Characters are created by people for stories, games, movies, plays, or anything else of the sort. A character is a created animal, person, or anything else that lives, with backstory created by whoever created the character.
Within the online MMORPG World of Warcraft, characters typically refer to player characters, who are created by paying customers of the game. The word toons is also used to refer to these characters.
The Characters category contains a list of characters from a number of different roleplaying servers.