Chapter 2 ----------- Lisa: Bart?! Bart: I'm okay! Lisa: Dad? Homer: No! I'm not ok! *Homer sobbed* Lisa: What is it, Dad!?! Homer: I'll never get the lifetime supply of bottled water!!!! Lisa: Ok, at least we're all ok Homer: I didn't hear the address I was supposed to send my details to! Why is life so cruel! *Homer wailed loudly* Bart: We're never gonna get the stupid tree! Seymour: Good Lord! Is everyone ok?! *Seymour leaped out of his car to aid the Simpsons* (Seymour had been driving past when Homer crashed. Seymour had been out doing errands for Agnes) Bart: Could it get any worse? Lisa: Yes, Principal Skinner. Everyone is fine. Seymour: Let me at least give you a ride home. Lisa: We weren't going home, we were going to get a Christmas tree. I guess we'll have to walk there now. Homer: Walk!?! *Homer and Bart groaned* Seymour: I'm on my way to buy a Christmas tree for Mother. Want to come along? Lisa: Thank you for the kind offer but we coul- Homer: WOOHOO! THANK YOU, JEBUS! Bart: Aww, man! Why do we have to go in Principal Wiener's lame-o car? Homer: Shut up, boy! Do you wanna walk?! *Homer unlocked his car doors* Bart: No way But do we HAVE to go with HIM??? *Bart looked at Seymour with hatred* Homer: Yes boy, we have to go with Principal Wiener. *Homer got out of his car* Seymour: That's not my name you know. Homer: Do I look like I care? *Homer was already getting into Seymour's car* Lisa: I'm so sorry about this *Lisa looked at Seymour with despair* Seymour: Don't worry about it, Lisa. Just this morning some children were teasing me for being a "Mama's Boy" I wonder what they could mean by that Homer: Come on!!! HURRY UP!!!! *Homer held his hand on Seymour's car horn* Bart: YEAH! Are you guys coming or not!? Lisa: We should probably go now before Dad does 'it' again. Seymour: I agree, Lisa. *Seymour rushed to his car. Seymour looked worried* (In the past, Homer had stolen Seymour's car, and when Seymour had got it back it was not pretty ) Bart: Lisa's got a crush! *Bart imitated kissing* Lisa: Grow up, Bart! *Lisa got into Seymour's car* Nelson: HAW HAW! Bart's hitching a ride with Principal Wiener! (Nelson had been walking nearby) Seymour: Why do people keep calling me that?! Nelson: Smell ya later, dingus! Bart: I'm dead! Thanks a lot, man! *Bart glared at Seymour* Seymour: We'd better hurry it up. Mother's expecting me to make her tea in three hours. *Seymour looked at his watch, then got in his car hurriedly* Bart: Let's just get the stupid tree and get back to our normal lives *Bart got into Seymour's car*
Prologue ---------- Marge: Homie, can you go down with the kids to buy a Christmas tree? I have to do the Christmas shopping. (Christmas the year before had been not much short of a failure due to the fact that Homer forgot to do the Christmas shopping) Homer: Do I HAVE to??? *Homer moaned* Marge: It's Christmas tomorrow, and I don't want this family to have another 'crisis'. *Marge glanced sternly at Homer* Lisa: Can we Dad? Bart: Yeah, c'mon Homer! Homer: But I wanna watch the game! Marge: Homie, please? *Marge waited for Homer's response* Bart: Nevermind Mom. Just let the fatso watch his gam- Homer: WHY YOU LITTLE! *Homer strangled Bart* Bart: ACK!! URRK! GACK!!! Marge: HOMER! You're going to get that tree and no more television for the rest of the day!!! Homer: D'oh! Lisa: Thanks Mom. Bart: Come on big boy! *Bart laughed at Homer* Homer: Watch it, boy! *Homer opened the front door and walked outside* Lisa: Can I pick which tree we get, Dad? Bart: NO! Mom said "I" could pick the tree! Lisa: She did not! Bart: Did so! Lisa: Didn't! Bart: Did!!! Lisa: DIDN'T! Homer: Break it up you two! Marge doesn't want you two arguing at Christmas! Bart: Sure thing big daddy-o! *Bart grinned at Homer and pulled a face at Lisa* Homer: BART! *Homer opened one of the back doors of his car* Bart: Outtatheway Lis! It's my turn to sit on this side! *Bart mumbled the word 'Did' as he shoved Lisa out of the way* Lisa: Stupid brother. *Lisa put her seatbelt on* Bart: Homer... Think ya could move your seat forward? B'CUZ IT'S CRUSHING ME! Homer: I've had ENOUGH of you boy! *Homer put the key in the ignition and turned it* Bart: Are we there yet? Homer: NO! *Homer glared at Bart with an expression of rage* Lisa: Can we just go, please Dad? Homer: Yes, Lisa. We can go now. *Homer looked at Lisa quite calmly* Bart: Forgot something! Wait up, Homer! *Bart started to get out of the car* Homer: OH NO YOU DON'T! YOU'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE, WE'RE GOING TO GET THE TREE AND THAT'S FINAL! *Homer leaned into the back, grabbed Bart, pulled him back into the car and locked the doors* Bart: But I need to get m- Homer: Can't hear you boy! *Homer started singing a loud and annoying tune* Lisa: Yet another 'perfect' Christmas... *Lisa sighed* Bart: Tell me about it... *Bart sighed loudly*
Robert Terwilliger, otherwise known as Sideshow Bob had a frown on his face as he looked up at the banner on the outside of a building that said "Springfield Gamers, Video Game Convention" on it. He sighed as he looked down. "Why did I let myself get talked into this?" he asked in a thinking out-loud way.
"Because if you said no, your only son would throw a fit." came the voice of his younger brother Cecil who was standing beside him. The two had been dragged here by their sons Gino and William who as it turned out were really into video games which the two boys played quite a lot much to their fathers dismay.
"I am never going to understand these things or our sons weird obsession with them, for that matter." Bob stated to his brother as he crossed his arms. "I doubt any parent really does." Cecil added before he started to head inside the building, with Bob following him in.
Inside there was many tables set up and areas with stands that had people on them, talking. "Egad, how do they expect anyone to get around?" Bob commented upon seeing all of this madness. "I'm not quite sure." Cecil replied.
The two criminal brothers walked around, looking at each stand and table they briefly stopped at. Of course being into the arts nothing got their interest. "This is such a complete waste of time." Bob stated. "I agree." Cecil said in agreement. "Where are the boys?" Bob asked and Cecil pointed. "There." he said as he spotted them at a video game testing area. "Great." Bob grumbled.
Soon a voice called out "Hey there everyone and welcome to the con!" which made the brothers turn to see who it was as they both quickly recognized the voice. It was a 20 year old young man with blonde hair wearing a red shirt that had a skateboard on it, blue jeans and red sneakers who was standing on a stand area that had a big screen on it and some other equipment.
"Is that...Bart Simpson?" Bob asked with some surprise in his voice. "Appears so dear brother." Cecil replied. The two brother walked over, becoming part of the big crowd that was there.
