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Hey guys! If you didn't already know I am writing a short story (spanning only a few chapters) and I am currently at the character design stage. I have the plot drafted and most of the main characters. One particular character I feel the urge to give him an edge. I have nothing against edgy characters, they are actually really fun to write, but most of the edgy characters are just exac.uted poorly. I don't want him to fall into the over used "parents died at a young age, now I hate my life" type. Do you guys have any advice of how to make a solid, original, enjoyable but edgy and scarcastic character? Thank you.

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Lynx

 Art done by DuskDayBreak

Lynx is rather bold and loud She is like Luna Lovegood in the sense that she is rather... odd. Loud, shameless and weird. She is more animal like than human. Lynx enjoys being flashy, showing off her skills. Once she sets her mind to something, she is natrually good at it. The problem is that she loses focus easy and doesn't like setting herself to standards. She craves adventure and can grow bored easily. She is particularly fast on her feet, but has low stamina levels. She is strong and tall for her age. Lynx is stubborn and laid-back most of the time. She does not like to follow orders. Some of her skills include: being double jointed, the ability of being able to climb almost any surface, very good at mimicking animal sounds and is EXTREMELY good at sneaking around. However, there is a side to Lynx that she does not show very often. She is very lazy and selfish at times, mainly because she lacks compassion twords humankind, caring more about dragons and animals more so than humans. This tendency causes her to be merciless in the face of battle.

 

 

 

........Lyra

 Art done by xXSadieKaneXx

Lyra is very concealed and secretive. She rarely shows emotion and looks down on those who do. She is insanely obervative and could possibly rub off as edgy. Lyra can be rudely scarcastic, and may accidently hurt you. Don't expect remorse.  Though in fights, she doesn't appear to have a sense of honor and isn't afraid to fight dirty. She WILL kill. Lyra is willing to do anything to ensure her well being, and the well being of her mother. Which could be a weakness. she values her self preservation. She doesn't talk much either. She usually has her hood masking her pale delicate face and long hair. 

 

 

 

 

                    Nightshade

 

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Warning: Mention of Domestic Violence, Bipolar, and others

Quick note: I make mention of some pretty nasty and real-life problems here, so if you think you might be distressed by some of them, quickly skim before reading it properly so you can skip anything. I do subtitle each general thing, but just in case.

 

Family Issues

Keeping with the typical theme of parental problems, an easy way to include some classic Edge is turning into the direct problem. Not getting rid of them, not ki.lling them off, but let's say... abusive parents. It could be either, even an aunt or uncle, that are the main source of the characters touchiness. The abuse could be portrayed in a few ways; verbal, physical, or emotional. For verbal, that would be insults, degrading, and many other nasty things. Physical is self-explanitory. Beating, starving, isolating, etc.. Emotional is a more manipulative way, when the parent may have speals of violence, then 'apologize' to the victim, or guilt them into thinking that they are the problem. Acting nice in public but are horrid in privacy, generally making it look and feel like they are innocent and the victim is to blame for it, or are simply being paranoid and reading too much into the situation.

 

Mental Health

Something I haven't seen used much is mental disorders or diseases- things that are not caused from an outside source or can't be blamed on any one thing. Something that could add depth to the character could be Bipolar disorder- when you have periods or high energy and esteem, confidence and a general feel-good attitude which are followed by dips of severe depression, exhaustion and a lack of interest in anything. This could be useful for a character in having chapters of high-energy, and slowers ones in the low end.

There's also just all-round depression. You could attempt to explain the state of being it creates and how that affects the characters choices, and their coping mechamisms as well as perhaps finding others with similar conditions.

Something also interesting to write is anxiety- using anxious and contraditive thoughts to break up the text in weird and almost intrusive ways could easily add some justified edge.

 

Hidden Phobia

The character could have a phobia of a thing or concept that would seem silly to others so have learned to hide it. They haven't 'gotten over it' yet, and likely never will, but they have managed to suppress a primal fear of something when around others. The coping mechanisms used to do that may give off the feeling of edginess.

 

Failed Career

Perhaps they tried to do something else with their lives, but couldn't quite find the support to continue in it. Something they were passionate about for a long time was suddenly outshone and degraded by another person, injuring their confidence and causing them to abandon their work and skill in it. Any and all things related to that now make them moody and bitter, but there will always be that underlying desire to return to it.

