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Mitchell Burroughs
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Name: Mitchell Burroughs
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Video Games(Member of Club), Anime(Member of Club), Manga, Creative Writing(Member of Club), Drawing, Reading, Internet Culture

Appearance: Mitchell stands at 6 feet and 5 inches. He weighs 205 pounds. Neither terribly fit or the opposite, Mitchell has a bit of extra weight on him, more so around the stomach and chest then anywhere else. His fuller chest is only noticeable if his shirt is particularly tight. He also seems to suck his stomach in a little by reflex. His shoulders tend to slouch a bit, but if he makes the conscious effort, they'll appear quite broad. Much of his skin is quite pale thanks to long hours indoors. Only his forearms and face retain the light tan from his hours in the sun when he was younger. While close to brown, his deep set eyes have a tinge of red to them, making them look like bronze without the shine. Mitchell's face is diamond shaped and is a little longer then average, but this is only noticeable in his forehead, which he keeps behind a thick fringe of chocolate brown hair. The rest of his hair falls just below his ears, but looks a little shorter due to its natural flick, curling up slightly. His lips are fuller than average, especially his lower lip, and the bridge of his nose is straight. His hands and feet are quite large, but blend in with the rest of his body. As a nail biter, his nail are never in a neat condition.

Mitchell tends to be inconsistent with his fashion. He wears what style he feels like wearing at the time. Sometimes this can be a more formal appearance, with a blazer over a good shirt as well as nice jeans or dress pants and leather shoes. The more common of his styles, however, is a casual look with a collared T-shirt and cargo pants or shorts. His T-shirts are a mix of dark colours and normal but not boring patterns, with the exception of a few shirts with amusing designs. The majority of his pants range from brown to black, with a few army green shorts thrown in there. As for his shoes, he almost always wears joggers or boots. He doesn't like wearing thongs or shoes with a light feeling to them. Around his neck, he wears a tribal cross labelled Aariel, which means either “lion of god” or “fearlessness.”

Biography: Mitchell was born to Katrina and William Burroughs in Seattle and is one of two children, the other being his younger sister Penelope. From ages one to five, Mitchell was raised in a big family house completely unaware of the growing hostility between his two parents. Katrina worked as a nurse and was an ideal wife, a caring woman who was good with kids and was always there for her husband. William, on the other hand was a gambler, a user of illicit substances and an unfaithful man. He ran one of the larger residential construction companies in the area. Katrina was aware of some of these issues and played dumb to them for her children's sake. This changed upon her finding out the sum of a gambling debt William had racked up, which led to her attacking him in front of her children. Still young, Mitchell didn't understand what was happening. In the end, they divorced and Mitchell and Penelope stayed with Katrina. Due to Katrina's long hours, her children often ended up staying with her elderly parents.

As a young child, Mitchell was fairly quiet and shy, especially around new faces. He was never demanding, as opposed to his sister Penelope. Though the two children grew up together, they grew up to be the opposite. Where Penelope was selfish and arrogant, yet out-going and sociable, Mitchell was selfless and humble, but introverted. The two would often fight over little things, such as who got to watch what they want on the TV or who got to sit in the front seat. Only a few times did it get physical, such as when Mitchell refused to let his sister in front of him in the line for the bus so he didn't upset the others. It was Penelope's quick to anger attitude that caused these fights to escalate. Most of the time, Mitchell would lose these fights unless Katrina or her parents were around to stop it. Their grandmother tried her best, but with her husband's oncoming dementia, it was hard for her. As for Katrina, the stress of her work often distracted her from her children's hostile relations.

His sister was not his only bully as he had another one in primary school. There was a girl, the daughter of Katrina's neighbor and friend, who had a vocal but childish crush on him. Mitchell seemed to reciprocate, but his nature made it hard to tell. One of the few to pick up on it was an admirer of Mitchell's friend and because of this, he targeted Mitchell. At times, the bullying was physical, but it mainly consisted of the admirer chasing Mitchell away from his friend. She must have noticed this because she started spending more time around her admirer during breaks, as if daring Mitchell to try his luck. While he did a few times, Mitchell eventually gave up. This led to the admirer easing up on targeting Mitchell but he would still bully him on occasion.

Between him always having been quiet, his mother's distractions from work and his grandmother's troubles with her husband, Mitchell was able to hide what stress he experienced. Mitchell was never good with expressing his emotions, or talking about them. Rather then let loose his emotions like his sister, Mitchell would bottle up all his negativity. This included the small things, like a taunt from a fellow student, to bigger issues, like the loneliness experienced when he went to his father's place.

