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Random Character Generator 2 by DBed Random Character Generator 2 by DBed
To get the NEW Generator click DOWNLOAD. Note that this will only run in Excel!

IMPORTANT!!!! Before opening the file, change the file extension from ".doc" to ".xls" so it will open in Excel!

The new and improved Random Character Generator is here! Version 1 ([link]) contained just shy of 36,500 possible characters... Version 2 contains more than 344,000!

Let me know how this works out for you. I'm interested to see your characters!

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This version should run in Excel after the file extension name change. If not please follow these instructions:

First make sure that the "Analysis ToolPak" Add-In is turned on (Go to TOOLS on the top menu bar, in the TOOLS menu go to the "Add-Ins..." option and make sure that the "Analysis ToolPak" [top entry] is turned on). In theory this should be the only thing that is required. However, if you see "#NAME?" errors in the entries simply select (double click) the cell with the error to see the formula I used, select the end of the formula (don't change anything) and press enter. Do this for all cells with errors!
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Hobowithahotdog Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I'm guessing the generator doesn't work so well on tablet?
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Hobowithahotdog Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
cool generator, took a whil to figure out though. i'm using it in office and generating by pressing the function key twice
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DBed Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks...  that file is old, if I find time its due for an update!
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Hobowithahotdog Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
ooo can't wait
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Can the file work on the iPad mini 2? I on,y ask because I use that most of the time for my art.
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LazaroRuiz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Are there any copyright restrictions on characters created by this?  
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DBed Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015   Digital Artist
I don't think that there are... whenever I use it to create an actual character I have renamed the character to make them "mine" (the names are usually pretty generic otherwise, they are more of a descriptive starting point).  I use the generator to help get out of a creative rut or as an exercise to think outside the box.
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LazaroRuiz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, very cool idea! i have a lot of fun with the f9 key now. lol 
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DBed Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015   Digital Artist
Its almost hypnotic
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Odd-Ranger Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Nicely done.

You know, I've been working on a random character generator of my own- though it's designed to generate far more of a character than just their names. It never occurred to me to use excel to punch the algorithms before. Mind you, I don't have much of a head for numbers, so I hope you it's okay if I borrow some of the formulas you used in your thing.
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DBed Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014   Digital Artist
It's fine I just used generic formulae to draw from databases... I am intrigued by a more indepth generator
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Crazy-Control Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Tried my hand at it here.
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WhiteRavenLord Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Writer
Yea, this doesn't work for me. The computer won't allow me to change to extension from .doc to .xls. XP
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PDInk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here's My First Go [link]
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DBed Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Looks good. Glad the Generator is working out for you!
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PDInk Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'm having a load of fun with it
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PDInk Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE this! Going to start tonight
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DBed Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Let me know how it works out for you!
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PDInk Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Working out great, got some great names and ideas of it. Should have my first Random Character up this week.
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DBed Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Can't wait to see it
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Prototype278 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dude, this generator is gold! Really good job man, thanks for sharing it with the world.
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DBed Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   Digital Artist
My pleasure! Let me know how it works out for you!
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Prototype278 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well. I would have to say so far, so good. Got two names to use already. Pretty happy there.
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Radio-jackEt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student General Artist
This is awesome and really useful! However, I'm not a fan of the team names that cntain "Three-some" ;)
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DBed Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011   Digital Artist
Just substitute in "TRIO"
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Fetus-Man Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Works like a charm, is it possible to input more name variables to keep building up options?

Thanks for sharing this!
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DBed Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011   Digital Artist
It is possible, it just requires adding words to the databases located on the other tabs in the file... it may also require alteration of the formulas used in the randomization...
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jakester2008 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
This is great! :D But every time I speedily pass organism it looks like something else ;) haha
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DBed Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011   Digital Artist
I see the same thing... and it makes me laugh more often than not
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jakester2008 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Lol :D So far my favorite name is Flak fly lol I plan on doing a big sketch dump of my 30 names I got.
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DBed Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Let me know when you do it, I'd like to see your creations!
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Anomalies13 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Lol this is fun
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DBed Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Glad you're enjoying it!
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WesleyRiot Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thats godamm genius.
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DBed Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks, hope you enjoy it
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MrHades Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Hey dude!

I generated some bad guys for my webcomic using this tool. It's great! Have added a link to the page so hopefully you'll get some peeps dropping by your gallery.

Here's a link to the characters in question if you're curious:
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DBed Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011   Digital Artist
I am curious! I think you forgot the link!
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MrHades Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Yeah, I foolishly forgot the link. Having said that, it's the same link that's in my signature strip below this message :)
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DBed Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011   Digital Artist
Spark Face and Master Murder! These are great designs and with a solid team feel
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MrHades Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Thanks! :)
Since they are all a team I had to keep all their suits relatively similar, which inhibited how much I could do with their designs. I'll be using the generator again!
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Quietstorm Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
This doesn't work on a Mac. Stupid Macs don't allow you to use the F-Keys. All the "answers" I've found online don't work. So much for "user friendly" Apple, swell job here. The only work around I know is to close the file w/o saving and then re-open it. It'll randomly generate a name for me then.
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DBed Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   Digital Artist
I'll look into it. In the meanwhile, at least you can get single random names
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Quietstorm Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Yeah I pulled four good ones that I think will be fun. 2 heroes & 2 villains...
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DBed Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011   Digital Artist
Can't wait to see what you do with them
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Quietstorm Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
They will prolly pale compared to your bad ass work...
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Quietstorm Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
I've found that I can select the F9 cell and use the Auto Sum function twice then it'll ruin the formula. Then I have to use the Undo feature and it'll correct. I can do it a few times and it'll generate some new names. That will suffice for now--I just cannot understand why the Mac won't allow me to use the F-Keys. Stupid Steve Jobs...I'm certain it's all his doing...racist toward F-Keys.
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SaintedDegree Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
okay I'm an Excel noob I have no idea how to use it
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DBed Featured By Owner May 27, 2011   Digital Artist
As long as you have Excel or OpenOffice Calc (gotta love the free OpenOffice) all you have to do is download the file by clicking download and then opening the file in Excel (or OpenOffice Calc). Once open it is very simple to use. Let me know if you have any other questions
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SaintedDegree Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
okay got it all up and ready. was sitting with my paper ready to write down some names :P. F9 isn't doing anything.... it worked once when I did alt 9 but then didn't work again. apparently computer software hates me
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DBed Featured By Owner May 31, 2011   Digital Artist
Hmmm... did you try downloading the file again? Also, try following the instructions at the bottom of the description above
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