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In the last update, I talked about character design and why it's so important when it comes to writing stories. It is important that characters should not only be relatable, but they should also be unique, with enough qualities to help them stand out in a crowd. Qualities given to characters have to come with a reason that makes them believable. Put all that together and you have a recipe for character design, but depending on the artist or author, that character design will obviously vary.
For this month's update, I'm going to be moving on to the topic of character development, which believe it or not, is actually quite different from character design. Consider character design as the first steps when creating a character, something that adheres to the physical qualities of a character, or the "look and feel" so to speak. Character development is a different phase, best left to a story writer who puts the character through an event that causes them to change, or enhances their characteristics. There's a good chance that the reason why you may consider yourself a fan of a particular character is because of the development they had gone through on their respective journeys, and for some people, they don't even realize it.
When it comes to writing, character development is essential. It is the driving factor that pushes the reader to continue reading. You see it in anime and movies all the time, where a character or group of characters goes through a certain event that either changes them or further establishes who they are as a character. And honestly, it's expected for characters to change once they go through life-changing events, much like people do in real life. A character who neither learns nor gains anything from a journey may not as well have gone on that journey in the first place. You get the idea?
Take Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening for example. On the surface, there really isn't anything spectacular about her. A lot of folks like to make the joke that she's essentially a female Marth, and in some ways, she kind of is. If you look past her physical traits, however, and analyze the things that make her who she is, you can see that she's more than just a clone. She comes from an apocalyptic future, where she was forced to fight for her own survival, with hardly any time to live the life of a regular girl, let alone a princess. This is why she's fairly serious whenever she talks to anyone about anything, and can sometimes miss certain social cues that modern characters would otherwise deem normal. On her journey throughout Fire Emblem Awakening, she is reunited with her father and mother for the first time, having lost them in the future and forced to grow up on her own. For the first part of the game, she also has a hard time believing in herself and that she can change the future, for fear that the end of the world is simply inevitable no matter what she does. She eventually learns, though, that she really can change the future to whatever she wants to be as long as she believes in herself, and it's from that change in character that one of her most popular quotes originates from ("The future is not written!").
Fast forward to the current day, and it's no wonder why Lucina remains to be one of the most popular characters in the Fire Emblem franchise. Gamers fell in love with her character the moment she took off her mask, because it was at that point in the game where they got to see her true face, and her reasons for wanting to fight against all odds. The design team behind Lucina (as well as most of the other characters in Awakening) did a marvelous job at delivering believable characters, as well as giving them the development to make them be remembered for years.
In conclusion, if you're an author designing your own OC, I implore you to take character development into consideration when writing your story. Don't just make a character and stick them in a universe without any plan on making them impact that universe. Without character development, your character might as well just be a drawing on a piece of paper. So send them off on an adventure, teach them a lesson, make them have to overcome challenges and learn from their mistakes. By the end, your character should be a stronger version of themselves, and by stronger I mean more relatable and believable (and possibly tragic, but that depends on the character and story you're going for). Character development is what breathes life into your characters, and it is through that life that makes them truly feel alive.
I want to make it clear that this talk was more of a beginner's guide to designing characters. There are plenty of other resources (and way better ones) other than myself that you could consult for designing your character. I just feel that for a lot of new authors, they kind of get the wrong idea on what makes a character good, so I hope that this will give some insight for those looking to enhance their skills.
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Name: Smash King, but everyone calls me Smash.
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Likes: Video games, namely Super Smash Bros., Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Persona 3, League of Legends, and Minecraft. I also like watching cartoons, some of my favorites including Spongebob Squarepants, Regular Show, and Adventure Time. As for music, my favorite band is Pink Floyd, and anything related to rock or video game soundtracks is really all I listen to. Also, vaporwave.
Dislikes: Tofu. That's... about it. Or all that's worth mentioning at least.
Hobbies: Reading, writing, singing, coding, playing the guitar. Oh, and playing video games.
Currently playing: League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. 4 3DS, Minecraft, Fire Emblem Heroes, Swapdoodle.
Favorite characters: Ike, Captain Falcon, Shulk, Lucina, Marth, Mario, Wario, Ganondorf.
Favorite Pokemon: Jigglypuff, Gardevoir, Ninjask, Meloetta, Infernape, Glalie, Primarina.
Smash Bros. Mains: Ike, Ganondorf.
Amiibos (with their respective names): Mario (Marisalami), Sheik (Pooka), Zelda (P. Diggy), Yoshi (Srs Broshi), Ike (TheRealIke).
