Sometimes, it's more than appearances and Sue-worthy backgrounds that bother me about a character. But when it comes to bad personalities, figuring out why a character rubs you the wrong way can be a bit more difficult. My expectation is that, as you're reading through these, you might remember characters from times long past that you were forced to roleplay with and cringe to yourself. Why? Because chances are, if the following descriptions ring any bells, they were a pretty bland character. Sorry. Bad Personality #1 "The Vanilla" XXX is nice and polite. Xe is shy, but can be bold if xe wants to be. Xe likes to read and write and sing, but can also fight if circumstance demands it. Xe is nice to everyone xe meets, if a bit shy, but gives bullies and jerks a real hard time. Though xe is happy and nice on the outside, xe has a dark side because xir parents/brother/second cousin/pet hamster died, but doesn't let it show cause that would be rude. Overall, xe is nice, but don't make xir angry/get on xir bad side!Well, as much as I hate, this cookie-cutter, hideously popular personality choice, I see what you were trying to do. These characters are born of roleplayers who want to play a character who is, for all intents and purposes, the best of both worlds - "badass" so they appear cool and can hold their own, but nice so that other characters are morally unable to dislike them. Why people insist on having every other character in the RP like their character is beyond me, but the best theory I have is that new roleplayers take it as a personal insult. This personality type is also popular among inexperienced players because they don't have to commit to a specific pattern of behavior, and are free to just let their character do whatever they feel like doing. It's lazy. Also, you may have noticed that I underlined that last bit. This is by far the most common phrase I see in character forms. I despise it. Case in point: give your character a real personality. Bad Personality #2 "The Generic Protagonist" XXX lost xir parents at a young age, and was a prisoner of war/victim of human trafficking/abused by stepparents. Today, xe is free, but doesn't kid around. I mean, xe can make friends, but xe doesn't stand for injustice or cruelty. Xe hates authority and speaks out against "the man" to anyone who will listen. Xe is also a master of martial arts/swordfighting/streetfighting. Xir greatest flaw is being so rebellious.Ah, yes. The attempted sob story without repercussions. This isn't generally used by new players like number one, but tends to be their next default personality once they get bored of Vanilla and realize how very "cool" their character could be. This is the result. Awful, isn't it? I wonder how long it will take for the roleplaying community to realize that having a rough childhood will not help you conveniently master the art of fighting to prepare you for your (brief) career in a roleplay where fighting skills might just make you look badass for a few minutes. Sadly, no one likes reading about a badass character in a roleplay. When I am in a thread with this sort of character, I only read through their posts so that I don't look like a total tool and ignore them completely. As far as I'm concerned, this character doesn't exist in the real world. Also, I just have to say it - find a character like this in any roleplay. If the skeleton asks for flaws, I guarantee you that "rebellious" will be at the top of that painfully short list. It's a "flaw" only a protagonist could have. Bad Personality #3 "The Edgy" XXX is quiet and reserved. Xe wears dark clothing and xir eyes are red. If you do manage to talk to xir, xe is irritable and short tempered, but is also a fountain of grim but profound wisdom. Most of the time, xe lurks alone.There is a reason this particular personality description is so damn short - the roleplayer doesn't even need a proper personality, because they're just going to play by themselves, anyways. I can actually sympathize with you if your heart sank when you realize that your beloved character fit the description perfectly - I've done this character before, and regret it indeed. Most of the time, the only reason anyone would dream of using this sort of character in an RP is as a distorted self-insert for the special snowflakes out there. I'm thinking about writing a children's book for roleplayers; "If You Give a Mouse an Edgy Self-Insert." Care for a preview? No? Too bad. "If you give a mouse an edgy self-insert, they'll ask to be left alone for the entire RP. If they ask to be left alone for the entire RP, they will continue to post about their character's angst and loneliness. If they continue to post about their character's angst and loneliness, people will become frustrated and leave the thread. If people leave the thread, you'll be forced to confront the player. If you're forced to confront the player, they'll become defensive and rant about how misunderstood they are." That's all I've got, but you get the idea. Oh, and on a sidenote, I don't care what your excuse is for having a red-eyed character is. I don't want to hear it. Bad Personality #4 "The Shameless Sue" XXX is nice, extremely intelligent, and a skilled fighter. Xe has powers, but has to hide them because people shun her when she shows them. Xe is also very beautiful and a talented singer, but can also wield large, deadly weapons. Xe is also an excellent healer. Xir powers are very powerful powers that could lay waste to cities. In spite of xir bountiful talents and abilities, xe has depression problems because xir parents are dead. Still, xe has a very strong sense of justice and would never get angry for a bad reason or hurt someone who didn't deserve it.Mary Sue is the most infamous member of the bad character family. She's also the kawaiiest. Thankfully, I don't encounter this one too often because apparently the people of iwaku have some sense of dignity. The reason this extreme character is so rare is because people tend to learn the hard way that people don't enjoy playing with these characters. While all of these types make some club-footed attempt at looking cool, none go so far as the sue in her natural habitat. The roleplayers of these freaks of nature seem to think that roleplaying is not a plot development exercise as much as it is a cool character contest. Of course, Sues aren't "cool," but their creators have a very jaded definition of cool. By the time the roleplay begins, all the other members of the roleplay have tacitly agreed to ignore the Sue until they leave of their own accord, like a lost mosquito or a urinary tract infection. When the offender finally leaves, they are positively indignant that we peasants dared to ignore our new God, AKA their character. They go off in search of a new RP to terrorize, and the cycle of the Sue is perpetuated. Are the folks who ignored Kawaii Supreme to blame? You could say that. But can you blame them for not going to the trouble? Yeah, that's what I thought. Bad Personality #5 "The Mystery" Meet xir!/Will be revealed in RP.If you can't be bothered to write out a personality like the rest of us, then go find a jump-in, because some of us actually take pride in this kind of thing.