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Renny's How to Flesh Out Characters by Luppa Renny's How to Flesh Out Characters by Luppa
Edit: I got a DD?! Aahhhh! ;w; Thank you so much aahh!!! <333
The feedback has been absolutely overwhelming and wonderful, so many thanks! I'm so happy so many people can find use out of this! :)


I've made this guide with the intention of helping out people who aren't quite sure what to do with their character, or are struggling to make them appear interesting. I wanted to cover the basics of my view of characterisation, and try to present what it's all about before diving into any sort of details (favourite foods, etc). This isn't quite a tutorial, per se, but it's intended to make you think more deeply about your character's aims and how it all operates together in a story-setting. This applies just as much to any RPer and writer, no matter the medium!

If this guide has helped you in any way, please leave a comment, I would love to hear! If people like this, I might make more, and go a little bit further in depth with how to flesh out your characters more.

If there's any typos (which there probably will be), tell me so I can fix them!
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haimokochan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks, this is really helpful! :)
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Janus3003 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! I especially liked the talk about flaws (and had to laugh at the clumsiness "flaw").
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Sir-Herp Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student General Artist
There's an extra r in the "carrries emotional weight" bit near the bottom.

That was an excellent ending, and was overall quite a good thought-provoker.
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IreneRoga Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Thisis very clarifier and interesting, thank you!
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Jourreve Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
I'm not by nature a very creative or artistic person, but a character idea hit me recently and I've been trying hard to gradually develop her into a flawed, well-rounded, separate person... and hopefully create other characters and some semblance of a story around her. I'm getting a decent hold on her personality, backstory, and what her life is like, but I never really thought about things like what she really wants and and what keeps her from getting them.

Basically, this is all really new and difficult for me, and this is one of the most helpful and thought-provoking things I've found yet, so THANK YOU :D
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
This is stupendous.  :clap:
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DahliaFay Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you going make another? Specifically about romance, love and relationships.
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Luppa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I probably am going to make another at some point in the future! I don't think it'll be about romance, because I don't often work in that genre. I might share a few doodads about it, but I really don't have anything specific planned as of now. 
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BrentOGara Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this! I will totally have to keep it near me next time I write a character! :D
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habren Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliance, Renny! I was so happy to see this DD when I signed on today! Well deserved.
I know a lot of people in my Master's writing program that could use to be reminded of everything you said.
I've always been amazed by how in-depth your characters are, and it's wonderful to see your process.
Thanks for sharing!
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hyperanimegirl4lyfe Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student
i took notes... i ACTUALLY took notes... teach me more ;A; i honestly don't remember covering any of this in my writer's craft course in high school :P THANK YOU!!!!!! >W<
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ArtsyAica Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is some useful stuff! I'll definitely reread this when I'm in the process of creating a character!
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Mustuko-chan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is sooo helpful! I never thought like this. You showed me interesting point of view :'3 Thanks
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tulf42 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES!, just YES! I love you not only or this DD, but from your quote at the end "Every character has a story, go and tell yours!" This is one of the ultimate quotes this week and it is what I am currently beginning to do as I plan my first graphic novel.
The reason being is that if I wanted to tell true stories about my life as I grew up, I could do it through imagery as well as create my own fictional story to mix it up.
Congrats on your DD! Truly earned. ;)
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Ranya-Ni Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS. This is a wonderful tutorial and points out so many great things to pay attention to. Thank you so much!!!
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zuzuthezombie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this...
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woesofthenorm Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You explained this so well! Thank you!!
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
this was o simple yet so clear and straight to the core of the subject. Really helpful and nice, even though I think I already knew almost all of these, it's always helpful to stop and get some guidance to remember some bits. congratulations for the DD
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD!
I hope you have a fantastic day!
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FireYuuki Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this has been a grate tutorial. Thanks a lot!
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Arrow-of-the-Sun Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Clumsiness is not an internal flaw, but CARELESNESS is."