"He certainly has changed since high school." Bob commented. "I heard that he's now a professional skateboarder." Cecil stated. "Really?" Bob asked. "Well he was always quite good on that thing." he said. "I also heard that he opened up a skate park for the children here in Springfield." Cecil added. "The boy's been busy." Bob said with a small hint of impressiveness in his voice. "Indeed." Cecil said in agreement.
"Well everyone glad to see all of you." Bart said into the microphone. "How everyone like my last game?" he asked and got many cheers for a reply. "How can he make video games?" Bob asked with skepticism in his voice. "His little girlfriend must of helped him." Cecil replied, referring to Mr. Burns' granddaughter Fiona or Fi as Bart called her. The two resident troublemakers had been going out since they were both ten and Fiona had became Bob's enemy not long after she started going out with Bart.
"That wouldn't surprise me." said Bob who knew that Fiona sometimes used her grandfather's money or resources to get what she or Bart wanted or to use against other people like Bob and even Cecil. The younger brother had devolved a grudge against the Burns' heir after she foiled Cecil's scheme to get control of the Power Plant.
"Ok, well I got a new game coming out and no it's not going to be a motion controlled one. I am not making the same dumb move as Tony Hawk." Bart said to the audience which got some laughter. "In fact this game isn't dealing with skateboarding at all." Bart added which got some of the con goers talking to each other.
"Instead this game will be dealing with some things from my childhood." Bart explained which caused Bob to raise an eyebrow. What from his childhood could of inspired Bart to make a video game of it? The screen then turned on revealing the game's title. Bob's eyes widen. The game title had his name on it and an image of him.
Bart then started to explain the game as some game footage was shown. Apprantly you had to figure out what Bob was up to in each level and stop his plan along with causing him injury by letting a rake be in his way, among other things and also pulling various pranks on him whenever he was in a public area. Bob's eyes narrowed in an angry way as he listened.
Bart then got to the bonus levels which is where the player took control of Bob and try to maneuver through a field of rakes which was easier said then done as the early game footage showed. Bob shook a bit while everyone else minus his brother laughed at what they saw.
Cecil glanced at Bob as he made his hands into a fist and got an angry, evil, murderess like look on his face. A look he hadn't had in the last four years. Cecil easily guessed what was going to happen next after seeing that and it wasn't going to be good.
Bob looked at Bart who was laughing along with the people there. 'Laugh now, Bart Simpson cause today will be the last day of your life.' the criminal genius thought to himself as he started to come up with a way to kill his arch-enemy.
Note: Please do not download this story unless you just plan to read it. If you want to draw a pic that deals with my fan-fic in some way (like drawing a scene from this) then you can do so as long as you credit me especially if one of my ocs is in it.
Here it is everyone. Chapter one of my 10 Years Later story A Bob Con. Sorry if it's short. I'm saving the good stuff for chapter two. Some of the stuff mentioned in this chapter (and likely in later chapters) takes place during my main Simpsons fan-fic series called New Residents which deals with Fiona's move to Springfield as well as my other ocs moving to the town for whatever reason they have. Also you may of noticed that Bart's outfit is a bit similar to his 10 year old one. I figured with the career I gave him, his sense of style wouldn't change much but at the same time wanted to show that there was some change that makes him not the same as when he was ten.
Bart Simpson, Sideshow Bob, Cecil Tewilliger and Gino Tewilliger created by Matt Groening
Fiona "Fi" Burns and William Terwilliger created by me
Chapter 1 ----------- Homer: Everyone ready? *Homer stopped singing* Lisa: Yes, Dad! *Lisa looked at Bart as if to say, 'You better say yes!'* Bart: No. Homer: OK then! Off we go! WOOHOO!!! Bart: I thought you didn't want to come! Homer: That's in the past, boy! Just like "The Ghost of Christmas Future"! Lisa: Dad, don't you mean "Past"? Homer: Past what? Lisa: The Ghos- Oh never mind! Can we go now! Homer: Go where? Lisa: Urgh! To get the Christmas tree!!! Homer: Oh right! *Homer laughed* Homer: Why Won't You Work *Homer tried to start the car* Homer: COME ON! *Homer banged his fist against the steering wheel* Bart: Problem? Homer: If this is another one of your pran- *Homer's car started* Bart: I didn't do nothin'! *Bart grinned a big cheesy grin at Homer* Homer: Let's see what's on. *Homer switched on the radio* KBBL: 102.5 FM, KBBL here, making your day average. First up is a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a lifetime supply of bottled water! To enter the prize draw, all you have to do is give us all your personal details, then you might have a chance of winning! Homer: Mmm Lifetime supply of bottled water. *Homer drooled* Bart: Uh, Homer You don't even like water. Homer: But they made it sound so tasty! Must. Send. Personal. Details. *Homer skidded the car sideways* Lisa: DAD! THE ROAD!!!!!! Homer: Oh, yeah. *Homer swerved the car into a tree* Bart: AHHHHHHH Lisa: AAAAAAHH Homer: YAHHHHH!
It was now morning at the Kurosaki manor. But it was a special morning to wake up to,it was the morning after Ichigo submitted his love to Rukia. Rukia sighed as she woke up from her sleep. She looked at Ichigo,and sighed again. 'What happens if I get pregnant with Ichigo's child? Since he's the one I'm not supposed to marry. Oh Ichigo...' thought Rukia. She was really worried about this. "What's wrong with you Rukia? Worried about our relationship?" said Ichigo as he woke up. "Ichigo...Yeah I am worried about it." confessed Rukia. "Mostly about me getting pregnant with your child." "Rukia,you don't have to worry about that. No matter what happens,I will protect you and always love you. Especially that." "Oh Ichigo,I love you." said Rukia leaning on her lover's shoulder. "I love you too Rukia." said Ichigo,cuddling with Rukia's naked body. "Shouldn't we get dress?" asked Rukia. "Um...yeah we should." answered Ichigo. So they quickly changed into their clothes,and went downstairs. In which they were greeted by Isshin saying: "How was your 'Lovely Night'?" Both of them started to blush like strawberries. "You Pervert!" yelled Ichigo,kicking his father in the gut. "Will I have a grandchild soon?" asked Isshin holding his stomach,on the floor. "Who knows?!" said Ichigo,annoyed. "Come on Rukia. Let's go on walk." "No,I'm sorry Ichigo,but I have to go home. I'll see you later though. Love you and bye." said Rukia kissing Ichigo's head. "Same here." said Ichigo kissing her. Then Rukia ran out of the manor. Ichigo sighed. "I just love that girl."
As Rukia was walking home,she was singing a song. "The stars lean down to kiss you, and I lay awake missing you..." Suddenly she heard footsteps behind her. 'Who's there?" yelled Rukia. "Hi Rukia-chan!" yelled a girl's voice,one that Rukia recognized. "Rangiku,is that you?" asked Rukia. "Aw! You caught me!" said Rangiku. "I recognize that voice anywhere." "I guess so. So Rukia-chan,how was your 'Lovely Night' with Ichigo?" asked Rangiku. "HUH?! How did you...?" stuttered a shocked Rukia. "Well,I sorta spied on you two..." sweatdropped Rangiku. "Rangiku..." growled Rukia. "Heheheh...Sorry Rukia-chan." "I'm gonna kill you Rangiku!" "Bye Rukia-chan!" said Rangiku,running away from the pissed off Rukia.
