Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

A character may refer to any of the following:


1. Sometimes abbreviated as char, a character is a single visual object used to represent text, numbers, or symbols.

For example, the letter "A" is a single character. With a computer, one character is equal to one byte, which is 8 bits.


An invalid character error may be encountered any time a character is used that is not supported by the program or operating system. For example, you may get this error when trying to use a non-alphanumeric character or a character with an accent.


See the char definition for a full definition on the char programming term.

Character in World of Warcraft

2. A character is a term used to describe a computer player who takes on the role of a fictitious player in a computer game.

For example, while playing a game you are considered a character or PC in that game. If you encounter a character that is not controlled by another human, it is referred to as an NPC (non-player character). The picture is an example of a game character in the World of Warcraft game.

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