nekou-nekori said: My main character, female, is a badass, reckless woman. I don't want her to be a typical hero, I want her to be kind of anti hero, she does bad things, you know, but at the same time I want her to be likeable, I want readers to root for her a bit, despite the fact she's not good (like Walter White from Breaking Bad?). How can I do that with not turning her into a hero?
You’re in luck! Both anti-heroes and unsympathetic but likeable characters aren’t that uncommon in fiction. Things you need to keep in mind:
- Your character is going to do bad things. Don’t let these things get a pass or come off as good just because your character is the main character.
- Your character is going to do good things too. Giving your character some ‘save the cat’ moments to show that they’re still a hero, even if they’re kind of a bad person, is essential. (And if you want them to cross the line, having them do the opposite of something food they did later is a good way to show that.)
- Your character is going to do things for complicated reasons. A lot of flat anti-heroes are always confident in everything they do, but a real character is going to feel at least conflicted about making tough or morally wrong decisions. If they no longer feel conflicted or at least acknowledge that it’s not the right thing to do, they’re less a hero and more a villain.
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