1 month later...
Rukia sighed. She was upset for two reasons. One,she has to marry Renji in a month. Two,she hasn't been feeling really good for about 2 days. It was just an hour ago she found out what was wrong with her. And now she was on her way to Ichigo's. "Hello Kuchiki-san." said Toushirou. "Oh,Hi Hitsugaya." said Rukia,as kept on walking to Ichigo's. "What the big rush?" "I'm going over Ichigo's again." "Un-huh." "Hey,how about you make out with your girlfriend or something?" Toushirou started to blush. "That's where I was going to,Rangiku's home." "Well see ya." "Bye."
"I finally made it to Ichigo's." said Rukia. As she knocked on the door,she was starting to feel sick again. 'Answer the freakin door,please.' thought Rukia. Suddenly,the door opened and the one who opened the door was Ichigo. "Ichigo!" said Rukia. "Hey Rukia." said Ichigo. "Come in." "Thank you." When Rukia was walking in,she felt dizzy. And she started to fall. "Rukia,are you alright?" asked a concerned Ichigo. "Sorta of,I haven't be feeling well for about two days."
"Then why did you come here?"
"Because I have something to tell you."
"Well tell me right now."
"Un-un,I want to go to your room."
As Ichigo helped Rukia upstairs,she told him that she was sorry for coming here when she was sick,but it was important.
"Okay,so now will you tell me?" said Ichigo setting Rukia on his bed.
"First before I tell you,someone was spying on us while we did it."
"Who was it?"
"It was my friend Rangiku. Don't worry,you can trust her."
"Now I will tell you. Ichigo,I love you dearly."
"I love you too Rukia. You're not dying are you?"
"No,I'm not. But it's going to change our whole lives."
Here's chapter 5. Sorry it's short. I promise the next chapter will be longer! ^^ Sorry about the cliffhanger. I just had to do it! Originally this wasn't going to happen until like at the end of the story,But I wanted to put it in so bad! So now here is the chapter.
The song Rukia was singing is called Vanilla Twilight by Owl City. It such a cute song and it's my favorite song from them. Here's the song link:[link]
"The night was darker than usual, colder than usual and down right spooky." A calm voice dramatised in recall of a particularly 'heroic' tale. Or so he says.
But the young red-head had his doubts. His unconsciously rose his eyebrows and rolled his eyes in a disbelieving fashion. The large blonde in front of him pouted and he couldn't help but sigh, yet again. "Really, Zapp... you say all these stories and none of them ever check out to be remotely true." The read-head moaned, groaning even louder at how very 'Leela' he just sounded.
Zapp's pout turned into a childish frown, "B-but...I thought you liked my stories?" He turned his big blue eyes up at Fry.
Fry couldn't help but think 'cheater' as he stared at the pathetic excuse for a man in front of him. "Ugh. Let's just go get a beer. I wonder if Benders back yet..." Fry thought aloud.
"Oh! Ah...Er...No! The robot is...er...still out...at...er that...thing. Yes. Leela told me he'd be away all day and night and maybe tomorrow too. Er yes. Ah-ha." Zapp spluttered out nervously.
Fry stared at him for a moment and then shrugged, a simple "Whatever" being his parting words as he left the planet express staff room, a blonde in tow.
Leela watched the two leave, sighed and rolled her eyes towards Amy. "God. Sometimes its hard to figure out who's a bigger idiot." The Cyclops snorted a laugh. Amy giggled and nodded in response as she flipped back a piece of hair and blew a kiss to her reflection.
Bender entered, back from stealin- er, acquiring- things from the ship after their last mission. He stopped in his tracks, eyeing the room before turning an accusing gaze to Leela. "Where's Fry gone?" He asks, a soft sort of whine to his voice. Leela simply shrugs and Bender takes it as a fair answer, shrugging in reply before he whistled and headed back out the way he came, guessing he may as well make use of the time.
Fry's whole body shuddered as a cold shiver ran up his spine. "Brr! This winter sure is cold" He mumbled, mostly to himself.
"Mm, sure is." Zapp agreed as he rubbed his hands together, blowing some warm air into them.
They brief break of silence quickly faded and the heavy weight of hush rushed in to fill its place.
Zapp found himself staring hard, his brow furrowed and his lips tight as he watched the youthful ginger walk a few steps ahead of him, his head surely full of that robot. Zap shook his head in attempt to rid himself of those oddly depressing thoughts.
Fry turned to him, his face plastered with confusion, "You alight?" He asked in earnest.
Zapp laughed, nervousness shaking it, his eyes darted side to side in an obviously conspicuous fashion that only a real idiot could miss. "Nothing...just redoing my hair. You know how the ladies love it." He purred in an almost convincing silky, sexy voice as he brushed his smooth hands through his slicked back blonde lock, his smile already beginning to fall.
Fry smiled back at him. "Yeah, yeah." He laughed, and ran a hand through his own hair.
'Dear god it's a good thing he's so dumb.' Zapp smiled to himself, Zapp didn't even notice the reflexive sigh that spilled from his lips.
Fry was feeling unusually conscious and quirked his eyebrow in speculation. Zapp smiled, his award winning, pearly white, devilish smile. Fry smiled back at him, his goofy, toothy, cheap smile that was always rich with happiness.
Zapp's heart could do nothing but melt as he looked deeply into the eyes of his youthful companion. "Hey, Fry..." Zap started but stopped himself as he realised he didn't have any words. The red-head simply looked up at him and his smile widened in anticipation.
"Yeah...? Oh! Actually, before you say anything, can you do me a favour?" Fry asked, a sheepish look about him.
"Huh? Yes, of course soldier, what is it?" Zapp asked looking down his nose awkwardly at the male.
"Well...er, I don't really wanna go to out tonight...I'm feeling rather, er, tired. Yeah. Sorry." Fry's sentence was fragmented, awkward and he was blushing. Zapp had to bite his lip to stop himself from cooing at the cuteness of his male counterpart.
"Sure thing. How about we go to my apartment?" Zapp purred reflexively as he finished his sentence.
Fry just laughed. "You are far too used to saying that...but it would be awesome." Fry joked and smiled as he slapped Zapp on the back, "Cheers buddy."
Zapp fell forward slightly from the unexpected slap but quickly corrected himself as him mouth twitched onto an awkward smile. "Then, please follow me." Zapp finished before turning on his heels 180 degrees and led the way to his luxurious apartment. Fry immediately followed obediently.
Zapp's palms began to sweat, his brow began to furrow and his heart began to race. Dear God what was he going to do. For all the years he had known this buffoon he had always found his complete incompetence endearing. Even when he would do stupid, stupid things that should have killed him it was amazing.
It was tough but he really did love the retard.
But there was absolutely no way that the young red-head would ever return his sweet and incredibly lustful feelings. Because, all though he was living in the wonderful future where gay people were common thing and no-one even blinked an eye, Fry was not. Fry was from long ago where gays had next to no rights. In fact, Fry had once quite clearly expressed his distaste towards male on male when Zapp had last smacked him on the arse and Fry had told him off rather severely.
