Good ways to characterize Demo without resorting to the “drunk cardboard cut-out”
Okay lets face it as much as i’d like him to be demo can’t be the star of every fan fiction. Sometimes, he will be a background character, and a common and oft talked about fact of the tf2 fandom is when he gets relegated to “side” demo just becomes a walking drunk joke
so, even if you can’t give his character the nuance it deserves in your fic, i’ve compiled a bunch of different of his characteristics you can boil him down to without making him like every other painful-to-read demoman
- Family Man- Demo is really invested in his family. He takes time to care for his mother, and obviously misses his father dearly. It could be something he talks about openly with his team or not, we’re never shown for sure, but that is something that can have a lot of potential. Especially with stories with themes of family or found family
- Loves His Job- Demo loves explosions. He’s proud of his skills, and (like every other member of the team save for pyro) has been shown to be confident in them, if not downright cocky. Engie likes to tinker, Heavy likes his gun, and Demo likes to blow things up. It can be as simple as having him do something like that when he appears “on-screen”
- Self-Esteem Issues- In his meet the team video, it’s show that he’s not always sure of himself, especially when he *is* drunk. Although, it’s important to note that these issues revolve around his eye/appearance, and not about his skills. If you absolutely cannot think of any other way to put Demo in your story besides focusing on his drinking, remeber this. Some people are “happy/affectionate drunks” some people are “angry drunks” but when Demo drinks he gets very sad, sappy, and emotional.
- Interest In Occult/Mystical- Here’s a more rare one, but certainly the most interesting. With a world as strange and nonsensical as the TF2 universe, there are plenty of opportunities for Demo’s expertice might come into play. Need someone to give exposition on why exactly everyone has a bird head this morning? Demo’s your guy
hopefully you take something away from this, and I see lots of different and varied demomen in the future!