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August 21st, 2012, 1:53 pm

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Shard,

August 21st, 2012, 1:53 pm

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Today, we're covering the basic things you need for designing a character. We'll be moving into the actual design next time, probably. But yeah.

If you have any questions, ask in the comments.

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Muddykip64,

August 21st, 2012, 3:02 pm

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Just ran through this with Muddy. I got an F, most likely.

Name: Muddy
Who the Heatran names their kid Muddy? Besides, I am a hygine freak!

Age: 12
I'm sixteen now, but I decided to make him 12, so he'd have more leeway with what he did when. I am not going 16 years without a plot. Seriously.

Gender: Male
Well, it really isn't easy to screw this part up. I guess that explains why I didn't? I mean, there are two choices, and they're both right, so I really CAN'T mess this up.

Species: Fox, Cat, some small carnivore like that.
Welp. This is fail right here. I may make myself a desert fox, actually. It's TECHNICALLY different. It doesn't help that I'm a vegitarian. This is messed up...

Powers & Skills: Water
...now that I think about it, I really didn't botch this too bad.

But hey, you don't walk into school with all A's, right? That woulld miss the point! I'll probably change his name and species by the end of the class.

Tsurugi,

August 21st, 2012, 3:41 pm

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I wouldn't say "avoid overused species" so much as "at least try and put some kind of spin on it, or make sure the species makes sense." Symbolism can be a wonderful thing, who cares if foxes are overused if it's the thing that makes the most sense for the archetype? If everyone went and avoided overused species, no one would make human characters, and that's just silly.

Exerkol,

August 21st, 2012, 3:54 pm

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@Muddykip65: Okay, maybe I'm not actually apart of this comic. Hi Gata c: Love ya babes c:

While, alot of this is quite general imo. Sometimes being original for the sake of originality, doesn't make a very well rounded character.

Although, you seem to have based your character mostly as an alternative version of yourself. Which isn't bad at all, most people have done it or at least based parts of their own self into their character. lolme

Names, I don't really care for names but Shard does make the point of why would you name your child Blaze, unless you somehow new they would obtain fire powers and have an obession with the colour red. Which, well you can't predict and is illogical and silly.

Muddy may not be his actual name but you can still coin it as a nickname.

Age, I kinda disagree with you? Seeing sometimes younger characters are very hard plotwise to actually making them sound legit, I would have believed 16 to be a more appropriate age to have plot, seeing he's a bit more mature. Unless your plot is teenage-leave-childhood-behind-i-am-now-a-man.

Well, gender is actually a social construct and there are more than two genders because of how it is. But, I'm just being pedantic. And, I kinda have to disagree that a person's sex determines who they hang out with, characters will interact with who they fit best.

Species, is something that I myself as rule of thumb usually group people of the same relation have the same species. But, that's just my own way of doing things and there's not enough humans, and there's also like a billion animals, so really there isn't a shortage of things to pick.

Powers & Skills, I still kinda have to disagree on the importance of these on a character because ultimately it depends on the character.

...I feel like, you could go alot deeper into character development and might do an advanced stuff on this seeing I can really see how general it's all being, but for first timers it's a good go-ahead but sometimes I find that forcing a character is a really awful way to create them and they should just flow from your own thoughts.

IMO.welp kinda refering to both you and shard in some of the comments kinda went on a stupid tangent sorry :c

Rage,

August 21st, 2012, 4:01 pm

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Hmmm... Let's try something.
Name : Cecillia
Age : 7
Gender : Female (obvs.)
Species : Hybrid Chimera (Human + Chimera Lion-Tiger)
Abilities : Sixth Sense (Extra Sensorial Perception), some felyne traits (enhanced smell, vision and animal instincts)
Description : She was born from an awful rape that happened in a post-apocalyptic city. Humans had their DNA fused with other animals', thus leading to the creation of Chimeras. Those, however, possessed deformed limbs or disabilities (Cecillia possesses an extremely ugly hand/paw, which she covers up with a glove, and wears a cap to cover her ears). Cecillia's mother died right after birth. Her body also matured quickly, because Chimera's gestation period was shorter than of the humans (9 months).
Compared to a normal 7-year-old Felyne Chimera, she is quite frail and is easily worn out, leaving her to danger in the wild.

