Characters are one of the neccessary components of a story. A story without characters is, quite simply, not a story. There are some characters that we remember over the years, both good and bad. They can cause us to smile, they can cause us to cry, they can cause us to cry, and they can cause us to hate them. A great character causes you to have great emotions. You know that Gollum/Smeagol is one of the greatest characters of all time when he brings an entire audience into fits of laughter. Anakin/Vader is an excellent character when you cry at the end of RotJ. When you cry for this villain that has killed countless people, this faceless man in this black suit, it means something. In this thread, we will discuss both the creation of these characters and the characters themselves. If you need help writing a certain character, canon or OC, feel free to ask for help. To start things off, lets talk about our favorite characters and the reasons why. For me, the best characters bring mixed emotions from you. Forrest Gump is a good character because he makes us laugh and cry. Anakin/Vader is undeniably one of (if not the) best characters of all time because while we hate him, we feel sorrow for him. Which brings me to a new point: what defines a villain? Is it possible to truely characterize evil? I like to say, no one's bad, they're just f---ed up. Gollum/Smeagol characterizes this - and no one can deny it. He has issues. I strongly believe that there is no way that a storyteller can create human evil. Sauron is evil. But he's a giant fiery eye. He's not a person. Agent Smith is the ultimate bad guy; but he is a machine. If anyone can name a human character that is truely evil, feel free to. So, what do you think makes a character a good character? How do you go about writing a character? Do you tend to make plain, faceless bad guys, or do your make villains that feel emotions besides hate? ( ) Also, feel free to ask for help on making or fleshing out a character. Right now I'm having a little trouble with Anakin. I'm trying to get a little more inside his head in my writing, which is a complicated process. So, any suggestions about what's going on in Anakin's head during and between Episodes 2 and 3? I'm putting a link to my story in my sig.