As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something small, like having a green thumb or being good with animals, to a larger and more competitive talent like stock car racing or being an award-winning film producer.
When choosing a talent or skill, think about the personality of your character, his range of experiences and who his role models might have been. Some talents might be genetically imparted while others are created through exposure (such as a character talented at fixing watches from growing up in his father’s watch shop) or grow out of interest (archery, wakeboarding, or magic). Don’t be afraid to be creative and make sure the skill or talent is something that works with the scope of the story.
Description: having unusual or extraordinary physical strength
Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: being physically fit, being flexible
Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: adventurous, ambitious, confident, disciplined, competitive
Required Resources and Training: As with most skills, strength is a natural ability that is enhanced with practice and exercise. A strong person who works out, eats well, and takes care of her body will become even stronger. To build upon one’s natural strength, a person might exercise frequently, possibly hiring a personal trainer to maximize one’s fitness efforts. They may also enter competitions and contests to give them something to work toward and spur them on to making the most possible progress.
Associated Stereotypes: Super strength is usually associated with superheroes, but there are real people who are naturally stronger than others and are capable of extraordinary feats of strength. Typically, enhanced strength is portrayed as a male trait, usually among bodybuilders and weightlifters.
Associated Perceptions: When one thinks of an incredibly strong person, the image of a muscle-bound body builder comes to mind. But while many times that can be an accurate representation, strength can also come in smaller packages. Ample evidence exists of other factors that contribute to strength apart from muscle mass (see the Resources for Further Information section). There is also the perception that strong people are strong in every physical way, able to lift, press, squat, throw, and carry extraordinary amounts of weight. To switch things up, consider creating a character who is exceptionally strong in a given area.
Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful:
- in a strength contest
- in a fistfight
- in a catastrophe, when heavy debris must be moved to pave a way or save someone’s life
- when it’s beneficial to impress someone important
- to excel in a certain sport in which one’s area of strength is an asset
- when the mere threat of violence or power is enough to affect change
Resources for Further Information:
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