Stepping Stone Characters
Posted 6/5/08
Let's look at take a look at Renji, from Bleach. This guy's whole character is defined as the guy who exists only to get his ass kicked. Has he won a fight against a big name character yet?

He firsts meets Ichigo... Boom ass kicked.

He and Ichigo round two...ass kicked.

Then the big battle with the man with whom he wants to show his equality to, Byakuya.

Ass severely kicked.

I'm not even a Renji fan, Damn! I hope he eventually gets a win in.

What other characters are used to show how badass their opponents are?
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Posted 6/5/08
I don't exactly understand how you called them "stepping stone characters", but from the way you're describing them, it sounds like you're referring to what's known as a foil character. Foil characters are devices used to highlight given strengths of another character by being obviously inferior to the said character.

Most foils come in the form of less intelligent individuals, weaker individuals, or basically anything that makes them appear inferior to the main character. This in effect makes the main character's traits inherently superior to the foil.


Would you like the title of the thread to be changed to "foil characters" so it can be more easily understood?
Posted 6/5/08

edsamac wrote:

I don't exactly understand how you called them "stepping stone characters", but from the way you're describing them, it sounds like you're referring to what's known as a foil character. Foil characters are devices used to highlight given strengths of another character by being obviously inferior to the said character.

Most foils come in the form of less intelligent individuals, weaker individuals, or basically anything that makes them appear inferior to the main character. This in effect makes the main character's traits inherently superior to the foil.


Would you like the title of the thread to be changed to "foil characters" so it can be more easily understood?


Yeah, but what I should have been more descriptive. Before a character challenges the main character there is always the one badass character, who's sole purpose , is to get his ass kicked by the new threat. Look at Vegeta or Piccolo. Before the villain fights Goku, they get Vegeta or Piccolo's ass... Hence "Stepping Stone"
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Posted 6/5/08
Vegeta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from DragonBall ppl He's like the super proclaimed prince of the Saiyans and what does he get for that???? Ass Whoopin' by the all low class Saiyan Kakarot hhahahahhahhaa he sux as a prince
Posted 6/5/08
In MMA, a former champ or a guy who's lost a step or two, is brought in to fight new challenges and pretty much expected to give the new guy a good fight, but still lose. They're called Gatekeepers. Maybe that's what I should have called the thread
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Posted 6/5/08
You love the word
"ass" and "kicked" XD
Posted 6/5/08

DemonWithin912 wrote:

You love the word
"ass" and "kicked" XD


It's apparent you do as well... "Ass" is in your bottom signature
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Posted 6/5/08

vittoriano wrote:


DemonWithin912 wrote:

You love the word
"ass" and "kicked" XD


It's apparent you do as well... "Ass" is in your bottom signature


I think we might be "soul mates"
Posted 6/5/08
More like a brother from another mother
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Posted 6/5/08
Um- Sakura in Naruto needs to be saved so the main character looks good.

Same with Orihime. And Rukia. Rescue operations give birth to entire plot lines or arcs.

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