You’re My Hero Charlie Brown – 5 Tips To Building A More Likable Character

Don’t you just love Charlie Brown? Peanuts is a fan favorite that captures the audience attention especially at holidays. I wouldn’t think of missing the Charlie Brown Christmas episode each year.

So what is it about Charlie Brown and the Peanuts cast that makes us keep coming back for more? We can learn a lot from Charlie Brown like how to cast a strong hero/heroine in our novels.

5 Tips To Building A Strong Character:

1. Make the reader identify with them. Charlie Brown always struggles with being bad at football, conflicted about life and feels like a looser. We can all identify with that sometimes. Notice also that Charlie Brown’s match to the reader identity is in an area of his vulnerability.

2. Make them heroic. I still remember the time as a child when I watched the Charlie Brown Christmas episode for the first time. Charlie Brown saved the little tree and saw it’s potential, even though it seemed pathetic to everyone else. That made Charlie Brown heroic and us viewers like him more.

3. Cast a character that showcases their weakness. Lucy often points out Charlie Brown’s flaws and failures. She showcases his challenges. A character that frustrates our hero/heroine makes us want to root for them. After all, haven’t we all had people who made us crazy?

4. Cast a character that is opposite in personality. Charlie Brown is rather deadpan in his personality, but along comes Snoopy. Snoopy is the quirky, impulsive opposite to Charlie Brown. Snoopy’s opposite personality makes Charlie Brown stand out more.

5. Give them true friends who bring them success. If Charlie Brown portrayed a weak and pathetic character with no friends, we would almost think he is too flawed to like. Linus comes along and gives Charlie Brown wisdom and friendship. Linus obvious likes Charlie Brown and that makes us want to like him, too.

What do you love most about Charlie Brown?

About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

13 thoughts on “You’re My Hero Charlie Brown – 5 Tips To Building A More Likable Character

  1. I love Charlie Brown’s perseverance! I always root for an underdog.

  2. There’s nothing better than a character who we feel sorry for, who’s a hero who sacrifices something, but has a flaw and someone to fight with. I love it when they’re strong enough to fight, too. All these tips are so important to remember, Michelle! Sorry I haven’t been around lately. Hope you had a great vacation and you didn’t hurt yourself dancing on the sofa. Hugs!

  3. Michelle Lim says:

    LOL! Well, the Great Lakes Get AWAY was awesome! So Amazing! Glad to see you here. I love it when characters are strong enough to fight, too!

  4. jeannemt says:

    I love all your character blogs. Today’s point that stood out to me was to cast a character who’s opposite to my hero/heroine. Love it! I’m so glad you had a a great time at your retreat! I can never get enough of them. 🙂

    I’d love to hear your biggest takeaway from the weekend. 🙂

  5. Michelle Lim says:

    The weekend was amazing! Colleen Coble taught so much about the industry that I never knew before. Also, Colleen gave us some new brainstorming ideas and an editing checklist. Not to forget, there is the amazing opportunity to chat with other writers and brainstorm together.

  6. I love it that Charlie Brown still trusts in Lucy enough to try and kick the ball again.

  7. Vincent Franklin says:

    I have loved Peanuts since I was eight years old. At 46, I still can identify with the characters joys, fears, and frustrations. Good ol’ CB is one of my heroes!

  8. […] *Character Like-ability. Check that characters are like-able. Either we can relate to them in some way, or we are concerned for them. Show them doing something admirable, or having a problem we relate to. […]

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