and who is generally handed all the responsibility and none of the fun in any social situation because of it. Tends to gravitate toward trying to please the cruel, not the kind.
A brighter future for a darker age.
Trolling SwordsmanRaymond is a show-off Drill Sergeant Nasty who Would Hit a Girl. Tyra is a self-absorbed twit who's using Raymond's feelings for her to get her way. Alana is a dumb bitch who keeps forgetting the important stuff. Roy is a deadbeat who dumped his wife and six-year-old for a life of adventure. ... I haven't thought of the Big Bad that much.
I: A perfectionist who turns to drink as a handy excuse whenever it is time to do something satisfying but not quite up to his moral standards. Full of lofty ideals, and very adept at ignoring them. Thinks that everyone ought to emulate his selflessness, regardless of their personal philosophies. Manipulative; convinced that most people he manipulates need to be manipulated because they are too stupid to reason with. II: A self-absorbed hedonist who has decided to make up for an unfulfilling marriage by sleeping with anyone she finds remotely attractive, whether or not they are interested, willing, or spoken for. She does so to prove to herself that she can, rather than out of any compulsive need to be intimate. Uninterested in any human being who does not amuse or arouse her. III: A pushover who will fight others' battles, but not his own. Lets women he loves get away from him because he convinces himself that it is for the best. Fatalistic.
edited 26th Sep '11 9:03:27 PM by kashchei
Exitus Acta ProbatForgotten Lore:
Fuzzy Orange DoomsayerFor concision's sake, I'll just restrict this to my fantasy setting.
That's Feo . . . He's a disgusting, mysoginistic, paedophilic asshat who moonlights as a shitty writer—Something Awful
BeardlessSure, I'm game. Here are the protagonists from three of my projects. Logan Ambrose: A xenophiliac wimp who let himself get captured and tortured before turning the Eastern Seaboard and Britain into charred landscapes of ash and glass (which he got away with). Baird: A mean-spirited highland youth who murdered an officer of the law and a teenage boy before going on the run with a wanted criminal who also happens to be one of the most reviled (literal) monsters in history. Kurono: A borderline sociopath who doesn't care about anything besides his adopted sister (who he's sleeping with) and pursuing a pointless quest of revenge that leaves dozens of new orphans in its wake. And the antagonists... Field Marshall Taggart: A true patriot who protects the world from aliens who want to help commie pinkos overthrow America. High Inquisitor Gannon: A soft-hearted man who seeks to integrate his native culture into a modern and highly efficient empire while protecting humanity from monsters and heretics. Colonel Woods: A decorated war hero who liberated a strategically critical moon from the batarians.
edited 27th Sep '11 7:31:19 PM by Anfingrimm
I have no beard. I have no beard, and I must scream.
Oh god i sounded like someone from the bible belt there, scary, and since none of you have read the book yet it actually sounds like he might be really evil after all, despite in verse not even really being an anti-hero.
edited 28th Sep '11 12:46:46 PM by jasonwill2
as of the 2nd of Nov. has 6 weeks for a broken collar bone to heal and types 1 handed and slowly
Kaiya is a whiny ditz with a warped view of reality. Faraday is selfish, violent, and egotistical. Rutherford is opportunistic, smug, and unafraid to use people for his own means. Reina is batshit crazy, codependent, and hypocritical. Wow, that was easy.
as of the 2nd of Nov. has 6 weeks for a broken collar bone to heal and types 1 handed and slowly
Thunder, Perfect MindHere are a few that I find fairly amusing: Philip is self-pitying, neurotic, deeply incompetent and bereft of any sense of tact; by contrast, Evan is supremely skilful, clever, even-tempered and polite to a fault. Una is a ruthless, conniving jackass with no taste; Linus is exuberantly friendly, straightforward and exceptionally cultured. Lieutenant Bartholomew is a misanthropic drug addict left his wife over an affair that went nowhere; Alexei is a humanitarian philanthropist with an impeccable sense of personal morality. Timon is a sociopathic bastard with nary a kind bone in his body; Sixtus feels a deep and abiding empathy for all living things.
