best character in the history of characters

  • Male Scifi and Fantasy writers: Look at this !Strong! female character! She can fight and solve puzzles, and ends up with the sidekick not the hero! Isn't she a great character?
  • Everyone: No, she's one-dimensional and still only exists to please the hero's ego
  • Male scifi and fantasy writers: You're never happy! This is how characters are written! Besides, it's much harder for us to write women because we are men!
  • Terry Pratchett: *creates a female character who is literally the embodyment of a dog, sets her up to be the love interest of Protagonist Hero Man.* *writes her as clever, emotionally tortured, lonely and powerful* *uses her to explore difficulties of bisexuality and masculine dominated workforces*
  • Terry Pratchett: *Creates a pair of old witches, one of whom is a virgin and the other who has slept with lots of men.* *makes them best friends, never dismisses one lifestyle of the other, explains lifestyle choices based on characters history and personality, uses this to develop each character as the books progress*
  • Terry Pratchett: *Writes Sybil Rankin* *makes the powerful rich lady heavy set but beautiful, never plays her by her looks, develops her as she ages, acknowledges the way society views such people and then spits on their attitudes* *does it again with Agnes*
  • Terry Pratchett: *Writes a book about an entire army secretly being women, creates complex female relationships, introduces same sex relationships completely naturally*
  • Terry Pratchett: *takes old joke about female dwarves and uses it to explore gender identity without making it seem forced or unnatural, carefully discusses some of the issues and complextities whilst still making funny and witty observasions and maintaining genuine fantasy tropes*
  • Terry Pratchett: *DOES THIS ALL OVER AND OVER AGAIN, DEVELOPING CHARACTERS AS HIS VEIW OF THE WORLD DEVELOPS AND CAREFULLY APOLOGIZES FOR EARLY MISTAKES*
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Jughead always eventually gives in to Betty and has her back. and that’s why he’s the best. ;)

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When We Rise is an ABC miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement ON A POPULAR NETWORK THAT LITERALLY CAN SPREAD A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD IN SOMETHING THATS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE!!!
I come onto the Tumblr tag expecting people to be rejoicing. It’s the representation we’ve waited years for. Our lgbtq grandparents would’ve wept had they known that, by 2017, we’d be here.
I come into the tumblr tag to find people complaining. There’s not enough poc characters. Not enough bisexual characters. Not enough trans characters.
Not enough.
We are witnessing the best representation this community has had on television. We are seeing a landmark for this community happen in front of our faces. And yet, we say “not enough”.
I am tired of people shunning this community’s achievements. I am tired of this constant search for a perfection we will never have. I am tired of watching this community push back progress in the name of perfection. Because the truth is, no form of representation will be free of issues. There will never be enough representation to go around so that every minority can have their fair share. But will we choose to ignore that once more, or accept what we are offered?
These are the exact repercussions films like About Ray and Stonewall had to go through. And what happened to those movies? They were nitpicked and boycotted by the very community they advocated for. These films flopped and never got to speak their message. The message of equality, progress.
If we continue to push away representation, one day the world will stop trying. No films or miniseries to let our voices be heard, because the market for lgbtq films will be dead with no support from homophobes or the community. We will have nothing.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, so please reblog this post. Spread the message that this needs to stop. My inbox is always open to opinions and discussions.

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#thankyoubones week: day 2 → 11 temperance brennan character growth moments

↳ brennan + her changing views on love

If you were to look for a character who has grown so much from falling in love with her significant other, look no further than Temperance Brennan. She exemplifies the term “character growth”, and her changing views on love, sex and relationships comprises one of the many different things that has made her one of the best (IMO, THE BEST) character in the history of television. This gifset only touches on a small part of her character growth over the years, because she has truly grown in every aspect of her life, and I have loved watching her grow and truly flourish all these years. She also makes me believe that it is possible to find true love, and not completely change yourself and your morals for the other person, as when the time comes, nothing else will matter except for the person standing right beside you. Like always, and like they always will.

