EXERCISE Character Types Part 1: The Support

Discussion in 'DEVELOPING CHARACTERS & CULTURES' started by Minibit, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Welcome to the Character Types challenge! In these challenges, you will be given a character type to create, and have the option of simply creating them in this thread, with your own story and cast in mind, or finding a roleplay on this site, and creating the character for THAT story (you don't have to actually join it, just post your character here and link to it)

    For part one; we will be looking at

    THE SUPPORT
    In group roleplays, especially of the quest, adventure, journey, and survival variety, you often have multiple characters who have to stick together and use each other's skills to survive. The Support fits right into just about any group-centred story, and they're always appreciated by the other characters; it can be a super rewarding role to play, and it adds variety to the group instead of playing just another good guy

    • The support is the rich prince who uses his authority to get the group in anywhere they need to go
    • The support is the farmer's daughter who cooks for everyone and heals their wounds
    • The support is the escaped slave who uses their housekeeping skills to help maintain everyone's equipment

    Basically, the support is a character who has a skill, or resource, and uses it actively to help the group as a whole. Their motivation is to help their friends, and they love to feel needed. They have a driving need to protect/provide for those who cannot, and as a result are generally charitable people. Supports aren't necessarily gullible, though; many supports will give you unending help any time you need it - if they trust you.

    Supports can sometimes be overzealous with their willingness to help, so try to find the line between a support character and a kiss-ass character. Also try not to lean too much on the 'protection' angle; no group is in need of a defender 100% of the time, and most people with a shred of decency are willing to help their friends when they are in danger, this is not, by itself, a Support characteristic.

    Step 1: Either find a roleplay and use it's plot and characters, or come up with your own group-related plot and some characters for it

    Step 2: If you picked the first option, link to the roleplay you have chosen

    Step 3: Post your character below using either a free-form post or the form below

    Name:
    Age:
    Appearance:
    Skill/resource:
    How they use it to help the group:
    Their motivation for being helpful:
    Their stance on going without so someone else can have something:
    Do they help anyone or just close friends/those who have earned it:
    Do they have a favourite person that they help more than others:
    Are they easily duped into giving help to those who abuse it:
    Are they the type who needs to be asked, or who helps without invitation:
    How would they respond when their help is refused:
    How would they respond if someone took advantage of their generosity to cheat them:
    How do they feel when they are unable to help:
    To what lengths are they willing to go to help/provide for a friend (if their friend became a junkie, would they get them a fix? If they went to jail, would Support bail them out? If they constantly asked favours and never gave anything back, would Support continue to give?):
     
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  2. This character is based off from the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe (I never really fleshed him out until now) Let's see if I can pull off the Support character...*fingers crossed*

    Name: Nauja

    Age: 19

    Appearance:
    Brown skin with even darker brown hair, Nauja stands at around 5'7. His blue eyes stand out on his face, but blend well with his water tribe garbs.

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    Skill/resource: Waterbender

    How they use it to help the group: He is in charge of supplying water to the group.

    Their motivation for being helpful: He enjoys seeing the smiles people get when a helpful task has been completed. Deep down, he also loves the way helping makes him feel. It's a bit selfish, but at least this feeling is brought about by doing something good.

    Their stance on going without so someone else can have something: He would willingly give all his water to someone who truly needed it, even if that would leave him near defenseless. He knows he'll eventually find more, but that person may not.

    Do they help anyone or just close friends/those who have earned it: He will help close friends without any hesitation. With strangers, he is a bit more careful. He uses his best judgment, though he's a real sucker for kids. He usually helps them, regardless of whether they seem good or bad.

    Do they have a favourite person that they help more than others: Not a singular person, but he is more inclined to help children, since they have longer to live and more they should experience.

    Are they easily duped into giving help to those who abuse it: Maybe the first time, but Nauja learns from his mistakes quickly. Chances are, he won't be fooled a second time.

    Are they the type who needs to be asked, or who helps without invitation: If he spots a person in need, he will do what he can to help. However, he doesn't go searching for needy people.

    How would they respond when their help is refused: If Nauja thinks a person needs help, then they probably do. If they refuse him, he tells them "Tough, I'm helping anyway." However, if someone is really adamant about him not helping, he'll back off.

    How would they respond if someone took advantage of their generosity to cheat them: This would reveal Nauja's darker side. He's a bit of a vengeful creature. When people cheat him, it makes him question himself. The person who messed with him will find themselves regretting it, someday.Nauja, after all, is a man of pride deep down.

    How do they feel when they are unable to help: The obvious feelings of frustration and helplessness. However, he is one to learn from his mistakes, and would tell himself to get stronger so it won't happen again.

    To what lengths are they willing to go to help/provide for a friend: Nauja believes that if he befriended someone, they have at least a decent set of morals. He will do what he can to support his friends, because he believes they will do the same for him.
     
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