Every second weekend he and his sister would go to their father's house, since he lived close by. William claimed to love his children but secretly still clung to his vices that ended the relationship with Katrina. As a result, he didn't really spend much time with them and left them to their own devices. To deal with the boredom and loneliness, Mitchell would bring his game console and spend most of the entire weekend playing his games. Penelope often joined him and it was one of the few times they would ever get along. This was how Mitchell's hobbies in video games developed.

His relationship with his father never recovered as Mitchell couldn't see William as a father after he left. Instead, he likened the man to a distant friend, one that he didn't approve of. Because of what his father did during his marriage with Katrina, Mitchell would always hold a dislike for things such as smoking, drinking and drugs. Mitchell only found out because he found a needle on his father's property and asked his mother about it when he got home, who then tried to explain what William had done during their marriage in a neutral light. He does not think very highly of people who are addicted to their vices. Nor does he think much of people who are promiscuous due to his father's unfaithfulness. He would come to appreciate a more pure idea of a relationship as a result, where both parties loved each other sincerely. Shortly before primary school ended, William moved away and his children rarely saw him afterwards.

Mitchell's favorite hobby would always be video games but he did develop others. He loved to read books where he could lose himself in another world, fantasy and science fiction novels in particular. Writing also became a hobby through reading. After reading a good book, he was inspired to create worlds of his own and took to fleshing them out with words and sometimes drawings. Though he made stories for his settings, his main joy in writing was to craft these special worlds. In the few writing assessments he did at school, teachers would always praise him for his efforts, as would his mother.

High school was a difficult time for Mitchell. He was naive to much of what went on around him, unaware of the rapidly maturing state of his fellow students. His kind nature had originally been an asset, but some of his fellow students took to taking advantage of Mitchell. He had always enjoyed helping people but when he saw his efforts weren't being appreciated, this part of him started to recede. Also, his good impressions of others and easily trusting attitude waned after learning that many of them weren't as innocent as he would have liked. Perhaps the most influential event was when he found out that his then current crush was no longer a virgin. It was not so much that she was no longer a virgin, as it was him realizing how ignorant he had been towards his fellow students. The issue might have appeared small, but when combined with everything else, it gave him a new perspective on the world he once saw.

Mitchell changed quite drastically during this time. Many of his public mannerisms remained the same at first. He was still nice and courteous to people, including his friends. What changed was on inside. His smiles became forced and spending time with his friends became a chore. He got angry at things he would not have previously cared about, but refrained from expressing it. What Mitchell hadn't grasped was that by bottling all his frustration and anger up over the years, he had been on a dangerous road for a while. Everything has a limit and it was all starting to catch up with him. Not helping him was Mitchell's discovery of websites like 4chan. On it, Mitchell hid behind his status as an anonymous and posted things he would never say in real life. It allowed him to vent but not in a healthy way. Through 4chan, he was introduced to anime and manga, which he came to enjoy. It gave him an escape from reality, much like video games and reading did.

Mitchell continued with his unhealthy life, his body suffering as a result. Mitchell lost motivation for exercise, and gained some weight. His grades began to drop as well as all his free time was spent on his hobbies, or means of escape. For a while, his only means of communication with school friends outside of school was through online games.

The biggest mistake Mitchell made was to escape from his issues, not confront and deal with them. It came back to bite him in a big way. When he was 17, a careless driver almost hit Mitchell in the Lone Pine Mall parking lot. Though he was clearly at fault, the driver blamed Mitchell and even spat at him. Mitchell snapped and began hurling the contents of his purchase at the drivers car, scratching it. Mitchell then tried to attack the driver after he got out of his car but was stopped by some of the people surrounding them. When both of them calmed down, Mitchell was suddenly hit with a wave of shame. He gave no resistance when the driver asked for his parent's contact information.

Katrina sorted the issue out, getting the man to not pursue charges other then insurance for his repairs. She was upset with her son as she believed she had not raised him to do such a thing. Mitchell got angry at that, pointing out it was his grandmother who did most of the raising and not her. Seeing the look on his mother's face after tore at him. Now aware that he had issues, Mitchell would go to see a psychologist to address his anger as well as his newly developed self-hatred. His hatred for himself came about due to a combination of the event with the driver and his mother, as well as the loss of his former self.

