What Makes For Interesting Foils and Interactions?
Posted 10/7/15
As the question states, what makes for interesting interactions? I don't know how to define my own parameters. What make interactions between two characters alluring?
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Posted 10/7/15
Family members, usually.
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Posted 10/7/15
I think that for antagonists it's interesting for them to share qualities with the protagonist. For interactions between protagonists I think its the opposite. You want them to have differences so they can round each other out.

That's all I can come up with off the top of my head.
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Posted 10/7/15 , edited 10/7/15
1) Good dialogue.
a) The characters are on roughly equal footing.
If one character is constantly being bullied or overpowered in the conversation, it gets old. What makes a show like Spice and Wolf or Toradora works is that the characters have a give-and-take to their conversations; they might bicker and disagree, but neither one is always right or always in control.
b) They aren't constantly shouting their lines at each other. (and Attack on Titan is otherwise such a good show... *sigh*)
c) They aren't delivering overly cheesy lines; or at least they lamp-shade it when they do.

2) Flawed characters make for complex relationships.
It's hard for two Bastions of Heroism and Morality to have good interactions. It helps if one or both are morally conflicted. Gives them something to talk about, makes them human, and it gives them realistic reasons to disagree.

3) The characters enjoy interacting with each other.
At least on some level, although maybe they feel morally conflicted about this as well (see point 2). But if the characters are having fun, there is a better chance that the reader or viewer will be having fun, and it draws them together even when they are fighting.
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Posted 10/8/15
In rom-comedies if they actually care for each other. Ai Yori Aoshi is a great example of this despite pretending to be a harem show.
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Posted 10/8/15

Gafennec wrote:

In rom-comedies if they actually care for each other. Ai Yori Aoshi is a great example of this despite pretending to be a harem show.


I thought Oreshura did a good job of this as well. Chiwa, and Ai truly care about Eita, and so does Masuzu, in her own twisted way..
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Posted 10/8/15 , edited 10/8/15
1. Good dialogue
2. Believable personalities. Don't push the tropes.
3. Evolving relationship
4. Relationship between equals.
5. Real story progression, with a real conclusion at the end.

Two of my favorites:

1. Youko + Aashi: manga, the anime ended too early
2. Hitagi + Araragi: Hitagi has really grown over the course of the series.
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Posted 10/8/15
Fanservice.
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Posted 10/8/15

Series5Ranger wrote:


Gafennec wrote:

In rom-comedies if they actually care for each other. Ai Yori Aoshi is a great example of this despite pretending to be a harem show.


I thought Oreshura did a good job of this as well. Chiwa, and Ai truly care about Eita, and so does Masuzu, in her own twisted way..


I'll give that a look-see.
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