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1. Have a sense of humor.

2. Learn to do some things for yourself; don't just sit around and expect someone else to handle all the work.

3. Have a listening ear and a sympathetic heart.

4. Dream about true love, but at the same time know how to care for yourself.

5. If you do find love, love him for who he is, not for what you want him to be.

6. Never be controlling or manipulative.

7. Never let anyone push you around.

8. Cry when necessary, but don't get carried away.

9. Always stand by those whom you truly care about.

10. Don't be so serious that you forget to have fun, but don't have so much fun that you forget to be serious.
With all these lists of "How to be a Mary Sue" or "Life Lessons from Mary Sue" and yadda, yadda, I figured I'd make a list that shows how to be the opposite of a Mary Sue, how to have a female character that people will actually like. I'm proud to say that virtually all of my women in my stories (thus far) fit these descriptions. :D

:bulletred: How to Be a Likeable Male Character :bulletred: [link]
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LadyJane6374 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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...This all seems very generic. 'Likable' is used in a sense of your own opinion- because I don't think this should be a "How to" when everything listed can be justified, as it is on the topic of personality. But here's my opinion..

I have a better idea to make a 'likable' female character.

Character first. Female LAST.

Seriously, if people have to generalize what makes a female character 'better', 'cooler', 'eviler', 'fun', 'etc' than that is probably the BIGGEST reason why they can't write for one. I see it happen all the time in books and movies and I think, that if you want a 'likable' character or ANY kind, you need to think about them as a CHARACTER first so they don't end up being placed under gender cliches. Then realize what audience you're speaking out to- do they enjoy bubbly things or want something tragic? 

To speak philosophically, what makes a female character 'likable'? In what context? Likable as a person for the other characters to enjoy, or likable for the audience to enjoy- and in that case, which audience? Because honestly, a female character could be almost the opposite of all that is listed on this article and still be 'likable' to a specific group- she'd just be darker- or edgy- or shy- or emotional... but that's just my two cents. No hard feelings or anything.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Thanks for your input, mate.
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Xonen Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*slight grimace* yeah... Maybe for girls irl this may work, but for fiction... no.

Like mentioned before, characters like these are very unlikable and are considered "Sues". They are just too out of touch. Some of the most loved characters have very negative traits. Yet you could make the argument that it doesn't really matter. People go out of their way to find a reason to hate every female character they come across no matter their personality.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I see.
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Techta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm assuming likable protagonist female? My two main females that I don't write about publicly are either a) antagonist or b) a really asshole military alien. But they are extremely likable as characters thusfar with audience reviews.
Or do you mean likable by other characters? My characters really hate my female characters, because they are heartless mean assholes, but the audience likes them.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I guess it all depends on how you want to make them. These are just personal tips.
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JesterOfLullaby Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I'm glad there's a list like this!
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thanks, mate. :nod:
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PlatinaStar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:T In my opinion characters are more fun if they ARE sometimes controlling/manipulative, or so now and then incredible selfish. Because that makes them realistic. xD
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
True, but I think we sometimes get a little too caught up in their faults.
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