Do lead characters in books have to be good roll models for society?

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  1. Midnattblod

    Midnattblod Ranger of Shadow

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    I don't think they need to be, but at the same time I think there are certain things that should bind them to something other then just plain going out killing everything that moves sort of thing. imperfections and whatnot help make the main character relatable imo
     
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    No, they have to represent what they are intended to represent.
     
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    PerFolmer Citizen of Urth.

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    I'm guessing I'd be terribly bored if that was the case.
     
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    ^ Quite true.
     
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    I think it is the flaws in a character that makes them interesting. For the protagonist, how they can succeed despite their mental, physical or emotional problems. For the protagonist their flaw can be what drives them to win. Whether someone is a role model can depend greatly on the circumstances. You may not like a character who kills, but what if the do so to save someone else? Does it matter? Sometimes it is also nice to read about someone and think...I'm glad I'm not the one going through this :).
     
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    I prefer my protagonists to be human (even if they aren't physically human). They have opinions, beliefs, things they find agreeable and disagreeable, and won't always please everyone with their decisions....including when they have to make difficult decisions that they themselves may not be proud of.

    They have ticks - idiosyncrasies or bad habits that define the lesser-agreeable side of their personality...possibly even triggers that illicit irrational emotional reactions to certain circumstances.