Words To Live By: "Manliness before victory!"
Writing Abilities: English is love. English is life. It's also one of the most broken languages our society has ever known. I consider my writing abilities to be above average mainly because of the experience I've had writing things between school, work, and my hobbies. My writing has certainly improved since when I first joined this site back in 2009, so you might find my older stories to be rather mediocre compared to my more recent works. You can expect a certain level of quality from my writing, but I'm nowhere near good enough to call myself a real author. I just like writing to entertain people so if you're expecting something like Tolkien or Stephen King, then I'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere.
Reading: I'm mostly known in the Super Smash Bros. community as both as avid reader and writer. Stories that I find myself clinging onto usually include Humor, Adventure, Romance, Friendship, or anything with interesting pairings. I also don't mind reading those typical "OC goes to Smash Bros. land" stories even though more often than not they follow the same structure, and by that I mean they are either never completed or the main character is a Mary Sue. Stories that I follow will almost always strictly include Smash Bros. characters, and they'll also be catered around the teenage to adult audience. Stories that I stay far away from are the ones that are (for lack of a better word) unoriginal. You know the kind. Truth or Dares, Mishon from God knockoffs, Ask the Smashers, Submit Your OCs, Smashers React, Support Conversations... I've been around for a while and I've seen 'em all come and go. One thing that the Smash fanfiction community really lacks is originality, but I suppose perhaps that is asking too much from a fanbase that is mostly composed of children.
Stories: When I first started writing fanfiction, I almost exclusively wrote Super Smash Bros. Resident Evil crossovers. There are some people who know me just for those stories, but in more recent years I've kind of segregated myself into the Smash Bros. community. As a result, the writing quality in the crossovers tends to be lacking compared to stuff I've published in the past couple years. Most of my stories tend to fall under the Horror genre, although I have dabbled with Romance, Adventure, and Humor numerous times in the past. I have a few other stories that don't fall under the Smash Bros. or Resident Evil categories, but those ones never really saw much attention from me. Smash is pretty much what I do now, although I do go back to visit Resident Evil every now and then. If you're looking for a new story to read, I would recommend taking a look at either It Came from Lucina's Head, Obsessed, or Lucas' Doll. If you're looking for something else, just take a peek at what I got below and see if anything suits your fancy.
Reviews: My reviews used to be pretty mean when I started out, but now they tend to be a mix between criticism and praise. I'm not afraid to point out things that I think could have been improved in a chapter, but by the same token, I almost always make sure to say something positive to cancel out the negatives. Disregarding my reviews from 2009-2011, if you do receive a negative review from me, then chances are you deserve it. On the other hand, if I find it hard to criticize your story, then you'll probably hear nothing but praise from me. Most of the people who read my reviews tend to agree with me though, and authors almost always come back to me seeking advice when they realize there was something that they could have done better. The reason why I review this way is because I expect the same thing from reviews whenever I see them on my own stories. If something doesn't seem right about a story then don't be afraid to shout it out! Otherwise the author might be doing something completely wrong without realizing it, which will undoubtedly end up affecting the story several chapters down the line. So if I happen to give you advice in a review, please heed it. If I didn't care about where you were taking your story, I wouldn't have left a review in the first place.
Whether they're talented writers or just all-around awesome people, this is a section dedicated to the wonderful friends I have had the pleasure of meeting on this site.
-AuraChannelerChris - Awesome author and equally awesome guy in general. He really knows his stuff and I respect him for the amount of time and dedication he's put in to his main mega story. He has a real passion for what he does and can be serious at times, but I admire him for integrating his own original ideas with canon plot lines. He's also very dependable when it comes to advice on writing.
-Circuit's Dead - Fun, charismatic, and charming, Circuit's Dead is probably one of the most underrated author's I've come to know. His stories are creative, enticing, and not to mention filled to the brim with references from tv shows and video games. Anyone who is a fan of humor or adventure should definitely check him out, and he also does a nice job at character development. You know, that thing that almost half of all fanfiction authors tend to disregard in their stories?
-LegitElizabethWWEFan - She's sweet, and her stories are simply captivating. Ellie is known for the work she does in incorporating stories with music, drawing relations between plots and songs, and you know what? It works! Not to mention, she can be daring when it comes to pairings, being gifted with the ability to write sexy, tragic, or hell even funny love scenes. She's one of a kind and her stories are always a pleasure to read. Tread carefully though because she tends to shuffle between T and M rated stories!
