Have you ever created a character who have famous or infamous parents, siblings, grandparents, or other close family members who forced them to live up to their expectations, when they are their own person?
I shall use my characters as an example of what I am trying to get at.
Solai eins Naivin is the son of Solanna who was the Sovereign of the whole planet/she ruled the world. Solanna was an powerhouse of a monarch and a confident yet loving woman who truly cared about people. Solai knows his mother is a great leader, role model, and even mother, but he could never be exactly like her and because of that people are expecting so much from him since his mother was a great and amazing ruler.
Jorildyn Calverstone is the heiress to the Top Five High Elite Families and she just wanted do her own thing, hence becoming a Knight. But being known as the Calverstone princess, people often assume she would follow after her family’s footsteps. Yet when she became a Knight, people view her as that rich kid who parents placed her in the situation for fun. Jorildyn loves her family who equally love her back, but she never wanted to be like her family who are great people in the business world and wanted to be her own person.
Faust Thornwood is a prince hailing from a family of royal criminals who work in crime related dark magical arts, but he, like Jorildyn wanted to be a knight and help people. His older brother and current king is the talented and amazing one, who has high hopes for Faust. But Faust doesn’t want to be anything like his brother and prefers to help others. Plus his older brother is psychotic and sadistic as sin and his other family members are abusive in their own way.
Nicholas Scarlett is a prince in name only since his nation was invaded and now the once royal title feels like an insult and spit to the face these days. His parents, the former monarchs are the reason why his country was invaded and why he and his sisters are forced to deal with oppression of their invaders and hatred from their own people. Because of his parents betrayal, Nicholas and his sisters have deal with people believing that they’ll become as horrible as their traitorous parents. When they are nothing like them and want to save the kingdom.
Demetrius Steelcrest is another prince who comes from a family of arrogant, spoiled, warmongering extremist who would rather flaunt their wealth and prove just how amazing they are and belittle people who aren’t amazing as them. Demetrius hates his family and even more after what happened to his twin sister and his mother who he thought died. His father wants him to be a great ruler like him and his grandfather. Demetrius doesn’t want to live up to his family’s expectations and rather not be known as a Steelcrest because of it.
Do you have characters like this in your stories or not? Have you ever written characters like this? Do plan on doing so?
Thought and Feelings?
NOTE: The characters great family members can either be alive or dead or whatever.