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Questions tagged [character-development]

For questions about character development — how a character's personality is fleshed out as a work progresses, about their back-story and what happens to characters after works complete.

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Who was Tolkien’s inspiration for Éowyn?

It’s well known that Tolkien’s own romance with his wife, Edith, was his inspiration for Lúthien and the romance (and tragedy) of Beren and Lúthien. (So much so that “Beren” and “Lúthien” are ...
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What happened to Zathras when Babylon-4 disappeared back in time?

This is similar to one of my other questions, but instead of asking about the station, I am asking about a character who was on the station. When Babylon-4 was nearing the final stages of ...
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What happened to Pius Thicknesse after his misfortunate term as the Minister?

From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Pottermore, we know that Pius Thicknesse has been sacked and replaced by Kingsley Shacklebolt, who made a successful Minister of Magic. But what happened ...
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Norby’s time travel capability?

When did Norby, of the series of the same name by Isaac and Janet Asimov, gain his hyperspace and time travel capabilities? My guess is he gained them when he was first made. I first put this on the ...
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Is Alan from “The Amazing World of Gumball” really a good guy?

During most episodes he appears in, Alan Keane is portrayed as a good "person", always striving to take care of others to the point of sacrificing himself in multiple occasions. This has always been a ...
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Was Michael Eddington's development worked out from the time of his initial introduction?

Initially, he is But of course, I'm referring to his
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Why did Luke fail in the cave on Degobah? [duplicate]

In the Empire Strikes Back, just as Luke is leaving Degobah to rescue Han and Leia on Cloud City, Yoda and Ben attempt to convince him to stay and finish his training. YODA: Luke, you must ...
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Did Ron become less intelligent as the series progressed?

I was just considering some of the slightly silly and immature things that Ron says in the books. Particularly, him being slightly slower to grasp plot points or realise things compared to Harry stuck ...
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How did Gendry start to work for Tobho Mott?

While investigating Jon Arryn's death, Eddard Stark comes to learn that Jon and Stannis regularly visited Tobho Mott's weaponsmith to check up on a young boy, Gendry, Robert Baratheon's bastard son. ...
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Is Snoke a part of Operation: Cinder?

Apart from the new expanded universe canon in Star Wars, followers of additional tie-in content are learning new things about the final days of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine, including that he was ...
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What is Inara's backstory?

It's hinted at a few times in Firefly that Inara, like most of the crew, has an interesting past. Most notably, see the following conversation between Mal and Nandi in episode 13, "Heart of Gold": ...
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In The Gifted, is Otto Strucker the result of incest?

Watched the latest episode of The Gifted ("threat of eXtinction") yesterday on holiday. It shows Andrea and Andreas von Strucker in a flashback. Later, the character Reed Strucker goes to visit his ...
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Why doesn't Briar initially believe in magic?

In Sandry's Book, Briar initially seems to be skeptical of not only his own magic, but the existence of magic in general (which, given its apparent prevalence in the world and at Winding Circle in ...
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Why did Sirius's outlook towards House Elves change drastically from GoF to OotP?

During the trio's meeting with Sirius in his Hogsmeade hideout, Sirius seems to be much kinder towards House Elves. "Hermione's obsessed with house-elfs," Ron muttered to Sirius, casting Hermione a ...
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How Come Harry couldn't see thestrals in his second and fourth year? [duplicate]

If Harry had witnessed his mother's death at age one, how come he couldn't see the thestrals on the carriage? Many people may argue that he hadn't registered that she died at the time. And JK has ...
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Did Neville Longbottom ever know of his own importance?

I have always found the prophecy story-arc through-out the Harry potter books to be especially intriguing. In some respects, I've always thought it was a "hat tip" to the conceptual butterfly effect&...
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Did Harry Potter know that Draco Malfoy redeemed himself?

Inspired by these 2 questions: Did Draco Malfoy Demonstrate Any Level of Redemption By the End of the HP Series? and What kind of man did Draco Malfoy become? In the Epilogue, Draco married Astoria ...
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How profoundly did Bor Gullet affect Bodhi?

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bodhi Rook is interrogated by the seemingly telepathic creature, Bor Gullet. Saw Gerrera gives us a small amount of background on Bor Gullet by saying: "Bor Gullet ...
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How much can regeneration change the Doctor (any timelord)?

We know that Doctor's character is changed with every regeneration, but we don't know where is the borderline. He eats different (sometimes very strange) things. He is in different ages and looks. ...
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Why did Nala Se care about how many clone lives Anakin saved in Shadow of Malevolence?

At the end of Shadow of Malevolence (Season 1, Episode 3) from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Kaminoan healer Nala Se (one of the original engineers of clones) says to Anakin: General Skywalker, I ...
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What race is being discussed here?

In the novel "Heir to The Empire", we have the following scene: Halfway across the room, one of the sculptures had not disappeared with the others. Sitting all alone in its globe of light, it ...
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Was Penguin always intended to be a main character in the Gotham TV series?

In the television series Gotham, was the Penguin originally written as a main character, or did the actor make the character so popular the writers made the role bigger for him? (TVTropes warning)
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How important is it for Superman to see the light of day? [duplicate]

As we all know, Superman is supposed to get his super powers from Earth's yellow Sun. It almost sounds like he needs exposure to daylight every so often to keep them. How important is it for Superman ...
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Kylo Ren's persona

At the beginning of The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren's appearance kept his persona as a mysterious and powerful being. Powerful enough to stop a laser bolt mid air, and to extract the information from the ...
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Is canon Boba Fett deserving of his reputation? [duplicate]

Boba Fett is a pure, unmodified clone of Jango Fett, the best bounty hunter in the galaxy of his time. This is a reputation that Boba Fett appears to have eventually attained as well. He also has a ...
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Does Galadriel have a natural tendency towards evil?