 

Youth Trauma

As a child, many things deemed harmless as an adult are absolutely terrifying to them. Maybe a rat got into their room one time while the parents were away, or the door was accidently locked and they were trapped in a room for a few hours, fearing the worst. Neighbours who were reclusive and kept to themselves held much mystery around them, and stories are made up to fill in the gaps- quiet old men become retired monsters and murderers, the couple with the angry dog are suddenly kidnappers lying in wait. These fears become engraved into their personality, and stay as a built-in discomfort when around things or people that remind them of it.

 

Unexplainable Memory

Something mysterious happened to them, be it a weird dream that slowly morphed into a harrowing memory, a delerium-warped experience that contain hallucinated beasts or events, or even something that was entirely real, but just seems so strange that it can't be. Those images haunt them constantly, ever-present in the backs of their minds and never goes away. When asked how they feel about death, they say that it will be welcomed- for they can finally stop remembering those images and feelings for good.

 

Close Call

Dancing with Death is never reccomened, and those who escape its jaws never walk away with all of their mind. A near-death experience, either as a child or in recent years, could remind them how frail and brief life is. (Similar to youth trauma?)

 

Spite

Simple and pure, pettiness drives them to do some pretty dark stuff without much stimulus. Oh, I wouldn't dare push you off the edge of this cliff, would I? Say that again on the way down. People said they looked so sweet and innocent as a child, bound to become a picture-perfect member of society- look at me now, mum. Look at me now.

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Introductory of Snootle and Beetroot

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Bio's further down!

feel free to send me art of these kiddos! Would be much appreciated

(non-visible on Snootle is a row of short white spikes on back that go from shoulders to a little past the hips)

 

The Funnies

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Science?

I have a strong interest in biology so I sometimes have fun coming up with theories for explaining the wild things dragons do.

Lethality of the Speed Stingers Sting

Deathsong Theory: Brood Parasite

Science-based theory on Night Fury Teeth Retraction

 

 

 

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Spectral Leviathan

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Triple Stryke Collection

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Dragon Class Chimeras'

 

 

Snootle and Beetroot Gallery

 

Art people have done of my boys for me!

 

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Snootle

The Puppy

 

Appearance: A green dragon with a canine-shaped snout, wolf-like ears and two pairs of short, upward curling brown horns below the ear, lining the jaw. A row of tough scales line the top of his snout, which ends in a grey dog-like nose. On his neck and across the top of his chest is a thick fur mane that puffs up whenever he gets angry, frustrated, startled or defensive. His eyes are orange with a round pupil.

Red-orange scales line his belly and go halfway down the tail which is plain, part from the trailing of a row of spines at the top. Along his back is a row of bone-white spikes. His wings are fairly plain, with a large bony hook on the hand.

Personality

  • All-bark-no-bite type attitude
  • Acts like he’s ready and able to fight anyone at any moment but will fall over if you look at him angrily
  • Makes up a lot of stories that make him look tough
  • Kind of emotionally unstable
  • Older brother to Beetroot- sometimes is mean, but will go through h.ell and back for him
  • Easily distracted
  • Loves copper and anything copper coloured
  • High-class taste in music and fashion

 

Beetroot

The Duck

Appearance: A dull lavender ampitheare with red and yellow feathered wings, a deep blue tail tip and blank, white round eyes. A large, curled horn adorns his nose, and the mouth is jagged. His body is completely covered in feathers that are incredibly fluffy and soft- he’s like a duckling with no legs. The feathers do not flare out until the nape of his neck, and increase in density on the tail.

Personality

  • Looks and acts super cute and innocent
  • Is actually prepared to kill a man/dragon if given a reason to
  • Thankfully does not have the physical capacity to do so
  • Holds a grudge until death itself dies
  • Optimistic and playful
  • Makes many different kinds of noises, few of them explainable by science
  • Will eat anything, even if it is not meant to be eaten
  • Dislikes numbers- has been known to attempt to destroy anything with maths on it

 

 

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I feel like I should give a warning adding on to what the person above me said. Don't do a mental disorder unless you know it REALLY well otherwise you will make your readers cringe. Mental disorders are a touchy subject and are often done wrong in edgy characters. Often they are used as just an interesting quirk when really they are a lot more then that. They are complex issues and while they can impress a reader if done right they can ruin a story if done wrong. Please do not use a mental disorder as just a little quirk or something and DON'T make them psychotic just to make them psychotic. This is such a common mistake in the edgy characters that many people who see a mental disorder in your edgy character description will automatically assume the worst and be turned away from your story.

