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Posted 8/24/17
I like flawed characters; I like when you can find yourself rooting for someone as much as you're rooting against them.
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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/24/17
A character who has actual character development. One who isn't another shameless cut-copy-paste cutout of something we've seen a 1,000 times before. Someone who has understandable reasons as to why they are pursuing their goals, yet also has flaws (not another Marty/Mary Sue).

Take Onizuka from GTO guy has extremely flawed: gets into far too many fights, has a temper, and is a bit of a pervert. However he has a noble goal to become a teacher in order to help troubled students that many other teachers have simply disregarded as hopeless, since that is what happened to him in his youth.

The reasons for his actions make sense given his backstory. He tries to break this cycle he sees as unjust, is obviously a unique character, and isn't perfect. You'd think following these basic steps in character development should be easy to do, but yet every season half the shows I watch are filled with generic boring stock characters. They have no or few flaws, achieve many (or all) of their goals effortlessly, generic and bland personalities, and barely change despite the experiences they have.


DevinKuska wrote:

I just want characters that are not so stupid or OP that they are completely unbelievable. Bakemonogatari, Classroom of the elite, Blast of tempest, and Mushi shi to name a few shows I thought the characters were atleast average intelligence, witty, but still got the job done


Great examples. I think authors often resort to the contrary to artificially drag out a plot longer than it needs to be.
Think most harem anime. Seasons will go by and dumb ass MC still can't believe any of the girls actually like him, well most of the audience feels the same way but perhaps for different reasons
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Posted 8/25/17
I want to be the male lead of a harem anime (without being dense).
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Posted 8/25/17

anikevin wrote:

I want to be the male lead of a harem anime (without being dense).


I always assumed Harem male protagonists were dense because it allows the writers to stretch out the period of time until the protagonist chooses his 'route'. A big part of the tension in a lot of bag harem shows is the question of who the protagonist will end up with since he has a line up of potential partners. You just develop the potential partners while they get to know MC guy and he simultaneously keeps falling for them all roughly evenly (given being too dense to realize any of them like you is still maintaining a roughly even amount of affection for each potential partner) until the story is ready to reach it's climax. So if you want to be the harem protagonist and not be dense then you want to rush into your choice of route. Since you want to be a harem protagonist I will wager your desire is to choose the harem route as opposed to selecting one true love out of a line up of harem groupies.

As for what I want in an anime character... I don't just want one thing. Even static comic relief characters have their purpose. THis is really a way of not answering, but I want characters written to work well with the story being told. It is hard to have a formulaic response like "Character development is less important for comedy" because that isn't always true. Some of the funniest characters are that much funnier once you've invested in them and have gotten to know their quirks and their story. It can be interesting to see what starts as a static gag character evolve into a well rounded, diverse character while still managing to retain or have had enriched what made them amusing to begin with. Dandy comes to mind.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/25/17
What I want: A well dubbed anime where the cast is both varied in accents and accurately able to represent the character being portrayed.

What I get: Same old hacks.
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Posted 8/29/17
Good sense of humor and smiley.
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Posted 8/29/17
I have a HUGE soft spot for characters that have a lot of talent (either genius or strength or something) but hide it. I guess it's because they generally end up having a super badass reveal at some point and reveals are my JAMMMMM.
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Posted 8/29/17
That depends on the show and it's tone
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Posted 8/29/17

qualeshia3 wrote:

Ask yourself, what do you look for in a character? Like, what do you want in your character? Do you want a character you can relate to or a character you want to simply idolize?

What do you think?


What if I relate more to the idealized "perfect" characters? It's tough being so beautiful, cool, intelligent,...and humble, of course.


More seriously, I like all kinds of characters. Is there some reason we can only look for or enjoy one type? There are relatively few characters I don't like.
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Posted 8/30/17
Passion.
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Posted 8/31/17
I want someone who is spiritual and has a high degree of understanding of what spirituality is about.
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