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1. Treat women as equals, not as inferiors.

2. Know how to smile and laugh.

3. Do not be ashamed to cry.

4. When you have a woman, treat her as a person, not as a piece of property.

5. Be tender.

6. Be forgiving.

7. Make the most of what you have.

8. Take as much thought for others as you would for yourself, if not more.

9. Do what you personally feel is right, in spite of other people's objections or downright mockery.

10. Do not be ashamed to admit fear, but do not let your fear stop you from acting.
Since I made a list for the females, it was only fair I make a list for the males, too. ;)

And so if you want a true-blue character that people will like, will want to keep reading about, that is the way.

:bulletblue: How to Be a Likeable Female Character :bulletblue: [link]
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nightshade43 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
1. Treat women as equals, not as inferiors. 
As strange as this sounds I actually used this trait as a negative one for one of my characters. Though not in the context of romance. My character is an interrogator and I often twist positive traits into negative ones, such as following on his word and doing what he promised.
A lot of people aspire for equality for male and female characters (and people in real life) but as soon as a female character gets worse than a shove people claim sexism or that the attacker (if male) is misogynistic. 
To curb this perception my guy does indeed treat women as equals in every way, be it in a good way in relationships or in a bad way when he has to hurt them.

I think with every trait on here a bit of ingenuity can make these traits negative, while a lot negative traits can be executed in a positive fashion.
Chauvinism is a commonly portrayed attribute that's seen as positive (worshipping women for their frailty) even though it's sexism on the other side of the scale. How many knight characters are romanticised in kid's shows?

This guide was okay, though I had a feeling this was for exclusively heterosexual male characters, as two of these seemed to relate to the treatment of females which hinted at relationships instead of the treatment of female characters as a whole (eg) daughter, co-worker, aunt)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Okay...
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nightshade43 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I'm not having a go at you or anything. I just wanted a discussion.
Anyway, have a good day ^^
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Fair enough. I just didn't know what else to say.
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nightshade43 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Ah, okay :)
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't know if I commented on this before or not, but awhile ago me and another deviant ( :iconneurotype: ) were sharing our thoughts about likeable vs. admirable characters, and I thought I'd seize the opportunity here to try and explain what we meant. :) Don't mind me if I comment on these.

1. Okay, no one likes a chauvinist, fair enough.
2. Super-seriousness is actually a fun character flaw. There are a lot of characters that I love partially because they have a problem with being too serious. It's just another thing that can make a character quirky. Being serious actually doesn't detract from a character's likeability OR admirability, in my opinion.
3. Once again, being too "macho" can be a common character flaw for male characters. Then again maybe they cry too much. Pretty much everybody has a different "crying" threshold, and that's another way you can make your character unique. I guess what I'm saying is, don't make everyone cry the same? XD But yes, the flaw of being all tough and refusing to cry will not make your char any less likeable or admirable.
4. Once again, sexists suck, so I admit I agree with you on this. Unless of course he develops into a better person?
5. "Tenderness"... that's actually something you should feel free to play around with a lot with your characters. Some characters may appear to have no feeling at all... which can make exploring their inner turmoils interesting. Then again you might want to explore WHY they don't feel anything, which can be a great set-up for character development. And then there's the classic "jerk with the heart of gold"--a person who may be a foul-tempered curmudgeon on the surface but deep down would always stand up for those weaker than he is, who would put his life on the line for others, etc. Again, characters aren't--or shouldn't--be that simple. Heck, people aren't that simple.
6. As to forgiveness, this is another thing that can be a very interesting character flaw. Someone not able to forgive or forget an injustice done in the past. Maybe the story could be about them overcoming it, or maybe it could leave off with a question of whether or not they ever will.
8. I do appreciate a compassionate character, yes. But keep in mind that it's not all black and white. One of my characters (not that I'm a very good character developer but she just comes to mind) is a really nice person who has a lot of compassion and empathy for others; unfortunately she can be careless when she speaks and may thoughtlessly say something offensive without meaning to.
10. This is another thing that can make for great character development and a great story.
11. Another opportunity for character development--yay Cowardly Lion. XD

So I don't know if that commentary explains what we were talking about a little more, about likeability vs. admirability, and also about how character's don't necessarily need these traits to be either--especially not at the beginning of the story.

