I didn’t come up with this list. It was sent to me. But I’m adding my points to it. I agree an epic character doesn’t need to be a Hobbit or any other type of fantasy creature.
This is a great guideline but I think it all depends upon the plot of the story as to whether or not an epic character should possess all these traits. The genre also plays a role in creating the character’s traits.
It’s difficult to write an action novel with the main character always thinking about things throughout the story. Enemies do not say, “Pardon me, you were in deep thought? My bad. I’ll come back when you finished.”
You have to be selective when they go into the thought mode or in my opinion the character will seemed weak, scatterbrained, and lives mostly in their head rather than the world around them. They will start to sound like all they do is whine all the time.
If you make them too kind they aren’t going to appear convincing when and if it comes time to do battle, stick up for themselves, or tell someone to take a hike. A character doesn’t have to be a wimp to be a good person. Always balance your characters’ traits to make them seems believable unless you are writing a strictly fantasy story. These are about the only stories you can get away with having a perfect character who can change gears and do battle if needed.
Give the character flaws. Perfect characters, or wholly good wholesome characters are boring and forgettable. They are easier to read about but you don’t want your character to be so easily forgotten the moment the reader close the book. You want them to stick with your readers. Some of the most memorable characters are flawed but not beyond redemption.