177 – Creating Character Chemistry

The Mythcreant Podcast
Characters that spend a lot of time together need to have a certain spark, a certain pop, a certain fizz. They need to interact in such a way that makes us want to see them interact more. That’s character chemistry, and it’s what we’re talking about today. How do you create character chemistry? What’s the difference between platonic and romantic chemistry? What about antagonistic chemistry? We’ll discuss all that and more. Plus, you’ll get to hear some really bad chemistry jokes.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Harry Potter

Ginny Weasley


Seven of Nine




Darker Than Black

Queer Baiting

Much Ado About Nothing


The Joker



Plus One


Carpe Jugulum



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  1. SunlessNick

    The think that most strikes me about Tuvok and Seven is that he’s the only character who realised that after the young age she’d been assimilated, she was never going to be human in the way Janeway wanted of her. Whatever indivuality she developed was going to be something else, and needed help finding out what it was, not a roadmap she could never follow.

  2. Saumya Kulp

    Awesome article!

  3. tesst

    Great !

  4. Lillian

    Thanks for another great podcast Mythcreants!

    Listening to the bit about the similarities between romantic and platonic relationships, I was thinking that the biggest tell characters are having romantic feelings is probably ‘shyness’.

    Friends will grab one another’s hands, look one another in the eye, compliment, hug, etc…
    But when we’re falling in love, we often do these things naturally, and then get all shy over it.

    Pull away, look away, downplay the feeling with which we meant something…

    Romantic feelings often seem to make humans shy, so maybe that’s a way of differentiating the type of relationship characters are heading towards?

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      That’s a good thought Lillian! Shyness might not be universal to romantic feelings, but it can certainly be a strong indicator.

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