What the fuck is going on with my mind lol

Shard,

August 21st, 2012, 4:26 pm

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I'd like to remind everyone that these are guidelines to help point people in the right direction. If you want to have a character be a fox with some sort of thing that makes them unique, fine - I mean, Shard's a fox with a giant tail for crying out loud. This isn't me saying you -have- to do things a certain way, it's me saying "hey, I see people mess up in certain fields a lot so let's try nudge them in the right direction". It's up to you whether or not you wanna take it to heart or not.

Rage,

August 21st, 2012, 4:34 pm

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@Shard: I see your point.
Like, as long as it's an original hedgehog with a well-developed story, it's ok, right?

Muddykip64,

August 21st, 2012, 4:35 pm

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@Shard: This most certainly isn't what caused my break down. It was meerly the finishing blow. I've been feeling like my place sucks for awhile now. Now I'm actually going to fix it. It's like the Roman Empire. Wait, no it isn't.
@Exerkol: It's fine. I'm just happy that you know I exist. Even if you add one to the number in my name.

Kirbysmith [DJ],

August 21st, 2012, 5:31 pm

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I was going to make my main characters (Zak and Zoom) a non-hedgehog species to deviate from the hedgehog trend. However, I didn't want Zak and Zoom to seem out of place in any author comics that I might put them in, so I made them hedgehogs instead.

CURSE YOU, PEER PRESSURE!!!


PS: I misread “Levitation” as “Leviathan”, LOL.

Exerkol,

August 21st, 2012, 5:34 pm

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@Muddykip64: Omg I never noticed that I misspelled your username, sorry bro.

Muddykip64,

August 21st, 2012, 9:13 pm

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@Gatamigo: I guess...I just sometimes feel like I'm not doing enough...
@Exerkol: It's okay!

Remmis!,

August 22nd, 2012, 1:56 am

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... Well I may as well, I suppose..
Remmy started off as me and then kinda changed with role play and now I kinda have a solid idea on her and her character.. so um...

Name: Remmy Kori.
Apparently Remmy is a relativly common name. But I doubt it. That being said, it's kinda what's stuck.
Since my sister's character's last name is Kori that last name just stuck.

Age: 15.
She ages with me. I suppose this makes her somewhat mature but still prone to making many mistakes and due to her age she's not allowed much freedom (but considering shes a pirate... :T)

Gender: Female.
Uh.. How can I go wrong here?

Species: Human
'Cause I guess Pirate doesnt count as a species.

Powers/Skills: She's skilled in swordfighting due to her own training and inherited a small amount of magic from her mother but its too difficult for her to use so she just never does.

All in all
I think I deserve a solid E! :D

Rage,

August 22nd, 2012, 11:14 am

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Mine would be definitely less than B ;_;

Muddykip64,

August 22nd, 2012, 12:01 pm

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I think I fixed Muddy.
Muddy is actually his nickname, given to him because he can tame Mudkips. His real name is not important.
Muddy is 16, because why not?
Muddy is male, because he is.
Muddy is a cat. This will come into play depending on who he meets from other worlds. Otherwise, it's because it's my favorite animal.
Muddy is a water type because I don't see very many of those. It's also due to the fact that he was originally going to be a Mudkip, and he still has a Mudkip form when nesessary. I will go into more detail about the nature of his powers when we get to that part of the lecture...
I feel better about him now.

Kirbysmith [DJ],

August 22nd, 2012, 2:46 pm

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I'll give this a go.

