Or, he’ll do that anime thing where he powers up spontaneously with his emotions.
He’s green. He’s mean. He’ll rupture your spleen. He’s powered by gamma rays, he’s got pecs for days. When he walks the earth will tremble, roadkill his enemies will resemble, everyone clench your buttcheeks and prepare for:
We’re talking Scooby-Doo, villain-of-the-week, “tear down the orphanage and build a toxic pollution factory because I love the tears of children” levels of motivation.
Today I’ll be talking about characters you love to hate! Or is that characters you should hate but love? The answer, my readers, is: Yes.
So, everyone knows their own reasons for liking a characters. Could be personality, abilities, design. Could be a snappy one-liner or an achievement you really loved. There are characters we love wholeheartedly, and ones we despise and want to see dead.
But somewhere out there, some characters occupy a sweet spot, a mix of antagonism and admiration. Whatever it is, they share one thing with the characters that matter to you: You enjoy watching them.
And Namor, yes, I-want-to-bone-your-wife-you-loser-nerd Namor, admitting that Reed is a man of honour and Doom is probably jealous of his brains.
Today, I’ll be talking about a special type of story: The Tribute Special.
As you can probably tell, these are specials which are almost like clip shows, special occasions such as weddings, funerals, or anniversaries. They provide an occasion for the vast majority of the character(s) or team in question’s social circles to get together and share their thoughts about the subject. Funerals may have an air of finality, anniversaries may mark a legacy’s end or continuation, and weddings are about the bride and groom.
But whatever the occasion, one thing is certain: It builds a plot around the event, and draws in a supporting cast to reflect on what makes it special. Stripped down to nuts and bolts, the event is set up, there are probably more than a few official or unofficial interviews talking about what those characters mean to others, and then it all leads up to the actual event itself.
So WHAT they are can be pretty diverse, but easy to understand. But WHY are they special? Gotta have something if I’m taking the time to talk about them, right? Well, in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson…
This is what happens if you make the world revolve not just around a Main Character, but ONLY when the Main Character is around.
Disclaimer: All mentioned films are the property of Disney and any original owners of the source material. There might be SPOILERS when I describe works.
Made you look at Li Shang’s abs. Or are you reading this straight from the blog? Oh, then in that case, there’s a shirtless Li Shang somewhere in here.
So I was able to watch Moana the other day. Long story short, I didn’t care much for it, thought it wasted a lot of its potential coddling the main character, but it got me thinking about a blog topic. So today, I’m gonna be focusing on a vital component of any story’s development and world-building: The Supporting Cast.