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Balanced Character Score Card by muffinpoodle Balanced Character Score Card by muffinpoodle
I made a meme. Because. I wanted to use it. I know there are ones out there like it, but itís always good to throw in a few more options, right?

This is not a definitive guide to creating a well-rounded character. Letís just get that out of the way early. Ultimately you have to be your own judge when it comes to how well-balanced your characters are.

If you feel there is any way I can improve on this meme, feel free to tell me about it. Iím a balanced character myself, which means I canít make everything perfect! q: If Iíve made any oversights or put in something stupid, let me know, by all means.

And now for some Q&A with points I anticipate may cause confusion.

Does Ďpositively balancedí mean itís better than Ďnegatively balancedí?
Not necessarily. ĎPositiveí here simply refers to Ďstrongí (not necessarily good or better) character traits and acts as the opposite extreme to Ďnegativeí. Somewhere near to a perfect balance (60 points) is usually the best point to aim for.

Is it really bad if my character scores as very positively/negatively balanced (unbalanced)?
Again, not necessarily. Like I said, this isnít a definitive guide to character creation. Just how perfectly balanced your character should be depends on a great many things, such as the kind of story universe they are in and what role they play in the story.

When is it really inappropriate to have a character score as unbalanced?
Generally, your storyís main character should be a near-perfect balance. If a main character sits at either extreme on the scales they can easily become boring or unpleasant to get to know. Secondary characters donít need to be as perfect a balance, necessarily, but you should avoid the extremes with them as well for the same reason. Basically, the stronger a characterís presence is in the story, the closer to a perfect balance they should probably be.

Is it different for roleplay characters?
Yeah, the waters get murkier here. Depending on how your fellow roleplayers feel, it may be okay to tip the scales to a positive or especially a negative extreme. If your roleplay character is very positively balanced, they may be viewed as a Mary Sue, which arenít accepted in many roleplaying communities, but there are definitely exceptions to that all over the place. Most of the time, unless your character is a creature of pure good or evil, itís safer to treat them as your personal main character and keep them balanced.

What does that word mean?
Erm, you should probably try a dictionary for that one, youíll get a quicker response. Sorry, I really like fancy adjectives. Itís a problem. T:

Can I use this? Can I edit the colours and draw wacky pictures all over it?
Go for your life, no need to ask. And sure. q:
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:iconeuphoniouscacophony:
EuphoniousCacophony Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I just did this in my head and I got a perfect 60 for my OC. Awesome! :D
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Punkichi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
was a lot of fun~ thanks for the great word usage as well! punkichi.deviantart.com/art/Ba…
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:iconmstiemiss:
MSTieMiss Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Artist
Used it. Thanks!
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Leaves-from-the-Vine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, exactly 60 ^^ I didn't expect that
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Jadeitea Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yay, got a 59 score for my main, that's near perfect! Thank you so much for this. :)
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no worries!
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noleah Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014   Digital Artist
I just came across this randomly and I don't really actually do memes but I have been wondering if my characters (really just one in particular) is/are really off-balanced. I was pretty surprised he got a 61 x3 Anyway I just came by to say I enjoyed it, and really the only things I can think of for improvements might be to add a couple more along the lines of/similar to extend of loyalty, stubbornness, and power-hungry-ness (pfft I'm terrible with adjectives) but mostly just because those some more prominent parts of my character that I didn't get to express through this X3

Anyways I know this like a whole 2 years late and yeah it'd be reeeally long if it was made ot fit of every single character type, but anyway, maybe if you make another or something it'll be helpful. But I really liked this, and it was exactly what I needed for this character, and I'll definitely be coming back to this later on ^^
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are good ideas for additions! If I do ever update it I'll add those in. Thanks.
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GospodinP Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hm, I'd have done -2,-1,0,1,2 instead of 1,2,3,4,5, but this is nice and elegant!  I love it!
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is probably a better idea, if I ever update this I'll do that. thank you
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Dogthatkills Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Im using this /.\
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StarbrightAngel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013

Geez, and I thought I had a large vocabulary.

Meme looks fun!

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:iconmiutari:
Miutari Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow..I really like this meme! :)
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:iconmxteddybear:
MxTeddybear Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did the thing 
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wyum Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, thanks for using it!
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jjungg Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconclairerose3399: did this with one of her characters once. I saw it and was very interested. :D :+fav: ed it! :D Might do it over summer vacation. No promises though! :)
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, no worries! Thanks!
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:iconjjungg:
jjungg Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe! :giggle: :D No prob! :D :hug:
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:iconremnants-of-life:
remnants-of-life Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Did this awesome meme~
[link]

Oh, and I love your vocabulary.
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:iconthemoonshinepirate:
TheMoonshinePirate Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's the name of the awesome font on the awesome meme? :D
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WerewTerrefGrin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
This score card is nicely balanced :'D

I'm gonna have to take a hard look at this with some of my dudes... :D
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, cool, thanks!
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Altair01 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd do this meme if I'd know what the words mean ;w; ....


OTL
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha. Pick up a dictionary, man! Broaden your horizons! Vocab is THE BEST!
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:iconfyuvix:
Fyuvix Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like your version of the original I did! Would you mind if I used this 5pt format for a revamp of mine?
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Oh yeah, I remember your one! Mine isn't directly a version or adaption of yours, rather they are both different versions of the same idea. And sure, that would be cool with me, go ahead!
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:iconfyuvix:
Fyuvix Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Chrono-Dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
but in truth it was really useful and prolly will use again
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Chrono-Dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]

behold
a fairly fugly picture and a kind of creepy bio.

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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, super interesting species idea! Cool, thanks for showing me :3
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Chrono-Dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry bout the picture though
I was unsure about whether or not it was going to be too 'nightmare' fuel-ish
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh no apology necessary!
Ah, a healthy dose of nightmares can be a good thing...? q:
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cherryjjv Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love all the fancy adjectives X3
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JessamineDiane Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting meme.
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lucas420 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
used thank you! [link]
[i used it for a lot of ocs XD very helpful!]
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah awesome, thanks! What a cute picture, too :3
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:iconlucas420:
lucas420 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
wow thank you !! <3333
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lucas420 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is good!!!
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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peacemakerwarfreak Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is very interesting! I want to do this! XD
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Go ahead if you like (:
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:iconpeacemakerwarfreak:
peacemakerwarfreak Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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xCatTasticx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
[link] Done! :D
By the way, I LOVE your vocabulary.
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Thanks :3
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Paralissa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link]

Did it!
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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baldanders Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
what roleplaying game?
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:iconmuffinpoodle:
muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not a roleplaying game per se, i mean like...a roleplay as in, two or more people having their own characters and making them interact, creating a story together
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baldanders Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
i know what that means. i done it before. i'll hold onto this one... just in case. maybe my OC could have one...
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