When you hear the term "Mary-Sue," what famous fictional character pops into your mind?
When you hear the term, "Star-Crossed Lover," which pair do you think of?
When you hear the term, "Freakin' AWESOME" which badass character of style and coolness do you envision?
Here's a few more questions to ponder:
What would Star Wars be without Han Solo?
What would Lost be without John Locke?
What would Firefly be without Jayne Cobb?
What would Harry Potter be without Hermione?
That's right, lame. Absolutely lame.
It got me thinking - what is it about these characters that's so vital to storytelling? None of those are the "Main Character" of their stories, but all of them are (arguably) indispensable.
It's a big question, and it begs another one: What can I do to create characters like that?
I'm going to explore this question over the rest of summer, and when I figure something out I'll let you know. In the meantime, who is your favorite Killer Karacter? :)
At the moment, mine has got to be the soawesomeIcan'tevensayhisnamewithoutsqueelingfreakingamazingunkillable Garrus Vakarian, from the Mass Effect series.