Hope this gives you good inspiration. :)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thanks very much.
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JesterOfLullaby Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I'm glad you made a list for guys as well.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Naturally! :D
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Karma-Spitter Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
U....let me love u
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Excuse me?
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:iconkarma-spitter:
Karma-Spitter Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because this is awesome and...yis
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
I don't get what you're saying.
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Karma-Spitter Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
>> I like this and thought you did good on it.
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Okay, why didn't you say so?
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R00-ha-ha Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Errrrrr this really . . . well, this is more for a female audience, isn't it.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
I don't think so. But that's my opinion, and you've got yours.
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R00-ha-ha Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
That's true.
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
And there's nothing wrong with having varying opinions. That's what makes things a little more interesting.
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R00-ha-ha Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Mhmm.
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I personally like male characters with these qualities.
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R00-ha-ha Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, you did make this list and title it "How to Be a Likeable Male Character".
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Exactly.
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Omg, I have some characters that fail every one of these. Soooooo hard. XD Lol! But that's what character development is for. :D

Nice list. :)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Thanks, mate. And yes, it's good to have room for character development, but you may want to consider giving them at least one or two of these traits. They're your characters, and what you do with them is your business. Just offering some friendly advice.
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Hehe, oh don't worry...they at least have some good traits, but I'm trying to keep those secret for now. ;)

And no problem, thanks for the advice. :hug:
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Good luck with your characters.
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Grazie mille! :hug:
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
What's that mean? I'm no good with foreign languages.
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Digital Artist
It means 'thank you very much' in Italian. :XD:
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Okay, great!
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PrissyKissy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This describes every male character I adore.....good analysis :D
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I'd say Terence pretty much fits all these descriptions. ;)
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Shtiya-is-my-power Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I should show this to some jerks in my life. :roll:
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
This applies to real people as much as fictional people.
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Shtiya-is-my-power Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It sure does. Too bad real people can't be "rewritten" sometimes. :)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Some of them can, others need a little more...work.
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Kenliano Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Good to have a list like this, huh?
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Indeed.
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ditistomzelf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this discribes a good person in general. If only everyone would live by these standards...
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
It would be a better world that we live in.
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ditistomzelf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hear hear
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I try to be a good role model. I know I screw up sometimes, but then, we're all human.
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Again, this feels more like a list of virtues, not a tutorial for making a good character.

From what I've seen from your character surveys, descriptions of your characters, etc., I really feel you ought to study what makes a character dynamic, balanced, and well developed. This will really help you grow as a storyteller. :)

Just another thing that I think would help: try to avoid comparing your work to Twilight, or any other book, for that matter. Just let it be what it is on its own. If you write to please yourself, as opposed to trying to "be better than" another thing, I feel you will really limit your ability to see your work in a proper light.

Sorry, just want to help, hope I'm not coming across as mean. :)
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Techta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I have been looking into what makes a good character lately, because I want my own characters to be as good as they can be. I know they're not perfect (and they ought not to be), but I want to give them redeeming qualities as well. If there's one thing I've learned, it's all about retaining a balance.

And while I haven't even brought up Twilight in here, I'll admit that it does teach me what not to write. Still, you're right, I'll do my best to focus on, as you put it, "letting it be what it is on its own." I want it to stand on its own two feet, so to speak.

You're not mean. You're just being constructive, which is fine.
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay, then. Just remember that there's more than one way to make an attractive character. :)

You didn't bring it up here, I just see you bring it up a lot. Just thought I'd mention it while I was talking. :)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Yeah, I know. An ideal character is one that people can at once look up to and relate to. My own Terence, for example, isn't considered the cream of the crop at the beginning. He's rather lonesome, and while there are some unicorns who are genuinely kind to him, he longs for a real friend. I was a bit of a loner in school myself. But when Terence receives his chance, he rises to the occasion magnificently. I personally believe that anyone can do anything they set their minds to, if they work hard enough at it...and if they have a little help.
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Shadow0B Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This too XD

One of the charas in my excerpts only fits all of the first 9 and only the first half of 10
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