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    Default How to create a charismatic character?

    This is one question I came up when I was reading an article about the heightening of story plot but yet lowering of characteristics in recent Japanese animes.

    So, my question is: How one can create a charismatic character?

    Firstly, WHAT IS CHARISMA? Charisma, by literally meaning, is a kind of quality that a person possess, that makes one charming and attractive, where others will feel admiring and wanting to follow that person. It is like a magical attention "magnetism", where that person draws other people's attention very easily, making him/her an attractive eyesight target if he/she went onto the street.

    For a charismatic character in writings (not only fanfictions, but also original novels), it must be a character that attracts the reader, and the reader will feel "attached" to him/her. My question is how to create such character that will makes reader admired and feel attached to him/her?

    I know the answer differs variously for different fictional situations. A charismatic person in politics might not have the same quality as a charismatic person in sports. But there must be something that makes those people attractive to others.

    What is your thought?
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    Default Re: How to create a charismatic character?

    Unfortunately, I believe that creating a character any reader can get attached to is impossible. Simply because not every reader is going to like the same characters. We all have different tastes and preferences.

    For example, I totally love Frederick from Fire Emblem: Awakening for 3DS. He's my favorite in the game by far. But he's hardly a very popular character (sadly. D:). For me, he's attractive and charming, therefore charismatic. But other fans don't find him that way.

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    Default Re: How to create a charismatic character?

    Well said, Kelleo--there's no one "correct" definition of charisma. what Person A finds charismatic, Person B may find annoying
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    Default Re: How to create a charismatic character?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelleo View Post
    Unfortunately, I believe that creating a character [every] reader can get attached to is impossible....
    Fixed. :)

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    Default Re: How to create a charismatic character?

    Eh, not much difference, really, but whatevs. xP

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