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Post Reply How Difficult is it for mangakas to create a badass character?
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How hard is it for authors to create a unique badass lovable character that will attract more attention towards the show? is it hard ? does it require skill ? is it done by will ? or does it happen automatically without accounting for it?

it makes me wonder because character designs and behavior can really affect the popularity of the series (bleach for example uses multiple diverse characters in the hopes that you'l fall in love with one of them and continue watching the show even when other aspects of it deteriorate)

oh and also What makes a character badass? Also share your favorite badass characters (pictures are appreciated)

it's a pretty open topic so i would like to hear your thoughts on that :)

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Posted 8/4/13
It isn't difficult. Badass characters are easy to create.

For me, badass means a character who doesn't stick to the rules, is flexible, highly philosophical and unpredictable.


Examples; Lightning from FF13, Chrollo from Hunter x Hunter, Kurisu from Steins;gate.
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^ And if they are ridiculously strong, that tends to add to the character's BA total.
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Posted 8/4/13
Depends on what they're going for and their definition of a "badass" character.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:

Depends on what they're going for and their definition of a "badass" character.


Have to agree with Shrapnel on this one, one person's definition of badassery would be different from another's. If you're asking about making a mass appeal character with a badass feel then I'd say it is all luck, the artist can only tell the story they want to tell how that story and the characters contained within are regarded by the audience is totally out of the artist's control.
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not that hard at all.

if it's a girl, they're kuudere. if it's a guy, he's full of himself. they also have an unknown source of near limitless strength and plot-armor. sometimes, they're ridiculously smart, cunning, and capable but that's not always a prereq.
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Besides Touma and Accelerator I also think Heaven Canceller is just as bad ass character as those 2.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:

Depends on what they're going for and their definition of a "badass" character.


Well, this single post here sums up my thoughts.

In the meantime, need more Levi
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not hard
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I'd imagine it isn't hard at all. Give them a lot of power, a rebellious attitude and a few plot devices in their favor and the readers will be singing their praises forever. Just follow the literary rules of making an epic and the main character will almost always turn out badass.
Posted 8/14/13
Just about everywhere I look, people all say that Yuno Gasai and Lucy are pretty badass. Maybe it's a pink hair + strong thing.


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Narrow eyes =/= Badass

That seems to be the formula.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:

Depends on what they're going for and their definition of a "badass" character.


ah well then in that case anyone can be a "badass" character

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It is not hard, just a few rules you have to follow.

1) Whether they are all powerful or the underdog, they cannot be a pussy. They can't whine.

2) In the case of an all powerful character, they have to stick to a personal philosophy and cannot be overly emotional. The less they talk, or the more of a dick they are, the more badass they come off as being.

Akatsuki from Hagure Yuusha
Spike from Cowboy Bebop
Sousuke from Full Metal Panic
Kenpachi from Bleach
Alucard, Anderson, and Walter from Hellsing
Gaara from Naruto

3) In the case of an underdog, they have to NEVER give up, and be willing to win a fight even if it means losing a limb.

Gon from Hunter x Hunter
Yoh from Shaman King
Rock Lee from Naruto

Why Kirito from SAO is not a bad-ass, 1. His resolve wavers, regret is pretty much the basis of his character. 2. He is an all-powerful type of character who meets the badass requirements for an underdog. It's more or less like watching a pro dominate a noob, it doesn't come off as very impressive. The one time when Kirito exhibits bad-assery is in the last episode of SAO with the fight against Sugou, in that one he exhibits underdog badassery. Otherwise he just seems like a showoff.
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Posted 8/14/13
all opinion based someone is bound to think at least one character is bad ass and others wont think those characters are bad ass
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