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Character Building Camp Meme by EmmyAngua Character Building Camp Meme by EmmyAngua
Another writing meme from me, because there just aren't enough out there. This one is done in a drill sargeant style...stripping your character down, giving them a buzz cut, and making you look at their personality and their lives rather than their outward stuff.

Just because I mention Mary-Sues, don't think it has to be just for that. It'll work with any character.

Remember it's all in fun, and hopefully will make you think differently about your character.

Please let me know if you do it, or even if you think you might do it.

For more writing memes by me, check out:

The Create an OC Meme: [link]
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SiennaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to do this with one of my favorite ocs... this should be fun.
CzarTyrant Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You spelt 'Deus ex machina' wrong.
MentholCherry Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for making this! It really helped me. :) 
Here's a link to mine, should you want to read it.…
AgProv Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is really really interesting! I've just had a go at it with one of my recurring characters - would you like a copy?

Great thanks!
BlackShadow6202 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
...I am going to do this to a few character who I KNOW are not 2D, but who I simply want to torture. >8]

Brulk: =_= Great. This again....

Zyntoss: *barricades himself in his fortress* :stare: NOPE.

Alex: DX aagh....

Laura: ......*for once, is actually silent*
PotentiallyCute Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kammers1212 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This ish what Jean went through...
LeighAD Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Personally, I wouldn't have restricted the meme to just cheating - I would've written it to allow for the way they handle the aftermath of doing something else unethical. Meme-ing with something plot relevant (which could be affair for some people but my post-apocalyptic graphic novel requires far more important questionable decisions) could more useful.
valvara94 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Filmographer
This looks fun! I'll do this meme when i have time!
varletlegion Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my gawd! I read the entire meme in a Drill Sgt.'s voice. It was hilarious!
Chibri Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
lmao same here!
varletlegion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student General Artist
ToaTepsak Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh gosh... I'm so doing this. I laughed so hard reading this..
kethron127 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
you are god
Tigerach Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I am DOING this.
EntropySpike Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. I'm going to find the time to do this.
ArynChris Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Ouch. This is different, and my OC is going to suffer. So is my ego. Ouch, ouch...
Saruteku Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You are evil, and for that I respect you XD

Saruteku Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Holy shit (Excuse my french)
Just reading the questions practically broke the character closest to a mary-sue. Hell, it even scared some of my well developed characters.
Eh. I undrstand the underlying idea of this, but i doubt i will ever be able to apply any of this to any of my character. This seems to be designed specifically for a superhero character or something of the like...
ninjaninaIII Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I think I may have to try this for my character XD
FletcherWolfe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
The entire time reading this I imagined my character Fletcher going through this. Alright I shall do it. best part is I don't have to attempt to draw really well. YAY!!
MettagiriSuru Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist
:o I could definitely use this, lol!!
WitchVine Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Well, at this point, I have no worry about my Valundra being a Mary-Sue, but parts of the story feel incomplete, so maybe parts of this meme can prompt me into filling in certain sections. And hey, extra character development never hurts. :)
Loyaute Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Buzz cut? But Plop doesn't have any hair! Only antentaes!
Cult-of-Yoshikawa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Oh, looks hard. this wouldn't work with OCs made for an anime fandom, would it?
CitrineG Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm doing it with my OC made for a movie fandom....I don'ts ee why not.
tigerpixie16 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ho ho, so gonna do this~
WingsFor-Marie Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student General Artist

Thank youzels :)
NeonLuxray Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Faved to do in a while, when I've decided who I sending in >:3
lommux Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this meme, thank you for making it :) [link]
Dreaming-in-Shadow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this meme, I found it very useful in developing my character. :)
RottenMeat Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Could you make this any more anime?
akumyo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty good meme. LONG tho, def a bootcamp to go through it.

I just created a text version since there really isn't enough space to put in text here. Not for the amount I spit out anyway.

I think most of the questions are OK but the cheating ones aren't applicable to a lot of characters and I think it should be replaced with an equally weighty problem (Theft is a good one). An asexual/aromantic character isn't going to be interested in cheating let alone having a relationship, and building a scenario where they are forced to be in a relationship AND cheat doesn't add much to their character since it applies to a trait that doesn't exist and will never be used in the story.

The question where a character must battle a villain is kind of skewed. Not every character is going to have to face an antagonist, sometimes they have to face problems that are more abstract (like surviving in a sinking ship.) I DUNNO, I think it just needs slight-re wording and it'll work.

I'm looking forward to finishing this meme though. It was passed around Tumblr a while back on a BEST MEMES list. It makes me think and I consider my characters pretty fleshed out haha.
flannelpower Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you wrote this a long time ago, but I'd hate for someone to read this and get the wrong idea about asexuals. Asexual means lack of sexual attraction towards someone. Despite the lack of attraction they can still want relationships and fall in love and what not. They can even have and enjoy sex.

In a way I kinda think this character building boot camp isn't just for the characters, but for the creator as well. It's too easy too create a perfect character, enjoy their flawlessness, and avoid making them a villain. Especially the main character, too many Mary Sue's. Watching your character get hurt is often too painful on the creator, but not everyone's perfect, and often times people seem to pretty much make themselves the main character. Don't quite remember where I was going with this rant.
akumyo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't even remember writing this.

I've also grown up a lot since then and I don't really agree with most of what I wrote. -Especially- the part about asexuality. Some life experience and education fixed that.

I've also completed a graphic novel and started a new series of comics so yeah my remarks are incredibly dated. Sorry that past me was so frustrating though??
hikashikano Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
I have to do this. This meme chews up Mary Sues and spits them out into the lonely lump of miserable scum they are. Great for makiing your character more believable, too.
Secret-Blogger Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011   Photographer
Is it possible that you can just copy and paste the questions for me? i am to stupid to do it myself OTL
I just want to type this out, not do the thingy-ma-bobber (wow there's my Grammar XD)
BecauseIWasBored Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010   General Artist
This is a very interesting meme. Really makes me think hard about my characters.I should do this sometime.

Though the questions about cheating on their significant others has really been wracking my brain since my stories don't have romance in them. :|
outward Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
LOVE this meme...if just for idea generation and not to strictly follow. I'm definitely going to fill this out (written) for a couple of my characters; I think this would really help for both old and new. Thanks!
young-nozomi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Finally! A meme I know everyone needs. I'll use it for my 1st character I every made... Made her when I was 8 or 9... I'm 19, now. Time to help make her round. Yay!
SonadowLuver2921 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did It~! (Sorry For Not Letting You Know~)

GinnyStoleMyMan Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Hmm... I might do this to see how my OC's coming along.
Itonami-Lumi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
wow... this really made me rethink my character. you really did do a great job. maybe i should go redegsign my characters a bit
breaksystembse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow. I'm impressed. I'm gonna use this to bring my characters to their fullest. Thanks. :)
CeruleanBoxes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! It's so deliciously evil and it really helps someone have a feel for the character. It dares to go where no person wants to take their OCs. Awesome. x3
EmmyAngua Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
I'm glad you like it - would love to see what you do with it!

I tried to tackle my own weak spots in characterisation - hence the meme takes a tough line.
GabbieGoo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sending this to my friend... Her Oc Zone, NEEDS help!
RaincloudProductions Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lemme guess... they're part of of a fandom? No, they have everyone the the same/opposite sex after them for reason! No... they're immediately good at everything anywhere?

They need some giant radioactive rubber pants...
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