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How to Write an Attractive Male Character:
OK, so, I'm working on a graphic novel right now, and I kinda want to do something to subvert the whole dearth (is that the right word? dearth?) of sexualization of women in comics. Do that end, I'm trying to make my MALE main characters each attractive in a different way. I've already got their basic personalities laid out, my question now is, how do I make the characters appealing?
Sneaky BastardDo you mean physically attractive or having an attractive personality? Personality wise I'd just tell you to make the characters nice guys (and maybe give them a bit of a dark past if you're not too concerned about that cliché). Appearance wise, try looking at some anime. I'm not saying that you should go totally bishounen for all your characters, but you could draw some inspiration. If you want a more western example try looking at the male leads from the works of Joss Whedon. As for dearth... I ran it though wikitonary and what I got back was mostly about scarcity, especially during famine.
Thanks! I think it's more personality wise. I feel like I've got a pretty good range of different body types that can be considered attractive. Any more advice? And I guess I should've said "bevy" then. Well, live and learn.
Ahr riverThis might seem a bit odd, but try and find a bunch of pictures of shirtless men. Drawn by females. Basically, find things that females draw, take pictures of or fawn over to see what they find attractive, and try and incorporate some of those styles into your drawings. Remember that symmetry is symmetry. Most characters will look good regardless.
I think I've got a pretty good idea how the characters will look. I've spent some time on Deviant ART, various female artist and cartoonist websites, and a splish splash of the fetish fuel section for good measure. My big concern now is how they act, how they carry themselves.
Ahr riverAh, then you used the wrong word in your title. Do you have problems with making likable male characters, and are more comfortable with females or what, specifically?
edited 3rd Nov '10 4:43:20 PM by MrAHR
You mean you're trying to aim for the lowest common denominator? Because I don't think you can make a character who's universally attractive... On one hand you've got sensitive pansies with huge fandoms (aka Edward Cullen), and on the other you have ax crazy psychos with huge fandoms (aka Alucard). One thing I've noticed, though, is that having your character be badass doesn't hurt. Confidence and competence are very widely considered good things.
edited 3rd Nov '10 4:53:21 PM by melloncollie
I still want to write attractive male characters. How they look is only half of it, I think. I think I've got them likable, but I'm not sure I've got them hot. I guess it's like, you like the way this guy looks. But if he opens his mouth and he's an idiot or a jerk or a wimp you're not gonna hang around him. I guess, for example, one of my guys is a bit of a woobie. He's meant to be the quintessential "nice guy"- he's a bit of a wimp because he's had a hard life, but he's also friendly, and gentle, and kind, and optimistic, and patient. But is his personality attractive? Would you go out with this guy? I figured I'd cover my bases by having a variety of guys with a variety of personalities. I'm not trying to go TOTALLY LCD, because all these guys will still have fleshed out personalities, I'm just trying to get an idea of how to present them.
edited 3rd Nov '10 5:02:18 PM by punchy
Ahr riverI wouldn't worry about that too much. If he can make friends, than he can get a date.
He'll probably be a hit with the girls who like woobies, but be a complete-turnoff for girls who don't like wimps. Is this supposed to be an action work, drama work, what kind of genre? A male chick in an action work is probably going to be very unattractive, for example.
Mmm, if I had to categorize it, I'd say slice of life. And I know he won't appeal to everyone, I just want to make sure he'll appeal to the girls/gay men who like woobies. I've got other guys for girls/guys who like more confident guys. Of course, I also want to make sure that those guys appeal to THEIR bases... I guess my biggest concern is making sure I don't overdo it, and make their appealing traits unappealing. I want one of my guys to be a woobie, but not a complete sniveling wretch. I want one of my guys to be confident, but not a womanizing jerk.
edited 3rd Nov '10 5:16:01 PM by punchy
Ahr riverWell, forget about gender then, and just focus on making them a good woobie. Females and males are not so different, really.
Solid Snake. There's a guy manages to be a Stupid Sexy Flanders even when he's really old. Or just read the Stupid Sexy Flanders page.
^^ I'd say that social expectations are still in place. It's usually considered acceptable for women to get emotional, but if you have a man get emotional in the same situation there's a greater chance that he might invoke narm or condescension instead of sympathy. There's a higher trauma threshold for men, I guess.
I want one of my guys to be a woobie, but not a complete sniveling wretch. I want one of my guys to be confident, but not a womanizing jerk.Don't make caricatures?
edited 3rd Nov '10 5:25:58 PM by melloncollie
Ahr river@Mellon: At the same time, get someone of any gender to cry too much, and they're weepy. Get them to cry once and only once, and then you have something.
Proud CanadianConfidence is easily the biggest thing IMO.
If you don't like a single Frank Ocean song, you have no soul.
Her with the hatConfidence but not arrogance. Talking about how great they are/how much people love them is a turn-off.
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