So it really could get dangerous if he had Fry in his home, especially an intoxicated one at that. He really couldn't be sure if he could and would keep his hands to himself and not take advantage of the opportunity.
Zapp sighed as he fumbled about with the key in his coat pocket, mulling over the thought in his head again and again.
"Zapp...?" Fry implored, looking at him with eyes way too cute and innocent for any male, let-alone one his age.
"Ah yes sorry, the key just got tangled with a thread" Zapp lied lamely as he slowly pulled his keys free from the safety of his pockets. An earnestly sullen look deepening on his face.
"Zapp, are you really okay? I mean I can go if you- Ah." Fry's apologetic and concerned ramblings were cut off as he attempted and barely succeed in catching the can of beer that was tossed at his face.
"Nah, I'm alright... but I know I'll be better after I get a couple of beers in me." Zapp joked before he chugged back the whole can.
"Cool!" Fry exclaimed before doing the same and tossing the can behind him and grabbing another.
'Maybe I can get so drunk I forget who I and he is...and my feelings towards the latter. Oh god.' Zapp hoped to himself as he knocked back two to Fry's every one.
It was about 1am when Zapp last looked at the clock and that was a good few shots ago. He was so drunk he was pretty numb but still not too numb to feel the heat rising throughout his whole body as watched a piece of saliva roll down Fry's chin. God, what Zapp would give to be able to lick it.
"A-ah Zapp! What are you doing?!" Fry asked in slurring shock.
"Huh?...Oh." In Zapp's drunken state what he thought, he ended up doing. His tongue was now travelling up Fry's reddened cheeks. A slick smile curled around Zapp's lips and his eyes narrowed deviously until his whole face screamed down right sex appeal.
Fry gulped."Er... Brannigan....?" he asked in a nervous whisper, his voice notching up a few octaves.
"Shh" Zapp's right mind had up and left him for good Fry decided as the larger man hushed him and placed a fat, long finger over his lips. But that wasn't what worried him, it was the hum and the finger pulling at his lips as the face grew ever nearer to his that really worried him.
Fry squirmed under the oddly muscular man. He couldn't help but question how and when Zapp had climbed onto of him to pin him down. "Za-AH!" Fry yelped just before the lips attacked his own roughly and sloppily.
All of a sudden Zapp's eyes shot open, his big blue eyes met those of Fry's and they exchanged a confused, and slightly frightened, look. Zapp's eyes zoned in on where their lips met and then back up at Fry's eyes and then pulled away. That kiss had entirely sobered him up due to shock. His wits slowly trudged back to him and told him the true severity of what he had just done.
"I...Oh my...I...ugh" Zapp had to catch himself before his whimperes turned to sobs and he flung himself across the room and spun around so he couldn't look into the confused and frightened eyes of the little red-head he had just jumped. "You should leave." Zapp managed out in as masculine a voice as he could muster, barely choking back his feminine side.
He heard soft shuffling behind him and assumed that was Fry getting himself together ready to leave. 'Good...' he mumbled inwardly. He slowly turned himself around and sighed. "Huh?"He gasped as small arms threw themselves around his neck and thin lips attached to his own.
After what seemed like all eternity but was, in actuality, a mere minute or so, Fry pulled himself slowly away from Zapp. His lips were parted, he was panting slightly and his face was bright red. He looked cuter than ever. "Please don't cry..." Fry mumbled, seemingly to himself.
Zapp wrapped his arms tightly around the smaller man's waist and hoisted him into himself. "How could I possibly?" Zapp purred into Fry's burning ears.
This is for who requested a Frapp fanfic~! And because she is super wonderful I couldn't decline!! Oh and because I'm sorta obsessed with Frapp too *cough* LOLWHUT. Oh and my deary, I'm terribly sorry its not very good and took AGES to come out ...but YAY its here right? XD ENJOY~~! <333
Fry, Zapp and all other characters are respectfully owned by Matt Groening
"...Aaand 100! Okay!" Hermes exclaimed happily as he leapt to his feet from his stretching pose. The same huge smile was still plastered all over his face from the morning when he put on his old limbo outfit again and, though a bit snugger than before, it still fit nonetheless!
"So this is where little Hermes has been hiding then, aye?" A deep, sensual voice mocked from behind him.
"Barbados!" Hermes yelled angrily as he span round to face the much taller, sculpted hunk. His scowl would have sent shivers down any tax payers' spine.
Barbados, however, just laughed in his face. "That is quite the face my friend... And quite the outfit too!" He laughed again, a thick smirk stealing his lips causing his deep chocolate eyes to sparkle menacingly.
"Why you...!" Hermes' blood boiled and rushed straight to his head. He balled his hands into fists and had to quickly turn his gaze away, that's when he noticed: they were completely alone. "Huh? Where is...?" He asked, mostly to himself, as his eyes lazily gazed around.
"Oh she went out to buy some new shoes, my friend." Barbados answered his inner question quickly and easily with a smirk still beaming down, oozing substantial amounts of testosterone.
"I am no friend of yours, Barbados Slim!"Hermes spat at him, each word laced with pure acidic venom.
Barbados's whole face fell into a deep frown. "Now why you got to say such mean things Hermes?" He said in a particularly whiney and yet somehow still mocking tone.
Hermes took in a deep breath and turned around and simply walked away, completely ignoring the tall, muscular man following him with his deep chocolate eyes.
Hermes stepped up to his faithful ol' limbo pole and began doing some quick stretches. He threw out his left leg as far as could and with a grunt followed and overstretched arm, all the way down to his toes. 'And two and three and four and five' he chanted to himself mentally.
He sprung himself up and clapped his hands together to begin star jumps, 'And two and three and four and five' he chanted mentally to himself again.
Then he quickly squatted down and threw out his right leg as far as he could and with a low groan he followed with an overstretched arm all the way down to his toes, 'And two and three and four and five' he chanted to himself mentally yet again.
"Well you sure are still flexible there, Hermes." The tall dark man who had, till then, been silently watching with a smirk lay thick over his large lips.
Hermes couldn't help but redden slightly as he seethed- but still refused to dignify him with any kind of response.
Hermes quickly stood himself up and took another deep breath. He began tipping himself gently backwards and not before long he was shimmying himself under the low bar, a large smile slowly creeping across his face.
"Well how cute..." Barbados mocked as he smirked down at the flustered Jamaican, an inch from his face.
"Eh!" Hermes gasped awkwardly as he tried to regain his balance after the shock of the muscular male looming over him so close to his face. Alas though, Hermes was not quick enough to collect himself and the tall, dark man quickly leant down closer and pressed his large lips against the little mans, staring him down as he does.
Hermes pushes up hard against the stone chest and only ends up pushing himself down to the floor. Hermes quickly squeezed his eyes shut, ready for impact but Barbados was far too quick for that. He had caught him easily with just one of his strong arms. (Although, Hermes would probably have preferred the crash landing.)
"Got you" Barbados laughed, his deep voice echoing in the small room. Hermes face flushed a deep maroon as the large man scooped him into a bridal hold and kissed him softly on his forehead before roaring in laughter again.
