Your protagonist can possess qualities of a loaner, extreme introvert, reserved intellectual or recluse. Take a look at some of the great lead introverts from books you may have read. My favorites are Gatsby and Bilbo (Lord of the Rings). Ways to create depth while your protag is laying low.
-make the protag the narrator (extremely observant)
-a repulsive physical flaw he or she attempts to hide
-a quiet confidence
-compassion shown through small acts of kindness no one notices
-extreme sorrow and thoughts of ending life
-small tics and quirks
-sharp mind/brilliant genius
-unusual family life
-unusual hobby or passion
just some ideas
Last edited by neuliest; 10-02-2016 at 10:35 AM..