1. What a person is really like. Their values, personality, and level of integrity...when no one's looking.
2. One's moral compass.
"Our employees are commited to treating you fairly, and are posessed of the highest character."
LACKEY: "The guy can't be bought. He's got character"
CRIME BOSS: "We'll have to wack him then."
Respectable dead alcoholics, by contrast, are merely "convivial"; even if they are crazed ranters they would be "convivial and garrulous".
Optimistic: " My friend had his arm bitten off by a shark but its okay because having only one arm adds character."
2)An alternative word for imaginary friend, to be used in the presence of narrow minded and/or unimaginative people.
2) "Meep, can you send my characters back? "