Short and sweet ne? C: I hope you liked it! I definitely enjoyed writing it! Hahaha! <3
Barmes~! I was originally going to call it herbados. But that would just be silly. So this is for the very awesome-o a long while ago now oops. I wonder why I never posted it.... *sighs* god knows... I'm so fail OTL
Futurama, Fry and all other characters are respectfully owned by Matt Groening
"Uuuggghh...." Groaned a young, hungover redhead as he pushed back his long bangs. 'I should really stop accepting Benders drinking challenges...' He thought to himself as he leant back in his chair and ruffled his hair some more.
"You should really get a haircut, Fry." Stated Leela rather bluntly as she scrunched up her nose in distaste and tugged at his hair.
"Yeah, Fry... If you want I once slept with a hairdresser so I can get you in for cheaper!" Amy chirped excitedly as she flipped open her phone.
Fry looked between them both, sighed and then shrugged, "I don't know..." he started with uncertainty. "Hey, Bender..." He said slowly as he span in his chair to face his dozing, robotic best friend. "What do you think? Do you think I should get a hair cut?" He asked, pulling at his long locks with a questionable look.
Bender glared at his hair, stated a sharp "I don't care." Then stood from his chair and stormed out the room.
Fry stared after him with a rather puppy-like expression.
Leela sighed beside him, "Bender really is starting to worry me..."
Fry nodded and looked back toward the door Bender just left through, "yeah..." he mumbled quietly before spinning back round and slumping onto the table.
"Fry!" Leela growled angrily with a swift kick in his side. "Don't just sit there! Go after him! And don't you dare come back until he feels better. Got it? Good." She quickly commanded before picking him up out of his chair, shoving him forward and kicking him square in the ass and out the door.
Fry hissed in pain as he picked himself up and rubbed his backside. He sighed annoyed as he looked around, already giving up. His shoulders sagged as he pulled his sluggish form down the long corridors of the planet express, and poked his head into every room. "Ah Bender isn't anywhere around!" He exclaimed in annoyance.
But, just as he was about to give up completely and head off to the employee lounge for a quick beer and nap, an oddly melodic whistling tune came flowing in from the small supply closet down the hall. 'Bender!' Fry yelled out internally, obviously excited that he'd managed to find him and ran for the door.
He leapt the last few steps and landed with a soft thud just short of the door. He took a quick, deep breath before reaching down toward the handle. "Huh...?" He mumbled quietly as he stopped his fingers on the handle. His ears had only just pricked up and noticed how the melodic whistling had somehow become extraordinarily melancholy. It didn't take but a few mere seconds for that whistling to turn to quiet sobs.
Fry's heart sank and his fingers shook around the handle. He took a deep breath, swallowed hard and threw himself into the room.
Fry picked himself up and stared down at the silver Mexican. The silence soon grew heavy as Bender glared back up at him, his large robotic eyes looking absurdly puppy-like.
"Bender...Are you...?" Fry's speech trailed off into a low groan as he pulled his fingers through his lengthy bangs and kicked he closest box. And then hissed in pain as he leapt backwards and hit his head on yet another box.
Bender couldn't help but laugh at the huge sack of meat's stupidity.
"Ah, so you haven't lost you sense of humour then." Fry said with a smile as he lifted an empty box of his head.
Bender huffed and spun round on his box so that only his back was facing Fry.
Fry sighed and sat next to him on the box, "Bender..." He started as he looped his arm around the cold shoulders of his metallic best friend. "Are you okay?" Fry asked in a quiet and very concerned voice.
Instantly, the robot lost all will to fight and sagged against his friend. "Yeah..." he mumbled, "now."
Fry didn't really get what he meant but was just happy that Bender was okay again now. Fry quickly laughed, smiled wide and threw his arms around the big lump of metal excitedly, exclaiming loudly "Yay!"
"Now how about we get some beer in you eh?" Fry joked as he stood slowly started pulling himself away from the robot.
"...Nah not just yet" Bender groaned as he pulled Fry back into him and snuggled closer to his squishy chest.
"Hey! I'm not some pillow!" Fry complained as he wiggled uncomfortably.
"Shut up, yes you are. Now stop wiggling!" Bender commanded bluntly as he leant in harder in order to keep the stupid meatsack still.
Fry sagged, defeated. "Fiiine" he sighed, making sure to really drag it out.
He may have looked fed up on the outside as the heavy metal robot lay in his lap. But inside he was laughing happily that his bestest friend was finally back to normal. Okay, and just a little on the outside too.
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I'm very, very, very, veeerrry sorry this is so late! I really did write this a while ago! And I reeeally did mean to post this aaaages ago! But I have been very sicky and over worked lately! But I hope you like this piece of poop I wrote for you! I also drew you a picture but my scanner still wont work -sigh- LOVE YOU! <3 -tackleglomps-
Fry and all other characters are respectfully owned by Matt Groening
Age: 15 Occupation: Student at New Springfield High School Parents: Homer Simpson and Marge Simpson Siblings: Bart and Maggie Friends: Allison, Alex, Samantha Enemies: Sherri, Terri, Jessica Crushes: Colin, Luke, Jesse Hobbies: Playing saxophone, reading old novels
Lisa is just your average teenage girl. Well, an average teenage girl with an IQ of 167 and large vocabulary. Now attending high school, Lisa's gotten more popular, along with a couple of friends. Even now, she's still tormented by Sherri and Terri, but occasionally brushes it off. Becoming more like her mother, Lisa takes up some of the family duties and always tries to get them to eat vegetarian meals. Until now, her past starts haunting her and she finds her life going down the drain. But the one thing that bothers her the most: not having a boyfriend.
Bartholemew Jojo Simpson
Age: 17 Occupation: Student at NSHS, asst. manager of Android's Dungeon Parents: Homer Simpson and Marge Simpson Siblings: Lisa and Maggie Friends: Milhouse, Nelson, Ralph, Otto, Donny, Samantha Enemies: Shelby, Principal Skinner, Sideshow Bob Crushes: Gina, Alex, Jessica Hobbies: Skateboarding, collecting comic books
If anyone in Springfield heard about Bart Simpson, they would immediately identify him as 'America's bad boy'. Now at 17, Bart's straightened up and is thinking about college, but everyone knows he is still mischievous at heart. His everyday role is to make sure that the Android's Dungeon is always selling more than it did back then. Even the most loveable people have their problems,which could affect his future. Meeting up with two girls from his past and falling for one now, plus having a long-lost friend show up, Bart's going to have to become an adult and make the right choices in life.
Margaret Jane Simpson
Age: 8 Occupation: Student at Old Springfield Elementary Parents: Homer Simpson and Marge Simpson Siblings: Bart and Lisa Friends: Gerald, Katrina Enemies: Rodney, Audrina Crushes: Tomas Hobbies: Painting, playing online games
Now an 8 year old, Maggie is glad that people can finally understand her. People often mistake her for Lisa, so she still wears her bow and has her pacifier on a chain. However, her personality is far different from Lisa's. She's outgoing, naive, and cute as a button. She's always seen with her two friends Gerald and Katrina, obsessing over the school heartthrob Tomas, or having two bullies ganging up on her for no reason. With all the problems going on with her and her family, Maggie just wants to help everyone as much as she can, but will it get her into trouble?
