I'm looking for some characteristics, either physical traits, habits, or mannerisms, to set a character apart. He's a big, gruff, no-nonsense, ex-military fellow. I don't want to fall into the old cigar-chomping, crew cut cliches, but I'll be darned if I can think of anything fresh. I'm guessing with all your vast collective experience you've met one or two quirky personalities with something particularly distinctive about them. Giles cleans his glasses. Sherlock Holmes has his pipe and hat. What can be my guy's thing that sets him apart?
Thank you as always! ::toasts you with left-over eggnog::