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"Help, I have too many characters!" Hopefully I can help with that.
I know that once you realize that character creation ideas are limited only to the imagination, it can get pretty overwhelming and you might wind up with tons of extra characters you don’t need. It’s a rare few of us who enjoy making characters for fun (seriously I have about a thousand I’ve never used, literally). Assuming you’re the kind of person who likes to use most of what you make, then here are some tips for whittling down too many ideas into a satisfactory amount.
The biggest thing to help you out is combining characters and it couldn’t be simpler. You have twenty character ideas where you only want to write six characters. That doesn’t mean you have to delete fourteen characters! First of all, don’t delete anything until you’ve combined everything relevant and necessary. I will give a visible example of what I mean by combining characters. Here we have four separate characters with seemingly nothing in common except for their gender. I’ll combine them, taking as much as I can from each and weeding out the traits which either conflict or are undesirable after all.
A: 40 years old, tall, dark hair, large, scars on his body, wrinkled skin, PTSD, coffee lover, fisherman, ocean animal enthusiast, great reflexes, uncontrollable flashbacks often interrupt his daily life
B: 24 years old, tan skin, green eyes, young face, vegetarian, has that youthful spark in his eye, brave, optimistic, charismatic, athletic when younger
C: 35 years old, dark skin, acts like he doesn’t care but really does, emotionally sensitive but hides it under a tough guy act, clever, picky, bossy
D: 38 years old, often wears hats, artistic, painter, gentleman, enjoys old music, needs quiet, doesn’t like kids, not a fan of modern places
I wind up with E: A: 30 years old, tall, , dark tan skin, green eyes, dark hair, large, scars on his body, wrinkled skin damaged from chemicals, PTSD, coffee lover, fisherman, ocean animal enthusiast, great reflexes, uncontrollable flashbacks often interrupt his daily life, vegetable lover, brave, athletic when younger, acts like he doesn’t care but really does, emotionally sensitive but hides it under a tough guy act, clever, picky, bossy, often wears hats, artistic, painter, gentleman, enjoys old music, needs quiet, doesn’t like kids, not a fan of modern places
Now I have a much more developed character whose general idea is painted pretty well in your minds. I could have written the four separately, but the one I wound up with is more interesting. Note that this can get really hard when you’ve got a picture in your mind of what each of the characters looks like before combining them. For this, I suggest typing out the descriptions of the way that the others looked before you combined them, and saved them for later when maybe you can’t think of other character visual descriptions.
The more details you add the better of course. It may seem simple and self-explanatory, but a lot of people don’t ever think of combining characters because they only see characters individually even though there might have only ever been one sentence to describe them. I used to think that way too, but combining characters is a skill almost as useful as creating the characters when it comes to narrowing down who and what you’re going to write. If some people have too many characters to orchestrate, they may never get the story done.
A quick guide suggesting what to do if you have too many characters. Obviously certain characters can't be combined if they're too different. But generally speaking, most can, I believe. Hope this guide helps ya, and that it reaches across to many people. 
If this guide wasn't what you're looking for, that's fine, keep looking. But if you don't like it, I definitely don't need to hear about it. Any rude comments will be hidden. 

.:Be Original:.WE ALL HAVE A VOICE.
• It’s been done before: Lots of people will tell you that no matter what you write, it’s been done before. But while this is true to some extent, it isn’t what you think. So much creativity gets hindered and discouraged when people basically tell you that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never come up with anything original. And that couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether or not it’s a struggle for you, it’s always worth it to come up with your own unique and original idea not based off anything else. I’m going to show you an example of just why originality is not dead. The following paragraph can be interpreted in a variety of different ways.
• In-story example: The world was wide open but KD often felt trapped. KD was a tall brunette with long hair, and sun-tanned skin save a few silvery skin scars from events in the not too distant past. Echoes of voices could be heard about, but they never got
  .:Traits Missing From Today's Characters:.~Something’s Missing~
• NOTE: This is a generally speaking list, again, directed at the major characters of stories/books/movies/television of the modern times. I know there exist characters with these traits; I just think they are rare and should be brought more to attention if you're looking to expand your character diversity and add realism.
• Humility: This is the big one that I think a lot of characters are missing. Lots of the mains I see today don't even have a shred of this or if they do it’s forced into them. How about writing a person who’s naturally humble? These people are amazing. They don’t seek to exalt themselves. They give credit to others.
• Pushover: Unfortunately most main characters I see will push back if the world tries to push them down. But this is SO unimaginably unrealistic. I feel like a lot of people wouldn’t, or they’d try and fail. Some people, if pushed around or pushed down to the ground, will stay d
  .:Character Stereotypes To Avoid And Fix:.~Character stereotypes and how to avoid em~
• WHY: Why are stereotypes bad? They are predictable, boring, annoying, cliché, flat, one-dimensional, need I go on? There’s no advantage to a character stereotype. They water down amazing plots and hinder a mediocre story that could become a great one. I’m not saying at all to avoid predictability so much that your character is all over the place, but, avoid complete stereotyping.
• START: For the sake of simplicity in describing your character to someone else, you may want to use some stereotype wording to paint a quick idea. BUT be careful, and show that your character is more than just that. For example my character Cecelia Hazel is a dumb pretty popular cheerleader with powers. But she’s a kind person who doesn't really get mad. She has powers but she is never a good fighter. She tries martial arts but fails at it. From the assumption of the stereotype “cheerleader” you could assume Cecelia