 

 

If you're going the mental disorder route do your research or don't even bother going that route.

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Hypergoof.

Seen here with a snow nadder and a statue Termite gave her because she couldn't sell it.

(Wiggles bit it's left arm off.)

Below is my profile pic made bigger to show the amazing detail

It's Hypergoof going berserk with a durian mace.

(Drawn by my amazing sister)

(She even drew the fur on the shoes)

            (My in game character)- A friendly young Viking who interacts better with dragons than with people. This is partly because although she now lives on Berk her family was originally from the Berserker tribe. When Dagger came to power Hypergoof, her sister and her parents were forced to flee as they were terrified of their new chief after he threatened to kill Hypergoof's parents for speaking out. The family found a new home on Berk. After working hard to get the Hooligans (what Hiccup's tribe was called in the books) to trust her (mostly) Hypergoof got a job working at a dragon rehabilitation center which is part of the reason she knows so many dragons. Hypergoof has a few problems. One, she is terrified of hot things. (A problem I myself have) She will not touch any stoker class dragons as a result. (With the exception of two individuals) She will still try to help a injured stoker as long as she doesn't have to touch it. Her other problem is also based on one of mine. I am Hypersensitive to sound and certain noises hurt me. Hypergoof has this too but in her the pain can cause her to go Berserk. One of the worst noises is whistling. She will attack anyone who does it near her. (Note this does not mean that I will fire troll those who's character whistles in game. It is a character trait for role playing and storytelling only.) Hypergoof also can't stand large crowds for too long. She will often retreat if things get too noisy. Hypergoof is a good fisher and farmer but a horrible fighter. (Unless she goes Berserk in which case she may get hurt but will do significant damage to her opponent.) She is generally friendly unless she gets stressed out in which case she becomes snappy. Most of her friends are dragons. Because of this Hypergoof has picked up dragoneese and speaks it quite fluently.

 

 

 

 

Littlebird (Hypergoof's sister) and Hypergoof's parents don't have much back story at the moment. None are in game.

 

 

Termite- Is one of Hypergoof's few human friends. (She is in game now as HypersFriendTermite. The chances of seeing her are low though. If seen she will probably be with Wiggles.) She is a woodworker hence the name. She didn't trust Hypergoof when they first met but soon found that they had a lot in common. She is the true trainer of Wiggles but often leaves him with Hypergoof when she must work on something.  Hypergoof and Termite like to take dragon food out into the wilderness ware they wait to see what shows up. A pass time they lovingly call dragonwaching.

 

 

 

 

Wiggles 

(wants to chew on Mildew's new chair just off camera)

(FUN FACT: Mildew is one of the only people Wiggles doesn't like)

            A young rambunctious whispering death with a sweet heart but a naughty mind. Hypergoof's friend Termite adopted him as a baby when his whole family was killed by dragon slayers. Unlike most of his species Wiggles could be described as... cuddly. He wants to be friends with everyone he meets and seems completely oblivious to his size and appearance. He simply does not understand that he is scary and is baffled that some people won't play with him or give him a hug. His best friend growing up was Termite's mutt of a dog Drool, and Wiggles learned the odd habit of waging his tail from his canine friend. Most dignified dragons (especially whispering deaths) are appalled by the behavior but no amount of laughing at Wiggles or begging him to stop for the sake of dignity will change anything. Wiggles simply doesn't care. All that matters to him is how much fun he's having. He will even allow himself to be dressed up for snoggletog and will parade around in the Jingle bells and antlers with pride. (As seen here.) Wiggles is an all around charming and sweet creacher but he is not without flaws. He can not be left alone for more than five minutes or else he will chew on something, especially furniture. Usually damaging it beyond repair. He can not be taken to a marketplace because the concept that Termite "hasn't bought that yet and so he shouldn't eat it" is something he can not seem to grasp. Nore is the one that "That doesn't belong to us!" Termite has taken to carrying a bag of dried mutton strips (Mutton is Wiggles's favorite) to redirect the serpent's attention if she catches him with the look in his eyes that she learned to recognize as his "I'm going to chew on that" face. Despite her best efforts Wiggles is a hand full and Termite often leaves him with Hypergoof if she has to go do some woodworking. Wiggles thinks of Termite as his mother but he thinks of Hypergoof as a friend and enjoys playing with her. Hypergoof shows no fear towards him at all and will even let Wiggles hug her if he asks permission first. (Hypergoof does not like being touched without warning but will happily accept a hug from a friend.) Interestingly Hypergoof found that Wiggles is a very good racer despite his poor eyesight.

