a character tag

I was looking at Fenris dialogue again and I have to say… for someone defined by being helpful and diplomatic, Blue Hawke can be quite a bitch. 

  • Fenris: You are too willing to involve yourself in the affairs of others, Hawke.
  • Fenris: Each time you put yourself at risk. One day you will not be so lucky.
  • Hawke: You have a better idea?
  • Fenris: Guard what you have. Keep your head low.

(If Hawke has a diplomatic/helpful personality)

  • Hawke: That sounds like a way to go through life without ever knowing anyone.
  • Fenris: I… suppose so.
  • Hawke: How well has that worked for you, Fenris?
  • Fenris: (Grunts)

Like, Purple Hawke has a silly comment about being a dragon, Red Hawke is gruffly like “yeah but you’re not gonna kill me right?” and Blue Hawke just… comes for Fenris’s entire life.

“How well has that worked for you, Fenris?” 

Blue Hawke, please chill. 


Well, it’s not really a tag yourself thing, it’s rather my attempt to describe these characters in a few sentences and with humour-teapot-style. I started this series in September and now I’m happy to see them all finished ;; I know, they look terribly different, but still ;;

(If cats, ducks, fans and daikon tell you nothing, I suggest you checking out hakuouki sekkaroku ovas and zuisoroku game, because these bits are just funny and adorable)

I see a lot of writing advice, particularly about giving characters flaws. The main advice is “everyone has flaws! make sure to give your character flaws or else it’s not realistic!” And after thinking about it… I would like to challenge this.

It essentially posits a view of human nature that there are good and bad traits, and that these traits can be neatly diagrammed into separate columns, one set of which can and should be eliminated. It tends to go along with a view that posits character development should be about scrubbing away of “flawed” traits until the character achieves more a higher level of goodness, or else the character doesn’t and falls into tragedy. This is not untrue, necessarily. There are definitely some “flaws” that are 100% bad and sometimes a good arc is about slowly losing them. However, I could call this advice incomplete.

Consider thinking about it this way. Characters have traits and often whether or not that trait is a flaw is purely circumstantial.

For instance, fairy tales I read as a child. In some, when an old beggar asked for money on the road, it was a secret test of character. The prince who gave the old man money or food would be rewarded. But in other folktales I read, the old beggar would be malevolent, and any prince who stooped to help him would be beaten, punished for letting his guard down. Now, in a story as well as in real life, either of these scenarios can occur–a stranger who asks for help can be benevolent or malevolent. So which is the flaw? Is it a “flaw” to be compassionate? or is it a “flaw” to be guarded? 

Trick question–it’s purely conditional. Both traits are simultaneously a strength and a weakness. Either has an advantage, but either comes with a price as well. And whether the price is greater than the advantage depends on circumstance. The same can be said for most character traits, in fact!

An agreeable character who gets along with everyone will be pressured into agreeing with something atrocious because it’s a commonly held viewpoint. A character who’s principled and holds firm even under great pressure will take much, much longer to change their mind when they are actually in the wrong. A character who loves animals and loves to shower them with affection will get bitten if they try the same on every animal. As the circumstances change, flaws become strengths, and strengths become weaknesses. And even a trait that’s wholly virtuous, such as compassion, comes with a price and can be turned for the worst.

You don’t have to think about inserting flaws into your character. Your character, even the most perfect “Mary Sue,” is already flawed the moment you give her any traits at all. The problem with Mary Sue isn’t a lack of flaws, it’s a lack of circumstances to challenge her properly, to show her paying the natural price. Your job as an author is to create circumstances in the narrative that 1) justify why these traits exist in your character 2) show what your character gains from these traits and then 3) change the circumstances to challenge her. 

Make your character pay the price for their traits, for their choices. And then, when challenged, you can make a hell of a story by showing us how they adapt, or why they stick to their guns anyway.

Fictional Male Characters Meme

I was tagged by @sindar-princeling thank you! I really enjoy this kind of tags :)

Rules: List 10 of your favorite fictional male characters and tag 10 people.

(I won’t mention characters from books because I like to include images, but I am sure you all can already guess my favorites from the Silm 😂)

1. Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings)

Originally posted by random-fandom-imagines98

2. Howl (Studio Ghibli)

Originally posted by urfavehasadhd

3. Floki (Vikings)

Originally posted by historyvikings

4. Jon Snow (Game of Thrones / ASOIAF)

Originally posted by tanrininprezervatifi

5. Iorveth (The Witcher)

Originally posted by spacerist

6. Newton Geiszler (Pacific Rim)

Originally posted by murphyhatesme

Badass scientific full of tattoos? aesthetic goals 😂

7. Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)

Originally posted by mystarwars

Childhood crush *shrugs*

8. Charles Xavier (X-Men)

Originally posted by buckybarnesaddicted

9. Victor Frankestein (Penny Dreadful)

Originally posted by polishedscales

Melancholic scientific with undereye bags? current aesthetic

10. Captain Flint (Black Sails)

Originally posted by mermaids-pirates

I am randomly tagging… @celebbun @nykai-is-here @justadutchperson @it-is-almost-legal @acommonanomaly @eomer @gultgull @glorfy-the-bright-haired-ellon @ohmyarda @feanoriel feel free to just… ignore the tag 😂



It’s not very good and took WAYYY too many hours or rendering but it’s done and now i know what to do for next time !