by selfish alice

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“Let’s celebrate!!!”

Mizumi Tsukasa - she’s originally my P4 oc but it won’t hurt turning her into P5 oc XD

Code name: Mimi (”ear” in japanese, because of her rabbit ears, also it’s her last name Mizumi)

Arcana: The Tower

Persona: Alice Liddell (ok ok i know what you’re thinking “there’s Alice already and she’s the Death arcana, not the Tower, learn your thing before you start create a character”. But I really want an Alice who’s all based on Lewis Carroll’s story, not fused with some other mythical tales. The selfish little Alice who always find herself ends up with bad situations is a Tower to me.)

Serenade

This was not my idea of a serenade. Nope. Not one bit.
For Alikouweek Day 1|Sweet

One month late and pure nonsense. @selfish-alice and her wonderful fics got me thinking of an OPM song for alikouweek, and this one came to mind:

Harana (Serenade) by Parokya ni Edgar


The Chronicles of the Amazing Adventurer Alibaba, Chapter 147:

Not long after we launched the Fanfan Trading Company, Ka Koubun “enlightened” me that we’d be celebrating the anniversary of Kougyoku’s coronation in two weeks. Two weeks! I didn’t have a present for her and I could not think of any gift that would fit the occasion—unless I’d give her flowers, but since it was supposed to be such a “grand day” I figured I’d need at least a hundred bouquets of roses and what in the world would Kougyoku with 1,001 flowers? It had to be something special, something not just for an empress but also for a very good friend…close friend…more than a friend…very, very dear friend. Something unique, something amazing.

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Outline for a Distinct Character

If you want to make your character real, make them a person. Their own person, with their own distinct needs and wants and fears and all the things the rest of us humans have to deal with.

Here are aspects of your character that should be specific to them. Take your time. Sit down and just brainstorm—let your mind wander! You can change things later. This should help either create a new character, or shape ones you already have. Because I love examples, I’ll attach some stuff about my good friend Alice.

  • Personality—it’s a broad subject, so start simple. Optimistic, pessimistic? Introvert, extrovert? Please look at the Core Values page. Personality should be in line with their values. A Caring value should equate with friendliness and kindness, while an Integrity value should equate with honesty and loyalty. These are guidelines and distinctions, not rules.

Alice is very pessimistic. She values loyalty but is incredibly distrustful. She’s also determined and brave and does what she has to, even if she doesn’t want to.

  • Flaws—no one’s perfect! And any of their good traits can easily become flaws if they tilt too far in one direction. Confidence can turn into arrogance. Overly kind may turn into a pushover, and so on. Don’t be afraid to blemish your character with flaws. This is just as important to personality as their good traits!! Maybe more so, because flaws are a great place to focus your character arc.

Alice is selfish, stubborn, and she will revert to immaturity before admitting she’s wrong.

  • Swoon and Wounds—what do they want to do with their life? What are their goals? Are they taking steps towards their ideal future? What’s holding them back? This is usually tied in with values and passions.

Alice wants a happy family life and friends/family she can trust. She’s not taking steps towards this because she’s afraid of getting hurt.

  • Passions—could be a subject in school. A hobby. A collection of stamps or dolls or squashed pennies. Something that they really love. Often, it’s a skill they work to perfect. It doesn’t even have to be a thing. They could be passionate about abstract ideas like love or family.

Alice loves cooking, because she loves the idea of a family gathered around the dining room table. Good food brings people together.

  • Quirks—and I don’t necessarily mean like, they wear red every Monday or something weird. Just things specific to them. Clothing, speech, physical movements. Hats, for example, can distinguish your character and add to their personality. What does a character with a fedora vs a cowboy hat vs a baseball cap mean? And think of all the nervous tics people have. Shifting weight, scratching, avoiding eye contact, clenching fists, sweating. I’ll make a post for this soon! Rarely will someone do all of these things when they’re nervous. Choose one or two specific actions for your character depending on if they’re nervous, scared, happy, confronted, etc.

Alice always scowls and crosses her arms when she’s upset. She doesn’t shrink when she’s confronted; she juts her chin and squares her shoulders. For clothing, instead of Alice wearing generic “shoes,” she prefers boots. Black boots, below the knee, with a silver buckle across the side. Is this detail necessary to the plot? Not at all. And I don’t think I’ve ever detailed the boots beyond “black,” it’s just a tidbit I keep to myself. I saw a pair of Alice boots at Dilliard’s and I took a picture for my own enjoyment. But it’s what she prefers, and she’s entitled to her own preferences.

Other characters can share a trait or value, but for the most part, if you go through this list and all your characters are answering along the same lines, it’s time for some changes.

Don’t arbitrarily answer these, either. The character’s distinctions should sort of weave together, because random ideas aren’t organic. I’m always saying to make your character paradoxical, but that doesn’t mean random.

I mean, look at Alice. She’s selfish and brave at the same time. This can, at times, be paradoxical, since brave might include standing up for something even if it puts yourself in danger. She cares deeply about the people she trusts, so again, she might put them before herself in ways that appear selfless. She’s still selfish, but it’s not the end-all deciding factor for her choices and actions. She’s pessimistic but still clings to the crazy fantasy that her parents will call off the divorce, because she dreams of a happy home life. Even the fact that she wears boots. Boots are more protective than a pair of sandals, and as mentioned above, Alice is distrustful. She’s selfish and stubborn as a means to protect herself. Parts of her clash, parts of her blend, but they’re all related, at least. A random core value like “health” or “precision” simply doesn’t fit in with the rest of her goals, values, flaws, and so on.

Make sense?

–E