Name: Zacheus “Zak” McAlberton
Zack was once a nickname of mine, and I gave Zak that name back when he was originally my author character. (Since then, he slowly became his own unique character.) I omitted the “C” when I joined B.A.N.G. so as to avoid confusion with another “Zack”. As for the last name, that's subject to change. B- for a lame last name and unoriginal nickname.


Age: 18.
Not really any reason for this, except that he acts mature, but with a sense of humor and adventure. He's also energetic and spry. I really don't know what to grade this.


Gender: Male.
Zak was originally based off of me, so I made him a guy. Any feminine features are either unintentional, or are left over from the Amy sprite that I edited into his head. He believes in the Sanctity of Marrige. He also does his best to respect women, even though this sometimes gets him into trouble. B for effort.


Species: *hork* Hedgehog.
I've considered several species before picking this one, even sugar gliders! However, due to not being able to decide upon a species I was happy with and due to all the hedgehog characters on Smackjeeves, I eventually went with hedgehog. F- for SERIOUS lack of creativity.


Powers & Skills: Agility, Stamina, Deductive reasoning skills, Excellent jumping, Basic mechanic skills, Spin Dash, Spin Jump, Judo and Karate.
Ya, nothing too impressive. Then again, I didn't want him to have crazy super powers like other characters. He also can't attack with his spin dash due to his well-trimmed quills, but he does use the spin to bounce off of walls, break his fall, get into small places, speed up, etc. He's also a good cook. C- for using Sonic's moves and lack of creativity.


I think I failed. But if I fix the species and remove the “Spin” moves, I should be okay.

CreatorZone,

August 22nd, 2012, 9:16 pm

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lets see..

Name: Zemmi Hyougen
Best name ever: Zemmi cause the parents wanted to call him Zemmi after his dad father. Hyougen i got it from somewhere in my brainz.

Age: 19
Yesh...19..

Gender:Male
Fk yeah

Species:Hedgehog
AM I DOING IT RITE.

Powers:He uses fire because his dad uses fire but later when he was 14 he studied weaponfighting using different weapons in combat. he now uses two women who can transform in a Blind Lighting sword and in a Sniper Spear.
A.K.A Fire,WeaponSpecialist

I DESERVE A C OR D

Muddykip64,

August 22nd, 2012, 11:07 pm

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OH DEAR I FORGOT TO GRADE MYSELF!
Name: ??? Luna Katon, AKA "Muddy"; Okay, "Muddy" isn't THAT creative, considering why I chose it. It doesn't help that he doesn't have a real name. But hey, you haven't heard of another "Muddy" recently, have you? D or C.

Age: 16; I don't know how to grade this. I guess it's good. Even though 8 would make more sense, he isn't supposed to act his age. He's extremely naive, and he's quite immature. Thank goodness he isn't a pervert. I guess I'd give this a...B?

Gender: Male; I don't see why this needs a grade.

Species: Cat; Why did I choose cat? Because it's my favorite animal, and I feel like I act like one sometimes. So I made him a cat. That's stupid. Cats, wolves, foxes, hedgehogs, rabbits, and dragons are some of the most common species, and I still haven't found a way to make him unique. Exept maybe the color combination. I mean, when is the last time you have seen anyone with my color scheme? I'd give it a D. Not too great, but at least it isn't a hedgehog. That would bump it down to a F.

Power/Skill: Water, skilled with the Lunar Bow; I am not grading this yet. Though It isn't really overused like fire or darkness.

I'd say I get a C or D. I suck.

Jerdude14487,

October 10th, 2012, 3:42 pm

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I'll try this. It'll be fun

Name: Murasaki Irono Ringo(Purple Apple)
It's just a name i've been planning for a character.

Gender: Female.
obvious

Age: 10-15.
I like my characters in the teen area

Species: Dog, Bear, Rabbit.
Still thinking

Power/Skills: Strong/Rapid kicks, can manipulate greenery.

I'd grade myself a C, B, maybe B+.

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