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3 May 2007, 08:58 AM   #1
Joined: 30 Apr 2007
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So, now comes a question that is one of the most basic when creating a story. What
characteristics should a hero possess. I am not talking about the basics: courage, wits,
etc. What flaws should he/she have? What inner conflicts should he/she have that hampers
or even drives them foreward?

4 May 2007, 08:36 AM   #2
Joined: 30 Apr 2007
Posts: 11
You all fail.

4 May 2007, 11:20 AM   #3
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i just use angst...
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4 May 2007, 10:23 PM   #4
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I fail...darn!

In my opinion though I like it when heroes are geeky kids who never fit in. Then they
always look down on theirselves and hide their powers. Or they just have some serious
major issue. I want some ADD, bi-polar, or even a hero dealing with AIDS or Cancer. The
fact something is holding them back always makes me interested.

Flaws might thinkers or they can manipulate something like an
I don't really know...

4 May 2007, 10:52 PM   #5
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A flaw or weakness of a hero, it was FORCED to be a hero. He/She is afraid and has
her/his life falling apart one day at a time but continues to go on for what is right.

Or maybe the hero might be losing control of the power sometimes and totaly going evil.
Then when they wake up they realized what they have done. Times like those REALLY pull me
in. * leans closer *

5 May 2007, 12:57 AM   #6
Joined: 30 Apr 2007
Posts: 11
I agree. I like it when a "super" hero messes up bad. It makes them more realistic, and
we can better understand them. Shoot, I know if I had any powers, I would probably do some
bad things. But I would feel bad later.

I also like seeing characters with diseases that hamper their ability to do what is
necessary. Also, ones with addictions seem to be popular. Tony Stark, for example. He is
Iron Man, if you don't know. He is a raging alcoholic. He sometimes goes on such severe
binges that others have to put on the suit and fight for him. That interests me, because
he is not only hampered, but sometimes completely stopped from doing what he considers to
be his duty.

5 May 2007, 01:29 AM   #7
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That makes sence. If a character were to have no negative consequences it would seem
unhuman, i thought superman would be boring when i read his first comicbook, thinking the
fact he had nothing to mess up on. A perfect character is irrealistic and dull. It's just
like living a normal day with a monster thrown in somewhere, and without a second of
realizzation, it is destroyed. But i found alot of interesting things about superman.

Most heros wear there masks to disguise who they REALLY are underneath, butsuperman was
BORN superman. His disquise IS the normal person, instead of the other way around. So that
intriuged me, and let superman stand alone and more powerful other than those normal

5 May 2007, 04:44 AM   #8
Joined: 4 May 2007
Posts: 20
i've always been a fan of the Shakespearian Fatal-flaw- Macbeth's Powerlust- Hamlet's
Whinyness (there are others...but I tend to prefer his romantic comedies)
My characters are almost always obsessive and Logical- to the point of them no longer be
able to function.

But many writers grossly understimate the power of the situaiton. People act differently
when exposed to different stimuli..I'm going to stop before i turn into my Sociology
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6 May 2007, 03:41 AM   #9
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No no, keep going.

6 May 2007, 03:11 PM   #10
Joined: 4 May 2007
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Fine, I will-
Take Altruisim for example (basically, it's doing good simply for the sake of doing good).
From a Sosiological prespective, there's no such thing. For instance, a  man will  more
often than not help the person whom he finds most attractive (Oddly, this is not the case
in women).
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13 September 2007, 05:58 PM   #11
Joined: 12 Sep 2007
Posts: 20
i find that cliches are boring in a hero.
When all are one and one is all,
When terrible leaders and cities fall,
When all hatred has been locked away,
Peace and love will be here to stay.

13 September 2007, 09:40 PM   #12
Joined: 11 May 2007
Posts: 10
LadyDa: I presume you mean sociological? Wrong! There are many sociological perspectives,
not all of which are as pessimistic as that.... In addition, as any good sociologist
should know, gender is a social construction, and so any differences you may see between
them are entirely a product of that :P

And yes, i_ttly_heart_cats8193, I agree. Cliches are boring.

Take everything said in this thread, and completely reverse it. Angst would turn into
being unable to feel emotional pain. In fact, a character with a flaw would turn into a
character with no flaws. A good character turning evil and then 'realising' might turn
into a good character turning evil and never realising. Subversion can take you
interesting places.

14 September 2007, 01:29 AM   #13
Joined: 16 Jun 2007
Posts: 2
i think that a hero's to flaw is just that that all stories need a hero to be complete. i
write stories where the ememies are the heros but the heros are the heroas two so are
there any heros? no there are just main charcters that have many flaws : the fact they are
just humans and  (normally) the fight against their evil background.

14 September 2007, 08:54 PM   #14
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I love flaws in the main character. Hero, whichever. I usually make the main hero(heroine
usually) fall for someone on the 'bad' side. They are torn between their friends, what is
right, and their love interest, what is wrong. Stories like these make me totally read any
book. =3

15 September 2007, 01:13 AM    #15
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every good hero should have a weakness or vulnerability or character not only
makes him human and easier for the audience to relate, it keeps your from creating a god
like character that..even superman has his kryptonite and his caring about humans,
especially those closest to him, which places him in vulnerable positions...

as for what these flaws may be..they can be anything from a physical weakness or deformity
to a slight psychological problem, think of Monk with OCD, or a weakness for beautiful
women like James Bond...etc.

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