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How do you feel when characters in a story seem to go "out of character"? (Especially main characters.) 

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78 deviants said I don't know or it depends on the reason, sometimes real people act out of character too!
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18 deviants said It really bothers me! They wouldn't normally act that way, so why would the writer make them act like that?
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17 deviants said I don't really care or it doesn't bother me if the reason is good enough.
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16 deviants said It bothers me, but I am always curious, so I end up wanting to read more!
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2 deviants said other?

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LuckyKoneko Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
depends on how much OOC they are. and for some characters it's impossible to stay in character. actually, I tend to write a bit OOC as well...
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PupSpace Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
It depends on the situation for me. If it's a conflicting situation that forces the character to go outside their usual personality traits, it makes the character really dynamic. Like if the villain character is confronted with a child in trouble and they decide to save the child, it shows that they aren't just plain evil. Additionally, if the character is afflicted or guided by some outside force.

And then you have things like the funny special comics at the end of each volume of Full Metal Alchemist. They provide information about the character by taking them out of their usual action-packed environment or emphasizing their quirkier traits. Like every time Armstrong flaunts his bloodline, or Al tries to keep a kitten. 
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree that it really does depend on the situation.

I love those little comics at the end! So awesome.
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PupSpace Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I've been thinking, and I believe that if I were the comic artist, I'd need those little comics at the end to decompress and get myself some time to plan and review everything. I tend to get a bit tired of the same old thing after a little while, which is unfortunate for sequential art. 
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Enaxn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If there's a good reason for it, then I'm totally down with it.  Flat characters are boring!
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
agreed
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DaveRabbit Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like when that happens actually, its fresh and makes the story more interesting, also helping breaking monotony (:
I get how people might get annoyed by it, but personally I'd enjoy me a good plot twist!
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Plot twist FTW
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Escaron Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Im totally fine with it because people in real life are the same, a person has so many layers and only because those are most never shown doesnt mean they can come out in dire situations. 

When I write though I let my chars act as they want. It many sound wierd but my characters have become so alive inside of me that they act as they are on their own, many times I have found myself planing a scene and then when I start writing the characters totally ignore my plannings and act as they want. One time for instance I had a conversation between to chars, and I had planed exactly how it should be and end, but suddenly I found that one of my chars got super offended by the other one and begun yelling (although he isnt even a person to yell, he is very calm) but even though I kinda had my jaw down the floor at his behaviour, I knew it was right, this was him. So I was the one who had to change my chapter so it fitted with his rage. :D And it got much better, because I was true to my chars. 
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sometimes those unexpected actions are the best ones!
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Escaron Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Agree! :la:
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Myufi Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually never notice. I can't tell when a character is out of character, but I have a gut feeling of disgust when I think a character is being unreasonably weird or dumb. Otherwise I try to read the situation for reasons why everybody acts however they do, and never think much else of it.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I often like it when actions are explained after the fact. A character can do something very odd to me, then later you find out they had a good reason. Those are cool cases too
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Itrakat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I feel worried too whenever I plot my stories since Im afraid my chars might act OoC D:
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, as long as you have a good reason, I wouldnt' worry too much.
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Anophior Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A great example would be Katniss from The Hunger Games.

Or maybe she just changes so drastically from the first book to the last, but I feel that the author could have done so much more with that ending and those characters.
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Escaron Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG! Sorry for jumping in here buuuut Im so happy to find someone thinking just like me! I loved the first hunger games book SO much! (Even if its a rip of of the japanese Battle Royal) but after having read the last book I wanted to.... aaak I dunno, but it was such a shitty end! In fact the whole last book was no good and I just sat there and saw all the potential that never came!!!! And nowadays I just tell people to read the first book and maybe the second but never the last. XD
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Anophior Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, Katniss was such a strong character at the beginning and then she just sorta went insane. Same with Peeta, not that I was really a fan of him before.
And then the author goes and kills off everyone else I liked.
I was so done with that book when I finished it.
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Escaron Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, and I dont even know WHY! I mean Katniss sister. WHY!!!? What was the purpose there? Just as I hate Rowling for killing of so many chars in the end (like Lupin and the Weasley twin) there are NO good explanation as to why, and that piss me off. XD
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't read anything after the first.... so No idea what you are talking about on that one. ^^;
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Anophior Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't read anymore, they go downhill fast.
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Ketchup-Master Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i think sometimes yeah, characters get out of character because like sometimes real people do too, so sometimes it's actually character building

and sometimes it's drastic and it happens in real life, but i know as a writer i gotta be reallll careful about that kind of thing
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

I agree, I don't really mind it unless it seems random. I know lots of times my friends have acted out of character for various reasons, and sometimes characters I read about do too. Often it's because of a good reason though.

 

I feel you, bro. I'm always afraid of when it is ok or not ok in my own writing. ;-;

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Ketchup-Master Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
but yeah like it also depends on how it's done cuz sometimes it can actually improve the character, even when it is out of place

but one thing that gets on my nerves is when there's a book and the character is great and then in the sequel it's like the entire character seems changed and ruined, like not even a transition, it's just like bAM this is me now, and it's like that from the start of the second book

like, i guess sort of the same thing, but just ??? like i don't mind it as much if it's in the same book but i don't know. that happened in the books Everything on a Waffle and the sequel to that and it just felt wrong

But yeah, writing's just so dang hard
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