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Post Reply Anime characters who are in need of character development.
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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Explain your opinion in great detail.


Is there an anime character who could use some character development? This character needs to be lacking in character development. Just list the character's full name, the title of the series and show a picture.

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just about all of them tbh

a lot of anime rely way too heavily on a small set of predetermined character archetypes, and most of the time they don't really mix things up or develop the characters at all.
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Kanudelgruber wrote:

just about all of them tbh

a lot of anime rely way too heavily on a small set of predetermined character archetypes, and most of the time they don't really mix things up or develop the characters at all.


Name one off the top of your head.
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Yamcha. Akira Toriyama why couldn't you ever let the boy win ever?
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Kanudelgruber wrote:




Thank you.
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I would like to see what Shin and Julia had to go through while trying to escape the oppression of the Syndicate, on Cowboy Bebop. The story always implies that Julia betrayed Spike but in the end she had gotten discovered, like him over desertion of the organization. We all know Spike was met with an ambush, did Julia go through something similar? She spent the next few years on the run. It must have been hell for her. Spike never investigated what might have gone wrong, insisting he was "killed by the woman he loved". She even decided to avoid contact with him, to keep him safe. Wonder if she felt abandoned by him at times? It's also suggested that Shin was working on the inside of the Syndicate, as an informant, considering he didn't like Vicious' new rule over the organization. He must have crossed paths with Julia on several occasions in order to inform her and let her escape somewhere safe. Those two must have avoided some close calls and they were at the center of the entire mess. We never get to see their development. Especially Julia, being the main character's reason for his destructive nature and all.
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Just channeling my inner tsundere, so you know I love you, but have a hard time admitting it

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Kanudelgruber wrote:
Common anime charater archetypes include the generic self-insert guy (also known as the harem protagonist), the tsundere, the shy girl/dandere, the athletic girl, etc. I'm not saying that it's a problem that these character archetypes are used, it's just that some series just insert them into the narrative without mixing it up or doing anything interesting with them. What separates good anime from bad anime is experimentation and variation on these character types.

The generic self-insert guy is more myth than reality. Westerners think in terms of self-insertion and project that thinking onto the Japanese. They are also heavily prejudiced againts harem-type shows and will use any rationalization they can to dismiss them. The truth is that the protagonists in harem-type shows aren't that uniform.

Character archetypes are typically more about people forcing characters into archetypes and then pretending they're all the same, rather than the characters actually being the same.

As for character development, too often people think it's only character development when it involves something highly dramatic and plot-altering. If a show has no plot and the character development is minor and subtle (or non-existent), many people think it's a bad show with flat and boring characters where nothing happens. They don't actually care about the characters, they just want dramatic happenings and plot progression.
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Mu La Flaga - Gundam Seed

why wasn't this show about the only character who wasn't a crybaby and/or a teenager? In fact every character in this series has either tragic background or tragedy drives them towards their current motivations. EXCEPT Mu La Flaga, the cocky badass who is the only other character (well one of three) who dies. What motivates him besides amour for the captain? We spend so many episodes with him but Kira & Athren & their tears hog the screen time. Why can't we get a character not motivated by rage or revenge or some holy mantra to sacrifice their self to protect their friends (which is a vicious circle)? Or how Mu La Flaga had no special powers and him dealing with a world where natural talent isn't enough any more?
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Interesting you mentioned him. I would have never thought of this guy.
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Infinite Stratos says hi.

Charlotte and Laura are the only characters that got development and... surprise of surprises, they're the most popular characters! Coincidence?
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