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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)
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
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 ^^
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Fair enough. I just didn't know what else to say.
nightshade43 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Ah, okay :)
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. :)
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thanks very much.
JesterOfLullaby Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I'm glad you made a list for guys as well.
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Naturally! :D
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