He saw his psychologist on a weekly basis for the first few months. She instructed him in ways to help himself, beginning with simple breathing techniques before moving onto communicating more with others and not bottling every thing up. She also suggested to not be so pessimistic, but this would prove the hardest for Mitchell to shake. He did, however, come to accept her suggestion of using humor to defuse any bouts of rage. Having liked the silly humor of the internet culture for years now, this step was much easier for him to follow. After he began to show signs of recovering, his hair trigger temper receding, visits to the psychologist became less constant.

Whilst all this went on, Mitchell's relationships with his friends had degraded. He still has a close friend or two, but many of his other friends have become only acquaintances. It's not likely that he will get them back as he has changed significantly. He doesn't get along with as many as he once did, favoring relationships with the more artistic types now, or fans of anime and games. He recently joined the anime, creative writing and video game clubs because of this.

The once naive and selfless Mitchell is long gone, leaving a rougher personality in its wake. Taught by his psychologist not to bottle up his feelings, Mitchell has opted for the opposite, that being brutal honesty. He is sarcastic and still has trouble shaking his pessimism. No longer is he selfless and helpful towards everyone who asks, but still will take the time to help those closest to him, or those he feels deserve it. At times, he can still be the victim of his anger issues, but does well in controlling it.

Advantages: Having been taught methods of self-control, Mitchell is good at keeping calm when under stress. He is tall and has a thick build, giving him the edge over smaller competition.
Disadvantages: His change in personality has made him much more abrasive and a lack of restraint when expressing himself can upset others easily.
Mitchell Burroughs - "If you don't like the truth, then change it"
Finally on his way home from Challenge Accepted


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Hey, Cosmo! My name is Rosie and I'll be reviewing Mitchell for you. He's an interesting guy to be sure but he is temporarily DENIED pending some adjustments, including a couple of pretty integral content fixes. I'm going to copy and paste your profile below with my comments in orange. Please feel free to PM me if you don't understand anything or need clarification on the edits I'm requesting.

Thanks, and let's get to it!

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Name: Mitchell Burroughs
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Video Games(Member of Club), Anime(Member of Club), Manga, Creative Writing(Member of Club), Drawing, Reading, Internet Culture

Appearance: Mitchell stands at 6 feet and 5 inches and he weighs 205 pounds. Neither terribly fit nor the opposite, Mitchell has a bit of extra weight on him, more so around the stomach and chest then anywhere else. His fuller chest is only noticeable if his shirt is particularly tight. He also seems to suck his stomach in a little by reflex. His shoulders tend to slouch a bit, but if he makes the conscious effort, they'll appear quite broad. Much of his skin is quite pale. (So...the parts of his skin that aren't pale, what color are they? What's his ethnicity?)Mitchell's face is diamond shaped and is a little longer then average, but this is only noticeable in his forehead, which he keeps behind a thick fringe of chocolate brown hair. The rest of his hair falls just below his ears, but looks a little shorter due to it's natural flick, curling up slightly. His hands and feet are quite large, but blend in with the rest of his body. As a nail biter, his nail are never in a neat condition. (This is very nice detail but I'd like a little more about his facial features (nose, mouth, and eyes))

Mitchell tends to be inconsistent with his fashion. He wears what style he feels like wearing at the time. Sometimes this can be a more formal appearance, with a blazer over a good shirt as well as nice jeans or dress pants and leather shoes. The more common of his styles, however, is a casual look with a collared T-shirt and cargo pants or shorts. His T-shirts are a mix of dark colors and normal but not boring patterns, with the exception of a few shirts with amusing designs. The majority of his pants range from brown to black, with a few army green shorts thrown in. As for his shoes, he almost always wears joggers or boots. He doesn't like wearing thongs or shoes with a light feeling to them. Around his neck, is always a sword-like pendant that supposedly means fearless. (Awkward wording, try "He always wears a sword-like pendant that supposedly means fearless around his neck." Also, I'm a little confused as to how it means 'fearless'. Is it a stylized character?)