.:OC Bio Creation Tips:.~Valuable Character Bio Creation Advice And Information~
• NONO: The BIGGEST nono for bios is putting something like “unknown” or “N/A” in a bio category of a character. First of all, why did you even include that category in your bio just to pass it up? It’s an eyeroll for a serious writer to see these things in bios. Even if the character or other characters don't know their name or even their age or parents, it should ALWAYS be listed in the bio. These are things that everyone has (unless they are a robot).
• CATEGORIES: I have included a blank bio form with all the categories I find to be necessary when explaining an in depth well rounded character. It’s okay to maybe get rid of some categories for simplicity’s sake but some are obviously necessary. On the other end of things, don't add too much! Bios with too many categories are just as obnoxious to fill out as they are for other people to read!! You want to have a bio form tha
  .:Character Likeability:.Likeability
• RELATIVE: People are attracted to different characters. Not necessarily as in the “Wow he’s hot” kind of way but they feel drawn to different aspects of a character for personal reasons. It’s all relative. Unfortunately there is very rarely a character that everybody, including nonconformists like me, seem to love. So in this guide I’m going to address the main aspects of a character to add likeability too.
• REALISM: Generally speaking, people like realistic things. Even in a fantasy world. To appeal to these people, make sure you have your characters acting and reacting the way that actual people would in their lives. Don't have them do anything unnatural. God forbid do not write the characters so inconsistently that they appear out of character for parts of the story as well. This is kind of a general unspoken rule of writing, but yes, people know the way people are expected to act and react and if your character doesn't follow
  .:Character Concept Design Diversity:.PERSONALITY: The absolute most important part to adding diversity to your characters is creating a deep, multifaceted personality description for them that no one else could have come up with. If you want to try and challenge yourself, avoid using tons of one word descriptors and elaborate on how that word applies instead. Show your character’s habits, tendencies, mood shifts, subjective preferences, tastes, distastes, actions, reactions, and all around sense of self. The MINIMUM for describing a decently thought out personality would be 200 words. Anything shorter than that is in danger of sounding like a mish mosh of standard traits. I challenge you to get up to 400 or even 500 words long of personality description if you want quality.
NAME: Choosing a name with a different letter to start with can be your foothold to creating a name that has a different sound than the rest of your group. Avoid making a group of characters with the same first letter or sound if not intentional.


My groups: :iconthehalfa: :iconcecelia-wenn-garth: :iconnextgenoc: :icontraditionalvocaloids:
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AKATSUKIGIRL47 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My problem exactly.  I adopt my and then I have to think of what to do with them all I sometimes just give them to other people 
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
yeah
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AKATSUKIGIRL47 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
This guide can help me figure out what to with all my newset 10 I adopted two weeks ago lol
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
i hope xD
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AKATSUKIGIRL47 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Yah hahaha
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
XD
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AKATSUKIGIRL47 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:3
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:3
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DarkCougar55S Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad that I'm not only one who did that, lol. I did always felt guilty for drew too many characters when I was a young teen that I never use them for my short stories and a few novels. Now, I think it's lucky that I did have a plenty to look through my old characters without creating any more original characters. I did re-draw some characters and to add a little biography about them, but they're still hold on because I'm still working on my own novel (since 2013). =)
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
no way! dont feel bad lol keep doing it if its what you want, of course. but some people are specifically looking to funnel down their ideas and lower their character count, and this guide's for them. its absolutely ok to keep them as they are though XD
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DarkCougar55S Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, dear! Sometimes, I actually enjoy drawing OCs. :aww:
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
lol cool me too
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ChronoWither Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This describes me, but I got rid of most of my 1st generation ocs because I don't work on them anymore. I moved some of them(Just Shang, Sung Ki, and Jin)  into my 3rd version characters story and make them adults because they fit and they're ghosts too.
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
ive heard of multiple people with the similar,struggle tho
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
i would hate to see you get rid of a lot, because youre so creative
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ChronoWither Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, but I could reuse them for a different story, but right now I'm focusing on my story version that will give me less stress from the seven stories that I shared with Hallodream.
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
ok cool
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
well im glad youre able to make them fit
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PivotBeginner Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
Are you helping with character skills too?
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
What kind?
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