"I write for my own amazement,"
and I would add to that,
"and my occasional horror."
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I think the idea would be to use the "rule" to teach new writers how to strike the balance you speak of. Kyle's examples were pretty doggone
So many good inputs. Thanks guys, i'm putting the first part of the story (the mangled prince) in the general fiction thread, we'll see how it works out
Plus 1 to this.
Him being able to justify his own actions, even though to others the justification may be absurd, is a good way to "humanize"
A character being highly arrogant works well if there is humor mixed in or if it is used to mask physical or mental insecurities. Most of all in crunch