Suppose I create a character along with some rigging.
later, I create another character and I want the same animations.
is it possible to copy the animation and rigging from character #1 and past it onto character #2
Unless they're structured the exact same way, no. The animations in CH are very dependent on where all the parts and handles are, so if those change, you're going to see wildly different animations.
Understood. I think....so just to clarify.
if both characters are rigged the same way (even in name) then the animations can essentially be copied from one character to another.....
am I understanding this correctly?
what I am trying to do is draw my characters individually, but base load them with the same core animations. Then each character would essentially take loads of time less to create.
Although I've never personally done it, I believe this should work. It may make sense to do a test run with a super simple stick figure or something to make sure it does works like you want before devoting a ton of time into it!