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 Characters are what make a story interesting. The story build on good characters keeps the reader interested in reading far into the night. Of course, the characters must be well suited for the story and fit into the plot. Good characters are so realistic they seem to step right off the page. Of course the characters in the book are many. You need a hero and perhaps also a heroine. You need a villain who challenges the hero and the heroine. You need supporting characters who assist the hero and the heroine, and you will need assorted minor characters who flesh out subplots. Only a few excellent authors can make characters out of whole cloth. The rest of us tend to borrow them from real life and then adjust them or modify them to fit the story. I will admit that I frequently have borrowed my friends, and after renaming them adjust their personalities to meet the type of character I need. In some cases, I have had success merging the personalities of three or four people to make the character I need for my book. Now we no longer need to make characters for our novels. Ready-made characters are supplied to us by the US government. If you need a character, any type of character,  look at members of Congress. The House of Representatives alone has hundreds of characters, and the Senate adds another 100 characters. Some of these men and women are great comic figures, some are buffoons. If you need a character who is highly patriotic, at least on the surface almost any congressperson will do. If you need a good villain, there are plenty of scoundrels in office. Character flaws add tremendously to any character. You find one many of these flaws in the men and women of our Congress. Of course you will need to carefully rename the characters to avoid libel suits.