- The ability to learn from their mistakes.
- The ability to develop relationships with other characters.
- Having not only the wish to improve themselves but the ability and discipline to get on with it!
- Being able to recognise the good in others and questioning official wisdom when necessary. (No government ever gets it entirely right after all).
- Not worrying about what others think of them but being true to themselves always.
- They don't boast. They acknowledge their own weaknesses.
- They have phenomenally good reasons for acting the way they do (and funnily enough this is especially true for well crafted villains).
- They don't ill treat others for the sake of it. Even a villain has to have good sound reasons (at least from their viewpoint) for their actions - and what villain is going to risk having their minions rebel in protest at ill treatment when that isn't necessary? (They also won't want a hero/heroine being able to exploit a weakness here).
- Where appropriate to the story, having the ability to come to terms with their past or move on from it. To not allow themselves to be sunk by grief, bitterness etc.
- Accepting the need to change, where necessary, and doing so.
What I like to see in any character in any story:-
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.