Biography: Mitchell was born to Katrina and William Burroughs in Seattle and is one of two children, the other being his younger sister Penelope. From ages one to five, Mitchell was raised in a big family house completely unaware of the growing hostility between his two parents. Katrina worked as a nurse and was an ideal wife, a caring woman who was good with kids and was always there for her husband. William, on the other hand was a gambler, a user of illicit substances and an unfaithful man. He ran one of the larger residential construction companies in the area. Katrina was aware of some of these issues and played dumb to them for her children's sake. This changed upon her finding out the sum of a gambling debt William had racked up, which led to her attacking him in front of her children. Still young, Mitchell didn't understand what was happening. In the end, they divorced and Mitchell and Penelope stayed with Katrina. Due to Katrina's long hours, her children often ended up staying with her elderly parents.

As a young child, Mitchell was fairly quiet and shy, especially around new faces. He was never demanding, as opposed to his sister Penelope. Though the two children grew up together, they grew up to be the opposite. Where Penelope was selfish and arrogant, yet out-going and sociable, Mitchell was selfless and humble, but introverted. The two would often fight, sometimes getting into physical tussles with Penelope as the aggressor. Penelope always won them since Mitchell was unwilling to hit back. (Did his mother or grandparents ever notice or try to stop these fights? Why were they fighting so much? What started the arguments?)His sister was not his only bully as he had a rather nasty one in primary school. There was a girl, the daughter of Katrina's neighbor and friend, who had a vocal crush on him. Mitchell seemed to reciprocate, but his nature made it hard to tell. Possibly out of irritation at his lack of being clear, the girl had an admirer of hers, a student two grades ahead, bully Mitchell regularly. Being the gentle child that he was, Mitchell offered little resistance other then to flee at the sight of him. (Primary school is 4/5 to 11/12. At what age was Michael being bullied? Did no one ever notice? It would be pretty obvious if an older child was constantly trying to harass a younger one. And for that matter, the girl would have to be a maximum of 10 years old, probably younger. While it's possible she could have an admirer in an older grade, it is extremely unlikely she would even a) understand it, b) encourage it and c) manipulate the person to get her way. This doesn't make much sense at all. I'd recommend seriously toning it down or removing it.)

Mitchell was never good with expressing his emotions, or talking about them. Rather then let loose his emotions like his sister, Mitchell would bottle up all his negativity. This wasn't a short term measure, as Mitchell copped a lot from his bully and the bully's friends in his years at primary school, but did nothing. (So now he's getting bullied all the time by other people? Again, this needs to be toned down or explained. Also, I don't understand what you mean by "copped a lot". My understanding of 'copped' is similar to 'steal', as in, "That guy at the movie theatre copped a feel off this girl and she punched him.")He wouldn't tell the teachers or his mother. (And they never noticed?)Oddly enough, Mitchell seemed quite content with his life aside from these few issues. He made friends with a close circle in his year and remained a member up until the end of primary school. (Unless he made friends with a geometric figure, I think you mean something along the lines of "He had a close circle of friends in his year and remained a member of their group up until the end of primary school.) They joined a lot of sport teams together, and spent time over at each others houses. Katrina befriended their parents as a result.

Mitchell's hobbies in video games developed at a young age. Every second weekend he and his sister would go to their fathers house, since he lived close by. William claimed to love his children but secretly still clung to his vices that ended the relationship with Katrina. As a result, he didn't really spend much time with them and left them to their own devices. To deal with the boredom and loneliness, Mitchell would bring his game console and spend most of the entire weekend playing his games. Penelope often joined him and it was one of the few times they would ever get along.

His relationship with his father never recovered as Mitchell couldn't see William as a father after he left. Instead, he likened to (the) man to a distant friend, one that he didn't approve of. Because of what his father did during his marriage with Katrina, Mitchell would always hold a dislike for things such as smoking, drinking and drugs. (I thought his father kept these things secret from his children. How does Mitchell know that his father has a gambling problem and abuses drugs?)To the people that do these things, he thinks very lowly of them. ("He does not think very highly of people who do these things.") Shortly before primary school ended, William moved away and his children rarely saw him afterwards.

Mitchell's favorite hobby would always be video games but he did develop others. He loved to read books where he could lose himself in another world, fantasy and science fiction novels in particular. Writing also became a hobby through reading. After reading a good book, he was inspired to create worlds of his own and took to fleshing them out with words and sometimes drawings. Though he made stories for his settings, his main joy in writing was to craft these special worlds. In the few writing assessments he did at school, teachers would always praise him for his efforts, as would his mother.