 

 

 

Cuteseepie

(Relaxing at home)

          The first dragon Hypergoof ever rescued and one of her closest friends. He is a Pink and Blue deadly nadder. When he was a hatchling his curiosity got the better of him. He wandered away from his nest in the dead of winter and found himself lost in a blizzard which would have been the end of him if he hadn't stumbled onto the front lawn of Hypergoof's house. His crys alerted the family who quickly took him in out of the cold and thus saved his life. Cuteseepie and Hypergoof have been friends ever since. Cuteseepie has a mellow gentle nature broken up occasionally for excitement at an adventure. He will defend Hypergoof or if need be prevent her from attacking someone who whistled. His level headedness balances out against Hypergoof's goofyness rather nicely. 

 

 

 

Ziggy

(Showing off again)

          A skrill that Hypergoof found injured while dragon watching. Her success in helping him helped her get the job she currently has and also built up a friendship between Hypergoof and Ziggy. It probably helped that Ziggy is not a very old skrill, only having just left his parents, before somehow getting hurt. Much like a cat Ziggy tries to be more dignified than he really is. One moment showing off his impressive wingspan with a majestic yawn and the next he's off chaiseing a light or a leaf when he thinks no one is looking. He often roles his eyes when Hypergoof playfully teases him by saying his name in a funny pitch or calling him "The Zigster" but a poorly hidden grin betrays the fact that he doesn't mind as much as he lets on. Ziggy is decently friendly to most people who don't insult his dignity (only his close friends are allowed to do that) but he is still technically a wild skrill. He spends most of his time off chaising storms and doing whatever else wild skrills do only he stops by every once in a while to visit Hypergoof. Manny people wonder why he keeps coming back as he always seems more annoyed with Hypergoof than anything but it is just a mask. A false front. He secretly really enjoys her company. In fact perhaps Hypergoof's absurdity amuses him. FUN FACT: Before meeting Ziggy it was Hypergoof's life dream to see a live skrill. (Partly her Berserker heritage) For her meeting Ziggy was akin to meeting a celebrity. Of course things got more normal between them as they got to know each other but Hypergoof is still pretty darn proud that a skrill let her be his friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Causemoe

(Knows the owner of this house hates it when he sits there)

           A young flightmare who was one of Ziggy's friends then also became Hypergoof's friend when Ziggy brought him to Berk. Unlike Ziggy though, Causemoe decided that he liked Berk and the school so much that he would stay. He is a complete showoff and loves to be the center of attention. He can get huffy if he finds someone who does one of his favorite things better than him. He especially hates it that Wanda can glow brighter than him. She often tones down her glow when she's near him to spare his feelings.

 

 

 

 

 

Wanda

(Knows the best places for the best view)

         As mentioned before, Hypergoof is scared of stoker class dragons. When approached by a fireworm her normal reaction is to flip out as if the little dragon was a bee. Wanda however is an exception to this rule and not only is she a fireworm but she is a fireworm queen. Hypergoof once got herself lost in a snowstorm and was found by one of Wanda's workers unconscious and soon to freeze if something wasn't done. Wanda is a very empathetic dragon. Even though she didn't trust humans she didn't want to see a helpless creacher d.ie in such a way. She took Hypergoof into her nest to warm up. Hypergoof was stuck there for several days not knowing which way was home until Cuteseepie tracked her down by scent and took her back to the village. During Hypergoof's time in the nest Wanda decided she liked this little human. Hypergoof was terrified of most of Wanda's children and since Wanda didn't understand Norse yet Hypergoof communicated her unease by sticking as close to the fireworm queen as she would allow. Purposely mimicking the bodylanguig of a scared puppy to get her point across. Wanda was sympathetic of Hypergoof's fear and allowed the little human to stay near. Keeping the meaner members of her family at bay until Cuteseepie could find the lost viking. Wanda was a bit suprized to find that a dragon was the one looking for the girl. She has a healthy dose of curiosity in her and often visits Berk for "research purposes" as she calls it. Wanda is curious about humans and wants to learn about them. Hypergoof is grateful to Wanda for her kindness and will come when she calls. Something Wanda finds amusing but also gives her an easy target to study. Personalitywise Wanda is the type of person one might have a fancy tea party with. She is every bit a queen but is also an intellectual with a kind heart. She hangs around Berk to study the uneeq human and dragon interactions there. Seeking how to possibly spread that type of friendship for the good of dragon kind.

