Are you ready to learn about full character profiles?
Now that you’ve learned about all the types of characters, how can we take that knowledge and apply it to full character profiles? Allow me to show you how to create character profiles so that you can fully understand each type!
Full Character Profiles
A protagonist is the main character of the story. My protagonist is named Agatha Belmont. She grew up in a small town, eager to get out and explore the world. After her travels through her 20s, she wants to go to school. She’s carefree, street smart, adventurous, strong, confident, impulsive, loves to sing, makes friends everywhere, enjoys sweets, and loves making jokes.
Her parents always encouraged her to explore the world and try new things. Now that she’s gone off on her own, she’s ready to slow down and start a career as a chef. She struggles, thinking she’s too old to go to college. Has a best friend named Kitty and supportive parents on her team. She can also be considered a round and dynamic character.
An antagonist plays opposition to the main character. My antagonist is her older sister Mona, who she’s never been close with. Her purpose is to squander her sister’s efforts to build her career, taking the spotlight away from Mona again in their parents’ eyes. She’s a spunky character, who lives on the edge, rides motorcycles, makes snarky comments, jealous, treats her parents well, has a committed relationship, owns her own store, has a soft spot for animals, and loves travel.
When Mona and Agatha were young, Agatha was the beautiful baby girl, who blossomed with several talents. Agatha was always more outgoing and got more of the attention. This built up resentment within her, and now that they’re older she succeeds in driving a wedge between Agatha and their parents. In the end, she learns to voice her opinions and rebuilds her relationship with her family. She can also be a round and dynamic character.
The confidante is the friend to the main character, the ear to bend, the shoulder to cry on, the guide. Agatha’s confidante is Katherine “Kitty” Wilkes. Katherine is the best friend who has known the Belmont family since she was in diapers. She and Agatha tell each other everything. Kitty has a quieter energy than Agatha. She’s sweet, loyal, and an intelligent accountant. Though she is shy, she’s not afraid to speak her mind when Agatha needs her to share an opinion.
Throughout the story, she guides Agatha to live her dreams and reconnect with her sister. She brings positivity into the lives of the Belmont’s. She can also be considered a round and static character.
Change or No Change?
A dynamic character’s core quality is that they go through a significant change or transformation. Who are the dynamic characters? Agatha and Mona. They have interesting personalities and rich backstories in the family. Readers can easily connect with their sibling rivalry, the desire to be loved by parents, need for education and to find a purpose in life.
Their arc will build gradually as we get to know them, how they grew up, and how they will change as adults. Can other characters be dynamic? Yes, but consider how much time you’d have in the book and how much development it would take for multiple characters to change.
A static character’s core quality is that they do not go through significant change through the story. Who is our static character? Kitty. Her purpose is to be a friend to Agatha and guide her when she is lost. She has an interesting and relatable personality, and doesn’t need to change because she is not the main character. There is no need for a storyline that requires her to transform, but she is still complex like the protagonist and antagonist.
Kitty connects with the readers and the other characters because she’s likeable, a fiercely loyal friend. Readers wish they had a friend like this if they don’t already. She’s a relevant character who encourages Agatha to live her dreams. Can other characters be static? Yes! Like Agatha and Mona’s parents. They can be unchanging and interesting too.
The Final Feature
A round character is one that is developed, complex, interesting. All of the characters above are round characters because they are fully developed and we learn a lot about them in the story. This is a secondary descriptor for a character who is also a protagonist, antagonist, dynamic, or static. Each one has a bigger purpose in the story and relatable qualities. Any character can be round if they have a significant role to play in the story.
A flat character is one that we don’t know much about and are defined by one or two features. None of the characters I’ve talked about so far are flat. An example in this story would be a flight attendant, a professor, and any of the minor characters where their sole purpose in the story is defined by their occupation or a personality trait. A character like this can be static, but not dynamic. The flight attendant serves to make the scenes on an airplane more realistic. The professor she speaks to can emulate what experiences she may have at that college. These are simple characters, but still have a place in the story.
Be good to your characters and know them well. Understand who they are and how your readers should or might react to them. They don’t have to be perfect, so don’t stress, no one is. Just have fun in the creation process!
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