submitted by: Wjr38
One of my problems with SU is that I feel some if the characters fit too easily into certain archetypes. I’m a writer, and whenever I create major characters, I’ll try to give them a trait that contradicts other aspects of their character. For example, one of my characters is a stereotypical manly man- likes fighting, talks over others, is almost never without a gun- yet he absolutely adores cute things. By giving him this trait, I had to think of what happened to make him this way, and as such the character gained an interesting backstory involving child abuse and toxic masculinity, which in turn made a better character. SU doesn’t do this, and as such if it ever chooses to develop its’ leads, they will most likely develop along predictable paths. Or maybe I just want to see more sides to Amethyst.
tbh i agree- they do seem to fall into specific archetypes. and there are times where a story can have simple characters with simple motives but stay interesting (an example would be My Hero Academia- the characters are simple, but the world they occupy AND the characters are a joy to watch!), and then there’s stevie uni’s lack of development and structure when it comes to how characters will develop.
steven is basically the all-loving protag (even if that’s been lacking as of late), amethyst seems to occupy the cool big sis archetype, pearl acts the most like the team mom, and there’s so much more.
look, i know that creating interesting characters can be difficult and it’s fine if they fall into archetypes, but the thing is that they can fall into these archetypes AND still have more interesting characteristics. a character can’t just be their archetypes!