One of the things that can make a character unique is adding a quirk. We're all a little odd, aren't we? I know I am. Some of those endearing (or not so endearing) idiosyncrasies can make an MC or supporting character - or even antagonist - jump to life. It has to fit though. It has to feel real. I totally believe that my daughter's unicorn could be sneaking around eating socks. :D Here let's use some actual examples, shall we?
- Hermione Granger can't resist getting questions right, even when it's inappropriate. Think of the Minister revealing Dumbledore's will. She can't help but mention the snitch's touch memory even though it may not be in their best interest. Or the slightly manic look she gets when planning the foray into the ministry that Harry associates with "revision".
- (from my daughter) Avery in Charlotte's Web enjoys collecting weird objects.
- President Snow in the Hunger Games will forever be associated with roses. When he left one behind in District 12 in Mockingjay, chills ran up my spine.
- Hobbits in LOTR have "second breakfasts" a pastime that still makes me smile.
What kind of quirks have you used for your characters? What are some of your favorites that you've read? Do you believe in sock munching unicorns?