I recently watched the RJFS video on character trees, and I found it extremely useful, so I decided to do one for the lead character in a TV series concept I’m developing, so here it is, Let me know what you think.
Griffin Flynn: Character Tree
Skinny, lean, a fighter, but not a brawler. Punk clothing and hairstyle, tattoos and piercings to match. Wears eyeliner to display a slightly feminine side, but also to draw attention to his intense stare. Handsome, in a rather androgynous fashion.
First and foremost, Griffin wants to survive. With a life of poverty surrounding, his most pressing goal is to sustain his existence from day to day, as well as the existence of his immediate friends and family. As a former resistance fighter and convicted traitor, he also attempts on most occasions to avoid danger, something which causes him to clash with many of his friends.
Griffin’s sarcastic and melancholy nature leads him to a need for practical jokes and witticisms. He is at home when he wins an argument and even takes pleasure in belittling his opponent. His artistic passion and repressed need for rebellion often leads him to graffiti or mild vandalism, as well as writing politically charged literature. He also enjoys his fair share of wine, women and rock music.
Griffin exudes a quiet, controlled power with his voice and mannerisms. He is always thinking, and as such often has little physical tick, which he hides well. His dress, piercings and tattoos all attempt to intimidate and, in some cases, make up for his slim stature.
Griffin is smart and tactical. He attempts to maintain an economical and logical approach to most things, backed up by a large IQ and vast general knowledge.
Griffin’s true rebellious nature often shines through his practicality and he often finds himself falling into flare and extravaganza. His passionate and thrill-seeking nature has lead to bursts of excitement and severe drug binges.
All in all, Griffin is a rebel with a brain and an impossible purpose. He maintains a teetering balance between Will Hunting and Tyler Durden, juggling his impulsive, passionate bursts of inspiration with keen wit and sharp, pragmatic thinking. He is an untamed poet, engaging in both unruly behaviour and womanising, as well as smart, passionate and engaging writing.