With reference to the answer in Was Morgoth still a dominant power in Middle earth during the War of the Ring? It says that all matter from outside the Blessed Realm, as a part of Arda Marred, is ...
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Will Yoda's species ever be revealed?

The TFA character Maz Kanata draws some parallels with Yoda in terms of the role she plays in the new trilogy of movies: Wise ancient Force-sensitive who is a mentor figure of sorts. Like Yoda, she is ...
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How did Bram Stoker portray Count Dracula's “aroma”?

How did Bram Stoker portray Count Dracula's scent? Did the Vampire smell in the same way the bathe once a year if YOU'RE lucky humans of the era around him smelled, or did he have a faint tell tale ...
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Was Red Shirt Security a rotating detail, like K.P, or was it a dedicated branch of Star Fleet like the M.P's are to the US Army?

As I channel surfed the other day, I accidentally found an episode of Star Trek TOS, and I settled in to watch it. As always, it was a bad day to be a landing party Red Shirt Security person. Their ...
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Who/What are the First Order stormtroopers? [duplicate]

I just returned from watching the movie, and I'm not sure if I heard this wrongly since everything was going on for the first time to me and I was busy absorbing everything in the movie as it happened:...
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What was the name of the dam lake from which the Watcher in the Water guarded the the entrance to Moria?

According to J.R.R. Toljien canon (maps, footnotes, or even the books themselves) what was the name of the lake from which the Watcher in the Water guarded the entrance to Moria?
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The only human Podracer, the builder of his own Podracer, the winner of Boonta Eve Classic. Was there off world fame for Anakin for his feats?

According to canon, was there any off world fame to go along with Anakin's feats of building his own Podracer, being the only human to successfully Podrace, and being the the only human to win the ...
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Any official evidence that Rey is based on early “Star Wars” concept art?

In The Force Awakens, it would seem a lot of the "new" designs for characters and objects are, in fact, highly informed by concept art that was generated during the early stages of development on the ...
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(Disney Canon) Do Stormtroopers have a bad reputation for shooting straight?

4 years ago, this question has already been answered here. A lot has happened since then, however, most notable of which is the overhaul of canon to Disney's specifications and the relegation of the ...
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Who created the version of Kilgrave in the Jessica Jones TV series?

I am curious, who is behind this version of the main villain (played by David Tennant) in Marvel's Jessica Jones TV series? I don't mean the character itself (which I believe is from the comics), I ...
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How does Narnia's Father Christmas work?

While reading this question, I began to wonder how Santa/Father Christmas works according to the Narnia series. We know he's a real person (since the children meet him in the first published book) ...
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Vampirates: is there any information on Lorcan's “crossing story”?

Over the course of Justin Somper's Vampirates series, Grace gathers a lot of "crossing stories" (stories of a person's death and subsequent revival as a vampire) from Vampirates including Sidorio, ...
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Why did Rick burp less frequently in season 2?

In the brilliant sci-fi cartoon Rick and Morty, one of Rick's most obvious idiosyncrasies is his constant, mid-sentence burping. However, this quirk was far more pronounced in the first season than ...
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Do we know how Clara will leave Series 9 of Doctor Who?

The BBC have confirmed that Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) will be leaving Doctor Who at some point during Series 9. At this stage, do we know whether the character will: die (for the first time in new ...
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Why is Admiral Daala considered a competent commander?

In the Star Wars Legends canon, Admiral Natasi Daala is often thought of - both by herself and by others - as a competent, even brilliant, commander. And yet, every one of her campaigns was a dismal ...
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Is there behind-the-scenes information on which came first, Bender's name, function or alcoholism?

Bender's name is a nice bit of wordplay because he is a bending unit, and also alcoholic (goes on benders). But this reference[1] in Wikipedia says he was named after the character John Bender from ...
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Could any of the “Chosen” have ever turned back to the Light?

I know that the Forsaken helped Rand, for their own gain or to harm rivals. But did any ever come back from being Chosen? Could they? Asmodean is the closest thing that comes to mind, but he was still ...
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Do any Rick and Morty materials provide information about Rick's backstory?

With only 21 episodes released to date, we have precious little information about Rick and his biography. As I understand it, though, there are comic books based on the show, and I was wondering if ...
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Does Kal-El have documented pastimes or hobbies beyond fighting as Superman for “truth, justice & the American way” & being Clark Kent?

Beyond passing himself off as mild mannered Clark Kent and fighting for "truth, justice and the American way" as Superman, does Kal-El have any documented pastimes that could be considered as a hobby? ...
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Who Started Fighting Crime First Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne?

I know Superman predates Batman as far as first appearances in the comic books (1938 v 1939), but as far as the different universes go its not clear to me which character started vigilantism first. ...
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Buck Rogers and Starbuck

Is there any (out of universe) connection between the in many ways similar characters Buck Rogers (1978) and Starbuck (Battlestar Galactica, same year)? E.g. same writers who just liked the name, a ...
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Why does Spock come across as so vague and submissive throughout Star Trek V: The Final Frontier?

One of the frustrating aspects of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is the vague and submissive conduct of Spock throughout, even taking into account the fact that Sybok is his half-brother. It really ...
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Not-So-Grim Reaper

In current media the personification of Death is often shown as a fairly pleasant and sympathetic character, as in the Sandman graphic novels and some of the original Twilight Zone episodes. How far ...
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What's the backstory of the Emerald Herald in Dark Souls 2?

I was very confused when the Emerald Herald said that she was "born of dragons, (and) contrived by men". Who or What is she? Who created her, and for what purpose?
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character development in Lord of the Rings? [closed]

Recently I was discussing novels with a friend, who said that all major characters should change and develop across the course of any good novel. But it seems to me that in LotR (which no SFF fan can ...