 

 

 

 

 

Burpetta

(Wonders if she'd get in trouble for blasting me into the water behind the camera)

          A pink thunderdrum who someone in the dragon rehab center found as a baby then dumped on Hypergoof since no one wanted to deal with the hatchling. Their relationship started out terribly due to Hypergoof's sound sensitivity. In the beginning Hypergoof could barely stand Burpetta but eventually the dragon realized that her loudness has hurting the human and learned to be more gentle with Hypergoof's delicate ears. Sometimes Burpetta can be careless but she never means any harm and will correct her behavior when she eventually realizes she did wrong. She is kind by nature but loves a bit of mischief now and then. She also has a bit of the stubbornness common in her breed. Once she sets her mind to something it is difficult to convince her otherwise.

 

 

 

 

Chomp

(Sleeping like the baby he is)

            A screaming death. He is the baby of the group despite being the biggest member of it. When Alven found out that one of the eggs he'd planted under Berk had hatched a screaming death he decided he wanted such a beast for himself. He knew he couldn't capture the adult so he decided to get his hands on a hatchling. He captured a bunch of the successful breeding pair's family members in the hopes that more of them would carry the incredibly rare screaming death gene. The captive dragons were force bread and after many many attempts Alven got what he wanted. He didn't get to keep it though as a couple Hooligans who had snuck into Alven's hideout looking for helpful info about future plans found the baby screaming death instead. They took it back to Berk to figure out what to do with it. Several people wanted to kill the little guy before he could grow into an island eater but Hypergoof over heard and was horrified. She knew what it felt like to be disliked for what she was rather than who she was. Some people didn't trust her because she was a Berserker. She knew it wasn't fair to judge someone that way. She stole Chomp and (With Wiggles and Termite's permission) hid him down Wiggles's tunnels. Wiggles didn't mind and enjoyed having a roommate to play with. Chomp stayed there unknown until his loudness and the sheer amount of food being brought down there gave him away. By then though he was old enough that he had enough personality to proved him a gentle giant rather than a monster and he was allowed to stay. He is not at all a full grown screaming death and has the personality of a giant toddler. He is surprisingly gentle especially considering his breed. He is so mild tempered that he will stare blankly at fire trolls wondering what they are doing. He will only engage if he thinks it's a game. Despite his gentleness his size and strength can be a problem. He will occasionally knock someone over with his tail by accident then stare at them in confusion not smart enough to understand why the person fell but knowing it was still somehow his fault. When other screaming deaths were allowed into the school Chomp was thrilled to have playmates his size. Chomp is very much still a baby mindwise. He is very food oreeinted and can be prompted to do nearly anything for a snack. It's a very good thing he doesn't consider humans food. It's hard to imagine that he could ever be related to the screaming death who once tried to eat Berk but he is. The danjoris one happens to be his somewhat distant uncle. Fun fact: Hypergoof often refers to Chomp's uncle as Mr. Island munch and insists that she will continue to do so until his actual name is found out or created.

