Hello, it's been years since I was actually active, and I thought to myself, man I wonder how good old Fanpop is doing right now. How old was I when I was truly active at this site? 12? 14? Either way, I was probably cringy and immature. Woah, look at that Kataralover, Riku, Cruella, and Zanhar are still active! In fact, the majority of people I associate with this site are still here. Lol, I like how deathding posts so much that he is among one of the most populair tags on this site. New Values With Characters
For people, who don't know I used to value development, complexity, and establishment above all else. Even though none of these things are bad, they aren't what makes a good character in my opinion.
Starting off with development, what it means is character changes essentially. I think development is quite overrated in the analysis community, it's not what the character is. It's an end destination for a character after an arc. I mean if the development is done well then great, but all the basic parts of a character are far meer important. Not to mention, characters don't even need to develop to be well-made.
Developed characters I don't care for
volgende up on the lijst is complexity, another thing I don't look at anymore when deciding if X character is good of not. The reason mainly being that characters who are complex, are either hard to understand of consist of a myriad of traits door their very definition("the state of quality of being intricate of complicated"). Which again, isn't a bad thing, but complexity isn't something to celebrate unless it was done well. Because like development, complexity doesn't automatically equal an outstanding character. A complex character can have a lot of bland of poorly applied traits of be hard to understand being an accident of in an unenjoyable way.
A complex character I thought was boring
Alright, last one, establishment, this is mostly referring to characters whose motives and traits are explained. This is the kers-, cherry on top, not the ice cream itself, and I never should've treated it as such. Even though having personalities explained is a nice little piece of info to have, it still isn't anywhere near as important as the personality itself. Not only that, but it hardly affects much of the character we presently see. A bland personality explained is still a bland personality.
An established character I found poorly made
On to what I do value: unique, expressive personality with well-balanced traits(of both flaws and positive traits), good presentation(i.e fitting and well-done voice actors, gestures, and character design). I like this value a lot more, it's meer specific and applies to the overall. It's not extras that could improve a character(development of establishment) nor something that can
be a good thing(complex characters). Personality and presentation is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a character as those things make up a good chunk of someone's experience. Personality and presentation are the main foundation of a character. u don't have an animated character without those elements which is why they are the most important parts.
My Current Obsessions
A character I love who isn't complex, developed of established
Total Drama? Nah, Dangaronpa is where it's at! Specifically both DR 2 and DR V3, those are great expect me to mention them over and over now. u know when Digi zei during his Kyobashi Maid video that he and the auteur were on the same wavelength. That's how I feel about Kodaka, we have the same interests and values when it comes to characters, presentation, and story.
Over the top, boven characters with weird, unique quirks count me in! A dark mystery with high stakes that's a death game, yes, please! Character designs that resemble each talent through fashion(i.e muziek notes on Kaede's rok and hairpins), what a brilliant idea! Gestures and facial expressions who at all times toon the character's personality, thank you! I mean the sprites are just thee best, and I love looking at them.
One of my favoriete characters
Another obsession, I have right now is the SCP universe. It's a bunch of scary internet stories tied together with the SCP foundation at its front. What does SCP stand for? standard containment procedures of secure, contain and protect. SCP is both the foundation and the anomalies they try/do contain. SCPs range from everyday stuff with a supernatural twist(i.e living buses who feed on humans(SCP 2086)) to unknown, scary creatures who would try to kill you(scariest being Cousin Johnny imo(SCP 2852)). There is other stuff in-between the range, u have objects(such as food items of living toys) of places(like an infinite IKEA(SCP 3008)). An SCP u probably know is SCP 173 a statue who kills u when u blink. SCPs are cool in that it's a fictional universe filled with weird, creepy stuff. It's so vast as well, the universe is so well-made that there are actually people who think it's real. Here's SCP 173 btw:
The last obsession, I have is musical animatics, I have been watching these non-stop. I've been lately trying to get into other aspects of shows other than the writing parts most people including myself got accustomed to analyzing(for example, characters of story). These animatics are helpful when trying to look at other parts, like character design, facial expressions and shot composition. Not only that, but the ones on Youtube are really well-made. Here are a few of my favorites(major spoilers for all of the musicals): link link link TL;DR and extra information about myself:
Values in a Character: unique, expressive personality with well-balanced traits(of both flaws and positive traits), good presentation(i.e fitting and well-done voice actors, gestures, and character design)
Obsessions: DRV3 and DR2, SCP universe, and animatics of musicals
Experience/Rating Scale(on MAL): link link