Learn about what to consider when making a new character; their background, traits and motivations.
What is a Character?
A character is controlled by the player who makes their choices (their actions and dialogue), interacting with the environment and other players in the form of a story.
Characters are normally fictional and original, which means they're completely made up.
Building a roleplay character can be a fun and creative experience. Here are some things to consider when making a new character, from their background and traits to their motivations.
The Name: This is the first impression of your character and what people will call you. Pick a name that fits the character and is not too famous or silly.
- TIP: Consider the cultural background, origin, and age of your character. Avoid using silly names like Bob Down or Donald Trump, as it's frowned upon. Consider a name that's unique and easy to remember!
The Appearance: The way your character looks can influence the way people perceive and interact with them. This includes hair, clothes, accessories, and anything else that helps define your character's look. Think about their style, body type, and any distinguishing features that make them unique.
- TIP: Consider the type of roleplay you'll be focusing on when choosing your appearance, do you want to overly exaggerate specific facial features or clothing? Consider their background and personality.
The Background: The more you know about your character's backstory, the more solid the character will be to others. Knowing your character's background will give you a deeper understanding of who they are.
- TIP: Consider their upbringing, family situation, social status, and age. What type of childhoof did they have? Are they wealthy, poor or middle-class? What events and experiences have shaped their life.
The Personality: Your character's personality is what makes them unique and makes them stand out.
- TIP: Determine their zodiac sign to help you determine their behavior, or consider their personality traits, strengths, and weaknesses. For example, is your character confident, brave, or talkative?
The Voice: Your character's voice can play a massive part in how others perceive you. What voice will you give your character?
- TIP: What location and accent will they have? Do they speak confidently, or are they shy?
The Motivations: What drives your character? Why do they do what they do? Consider their goals, desires, and what makes them tick.
- TIP: You don't need to be the best at everything. Having a memorable character is much more important than winning everything. No one is perfect. Have some weaknesses.
Remember, the more well-rounded and believable your character is, the more enjoyable the roleplay experience will be. So take your time and have fun creating!