Check my sig for a link to "Eight Direction & More Frames System". It allows for 4 or 8 directional charsets (your choice) and allows you to set the number of walking frames for your charsets. Normally, that's 4... but I like 8 for really fluid (but painfully detailed) movement. There's even a switch you can turn on so an additional frame is used... the 'STANDING POSE' frame.
One caveat... Whatever settings you have for 1 charset must apply for ALL charsets... characters and events. You can't mix & match, but that would be fairly understandable.
I used a few templates to test it out, even one with a standing pose that you could find at Tana's website (check out her profile to get the link to her website). You may get inspired for some additional spriting and such. It sure helped me for a template I'm working on.
Personally, I think Enterbrain
owe Trickster & SephirothSpawn for the Scene_Base class
they ripped from the SDK for use in RPGMaker VX ^_^