Every Fandoms OTP (Valentines Day)

In most fandoms, everyone ships and most of their OTPs are two characters that has chemistry together. Two characters that shown many hints that they love each other. An example of this is…

1. Best friends 

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2. A cute moment that two characters only do for each other

3. Totally opposite from each other 

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and yet, their perfect 

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4. They know you damn well than any other 

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5. Acting goofy towards each other 

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5. Childhood crush 

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6. Go through conflicts with each other 

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7. Perfect team 

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8. Development 

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and lastly #9

The sign that they’re made for each other 

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So yeah, that what makes people (including myself) ship two characters that have history with each other. 

Alright everyone. It’s time for a talk.
Please stop writing or drawing about Phichit invading Viktor and Yuuri’s privacy and posting it online. That’s not okay, and Phichit would never do that.
Don’t write or draw about Phichit giving up his place on the podium just so Viktor and Yuuri can get married. He is dedicated to his sport; unless it were a life or death situation, he would never sacrifice his whole career.
Don’t write or draw Phichit and reduce him to nothing but a media/IG addicted best friend. He is so much more than that. Yes, he loves sharing things online, but that’s not all there is to his character.
Phichit is making history and achieving his dreams, not sitting in the background doing nothing but posting on IG. Stop characterizing him to be what he’s not.
You’ve been given a wonderful character with Phichit Chulanont. Don’t let that go to waste.

I quit writing Homestuck meta a long time ago, but I guess the pre-4/13 fervor is infectious, because this popped into my head and wouldn’t go away. So here’s some musings on Homestuck, the ending, and its portrayal (or rather, erasure) of character identity and agency.  

Let’s rewind back several years and a few subsubacts, to the meteor and battleship crews’ not so triumphant arrival in the combined session. Two of the kids’ number have been mind-controlled and forced to work for the Empress. Two have been thrown in prison. One has been banished to the outer reaches of space. The rest have been divvied up and placed on various Lands, given different tasks to be completed for the Empress. Even in beating SBURB and winning the game they have no escape, because she intends to rule the new universe they create… until it spawns Lord English and is destroyed.

Things look bleak. And things look even bleaker when Game Over rolls around, and most of the cast gets exterminated. But wait! John Egbert, Heir of Breath and leader of the Beta session, has gotten his hands on a miraculous artifact supposedly useful as a weapon against Lord English. He now has the ability to travel throughout time and space and to change things that usually cannot be changed. While his friends get wiped out, he fights the “tyrannous author” figure who has been telling their story wrong and wins. Surely with his newfound abilities, he will set things right and lead them to freedom.

Except.  Not really.

Oh sure, John “saves the day”. He uses his retcon abilities to create a new timeline where everyone lives and wins the game. But is it a victory? And did everyone really live?

I’m going to argue that the ending of Homestuck is a tragedy where characters’ identities are frequently ignored or overwritten in order to serve the utilitarian aims of the narrative (and Skaia). I do not make this argument believing Hussie intended it. I think the dip in quality and coherency at the end of Homestuck was the product of an author who was tired of his project, had lost track of a bunch of plot points and characters, and just wanted to be finished. But I do think its treatment of identity is drastically different from the rest of the work and sends some disturbing messages about how “happy” that ending really is.

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Stereotyped vs Nuanced Characters and Audience Perception

Writing with color receives many questions regarding the stereotypes Characters of Color and their story lines may possess.

There’s a difference between having a three-dimensional character with trait variance and flaws, versus one who walks the footsteps of a role people of their race/ethnicity are constantly put into. Let’s discuss this, as well as how sometimes, while there’s not much issue with the character, a biased audience will not allow the character to be dimensional.

But first: it’s crucial to consider the thinking behind your literary decisions.

Trace your Logic 

When it comes to the roles and traits you assign your characters, it’s important to ask yourself why you made them the way they are. This is especially true for your marginalized characters.

So you need an intimidating, scary character. What does intimidating look like on first brainstorm? Is it a Black man, large in size or presence? (aka a Scary Black Man) A Latino with trouble with the law? If so, why?

Really dig, even as it gets uncomfortable. You’ll likely find you’re conditioned to think of certain people in certain roles on the spot.

It’s a vicious cycle; we see a group of people represented a certain way in media, and in our own works depict them in the way we know. Whether you consciously believe it’s the truest depiction of them all or not, we’re conditioned to select them for these roles again and again. Actors of Color report on being told in auditions they’re not performing stereotypical enough and have been encouraged to act more “ethnic.” 