High school was a difficult time for Mitchell. He was naive to much of what went on around him, unaware of the rapidly maturing state of his fellow students. His kind nature had originally been an asset, but some of his fellow students took to taking advantage of Mitchell. He had always enjoyed helping people but when he saw his efforts weren't being appreciated, this part of him started to recede. Also, his good impressions of others and easily trusting attitude waned after learning that many of them weren't as innocent as he would have liked. Perhaps the most influential event was when he found out that his then current crush was no longer a virgin. Though it was small, it combined with everything else to give a new perspective on the world he once saw. (Why? Did he feel strongly about underaged sex? Did he feel like she had betrayed him? I don't understand why this had such a huge impact on his life.)

Mitchell changed quite drastically during this time. Much of his public mannerisms remained the same at first. He was still nice and courteous to people, including his friends. What changed was on inside. His smiles became forced and spending time with his friends became a chore. He got angry at things he would not have previously cared about, but refrained from expressing it. What Mitchell hadn't grasped was that by bottling all his frustration and anger up over the years, he had been on a dangerous road for a while. Everything has a limit and it was all starting to catch up with him. Not helping him was Mitchell's discovery of websites like 4chan. On it, Mitchell hid behind his status as an anonymous and posted things he would never say in real life. It allowed him to vent but not in a healthy way. Through 4chan, he was introduced to anime and manga, which he came to enjoy. It gave him an escape from reality, much like video games and reading did.

Mitchell continued with his unhealthy life, his body suffering as a result. Mitchell lost motivation for exercise, and gained some weight. His grades began to drop as well as all his free time was spent on his hobbies, or means of escape. For a while, his only means of communication with school friends outside of school was through online games.

The biggest mistake Mitchell made was to escape from his issues, not confront and deal with them. It came back to bite him in a big way. When he was 17, a careless driver almost hit Mitchell in the Lone Pine Mall parking lot. Though he was clearly at fault, the driver blamed Mitchell and even spat at him. Mitchell's response was to pick up and swing a nearby empty trolley over his shoulder, right into the back of the drivers car. The price for his feat of strength was a dislocated shoulder and muscle tearing. Seeing that Mitchell was still in a fit of rage, the driver took off but managed to find his details and came to his mother. (Whoa. So I'm a little uncomfortable with this. It's unlikely that he would dislocate a shoulder anyway from swinging a shopping cart (shoulders most easily dislocate as a result of falls or attempting to break falls, in other words, injuries which put pressures on the joint) and shopping carts are unwieldy but not particularly heavy. Muscle damage, yes. My other issues will be outlined below in the sections concerning his strength.)

Katrina sorted the issue out, getting the man to not pursue charges other then insurance for his repairs. She was upset with her son but only because he kept his issue hidden. (Not because he willingly damaged someone's property and was apparently angry enough for the man to fear for his well-being?)Afterwards, Mitchell would go to see a psychologist to address his anger as well as his newly developed self-hatred. His hatred for himself came about due to a combination of the event with the driver, and the loss of his former self. From his psychologist, he was pointed in the right direction and was given the tools to aid his recovery. (Which were what? How was he able to get his anger under control?)

As it turns out, Mitchell's fit of rage caused a reaction uncommon but existent. His brains natural limiters are distorted due to the sudden rush of adrenaline, causing their hold over his muscles to wane. While this allows him to use strength far beyond most, it can also be very dangerous. The body isn't designed the handle the amount of stress such strength puts it under. Should Mitchell try to use his strength as a weapon, he can do some serious harm to his body. (This is my big issue with the profile. I'm going to try and explain in as much detail as possible why I have a problem with it, because my request is that it be removed. Essentially, this isn't something that exists. I think you're thinking of a phenomenon where an adrenaline rush allows people to perform feats of strength that wouldn't normally be possible. This is not well-documented (although the effects of adrenaline on the body and brain do suggest this is possible) and certainly does not occur in situations like the one you're describing -- and it's not a 'reaction'. In all the cases I was able to find the trigger was survival (child trapped under heavy object, limb trapped under heavy object, etc) and not rage. Although it's possible Mitchell would be able to ignore pain while angry, the 'super-strength' angle is simply not appropriate, whether or not it comes with drawbacks. The entire increased-strength-while-angry angle needs to be removed. I'm fine if he's someone who has a hard time controlling his anger and can do things he regrets while in a rage, but that's it.)

Whilst all this went on, Mitchell's relationships with his friends had degraded. He still has a close friend or two, but many of his other friends have become only acquaintances. It's not likely that he will get them back as he has changed much ("changed significantly" would work better) . He doesn't get along with as many as he once did, favoring relationships with the more artistic types now, or fans of anime and games. He recently joined the anime, creative writing and video game clubs because of this.

