Playing a character with an attitude problem can be appealing to some and a worry for others. This is where you have to ignore any possibility of being kind-hearted to at least every character until further development. It is obviously a big change for those that are used to playing a tamer character, or one that is a little more honest and supportive. In this guide, I hope to at least achieve at least some form of encouragement to ‘test the waters’ with a different character type, or even just to help you if you’re already playing a character with this trait.
Before you dive too much into it, the first thing you should do is remind people that this is completely in character and whenever ooc is considered, you are nowhere near as evil as the character you’re portraying. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that should have to be done, but there are times when a small minority do forget the difference between a roleplayer and a written character.
An important part of playing a twisted character should develop from the background itself. Make sure you read every little detail from small print to italics to a bullet point. For a character to be who they are in this current time, their background needs to have been a defining point. This can be something you can look into when you’re creating an OC or when the bio is a little more ‘free’ and enables you to come up with all sorts of ideas. Don’t be afraid to suggest anything to the owners of the roleplay if this character happens to be used in a group instead of independently. Consider what could have changed the character if they were previously nice and friendly. Was there a death? Have the family of the character suddenly come into a hard time, such as money loss or being involved in some form of gang? There are plenty of ways to change a character’s personality and the same rule applies for any various personality traits.
Decide how this character is considered cruel or bitter. Are they the type to have a sarcastic and dry sense of humour, completely unaware that the words they say are actually hurtful to others? Do they purposely harm other characters with either words or actions? Is the character extremely self-centred? Do they have so much money that they believe to be better than everyone else and looking down on people is a way of life? There are so, so, so many types of characters and it leaves you without having to be concerned that you’re falling under the same typical villain.
Remind yourself that at the end of this, a character needs to go somewhere. Personally, I enjoy characters that are considered to be on the bad side and they develop, progress themselves into at least some form of good. Make sure you understand that there is a direction you want to drive your character in. Are you wanting them to lead out onto at least a life where they can do some good? Or are you sticking to the negative side and only increasing that vibe? Either way, this is your character to do as you please, just make sure you think ahead for whatever your main goal will be.
A character is like a story. They need a good beginning, an interesting middle and an amazing end.