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Posted 8/25/14
Hard to say really without more detailed information. It's really a matter of personality, but aside from One-Punch Man(great manga I recommend it) I do generally like seeing characters become progressively stronger and it makes it all that more satisfying when they finally achieve victory, so I'd go underdog.
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a character thats underpowered (underdog) and grows with the story, we need no kiritos or tatsuyas that are op frmo the beginning, the characters need to fate despair before

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Posted 8/25/14

AnimeKami wrote:

Inaho is not OP.


he defeats aldnoah with training robots
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theStaBita wrote:

So I've been throwing around an Idea for a story in my head, and I'm debating whether to make the protagonist a seasoned player or a beginner; someone with natural talent or who has to work hard to develop skill. So I've decided to poll the audience.

Which do you prefer?
Someone seasoned at what they do? For example: Layfon - Chrome shelled regios; Shiroe - Log Horizon; Kirito - Sword Art Online (yes I know I mentioned it, but no flame wars okay )
Or a newcomer? For example: Haru - Accel World; Shinozaki - Overdrive; Sawamura - Ace Of Diamond

Someone with natural talent?
For example: Kagami - Kuroko's BasketBall; Sena - EyeShield; Yamato - Suzuka
Or someone who has to work hard to level grind? For example: Hinata - Haikyu; Maruo - Baby Steps; Onoda - YowaPeda

Please explain the reasons for your answers as I will be taking note, and thank you again for any feedback as always.
P.S. sorry if you disagree with some of my examples; incidentally all of these are characters I enjoyed watching so no put down is meant if you feel like I misclassified your favorite character.


I hear people nowadays using the underdog theme way too much. For example:

And I quote,
"I'm not gonna have you sit here and belittle me. Say I've lost sight? I've lost sight of things, John? The reason I say I'm gonna take that and walk out is because I don't fit a certain mold. Because I am the underdog, and that's exactly what you've lost sight of. Earlier in this ring, you mentioned great wrestlers like Eddie Guerrero and you said they used to look at you and say that the kid couldn't hang. And now you stand here and look at me as the kid that can't hang. John, I was hanging off of your gangster car, WrestleMania 22, as it rolled down in Chicago, Illinois, and I stood there in a suit looking as ridiculous as [points to Vince McMahon] that man looks right now in his suit, holding a phony Tommy gun, and I said to myself someday, I'm not gonna be standing out there watching you in the ring; I was gonna be in the ring watching you go down to CM Punk. And now here we are in your hometown of Boston. And now next week, we'll be back there in my hometown—Chicago, Illinois. And this...this is the part where I talk 'em into the building. See, you are the one that's lost sight, and I apologize for raising my voice because I'm not that guy. But when you stand here and tell me that I've lost sight, when you, the 10-time Champion who stands for hustle, loyalty and respect; who, from Boston, Massachusetts, lives and breathes these red colors, the same colors as your beloved Red Sox, who also portray themselves as the underdog, I'm sure just like the Bruins portray themselves as the underdog. Just like the Patriots think they're the underdog! Hey, how about those Celtics? Are they the underdogs too? Here's what you've lost sight of, John, and I'm really happy that your father and your wife are sitting in the front row so they can hear it! What you've lost sight of is what you are, and what you are is what you hate. You're the 10-time WWE Champion! You're the man! You, like the Red Sox, like Boston, are no longer the underdog! You're a dynasty. You are what you hate. You have become the New York Yankees!"
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Posted 8/26/14
I like underdog MCs more. I never really liked the OPness in Kill la Kill or Gurren Lagann. Epic, yes, but still cheesy. (I still liked both.) With an underdog, you get a slower story, a developing character, and drama. I prefer this route.

As for the question of Inaho being OP, I don't think he is. I think OP characters have the complete potential to eliminate their opponent in no sweat...*cough* Shiba Tatsuya. Inaho's trainer bot is weak. But then again, if all action plots have underdog MCs, that'd be boring.
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Posted 8/26/14

theStaBita wrote:

So I've been throwing around an Idea for a story in my head, and I'm debating whether to make the protagonist a seasoned player or a beginner; someone with natural talent or who has to work hard to develop skill. So I've decided to poll the audience.