The once naive and selfless Mitchell is long gone. Now, he is cynical, sarcastic and pessimistic, making a much rougher personality. He won't hide his feelings any more, knowing what bottling them up can do. He can honest to the point of being brutal and has a hair trigger temper, though he is learning to control it. It is hard to see it through these changes, but Mitchell does want to be a better person, like he was before. His bad grades are starting to pick up thanks to renewed study. (I don't understand how he went so quickly from hiding his emotions to apparently wearing them all on the surface. Isn't he still going to the psychologist? It's been about a year, has there been no improvement? How is he working to try and become a better person? Right now I see him go naive/selfless -> bottling up anger -> rage filled mess without any real understanding of how he's changing.)

Advantages: Mitchell's temper can cause a release of his limitation on muscle use, boosting his strength by a lot.
Disadvantages: Mitchell's increased strength when angry is a double edged sword. His feats of strength can leave his body severely damaged. His change in personality has made him much more abrasive and a lack of restraint towards honesty can upset others easily. (As per my request above, please change these to reflect the updated profile.)


Post here when you've made the edits, and we'll have another look. Thanks so much!


marc st. yves
light it up or burn it down we'll all die in fire
{food for thought}


phineas rosario
fall down seven times stand up eight

sebastian conway
can't see the forest for the trees
{book of sparrows}


(so you've got to keep in mind, when you try to change the world for the better not everybody's gonna be on your side)
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Made the edits. Hopefully a little better this time.
Mitchell Burroughs - "If you don't like the truth, then change it"
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Thanks! Mitchell is much better. I've just made notes in orange for some grammar mistakes (mostly concerning apostrophes) and there are two notes down at the end about advantages/disadvantages, but otherwise he's looking great! Make those edits and I'll be more than happy to approve him :)

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Name: Mitchell Burroughs
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Video Games(Member of Club), Anime(Member of Club), Manga, Creative Writing(Member of Club), Drawing, Reading, Internet Culture

Appearance: Mitchell stands at 6 feet and 5 inches. He weighs 205 pounds. Neither terribly fit or the opposite, Mitchell has a bit of extra weight on him, more so around the stomach and chest then anywhere else. His fuller chest is only noticeable if his shirt is particularly tight. He also seems to suck his stomach in a little by reflex. His shoulders tend to slouch a bit, but if he makes the conscious effort, they'll appear quite broad. Much of his skin is quite pale thanks to long hours indoors. Only his forearms and face retain the light tan from his hours in the sun when he was younger. While close to brown, his deep set eyes have a tinge to (of) red to them, making them look like bronze without the shine. Mitchell's face is diamond shaped and is a little longer then average, but this is only noticeable in his forehead, which he keeps behind a thick fringe of chocolate brown hair. The rest of his hair falls just below his ears, but looks a little shorter due to it's (its) natural flick, curling up slightly. His lips are fuller then (than) average, especially his lower lip (comma) and the bridge of his nose is straight. His hands and feet are quite large, but blend in with the rest of his body. As a nail biter, his nail are never in a neat condition.

Mitchell tends to be inconsistent with his fashion. He wears what style he feels like wearing at the time. Sometimes this can be a more formal appearance, with a blazer over a good shirt as well as nice jeans or dress pants and leather shoes. The more common of his styles, however, is a casual look with a collared T-shirt and cargo pants or shorts. His T-shirts are a mix of dark colours and normal but not boring patterns, with the exception of a few shirts with amusing designs. The majority of his pants range from brown to black, with a few army green shorts thrown in there. As for his shoes, he almost always wears joggers or boots. He doesn't like wearing thongs or shoes with a light feeling to them. Around his neck, he wears a tribal cross labelled Aariel, which means either “lion of god” or “fearlessness.”

Biography: Mitchell was born to Katrina and William Burroughs in Seattle and is one of two children, the other being his younger sister Penelope. From ages one to five, Mitchell was raised in a big family house completely unaware of the growing hostility between his two parents. Katrina worked as a nurse and was an ideal wife, a caring woman who was good with kids and was always there for her husband. William, on the other hand was a gambler, a user of illicit substances and an unfaithful man. He ran one of the larger residential construction companies in the area. Katrina was aware of some of these issues and played dumb to them for her children's sake. This changed upon her finding out the sum of a gambling debt William had racked up, which led to her attacking him in front of her children. Still young, Mitchell didn't understand what was happening. In the end, they divorced and Mitchell and Penelope stayed with Katrina. Due to Katrina's long hours, her children often ended up staying with her elderly parents.