 

 

 

 

 

Punaluu

(LOVES sand)

(I really shouldn't be suprized)

            A female sand wraith. Punaluu comes from a subspeasys of sand wraith on a volcanic island with black sand. (Like the beach Punaluu is named after.) As such they adapted to the environment by becoming black. A side affect of this is that now the subspeacys looks even more like a nightfurry than the normal ones. Some money hungry showmen found out about them and decided to make a quick buck. They stoll an egg from this island and paraded the black hatchling around claiming it to be a nightfurry. This charade ended when they made the mistake of bringing their show to Berk. Seeing that the dragon was being treated badly the Hooligans took the baby from the showmen and took it to the dragon rehabilitation center for treatment for whip wounds and malnutrition. Punaluu is much healthier now and is a happy energetic young sand wraith. One problem she has is that her dark coloring is only designed for a certain type of area and she can not camouflage most of the time because of it. Not being able to hide occasionally gives her episodes of anxiety but a quick trip to a beach ushuly fixes it. She is very shy around strangers but around those she knows she is a complete goof. She can also be a bit naughty. Sometimes she feels out of place like she doesn't belong and so interacts well with Hypergoof who doesn't fit in all that well ether.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bumbles the candy loving Lazersight Vesperwing who likes to stalk me for my food.

(And probably the only adoptable I'll ever adopt)

Adopted from goldenfury360 who made the species

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My apologies for not leaving advice currently, but I am traveling. However, I'll be happy to give advice as soon as I get the chance, so I'm tracking for now. Hope to get back to you tonight.

 

Edit: Well, it's been a few days, but I did get back here.

 

Now I won't give any suggestions on types of backstories to use, as you seem to be covered there, but I will give some writing advice:

 

(I'm going to use the pronoun "him" for this, but this goes for a character of either gender.)

 

1. Make a character that's a product of your story. You're looking at this as a character-building exercise, but every character ever made is the product of a story. The mindset works best when you make characters for stories rather than making stories for characters, and with dark characters, this is especially true. Edgy characters don't just "happen." Some experience made them what they are. Rather than writing an edgy character, focus on writing a dark and troubling story of which your character is a product of that scenario.  It's true that the "dead parents" scenario is overused, but the real problem with it is that losing your parents can be traumatic at a young age but not to the point of turning your mind. I've known people who lost parents, and it was awful, but after mourning, they moved on and appeared quite normal for the most part. Other things have to happen to make this truly scarring to the point of turning one into an "edgy character." The relatives the character gets left with are horrible to him. He has no home after his parents are killed and has to fend for himself in a cruel world. He watched them get murdered. Something has to bring the trauma to a personality-affecting level.

 

And the story can't be overly dark either unless you understand what you are writing about. As Hypergoof pointed out, things can really go wrong if you write about mental disorders without knowing much about what it's like and how it affects with people's lives, and this is true for any traumatic or life-changing experience you're writing about.

 

I'll use a real life example to show what I mean.

 

I personally am very aware of the topic of parental verbal abuse and gaslighting. This is something I've had first-hand experience with and have estranged myself from a parent because of it, and I can tell when a writer - normally fanfiction writer - is attempting to write about the emotional turmoil of dealing with such a parent without actually ever having to experienced it or talked with someone who has. They don't know what it feels like to wonder if you're losing your mind, to hear hateful words play back in your head in flashback on a daily basis when you utter certain phrases, to guard every word with someone you're supposed to love and trust because you never know when the other shoe will drop, to feel like your choking on panic when your phone rings, to feel angry and frustrated yet hollow and guilty all at once. Now clearly my situation was probably rather mild compared to the types of situations that would turn an edgy character to true edginess - I did have safe zones and turned out to be more of a happy but nervous dork that over-explains everything rather than an angsty and sarcastic edgelord - but writing about any traumatic experience, no matter how big or small, is much the same. These are the sort of personal things - the thoughts and feelings - you need to know about traumatic situations. These are the details that will make your character's emotions feel real, palatable, and relatable, reaching people who've never had these types of experiences and connecting with those who have.

 

Now you don't necessarily need to "write what you know." By that, I mean you don't need to stick to first-hand experiences; in fact, when it comes to dark backstories, I'm always relieved to hear there's no personal experience involved. But when you do pick a topic to write about, you do need to research it. What is it truly like to have a crippling phobia? What is it like to suffer a terrible loss? Or be tormented by terrible images of moments you can't remember? Or have such-and-such mental disorder? Read books, ask people who are willing to talk, listen to YouTube videos. With the Internet and Google existing in our day-and-age, there's plenty of ways to find first-hand stories of all sorts of experiences to get you an idea of how people would be effected by these experiences. Don't be afraid to write it, but do be sure to research it first.

 

Beyond that, just make sure the story makes sense and is realistic to your character's universe.