-Light My Crazy Diamond - Anyone who is a fan of the Doors and Pink Floyd is a-okay in my book, and Light My Crazy Diamond is no exception. Not only is he an honest and caring person, but he is also a very talented writer with a lot of passion for what he does. He's so good at what he does in fact, that one of his stories I believe has the potential for being one of the greatest Super Smash Bros. fanfictions of all time! One thing that he is especially good at when it comes to writing is creating a cast of colorful characters that are not only relatable, but also play off of one another in a way that leads to some very interesting and hilarious interactions. He tries his best to keep things canon, which to me takes a lot of skill since Smash isn't exactly a series known for playing by the rules. I applaud thine efforts LMCD, and I highly recommend any readers to check his stories out if you're looking for something new or fresh!
-Lizardon the Dragon - This dude's a weirdo who has a strange obsession with Charizard. But in all seriousness, he's hella cool and his stories are simply amazing. He does an excellent job at capturing and portraying character personalities, as well as their interactions with one another. If you're someone looking for stories where Smash Bros. characters talk, fight, or solve kooky mysteries, this is one author I highly recommend. He's also fun to talk to and can give some good advice if need be.
-MahNati - Mah, Mah, Mah, where do I start with her? For one thing, she's probably my oldest friend on this site. Even now I'm still surprised to see her active since most of the people who I talked to back in the day have either closed shop and left town or found better things to do with their time. Not us though. MahNati is simply lovely, funny, and a blast to chat with. She's also an amazing author, being one of those authors who just love experimenting with different pairings. Funny enough, her pairings are always convincing, and she's mainly the reason why I even like shipping Palutena with Samus or Robin with his female counterpart. If you like romance, give her stories a shot. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
-Paradigm of Writing - Of all the authors I've come to know in my hobby as a writer, Paradigm of Writing is without a doubt the one who has the most potential. Seriously man, why are you dabbling around here instead of publishing your own original work? The guy's a genius, a madman, and by far one of the most ambitious authors I've ever met. He primarily writes AU stuff, although he's also not afraid to step outside of the Smash fandom unlike yours truly. You can tell that he has a real passion for what he does though, as well as a passion for video games and movies. I feel blessed to have met such an extraordinary person, and I wish to you Paradigm all the best in your career and whatever the future may bring you.
-pokemonrhoades - A cool dude who I am thankful for as an author who struggled to understand the story of Fire Emblem: Awakening. When I was writing It Came from Lucina's Head, this guy was a huge help for me in understanding not only the characters but the absurd plot of the game (come on, time travel? That shiz be cray). He's a tried and true Fire Emblem fan, and I know that if I have any questions pertaining to Awakening or Fates, he'd be there to fill me in right away.
-Souldin - Wonderful Souldin is another one of those old friends who has moved on to better things, but pokes his head in the archives every now and then to see what's going on. He's currently heading his own Youtube channel, which I have no problem plugging right here for anyone interested. Besides this, he's probably the best reviewer I've ever come to know, being open to every and all ideas yet at the same time critical on things he feels could be improved. Basically, I wouldn't be half the author I am today if not for his reviews to help carve the path. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything Souldin. And I wish you all the best wherever the wind may take you.
Smash King24's Christmas Contest 2014
The winners have been decided! Thank you so much to everyone who helped out and participated. This was the second contest I've ever hosted on this site, and I'm very pleased with how it turned out overall. If you're in a Christmas mood, I invite you to open up one of these amazing stories. Congratulations to the winners and thank you once again to everyone for coming out!
Junior Division (Ages 13-16)
Senior Division (Ages 17 and up)
Smash King24's Christmas Contest 2009
Here are the winners of my first Christmas Contest! Please take the time to read them if you haven't yet! You'll know why these select three were chosen above all the rest. Thank you to everyone who helped out and participated!
Timeline in my Stories
Most of my stories follow a specific timeline (despite the fact that there's only a few of them that actually address this). In this universe, the Smashers live in a mansion called "Smash Mansion" (how original right) that is located in an isolated part of Japan surrounded by a great forest away from civilization. This pretty much means that yes, the Smashers do live on earth, and they train under Master Hand to become the strongest fighters in the universe. That's basically what the Super Smash Bros. is in this timeline. How does the Nintendo company fit into all of this? Good question; I've been asking myself that since Day 1.
Besides my stories, other canon events between the Smash Bros. and Resident Evil games have also taken place. This is illustrated below as follows:
So that's about it. Any other stories of mine that aren't in this timeline aren't a part of it and are really just there for funsies. Hope this helped and happy reading!