As a young child, Mitchell was fairly quiet and shy, especially around new faces. He was never demanding, as opposed to his sister Penelope. Though the two children grew up together, they grew up to be the opposite. Where Penelope was selfish and arrogant, yet out-going and sociable, Mitchell was selfless and humble, but introverted. The two would often fight over little things, such as who got to watch what they want on the TV or who got to sit in the front seat. Only a few times did it get physical, such as when Mitchell refused to let his sister in front of him in the line for the bus so he didn't upset the others. It was Penelope's quick to anger attitude that caused these fights to escalate. Most of the time, Mitchell would lose these fights unless Katrina or her parents were around to stop it. Their grandmother tried her best, but with her husbands (husband's) oncoming dementia, it was hard for her. As for Katrina, the stress of her work often distracted her from her children's hostile relations.

His sister was not his only bully as he had another one in primary school. There was a girl, the daughter of Katrina's neighbor and friend, who had a vocal but childish crush on him. Mitchell seemed to reciprocate, but his nature made it hard to tell. One of the few to pick up on it was an admirer of Mitchell's friend and because of this, he targeted Mitchell. At times, the bullying was physical, but it mainly consisted of the admirer chasing Mitchell away from his friend. She must have noticed this because she started spending more time around her admirer during breaks, as if daring Mitchell to try his luck. While he did a few times, Mitchell eventually gave up. This led to the admirer easing up on targeting Mitchell but he would still bully him on occasion.

Between him always having been quiet, his mothers (mother's) distractions from work and his grandmothers (grandmother's) troubles with her husband, Mitchell was able to hide what stress he experienced. Mitchell was never good with expressing his emotions, or talking about them. Rather then let loose his emotions like his sister, Mitchell would bottle up all his negativity. This included the small things, like a taunt from a fellow student, to bigger issues, like the loneliness experienced when he went to his father's place.

Every second weekend he and his sister would go to their fathers (father's) house, since he lived close by. William claimed to love his children but secretly still clung to his vices that ended the relationship with Katrina. As a result, he didn't really spend much time with them and left them to their own devices. To deal with the boredom and loneliness, Mitchell would bring his game console and spend most of the entire weekend playing his games. Penelope often joined him and it was one of the few times they would ever get along. This was how Mitchell's hobbies in video games developed.

His relationship with his father never recovered as Mitchell couldn't see William as a father after he left. Instead, he likened the man to a distant friend, one that he didn't approve of. Because of what his father did during his marriage with Katrina, Mitchell would always hold a dislike for things such as smoking, drinking and drugs. Mitchell only found out because he found a needle on his father's property and asked his mother about it when he got home, who then tried to explain what William had done during their marriage in a neutral light. He does not think very highly of people who do (remove 'do') are addicted to their vices. Nor does he think much of people who are promiscuous due to his father's unfaithfulness. He would come to appreciate a more pure idea of a relationship as a result, where both parties loved each other sincerely. Shortly before primary school ended, William moved away and his children rarely saw him afterwards.

Mitchell's favorite hobby would always be video games but he did develop others. He loved to read books where he could lose himself in another world, fantasy and science fiction novels in particular. Writing also became a hobby through reading. After reading a good book, he was inspired to create worlds of his own and took to fleshing them out with words and sometimes drawings. Though he made stories for his settings, his main joy in writing was to craft these special worlds. In the few writing assessments he did at school, teachers would always praise him for his efforts, as would his mother.

High school was a difficult time for Mitchell. He was naive to much of what went on around him, unaware of the rapidly maturing state of his fellow students. His kind nature had originally been an asset, but some of his fellow students took to taking advantage of Mitchell. He had always enjoyed helping people but when he saw his efforts weren't being appreciated, this part of him started to recede. Also, his good impressions of others and easily trusting attitude waned after learning that many of them weren't as innocent as he would have liked. Perhaps the most influential event was when he found out that his then current crush was no longer a virgin. It was not so much that she was no longer a virgin, as it was him realizing how ignorant he had been towards his fellow students. The issue might have appeared small, but when combined with everything else, it gave him a new perspective on the world he once saw.