Which do you prefer?
Someone seasoned at what they do? For example: Layfon - Chrome shelled regios; Shiroe - Log Horizon; Kirito - Sword Art Online (yes I know I mentioned it, but no flame wars okay )
Or a newcomer? For example: Haru - Accel World; Shinozaki - Overdrive; Sawamura - Ace Of Diamond

Someone with natural talent?
For example: Kagami - Kuroko's BasketBall; Sena - EyeShield; Yamato - Suzuka
Or someone who has to work hard to level grind? For example: Hinata - Haikyu; Maruo - Baby Steps; Onoda - YowaPeda

Please explain the reasons for your answers as I will be taking note, and thank you again for any feedback as always.
P.S. sorry if you disagree with some of my examples; incidentally all of these are characters I enjoyed watching so no put down is meant if you feel like I misclassified your favorite character.


In my personal opinion and experience, make the main character have special traits or abilities, but not overpowered by themselves. They become overpowered in how the main character utilizes their abilities. For a basic example, imagine a main character that can manipulate water and change it's state of matter, and this main character is tasked taking on an entire army. Water manipulation is powerful, but is nothing when going against a battalion of tanks. What the MC does instead is to work with his advantages to exploit the opponent's weakness, say diverting water underneath the ground and freezing it. The expansion of ice thus weakening the ground, rapidly melting the ice then makes a sinkhole. The weigh and speed of tanks enables them helpless, sliding down a muddy pit. Instead of having Poseidon-like powers and simply washing the opponents away to the next continent and being relatively dull, having limits to otherwise powerful abilities opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Short version: Make MC with limited Natural Talent, semi-newcomer, and barely seasoned.

Sorry if this post got a little long, hope it helped tho
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I like the person who people had given up on,but end up being their hero.( Rock Lee is my favorite example).The hard work and dedication they put into every fight makes the victory that much more satisfying. Overpowered characters aren't any fun (naruto,kirito,ichigo,etc.).You already know they're going to win;the only reason I watch them fight is because they're so OP and pretty much every punch they throw creates a miniature nuclear explosion.
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Posted 8/26/14
There is only one underdog.

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I prefer Seasoned/Natural Talent combinations (without overdone or blatant OP). Admittedly, Underdogs and Newcomers tend to allow for more character development, but Seasoned/Natural Talent characters can develop just as much when handled well. Seasoned/Natural Talent characters simply require more finesse to pull off, and fail spectacularly when mishandled. I suggest Newcomer or Underdog, if you desire to acquire more experience before tackling Seasoned/Natural Talent main characters.
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I love the underdogs who have natural talent and is a new comer.
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my 2 favorite protagonists are Sakamaki Izayoi and NGNL Sora... I guess I like OP characters. >.>
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
I think I would love an OP character who turns evil quite early could be alright but you have to follow other interesting characters in order to make them the good guys we cheer for.

But If I answer your question it all depends on the story. If you make an OP character you need them to be pushed back once and recognize that they need to be more serious like Peco in Ping Pong the Animation.

I also think that an OP character who loses at the end (or loses his life but wins like a certain character) is interesting as well.

This is cause OP characters are genuinely detested.

A question I have is if you see a man who is brilliant in everything he does, do you think that showing us a tough background changes everything?
Posted 8/26/14
I'm not so sure, it's like I have to pick a side. I enjoy both, especially Kirito and Haru! I probably enjoy OP characters a little bit more though.
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Shion from The breaker series is the perfect main character for me
He's the hardest worker, but also the one with the most natural talent.
He started out as nothing too
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
i don't think it matters much whether your character is op/udog. what matters more(i think) is how properly you explain the situation/condition. both the characters can get irritating if the situation isn't properly explained. if the readers/viewers can't connect/relate to the main character, the series won't be liked.
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