Homer Jay Simpson
Age: 45 Occupation: Vice President of Nuclear Power Plant Parents: Abe and Mona Simpson Wife: Marge Simpson Children: Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Friends: Lenny, Carl, Moe, Barney Enemies: Frank Grimes(deceased), Mr. Burns (so much more, but that's going to take forever -_-') Hobbies: Drinking beer, hanging out at Moe's
Not much is different about Homer except that he's lost a few pounds and has more hair. After Burns retired along with Smithers, the plant has a new owner named John Stoolwell, who gets along with Homer. Everyone knows Homer's not perfect, but is there something that he's hiding that could hurt his relationship with his wife?
Age: 42 Occupation: Homemaker Parents: Clancy and Jacqueline Bouvier Siblings: Patty and Selma Husband: Homer Children: Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Friends: Manjula Enemies: Helen, Mindy, Lurleen Hobbies: Cleaning, painting, taking care of her family
Marge is still the same pushy and patient mother everyone knows and loves. With Bart leaving the nest soon, she tries her best to spend time with all of her children. Being very protective of her husband, she makes sure any woman with eyes for Homer turns the other cheek. But Homer might have had enough of this attitude for once.
Age: 17 Occupation: Student at Tesla's School for Girls Parents: Timothy and Helen Lovejoy Friends: Sherri, Terri Enemies: Lisa, Gina, Alex, Allison Crushes: Bart Hobbies: Breaking cars with bats, causing mischief First Appearance: "Bart's Girlfriend"
After spending 7 years at a boarding school, her father's finally decided to let her spend her last year in Springfield. Of course, she doesn't get a warm welcome after the incident 7 years ago that caused everyone to think of her as "the devil's daughter". Her mistake made her change her attitude and learn to appreciate everything around her. Will this be enough for the Simpsons, especially Bart, to forgive her?
Milhouse Van Houten
Age: 17 Occupation:Student at NSHS,Kwik-E-Mart employee Parents: Kirk and Luanne Van Houten Friends: Bart,Nelson, Donny Enemies: Martin Crushes: Lisa, Samantha Hobbies: Playing the bass
The weiner kid we all know has finally grown up to be less gullible and naive. The only thing that hasn't escaped him is his undying love for Lisa. Fate turns when he meets his elementary school sweetheart Samantha Stanky. The feelings that he had locked away now come to roost, but is it stronger than his thoughts of Lisa?
Age: 14 Occupation: Student at NSHS Parents: Wesley and Judith Taylor Friends: Lisa, Alex, Samantha Enemies: Sherri, Terri Crushes: Donny Hobbies: Playing the saxaphone, reading First Appearance: "Lisa's Rival"
Allison and Lisa may have had a bit of a rocky relationship in the beginning, but now they're the best of friends. Most of the time you'll see them together playing the sax like there's no tomorrow. Everyone thinks of her as a good straight-A student who works hard and is always cheerful. But what will happen when she starts falling for a bonafide bad boy?
Age: 15 Occupation:Student at NSHS Parents: Chester and Lenore Whitney Friends: Lisa, Allison, Samantha Enemies: Jessica, Gina Crushes: Bart Hobbies: Shopping, talking on the phone First Appearance: "Lard of the Dance"
If there are two things Alex can't live without, it's her cell phone and credit cards. She's still aiming to be a fashion designer when she gets out of college. Although, under that shining exterior hides a girl with a traumatic past. Her secrets might be eating her up enough to end it all. Can anyone try to keep her from taking things a bit too far?
Age: 17 Occupation: Student at NSHS Parents: Stanley Stanky Friends: Bart, Lisa, Allison, Alex Enemies: Jessica, Gina, Nelson Crushes: Milhouse Hobbies: Reading the bible First Appearance: "Bart's Friend Falls in Love"
After a couple of years at an all girl's school, Samantha's father let her go to New Springfield High School. Despite Bart breaking her and Milhouse up, she easily forgives him. Though not aware back then, Samantha realizes she's not the only one Milhouse has eyes on. But more importantly, does she still feel the same about him?
Age: 17 Occupation: Student at NSHS Parents: Isaac and Carol Grant Friends: Donny, Maggie Enemies: Jessica, Alex Crushes: Bart Hobbies: Being on the run, baseball First Appearance: "The Wandering Juvie"
No one really knows what happened to Gina after her little stint with Bart and juvie. The only thing that she's memorable for is her fiery temper and tendency to make anyone her bitch. When she shows up back in Springfield, the Simpsons are happy to know she's finally got a family who loves her. Bart however, won't rest until he finds out what she's been doing these past 7 years.
Age: 18 Occupation: Boxing instructor, student at NSHS Friends: Bart, Nelson, Milhouse Enemies: Principal Skinner Crushes: Gina, Allison Hobbies: Football, boxing First Appearance: "The Debarted"
After leaving Springfield for unknown reasons, Donny comes back to make up his final school year. Bart wastes no time with hanging out with him and making up for lost time. Surprisingly, all the girls at school remember him and have their eyes on him. He already likes someone, but notices the only girl who doesn't fall for him. He's going to have to show his sweet side in order to win her heart.
Age: 15 Occupation: Student at NSHS Friends: Bart, Allison, Alex, Donny Enemies: Milhouse Crushes: Lisa Hobbies: Playing the guitar, drums, bass, piano, trumpet First Appearance: "The Simpsons Movie"
Ever since the dome disaster seven years ago, Lisa and Colin have been stuck together like glue. Ok, that's a lie. Colin moved back to Ireland after the incident and returned last year but with a girlfriend. Despite their rocky relationship, he's going to try and win her back. What will happen when he finds out that he's not the only one vying for her attention?
Age: 20 Occupation: Junior at Springfield University, environmentalist Friends: Laura,Luke Enemies: Donny, Bart Hobbies: Gardening, sharing his moral outrage First Appearance: "Lisa the Tree Hugger"
Jesse isn't getting into as much trouble as before, but his thoughts on the environment are still as strong as ever. He's had a couple of girlfriends, but most of them only want him for his hunkiness. Although, he still thinks about the little girl who went to great lengths to win his love. Even though deep down she knows it won't work out because of their age, but what are his views on it?
Age: 19 Occupation: Cattle wrangler, sophomore at Springfield University Sister: Clara Friends: Jesse, Laura Enemies: Milhouse Hobbies: Taking care of horses, running the Lazy I Ranch First Appearance: "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
Trying to make the Lazy I Ranch a place of less cruelty to animals, Luke visits Springfield to give a lecture to the local high school. There he meets Lisa and remembers the events that made him break up with her. He apologizes, hoping she won't resent him for his cold words. All he has to wait for is her reaction and answer.
Hello folks! Yeah, I actually submitted something. As some of you know, I've been wanting to make my own Simpsons fanfic and so far I thought of a summary. Here it is:
"It's 7 years into the future of Springfield and its citizens are still the same as ever. Even now, the Simpson family are still the talk of the town and thought as 'the happiest group in Springfield'. But what happens when old friends and flames show up all of a sudden along with deaths and disasters?"
