SPOILER ALERT: FOR ALL WHO ARE NOT INTO SHIPPUDEN, there are SPOILERS!
Note: This is simply how I played/play this character. These are my opinions, not absolute fact.
Everyone knows the whiny little konoichi Sakura. She got on our nerves in series one of NARUTO and became the biggest cliche EVER. NO ONE WANTS TO BE A SAKURA.
But what about in Naruto Shippuden, the second series?
Shippuden Sakura is probably one of the toughest konoichi in the series at the moment. She has refined her ninjutsu and become a medical nin- an impressive one at that- and also used her chakra control to her advantage by improving on her strength and/or physical attacks. Though she's still behind Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha, her two comrades and friends, she is, in her own way, making up for lost time.
I'm going to be frank here. You can't play Sakura because you think she's easy to play. You can't hate her if you want to play her. No. I take it back. You can play her AND hate her, but you have to understand her to play her properly. Sakura is another complicated role- most in anime are- and her character has more depth than most people think.
When playing a character like Sakura, the RPer must remember and be specific; there are three Sakuras; before Sasuke left, after Sasuke left, and when Naruto returns to Konoha. All three of them have the same "base" personality; Sakura is still perky, somewhat boy crazy, and also a bit spirited, but they all have variations.
The first Sakura we see- the most "annoying" in many opinions- has an Inner Sakura. Inner Sakura expresses all the outer, more polite and somewhat reserved Sakura has to say. However, when this Sakura is around Naruto...Inner Sakura comes to the surface.... Utilize Inner Sakura in any way you can if you play this Sakura. "Cha"! or "Shanaroo!" is also a common Inner Sakura phrase. Use it to your heart's content- but don't OVER DO IT....or else, you lose all effect.
The second Sakura- the very teary, I-need-to-get-stronger Sakura- surfaces when Sasuke leaves the village and after Naruto is nearly killed in Sasuke and Naruto's confrontation. She is seen in filler; though filler isn't always relevant, it can be, and as an RPer, you may use it to your advantage. This Sakura is less squeamish and a bit more courageous because she wants to change- and she is also a medical ninja in training. If you want, you can complain about how Lady Tsunade trains you. (Which is very entertaining)
The third and most recent Sakura is 15-16 year old Shippuden Sakura. If you compare this Sakura to the first, there is a vast change. This Sakura can hold her ground in combat and is also (in some ways) a qualified doctor, AKA medical nin. She is more confident and also not as naive as she previously was; she is more mature (even though often she loses her cool around Naruto when he acts like an idiot) and though she may seem less fun to play at times, she still has her Inner Sakura, though she wears her on the outside. So at random moments, she can "snap" and that...can definitely be entertaining.
"Time skips" are often troublesome when RPing. You must be specific. If you are playing the first or second Sakura and someone (an OC, most likely, or even another RPer) asks what it's like to fight in a shinobi war, YOU ARE TO ACT LIKE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY MEAN. You are part of the past.
REMEMBER YOUR ROLE.
Things to remember about Sakura:
-Her favorite food
-How she interacts with Ino and/or konoichi in NARUTO
-Which Sakura you are
-In your own eyes, you would not be annoying
-Sakura tries very hard to help the people around her, though it may not seem like it
Here's one that people often forget: When it comes to RPing as certain characters, your spelling and punctuation count. DEFINITELY. If you don't make proper sentences, you lose all affect your character may have on another person, not to mention you totally lose the character in general. To other people, misspellings and grammar mistakes among certain RP roles are just disgraceful. To other people, you look incompetent, ignorant, and overall inaccurate. I'm not talking about small mistakes like not putting a ' (apostrophe) when you're spelling "don't". I'm saying you shouldn't talk like you never went to school.
When you present your character, think about how it would fit with their personality. Your avatar (if there is one needed for your RP) should reflect how the character would want to present themselves. A character like Itachi would never put a "cute" picture up (i.e., a picture of him as a neko) but Naruto would. The reason is not "masculinity": it is simply the character's sense of humor.
ANYWAY, BACK TO THE SPELLING AND STUFF.
If you are playing someone like Kaname Kuran from Vampire Knight or Itachi Uchiha from Naruto, your grammar should probably be almost perfect.
Those characters have a "dignified" aura about them. You may TOTALLY lose their "voice" if you have EPIC FAIL English. So....aim more for:
Itachi: It was a pleasure meeting you, Hime-san.
Itachi: taht wasn't what i was trying to say.
THE EFFECT IS GOOOOONE.
For certain characters it's OKAY. Naruto and Luffy, for example, probably don't really CARE about proper English/Japanese as characters! Still, it's best to keep some sort of dignity.
Naruto: EXACTLY! I'M NOT TOTALLY ILLITERATE- TTEBAYO!
Naruto: But I HATE EDITING STUFF soo...erm. I'll just leave it. ^w^
Itachi: Nothing, Naruto-kun. Nothing at all.
Hope this helped!
Today I'm going to give you all another tip, but I'm also going to address a certain character. *points at title* If you understand who says that, you probably know. 8D
If you already have your character and you can "hear" them, you're pretty set to play them!...there's only one problem:
Even if YOU can hear the "voice" of your character, other people may not be able to.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW THEIR FREAKING BACKGROUND?
S.O.B., GO READ OR WATCH THAT ANIME/MANGA AGAIN. THE BACKGROUND INFO CONTROLS THEIR ACTIONS.
You CANNOT, I repeat CANNOT play a character without knowing their ins and outs. Even if you know a LITTLE about your character, unless you can emotionally "connect" with them, you're doomed. I DON'T CARE IF YOU CAN HEAR THE VOICE. YOU SUCK. GO HOME.
All joking aside, if you, as an RPer, have no "connection" with your role and/or their "history", you cannot play them accurately!
To play the Sannin, Jiraiya (From Naruto), you must know that he is:
A. Tsunade and Orochimaru's comrade
B. An erotic novel writer
C. An AWESOME shinobi (you must know his techniques)
D. Hiruzen Sarutobi's student
There are more, but those are the fundamentals! You must know them almost as well as you know yourself! You are trying to bring your role to LIFE. You cannot brush it off like some prick who doesn't know what he's doing! RPing is fun, but doing it right makes it even more fun! 8D Besides, then no one can criticize you as "not being accurate enough" and stuff. >:I People are mean, you know.
I'll post "How I Played Jiraiya" after this :D
HOPE THIS HELPED!
Allo, allo, how do you do? ;D I'm glad you looked here, especially because Imma start putting up tips...starting...NOW. XD
First off, I know the biggest problem when people RP is deciding who to RP as!
Obviously, no one can play every anime/video game character in the world. No one knows EVERY series, EVERY move, etc, of EVERY known character in the universe. That would be weird. What you need to find is a character compatible to you!
First off, who are your favorite characters?
Second step: Which ones can you describe best?
PICK THEM. DO IT.
Now...how do they speak/act?
This is the hardest part because this is where playing the actual character comes in. However, if you've watched an anime or played a video game and heard the voice, write out a sentence you think the character would say and imagine "that" voice saying it. If it seems off either A. The character is not "alive" inside of your mind or B. That's simply not something that character would say.
Naruto (I love using Naruto for examples) can easily be "heard" when someone types something like this: "HOMEWORK!? WE HAD HOMEWORK!? GAAAAH!"
You could "hear" that, couldn't you? If not, go look up a video of "Naruto" with Uzumaki Naruto's voice in the audio. NOW compare it.
Try it with some other character that you want to RP as! GO AHEAD! You can continue with others until you enjoy one enough to want to stick with it!
FIRST STEP OF RPING?