Oh yeah, I'm not worried about carbon-copy characters. I manage that with the fact that not all of my characters are human, and I do this in such a way where the non-human characters have the potential to be just as relatable as the non-human ones(while shying away from stereotypical/overdone caricatures of non-human characters). I also have more or less spread my own traits among the characters, not letting any character have more than one, if said character had one to begin with.
@Styrofoam I do the same. I just noticed that I have, somewhat subconsciously, self-inserted traits into my characters. I have done almost equally as much "trait-inserting" with inspiration from not only other fictional characters (for example, one of my star villains shares Makuta Teridax's "would rather speak and order than fight one on one" sort of method of villainy) but also friends of mine. Having a great background of other fictional universes which I love helps me greatly, as I can look(and have looked) to them for inspiration.
@ToaNoah_Wafflemeister Yeah, I've been making sure to limit the number of shared traits between myself and my characters to one per character, and making sure not every character has one, as it would be unnecessary for it to be that way.
of villainy) but also friends of mine. Having a great background of other fictional universes which I love helps me greatly, as I can look(and have looked) to them for inspiration.
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