This ugly merry-go-round scarcely applies to (cis, straight) white people as they are allowed a multitude of roles in media. Well, then again, I do notice a funny trend of using white characters when stories need a leader, a hero, royalty, a love interest…

Today’s the day to break free from this preconditioned role-assigning.

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Timeless is an incredible show that has mysteriously managed to tackle the best of history while spotlighting its worst. The three heroes embody a character for everyone, not just through their set character type, but through the traits each character gains with development. (Not to mention that spicy slow burn relationship I’m betting on). But if I’m to be honest, Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt are the team I’ve always wanted to see. And I’d love for them work through that MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER that S1 left us with. #renewtimeless

DnD Character Asks!

Characters in the tags, askbox open, character synchronization set to maximum! Throw a number or two in my askbox along with a character, and I’ll answer those questions! 

1. How many dead parents do they have?

2. How good are they at tongue twisters?

3. Biggest regret?

4. Are they formally trained or have they gone through a more organic learning experience for their skillset?

5. If they could hang out with one famous person in 18th century American History, who would they want to hang out with?

6. What’s their theme song?

7. What fictional character are they most like? Was this an intentional or accidental influence?

8. Paper or plastic?

9. What’s their dump stat?

10. What’s their best stat?

11. What is their favorite anime?

12. What’s their favorite beverage?

13. If they can use magic, what’s their favorite spell?

14. Most heroic thing they have ever done?

15. Most despicable thing they have ever done?

16. Are they a hero or a supporting protagonist?

17. What’s their favorite food?

18. Would they rather fight a hundred duck-sized horses, or one horse-sized duck?

19. They have to go live on a deserted island. They can take one thing and one person. What do they take?

20. Are they religious? If so, what god or gods do they serve?

21. How did they become an adventurer?

22. Most amazing monster they have ever killed or helped kill?

23. Thoughts on death?

24. Do they have any interesting skills?

25. Favorite animal?

26. Expansion of civilization or the preservation of nature?

27. They’re at a tavern. They bump into a big burly angry drunk with a combative attitude. What happens?

28. What do they do between quests?

29. Biggest positive and negative influences on their life and development?

30. Would they smooch a ghost?

Top 10 British Sitcoms! (In my personal opinion)

1) Father Ted (1995 - 1998)

What’s funnier than a bunch of bizarre priests and their clumsy housekeeper who loves tea? Well, barely anything. Hence why this is my number one.

Father Ted is one of those comedy shows that always seems to be on a channel somewhere, and no matter the episode, I’ll end up roaring with laughter. I adore this show on a magical level, and it’s definitely hard to top.

2) Blackadder (1983 - 1989)

Rowan Atkinson at his finest. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Mr Bean, but Blackadder is just spectacular. Fast paced, sarcastic and hilarious, it’s another show that I can always just pick up and burst out laughing at. One of the most interest aspects of the show though is the different era per series, however keeping the same amazing cast. Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Tony Robinson’s characters also having a special place in my heart due to the antics and hilarity. 

3) Fawlty Towers (1975 - 1979)

The quintessential British comedy sitcom. I don’t want to say too much about this, because if you have never seen it, shame on you.

4) Black Books (2000 - 2004)

Quite simply one of the greatest, but shortest, sitcoms ever created. Anyone who has actually seen this show has regarded it as one of their favourites of all time for good reason. Black Books follows the character of Bernard Black, the owner of a shoddy and sticky bookshop, and lacks all regard or care for people. The majority of the comedy is derived from Bernard’s two ‘friends’ who attempt to make his lifestyle more socially acceptable, much to his despair. I truly recommend checking out this show, but be prepared to be annoyed that there isn’t more!  

5) Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973 - 1978)

Probably one of the favourite comedy shows I watch with my Grandfather. Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em follows the character of Frank, a childish, often moronic and insanely clumsy individual who only wants best for his family, although all he does is infuriate and anger people. A show with amazing catchphrases and hilarious situations, I simply adore this show.

6) Dads Army (1968 - 1977)

An amazing comedy focused on the Home Guard during the Second World War, the Home Guard were the volunteer army of those deemed ineligible for military service, usually due to age. The majority of the comedy derives from the pure uselessness of the group, and their lack of contribution to the war effort. The humour is often subtle and hilarious, I’d recommend it to anyone, I love it.

