Whether you believe in astrology or not, the personality types of zodiac signs have resonated with people for centuries, and that makes them interesting and useful for a writer. I don’t necessarily believe in it, but then again, I do fit Aquarius very well, so who knows?
For these posts, I’m focusing on the most commonly discussed attributes for each zodiac sign. Please don’t get mad if what I say about your sign doesn’t describe you, because I really can’t do anything about that! This is just for character creation. Let’s take a look at Aries!
Here are six good qualities of an Aries:
And here are six not-so-good qualities.
An Aries protagonist will entertain your readers, and will galvanize and occasionally exasperate the other characters in your story.
If she’s in a work situation, she might propose innovative new ideas. She’s not afraid to take the lead, and her energy gets other people revved up. She’ll bravely take on daunting tasks, like saving a dog from a burning building, facing down the abusive boss, or cleaning out the office refrigerator.
Is she an ideal co-worker? Not really. She might fidget through meetings and argue too much. Some of her new ideas are too far-fetched to work—and if she’s the boss, she’ll implement them anyway. She might leave a project half-finished, and she sucks at getting her paperwork in on time.
If he’s in a love situation, he might seem sweep someone off of their feet, or come on too strong. He may fall too hard or too quickly for the wrong person–possibly again and again. He’ll probably have inventive and possibly extravagant ideas for early dates.
He’s exciting, but can one really depend on him? To make a long-term relationship work, he’s going to have to control his quick temper and consider the other person’s opinion as well as his own. Even though he craves novelty and excitement, he’ll have to learn how to find it within the framework of the relationship. His partner may need to mix things up now and again, in one way or another, to keep him happy. As a lover, he’s passionate, spontaneous, and likes to take charge.
An Aries mom or dad won’t put their life on hold for their kids–they will still find time for their own things. They might arrange an exciting weekend adventure for the family, but won’t put up with any backseat whining on the way.
As a protagonist or villain, an Aries will be sure she knows better than anyone else, but her lack of attention to detail may be her downfall.
Want some examples of independent, energetic, courageous, enthusiastic, spontaneous, driven characters? Okay! I’m kind of geek in my viewing habits, so my examples reflect that. I have no idea when any of these characters’ birthdays are, but I think they exemplify the Aries spirit.
The Doctor, from Doctor Who.
Eowyn from Lord of the Rings.
Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Jo March from Little Women.
Fred and George Weasley from Harry Potter.
Captain Kirk, I think! (Dayton Ward will correct me if I’m wrong, maybe.)
Arya Stark from Game of Thrones.
And Tony Stark…probably the most quintessential Aries on my list.
If any other Aries-type characters come to mind, or if you have other thoughts about Aries, please share them in the comments!
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