So I realized something.
My characters suck.
Not on the level of Rosa Nozomi bad, but, still somewhat mediocre.
Well, I didn't JUST realize this; I knew this for a long time but I never spoke up about it. I'm a writer. I'm not a character designer or maker. So why am I bringing this up now? Well it's kinda weird.
I was just looking at the finale of Mass Effect 2 (The perfect ending, everyone survives) and seeing every one of your companions with you. With their various different looks, personalities, and overall feel to them. That's lacking from my characters. I want that.
Granted, I've only truly created four at this point, but two are for my Against the World novel (which is what I'll be focusing on in a second) and the other is for boxing pics and RP's.
Mecha is probably my most developed OC when it comes to his backstory and actions. I'm not going to go into the details right now because that's for another day and if you guys even want me to discuss it.
Aileen is a cliche and by and FAR a copy of Mikasa from Attack on Titan. If you look at her bio and her actions, you'll figure out why. Hell, her backstory is RIPPED STRAIGHT FROM THE SHOW. Don't believe me? Pull up Mikasa's backstory (the episode) and find my backstory chapter all the way back on my fanfiction page. You'll be DISGUSTED. Not just by the backstory but also by my skill back then. And keep in mind, I KNEW this. I just liked the idea of someone, particularly a lover who would die for you, do anything for you. Might make an interesting dynamic.
Ryouji and Aria aren't my own characters that I made up of on my own, but I have improved them character wise. Adding more of a backstory, specific traits about them, and even adding story arcs that would make up part of the story.
I have other characters coming in, such as
's Sabrina Andersons and Roman, and
's Sinozaki Pack. (Originally it was just Shelby, but then I thought of an arc where she meets her family again, and later on Mecha recruits them for the final battle against the villain)
But I also thought of other new characters, such as Templar, an Cyborg with an AI for a mind who joins much later on in (the hopefully made) Season 3. Another character I was debating on was Scarlet, Mecha's sister who joins in as a part of the possible debut arc of Season 3.
The problem is I don't know if what I have is good or done too much already. Templar was a fault in the creation system of the Atlas Cyborgs made by Atlas. He was able to gain human emotions, and act on his own. Because of that he was possibly going to be destroyed by his creators until he escapes with his body partially in pieces and carrying only a mystical shield called "The Relic" he travels across Remnant to find a home.
Scarlet has been sexually abused and assaulted by her "boyfriend" for months. When she calls Mecha and Aileen and tells them that their parents are dying, and the two don't make it in time to see them pass, Scarlet gets angry, saying they weren't around, all that. But basically, later on in the arc, she awakens to the power inside of her blah blah blah she can fight with magic and joins the group since she doesn't have a place to go.
So, I feel like these two are just...boring. Am I wrong? Cause to me, Templar is just basically retelling part of Marcus's story from Detroit: Become Human. And as for Scarlet, she's...well, there's nothing about her that feels special. And plus, she basically contributes 0% to the plot. So why bring her in? If she's not going to do anything and is just...there, why bother?
*sigh* So, I'm asking for some help. If anyone even remotely cares, I'd love to listen to some suggestions. Currently, the Original Character count for this story is clocking in at..10.
Scarlet (possibly, maybe will remove)
Hiro (Shelby's pet Grimm Wyvern)
I'm not including the rest of the Sinozaki Pack because they're not a part of the main cast.
I'm asking specifically for any adjustments to the MAIN CHARACTERS EXCLUSIVELY. If that's removing one, adjusting one, or making someone new, I'm good with that. I don't want to go over 15 characters as a max. I'm good at 10.
Alright, I await a possible response.