That's what I have so far. I tried to make it as appealing as possible so as soon as you read the summary, you'll want to read it. Since it's the future, I made the characters older and gave them new designs. To check them out, go to my 'The Simpsons' gallery.
If you read this and like it, I would appreciate it if you gave me feedback. I want to put this on FanFiction.net but I want to make sure if I need to fix anything for this. What is definite is that this will not go on until after June 17th, when I will have more of a free mind to type a story. Enjoy! I will love you if you do the following above ^3^!
Character creation is one of the most enjoyable aspects of being an artist or writer. This is where creativity can truly thrive as a person's imagination shines at its brightest as they form an image of a character that they find special. No matter what kind of art interests a person, characters tend to bring the depth needed to hook the viewer is looking for so that they can focus on the visual or literary piece.
Anyone can create at least one character if they put their mind to it. This tutorial will assist you in setting up your own character(s) that you may enjoy for as long as you wish.
Why make a character?
As previously stated, a character serves high importance in creating a memorable piece of art. Of course, this is not always the case, but that varies depending on the genre that you, the artist or writer, specialize in. Character creation is also an effective way to keep the creative juices in the brain flowing as there is so much that you can do with one single character's design.
Writers, it is imperative that your characters are memorable and get the reader excited to continue to follow the story you have made. If your characters are bland and boring, your story will never have a chance at succeeding.
What kind of characters can I make?
The sky is the limit for what kind of character that you can make. The combinations for making a character are practically infinite. From the kind of clothes they wear, to their personality, much thought can take place throughout this creative process.
The easiest kind of character that can be made is YOU! You already know everything about yourself, so you can use that to make a simple design for your very first character if you are at a lack of ideas. The character doesn't have to mimic you perfectly (unless that is your intention for the character), so feel free to make some minor edits to the design. Basing a character off of yourself also gives you a deeper connection to other characters that you first create. This is very effective in writing as you can use this kind of character to live out scenarios that couldn't see yourself in real life for fun. This kind of process is called "self-insertion" and tends to work well for those that have just started their journey into the art of words.
Depending on your style, your character could even just be a simple self-portrait of yourself that you are creating in a style different than the traditional form. For example, drawing yourself as a cartoon character is one of more commonly seen uses of this method.
Starting the process
The time that the process consumes varies depending on the kind of character that you are creating as well as your own ability to picture it in your head. It could take as long as just a few minutes, or it could even take several hours to perfect your character. I will provide explanations of various parts of the structure of a character that you can consider using to help make your own creation.
-Name: It can be simple at times, but it can also be quite challenging to think of an appropriate name for the character. If you are having issues with coming up with a nice name that is unique, don't fret. You can always start with a simple name that you hear in real life and then change the name later if you wish to do so. As you create the name, try to pronounce it yourself and make a note of how it sounds and see if you like it. The name does not need to be complicated, preventing any possible confusion that the viewers might have about the name.
Also, often enough, some organizations annually release a list of the most common names given to children. Utilize these resources and find the most common names in your respective country to also help give you an idea of what to name your character.
If your character is going to serve a great deal of importance regarding a particular religion (real or fictional), then naming the character after a particular god or after a title of a god might be a wise move. A good place to look regarding this is the Far East and its cultures. In general though, researching as many cultures as possible always helps in the character building process, regardless of how big of a role the character will serve.
-Gender: Once again, a very simple choice to make. However, this would be best to choose after you determine the kind of personality you would like your character to have. If you prefer your character to not have a gender or even be transgendered, then feel free to do so. Just because the options are somewhat limiting in this section doesn't mean you can't find a way to break the usual boundaries.
-Age: This depends on what kind of circumstances that you want your character to be involved with. Feel free to come back to this part once you have determined some of the other qualities. An easy tactic to choose age would just give an age that is similar to your own. When it comes to an exact birthdate, my recommendation would be to use the day that you created your character, except that you can change the year to match their age.
-Height/Weight: Most people usually aren't specific with this type of information. However, if you are one of those people that like to be precise with your designs, you may add such information to your character's biography. This brings good insight on the appearance of your character. It is not a requirement in the process, but it is a nice thing to keep in mind. If you are basing the character from yourself, use your own weight and height, but feel free to change in a way that would be your own ideal goal, particularly with weight since that can always change, depending on whatever circumstances the character faces.
-Physical characteristics: Here, you want to be specific on the appearance of your character. Now, a general overview of how the character looks is just fine, especially if this is the first character you ever created. As time goes on, you will become more detailed with their appearance. Start with simple body types and other important features that your character might have. Be as detailed as possible with your descriptions, acting like you are a tailor, sizing up a character for an outfit. You can then use this information to help edit your character's appearance for things such as the advancement in age or other altering events such as injuries, pregnancy, and illness for example.
-Clothing: Probably one of the more difficult traits to determine for your character. In some cases, clothes may not even be necessary; that usually only works on certain characters, so make such a choice wisely. Clothing does help add more depth to the design as well as offer more creativity to the process. A common recommendation would be to choose clothing based on the character's personality. If you fail to determine a nice outfit, just use clothes that you usually wear to solve the predicament. If you wish, you may also create an ensemble of clothing for your character. This will allow your character to be seen in different environments and locations. If you gave the character an occupation of some sort, you may also design an outfit for what they do; that is completely optional.
-Personality: The character needs a soul; that is a fact. The addition for personality is crucial for depth in the design. Take some time to really think of the proper mindset for the character. Numerous factors can play a role into the creation of the personality and it should be designed well-enough for realistic changes in different circumstances. Be sure to consider how a character will act towards other characters that he or she may encounter. How the character acts around others could vary. Some factors include the following:
-Family ties and history -Past history and events -Protagonist/antagonist -Mindset at time of meeting -Sudden feelings that may pop up (crushes for example)
Here is also a list of personalities that you may consider to give your character: friendly, cold-hearted, angry, calm, peaceful, villainous, courageous, nerdy, cocky, arrogant, biased, innocent and so on. The use of the most extreme personalities (such as genocidal and racist for example) are only recommended for the most dramatic of stories for the character and the creator has to be extremely cautious about using such a character as the risk of offending someone will be high. New designers are suggested to avoid using such strong personality types until they are more experienced and even then it may not be preferred. Also, giving the character such a personality just for the "shock value" is not recommended.
Note that when it comes to designing a romantic relationship for a character, be sure that it would only seem fit for it to experience one. This will involve repeating the character design process to design a character the first one will find appealing.
-Species: This primarily will only be involved with a few genres in art. Fortunately, there are far more than enough species to choose from if you don't want your character to be a human. It can be easy to not know what kind of species you would like to choose from. I'd recommend taking a look at what kind of creatures that you consider as your favorites and then go on from there. If that still does not work, then look around at other people's characters and see if you can infer a species that hasn't been used as much, giving your character a chance to stand out amongst other ones. If you character is going to be primarily anthropomorphic in design, then you must also determine on how that decision will affect the physical characteristics, while remembering the key features that the animal has to make them stand out.
If you are really daring, create your own species! Once you have the experience with character design, you can create more species and creatures that can be seen in the world that your character lives in. Once again, the possibilities are endless when it comes to making a new race of creature!