edited 28th Sep '11 7:04:26 PM by JHM
Genre-Savvy EditorFuture Sentria, 50 years later. Good Guys- Aaron- A terrible liar who is keeping a secret from the one he's supposed to care about the most. Karlo- Unbelievably naive, and Literal-Minded. Later on becomes a Cold Sniper when he's taught how to fire a rifle. Natalia- A commanding officer who's let her authority go to her head. Her attitude is cold and stand-offish, and she cares little for her subordinates' individual wishes. Richard- A silent, somewhat selfish man who goes into battle with his own agenda. He's a merciless killer who has no sympathy or remorse. Bad Guys- Raymond: A man who believes that what he's doing for his country is the best course of action. Joshua: A very loyal subordinate of Raymond, and also his close friend. He's skilled with knives, and is shown to genuinely care for his boss and their cause. Alexandra: A determined woman who achieves her goals her own way. She is known for her many victories for her side of the conflict. (Oh no, I couldn't find any bad traits for one of my good characters! Is that bad writing? Dx)
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I'll try at a couple of my main protagonists. They're pagans so they technically care about "natural" and "unnatural" rather than "good" and "evil", but I'm definitely inclined to sympathize with them. Asbrand the Stuttering is a frothing religious fanatic, with very few inhibitions against killing, and he is a raving ego-maniac who has set it as his life's goal to impose his outdated and barbaric religious beliefs on an entire people (the Danes). He completely disregards the advice of anyone who isn't at least 5/6 as badass as he is himself (excluding practically everyone), his lack of interest in the Finnish language and culture is insulting (If I could be arsed to link, the last would be Arson Murderand Jay Walking), and his attempts to involve himself in the grand scheme of things, as a mere teenager, indicates that he most definitely does not know his place. The only thing that saves Sláine of Ulster from being called a total ego-manic is that he's actually slightly less so than Asbrand, but he's still full of himself to the point of silliness (his habitual self-introduction is four lines long!), at times actively pursuing the epithet "Sláine the Preposterous". He's not only a killer, but also an assassin (Asbrand at least always does the frontal assault) although it can't be said that he doesn't always take credit after an assassination. And he's disturbingly fond of torturing people, and more often just to induce fear than in an honest attempt to extract information. His attempts to wrestle control of the Dragon-Slayer teams away from their lawful host, the Wizard Kinead Mac Domnal, are appalling, his frequent interference in the politics of Ireland is intolerable, his fondness for his much younger sister is HIGHLY questionable, and he goes out of his way to cover up the fact that during his teens and early twenties he was a practicing bisexual. His womanizing attitude (picked up after he became a celebrity hero and thus lost interest in other men), wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, and in particular his abandonment of the slave woman who's the mother to his son (let alone the presumably multiple other children he doesn't know he has) is unpleasant. Also, his tolerance towards Christians (and, if you are so inclined, towards Moslems) is terrible, and his adherence to the "ethics and style" of the "Open Druid" movement are horribly modern and wrongheaded. Maybe I'll do one of the "bad" guys, the historical Olav Tryggvesson, at a later time. He's basically a Lawful Evil Nazi Paladin, so it's a bit of a challenge to find nice things to say about him.
Connor - A bland and boring person who's first instinct is to run and hide, never stand his ground. Matthew - A selfish and whiny person with somewhat warped morals, who lets personal issues get in the way of justice. Nicholas - Has a brilliant mind, and raised two polite and well spoken children who are fully capable of taking care of themselves.
edited 6th Oct '11 2:29:59 PM by ArlaGrey
Cool Celtic CompositionA murderous, borderline psychotic vigilante serial killer with strong anti-government leanings, Jonathan Sandusky is wanted in every province of the Carthian Empire. Ever since breaking into the home of the Madrigal Overseer and killing him, as well as massacring his guards, Jonathan has, in his time, disrupted police attempts to thwart a bank robbery, been involved in the sinking of an aircraft carrier, destroyed at least two office buildings, robbed a train carrying dangerous chemicals, hijacked a vehicle containing a WMD, and played an integral role in the terrorist attack that forced Flight 428 to land on Route I-45. His is withdrawn, severely traumatized, and has a hair-trigger temper; he once cut out the tongue of someone who criticized him. His respect for authority is low. Mocking him can earn you a brutal beatdown with a shovel at least. His driving style verges on the insane, disobeying traffic laws left and right and shooting at chasing police cars. He is almost always armed and always extremely dangerous, able to easily take down as many as a dozen men sent to remove him from society.
Non sequiturs are like bicycles: they don't bathe or poach.
Hello world!A cocky rebel who breaks rules just to annoy people. Dreams of being a hero but actually couldn't give a shit about helping and responsibility, only glory and admiration. Impatient, reckless, stubborn, hotheaded and lazy.
A nagging, wishy-washy stick in the mud who caves to peer pressure like a sand castle to the sea. Craves popularity and is willing to suck up for it. Hates change, fearful, unconfident.
Stealing is bad. Especially if it's not yours.
Rider of the StormHmm. Darwin's Soldiers:
edited 9th Oct '11 10:16:16 PM by DialgaX
White HinduA smug, arrogant bitch too in love with her own power. She is very much aware that she is several orders of magnitude more powerful than anyone else and will rub it in the faces of some people she comes across. But, when brought down a level, she can barely stand being as weak as a normal human. Befitting her hair color, she is dumb as rocks, with roughly zero skill in martial arts. Because of her intelligence, she is merely a pawn for the US government, ignoring international law because she can. Despite her near-Godlike might, she chose to marry and settle down with a pathetic weakling of a man. Truly, she has no taste.
"What's out there? What's waiting for me?"
Main Character: Judgmental asshole who fits everyone into his shallow worldview to satiate his stupidly large ego. Thinks of himself as a Manipulative Bastard but actually fails at every plan he tries. Main Heroine: Determinator who lets nothing stop her and is very, very dedicated to her man.
edited 10th Oct '11 3:15:02 PM by Kazegen
Anita: A Determinator Yamato Nadeshiko who cares more about her family than herself, working herself to almost physical exhaustion keeping the house clean for her single father and spending time with her friends. Has little to no self esteem, and when has attention brought on herself, will become an nervous wreck who uses loads of Self-Deprecation.
edited 10th Oct '11 7:54:07 PM by Tidal_Wave_17
OH LOOK! ROCKS!This is surprisingly easy to do with major political figures in stories.
Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.
The "good" guys
edited 11th Oct '11 5:13:42 PM by ChurchillSalmon
Nerd Mode Always OnRia is a complete doormat who is so indecisive she gets the people around her hurt and is too scared to ever speak up when she disagrees with someone. This also gets people hurt. Evi is a bitter, cranky, bitchy elf who uses the excuse of neglectful parents to justify her mistreatment of her friends and family. Veshkal is a dedicated family man who is tired of the persecution and exclusion of his people and seeks only justice for both his species and his younger sister, who was brutally attacked and disfigured by "good guys."
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