Whiteboard Animation Characters

Whiteboard Animated Characters are the perfect way to bring your story to life. They help you connect with your audience, show emotion and add elements of fun. Characters can help tell your story in a far more engaging way than words can. Below we’ll show you how to create Whiteboard Animated Characters for your videos by downloading VideoScribe's animation video maker. Sign up for a free trial today to get started, no credit card required.

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Why use animated characters?

Animated characters are embedded into our culture, from beloved movie characters to stars of commercials. These animated characters resonate with us in a unique way that sometimes not even real-life actors can. This is because their facial expressions, gestures and body language are exaggerated, amplifying their emotions, and making them really easy to read. Animation also allows us to suspend disbelief; we willingly enter a world of talking animals and super powers, opening up our minds to new concepts and possibilities. Animated characters also evoke nostalgia for our younger years, often tapping into feelings of wonder, joy and innocence. 

What types of animated characters are available in VideoScribe?

What types of animated characters should I choose?

Stick figures

If you're telling a complex story, and want your video to be more about the story than the animations themselves, then stick figures would likely be the best choice. Another perk of using stick figures is that you will not be alienating particular groups of people, which will ensure your stories are inclusive to all audiences.

Realistic characters

Using more realistic animated characters is a great choice when you've got a specific target audience in mind and you want to try and connect with them as much as possible. By using characters that look like your audience, you'll be able to resonate and connect with them much more. We have characters available with different ethnicities and religions to help you be more inclusive. And you can customize the colors of the skin tone, hair and clothing of the characters.

Cartoon characters

Cartoon characters are ideal to use when you want to add humor and exaggerated emotions to your animated stories. For example, cartoon animations are perfect for use in the classroom to engage students and add a fun element to lessons

Creating your character

VideoScribe has a whole host of animated characters available for you to choose from, and with a range of customizable skin tones, hair colours and ethnicities available, you can ensure your animated stories resonate with your audience, whoever they may be. Once you've decided what type of animation you'll be using to create your character, it's time to hash out the finer details. Follow these 5 steps to create your character:

1. Make them relevant to your audience 

Who is your audience and what are their goals? If you know your audience well, you can design your character to match their persona. For example, if your audience is mostly school students, use school students as your characters. You need to tell your audience a story that they can relate to.

2. Make them unique

You don't want a dull, boring character in your animations. Instead, you want a character that will capture your audience's interest and keep them engaged. You can use your brand's unique selling point to create a unique and engaging character. You can also customize the stock characters in the VideoScribe library to suit your audience.

3. Define their personality

By defining your character's personality, you'll be able to weave them into your story much easier. A great way to show personality and mood is through the use of colors. For example, blue colors could indicate a calm, stable mood and yellow colors could indicate happiness and positivity. You’ll also find each character in the VideScribe library in a range of poses and settings. Each character has a name, if you hover over the image in the library you’ll see the name, allowing you to search for that character’s series.

4. Choose their physical appearance 

You can use your character's mood and personality to help define their appearance. You can customize the skin tone, hair and clothing of the characters in the VideoScribe library, to ensure it will resonate with your target audience. 

Why use VideoScribe to create animated character videos?


VideoScribe is a really cost effective way to create animated videos. With plans starting at less than the cost of a chocolate bar per day. 

Easy to use

You don’t need to be a designer or editing guru to create something amazing. The drag and drop interface is easy to use, and our huge bank of templates means you can get started in a few clicks.


Perfect for telling stories, creating explainer videos, promos or presentations. There’s no end to the types of video you can create in VideoScribe.

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