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Depends on the genre. If it's a romance story, I like realistic characters.

Realistic characters in action stories are pretty boring though since a realistic character wouldn't really want to fight anyway lol. You can make realistic characters very enjoyable if you give them development though.
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I prefer realistic character for the specific reason that they may remind me of myself. If I can relate to a character(s) I feel like I have a better understanding of their motives and actions and typically have a higher satisfaction when watching/finishing the show.
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It looks like there were 3 of these threads. Since this one has the most activity I'm moving it to Anime and closing the others.



MY bad sorry i created one and it duplicated then thought i posted in the wrong area so i posted it where i thought it should go
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mrbushido1990 wrote:

I prefer realistic character for the specific reason that they may remind me of myself. If I can relate to a character(s) I feel like I have a better understanding of their motives and actions and typically have a higher satisfaction when watching/finishing the show.


Basically how i feel about it
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Wow these responses are surprising.

People hate seeing the same archetype used over and over again. Unfortunately, a useless protagonist is a common theme in shoujo and shounen anime. A lot of people get frustrated over them.


I don't see why though i like when shounen animes have a sense of realism not everyone can be useful heck half of us all are not useful until we get experience being useful off the bat is unrealistic and horrible imo.

Then again thats why i like Shoujo and shounen animes and characters i feel they are more well developed alot of the time.
A cliche character can easily create a cliche story. Even if the character is a macho hunk.... and if it doesn't I really don't mind it, but I would still like more variation. I think these protagonist are popular because it's easier to live through the experience of characters that are not created from high standards.



Thats true and i can see why it would annoy people.

I myself like cliche stories though so haha
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The two qualities that plague most people in real life and which people also hate are
1. Indecisiveness
2. Lack of Confidence

People who are generally popular at the very least manage to hide those negative qualities.

A character who exhibits one or both of those is going to be unpopular. We dislike people who exhibit those qualities in real life, we dislike ourselves when we exhibit those qualities, why would fiction be any different?

Rito is both indecisive and lacks confidence.

I should add, you can use both of those in a story to spice it up, but you had better make your protagonist get over it because it is a ticking time bomb and people will eventually get annoyed.
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My husband showed me this movie that he really loved about a dysfunctional family pulling together under tough circumstances. I was bored watching it, and I told him that I watch movies to experience something new, not something I already know about. Not to mention if you know too much about the subject matter, you start tearing apart the details because they've portrayed it more nicely or more dramatically so it feels almost like an insult.

I think that's the case here, too. People feel that Shinichi is too passive, and it feels like an insult to average teenagers. Or it's like tenchi22 said, that people see themselves and would rather see something that inspires them to move above their own circumstances.

when I grew up I wanted to be like Honda Tohru from Fruits Basket because no matter how awful life is to her, she still manages to smile and carry on. This is unrealistic, but it's something to aspire to.



Hmm thats fair enough i still find it strange but i can understand where people are coming form now.
But its fair enough your example of Tohru from Fruits basket is a great example i guess we all need characters to look up to.


But thats why personally i love characters who start out like alot of us do to begin with as useless teenagers and over time they develop into a stronger person.

Thanks for the comments guys it's good to see other peoples views so it helps people understand how others thing and i can see why it would be annoying to some.


Sadly we can't make everyone happy i guess.


Also with Shinichi i guess i found him more normal because as a teenager 13-17 i was a passive person so to me his view of the world made sense to me.


I've always felt Shinichi was braver than the average teenager. I've only finished up to episode 12, but you have to wonder at his mental fortitude.

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Kitahoshi_Hazel wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:


Kitahoshi_Hazel wrote:

My husband showed me this movie that he really loved about a dysfunctional family pulling together under tough circumstances. I was bored watching it, and I told him that I watch movies to experience something new, not something I already know about. Not to mention if you know too much about the subject matter, you start tearing apart the details because they've portrayed it more nicely or more dramatically so it feels almost like an insult.

I think that's the case here, too. People feel that Shinichi is too passive, and it feels like an insult to average teenagers. Or it's like tenchi22 said, that people see themselves and would rather see something that inspires them to move above their own circumstances.

when I grew up I wanted to be like Honda Tohru from Fruits Basket because no matter how awful life is to her, she still manages to smile and carry on. This is unrealistic, but it's something to aspire to.



Hmm thats fair enough i still find it strange but i can understand where people are coming form now.
But its fair enough your example of Tohru from Fruits basket is a great example i guess we all need characters to look up to.


But thats why personally i love characters who start out like alot of us do to begin with as useless teenagers and over time they develop into a stronger person.

Thanks for the comments guys it's good to see other peoples views so it helps people understand how others thing and i can see why it would be annoying to some.


Sadly we can't make everyone happy i guess.


Also with Shinichi i guess i found him more normal because as a teenager 13-17 i was a passive person so to me his view of the world made sense to me.


I've always felt Shinichi was braver than the average teenager. I've only finished up to episode 12, but you have to wonder at his mental fortitude.





watch the rest it's amazing and i think it was a mixture of both honestly and yeah when you put it like that he was braver then the average teenager and i just like how he acted he was thrown into a world that was strange.
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I can't stand characters that whine and complain all the time. Especially when circumstances calls for them to stand up do something to change things. I don't mind at first but they have to learn to get over it otherwise the character is useless in my eyes because they don't show any growth. Also in real life I can't stand people who are like this as well. I tend to stay away from them because I despise weak willed people. I've been through a lot and I'm still going through a lot but I still push forward everyday to change my circumstances. Ultimately I can't relate to weak willed people fictional or real.
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It depends on the show and why they go with realistic. If it helps connect to the story, great, if it is just boring characterisation than its boring. I prefer characters who have character but that's my own preference. Realistic characters are kind of just grey.
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People like to think that they would be able to handle to situations they see in fiction, so when a character acts realistically, people say that he's just acting like a wimp even though they would probably react in the same way. People don't want to think that they would react in that way because it makes them feel bad about themselves. People like to use things like anime as an escape from this kind of thing.
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People don't buy the truth, they buy fantasy.
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Usually the mc is what viewers inject themselves in as they get engulfed into the anime. Anime is usually used for getting away from the real world and getting into a world where the problems of their real life don’t exist. If real life problems and problems in the anime are similar that tends to make people dropped that anime for being too similar to their real lives.
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I'm only gonna say this one.

People who loudly hate on Shinji Ikari could learn a thing or two about empathy.
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Since the original mentioned to love Ru as the main protagonist the thing I noticed with most harem series is that the mc (male character) has very little growth and doesnt make much progress. Usually this is ok with a 12 episode series because you get some bravery from the dude and I honestly dont mind the weak willed and undesisive character because he has moments of bravery. Though after 3 seasons of this it gets tiresome and annoying and people want some sort of a growth after years.

But a lot of people made some good points and my second point is Anime is also sometimes inspirational and it should inspire you to stay who you are and be true to yourself even if people are hating on you.
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