Random Character Generator

Whether you’re a role-playing game player, an illustrator, or a writer, designing characters is essential to building believable, attractive worlds that your audience will connect with. Like plotting a map to a fantasy world, designing a character requires creativity but also adherence to certain genre- and medium-specific traits.

You can either build your character from the ground (er, bones) up or use an online random character generator to kick-start the process. Whether you use a DND random character generator or something else, having a good understanding of character design best principles will help you create strong, rich characters. Here’s what you need to know—plus a sampling of character traits and options to get you thinking.

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Elements of Character Design

Size and stature

In some genres, characteristics like strength, vulnerability, femininity/masculinity/androgyny, or magical powers can be communicated through size and stature. Your character could: 

Prominent Features

A character’s prominent features also communicate much about their personalities. Your character might have:

Backstory

For your audience to connect with your character, it needs a backstory. These must be believable and internally consistent within the world you’re creating. For example, your character might:

Sketch your backstory right from the start, to avoid contradicting yourself later on. 

Specific Character Traits

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Different visual, game and literary genres have particular conventions dictating how characters look, move, and behave. It’s fine to break the rules in the spirit of being creative, but you’ve got to know what the rules are first! 

For Anime

Some general characteristics of anime characters are:

Free anime character generators will often provide a Japanese name, too, so this part of character design is easier.

For Dungeons and Dragons

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In Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), characters fall into the following principal classes:

There are also sub-classes, which vary according to the D&D edition. Each class of character has different physical and behavioral traits. Get the design process started with a D&D random character generator. You can even choose a generator specific to your edition by searching for something like "D&D 5e random character generator” or “D&D random character generator 5e”.

Other role-playing games, like Pathfinder, have similar character types, with adventurers, explorers, and scholars being prominent. Pathfinder character generators can help you design a character appropriate to this game. Search for “pathfinder random character generator” and similar terms.

For Fantasy Literature

 Like D&D, characters in fantasy literature tend to fall into certain types, even if these aren’t always as clearly delineated as in D&D. Some typical features of fantasy characters include:

For Kids’ Stories

Kids’ Stories

Characters for kid's stories or cartoons are designed to be age-appropriate. Good/evil and right/wrong are more clear-cut than they are in real life. Some features of characters designed for kids include: 

You’re limited only by your imagination when designing characters and fantastical worlds, so let go and have fun!