Even if it's just a tiny little berg no one really cares about, your character's hometown is probably going to be incredibly important to the story and your characters, so make sure you don't gloss over it! Heroes from sleepy farm towns are a dime a dozen, you know why? Mostly because the towns are a dime a dozen, let's play a game I like to call GUESS WHICH PROTAGONIST'S HOMETOWN! It's small and out-of-the-way It's main industry is agriculture It's an old town, but it's always been small One citizen is at least one hundred years old There are no major historical elements or tourist spots There is a scenic natural location nearby such as a forest or waterfall Now am I describing the hometown of... Edward Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist? Rand Al'Thor of the Wheel of Time series? Tanthalas of Dragonlance Chronicles? Frodo of Lord of the Rings? Link from the Legend of Zelda? Asbel from Tales of Graces? Or the user-named protagonists of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, or Dragonquest IV? It could be any of them, right? These are amazing characters and stories, but barring a few details, their hometown situations are all essentially the same. Don't you think it's more memorable and interesting if their hometown is more unique? Try to think of some details to give your character's childhood and adolescence some more depth of character, you could try... Giving the team something to be enthusiastic about; do they all rally around their sports team? Is there a hero from that town that everybody makes a big deal about? Try breaking away from the farming and ranching stereotypes; why can't your characters come from a mining, forestry, port, or army town? Assuming the population is educated, what kinds of cliques and unwritten laws exist for the schoolgoing population? (the "big kid territories", the sandlots, the gang hangouts) Where do you not want to be caught alone? Sometimes towns that nobody ever leave end up being composed of large families; is there a Hatfields & McCoys situation going on? Can you 'not swing a stick without hitting a *surname here* ? How does this effect the society? Once you start making your town more than just a backdrop, you'll find that your characters suddenly have new traits to them from growing up in said town; which makes sense; the places we grew up in and the people we grow up with affect us all; taking something as essential to character development as where they came from and slapping a cliche 'sleepy town' sticker on it is a plain old fashioned injustice.