Hi, can I get help with my character? He's around 14-15 is a nice guy he doesn't easily get mad, at least doesn't show it, would never be the first to throw a punch unless those close to him are threatened but he can call out on a person's flaws but means well, he's a dog lover, works with cars, plays soccer and wrestles, loves puns and sitcoms has a guilty pleasure for pop songs and almost never keeps hobbies (like they die out) and recently has picked up making movies. (1/2)
He also has a girl best friend, they’ve been together since they were seven, he acts as a “chill” to her “unchill” and takes a backseat to her antics mostly and I plan them to end up together. My problem is that I think he’s bland confined to the boy next door trope, and his friend’s relationship is boring or cliche. I don’t want to change his and his best friend’s relationship’s “basis” but I don’t want either to be boring. I’m sorry if this is too long but I appreciate your help 2/2
Well, seeing as he’s the protagonist, it’s fine if he’s chill to her unchill, but he needs to be an active character and he cannot take a backseat and simply react to other people. Engaging protagonists have to direct the plot, and the story must be led by their decisions and goals. Which might be why you’re struggling and finding him bland. She might be the unchill one, but he can’t just follow along. He has to say, actively try and peace-make and resolve the situations because he knows what she’s like, etc.
As a character, otherwise, he seems fine. Nice isn’t the same as bland and a character doesn’t have to be angsty or tortured to be interesting, especially in I think a time when the broody male character is so prevalent. For example, I find the fact he can’t keep a hobby interesting and quite divergent from the boy next door trope, and it’s also worth noting that ‘the boy next door trope’ is pretty much always used for the love interest not the protagonist. So you’re not actually falling into the cliche as much as I think you fear you are..