-Origin: It is always good to think of a place where the character came from. Making up a location for your character can be quite easy, but this is an optional part of the process and should be used if you want to give your character a back-story. Once an origin has been chosen, build the world around the character; cities, natural landmarks and features, time period, and the inhabitants and among many things to consider as you visualize the world that your character lives in. Take small steps and make the character the center of the world. Start with a hometown, then the land surrounding it as well as any water nearby. Once you got their home figured out, focus on creating new places of residence and land masses to create the entire world. As the saying goes, "the world is in your hands."
-Strengths/Weaknesses: Most of the time, this will only relate to role-playing stories with other people's characters. So, if you have no intention to use your character in such a way, then this can be skipped. For those that will use this, it can give greater insight into what your character is capable of. This may also be intertwined with any special abilities that a character has. A list of three or four strengths and weaknesses is usually good enough for this kind of intent.
-RPG Stats: Now, going deeper into a characters abilities, strengths and weaknesses tend to lead to creating the character as if they were starring in their own RPG. Now, game designers will primarily do this, but many also like creating such stats for fun. The question is how to exactly show such stats. Over the course of gaming history, we have seen many ways of showing how capable he or she at certain categories. Personally, my favorite way to represent their capability is through letter grades. Most of the time, the system runs from A-E, with A being excellent and E being practically non-existent. Now, here are some basic things you see that are measured in a RPG:
Again though, these are just the basic things that are commonly measured in most RPGs. As a designer, you will most likely create even more categories to measure your characters by. Once you have what you want out of the skill measurements, you can move on to the abilities that your character possesses. Remember to keep their abilities in mind when you create abilities for the character. For example, if your character lacks Spell Points, then it would not make much sense for it to have access to some of the most powerful magic available. Instead, they would use their points on skills that enhance their own physical attacks or assist the entire party. Things such as temporarily raising stats or enhancing their own abilities are some things that such characters are capable of doing.
I will create an example RPG information sheet to show you how you could make your own. I will use one of my own characters for this.
-Name: Midnight Emira -Weapon type: Rifle -Role: Gunslinger -Attack: A -Defense: B -M. Attack: E -M. Defense: C -HP: B -SP: E -Speed: B -Casting time: D
-Abilities: Sniper Shot (heavy damage to enemy targeted, possible instant death effect), Combat Medic (Heals some HP for himself or ally), Full-Auto (discharge entire clip for heavy damage, but amount of damage taken random due to accuracy decrease), Air Strike (deals damage to all enemies in the field)
Now, I could have labeled more things, but I rather keep it short for the example to give you an idea of what you might be able to do. Notice that even though Midnight has some great physical stats, his magical stats are nothing to be proud of. Most characters learn new abilities from leveling up or improving their abilities of the role they are classed under. Setting up a table of when the character earns these abilities as well as how much it may cost to use it would be recommended.
As for names of the attacks, be as creative as you want! Even common attacks like fire (commonly known as flare, flara and flarus in many RPGs) don't have to follow those names. Break the mold!
The opportunities for customization are practically limitless. If you are unsure on what kind of system to follow, use the system utilized by your favorite RPG or even create your own!
-Special Abilities/Skills: Now, this is primarily used for fantasy, but some skills may also be used for normal works. It never hurts to give a character some sort of special skill if their design warrants effective use of one. Never go overboard with making such abilities (especially if using things like magic and elemental abilities). Even though it is fantasy, it is best to at least keep it somewhat realistic. In choosing abilities for your characters, focus on what kind of abilities interest you and then you can expand on a particular ability's uses once it has been chosen. Also keep note that a character eventually gets tired after using enough magic in a certain time. Even the most powerful warlocks have to rest when they use so much magic.
-Backstory: Both writers and artists can really benefit from the creation of a backstory for their characters. This adds tremendous amounts of depth and thus it paves the way for future ideas in the usage of the characters. If you do wish to write a story about your character, spend some time to figure out what it will be about and how it would get them to the current state that they are in today. If it doesn't make any sense for the character, then it won't work with your audience. Spend as much time as needed on thinking of an idea for a back-story if you will be writing one. That way, you can jot down notes on what will be occurring in it and make sure that minimal error is made. If needed, the back-story can allow minor changes, but any major changes can greatly alter what your character has already become.
Make your characters as unique as possible! It will help them stand at more and you can have more fun with your character. You can also feel proud of your design and how it looks compared to other characters. Take pride in your creations!
Some Don'ts of Character Creation
-A common issue is that some people tend to make their characters "all-powerful," completely incapable of being defeated by any means. This just takes away from the fun of making a character and this is a big issue for any roleplay stories that the character might get involved in. If you are going to have one of such a character, at least make another to combat against it. Otherwise, I'd try avoiding this completely if possible. Your character can be powerful, but everyone has some sort of weakness.
-Recolors are usually a sign of laziness in a designer. This usually applies to those who specialize in fan art, but there have also been many instances in other genres. It is understandable that some people don't know how to make their own unique character, but that doesn't mean you should just copy a character and slap a new coat of paint on their original appearance. Not only is it lazy, but it is just plain rude to the original artist of a character. If your character is currently a recolor, take some time to change some physical aspects of it at the very least. The better option is just scrapping it and trying another new character if possible.
-Addressing the fan art community, a common issue seems to be people having their own characters become romantically involved with official characters from what they enjoy drawing for. This tends to also cause a lot of drama between people of the same fandom. The easy way to resolve the issue to just design another character to have a relationship with your current character to avoid the mess altogether.
-If you can't pronounce the name of your own character, it would be best to change it.
Some final bits of information
-If you are stuck on trying to make a character, look around at other people's characters as suggested earlier. You might find something that catches your interest and you might use that to make a foundation for the design of your character. Just be sure not to inadvertently copy the character that you are using as inspiration.
-Remember, if you don't like your character, then it is likely that you may not want to keep it. If something seems wrong, try to fix it or just scrap the character.
-You know your characters are truly special if you somehow start to feel attached to them. This truly shows in literature when readers or the writer feels some sort of emotion when an event occurs to a character. If the reader feels like they are the character, then that is an even better result.
-Just because you finish the character's design doesn't mean that you can't edit it more. As you grow more skilled in making characters, you will come back and try to improve your previous characters. Once you are completely satisfied with the design, then you can stop making changes. When this may occur, is up to your own tastes as you age and change.
-To add on to an earlier note, if your character's name is a bit complex, write down how the name is pronounced so that others will be able to say and read it correctly.
-Do some research about characters known as "Mary Sues" if you are a writer, especially in fanfiction. This concept has caused a good bit of drama amongst character designers in both literary and visual art mediums. Don't worry about it too much though, especially if it is your first character. The point is to have fun while creating the character after all.
There you go. You now have the knowledge to go off and start making your own characters! Have fun and enjoy all the creations that your mind can think up! Good luck!
Ah, I am quite satisfied with this one. I have been planning to make this for a while, but I just finally decided to stop procrastinating and make this little tutorial. While I still primarily help writers, this obviously works well for both writers and artists.
Any other questions, note me and I will answer.
7/24/10: Updated it with the RPG stats section as well as few new bits and pieces throughout.
10/8/10: General cleanup as well as adding a few bits here and there.