 

2. Make sure your edgy character has redeeming qualities and "happy" things. This piece of advice is assuming your character is a protagonist we're supposed to root for. (For an antagonist, this isn't necessary, but humanizing them is still recommended.) Here's the thing; edgy characters can get annoying. Why? Angst is basically whining. Really. We all have it, we all do it, and it's not a bad thing. There are experiences in life worth being broody and whiny about. And some people have a lot of these experiences, and their life sucks, and they've earned the right to be broody and whiny. It's not to be frowned upon. But if done excessively for every single second, it just sounds like a whiny little child who can never get their way. Your edgy character is going to be edgy and angsty for the majority of the time, but he needs to be allowed to have things that make him happy and do and say things now and then that make people like him and have some sort of heroic trait that makes us want to see him succeed and overcome those inner demons that have him so dang tortured. At the very least, give him a break from the darkness now and then so both he and the audience have a chance to breathe. (This also tends to be why edgy characters tend to be side heroes to the main "happy, starry-eyed" hero or have a comic relief sidekick. Those techniques can help, so feel free to use them, but don't use them as a crutch.)

 

Honestly, you mentioned sarcastic, and that already is a great trait to help with this. Sarcasm and irony are methods of humor used to poke fun at troubling situations and are generally coping mechanisms when used excessively. Just be sure your character does do something else to make others like him, too; constant sarcasm at other characters' expense is not necessarily endearing if not balanced out.

 

3. Make him talented at something plot-relevant. If the audience is going to put up with edgy, troubled dude being edgy and troubled, it helps to have a reason to admire him as our protagonist. It gives us a reason to believe the character can accomplish their goal. This is a good technique to use for any character - not necessary, depending on the story, but certainly helpful - but this is particularly useful with edgy characters because they generally need to have some sort of growth in the story since they are the way they are due to something troubling, and this talent that helps solve the conflict may tie them to something bigger than their initial motivation, allowing an avenue for character growth. Speaking of which...

 

4. Give him a clear motivation. Characters run on character motivation. Having a character motivated to make something happen - whether it's saving the world, finding your self-identity, or just making it to a meeting on time - is important for any plot-driven story and most character-driven stories. Audiences remember and connect to characters that have a clear motivation because they understand exactly why he does what he does. (This is part of the appeal of villains and also why sports' movies have an appeal; you know the characters have an exact goal that you can identify and so can follow the arch easily.) But this is particularly true of an edgy character. A character who is dark and edgy is going to be a highly motivated character because anyone that intensity usually comes with a coping mechanism: having some sort of fixation. The fixation doesn't need to be to an unhealthy degree, but it does need to be something that gives the character a sense of purpose. If the character has no clear motivation except "lived their life," they have been able to get over whatever would have turned them dark in the first place, and if they don't know what to do with their life, they probably weren't too troubled to begin with. And if they have little motivation even after a dark event without having completely gotten over it, they've probably already given up. Whether their motivation is revenge, achieving a certain accomplishment, serving someone else, or simply surviving, a tortured soul who is still going strong has some sort of clear motivation to keep them going, and in a story, it's generally related to the final arch of the plot. If nothing else, it usually gets their foot in the door. Edgy characters are often seen as strong and powerful because their strong motivation allows them to drive the plot rather than having the plot drag them along.

 

5. Make the character relatable. This goes without saying, I know, but I do want to elaborate on this. Obviously all protagonists we are supposed to sympathize with are supposed to be relatable, but here's the thing; with dark characters, sometimes they're so damaged that we have trouble connecting to them. The point of knowing what it's like to experience their trauma and giving them a motivation is to make them feel like they could be us. You want the audience to feel that, maybe, just maybe, under the right circumstances, they could have ended up like this character. And if they can triumph over their demons, maybe we can to.

 

That's why edgy characters are fun. We understand their pain, and we see them struggle with it as we do, but we also seem them push through it (and sometimes look cool while doing it) and it gives us hope. Or we see them succumb to it and are forced to reflect on the demons within us all. But we must see ourselves in this character to get this reaction. Really, the best advice is not to focus on writing an edgy character but just focus on writing a good, solid character in general...a good, solid character that is really cool and went through a lot of crap.

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Hmm, thank you for the advice.

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Sorry, this isn't advice, but when you start writing, could you give me a heads up? I'd like to check out what you write. :3

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Uh. Pffffft, no pressure me. Uh... Sure?