Mitchell changed quite drastically during this time. Much (Many) of his public mannerisms remained the same at first. He was still nice and courteous to people, including his friends. What changed was on inside. His smiles became forced and spending time with his friends became a chore. He got angry at things he would not have previously cared about, but refrained from expressing it. What Mitchell hadn't grasped was that by bottling all his frustration and anger up over the years, he had been on a dangerous road for a while. Everything has a limit and it was all starting to catch up with him. Not helping him was Mitchell's discovery of websites like 4chan. On it, Mitchell hid behind his status as an anonymous and posted things he would never say in real life. It allowed him to vent but not in a healthy way. Through 4chan, he was introduced to anime and manga, which he came to enjoy. It gave him an escape from reality, much like video games and reading did.

Mitchell continued with his unhealthy life, his body suffering as a result. Mitchell lost motivation for exercise, and gained some weight. His grades began to drop as well as all his free time was spent on his hobbies, or means of escape. For a while, his only means of communication with school friends outside of school was through online games.

The biggest mistake Mitchell made was to escape from his issues, not confront and deal with them. It came back to bite him in a big way. When he was 17, a careless driver almost hit Mitchell in the Lone Pine Mall parking lot. Though he was clearly at fault, the driver blamed Mitchell and even spat at him. Mitchell snapped and began hurling the contents of his purchase at the drivers car, scratching it. Mitchell then tried to attack the driver after he got out of his car but was stopped by some of the people surrounding them. When both of them calmed down, Mitchell was suddenly hit with a wave of shame. He gave no resistance when the driver asked for his parents (parent's) contact information.

Katrina sorted the issue out, getting the man to not pursue charges other then insurance for his repairs. She was upset with her son as she believed she had not raised him to do such a thing. Mitchell got angry at that, pointing out it was his grandmother who did most of the raising and not her. Seeing the look on his mother's face after tore at him. Now aware that he had issues, Mitchell would go to see a psychologist to address his anger as well as his newly developed self-hatred. His hatred for himself came about due to a combination of the event with the driver and his mother, as well as the loss of his former self.

He saw his psychologist on a weekly basis for the first few months. She instructed him in ways to help himself, beginning with simple breathing techniques before moving onto communicating more with others and not bottling every thing up. She also suggested to not be so pessimistic, but this would prove the hardest for Mitchell to shake. He did, however, come to accept her suggestion of using humor to defuse any bouts of rage. Having liked the silly humor of the internet culture for years now, this step was much easier for him to follow. After he began to show signs of recovering, his hair trigger temper receding, visits to the psychologist became less constant.

Whilst all this went on, Mitchell's relationships with his friends had degraded. He still has a close friend or two, but many of his other friends have become only acquaintances. It's not likely that he will get them back as he has changed significantly. He doesn't get along with as many as he once did, favoring relationships with the more artistic types now, or fans of anime and games. He recently joined the anime, creative writing and video game clubs because of this.

The once naive and selfless Mitchell is long gone, leaving a rougher personality in it's (its) wake. Taught by his psychologist not to bottle up his feelings, Mitchell has opted for the opposite, that being brutal honesty. He is sarcastic and still has trouble shaking his pessimism. No longer is he selfless and helpful towards everyone who asks, but still would (will) take the time to help those closest to him, or those he feels deserve it. At times, he can still be the victim of his anger issues, but does well in controlling it.

Advantages: Having been taught methods of self-control, Mitchell is good at keeping calm when under stress. (I'd like one or two more advantages...such as his physical size (whether or not he's in shape he's still a big guy!)
Disadvantages: His change in personality has made him much more abrasive and a lack of restraint towards honesty can upset others easily. (I'm a tiny bit confused about this wording. Do you mean that he has a lack of restraint and can be brutally honest? Maybe try "...more abrasive and a lack of restraint when expressing himself can easily upset others.")


marc st. yves
light it up or burn it down we'll all die in fire
{food for thought}


phineas rosario
fall down seven times stand up eight

sebastian conway
can't see the forest for the trees
{book of sparrows}


(so you've got to keep in mind, when you try to change the world for the better not everybody's gonna be on your side)
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marc st. yves
light it up or burn it down we'll all die in fire
{food for thought}


phineas rosario
fall down seven times stand up eight

sebastian conway
can't see the forest for the trees
{book of sparrows}


(so you've got to keep in mind, when you try to change the world for the better not everybody's gonna be on your side)
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