When you set out to write a short story, your main character is your key element. They must be memorable, and someone to think about even when the book or story is finished. If you are having a hard time with developing your story’s character, take hints from these, and consider the traits that were attributed to them that have made them so endearing for such a long time.
Scout Finch – You can go ahead and throw in Atticus as well here and Boo Radley, and even Dill if you want. The evolution of all the characters in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird makes for an incredible read. Scout’s curiosity, and its repercussions, Atticus’ steadfast stance to always do the right thing, Boo’s fascination with the family, and even Dill and his over active imagination all weaved together masterfully to create a cast of characters that one will never forget.
Scarlett O’Hara – That drive and determination of Gone With the Wind’s heroine makes you love her, even when she is at her most hateful. Scarlett is the epitome of making what should be an unlikeable character into someone we root for. Even when sparring with the morally chaste Melanie, you are hoping for Scarlett’s good sense to win.
Robin Hood – This is the perfect example of building a character by using a theme that most people want to relate to. Robin Hood, the thief who gives to the poor, has his character built by his actions. With recurve bow in hand, he is the ideal good guy, and one character everyone wishes to be. You can come close, only if you pick up your own recurve bow and arrows and learn how to use them for the good of mankind.
Peter Pan – Peter Pan has been so endearing for generations because let’s face it, getting older is no picnic. At some point we have all wished to be in Neverland, where the tree house is already paid for and the kids don’t have any desire to go to college anyway.
James Bond – Super sophisticated and uber cool, Bond is everyone’s hero. First off, he always gets the girl, and then there is that incredible car and the lot of spy tricks he has hiding up his sleeve. Having a main character drive that many books is testament to how well he has been developed over the years, and the consistent traits that are evident in every story he is a part of.
Take notes from this list of characters who have persevered generations and are still thought of and loved. They all not only have admirable traits, they have obvious flaws which is what makes them so endearing to read about.