My two major weaknesses in writing are characterization and cartography. I have a habit of focusing on a character's temperament and ignoring the actual fine details that go into making a character. I also have a habit of focusing on a character's development as a fighter than an actual character. This problem is best exemplified through my main protagonist of the flagship of my mythos, Jack Ridley. My goal with Jack is to create a hybrid of a stock shonen hero(Asta, Ichigo Kurosaki, and others like them) and a byronic hero(Victor Frankenstein, Jack Skellington, and the Phantom of the Opera are my only real influences. I haven't read nearly as much American or European literature to properly inform myself of this archetype). Shonen heroes are kindhearted berzerkers who tear through any obstacle screaming their head off and smiling afterwards. Byronic heroes are broody, contemplative, elegant geniuses who prefer to think through a problem while they still have their sanity intact. A shonen hero punches Cthulhu in the face and wins. A byronic hero slowly succumbs to the dark temptation Cthulhu provides in spite of their best efforts. A shonen hero tells a story about personal growth. A byronic hero tells a story about tragedy and decay. In spite of these differences I've found a few points where the two archetypes intersect. The first is the demonic contract. Shonen heroes often gain power-ups from a demonic source. Naruto has the Kyuubi, Ichigo has his inner hollow, and Rokuro has his cursed arm. Some, like Edward Elric and Gon Freecs, gain power from refinement of an internal power and don't need Hell's help. Byronic heroes meanwhile, are defined by their darkness. Their demons are often metaphorical, but are demons nonetheless. I think that binding tragedy to a demonic power-up is a good angle, the only series I can think of that tried that is Bleach. Good for me because it's relatively original, bad for me because I don't have a good example to follow. Another point of common ground is physical attractiveness. A shonen hero may be oblivious to their good looks and it may be overshadowed by more intentional examples of male beauty but if they wanted to they could coast on hotness just as effectively as actual celebrities. Byronic heroes know that they're attractive and their look is very intentional. Whether they're aristocrats, madmen, or literally homeless these guys always look like they came out of a goth fashion magazine and it's to help sell the central point of their characters. Black clothes, thin but chiseled faces and frames, messy but not frizzy dark hair(or straight up white in anime-influenced works like mine), and eyes with a glimmer of madness are the look for these characters. Jack Ridley is supposed to a tragic anti-hero but his arc is about him reconciling with his darkness and gaining power from that harmony. Jack deals with trauma, self-hatred, anger, and the prejudice of others. He has to live in a society that doesn't really want him there. He has to deal with being an outcast who reeks of death and bad karma. The shonen part comes into play with his relationship with his darkness. At first Jack can barely contain his fury at the world but as the series goes on he finds his place in the world and achieves harmony. It's very similar to Shinji Ikari's character arc in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Like Shinji, Jack must earn self-love. Only by doing this can he reach enlightenment and learn to love others. Like Shinji, Jack is a good person who keeps getting screwed over and kicked while he's down but comes out of it stronger. The problem is that unlike Shinji, Jack isn't handled by someone who understands that kind of suffering. I know what's it's like to be unbearably lonely sure, but I'm fortunate enough to not have experienced trauma or to be hated by others. I've never been in that me against the world situation ever, and while I hope that never happens to me it does restrict my ability to write such a character. I'm worried that, due to my poor characterization, he'll end up being an edgelord. I want to portray his struggles in a mature, serious manner. I want him to be like Shinji Ikari, not Kirito. Any advice is helpful and I apologize for the multiple paragraphs.