7) Porridge (1974 - 1977)

Ronnie Barker was one of the penultimate lords of comedy, that is all.

Porridge follows the goings on in the prison HMP Slade, following the character of Fletcher and his cellmate, an inmate serving his first sentence who Fletcher takes under his wing. The characters are strong and well written, as well as having amazing comedic timing and execution. The majority of the comedy comes from the interactions between the prisoners, as well as their relationships to the guards. It’s a show with a lot of heart and a lot of fun. 

8) Red Dwarf (1988 - ?)

Sci-Fi and sitcom, a bizarre genre hybrid that was an amazing gamble, but alas paid off incredibly well for Red Dwarf. The show follows the interesting cast of characters aboard the ‘Red Dwarf’ ship, all of whom are odd and interesting in their own ways. Unfortunately, I would not do the show justice if I were to attempt to describe the plot, so I shall urge you to check it out yourself. Trust me when I say this is an amazing show though.

9) Only Fools And Horses (1981 - 2003)

One of the longest running and most popular sitcoms in Britain, for good reason might I add. The show primarily follows the family of Del-Boy, Rodney and their Granddad (who is later replaced by Uncle Albert due to the unfortunate passing of the actor). The show is set in Peckham, a district in the south east of London, known for it’s working class citizens, the comedy mainly deriving from the vast array of occurring characters, as well as Del-Boy’s constant attempts of quick-rich schemes, with his main catchphrase being, “this time next year, we’ll be millionaires”. The show is a lot of fun, and the characters are all well written and performed and it has truly earned its cemented place as being one of the best in British history. 

10) Outnumbered (2007 - 2014)

Literally the most hilarious ‘family’ in Britain. Holy crap, I adore this show. The show is centred around a middle-class family who live in West London, the parents of whom, are ‘outnumbered’ by their 3 children. Jake, the typical teen, Ben, the hyperactive and strange child, and Karen, the oddly sarcastic child with a lot of questions, and a lot of answers. 
In essence, it’s a great show with hilarious situations, Karen and Ben being the funniest and most interesting parts of the show in all honesty. Even though it’s number 10 in my list, it’s amazing and I think everyone should attempt to watch this show.

And that comes to the end of my list, have I missed anything? What are your top 10 British Sitcoms?

Seriously, you guys need to start watching Van Helsing, mostly if you ship Clexa, Hollstein, Wayhaught etc

Not only is full of badass characters, but these badass characters are:

-Vanessa (Van) Helsing [played by the wonderful Kelly Overton], bisexual lead character half human half vampire who happens to look a lot like Natasha Negovanlis

-Susan, Vanessa’s best friend and love interest, also bisexyal, who has history of being abused by violent men but who still manages to look at the world with hope

-Sam, a deaf man who is probably the most badass guy in this show?!! His disability never once is presented as an obstacle

-Doc, a WOC who is super smart and who is paired with the white male of the show

-Mohamad, another super badass POC, a teenager (i think) who saves everyone’s ass several times

BONUS:

-Interesting plot

-Already renewed for Season 2

-Aleks Paunovic is in the main cast (Gustus from The 100)

-Only 13 episode for Season 1, so it’s easy to binge watch

anonymous asked:

I brought up jugheads ace identity to my sister and she called asexuality boring, she said that wouldn't sell as well as romance , that it wasn't very interesting, me the ace just kinda oh'd and slunk to my room , I've also had a friend use the excuse that his identity is only a recent thing , as if that stopped companies from making established characters any lgbtqia+ identity beforehand, All i want is one single ace character that I relate to , just one

Luffy is the main character of the manga saga One Piece, which is the most popular and best selling manga series in history

And Luffy is confirmed aroace.

You don’t need allosexuality to be successful.

- Fae

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Some of the actresses of colour suggested for Poison Ivy should Pamela Isley be featured in future DCEU installments, following the recent trend of racebending comic book characters in live adaptations. Chromatic people can play sympathetic, complex, queer characters and considering the history of scientific testing on the bodies of women of colour, Poison Ivy being a queer woman of colour seeking revenge on the white men who exploited her would make for a compelling interpretation.