You're missing an 's.' Just pointing it out :D. Also, there are several instances where you say 'theirselves' instead of 'themselves.' I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, but again, I'm just pointing things out as I catch them.

Fantastic character development guide! The way you explain everything is concise and very clear, and the guide itself is enormously helpful. I like how you slipped in a bit of Twilight/Fifty Shades of Gray bashing XD. I'm definitely using this to help flesh out a few of my less-developed characters. Thanks!
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petalroseblack Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Brilliant. 8D
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hyenacub Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done! As a writer I always like to read info such as this. I almost always get new inspiration or ideas from them.
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Wonderwig Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Get in my favorites you beauty!
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SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial!! thanks a lot!! :D
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Madness-Made-Fresh Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Nice!
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Drawing-Stars-02 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too long didn't read but I sure as hell will read this all one day. :D
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SecretagentG Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, what a great tutorial you've got here! I've read lots of other character-related tutorials that felt sort of commanding and gruff, but yours is so engaging that it really makes you want to listen. :D Not to mention, the content is very insightful, and I had a darn good time reading it, too. Overall, excellent work!
I'm thinking of creating some kind of original thingy soon (been doing fanart mostly up 'til now), so when I go to create my characters, I think I'm definitely going to look back on this wonderful tutorial. :aww:

And this last thing might seem goofy, but...I love your little doodles along the way. x3
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Prettykitty473 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wish we would've had this in creative writing. It's a much simpler explanation than what the teacher tried to give...
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Aetherya Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EX.EL.LENT.

Congrats for DD, and thanks for sharing this :D
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InazumaJuggon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will be helpful for the future. I thank you.
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Encyclone Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This gave me an absolutely new prospective on original characters!~
Thanks so much, it's extremely helpful, especially to newbie artists like myself. >///7///<
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TheAmatuer41 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so helpful, thanks for the guide:}
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Luppa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad it helped! :)
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TheAmatuer41 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
:} It really did, its really hard to make characters and im grateful to find a much simplified guide to help me in my works of fiction...
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CodaBear48 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Artist
This really clarifies some things. Thank you for making it :D
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Luppa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was my pleasure! ^^
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Houkou-NRL Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Had you posted this just a day (well, two) earlier—! Man, I would have flubbed my panel and then been all "Nope. Nope. Never mind me! Now go home and read this tutorial. Come back next week for further instruction." Alas, things don't tend to work out that way. :dummy:

Anyway, this is an excellent resource. You've very clearly provided guidance on how to improve one's character along with advice on story elements that tie in closely. The most important things have been highlighted in this. Things like those base factors that make a character tick, that need to find a direction and build up a strong foundation first and foremost. Those characteristics and motivations that help create a strong identity.

Everything here is extremely sound and well presented. Excellent work, Luppa, and congrats on a DD well-earned!
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Luppa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, really? :lol: That's flattering-!!

Thank you very much! ;u; Those are exactly the sorts of things I wanted to show, and I'm glad I was able to convey them! c:
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oefremine Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
This will help a lot, for sure! Thank you for taking the time to write this (my english's awful, hope you don't mind ><) <<< faved!!
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Luppa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not awful at all! :'D You're welcome!
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MekoNekoAnime1 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful!! :heart: THANK YOU :heart: for making it and Congratulations on the DD!!!! :hug: :heart:
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Luppa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad it helped! C: Thank you very much! :XD:
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MekoNekoAnime1 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome =D
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Lady-of-Icarus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
so deserve the DD. reading this is a lot nicer than getting yelled at by my professor about not thinking hard enough on my character xD
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Luppa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I can retype the whole thing in caps locks if you want--! :lol:

Thanks!
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Lady-of-Icarus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
lol XDD no its alright lolol

your welcome :3
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was a good read . Thanks for making it and congrats for the DD
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Dr-Vergissmeinnicht Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the DD :heart:
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weweameme Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   General Artist
I tried to begin with the average joe thing.

...I failed to make an average joe. D:
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