It's a hard question to answer completely due to individuality, but for the most part, yes, it shapes a character's... well, character, but the determined path of how it shapes the person depends on what action they take. And as no one knows the character well enough but the writer his/herself, it's all up to the writer to decide the path of character development/deconstruction.
Anti-Criticizmic hero (against criticism)
In my current novel Arc (the novel banner below), the idea is that my my heroine early on is like every young girl but has a problem on taking criticisms (hates criticisms). My protagonist is the kind who believes that she's got everything right and only listen to her own beliefs along with others she trusted. But from strangers who are more mature and wiser than her, she won't listen easily. Imagine that happening constantly within a few days. That is enough to make someone cry and hurt themselves, and also part of human nature. There are people who wanted to be corrected in their own terms / who wanted to be corrected without shattering their ego. I kind of remember that one naruto Character who is against someone else's criticism. I just forgot his/her name (sorry...).
Thus, Anti-Criticizmic are characters who do not want to be criticized.
I don't know if any of us have written a hostage story/chapter. If you are the parent and your child is held hostage, ready to kill you kid when you don't give the thieves what they want. Of course let us say in your story someone saved your child and stopped the thief with a missile launcher. Even if the child is finally rescued, the mother/father can't help but blame themselves from what their son/daughter has tragically experienced.
I typically take two-four characters that have no common ground or common trait and throw them together, just to see how they interact. It usually works well.
Instead, to save you from trying too hard to make a gag everytime the character speaks, give them a trait. Take Gollum from Lord of the Rings, he has a strange style of speech, as well as coughing 'gollum' a lot. So maybe a character who says something evey few words could class as 'odd'. Speaking in the third person or pronouncing words differently
Outside of speech, comment on the way the character moves. Maybe they walk with a limp, or that their eyes dart around to every moving object. Also the way that they fight would be different. Illogical if you will.
Feel free to have a look and comment about on my fanfic, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Seekers of Light
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Chapter 6: Lords of the Sky is complete... at last.
Now working on Chapter 7: Aspirations
There does exist such kind of odd pairings, where I personally called these as "Magnet Pairs". The personality of the two persons are like the two opposite poles of the magnet, which is completely different or even exactly opposite, but yet they are "attracted" to each other. Such magnet pairs were usually fighting at the beginning, but at the end they can become friends, allies, or rivals of good-competition, forming a beneficial relation between each other.
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So you should expect the truth from me. Only, you shouldn't expect it to be the truth you assumed.
Oh yes, and you should read my story Happenings Between Goals.
Very true and very correct, nobody can have a sudden change in personality if there doesn't exist a justifiable reason that greatly affects the character. That is true for everyone, not only the protagonist, but also the antagonists, the supporting characters, the minor characters, and villains.
Justifiability of the reason that changes the personality of a character may varies according to different people. Previously I mentioned amnesia is just one, there can be others like being victims of serious crime, decrease of a person that is very closed to the referred character, or some realistic one like very serious addiction to drugs, gambling, etc. Most of those can affect the life of the character.
For one specific reason of change of personality of one specific category of character, the justifiability is really questionable: The villain lose to the protagonist. This happened a lot in many preteen animes, Pokemon series is one that "abuse" this to the greatest extent.
By reality speaking, losing a match to someone else will not affect the character's personality, no matter how much that match was important to him/her. Therefore, even up until now, I am still unable to understand the change of Giovanni after Red (or whatever name you choose the protagonist to be) defeats him in Viridian Gym in Pokemon RGB/FrLg series.
Personality of villains, especially villains of criminal characters, is difficult to change if look from realistic viewpoint. Yet I don't understand that why there will be a stereotyped view that bad suddenly changes to good after the so-called "final battle" with the good protagonist. I will accepted that they changed back to the good guys after several years or so, but definitely not immediately after the final match.
I call this term as "respective disagreement". open to opinions but they won't do the advice given by others.
As a nice example, lets say a friend suggested to you that you must take a break from your studies every now and then. While you respect the suggestion, you'd rather not listen to that advice and continue to study too much.
A long while since the last post.
But what are your opinions about writing internal conflicts to your characters?
Personally, I find them very fun to do since you put every character's limited loyalty to the test.
I bet all of us know Serverus who plays as a double agent. Loyal to "the guy's name not to be spoken", but truly loyal to Dumbledore.
The other kind of internal conflict that I know is from the Da Vinci Code, where Sophie is hostage by Teabing and Robert Langdon has to solve the puzzle from him or Sophie gets killed. If he solves it for them however, Teabing will use the answer from the Cryptex to destroy the current Christianity by revealing to the world that Sophie holds the bloodline of Jesus Christ. They were at Westminister Abbey when this happens?
So back in topic, what are the different personalities that can intertwine with internal conflict scenarios?