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counterwiddershins  asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you had any thoughts on how many characters you can have in a novel before you have too many? Is there any page to character number ratio (approximately, I mean, there's no formula)? If someone's already asked this, please ignore. Thank you!

Hi there!

That really depends on your preference. I’ve read novels with only two characters and I’ve read novels with close to thirty. I’ve done a little research to see what most writers say and found a few key points to keep in mind:

-Necessity: Do your characters hold importance to the story that cannot easily be obtained in another way? And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie features a total of 13 characters. Each character had a specific purpose and was essential to the plot. Lord of the Flies features a very large cast, but only a handful of characters actually have presence while the rest are designated background characters (referred to in the book as the “littluns”) who are given roles, but not depth or individuality.

-Role: Not every character has to be the most important. Yes, every secondary character thinks that they’re the protagonist, and it’s possible to have multiple protagonists. But that doesn’t mean that every character is one. It’s okay to have a character that, maybe you really like but can’t get to work in the setting, pop up once or twice in the book as a minor character. 

-Memorability: Personally, I can’t remember the majority of the characters in books like Eragon or The Crucible. There seemed to be just to many, and the plot only revolved around a handful. Yet in books like the Harry Potter series, they would bring up a character that I hadn’t seen in a while and I would remember them pretty well. I didn’t need their entire family history or an epic entrance to remember them, they just needed to make an impact on me.

-Uniqueness: Sometimes the best characters are the ones that show up once. One of my favorites (although he shows up in multiple episodes) is “The Boulder” from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Whether it was the humorous way he talked, or the fact that there were secret underground Earth bending fight rings, he always stuck out to me. Just as it is important to remember the character’s name, you need to remember why they’re important. In this particular case, The Boulder showed the audience and even the protagonist just how powerful and important the character Toph was to their mission. 

The bottom line is that the amount of characters in a novel depend on what you feel is needed. With proper care and consideration put into why each character is in your story, you can put as many or as few as you need to. 

Hope this helps! If you need more help, feel free to message us again!

–Dianne

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So there’s not a lot of stuff in this particular internet corner, but somehow there is a higher proportion of That Good Shit, so since this seems to be going around, I thought I’d put together my own (not at all) brief list of things to read if you like The Adventure Zone Dungeons and Dragons Podcast Brought To You By Totino’s™.

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when will they stop using robert sugdens character as a plot device and like….. be interesting about it

because like you’ve got the bisexual son of a farmer who lost both of his parents by time he was 23 and the show has like… barely touched on how he copes with being a literal orphan with a step mother who has always favoured his other siblings more

he’s a character who’s got a bit of a ~ shady ~ past and has spent a year actively trying to be better and do better for the person he loves but is still willing to go to extreme ends to protect his family

you’ve got a missing ten years of his life you could fill with So Much and like… you’ve decided a cheating storyline is your best route to go down?

I’ve always found robert a compelling character - he literally watched his mother die in a fire, he grew up feeling as though his father preferred andy and that’s got to just Fuck you up, and his father sent him away when he was 19 and told him to never come back

why waste a character with so much history and struggle in his life on… a cheating plot at this point it’s not even just bad writing to me it’s honestly boring writing

anonymous asked:

Can you do an in depth character arc and story analysis for Phichit the way you did for Chris??

Awww anon of course I can! Although I have to say, what I wrote about Chris was not really as in depth as it could have been, it was more me ranting about the aspects of his character that I wish we saw more of. I can go deeper. So I’m going to go deep with Phichit. Because hey if Chris is more than his ass, then Phichit is more than just a Victuuri shipper (and borderline stalker for some reason why fandom why) and more than just a social media maniac. Much more. In fact, narrative wise, Phichit would be the best choice for bronze at the GPF because he, like the Yu(u)ris, made history.

Now, Phichit is intrinsically connected to Yuuri as a character, considering his role as his best friend. Possibly because of that, he is one of the secondary characters that gets the most screen time and attention, if not the one we learn the most about. That said one of the best things about Phichit is that, while he is very closely connected to Yuuri in the narrative, he has his own goals and story. Truly, I think the basis of Phichit’s entire character is how passionate he is about both his friends and his country.

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