The protagonist is just a lens through which the reader experiences the story. If the protag is too distinctive, the reader will not identify with him and will never really feel any sense of immersion while reading.
Not sure if OP is still monitoring, but I'd disagree with a lot of this advice.
I don't think a protagonist needs to be boring. Odysseus isn't boring; Hamlet isn't boring; Prince Myshkin isn't boring. However, your protagonist shouldn't be the only interesting part of your novel (obviously there are exceptions to this rule).
I think the biggest mistake you can make is to try to write something totally original, something that's never been done before. It's wiser to start with a believable character who is working through a commonly experienced problem/question. Originality comes from the way this particular character deals with/experiences his/her problem
C.S. Lewis has a great quotation on originality: "No man who values originality will ever be original. But try to tell the truth as you see it, try to do any bit of work as well as it can be done for the work's sake, and what men call originality will come unsought" (from The Weight of Glory, I think).
This quotation ought to be programmatic when it comes to making "interesting" or "original" protagonists. The originality will come if you try to tell the truth as you see it. It will elude you if you make it your first priority.
>>7330161 Make them The Chosen one, and have helpful new friends and advisors reveal themselves.
Make them very attractive, but too smart to deal with the opposite sex. This has never been done before.
If the protagonist is from a poor community where people speak with distinctive but low-class accents, make sure they speak with flawless standard English. This will make a strong statement against racism and classism.
>>7331009 A mary sue isn't bad because they're without flaws, they're bad because they are flawed but still presented as though they are perfect. You wouldn't hate somebody in real life for being good at everything.
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