I'm not really one for crying. The only thing that reliably gets me is watching little kids sing. Not sure why that is... Other than that it's in bed with the lights turned off. In private. Secret. I just don't go there very often at all.
But. I have this tough, bad-ass character Saxen (introduced a couple of posts down). Someone mentioned to me they thought it was a mary sue character based on me. I thought that over carefully (after my initial knee-jerk denial.) I identify closely with her. But she isn't me. She is a killer, she's been beaten, was raped in prison for years. She's a ranger. She does her job and shuts off the rest.
Except, sometimes she cries. And I, as an author, go WTF?? Crying? Why are you crying? What am I supposed to do with this? It's so not...her. I get the same sort of impatience a husband has with a wife weeping over a Hallmark commercial. Groan. Not again.
She cries over nothing, and yet it's for some reason. It must be, right? So far I can't find the trigger. I now she hates it. It shames her. But I'm not sure why yet. I guess I'll find out... Or her love interest will... heh heh. Poor guy.
It's sort of like Aidan studying art history. If you know the guy, it would probably be the least likely major you would guess for him. But he's all into it. Like a parent of a kid who chooses "Literature" for a major, I tried to change it a couple of times. He couldn't make a decent living at it. He made the concession of adding an intensive lab on old painting restoration, but he wouldn't budge from art history.
What weird-ass thing has your character(s) done?