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Author Topic: How do you flesh out a manipulative character?  (Read 47 times)

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Offline Lewd Cat

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How do you flesh out a manipulative character?
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:19:36 AM »
I'm planning to make an interesting manipulative and schemer type of person. He is not an antagonist nor a villain but more on a messenger. He carries out this responsibility for his own brethren's sake- to save them. I wonder how could I do this, any tips?

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Re: How do you flesh out a manipulative character?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017, 07:52:29 AM »
I'm not understanding fleshed out in this context, what do you want to know exactly?

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Re: How do you flesh out a manipulative character?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 08:53:52 AM »
I mean how will you make the reader that this manipulative character is not bad- full of mystery and i don't want to give all the clues. Or are there any options?

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Re: How do you flesh out a manipulative character?
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2017, 10:25:32 AM »
It's pretty ok to make a manipulative character appear to be bad and they can just do things that are not to indicate they are not.

I think the issue here is the focus on making a manipulative character. That's a two-dimensional approach. You're not making a manipulative character. You're making a person who happens to lean towards being manipulative and scheming. If you'd like to flesh them out for the audience, you need to flesh them out for yourself.

Who is this character?

Why do they pick the path of manipulating other people?

Why do they pick it instead of physical violence or wits or any other option?

What drives them forward in life overall? What are they trying to achieve? What brought them to that point out of all other possible paths?

What are they like when they aren't being part of some scheme? What makes them do good or bad acts?

When you can answer a lot of these, they'll become apparent and evident in your writing as well, because you know the reasons behind someone's actions. Then you're writing someone not to "show a manipulative character being good" but just because that's who that person happens to be.
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Re: How do you flesh out a manipulative character?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2017, 12:39:25 PM »
Thank you very much! This is what I am looking for! Many ideas rushed to my mind. So, thank you very much again!